What's On in Your Parks

Organised by the Parks Trust

  • 12 Days of Christmas Family Trail
    13/12/2021 - 09/01/2022
    Free family festive trail around Great Linford Manor Park.
  • 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
  • Stories in the Park
    25/10/2021
    Open-air, immersive stories told for all the family.
  • CANCELLED: Community Litter Pick: Ashland Lakes
    29/03/2021
    Take pride in your parks and help your community by joining us on a litter pick at Ashland Lakes this month
  • Community Litter Pick: Furzton Lake
    26/04/2021
    Come and enjoy a stroll around Furzton Lake while helping us keep it safe and clean for all to enjoy on this community litter pick
  • Community Litter Pick: Caldecotte Lake
    24/05/2021
    Help keep this popular park beautiful and join us for a community litter pick around Caldecotte Lake
  • Community Litter Pick: Hazeley Wood
    23/08/2021
    Help us protect the wonderful wildlife in the woodland on our community litter pick
  • Community Litter Pick: Oxley Park
    27/09/2021
    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
    26/07/2021
    Shenley Wood is one of our ancient woodlands that boasts lots of fantastic wildlife
  • Community Litter Pick: Stanton Low
    14/06/2021
    Come and explore Stanton Low Park with us while doing your bit to help keep it safe and clean for everyone to enjoy
  • 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)
    18/08/2021
    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)
    27/10/2021
    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
    17/08/2021
    Explore one of our newest and more unique parks with a gentle guided walk from one of our rangers
  • CANCELLED: Discovery Stroll: Campbell Park
    30/03/2021
    Join us for a stroll around Campbell Park
  • Discovery Stroll: Furzton Lake
    14/09/2021
    Enjoy a quiet walk around the lake with us and get the chance to meet our ranger
  • Discovery Stroll: Great Linford Manor Park
    20/04/2021
    Discover the historic Great Linford Manor Park, learn about its history and our plans to restore and revive the space as we take a gentle stroll through the park
  • Discovery Stroll: Lodge Lake
    18/05/2021
    Come along for a gentle stroll with us, enjoying the lake's views and wildlife
  • Discovery Stroll: Teardrop Lakes
    20/07/2021
    Take a stroll with us around these picturesque balancing lakes and find out why these are important infrastructure for our city
  • Discovery Stroll: Willen Lake North
    15/06/2021
    Discover North Willen Lake and Newlands  with a guided tour from one of our rangers
  • Easter Egg Hunt
    27/03/2021 - 11/04/2021
    Follow the trail to discover Easter Eggs hidden across the Manor Park!
  • CANCELLED: Fossil Hunting
    Various Dates
    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
    03/06/2021
    A small outdoor foodie event!
  • Paddle Start Award (Kayaking)
    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
  • 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
    25/08/2021
    Free games and activities in your park
  • Parkland Play: Broughton Brook
    28/07/2021
    Free family activities in the park
  • Parkland Play: Hazeley Wood
    18/08/2021
    Fun games and activities in your parks
  • Parks and Run: Broughton Brook
    04/07/2021
    Discover the beautiful Broughton Brook park on a choice of 2, 5 & 10km runs this month
  • Parks and Run: Caldecotte Lake
    06/06/2021
    Explore Caldcotte Lake through a choice of 3, 6 & 11 km runs
  • Parks and Run: Campbell Park
    04/04/2021
    Enjoy a choice of 3, 5 & 10 km runs around Campbell Park this month
  • Parks and Run: Furzton Lake
    03/10/2021
    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
    05/12/2021
    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
    05/09/2021
    Enjoy a choice of 2, 5 & 10 km runs exploring one of our ancient woodlands
  • Parks and Run: Willen Lake
    07/11/2021
    Enjoy a choice of a 3, 5 & 10km run around Willen Lake
  • Parks and Run: Willen Lake North
    09/05/2021
    Take in the fantastic views around Willen Lake North on a choice of 3, 6, and 10 km runs this month
  • 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
    Various Dates
    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 & 3
    Various Dates
    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)
  • Spooky Halloween Walks
    29/10/2021
    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
  • CANCELLED: Spring Stories in the Park
    30/03/2021
    People the world over have been enjoying live storytelling for thousands of years; it's the best way to pass on myths and legends! This Easter holidays, pull up a chair and listen closely to local and immersive folk stories, expertly told for all the family by our resident storyteller Terrie Howie
  • Summer Stories in the Park
    29/07/2021
    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
    22/11/2021
    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: Milton Keynes Rocks: Geology in our parks
    27/03/2021
    Join Dr Jill Eyers on a virtual exploration of the geology in Milton Keynes, live from your sofa! Discover the ancient origins of our new town and learn where to find the best fossils in the city
  • Talk: Our Hedgehog Habitats
    27/10/2021
    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
    19/08/2021
    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
    01/12/2021
    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
    09/11/2021
    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
  • Treetop Extreme - Adventure & Extreme
    Various Dates
    If you're feeling brave, our Adventure and Extreme levels consist of 16 obstacles and two zip wires each, all high above the ground
  • 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
  • Wakeboarding (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
  • Walk & Talk: Adult Bat Walk Furzton Lake
    15/05/2021
    Ever wanted to learn more about bats and how to spot them? Well here's your chance with this guided walk from one of our bat enthusiasts
  • Walk & Talk: Adult Bat Walk Great Linford Manor Park
    14/08/2021
    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 Linford Lakes
    29/05/2021
    Come and find out more about these nocturnal creatures and learn how to spot them
  • Walk & Talk: Adult Bat Walk Shenley Wood
    31/07/2021
    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: Banquets for Butterflies (Wildflower and Butterfly ID for Beginners)
    01/06/2021
    If you’re looking to learn a new skill, or brush off your identification keys, this beginner’s course for butterfly and wildflower ID is perfect! Join our team for an early summer evening walk through Stonepit Field in Great Linford
  • 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
    11/09/2021
    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
    28/08/2021
    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
    25/09/2021
    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
    17/07/2021
    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
    10/08/2021
    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
    02/10/2021
    Join us for a beginner’s guide to understanding what lichen is and identifying some of the more common tree species
  • Walk & Talk: Nature at Night - Nocturnal Walk
    06/04/2021
    When the sun goes down, who comes out to play? Learn all about our park's nocturnal species in this unique woodland night-time walk with our team
  • Walk & Talk: Tree ID in Summer
    08/06/2021
    Come on a walk with the rangers around Ouzel Valley Park to discover the variety of trees found in the parks
  • Walk & Talk: Tree ID in Summer - Campbell Park
    16/06/2021
    Join the rangers for a stroll around one of the most iconic parks in MK: Campbell Park
  • Walk & Talk: Woodland Wildflowers for Beginners
    06/05/2021
    Join this guided walk of Shenley Wood where you will discover how to recognise and identify bluebells, orchids and other woodland flowers in this ancient woodland
  • Women's Walking Network: Broughton Brook
    02/09/2021
    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
    04/11/2021
    Join us for this 4
  • Women's Walking Network: Furzton Lake
    03/06/2021
    Starting at Furzton Lake , this month's walk also takes you through Teardrop Lakes and the surrounding areas
  • Women's Walking Network: Great Linford Manor Park
    01/07/2021
    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
    05/08/2021
    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
    02/12/2021
    Come along to enjoy this festive five mile walk that explores Howe Park Wood , Tattenhoe Valley Park and Furzton Lake
  • Women's Walking Network: Loughton Valley Park
    06/05/2021
    Join the Women's Walking Network to discover North Loughton Valley Park ; home of the Roman Villa and the Concrete Cows
  • Women's Walking Network: Shenley Wood
    01/04/2021
    Enjoy a walk through one of our ancient woodlands as part of this month's Women's Walking Network from Shenley Wood
  • Women's Walking Network: Willen Lake
    07/10/2021
    Enjoy the views from the north lake and through to Campbell Park on this fantastic 4
  • Woof Walk: Ashland Lakes
    31/07/2021
    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: Broughton Brook
    24/04/2021
    A guided walk for you and your dog exploring Broughton Brook
  • Woof Walk: Linford Wood
    27/11/2021
    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
    28/08/2021
    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
    25/09/2021
    Looking for a new dog walk? Join our ranger with your pooch for a group walk exploring Loughton Valley Park
  • Woof Walk: Ouse Valley Park
    29/05/2021
    Enjoy getting together with other people and their dogs on this group dog walk through the scenic Ouse Valley, led by one of our rangers
  • Woof Walk: Poplar Plantation
    30/10/2021
    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
  • CANCELLED: Woof Walk: Tattenhoe Valley
    27/03/2021
    Bring your pooch along for a group walk around Tattenhoe Valley Park, led by one of our rangers
  • Woof Walk: Waterhall Park
    26/06/2021
    Discover one of our lesser known parks with your pooch on this group walk led by one of our rangers
  • CANCELLED: Workshop: Basket Making
    Various Dates
    Learn the ancient and incredible art of basket making using natural materials harvested from the parks in Milton Keynes
  • Workshop: Bee bumble for beginners
    24/05/2021
    Did you know we have around 270 species of bee in the UK? Don't be daunted by the task of identification, this beginners course is perfect for people who are looking to learn the basics and get to know a few of our native species
  • Workshop: Hedgehog Surveying for Families
    31/03/2021
    The hedgehog is one of the fastest disappearing animals in the UK, with a third of the population being lost since 2000
  • Workshop: Introduction to Bushcraft - Whittling & Coppicing
    27/07/2021
    Ever wanted to know how to whittle using natural materials? Join this introduction and find out how
  • CANCELLED: Workshop: Introduction to Bushcraft - Whittling and Coppicing
    20/03/2021
    Ever wanted to know how to whittle using natural materials? Join this introduction and find out how
  • Workshop: Introduction to Wildlife Surveying for Adults
    24/04/2021
    Ever wanted to help make a difference by getting involved in surveying wildlife? Then join us to find out how! Citizen science schemes rely on everyday people to record biological information about their area
  • Workshop: Magnificent Moths
    07/08/2021
    This workshop provides an opportunity for you to take part in a range of practical activities with our mothing team
  • Youth Explorers Club (April)
    27/04/2021 - 25/05/2021
    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 and exclusive nature reserves – Linford Lakes
  • Youth Explorers Club (June)
    08/06/2021 - 06/07/2021
    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 and exclusive nature reserves – Linford Lakes
  • Youth Rangers Taster Session
    24/08/2021
    Have you thought about joining Youth Rangers but weren't really sure what to expect? In this 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

  • Colour Obstacle Rush
    29/05/2021
    Throw your hands up in the air and have a great day!
  • FriendsFest
    20/08/2021 - 30/08/2021
    The ultimate celebration of the world's favourite TV show returns this summer.
  • Hiroshima Day Lantern Floating Ceremony
    06/08/2021
    Ceremony to commemorate the Hiroshima disaster of 1945
  • Peace Pagoda Anniversary
    20/06/2021
    Celebrating the 41st anniversary of the Peace Pagoda
  • Race for Life and Pretty Muddy
    09/10/2021 - 10/10/2021
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