This year, Milton Keynes is celebrating its very own ‘Summer of Culture’ encompassing the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, elements of the National Cultural Olympiad and the city’s International Festival. A range of different events, many of which are FREE, are taking place across the city from May to September - all you of which you can be a part of. 2012 is a bumper year of activity within Milton Keynes, to find out everything that is planned see the Destination Milton Keynes website.
The Parks Trust is proud to be a part of the 'Summer of Culture' and to have several events included within this exciting programme taking place in Milton Keynes. The 'Summer of Culture' begins in May when there are several sumptuous events taking place within the parks - starting with our May Day Festival on Saturday 5th May 12-5pm in Campbell Park by the canal. There will be traditional folk dance and music on offer, along with lots of interesting stalls and canal boats. The following weekend Milton Keynes' Walking Festival is taking place with lots of walks place accross the city. Later in May see our Art weekend as part of Art and Heritage open days. On Saturday 19th we have an adult education course introduction to drawing and painting outdoors and our open air theatre production of Roald Dahl's 'The Twits' and a couple of Art Walks on Sunday 20th to keep your imagination flowing.
June is full of exciting activity with the parks starting with our celebrations for the Diamond Jubilee. On Monday 4th June join us in the evening (time TBC) in Campbell Park for lighting of the beacon and return to Campbell Park on Tuesday 5th June for our Diamond Jubilee Garden Party 2-6pm where we'll have music performances and family entertainment including a performance by the fabulous Rock Chorus. Great Linford Waterside Festival takes place on Friday 15th until Sunday 17th June where there is always lots to keep you entertained.
July is set to be the busiest month of the year for Milton Keynes with lots of activity taking place all over the city with many of our parks set to be most animated with the International Festival taking place on 20th-29th July culminating with The Parks Trust World Picnic in Campbell Park on Sunday 29th July.
August sees an exciting Cultural Olympiad project come to Milton Keynes. Godiva Awakes arrives on Wed 1st August and stops off in MK and people can get up close to her in Campbell Park between 5 and 7pm. Later in August sees our annual Open Air Film Festival on Friday 17th- Sunday 19th August and the people of Milton Keynes are currently able to have their say in what they'd like to see by voting on our website and through our media partner's website Heart FM.
The 'Summer of Culture' finishes in September with Heritage Open Places where The Parks Trust wil be having a Country Fayre on Saturday 8th September, come and see some country craft and see some parkland machinery.