Ginger Mum Column: October is a beauty of a month

Local lifestyle blogger Ginger Mum talks about Halloween, awards shows, shops and free table tennis hotspots in MK.

Happy Halloween everyone! My kids are batty about this spooky season but, for me, it just means frantically searching out numerous options requested by the boys, only for them to change their mind at the last minute before the ghoulish day itself.

I do love the run up though and all the activities around MK – from the pumpkin hunt at the beautiful Castle Ashby, the expansive grounds of Wrest Park to Freaky Friday at Mead Open Farm – there are countless options around our way to indulge in scary pursuits.

In other news, Women are up for celebration on the 12th October at the Women Leaders UK Awards and I’m delighted to be attending. Our very own Lia Radio is up for an award, so fingers crossed!

Talking of awards, the MK Beauty Awards will be held on the 20th of this month – it’s all happening round here! I’m delighted to be one of the judges at the event run by Gem Media and I’m so looking forward to the glitzy do.

The finalists have been announced and the tension is mounting. Follow @beautyawardsmk on Instagram for all the details, maybe your favourite salon is up for the top spot!

Can I actually mention the ‘C’ word since we are in October? If you haven’t managed to nab your spot at the Grotto at Frosts yet, be quick because you know they don’t last long!

By now you must have heard that Primark is coming to centre:mk? In the old BHS store, it’s set to be huuuuge and the word on the street in MK is that it may just open next spring.

Pretty cool huh? Then we really will have everything we need under one roof. They are recruiting now so don’t be slow!

Now if you or anyone you know is ping pong crazy (like my kids), are you aware of the free table tennis hotspots around us?

Multi locations, including Willen Lake, Fred Roche Gardens, centre:mk, intu Milton Keynes, Bletchley Leisure Centre, Bletchley Campus, West Bletchley, Emerson Valley, Great Linford, Caldecotte Lake, Saxon Court, Olney Recreation Ground and Brooklands.

Enjoy all the spooky goings-on and see you in November guys.

You can follow Ginger Mum’s blog at or on social media at @gingermumstyle.

This column was published in the October 2018 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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