Illustration by Tom Guilmard
Big Shop Friday offers a platform for the local creative community – championing discussion, collaboration and knowledge sharing.

We plan occasional events that are pooled from a collective of contacts and specialisms. We support our own and bring in inspiring ‘people and things’ from all over.

We hope to challenge and experiment, and join-up the dots in city where we can.

Big Shop Friday opened every Friday throughout July 2017 by Daniel Chehade in the waiting room of The Old Bus Station, Milton Keynes. It was a pilot – an experiment to see who might turn up, what they want and if there was any need for such a space in the city.

Word spread and a community grew. People came back, then they brought a friend and so on. Over those four days we established the beginnings of a new network of creatives and contemporaries, one which continues to grow.

In October 2017 the Shop re-opened as an artist-run café and shop based at The Old Bus Station. Stocking some of the best magazines around, from art and design, to fashion, photography and architecture, most of our titles were not available anywhere else in the city. Big Shop Friday were also proud hosts to the best coffee in Milton Keynes from Carlo’s Coffee Kitchen. Carlo is one of very few speciality coffee makers in the area who also roasts his own coffee.
The Shop left The Old Bus Station in December 2017. Keep updated about future venues by signing up to our mailing list below or follow us on Instagram.


Founded by Daniel Chehade, Big Shop Friday is Roisin Callaghan, Emily Cheshire and Jo Trotter.