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Reduce the stress and hassle of getting about at Christmas by taking the bus. No expensive parking charges or driving around in circles to then battles for that last parking space.
We offer excellent value group tickets which allow 2 adults & 3 children, or 3 adults to travel together at one cheap price. 


There are loads of great places to go for a day out shopping & grab a bite to eat. Here are just some of our favourites and they are all well connected by our buses.....


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You'll never be short of something to do in Milton Keynes. Offering some of the most exciting activities and some of the best entertainment experiences in the UK, Milton Keynes is a truly exceptional destination to visit.

Main bus routes X4 & X7 - Plan your journey here


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Surely this has to be one of the best places you could go over Christmas. MK Centre & INTU have around 300 stores and restaurants and all the biggest high street names including John Lewis, House of Fraser, Debenhams, Apple, Zara, GAP, Schuh, TK MAXX & Debenhams.

http://www.thecentremk.com/
http://intu.co.uk/miltonkeynes


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After a busy day shopping, take the weight of you feet and grab a bite to eat.  From Italian to Japanese, vegetarian to carnivore, a quick bite to 3 courses ...there's somewhere  to satisfy every taste.
Why not try:


Middletons Steakhouse & Grill (434 Midsummer Boulevard) #5 of 458 on Trip Advisor:

Located in the centre of Milton Keynes, the stylish casual, premium steakhouse and grill is perfect for dining or relaxing anytime of the day. All the meat is delivered fresh everyday from their very own butcher in Middleton, Norfolk, ensuring a delightfully fresh meal each and every time you visit.

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Melis Turkish Restaurant  (402 - 404 Midsummer Boulevard) #10 of 458 on Trip Advisor:

Full of eastern promises, go and experience true Turkish hospitality and taste it with delicious Turkish food.

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Aqua Italia (309 Avebury Boulevard) #13 of 458 on Trip Advisor:

Aqua's Italian inspired menu is tailored to tempt and includes delicious vegetarian options and seasonal specials that use produce sourced locally. A number of different menus are available including á la carte, set lunch and early dinner, specials and even a Sunday Roast. The restaurant also offers a relaxed bar area for coffee and cake during the day and pre-meal drinks and cocktails in the evening; as well as a formal dining area and, of course, that mezzanine level for an extra touch of class.

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Dick Whittington, Milton Keynes Theatre

Pack up your knapsacks, lace up your boots and join us in Milton Keynes this festive season for another spectacular, traditional family pantomime from First Family Entertainment!

In the tale of Dick Whittington this year, Samantha Womack, Eastenders’ feisty Ronnie Mitchell, will be swarming the streets of London with her rodent friends as the evil Queen Rat, whilst Loose Women panellist, X Factor finalist and winner of ITV’s I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! Stacey Solomon will be picking up her magic wand this Christmas as Fairy Bowbells.


Dick Whittington and his trusty cat Tommy arrive in London seeking their fortune, but find the streets aren’t really paved with gold. After meeting Alice Fitzwarren, a merchant’s daughter, and taking a job for her father, things are looking up. But the evil Queen Rat has other ideas! Will Dick Whittington find his fortune?

Will good conquer evil or will Queen Rat succeed in stopping the course of true love? Do paws beat claws?

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MK Centre (Middleton Hall)
Join Santa and his trusty elves for a fun craft experience, where children can make a Christmas wreath and decorate a wooden angel. The memorable experience includes an individual family visit with Santa as well as your chance to have your photograph taken. Adults are free with every child and the visit will last approximately 20 minutes.

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Leicester is a unique city and a wonderful place to visit, with a superb range of visitor attractions and shopping that is second to none. It's a city that combines the finest English traditions with multicultural activities and the cosmopolitan buzz of city life. 

Main bus routes X7 Plan your journey here

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Enjoy the ultimate shopping experience in the heart of the city centre – with some of the biggest names all under one roof, Highcross also incorporates dining experiences from around the world and a 12-screen Cinema de Lux. 

Visit the new food hall, and choose from a variety of seafood, meats and fresh produce. The historic market, steeped in over 700 years of history is Europe's largest covered market and officially 'Britain’s favourite market'. A hive of activity, selling everything from apples to zips! 

https://www.highcrossleicester.com/

http://www.haymarketshoppingcentre.com/



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Leicester offers an exciting range of cafés, restaurants and nightlife from atmospheric coffee shops and award-winning restaurants


A great array of cafés exist across the city centre, ranging from atmospheric independent cafés to historic tea rooms.

You'll find a fantastic range of restaurants offering food from all over the world, whether Indian or Italian, Spanish or Greek, Chinese or Lebanese.

Why not try: 

Crafty Burger (2-6 St. Martins Walk) #1 of 934 on Trip Advisor

St Martin's is a coffee shop, burger restaurant and coffee roastery located in the lovely surroundings of St Martin's Square, Leicester.

The food is fresh, seasonal and well travelled, inspired by flavours from far-flung places.  The food is served from three main menus, breakfast - lunch - dinner (the burger restaurant, Crafty is open thur/fri/sat evening only from 6pm and is highly rated on trip advisor).

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Lilu Cuisine (76 Highcross Street) #4 of 934 on Trip Advisor

Lilu is an Indian Fine Dining restaurant. When the restaurant was first envisaged it was realised that they had to be different from their contemporaries.

They have an Indian fusion menu where you will find such culinary delights as Ostrich, Guinea Fowl and Barramundi. However, if you would like a traditional curry then their award winning chef is pretty good at those too!

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Turtle Bay (15 Bath House Lane, Highcross Shopping Centre) #20 of 934 on Trip Advisor

Caribbean inspired eating and drinking restaurant and cocktail rum bar; taste the Caribbean inspired food and mouth-watering jerk, there to complement our vast selection of cocktails made to order and flavoured by Turtle Bay to give you the holiday feeling from the moment go. Be welcomed by a member of staff with a true smile and entertained by the team while you chill to the reggae vibe. 

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Choose between the traditional Panto at De Montfort Hall (get off route X7 at Victoria Park opposite St James) or Roald Dahl's The Twits at The Curve (get off the X7 in the city centre)


Jack & The Beanstalk (De Monfort Hall) A traditional family show full of music, laughter, silliness, a dancing cow and plenty of audience participation. Young and old alike will love the classic tale of poor old Jack who sells the family cow - for a pile of old beans.

Singing sensation Sam Bailey will be taking centre stage as the star of this year’s pantomime. The 2013 X Factor winner will star as Queen of the Flower Fairies, where she will be joined by funnyman Jon Clegg (Britain's Got Talent impressionist) as Simple Simon and Leicester's favourite dame Martin Ballard (BBC Radio Leicester) as Dame Trot.

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Roald Dahl's The Twits

“Mr. Twit was a twit. He was born a twit. And, now at the age of sixty, he was a bigger twit than ever.”

Mr Twit has a very hairy face. His beard is spiky and smelly. It also contains cornflakes, sardines and even some stilton.

Mrs Twit is equally as foul and she hates Mr Twit just as much as Mr Twit hates her.

The Twits really are the most spiteful and revolting couple you could ever hope to meet. They spend their days playing wicked tricks on each other and mistreating Muggle-Wump monkeys. They also have a particularly sticky trick to catch Roly-Poly birds for their bird pies. But not for much longer because the monkeys have a cunning plan to teach those terrible twits a lesson.

Directed by Max Webster (The Lorax at The Old Vic), Curve’s mischievous new co-production with Rose Theatre Kingston promises to be just as disgusting and repulsive as earth worms disguised as spaghetti – the perfect Christmas treat for all the family.

Recommended for ages 6+

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From 19th November little ones will be able to journey through the winter garden and into Santa's log cabin to meet the big man himself! Children can enjoy chatting with Santa before receiving a gift at the end of the experience. Bookings can be made in advance online with prices starting from £5. Optional extras include photography and personalised novelties including baubles, snow globes and framed photos.
Details will appear on the Highcross website (https://www.highcrossleicester.com/)



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There are lots of things to do in this busy city, and a great place to start is shopping in Queensgate right next to the bus station. With nearly 100 top name stores there’s bound to be something to suit everyone’s taste. Discover the story of the city at Peterborough Museum, where there are also paintings from top British artists along with watercolours of the cathedral by Turner.

You can get on the Nene Valley Railway just a short walk from the city centre and enjoy a delightful round trip through Nene Park – a must for families.
Peterborough Cathedral is right in the city centre and is renowned for its medieval painted nave ceiling, dating from around 1230 and the only one of its type in Britain.

Main bus routes X4 Plan your journey here

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Queensgate Shopping Centre is intergrated into the historic heart of Peterborough. It's home to some of the biggest names and brands including; John Lewis, Primark, Marks & Spencer, Lakeland, Next, Superdry, Pandora, H & M and many more.

Peterborough's recently refurbished Westgate Arcade cuts through Queensgate and is awash with independents stores offering unique items from antique jewellery and luxury denim to  sunglasses and award-winning butchers.

The City Market is only five minutes away from Queensgate and here you'll be amazed by the quality and price of cuisine from around the world in the impressive food court. You'll get only the best fruit and vegtables and the best value for miles around.

http://www.queensgate-shopping.co.uk/

http://www.peterborough-market.org/



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Whether its fine restaurants, pub food, a light snack in a bar, or late night entertainment Peterborough has a great selection of places to eat and drink.

They have a huge selection of places for you to eat. Taste from tables around the world with a spicy Mexican, a fragrant Thai, or a creamy curry, stylish Italian or hearty English, you can get then all. 

Why not try:


The Brewery Tap (80 Westgate) #12 of 339 on Trip Advisor

The Brewery Tap opened in 1998 and is located within the transformed old labour exchange. The pub houses a multi award winning micro-brewery called Oakham Ales, claiming to make it the largest brewpub in Europe.


Inside its spacious open plan layout, you are likely to find up to 12 real ales, a wide range of draught products and bottled conditioned beers, funky wines, cocktails and a large range of non-alcoholic drinks.


The food available is Thai cuisine freshly prepared and cooked by experienced Thai chefs. The layout of the pub enables customers to relax and watch their food being prepared in the kitchen, through a high level window, before being served to their table.


The menu consists of A La Carte, Snacks, Set Menus, and a choice of Buffets (build your own) to cater for all parties, no matter the size.


Jimmy's Restaurant (35 New Road) #9 of 339 on Trip Advisor

Jimmy’s is an ‘All You Can Eat Buffet’ with all your favourite foods from around the world; Chinese, Indian, Mexican, Italian, and there’s also a selection of salads & don’t forget to leave room for dessert. There are LIVE STATIONS with chefs who will cook food to order…including mix your own ice cream.


 So, all you do is visit the buffet & fill your plate. Once you’ve finished your first plate you’re free to go back to the buffet as many times as you like.

 It couldn’t be easier.


East Oriental Restaurant (London Rd | Town Bridge) #20 of 339 on Trip Advisor

East Restaurant brings a true taste of the Orient to the Upper Deck at Charters, moored at the Town Bridge on the River Nene. Relax with family and friends over dinner and watch the world go by. 

The restaurant is location on the upper deck of 'Leendert-R', a riveted iron Dutch barge built in 1907 and in service until 1990. It was sailed across to England, up the River Nene and opened as Charters real ale bar in 1991.


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Dick Whittington The Key Theatre 


With everything you expect from a Key Theatre Pantomime, they return with an all singing, all dancing month of music, madness! This is the story of Dick Whittington – the poor boy who finds fame and fortune with his feline friend.


Adventure and excitement are always a major part of panto at the Key together with an abundance of slapstick, humour, music and spectacle and this story has it all.


This year they have extended the run to 70 performances!



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Visit Santa at Queensgate North Square from the 19th November , where he's giving little shoppers an early Christmas gift. 

Visits are £5 a child, and for a little extra they can have a photo with him too.
 


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Northampton has so much to love - rich history and fantastic heritage, great theatre, amazing music and a great array of pubs, clubs, restaurants and more

There's a fabulous network of buses to get you to Northampton - Plan your journey here

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The Grosvenor Centre, located in the heart of the historic market town of Northampton  offers over 60 shops and eateries with an individual mix of stores and recognised high street brands, all under one roof. The main attractions include Primark, Boots, Superdrug & Earnest Jones.


Outside you'll find the usual collections of favourites like Debenhams, River Island  & Sports Direct.


Markets are held Monday to Saturday. Monday is fresh fruit, vegetables, cut flowers and plants only. Tuesday to Saturday are the general market days. 




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Whether you need to grab a snack for the road or a full course sit down meal you'll find it in Northampton.

There are restaurants that bring flavours from all over the world. Why not try:



Sophia's (54 Bridge Street) #3 of 437 on Trip Advisor

Sophia’s has been serving the people of Northampton great food for nearly twenty years.

Andrew and John have combined to a produce menu that marries the traditional trattoria style pasta and pizza dishes with truly innovative and contemporary Meat and Fish mains and starters. 


Pamukkale Turkish Restaurant (44 St. Giles Street) #5 of 437 on Trip Advisor

Pamukkale, means “cotton castle” in Turkish. 

They offer a wide selection of Turkish cuisine. Each dish has been carefully selected by the chief to provide excellent taste.


Church Restaurant (67-83 Bridge Street) #11 of 437 on Trip Advisor

This stunning 12th century building opened as The Church Bar & Restaurant in 2005 and is now considered one of the most exceptional venues in Northamptonshire for dining.


Formerly known as St John's Church, Grade 1 listed and the oldest secular building in Northampton, this uniquely historic building is warm and inviting.

Promising fabulous food at outstanding value in a warm, friendly and relaxed environment, this exquisite and unique conversion is fine dining at its relaxed and mouth-watering best.


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Jack And The Beanstalk Royal & Derngate


Follow Jack and his hapless brother Simple Simon, and climb a beanstalk of gigantic proportions to cloudland in our spectacular family pantomime.

Forced to sell his trusty cow, join Jack as he fights to save the beautiful Princess Apricot, outwit the evil giant, win riches beyond his wildest dreams and the hand of the girl he loves.


This year’s wonderful cast is led by music and theatre star Simon Webbe (Blue) as Jack Trott. He is joined by Wellingborough-born Britain’s Got Talent winner Ashleigh Butler as Princess Apricot with her canine sidekick Pudsey.


Expect lots of laughs, fabulous music, fantastic special effects, and bundles of audience participation in this giant of a pantomime!



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Corby has just about anything you could want, great shopping, great food, great entertainment and now with a 6 screen cinema showing all the latest blockbusters.

There's a fabulous network of buses to get you to Corby - Plan your journey here



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Corby has developed over the years and now draws people from surrounding towns and villages.


You'll find Primark, GAME, New Look, Argos and many more 

http://willowplace.co.uk/



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Hungry? Well there's no shortage of places to get a bite to eat, from something on the run to a sit down meal. Why not try:


Olive (Grosvenor House George Street) #1 of 89 on Trip Advisor

A family run Mediterranean restaurant where they combine variety, atmosphere, ambience, and friendly staff.

You can enjoy a Lunch Menu , a full Ala Carte Menu, Mezethes or just have a Cocktail.


Tea Jenny Cottage (5 High Street, The Old Village) #1 of 5 on Trip Advisor


Tea Jenny Cottage is a vintage themed tea room. Where they serve breakfast and lunch throughout the day alongside, gorgeous homemade cakes. Serving  loose leaf tea in china cups and fresh grounded coffee. 


Paletto Lounge (66 Corporation Street, Corby) #10 of 89 on Trip Advisor

Set against a backdrop of a theatre, a cinema and an Olympic-sized swimming pool, Paletto Lounge is at the hub of Corby’s social scene.

Once inside, guests have plenty of interesting décor to discover, featuring portraits from yesteryear, upcycled furniture and even a recycled school gym floor.

When it’s sunny, they open up the huge bi-folding windows to make the Lounge feel even bigger; by night, they light the candles to make it extra cosy.

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A Christmas Carol The Core at Corby Cube

The most famous festive tale of all time is brought to life in a brilliantly entertaining version for all the family.


Wealthy miser Ebenezer Scrooge is all set to greet Christmas Day with his traditional “bah humbug”! Not this year… the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future have other ideas, and with the clock ticking they appear on Christmas Eve to see if they can show him the real meaning of Christmas, before it’s too late.


Ideal for ages 6 and above.