Located at the heart of Milton Keynes, Campbell Park hosts many of Milton Keynes’ major festivals and events. Its imaginative mix of formal gardens, water features, woodland and open pasture mean it’s an ideal spot to enjoy the changing seasons
What to see and do
At the top of park is a memorial to one of Milton Keynes’ founders, Lord 'Jock' Campbell of Eskan, reading 'If you seek his memorial look around'. A new piece of public art, the MK Rose, created by internationally renowned artist Gordon Young, was installed on the site of the former fountain and pond and officially launched in November 2013. You can find more information at www.mkrose.co.uk. Nearby, the Belvedere, offers views into Bedfordshire. Look out, too, for the labyrinth with a working sundial at its centre.
Chain Reaction, the distinctive sculpture overlooking Campbell Park, celebrates all those who played a part in Milton Keynes’ creation. It is one of several artworks in the park which are also part of the Milton Keynes Artwalk
Alongside the headquarters of The Parks Trust – the charity that cares for Milton Keynes’ open spaces - Gnonom was designed to act as a shadow caster, but nicknamed the cricket piece because of its resemblance to cricket stumps.
Read our public art plan for Campbell Park here.
Campbell Park's cricket pitch hosts a packed programme of competitive matches.
Campbell Park is part of an orienteering course used by the South Midlands Orienteering Club
With wind almost guaranteed, the events plateau is a popular spot for kite-flying. The slopes of the belvedere are a favourite for sledging during winter
For full programme see our events pages. Annual highlights include:
- May: May Day Festival
- July: World Picnic
- August: Open Air Film Festival
- November: Milton Keynes Annual Fireworks Display
There are also many other great events held by other organisations within Campbell Park.
For much of the year Campbell Park is grazed in traditional fashion by sheep, which allows other wildlife to flourish.
Need to know
Campbell Park lies at the far east end of thecentre:mk, linked to the shopping centre and theatre district by footbridges.
From the H6 Child’s Way use Overgate to park’s south side.
From the H5 Portway use Overgate to park’s north side.
The park and car parks open at all times, except for during major events such as the fireworks display, concerts and selected cricket matches when some areas and car parks may be temporarily unavailable or charge a fee.
Free car parking at the following locations:
- Avebury Boulevard, south end, off Glebe roundabout
- Silbury Boulevard at roundabout junction with Overgate
- Silbury Boulevard off Cricket Green roundabout
There are no public toilets in Campbell Park. The nearest facilities are in the city centre, open only during shoppping hours.
There are no refreshment facilities in Campbell Park other than during special events. However, there is a wealth of cafes, bars and restaurants in the nearby city centre, theatre district and Xscape centre.
There is a good network of all-weather paths but steep gradients throughout the park. Access to the open air theatre area is grassed and may be difficult. Cattle grids and kissing gates operate in the formal planted areas to keep sheep out.
Make a day of it
Cambell Park is linked into the rest of the parks system via a route east to Willen Lake, where it connects with the Ouzel Valley Park and Canal Broadwalk.