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Please note, our events calendar is full for the 2021 summer period with the exception of some small events such as community litter picks.

Holding a Barbecue in our Parks

BBQ Stone with lit BBQ

The Parks Trust reminds visitors that for safety reasons barbecues are only allowed in its designated barbecue areas at Willen Lake South, Caldecotte Lake North (Simpson Road) and Campbell Park Canalside and not in any of its other parks or green spaces.

The Trust wants people to enjoy its parks – but not put other people, wildlife or the park itself at risk from fire. There are many areas of uncut grass in the parks because it’s a great resource for insects and wildflowers, however in the summer this grass becomes very dry and a spark from a barbecue could lead to a serious blaze. In addition, disposable barbecues leave ugly burnt patches where the grass will not regrow until the winter months and are often discarded becoming a litter problem.

BBQ Area at Willen Lake South – See the Willen Lake website on hosting BBQs at the lakeside.

BBQ Area at Caldecotte Lake North 4 BBQ stones can be found in the parkland off Simpson Road by the car park. The area already benefits from picnic tables but with the BBQ stones here it makes for the perfect place to have a summer’s BBQ! We also have another BBQ stone situated behind the Boathouse (past the pub and hotel). 

BBQ Area at Campbell Park Canalside can be found at the end of Campbell Park in a designated area by the pond. The BBQ stones in this area were paid for from the Tesco Bags for Help scheme which The Parks Trust successfully received in 2017.


Anyone using these areas is reminded to respect the parks, take litter home and not to leave their BBQ waste behind as this would be hazardous for the environment.

Groups of 10 or more people do need to get permission from  

Download the pack below on details about hosting a BBQ gathering in our parks.

  • The Parks Trust hosted over 230 events and activities in their parks in 2020

  • Fitness Groups & Clubs make up 72% of events & activities held in our parks

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.

  • Caldecotte Lake


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    Planning an outdoor adventure in Milton Keynes? Explore the beautiful location of Caldecotte Lake. Whether its watersports, birdwatching or children’s activities, you’re sure to have a great family day out, with lots of space for little ones to run around, plus some tranquil corners to relax as well.

  • Willen Lake South


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    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.