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15 January 2019


The Parks Trust are proud to present its 2019 What’s on Guide with thanks to our sponsors Vodafone.

This handy, pocket sized booklet details events and activities that will take place across the city throughout the year, with everything from smaller, regular events like Parks and Run and led walks through to bigger events including MK Festival of History and MK Walking Festival.

This year also sees the return of the hugely popular MK Playday, the largest free play event in Milton Keynes – with activities, games and stage entertainment. Produced by the MK Playday Partnership the event will take place on Wednesday 7th August, 2019 from 11am – 4pm.

Returning favourites for the 2019 calendar include the Big Doggie Do, to be held at Willen Lake South on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May as well as World Picnic, at Campbell Park on Sunday 28th July.

In addition Stars in the Park, a new family fun event for 2019, allows families and beginners to learn more about the solar system and stargaze in Milton Keynes parkland in collaboration with UK Astronomy.

A variety of familiar regular activities have been announced, including monthly Women’s Walking Network sessions where women of all ages and abilities come together for a walk around different areas of parkland, Woof Walks for those who would like to bring their dog with them to explore, and Community Litter Picks, accessible for all those wanting to help eliminate litter and protect local wildlife.

Julie Dawes, Events & Community Engagement Manager for The Parks Trust, commented: “We are very pleased to present our 2019 What’s on Guide, which details hundreds of opportunities to get outside and explore our beautiful parkland. We organise and enable over 500 events and activities every year, working closely with local community groups and other organisations, to ensure there is something for everyone to enjoy. We look forward to seeing you all at our events and activities throughout 2019!”

The 2019 What’s on Guide can be picked up from The Parks Trust’s office in Campbell Park or its education centres at Linford Lakes Nature Reserve and Howe Park Wood. Guides can also be picked up at MK Central library and Milton Keynes Visitor Centre. If you would like copies for your local group or organisation, please contact The Parks Trust on 01908 233600 or info@theparkstrust.com



  • The Parks Trust hosted over 450 events and activities in their parks in 2018

  • Over 15,000 visitors came to activities and events across the parks in 2018.

  • 91% of event attendees said they had a Excellent, Very Good or Good experience at our events in 2018!

Discover our parks

  • Campbell Park

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    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.

    Refreshments
    There are no refreshment facilities in Campbell Park other than during special events. However, there are a wealth of cafes, bars and restaurants in the nearby city centre, theatre district and Xscape centre.

  • Willen Lake South

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    The Watersport Centre at Willen Lake, come on down and hire a boat!

    Willen Lake is Milton Keynes’ most popular park. Visitors take part in watersports activities, go cycling, enjoy the playground, try the high ropes course or simply picnic along Willen’s shores. It’s a great place to entertain all ages of family and friends, whether it’s a visit to the café or restaurant, a stroll, trying a beginners’ course in sailing or hiring a pedalo or bike.

    Refreshments
    The one4six café and The Lakeside Pub operated by Fayre and Square.

  • Howe Park Wood

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    Howe Park is probably the woodland mentioned in the Domesday Survey of 1086. Parts of it may be rare surviving fragments of the 'wildwood' that covered the whole of lowland Britain after the last Ice Age, 6-11,000 years ago.

    Refreshments
    There is a café at Howe Park Wood serving cakes, drinks and cold foods.

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