Using our Parks for Events and Activities

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12 April 2019


Our parks are used every day for many different activities, from events large and small, to school sessions and filming opportunities. All activities planned for our parks and green space require permission in the form of a licence, which sets out terms and conditions to use Milton Keynes parks. Every year we see requests for everything from picnics and barbecues to funfairs and festivals.

We also license businesses to use the parks, these include fitness and bootcamp instructors, commercial dog walkers as well as filming and professional photography. Schools and community groups also use the parks for all kinds of different activities and sessions such as class visits or even an annual Scouting Jamboree; we welcome everyone to use the parks.  We even have some school groups and businesses use some areas for forest school type activities which increases their understanding and appreciation of our valuable green space.

We have a straightforward licensing process for all these activities to ensure everything taking place in the parks is appropriate for the surroundings and safe for all participants and other park users. In 2018 the parks were host to over 450 diverse events and activities from a large arts festival to community litter picks, from organised walks to bootcamps.

We welcome all requests for hosting events and activities in Milton Keynes parks. If your group would like to run an activity in our parks, please get in touch with our Events Team or see our web pages below about hosting events and licensed activities.

https://www.theparkstrust.com/get-involved/hosting-events-in-our-parks/

https://www.theparkstrust.com/get-involved/licensed-activities/

https://www.theparkstrust.com/our-work/filming-and-photography/

A selection of images taken at Parks Trust events


Events you may be interested in


    • 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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