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At the Butterfly Loft we’re gearing up for Christmas and part of that is the annual great Stony Stratford Christmas lights switch on at 5pm on Saturday 30th November.

The Butterfly Loft is in a quiet residential area, just 30 seconds walk from the High Street. With its own dedicated parking spaces right opposite the door, our guests that weekend will be able to quickly join the fun on the High Street – with no driving needed! – and as quickly get back to the peace of the Loft when they want to retreat for a quiet mince pie and glass of mulled wine at “home”.

The Christmas Lights Fun Day is always popular and with good reason. There’ll be lots going on all day – a street market, charity stalls, children’s rides and entertainment, like that provided by the Stony Stratford Mummers.

The Mummers formed in 1973 when a group of dedicated folkies decided that they would entertain those in the local pubs at Christmas. A group of friends went round singing Christmas carols and one year late they decided to perform a mummers play. Their performance schedule in the winter always starts when the town holds its annual ‘Switching on of the Lights’ celebration.

It’s worth mentioning that it’s a great day for local music too. Stony is well known for its music. Following on in the tradition of more well established local music events like Folk on the Green and the more recent week long multi-venue Stony Live!, WatlingFest offers a late autumn feast of free family-friendly musical entertainment.


Starting at 11:45am on the Market Square and running through the afternoon leading up to the Lights Switch On, there will be a host of local talent performing a range of different genres of music. This year the line-up includes: Frostbite, Buckingham Ukulele Group, Twose and Blues, The Brave Marauders, Ringlefinch and the ever-popular Concrete Cowboys, the band that band the put the MOO into music….

The Concrete Cowboys

The Cowboys have been playing Bluegrass music together for over 25 years. Consisting of Andy Powell on banjo, John Farthing on mandolin and spurs, Mike Carne on guitar and being Welsh, Richard Gleave on lead guitar, Steve Barnes on the bass and the amazing Johnny Ginn on fiddle. Formed in the 80s when banjos were still legal, The Cowboys have played festivals, pubs, car parks, living rooms, weddings and garden centres all over the land.

And then, as the light fades the lantern procession will leave York House.

Lantern procession

The Stony Stratford Lantern Project is a community arts project which sees people of all ages joining together at York House Centre to make lanterns for the Lantern Procession as part of the Switch-On Fun Day. Anyone can make a lantern. The lanterns are made from Willow withies and masking tape and covered with colourful tissue paper and PVA glue and lit from within by a candle. Every year there is a different theme for the project e.g. ‘Christmas in Toyland’ or ‘Christmas Under the Sea’. This year the theme is ‘Jungle Bells’- so loads of scope for all sorts of jungle animals – exotic birds, frogs, snakes, beautiful flowers.

Usually led by a sled pulled by two enormous dogs, hundreds of children and parents carrying lanterns will pass through the High Street, along Church Street to Market Square where the festivities come to a climax with the switch-on of lights throughout the town.

Whether you’re visiting family or travelling on business, drop in for some fun at the Christmas lights switch on. Booking accommodation in Milton Keynes couldn’t be easier. Visit our contacts page to check availability and make your reservation.

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