What's On in Your Parks

Organised by the Parks Trust

  • Activity Day
    Various Dates
    Join us for our summer holiday activity days, where you'll be able to take part in a range of activities, without commiting to a full week
  • Activity Week
    Various Dates
    A fun-filled multi-activity week in the school holidays, focussing on trying out a range of activities, meeting new people and having lots of fun! Throughout the week participants will try different activities including sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, raft building, archery, katakanus, and a range of fun games, all of which makes an ideal introduction to watersports
  • Adult Bat Walk - Furzton Linear Park - 3rd September 2019
    Join our bat enthusiast for an evening walk and learn about these amazing creatures
  • Adult Bat Walk - Ouzel Valley Park - 29th August 2019
    As part of the international Bat Night Celebration, join our bat enthusiast for an adult only evening walk and learn about these amazing creatures
  • Adult Bat Walk - Walton Lake - 31st July 2019
    Join our bat enthusiast for an adult only evening walk and learn about these amazing creatures
  • Adult Paddleboarding Club
    Various Dates
    Do you want to try something new one evening a week? Do you want to get involved in Stand Up Paddleboarding? Do you want to meet new friends and discover a new activity? Sign up for our Adult Paddleboarding Club and you will tick all of those boxes! We will work to teach new skills and develop your skills to be efficient in paddling
  • Bat Walk - Bioblitz
    Join our bat enthusiast for an evening guided bat walk, to see what species are living in the wood and learn about these amazing creatures on Tuesday 2nd July
  • BioBlitz
    A 24-hour survey (also called a bioblitz) will be held to discover the variety of different birds,bugs and plants that make their homes in places we look after.
  • Carols at the Rose
    Join us for our annual carolling afternoon. Bring a lantern and wrap up warm.
  • Big Litter Pick
    Various Dates
    Come and join the rangers for a series of Community Litter Picks.
  • Dawn Chorus - BioBlitz
    We’ll be kicking off the BioBlitz on Tuesday 2nd July with an early morning guided dawn chorus survey with local naturalist and keen birder Harry Appleyard! We’ll meet at the Howe Park Wood education centre at 7
  • Discover Archery
    Various Dates
    Come and find out what Archery is about at Willen Lake and try your hand at becoming the next Robin Hood! Located in a quiet paddock away from the lake, participants can practice to shoot gold with tuition from one of our instructors
  • Discover Kayaking
    Various Dates
    Try your hand at kayaking with tuition from one of our coaches
  • Discover Powerboating
    Various Dates
    Take part in a 90minute taster session and Discover Powerboating
  • Discover Sailing
    Various Dates
    An introduction to Dinghy Sailing, under the guidance and supervision of one of our qualified instructors
  • Discover SUP
    Various Dates
    Find out what stand up paddleboarding is all about with tuition from one of our coaches
  • Discover Wakeboarding
    Various Dates
    Our Discover sessions are aimed at adults that can swim 50m
  • Discover Windsurfing
    Various Dates
    An introduction to windsurfing, led by one of our enthusiastic, qualified windsurf instructors
  • Discover: Autumn fruits, roots and seeds
    Join The Hedgewitch to find out the different foods growing naturally in our beautiful nature reserve
  • Discover: Bats
    Join the rangers for an interesting evening finding out more about the different bat species we have in Milton Keynes
  • Discover: Bushcraft
    Join our Outdoor Learning team to understand how we can use the natural world if we found ourselves in a survival situation
  • Discover: Butterflies and day flying moths
    Learn about butterflies in MK and their identification
  • Discover: Christmas Wreaths
    Various Dates
    Join the rangers and learn to make your own Christmas wreath, using natural materials harvested from the parks
  • Discover: Tree Identification
    Join the rangers for a short walk around the Ouzel Valley, learning to identify the trees in our parkland by their leaf, bark, bud and blossom
  • Discovery Stroll
    Various Dates
    Short strolls for anyone and everyone.
  • SOLD OUT Family Bat Walk - Linford Lakes Nature Reserve - 5th July 2019
    Join our bat enthusiast for this family friendly evening walk and learn about these amazing creatures
  • Guided Bird Walk
    Various Dates
    We will be surveying the wood for late summer migrants both by ear and vision, as well as listening for established territories
  • Improving Access to Blackhorse Wood
    Conservation task as part of MK Festival of Nature
  • John Muir Award 4 day course
    20/08/2019 - 23/08/2019
    The Parks Trust are proud to be running a 4 day John Muir Award course for 11-14 year olds
  • Junior Sailing Club
    Various Dates
    The aim of our sailing club is to get children into sailing regular and work with them to achieve their next qualification in the RYA Youth Sailing Scheme
  • Junior Wakeboarding Session
    Various Dates
    Our Junior sessions are just like our Discover sessions, but for children aged 8+ who can swim 50m
  • Kneeboarding - Pay and Play
    Various Dates
    Ride for one hour on a kneeboard to get confident with the course
  • Linford Lakes Nature Reserve Open Day
    Come and explore the wildlife of Linford Lakes, the best kept secret in Milton Keynes. Activities will range, but may include: bug hunting, pond dipping, bird watching, and our Wildlife Detective Trail and Challenges. All activities are completely free and suitable for all ages. This event is being run by the Parks Trust and the Friends of Linford Lakes Nature Reserve.
  • Make A Difference Day
    Join us on the biggest volunteering day of the year as we tidy up at Linford Lakes Nature Reserve.
  • MK Festival of Nature
    28/06/2019 - 06/07/2019
    A 9 day festival with lots of events and activities to help you discover the natural world
  • MK Playday
    MK Playday is back! Join the biggest day of play with MK Play Partnership. Experience the different zones, join in with activities and games and enjoy the main stage entertainment.
  • Moth Morning - BioBlitz
    Join our moth enthusiast Gordon Redford for a morning of mothing at Howe Park Wood on Tuesday 2nd July
  • SOLD OUT Moth Mornings - Linford Lakes Nature Reserve - 29th June 2019
    Join our moth enthusiast to learn about these amazing creatures over a cup of tea
  • Nature Day
    Join us, Milton Keynes Natural History Society and your local Wildlife Trust for a day dedicated to discovering nature. The day will feature guided walks, talks, stalls, bug hunting and trails for children.
  • Howe Park Wood Education Centre Open Day
    23/07/2019 - 26/08/2019
    Free Open Days at Howe Park Wood Education Centre Come and explore the wildlife of Howe Park Wood, take part in our Wildlife Detective Challenge and learn how to identify the tracks and trails left by nature. Open Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays 10.30-2.30 during the Summer Holiday.
  • Paddle Week
    Various Dates
    Our paddle weeks we offer in the summer holidays are a five-day course for children to work on the PaddlePower Scheme
  • Paddlepower
    28/09/2019 - 29/09/2019
    The PaddlePower scheme is for children aged 8 – 14 who want to progress and achieve qualifications outlined by British Canoeing
  • Parkland Explorers - Birdwatching walk
    Be part of the Parkland Explorers Birdwatching Walk! Take a walk through a unique nature reserve and take in the wealth and variety of bird species that reside there
  • Parkland Explorers - Foraging walk
    Parkland Explorers: Foraging this Autumn! Discover what Milton Keynes parklands has to offer when foraging in your local nature reserve – you’ll learn how to identify wild plants, berries and nuts as well as considering how to forage safely
  • Parkland Explorers - Insect survey
    Parkland Explorers: Insect surveys
  • Parkland Explorers - Wilderness Survival
    Various Dates
    Join the Parkland Explorers wilderness survival session
  • Parkland Explorers - Wildlife Wanderers
    Want to be a Parkland Explorer! Join the Wildlife Wanderers session to enjoy the local parkland and learn about the highlights of the park and some interesting wildlife facts
  • Parkland Play
    Join the rangers for a family fun afternoon with games and activities at Brooklands Meadow Park.
  • Parkland Play
    Bring a picnic and join the rangers for a family fun afternoon with games and activities at Great Linford Manor Park.
  • Parks and Run
    Various Dates
    Monthly free fun run in the park
  • Public Open Meeting
    Discover a review of the year and what's planned for The Parks Trust.
  • Pushchairs in the Park - Willen Lake
    Various Dates
    Looking after your new baby can be a very busy time leaving exercise at the bottom of your list of things to do. Come along and discover some wonderful walks in Milton Keynes parkland, enjoy the fresh air, and meet new friends.
  • RYA Basic Skills (Level 2)
    Various Dates
    The RYA Basic Skills course is designed to teach participants aged 16+, how to sail the boat solo
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2
    Various Dates
    A weekend improvers course to get you on the road to becoming an independent powerboat driver, building on the skills learned in the Level 1 course, and introducing new techniques
  • RYA Start Sailing (Level 1)
    17/08/2019 - 18/08/2019
    The RYA Start Sailing course is for participants aged 16+ who are looking to take their first steps in the sailing world
  • RYA Start Windsurfing
    Various Dates
    Take the first step towards experiencing the thrills and spills of sailing a windsurf board
  • Sailing Week
    Various Dates
    Our Sailing week is a five-day adventure, taking beginners to advanced sailors helping them progress to the next level
  • Splash 'n' Play - Birthday party
    Various Dates
    Our one hour birthday parties
  • Splash 'n' Play - Private hire
    Various Dates
    One hour of private hire is £120 for up to 20 children (and you can add additional children for just £4 each)
  • Splash 'n' Play (Off-peak)
    Various Dates
    1 x Child Ticket for Spash 'n' Play a single session
  • Splash 'n' Play (Peak)
    Various Dates
    1 x Child Ticket for Spash 'n' Play a single session
  • Spooky Halloween Walks
    Dare to take a walk in the wood and celebrate Halloween by joining one of our spooky walks? Walks get scarier as the evening progresses
  • Stars in the Park
    Explore the skies with our rangers and UK Astronomy
  • Summer Birding at the Lakes
    Come and see what the birdlife is doing during the summer at one of Milton Keynes' leisure lakes, Willen Lake
  • Talk: Amazing Howe Park Wood
    Join our speaker for a fascinating evening learning about the amazing wildlife and natural history of this ancient woodland
  • Talk: Wildlife in MK
    Join our speaker for a fascinating insight into the variety of Milton Keynes' wildlife, much of which can be found in our parkland
  • Teens Go Wild
    Are you aged between 11 and 15 years?  Join Milton Keynes Natural History Society and The Parks Trust for an evening of nature activities  - get involved with animal tracking, pond dipping, bird watching and more
  • Tree Tots
    Various Dates
    Pre-school toddlers and their parents are invited to join our education team for a weekly toddle into Howe Park Wood followed by a “Nature Play” session either in the wood or at the education centre
  • Treetop Extreme - Adventure
    Various Dates
    Our new all-inclusive Adventure experience at Treetop Extreme includes: CLIMB - our 10 metre climbing wall SWING - across the Adventure level course JUMP - from our 13 metre freefall simulator  Minimum height 1
  • Treetop Extreme - Explorer
    Various Dates
    Our new all-inclusive Explorer experience at Treetop Extreme includes: SWING - across the Explorer level course JUMP - from our 13 metre freefall simulator  Minimum height 1
  • Treetop Extreme - Extreme
    Various Dates
    Our new all-inclusive Extreme experience at Treetop Extreme includes: CLIMB - our 10 metre climbing wall SWING - across the Extreme level course JUMP - from our 13 metre freefall simulator  Minimum height 1
  • Treetop Extreme - Site Hire
    Various Dates
  • Willen Crusaders
    Various Dates
    Willen Crusaders is a club for children aged 8 - 16 years old
  • Women's Walking Network
    Various Dates
    Come and join The Parks Trust volunteers at our monthly Women's Walking Network walks. Get to know your parks better and make some new friends.
  • Woof Walks
    Various Dates
    Dog walks led by The Parks Trust rangers through our parks
  • World Picnic
    Annual celebration with cultural music and dance performances
  • Youth Explorers Course
    Youth Explorers is a six-week outdoor learning course for young people aged between 11-14 years old
  • Youth Sailing Scheme
    14/09/2019 - 15/09/2019
    We offer two-day courses for children aged 8-16 to work towards further qualifications in the RYA Youth Sailing Scheme
  • Youth Windsurfing Scheme
    24/08/2019 - 25/08/2019
    The Youth Windsurfing Scheme is for children from beginner level to advanced

Other events in our parks

  • African Diaspora Day
    Global Outreach Foundation in conjunction with local African Community groups in Milton Keynes are delighted to announce this year’s event which will take place on the 20th July at Campbell Park, Milton Keynes.
  • Armistice Day
    Armistice Day is an opportunity to pay our respects to those who have given their lives in time of war.
  • Art at the Lake Festival
    29/06/2019 - 30/06/2019
    Milton Keynes Islamic Arts Culture and Heritage MKIAC are bringing the biggest multicultural free two day festival “Art at The Lake” to Willen Lake Milton Keynes on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June.
  • Bancroft Park Petanque Club Open Day
    Try boules with Bancroft Park Petanque Club
  • Big Fun Run and Dog Jog
    Get involved in your local fun run at Willen Lake this September!
  • Central Cyclocross League Race
    Central Cyclocross League Race
  • Cricket
    Various Dates
    Cricket Match at Campbell Park Pavilion: Bucks U14 v Leics U14
  • Disability Awareness Day at MK Rose
    Celebrate and acknowledge the experiences and capabilities of people with disabilities at MK Rose.
  • Dragon Boat Festival
    Annual charity dragon boat races. Click here for more details or to enter your team: to http://dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/dragon-boat-festivals/milton-keynes/
  • Easy Riders
    Various Dates
    Join this monthly cycle ride, organised by MK Cycle Touring Club, 30 miles along country lanes and tracks to Stoke Bruerne.
  • Family Heritage Open Day
    Come and explore the unique heritage of Great Linford Manor Park through fun, family activities.
  • Friends of Linford Lakes Nature Reserve Open Sunday
    Various Dates
    Monthly open Sunday at the Nature Reserve
  • Get Intu Nature
    Meet the Festival of Nature team and find out what's on during the week
  • Heritage Open Day Tours
    Find out about the great stories behind the pillars at MK Rose.
  • Hiroshima Day
    Annual floating lantern ceremony at the Peace Pagoda.
  • India Day MK
    Indian celebration in Campbell Park
  • Mission Mud
    Calling all kids and big kids! Join our Mud Squad and work together to tackle Mission Mud by jogging, walking or crawling our two mile course on 13th July 2019.
  • MK Trilogy Disc Golf Challenge
    Presented by MK Disc Golf
  • MKF Tribute Festival
    13/07/2019 - 14/07/2019
    Tribute Festival is coming to Campbell Park
  • Oktoberfest 2019
    11/10/2019 - 12/10/2019
    Oktoberfest 2019
  • Orienteering
    Various Dates
    Learn how to use a map while having fun in the parks.
  • Peace Pagoda Anniversary
    Annual celebration of the first Peace Pagoda in the western hemisphere
  • Pretty Muddy 5k Run
    Race for Life Pretty Muddy is a brilliant 5k muddy obstacle course. Scramble over the A-frame. Crawl through the mud pit. Have fun with your friends. And raise valuable funds for BEATING CANCER.
  • Pride:MK 2019
    This is planned to be a family friendly, accessible, diverse and free to attend event for the LGBTQ+ community in Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas.
  • Return to Nature with Nick Baker
    Naturalist and TV presenter Nick Baker has travelled every corner of the globe while following his passion for the natural world.
  • Ride Out
    Pleasure ride with classes to suit every rider. Click for more information...
  • Seaside in the City
    Dress up as your favourite underwater character and join the rangers for a family fun afternoon with games and activities around the lake.
  • Summer Screens Open Air Cinema
    22/08/2019 - 25/08/2019
    Cult Screens is not just about the film, they have fantastic food and drink options as well, including craft beers from independent breweries, superb wines, cocktails, fresh popcorn and fantastic food.
  • Thai Festival
    31/08/2019 - 01/09/2019
    A two day event to experience the taste of Thailand this summer is brought to you by Magic of Thailand.
  • Wildlife Action
    Join intu Green Gym to discover a range of exciting activities and learn how you can help local wildlife. Activities suitable for all abilities, no experience needed. Hot drinks and snacks available during the mid-way break.
  • International Day of Yoga
    Various Dates
    Join experienced teachers for a yoga session in Campbell Park