Milton KeynesSituated in North Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes is a ‘new town’, built in the 1970s and designed to accommodate the population overflow from London. Despite this, there are plenty of nearby historical sites, some excellent shopping and the Xscape adventure and leisure center.

The Xscape center is a huge dome located in central Milton Keynes offering a whole variety of entertainment including two real snow ski slopes, where people can ski, snowboard, snowblade and enjoy the toboggan; equipment is available for hire. Adrenaline junkies will love the newly opened Airkix, a large vertical wind tunnel which can support a person in mid-air to give the illusion of free fall, while also allowing participants to practice acrobatics. Other attractions at Xscape include climbing walls, a bowling alley, 16-screen multiplex, restaurants, cafes and retail outlets.

A beautiful Victorian farmhouse has been converted into Milton Keynes Museum. It records the history of the area from the 1800s up to the present day and includes displays of agricultural, industrial, social and domestic items that are linked with the local area. There are several attractions located close to Milton Keynes including Althorp, where Princess Diana is buried, which features the commemorative exhibition, ‘Diana a Celebration’; and Blenheim Palace, one of the best preserved examples of English Baroque architecture.

Shoppers will love Milton Keynes Shopping Centre, one of the longest undercover shopping malls in Europe and home to more than 190 shops, ranging from nation-wide retailers to small specialist shops. It also boasts plenty of restaurants, cafes and fast-food outlets, where tired, hungry shoppers can recharge their batteries. For youngsters, there is a creche and a play area for children of all ages. Gourmets will also be delighted with the large, diverse selection of excellent restaurants in Milton Keynes. The most unusual has to be MK Gallery, which not only serves fine food, but also puts on six to eight modern and contemporary art exhibitions a year.