This month marks the tenth anniversary of one of Milton Keynes’ most recognised and loved icons, The Milton Keynes Time Machine - more commonly known as The Frog Clock.
Designed and created by the famous Kit Williams, The Frog Clock arrived at Midsummer Place Shopping Centre in 2002 where it has since attracted thousands of children and adults visiting the centre each week.
To celebrate, the shopping centre will be putting on a birthday spectacular on Saturday, October 27, with entertainment for children throughout the day.
Join the team at Gymboree to sing happy birthday, before they perform their show of singing and bubbles. Caffe Italia will be offering complimentary bags of cookies for all the boys and girls, plus they will be serving up a special Bambino menu for £4.95.
The clock’s place within Milton Keynes was recently immortalised by local author Robert Badcock in his novel Big Frog, the first in a trilogy of novels that takes a surreal trip in to the future of Milton Keynes.
Activities running throughout Saturday 27 include a meet and greet with the author, where you will be able to get your very own copy of the book signed. There will also be two tours running on the day, where Robert Badcock will take children of all ages on a magical walk through the book, re-tracing the main character's journey around Milton Keynes. The tours will start at The Frog Clock at 11am and 3pm.
The clock, which is believed to be Britain’s biggest animated feature clock, weighs more than four tonnes, measures more than 16 metres long, and took more than two years to build. Every half an hour a fan of golden oak leaves rise up, and the frog comes to life with a cascade of bubbles. It is estimated that the clock has chimed a total of 58,400 times since starting for the first time ten years ago.
The Time Machine’s accompanying music Summer Half Hour was produced by Terry Oldfield, the brother of Grammy Award-winner Mike Oldfield.
Centre manager Martin Hindson said: “The clock has become a wonderful attraction and icon for Central Milton Keynes. As well as its marvellously intricate moving mechanisms, it remains one of the most loved parts of the city that continues to bring a smile to thousands of people every single week.”