New Mayor to formally open The Big Outdoor Show

Date Posted:12/05/2015

Bank holiday event also adds free fall stunt jumping to its already extensive entertainment programme

One of the first events of the Mayoral year that the new Mayor and Mayoress of Milton Keynes will attend will be The Big Outdoor Show (May 23-25) at Willen Lake, Milton Keynes. They have been invited to formally open the show on Saturday, May 23.  

The Big Outdoor Show promises to be the go-to event in the region for the Spring Bank Holiday weekend and offers families and outdoor enthusiasts an amazing choice of adventure pursuits to try and enthralling entertainment to watch.

The newest attraction to be added to the show line-up is the very latest in extreme activity; free fall stunt jumping. Thrill-seekers of all ages (minimum age 8 years) can see what it feels like to free-fall 15m onto a giant airbag.

Other entertainment at the show includes meeting and greeting meerkats and other unusual creatures from The Exotic Animal Encounter. There’s bike, board and scooter action from the amazing Action Sports Tour and M.A.D. mountain bike stunt teams. There’s demonstrations in water rescue from Ellie Bedford and her Newfoundland dog team.

Topping the seminar bill is the legendary Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Joining him on the speaker platform are other intrepid explorers like Felicity Aston, Mark Wood and Alex Jackson. And if showgoers have been captivated by the ‘survivor’ activities on Channel 4’s The Island with Bear Grylls they can pick up some survival tips at the show from ex Marine commando John Sullivan. Out on the water, Richard Harpham will be inspiring families to plan their own aquatic adventures, anything from zorbing to stand up paddleboarding.

The show also has over 70 outdoor brands exhibiting, including companies like O’Neill, Strider Bikes, TripBudy, Go Outdoors and Skoda. Evening entertainment will be provided by DJs like Pat Bedau and Ash Kellet.

Show organiser Pauline Gibson says; “Interest in the show has been phenomenal and weekend camping pass and day tickets are selling well. It’s a very affordable day out for families, especially with children under 8 getting in for free.

“People can get more information about the show at When they book day tickets, they’ll also receive free parking and a complimentary show programme worth £6. With the diverse activities, entertainment, retail opportunities, and great catering we’ve got organised it’s looking like the event to kick off half-term week for families,” says Pauline.