IF: The Magical Menagerie (Le Manège Carré Sénart)

16 July - 08 August 2010, 12noon - 8pm daily at The Point carpark

The Magical Menagerie (Le Manège Carré Sénart) is produced by Artichoke in partnership with Sky Arts for IF: Milton Keynes International Festival 2010
Creative producers Artichoke invite you to take a voyage into a fairytale world this summer . . .

For the third time, they are collaborating with the extraordinary artist-cum-engineer François Delarozière and his company La Machine. Acclaimed as a modern-day Michelangelo, Delarozière designed the majestic 50ft elephant in Royal de Luxe’s The Sultan’s Elephant in 2006, and the astonishing spider La Princesse in Liverpool in 2008.

Artichoke is delighted to present The Magical Menagerie in the UK for the first time. Originally commissioned by the new town of Sénart, just outside Paris, The Magical Menagerie (originally called Le Manège Carré Sénart ) is an installation with a difference - a huge, square carousel, as tall as a house and populated by all manner of strange mechanical creatures that can be operated by their riders, from gigantic buffalo to exotic fish and brightly-coloured insects.

Since its unveiling in 2008, the carousel has delighted thousands of visitors in Sénart as well as in Madrid, Portugal and Belgium.

Sky Sundays : As a special festive treat, Artichoke's partner Sky Arts is generously offering 2 tickets for the price of 1 on Sundays 18th July and Ist August, as well as an accompanying raft of extra entertainment to keep young and old amused.

Whatever your age, join us for an enchanting adventure that will remind you how it feels to be a child . . .



Le Manège Carré Sénart was commissioned by Scène nationale de Sénart, and was conceived and built by François Delarozière and La Machine. The project was made possible thanks to a collaboration between San de Sénart, EPA Sénart and Unibail-Rodamco

If you're visiting Milton Keynes, you may like to join Artichoke's company and crew, and stay at their preferred hotel, Holiday Inn. Call 0871 9429057 to book.

Date & Time 16 July - 08 August 2010, 12noon - 8pm daily

Closed Mondays 26 July and 2 August
Rides last approximately 5 minutes
Each child under 7 must be accompanied by an adult on the ride

Venue The Point Car Park, outside thecentre:mk

Tickets Weekdays:
£4.00 (£3.00 when booked in advance)
Family of 4 (max 2 adults): £12 (£10 in advance)
School groups by arrangement: tickets £2.50 each

£5.00 weekends (£4.00 when booked in advance)
Family of 4 (max 2 adults): £16 (£14 in advance)

Please note: Booking fees apply if you book online. If you're only booking for the Magical Menagerie, avoid booking fees by booking by 'phone or in person at The Stables or at the onsite box office.

Sky Sundays: 2 tickets for the price of 1 on 18 July and 1 August

If you have booked in advance, Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your time slot.

The carousel can be accessed through steps or the fitted ramp. The ramp can accommodate two people going up side by side. We regret that it is not technically possible to accommodate wheelchairs on the ride itself. Our staff are trained to help people on and off of the ride, though if you require assistance, please contact us in advance for more information and to talk through any access requirements you may have.

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