The church is located in the centre of the Milton Keynes. I actually lived a short walk from the church and was able to watch it being built. I have even been to the top of the cupola when it was being worked upon by Italian stone masons during the construction phase.
It was good to see how the external landscaping around it has grown over the 20 years since I was last in Milton Keynes.
The church is ecumenical and replaced a small Chruch located within a building next to the central public library.
For some years, Milton Keynes was laughed at for having concrete cows. However, this has long since ceased and now they have become more of an attraction and are currently sited within the central Milton Keynes shopping centre.
The Concrete Cows are considered iconic, and were created in 1978 by Canadian-born, Liz Leyh.
There are three cows and three calves, approximately half life size. The Cows are constructed from scrap and are skinned with fibre glass reinforced concrete which were donated by a local builder.
Wow this is a must!!!! What surprises me is that millions of people each year travel up and down the country to visit theme parks however as far as I can see relatively little is known about this. Again, this was found by accident when visiting Milton Keynes and all I can say is it's a truly breathtaking experience. The Xscape Centre is home to many shops, restuarants, entertainment but the key attraction is the indoor snow slope (REAL SNOW) and indoor sky diving! These are 2 spectacular things to do and along with all of the other entertainment on offer means this is really a great day out for anyone a little adventurous. The building itself is breathtaking and the pics do not do it justice, it's huge and dominates the skyline! The only sad thing is most people will have never heard of it or even go out of the way to visit MK so I feel I need to do my little bit by adding this review, you won't be dissapointed even if it's a 2 / 3 hour drive it's worth it!
As a new visitor to MK I have to say it has some of the best shops / shopping centres in the UK. Convenience is key here with the shopping experience set around "Shopping Mals" as opposed to a traditional town centre. Some hate it, some love it however if you are nearby or visiting MK then you must visit The Centre MK. This is as close to a town centre as you get in MK all under a single roof! It's a huge shopping mal with hundreds of shops, entertainment, restaurants etc all under a single roof! If you haven't been then you should give it a try, personally I love it and it's as close to a US style city experience without boarding a place for 5 hours. :-)
During World War II, Allied codebreakers deciphered critical German military codes. This intelligence was used to great advantage, especially in the Battle of the Atlantic. Here are coding and de-coding equipment, radar systems, and other hardware. Of particular interest is a replica of the world's first true electronic computer. It was developed here to help break the codes. Much of the pioneering work on this revolutionary system was done by the brilliant mathematician Alan K. Turing.
If you come to MK by car, park in the large Debenhams car park of the shopping centre and you won't need to worry that your parking ticket runs out, just pay when you exit.
Time will fly when you shop at MK - the longest shopping centre in Europe!
Even when the weather is not great outside, you can spend hours inside this shopping centre with its many shops. It will take you days to see them all.
When you think you can't walk any more, take a break in one of the many cafes or sandwich bars.
This is a spacious and very clean place and it is a pleasure to go there, especially during the week, when it is a bit more quiet.
There are maps everywhere in the centre, to make sure you find your way around. If you get lost, just go to one of the information points and they will be happy to help.
The German Christmas Market has just started there (goes until Christmas) and it's worth a visit too!
Ok so there's really something to do in Milton Keynes. The Snozone in Xscape , is supposedly Europe's largest indoor ski slope made of real snow. There are 3 slopes with one slope dedicated to ski lessons.
Milton Keynes Bowl is a concert venue in, well a grass bowl with a stage at one end. The Bowl is surrounded by hedges as a natural screen, and has a concrete slope opposite the stage to enter the bowl. All the food stalls and toilets are round the outside of the bowl leaving the inside just for viewing the concerts.The only thing inside are two bars either side of the stage. Because the toilets are outside of the bowl alot of people use the bushes as toilets. They can become quite unpleasant if it is warm with the smell and they get very muddy and slippy.
I have seen two concerts in Milton Keynes, Eminem in 2003 and Robbie Williams in about 2001. Both concerts were superb and fantastic days out.
To be continued
The concrete cows were designed by Liz Leyh and can be found off the A422 at Bancroft. They are within walking distance of the nearby Roman Villa and Bradwell Abbey.
They have become one of the cites most famous landmarks.