What's On in Your Parks

Organised by the Parks Trust

  • 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 - Great Linford Manor Park - 15th May 2019
    Join our bat enthusiast for an adult only evening walk and learn about these amazing creatures
  • Adult Bat Walk - Howe Park Wood - 10th May 2019
    Various Dates
    Join our bat enthusiast for an adult only 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 - Shenley Wood - 23rd May 2019
    Join our bat enthusiast for an adult only evening walk and learn about these amazing creatures
  • Adult Bat Walk - Stony Stratford - 11th May 2019
    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 Explorers
    Join our Outdoor Learning Team in the parks to explore the area, learn something new and make new friends
  • 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
  • Big Doggie Do
    25/05/2019 - 26/05/2019
    Back for 2019, our ever-popular dog fiesta - the Big Doggie Do! Two days of dogs shows, stalls and entertainment. This year’s event will feature exciting areas like K9 Aqua Sport and have-a-go-agility. This free event welcomes all four-legged friends and their owners from 12pm until 5pm each day at Willen Lake South.
  • Carols at the Rose
    Join us for our annual carolling afternoon. Bring a lantern and wrap up warm.
  • Community Litter Pick
    Various Dates
    Come and join the rangers for a series of Community Litter Picks.
  • 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: 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: Great Linford Manor Project
    Great Linford Manor Park is a special and wonderful place to visit, with a history that can be traced back at least to Saxon times
  • Discover: Spring wild food cookery
    Join The Hedgewitch to find out the different foods growing naturally in our beautiful nature reserve
  • 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.
  • 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 walk at Great Linford Manor Park: Theme - Lords of the Manor
    Come join us for a guided walk of Great Linford Manor Park Theme: Lords of the Manor Great Linford Manor Park is unique to Milton Keynes
  • 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 30 minutes on a kneeboard to get confident with the course
  • Make A Difference Day
    Join us on the biggest volunteering day of the year as we tidy up at Linford Lakes Nature Reserve.
  • May Day
    Dance around the maypole and celebrate May Day with The Parks Trust. Fun for all the family with traditional May Day celebrations, children's entertainment, stalls and rides.
  • MK Festival of Nature
    28/06/2019 - 06/07/2019
    9 day festival with lots of events and activities to help you discover the natural world
  • 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
    Annual event with talks, walks and children's activities
  • 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
    Various Dates
    The PaddlePower scheme is for children aged 8 – 14 who want to progress and achieve qualifications outlined by British Canoeing
  • Parkland Explorers - Back to Basics Bushcraft
    Various Dates
    New for 2019! Get involved with Parkland Explorers - for adults, families and accompanied older children
  • 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 - Freshwater Investigation
    Want to get involved with our Parkland Explorers session? The fresh water investigation session is a great opportunity to explore local ponds within our parkland and identify the plants and creatures living within the waters
  • 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
    Various Dates
    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 - Furzton 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)
    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
    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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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: An Inspiration of Waders
    Join Wader Quest to find out more about waders both in Milton keynes and across the world
  • 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
  • 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 Adventure Climb
    Various Dates
    The Treetop Adventure Climb; 15ft off the ground, 2 zip wries and 16 obstacles which will test your nerve and ability whilst being exposed to the elements
  • Treetop Adventure Package
    Various Dates
    The Treetop Adventure Package; a discount combination of the Explorer and Adventure Climb
  • Treetop Explorer Climb
    Various Dates
    This trail in the trees maxes out at 9 feet high, making it the perfect place to start for the younger or more nervous adventurers out there
  • Treetop Extreme Climb
    Various Dates
    The Treetop Extreme Climb; 35 ft in the air, 2 zip wires and 16 obstacles of pure adrenaline guarantee a real taste of aerial adventure
  • Treetop Extreme Package
    Various Dates
    The Treetop Extreme Package; a discount combination of the Adventure and Extreme Climb
  • Unleash your creative eye: A photographic walk at Great Linford Manor Park
    Come and join us for a free photographic walk around Great Linford Manor Park
  • 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
    Various Dates
    Youth Explorers is a six week outdoor learning course for young people aged between 11-14 years old
  • Youth Sailing Scheme
    Various Dates
    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.
  • Albert French Day at MK Rose
    Annual community event at the MK Rose
  • Armistice Day
    Armistice Day is an opportunity to pay our respects to those who have given their lives in time of war.
  • Art in the Park Festival
    29/06/2019 - 30/06/2019
    Annual arts festival presented by MKIAC.
  • Central Cyclocross League Race
    Central Cyclocross League Race
  • Circus Zyair
    13/03/2019 - 19/03/2019
    Circus Zyair is proud to present a colourful and action packed hour and a half show with high energy acts from all over the world. The 2019 tour is a dazzling combination of circus, music and laughter. With a heated big top, comfy seating and an electric atmosphere from start to finish Circus Zyair promises to be a truly magical experience for the whole family.
  • Cricket
    Various Dates
    Cricket Match at Campbell Park Pavilion: Stony Stratford 2nd v Irchester 1st
  • 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
    20 miles cycle ride on country lanes and tracks.
  • Family Heritage Open Day
    Come and explore the unique heritage of Great Linford Manor Park through fun, family activities.
  • Father of Loud Day
    Celebrate the life of Jim Marshall OBE with a live guitar performance at MK Rose.
  • Friends of Linford Lakes Nature Reserve Open Sunday
    Various Dates
    Monthly open Sunday at the Nature Reserve
  • 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.
  • The Great Get Together IFTAAR
    The Great Get Together IFTAAR
  • International Women's Day at MK Rose
    Join MK Community Foundation for the annual celebration for International Women's Day.
  • International Workers Memorial Day
    Remembrance service for International Workers Memorial Day.
  • Inland Waterways Associations Spring Canal Clean-up
    05/04/2019 - 06/04/2019
    This twice-yearly event is organised by IWA Milton Keynes Branch, sponsored by Wyvern Shipping Co Ltd and supported by Canal & River Trust and The Parks Trust. Everyone is welcome whether by boat or on foot. You can litter-pick from the towpath and hedges, or work aboard a boat to retrieve items from the canal or opposite bank. Hi-vis jackets, gloves and hard hats etc. are provided, but please bring your own safety footwear (steel-capped boots mandatory on workboats).
  • MK City Trail Duathlon
    Presented by Big Cow events and Resultsbase MK City Duathlon is brand new using Willen Lake and Campbell Park for various parts of the course.
  • MK Festival of History
    15/06/2019 - 16/06/2019
    Join HeritageMK for their biannual celebration of history and heritage. With re-enactments, stalls, stage entertainment and heritage displays.
  • MK Marathon
    Annual Milton Keynes Marathon.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ride Out
    Pleasure ride with classes to suit every rider. Click for more information...
  • 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.
  • Yoga in the Park
    Various Dates
    Join experienced teachers for a yoga session in Campbell Park