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MK Market Towns

Experience real history and tradition in the many market towns and villages that surround the expanding, new city of Milton Keynes.

If you’re looking for an interesting day out or maybe somewhere to enjoy a relaxing weekend break, why not combine your visit with an exploration of the picturesque market towns of north Buckinghamshire, with their traditional high streets, fascinating small shops, homely pubs and restaurants through to beautiful churches and places of great historical importance – these market towns have it all. Download our fact sheets on seven of our most visited market towns below:


First recorded as Blechelai back in the 12th century, the market town of Bletchley, as it is now known, is a thriving urban area with a rich history. At the heart of Bletchley is its shopping area of Queensway, named after the Queen when she visited Bletchley in 1966. This traditional High Street offers a wide range of independent businesses including an antiques centre, a tattoo artist, a reptile specialist, ethnic grocers and greengrocers, a family butcher, a nail parlour, and a long-established fabric shop.

Fenny Stratford

Fenny Stratford is a constituent town of Milton Keynes situated on the southern flank off the A5 trunk road and is the first port of call for many travellers coming into the MK area from the south. The main streets through the town house many independent shops including security experts, a bridalwear shop, a traditional barbers, a knitting and handicrafts shop and a long-established plumbing and heating specialists, giving it a real community feel. Off the A5 in Fenny there are more independent businesses including a gunsmiths, computer specialists, a decorating company and the only gay/lesbian nightclub in Milton Keynes.

Newport Pagnell

First mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, Newport Pagnell is a charming Buckinghamshire town with a rich heritage.There are many traditional
specialist shops to browse around in the centre of the town including a cobbler and shoe shop, a locksmith, a cycle store, a music shop and an old-fashioned sweet shop, and the Farmers’ Market comes to town each month.


Olney, a quiet market town a short drive from the centre of Milton Keynes, was once a centre of lace-making and more recently of the boot and shoe industry. The town offers an eclectic mix of restaurants, cafes and pubs and an interesting collection of delightful independently-owned shops including a wine merchant, a goldsmith and jeweller, upmarket fashion and style shops, an Aston Martin garage, an art gallery and lots of antique showrooms and gift shops.

Stony Stratford

Set on the historic Roman road of Watling Street, Stony Stratford has a rich history stretching to every part of this traditional market town. Stony Stratford has kept its character as an ancient market town together with much of its old world charm. It hosts a wide variety of unique independent shops including an art gallery which has a tea room inside, a silversmiths, an old-fashioned ironmongers, a music shop and a family butcher - some of these have been in existence for hundreds of years.

Woburn Sands

Situated six miles south east of Milton Keynes, Woburn Sands straddles the border between Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, with most of its houses and shops in the latter county. The High Street has many independent shops and businesses including two wine merchants, an old fashioned hardware store, a coal merchants, a glazing company and one of the biggest garden centres in the region. There are also many pubs, restaurants and cafes in the High Street, encouraging you to sit a while and enjoy the small town atmosphere.


Bordered by the Grand Union Canal to the north and east, Wolverton is a traditional railway town and today still sits astride the main London Euston to Birmingham rail line. There is a wide range of shopping experiences with many independent retailers offering their wares including several bookshops and newsagents, a tattoo parlour, an angling specialist and old-fashioned barbers. Take the weight off your feet at one of the local pubs, cafes or restaurants.

If you're going to visit any of these market towns or villages between 2-15 December, why not take part in our 'Small Business Treasure Hunt' and you could win £250 cash - for more information CLICK HERE