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November What’s On Milton Keynes

The November What’s On Calendar Around Milton Keynes and South Northamptonshire is filling fast. Here are a selection of what we recommend.

By Emma Johnson

This selection of events means you’ll be supporting the community. At the same time you’ll find some lovely Christmas gifts and arts and foods. Take your friends and family and enjoy these fab local events.

Christmas Gift & Craft Sale

Christmas at the Old Bath House

11am-2pm, Sunday, 7 November

Stalls with Christmas gifts and crafts

205 Stratford Road, Wolverton

Moorgate Farm Tasting Days

10am-2.25pm, Sunday 14 & 21 November

Moorgate Farm, Potterspury

FB Moorgate Farm Vegetable Delivery

1. Christmas Fayre

11am-2pm, Sunday 5 December

Stalls, tombola, raffle and more. Fundraiser supporting The Old Bath House, activities, community fridge and more.

Christmas at the Old Bath House

205 Stratford Road, Wolverton

2. Christmas Craft Fair and Tree Extravaganza

11am-4pm, Saturday 20 November

Sale of local arts, crafts and gifts. Wander around the trees decorating the historic church.

Beachampton Church

3. Towcester & District Art Society

9am – 5pm, Saturday 27 & 10am – 4.30pm, Sunday 28 November

Christmas Exhibition 2021 For sale – over 150 original works of art in all media and greeting cards – great gift ideas

Towcester Town Hall, 86 Watling Street, Towcester NN12 6BS

Free Admission

4. Stony Switch-on Day

Saturday, 27 November

Stony Lights Switch-On Fun Day is back with a full day of entertainment for all the family. There’ll be stalls, a fun fair, dancing, the WatlingFest Music Stage and other fun to keep you smiling all day.

Rather than the usual procession, lantern makers will gather for the 5pm lights switch-on in the Market Square. After the lights go on communal singers will fill the air with festive carols.

Book the date for these seasonal frivolities.

For updates and more:

5. Towcester Mill Brewery Christmas Fayre

12-6pm, Sunday, 28 November

 Towcester Mill, Chantry Ln, Towcester NN12 6YY

Christmas gifts and ideas, Towcester Studio Band and street food

Ales, mulled wine and cider


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Stony Lights Need You!

We are the Stony Lights Volunteer Team and we need your help!  

by Ian Welbourne

Every year The Stony Lights Committee organise the exciting lights and events that take place during the day of the Stony Lantern Procession and Light-Switch On. 

We now need your help to make sure this fantastic event runs smoothly, efficiently and safely.

Could YOU be the Team Leader we Need?

We are looking for a Team Leader to help manage the volunteers. They are the ones who build and remove the Switch-On stage on the Market Square on the day of the event. This is a vital role and it is not arduous. The volunteers must be able to erect and disassemble the stage quickly at the beginning and end of the day.

Could you and would like to help us out?

If so, please contact me.

Other Roles

If you would like to contribute on a voluntary basis but don’t feel you can take on the team leader role, we’d also love to hear from you.

Get In Touch

Please contact Ian Welborn 

Click to find out more


Stony Stratford boasts one of the largest and most attractive displays of Christmas Lights anywhere in the country. People regularly travel long distances to enjoy our spectacular Christmas Lights and the other attractions that Stony Stratford has to offer.

The former Stony Stratford Chamber of Trade started this seasonal tradition in 1961. In 2012 we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of our wonderful Christmas Lights. Stony Stratford Business Association took over organisation, however now a separate committee Christmas Lights at Stony Stratford (CLASS) are responsible. This small and dedicated team of hardworking volunteers creates a fabulous Christmas event. In the build-up, David Odell and his team spend time in cherrypickers and up ladders erecting cables putting up lights. They also put up the Christmas trees, and a whole range of other stuff to create the Christmas winter magic.

Thank you to Stony Lights for permission to use the photograph.



Stony Stratford Lantern Project

Stony Stratford Lantern Project 2021

Stony Stratford Lantern Project 2021 – Update “Santa Claus is Coming to Town!”
by Fiona Trinder
In an effort to keep everyone as safe as possible, we will be selling a limited number of ‘make at home’ lantern kits. Each kit will include all the materials and instructions you need to make a Father Christmas-themed lantern.
We are selling kits for £5 each. They will include a bamboo cane but you will need to provide your own battery powered fairy lights or torch. For safety reasons, we are unable to allow any candles.
To avoid large crowds amassing, there won’t be a Lantern Procession this year. Lantern-makers will make their own way to the Market Square in time for the Switch-On celebrations and carol singing. If you don’t feel comfortable being with others, you can always light your lantern and put it in your window or front garden for everyone to see instead.
Tickets to buy kits will go on sale from Friday 01 October. The on-line link will be shared from the Stony Stratford Lantern Project Facebook Group, along with dates and times for the kit collection sessions at York House Centre.
Any questions? Contact Fiona Trinder:
We hope you all understand the need for this ‘hybrid’ approach to the 2021 project. In the mean time we’ve got everything crossed that we’ll be back together at York House for the normal workshops in 2022!
What's On Milton Keynes

What’s on Around Milton Keynes and Villages

Essentially Local and Stony Radio are the places to go to find out about What’s On around Milton Keynes and the surrounding villages.

by Emma Johnson

Over to Caz Tricks

We are so lucky to have persuaded the fabulous Caz Tricks to come on board and help us to gather together all the local what’s on. Caz comes with a wealth of experience in work, the voluntary sector, theatre and radio. Along with this, she has a great skill in connecting with people and promoting all the good things around the area.

If you have any events or groups you want to promote email Caz with the details. You can also send through any updates or requests for promotion or changes of contact.

Her email is


Yes, there is a cost for some of you. While we have always committed to keeping costs down or free, where we can, it’s just no longer feasible. It is time that we apply some small charges to cover some of our costs.

We offer a multi-media approach which helps to attract more visitors your cause or event. The costs we apply reflect only part of the things we do to help promote your activities.

What do you get for your money?

Print –   listing in what’s on in the relevant magazine. We also offer bigger adverts, if required, at reduced costs to certain types of organisations. Editorial space to describe what your group or event is about when available.

Radio Daily updates about local events and activities. Interviews with event organisers

Online – Bi-monthly updates about local events and groups on the website.

Social Media – Regular social media updates

About Stony Radio

At the beginning of the first lockdown some good friends of mine decided to set up Stony Radio. This local radio station has an amazing array of talented DJs who present different genres of music and chat. Over the last year and more we have looked at ways to add more connections between what we and the radio do. I am pleased to say that between us we will be promoting local events on the radio as well on line and in the magazine.

Website: Stony Radio

About Essentially Local

During lockdown we updated our website and employed a new member of staff. We are continuing to introduce innovative ways of helping to promote local businesses:

These include:

  • The magazine – it speaks for itself!
  • Website – where you read the fascinating, interesting and informative articles as well as find local businesses.
  • Articles – helpful articles for your website, blog or ours are a great way of promoting what you do, let us help!
  • Website design – we will update or create a website for an affordable price.
  • Design – from adverts, to flyers, business cards to comps slips, we can help you to create a new or enhance your image.
  • Video – some people don’t like reading but they love nothing better than to watch a short video about you.
  • Social media – from putting your information on our social media to us managing yours, we’re there to help.

Finally keep up-to-date with what’s on like the Essentially Local Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts!