What's On in Your Parks

Organised by the Parks Trust

  • Activity Week
    Various Dates
    Not sure what activity's for you? Our activity Week is a fun-filled five day course, including many of the activities we have on offer
  • Adult Kayaking Club
    Various Dates
    Our Adult Kayaking Club is a great evening adventure, learning new skills under the watchful eyes of our qualified instructors
  • Adult Paddleboarding Club
    Various Dates
    Our Adult Paddleboarding Club is a great evening adventure, learning new skills and developing your knowledge of Stand Up Paddleboarding
  • Advanced (Two hour session)
    Various Dates
    Our two-hour wakeboarding sessions are available for members as part of their membership and for competent riders on a pay-as-you-go basis
  • Annual Public Meeting 2021
    Join us at our 2021 Annual Public Meeting at Campbell Park on Thursday 15th July
  • Stories in the Park
    Open-air, immersive stories told for all the family.
  • Beginner (One hour session)
    Various Dates
    Not quite competent? Our beginner sessions are an opportunity to work on your skills
  • Community Litter Pick: Hazeley Wood
    Help us protect the wonderful wildlife in the woodland on our community litter pick
  • Community Litter Pick: Oxley Park
    Love your local parks? Why not join us on a littler pick to help keep it clean and safe for your whole community
  • Community Litter Pick: Shenley Wood
    Shenley Wood is one of our ancient woodlands that boasts lots of fantastic wildlife
  • Discover Archery
    Various Dates
    Perfect for the complete beginner, our Discover Archery sessions are a fantastic introduction to this rewarding sport
  • Discover Canoeing
    Various Dates
    Join us on our 90 minute Discover Canoeing session and learn the basics for an enjoyable experience in the world of canoeing with one of our  coaches
  • Discover Kayaking
    Various Dates
    Try your hand at kayaking with tuition from one of our qualified coaches in this 90-minute session
  • Discover Nature Day (12-15 years)
    Do you know a 12-15 year-old who is interested in the natural world and would like to get hands-on experience in conservation projects and wildlife surveys? Secure them a place on our upcoming Nature Day session
  • Discover Nature Day (8-11 years)
    Various Dates
    Do you know an 8 to 11-year-old who is interested in the natural world and would like to get hands-on experience in conservation projects and wildlife surveys? Secure them a place on our upcoming Nature Day session at Linford Lakes Nature Reserve
  • Discover Nature Day (9-12 years)
    Do you know a 9 to 12-year-old who is interested in the natural world and would like to get hands-on experience in conservation projects and wildlife surveys? Secure them a place on our upcoming Nature Day session at Linford Lakes Nature Reserve
  • Discover Paddleboarding
    Various Dates
    Discover one of the fastest growing watersports - Stand Up Paddleboarding - with tuition from one of our qualified British Canoeing Paddleboarding coaches
  • Discover Sailing
    Various Dates
    Discover Sailing is a 90-minute dinghy sailing session for beginners, suitable for adults and children aged over 8 years old
  • Discover Wakeboarding
    Various Dates
    Discover Wakeboarding is an ideal introductory session for those new to wakeboarding
  • Discover Windsurfing
    Various Dates
    Discover the thrill of windsurfing with our introductory session led by one of our enthusiastic and qualified instructors
  • Discovery Stroll: Floodplain Forest
    Explore one of our newest and more unique parks with a gentle guided walk from one of our rangers
  • Discovery Stroll: Furzton Lake
    Enjoy a quiet walk around the lake with us and get the chance to meet our ranger
  • Discovery Stroll: Teardrop Lakes
    Take a stroll with us around these picturesque balancing lakes and find out why these are important infrastructure for our city
  • Festival of Archaeology 2021: Family Archaeology Afternoon
    Come along and visit a live archaeological dig!
  • Fossil Hunting
    All-ages session to learn how to spot and identify fossils at the historic Great Linford Manor Park.
  • Horrible Heritage Family Walks
    Various Dates
    Step back in time and explore our historic park as we bring to life the characters who've made the park their home over the centuries! Part of the national celebration for Heritage Open Days
  • Junior Sailing Club
    Various Dates
    Our Junior Sailing Club is for children aged 8-15 years who want to get involved in sailing regularly
  • Junior Windsurfing Club
    Various Dates
    Our Junior Windsurfing Club is for children aged 8-15 years who want to get involved in windsurfing regularly
  • Linford Eats 2021
    Make the most of the British summer and catch up with loved ones outdoors at our foodie event! Enjoy local food from a selection of the city's tastiest vendors (to be announced soon), offering something for everyone
  • MK Festival of Nature
    26/06/2021 - 07/07/2021
    A programme of activities celebrating the natural world
  • MKFoN: Bats & Glow Worms Walk
    Various Dates
    Find bats and glow worms on this night time walk with MK NHSoc
  • MKFoN: Community Litter Pick
    Help protect wildlife and keep our parks clean
  • MKFoN: Community Volunteering Task
    Community volunteering at Linford Wood
  • SOLD OUT! MKFoN: Family Bat Walk
    A night time walk to discover all about bats and how to spot them
  • MKFoN: Family Forest Bathing
    Switch off and tune in to nature
  • MKFoN: Family Nature Walk
    Join us to explore one of our newest nature parks, Broughton Brook
  • MKFoN: Introduction to Wildlife Spotting
    A guided walk to develop your wildlife spotting skills
  • MKFoN: Nature Day
    A free, fun event celebrating nature!
  • SOLD OUT! MKFoN: Otter Spotting Workshop
    Learn how to spot signs of otters in the parks
  • MKFoN: Tree Identification Walk
    Learn Tree ID techniques
  • Paddle Start Award (Kayaking)
    Our Paddle Start Award (Paddleboarding) is a one day course where you will learn how to safely launch, paddle, control and balance your stand up paddleboard in different conditions
  • Paddle Start Award (Paddleboarding)
    Various Dates
    Our Paddle Start Award (Paddleboarding) is a one day course where you will learn how to safely launch, paddle, control and balance your stand up paddleboard in different conditions
  • Parkland Play: Ashland Lakes
    Free games and activities in your park
  • Parkland Play: Broughton Brook
    Join us at Broughton Brook for an afternoon of fun with lots of free games and activities which the whole family can enjoy on Wednesday 28th July
  • Parkland Play: Hazeley Wood
    Free summer holiday games and activities for the whole family
  • Parks and Run: Broughton Brook
    Discover the beautiful Broughton Brook park on a choice of 2, 5 & 10km runs this month
  • Parks and Run: Furzton Lake
    Take in the views of the popular Furzton Lake while on a choice of a 2, 4 & 10 km run this month
  • Parks and Run: Ouzel Valley Park
    Take in the views of the Ouzel Valley Park whilst enjoying a choice of a 3, 6 or 10 km run for our last Parks and Run of the year
  • Parks and Run: Shenley Wood
    Enjoy a choice of 2, 5 & 10 km runs exploring one of our ancient woodlands
  • Parks and Run: Willen Lake
    Enjoy a choice of a 3, 5 & 10km run around Willen Lake
  • RYA Start Sailing (Level 1)
    Various Dates
    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 (Level 1)
    Various Dates
    A course for complete beginners, teaches you the basics of windsurfing using the right equipment
  • RYA Youth Multi-activity Week
    Various Dates
    Looking to try a water sport but not sure what you would be interested in? Our multi-activity course covers the basics of both Stage 1 Windsurfing and Sailing
  • RYA Youth Sailing Stage 1
    Various Dates
    Looking to learn a new sport and get out on the water? This five-day sailing course is designed to give participants an introduction and basic understanding of boat controls and sailing theory
  • RYA Youth Sailing Stage 2
    Various Dates
    A follow-on course from Stage 1, this course allows participants to develop steering ability, rope skills and simple sail controls
  • RYA Youth Sailing Stage 3 & 4
    Various Dates
    A course aimed at sailors with a good knowledge and competence (and a stage 2 certificate) looking to further hone skills whilst gaining a better understanding of the dynamics of a dinghy
  • RYA Youth Windsurfing Stage 1
    02/08/2021 - 06/08/2021
    Want to try one of the most independent and rewarding water sports? Over five days, participants will learn tacking and gybing out on the water whilst gaining a better understanding of wind and weather in both practical and theory-based sessions
  • RYA Youth Windsurfing Stage 2
    16/08/2021 - 20/08/2021
    After you have been hooked on windsurfing from Stage 1, this five-day course is where windsurfing really becomes exciting
  • Sketching in the Park Course
    08/07/2021 - 16/09/2021
    Designed for adults of all artistic abilities, this series of workshops will help you learn skills to begin sketching outdoors
  • Splash 'n' Play
    Various Dates
    Enjoy a Splash 'n' Play session at Willen Lake
  • Splash 'n' Play - Private hire
    Various Dates
    One hour of private hire is £140 for up to 20 children (and you can add additional children for just £5 each)
  • Splash 'n' Play - Under 5's
    Various Dates
  • Spooky Halloween Walks
    Dare to venture into the woods on our spooky halloween trail? Join us for a frightful evening at Howe Park Wood where we take you on a tour of our terrifying trail through the haunted woods
  • Stony Riverside Fair
    Annual children's fair organised by the Stony Riverside Parks Group volunteers
  • Summer Stories in the Park
    Celebrate the summer with our open-air family storytelling.
  • Sunrise Paddleboarding
    Various Dates
    What better way to start your
  • Talk: Great Linford Manor Park Pond Works
    Various Dates
    Join us for weekly updates to find out how the pond works are progressing at Great Linford Manor Park
  • Talk: History in The Parks - an introduction to our Historical Sites
    Ever wondered about the lumps and bumps in some of the parks? Many of these are the remains of historical sites - some of which are listed ancient monuments
  • Talk: Our Hedgehog Habitats
    The hedgehog is one of the fastest disappearing animals in the UK, with a third of the population being lost since 2000
  • Talk: Water water everywhere - The balancing Lakes of MK
    Have you ever wondered why Milton Keynes experiences very little residential flooding compared to other parts of the UK despite the prevalence of waterways across the city? In this talk you will find out about the intricate system of balancing lakes and urban drainage systems that help protect MK
  • Talk: Wildlife in the Park - A Year in Howe Park Wood
    Have you ever walked around our Ancient Woodlands, desperate to see wildlife other than a squirrel and a magpie? Here's your chance! With photographs of wildlife seen at Howe Park Wood through the year, find out what the creatures that live in this Ancient Woodland have been up to in 2021
  • Talk: Woodlands and Wetlands cared for by The Parks Trust
    Did you know that The Parks Trust care for ancient woodlands and wetlands in MK? Many of us like to explore these vital habitats on our doorsteps, but perhaps do not know as much about them as we'd like
  • Tree Tots
    Various Dates
    Tree Tots is returning the 1st of April as per the latest government Covid-19 regulations
  • Treetop Extreme - Adventure OR Extreme
    Various Dates
    Choose from EITHER our Adventure level OR our Extreme level
  • Treetop Extreme - Explorer
    Various Dates
    Our Explorer level is the perfect course for younger or more nervous adventurers
  • Treetop Extreme - Private hire
    Various Dates
    Enjoy Treetop Extreme all to yourself with our 90 minute private hire - starting from just £150 for up to 10 participants, with extra participants just £17 each
  • Two hour practice
    Various Dates
    Work on your sailing or windsurfing skills in one of our two hour practice sessions, where an instructor will be on hand to give guidance
  • Walk & Talk: Adult Bat Walk Great Linford Manor Park
    Great Linford Manor Park is a unique site in Milton Keynes with a history stretching back to at least the Saxon times
  • Walk & Talk: Adult Bat Walk Shenley Wood
    Our bat enthusiast will take you on a tour around Shenley Wood as you look for all sorts of native bats species and find out more about the bats and wildlife that live there
  • Walk & Talk: Discover Great Linford Manor Park
    Various Dates
    Have you ever wondered about the history of Great Linford Manor Park? Join us on one of our monthly guided walks to discover the historic features of this ancient site
  • Walk & Talk: Family Bat Walk Caldecotte Lake
    There’s more to Caldecotte Lake than its acres of beautiful parkland and watersports facilities – come and discover the variety of water birds and other wildlife at Caldecotte Lake that call its serene waters home
  • Walk & Talk: Family Bat Walk Floodplain Forest
    The Floodplain forest Nature Reserve was formerly pasture land before being quarried for sand and gravel by Hanson between 2007 and 2014
  • Walk & Talk: Family Bat Walk Stony Stratford Nature Reserve
    Learn how to find bats and more about them as our bat enthusiast takes you on a nocturnal walk through the Stony Stratford Nature Reserve, which is located at the very Northern point of the Ouse Valley Park
  • Walk & Talk: Foraging - A basic guide to identifying common plants
    Various Dates
    Foraging is becoming increasingly popular in the UK as people look for new ways to connect with the outdoors
  • Walk & Talk: Forest Bathing for Adults - Summer
    Welcome in the summer with this rejuvenating forest bathing walk at Linford Wood
  • Walk & Talk: Forest Bathing for Families - More green and less screen time
    Explore Linford Wood in a new way - engaging your senses to heighten your awareness of the natural world
  • Walk & Talk: Liking the Lichen: Introduction to Lichen at Elfield Nature Reserve
    Join us for a beginner’s guide to understanding what lichen is and identifying some of the more common tree species
  • Women's Walking Network: Broughton Brook
    This month's walk is almost 5 miles and provides the chance to experience lots of great spaces including Broughton Brook , the Poplar Plantation , the River Ouzel and Middleton Park
  • Women's Walking Network: Caldecotte Lake
    Join us for this 4
  • Women's Walking Network: Great Linford Manor Park
    Discover the history of Great Linford Manor Park with our Community Engagment Coordinator offering information about the park as we explore it together on this month's walk
  • Women's Walking Network: Hazeley Wood
    Enjoy the views form the North Bucks Way and discover Hazeley Wood on this month's walk with the Women's Walking Netwrok
  • Women's Walking Network: Howe Park Wood
    Come along to enjoy this festive five mile walk that explores Howe Park Wood , Tattenhoe Valley Park and Furzton Lake
  • Women's Walking Network: Willen Lake
    Enjoy the views from the north lake and through to Campbell Park on this fantastic 4
  • Woof Walk: Ashland Lakes
    Our Woof Walks are a great social opportunity for you and your dog and a fantastic way to explore some of our parks
  • Woof Walk: Linford Wood
    Take a wintry dog walk through Linford Wood, starting at the car park on Enfield Chase, join this led dog walk through one of our ancient woodlands
  • Woof Walk: Lodge Lake
    Join us at Lodge Lake with your four-legged friends for a group dog walk around the lake with one of our rangers
  • Woof Walk: North Loughton Valley Park
    Looking for a new dog walk? Join our ranger with your pooch for a group walk exploring Loughton Valley Park
  • Woof Walk: Poplar Plantation
    Starting at the Poplar Plantation join this ranger led Woof Walk as we take an hour tour alongside the River Ouzel through parts of the Ouzel Valley and back again
  • Woof Walk: Waterhall Park
    Discover one of our lesser known parks with your pooch on this group walk led by one of our rangers
  • Workshop: Basket Making
    Various Dates
    Learn the ancient and incredible art of basket making using willow which is grown on the Somerset levels
  • Workshop: Introduction to Bushcraft - Whittling & Coppicing
    Ever wanted to know how to whittle using natural materials? Join this introduction and find out how
  • Workshop: Magnificent Moths
    This workshop provides an opportunity for you to take part in a range of practical activities with our mothing team
  • World Picnic 2021
    World Picnic is back! Enjoy a variety of multicultural music, exciting dance acts and food from around the world in this one day event in the heart of Milton Keynes
  • Youth Explorers Club (September 2021)
    21/09/2021 - 19/10/2021
    Are you aged 11-14 years and fascinated about wildlife and the environment? Join our Youth Explorers group to learn more about nature in MK! This five-week immersive course is taught at one of Milton Keynes' most biodiverse parks – Howe Park Wood
  • Youth Rangers Taster Session
    Have you thought about joining Youth Rangers but weren't really sure what to expect? In this FREE taster session you will get the opportunity to have a go at some of the hands on practical tasks that we do at Youth Rangers sessions to help you decide if you would like to join our monthly group

Other events in our parks

  • African Diaspora Festival
    Join the African Diaspora Foundation for annual family event in Campbell Park celebrating heritage and culture and fabulous food from Africa.
  • American Circus
    17/06/2021 - 20/06/2021
    Uncle Sam's American Circus returns to Campbell Park
  • MKFoN: Introduction to Wildlife Gardening
    Learn how to make your garden more wildlife friendly with this interactive live talk from  Berks Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust.
  • The Big 90's Festival
    Relive your youth at this year's Big 90's Festival in Campbell Park.
  • Candlelight 4 Covid
    Evening commemoration for everyone effected by Covid19 Pandemic
  • FriendsFest
    20/08/2021 - 30/08/2021
    The ultimate celebration of the world's favourite TV show returns this summer.
  • Happy Planet Festival 2021
    18/09/2021 - 19/09/2021
    A 2 day celebration of food, entertainment, culture and diversity.
  • Hiroshima Day Lantern Floating Ceremony
    Ceremony to commemorate the Hiroshima disaster of 1945
  • Ibiza Orchestra Live
    Be transported back with Ibiza Classics performed by a live orchestra
  • IF: Milton Keynes International Festival
    10/07/2021 - 30/07/2021
    21 incredible days of outdoor installations, performance, family events and pop ups
  • Magic of Thailand
    07/08/2021 - 08/08/2021
    Discover a Thai culture and sample same delicious Thai food at this weekend festival
  • Milton Keynes Disability Awareness Day
    Held annually at the MK Rose and raises awareness by celebrating of people with disabilities in our area.
  • Milton Keynes Pride Festival
    The biggest Pride Festival in Milton Keynes is back in Campbell Park this September
  • Milton Keynes Reggae Festival 2021
    One day family friendly reggae festival is hitting Campbell Park this summer
  • MK Marathon Weekend
    25/06/2021 - 27/06/2021
    Join in the running fun over the MK Marathon weekend
  • MK Proms
    Events Managed and Secklow 105.5 FM are proud to be supporting the return of live music to Campbell Park through the launch of a new MK Proms sponsored by CityFibre!
  • MK Summer Half
    Half Marathon through MK parks starting from Campbell Park
  • Oktoberfest 2021
    Experience a traditional Oktoberfest as Milton Keynes is being transformed for one night only into a traditional Bavarian bash!
  • Peace Pagoda Anniversary
    Celebrating the 41st anniversary of the Peace Pagoda
  • Pop in the Park
    Relive your youth as acts like 911, Big Brovas and Booty Luv, and Blazin' Squad perform.
  • Race for Life and Pretty Muddy
    09/10/2021 - 10/10/2021
  • Sausage and Cider Festival
    Food, drink and music festival is coming to Milton Keynes for the first time ever!
  • Twin Lakes 20
    10 or 20 mile run from Willen Lake to Caldeoctte through the Ouzel Valley