Em In Real Life column: The ultimate MK August Bank Holiday weekender

August Bank Holiday is upon us and with all this beautiful weather we’ve been having I remain hopeful that we might be in for a sunny long weekend! I’ll be child free this Bank Holiday weekend so I’m spoiled for choice about how to spend the extra time off work and being able to be social after 6pm. I’ve done a round up of what’s on in Milton Keynes and share my guide below for the ultimate MK August Bank Holiday to make your long weekend planning super easy. You’re welcome!

MK11 Sausage & Cider Festival

MK11 are kicking off the bank holiday with their Cider & Sausage Festival. They’ll be hosting a huge selection of ciders from local and national suppliers for you to try as well as a ‘banging range of bangers’. With free entry all weekend it would be rude not to. MK11 are also putting on live music and a comedy night on Bank Holiday Monday as if all the sausages and cider you can eat and drink isn’t enough! Opening times are:

Friday 24th August- 16:30-02:00*

Saturday 25th, Sunday 26th & Monday 27th- 12:00-02:00*

*note that children are only allowed until 6pm

Check out their Facebook page to stay up to date

The Floating Cinema

The latest thing to dock in MK’s waterways is the Floating Cinema taking up residence on 3 locations along the Grand Union Canal over Summer. The award-winning cinema structure is screening independent films that explore the importance and meaning of home and will be showing 5 films across the Bank Holiday weekend in Campbell Park. Some films are shown on-board for just 20 people and others are shown bankside for 100 viewers. All screenings are free but you will need to pre-book tickets to ensure you get a seat. Timings are as follows:

Friday 24th August- 8pm

Saturday 25th August- 2pm & 8pm. There is also a drop-in session between 11am-12pm to pop in and have a nosey and chat to the team.

Sunday 26th August – 2pm & 7pm

For a full list of screenings and to book tickets you can visit their website here.

The Floating Cinema: Photograph by Jack Hobhouse

Frosts Foodie Festival Woburn Sands

Frosts Garden Centre in Woburn Sands are welcoming some of the best local chefs to hold live demos over the 3 day weekend in partnership with Eat with Spencer-whose Halloumi fries were definitely a talking point of this year’s MK International Festival. There will also be kids cookery sessions, an artisan market and street food to tuck in to whilst enjoying some live jazz. Entry is free and the festival is open the following times:

Saturday 25th august -Monday 27th August from 10am-4pm each day

For more information check out their Facebook page here

Nonna’s Fest 2018

I have heard nothing but good things about Nonna’s Restaurant in Woburn Sands and have been so desperate to try them out for myself. August Bank Holiday offers the perfect excuse to pay them a visit and check out Nonna’s Fest 2018. They’re opening up the doors on Sunday 26th August and Monday 27th August for their Jazz & House charity weekender with a packed programme of live music, food stalls, bars and family entertainment all in aid of 2 very deserving charities, Willen Hospice & Help Brookin Walk Again. Tickets are £12.50pp in advance (or £15 on the door) and cover entry for both days. Under 16’s are free and VIP tables are also available if you fancy making a special day of it with some friends and family. The festival is running during the following times:

Sunday 26th August & Monday 27th August 12 noon- late

You can find out more and book tables through their Facebook page here.

Stony Stratford Town Fayre

To finish the weekend off Stony Stratford are welcoming everyone to their annual town fayre. There will be stalls, games, cider & craft beer and even a dog show for the four legged members of the family to get involved. It all kicks off at 12 noon at the Wolverton Road Recreation Ground and finishes at 4pm, giving you the rest of the evening to savour the last moments of the long weekend before going back to work on the Tuesday.

The Ultimate MK August Bank Holiday Weekender

Friday 24th August

16:30-02:00: Start the weekend in style with live music, sausages and a huge selection of cider to try out at MK11

Saturday 25th August

10am-16:00: Tuck in to some delicious street food whilst hearing from local chefs and relaxing to some live jazz to soothe away the cider hangover

20:00 Enjoy a balmy Summer evening (hopefully!) independent film screening at the Floating Cinema in Campbell Park

Sunday 26th August

12:00- late: Support two very worthy causes whilst making the most of your Bank Holiday Sunday at Nonna’s Restaurant. Get some mates together to enjoy good food, good drink and good music in the beautiful surroundings of Nonna’s.

Monday 27th August

12:00-16:00: Get all the family out for fun and games at the Stony Stratford Town Fayre

17:30- 23:30: Finish the weekend as you started, back at MK11 for Grub & Giggle their open mic comedy night. Cling on to those last few precious hours of the long weekend and forget the looming return to work with some laughs.

However you decide to spend your long weekend I hope you enjoy it and don’t forget to let me know what you get up to, you can find me on instagram @em_inreallifeblog or on Twitter @em_in_real_life

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