Shopping with Chantal Column: Happy 40th birthday centre:mk!

centre:mk’s PR & Digital Marketing Manager Chantal-Lawren Welch explains how the centre is celebrating four decades of style.

The 25th of September 2019 sees centre:mk celebrate its official 40th birthday – marking the day Margaret Thatcher opened the doors to the public back in 1979.

To honour this momentous occasion the centre will be hosting a month of activities which will close with the 40th Birthday Celebratory Exhibition and spectacular Style Fest bi-annual fashion show in Middleton Hall.

Throughout the month you can also catch various other events in Middleton Hall including:

MK Job Show: 13th and 14th September
The 12th MK Job Show will be taking place 10am6pm Friday and 11am-5pm Saturday with free entry. It’s your chance to meet with over 65 of the nation’s top employers and discuss thousands of employment and training opportunities whilst enjoying free seminars and workshops throughout the two days.

International SciRoc competition: 18th – 21st September
Come down over the 4 day period where you can see the latest high-tech robots focus on challenges from smart shopping to delivering coffee orders and practicing emergency medications delivery. The European Robotics League (ELR) ‘Smart City Robotic Challenge’ (SciRoc) is the first of its kind and aims to bring tournaments like this to smart cities. 15 teams from 8 countries will be competing in the challenges.

40th Birthday Celebratory Exhibition: 25th – 29th September
centre:mk has seen a lot of changes in fashion and retail since its opening in 1979. This unique exhibition celebrating centre:mk in its 40th year, starts on 25th September in Middleton Hall. Guests can peruse the archive photography, share their moments in history at centre:mk, discover facts you may not be familiar with, and of course look back at some of the stand out fashion trends (and faux pas) from the past 40 years as curated by Vogue magazine’s Jo Craven.

Style Fest: 28th – 29th September
Finally the month will end with an energetic weekend as we welcome back the bi-annual fashion show; Style Fest, complete with hourly fashion shows, live demos from the world of hair and beauty, plus pop-up retailer shops with exclusive discounts.

Don’t forget for more events information you can go to and follow them on social media to get involved with the 40th birthday celebrations.

This feature was published in the September 2019 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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