Milton Keynes is a “new city” in northern Buckinghamshire, south east England, about 45 miles (72km) north-west of London. It was formally designated a New Town on 23 January 1967. Its area of 89 square km (34 square miles) incorporates the old towns of Bletchley, Wolverton and Stony Stratford, fifteen villages and the farmland and woodlands between: it was designed to become “a city of trees” with parkland and countryside integrated into the city: it has a highly developed system of foot and cycle paths.
The old communities and new housing estates are home to about 200,000 people, many of whom commute to London. Milton Keynes itself is a major national and regional centre for modern industry and commerce, with the national headquarters of several major international companies.
MK is centrally located in the UK, and is within easy reach of many places: there are regular coach services to Oxford and Cambridge from the city centre, and several ways of reaching London, either by coach or train. CMKC is well placed for road and rail travel to anywhere in the UK, so weekends away are easy to arrange. There is also good access to airports (Luton airport is half an hour away by bus).
The local centres at Willen Park and Neath Hill (serving the Pennyland site) each have a post office, chemist, barbershop, take-away food outlets and a general store. Willen Park also has a pub.
Milton Keynes Centre, about a half an hour away from CMKC on foot, is one of the largest retail centres in Europe. As well as a wide range of shops it includes a large public library, two multiplex cinemas, a major theatre and art gallery, and a variety of pubs, clubs and eating places. The X-scape building also includes a large indoor ski slope.