The Parks Trust sees another busy summer of events and activities
The 2019 events season has been a very busy one here at The Parks Trust. We have been very honoured to see so many community events taking place in our parks this year.
May saw Truby’s Garden Tea Room and partners host the Get Great Together Iftaar at Campbell Park Pavilion for a third time, with 800 guests enjoying delicious cuisine much of which had been prepared by the community to share. June saw MKIAC host their annual Art in the Park festival at Willen Lake and HeritageMK and partners hosted their biannual MK Festival of History in Campbell Park.
Campbell Park hosted the very first India Day MK at the end of June with fantastic display of Indian culture culminating in a special parade from Campbell Park’s famous beacon to the stage. Over 5000 people enjoyed the event and the IDMK team are pleased to be able to bring the event back to the park for 2020. July 20th saw the third Africa Diaspora Day which gets better each year. Organised by the team at Global Outreach Foundation the day concluded in a fashion show with young people using a special catwalk built for the occasion, which was definitely a first for the park. July concluded with The Parks Trust annual event World Picnic and we look forward to this event being part of International Festival in 2020.
The beginning of August saw the return of the biggest annual event which takes place in our parks, MK Playday! 8000 children and adults from all parts of MK communities enjoyed the free day of play organised in partnership by The Parks Trust, Milton Keynes Council, MK Play Association, MK College, Woughton Community Council and MK Dons Sport and Education Trust and with grant support from MK Community Foundation. Playday is the national day for play in the UK, traditionally held on the first Wednesday in August and as well as a celebration of children’s right to play and the importance of play in children’s lives and Campbell Park certainly showed how imaginative and active the children of MK can be!
Finishing the month will see Campbell Park host it’s first Magic of Thailand Festival on 31st August and 1st September bringing all the delights of Thailand to Milton Keynes including fabulous Thai cuisine. Looking forward to later in September the busy trend for parkland events continues with Pride:MK on 14 September. Organised by Q:Alliance and partners, the team have organised for the Pride:MK main stage to have a fantastic rainbow cover and an impressive entertainment line-up thanks to getting strong sponsorship support from local companies including Santander and Pink Punters. A week later sees our annual Heritage Open Day at Great Linford Manor Park organised by Friends of Great Linford Manor Park as part of HODs and HLF project.
As well as all the fantastic community cultural events taking place in our parks many sporting and recreational activities are also taking place this month in the parks with a regional Cyclo-cross races, a National Disc Golf Challenge and an organised horse ride to name just a few, it is certainly a varied time for activity in our parks.
All these different events and activities have been supported in various ways by The Parks Trust events team and many of the groups involved attended training hosted by the events team in the early part of the year to help them organise safe and successful events. We welcome requests from many different groups each year to host their own events in the parks and if you know of a group who would like to host a community celebration in our parks please contact the events team on firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss an event idea and join an events workshop session in 2020.