Milton Keynes skyline
In 1967…
  • Sandie Shaw won Eurovision for the UK with Puppet on a String
  • Pink Floyd released their debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
  • Supersonic airline Concorde was unveiled
  • Elvis and Priscilla Presley were married
  • The world’s first heart transplant was carried out by Christiaan Barnard
  • The musical Hair opened
  • All You Need is Love reached number 1 in the singles chart
…and Milton Keynes was born.

On 23 January 2017 Milton Keynes will be 50 years old, and throughout 2017 we’re celebrating locally and sharing with the world that Milton Keynes is an amazing place to live, work and visit.  

Milton Keynes is designed for people who want more out of life.  From day one we were expected to be a place where nothing would stand still, and today we’re the fastest growing place in the UK.  

Our economy is worth £9.6 billion.  We’re a global leader for low carbon living.  More than 100 languages are spoken in our schools.  And 92% of local people say they love living in Milton Keynes.

Our thriving culture spans the UK’s most popular theatre outside London to a pioneering fringe scene.  We host a biennial International Festival with around 150 performances over 10 amazing days.  We are host to Bletchley Park, the home of British codebreaking and a birthplace of modern information technology.  In 2017 an expanded MK Gallery will reopen following an £11m renovation.

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Milton Keynes Council is co-ordinating a programme of events for MK50, which aims to tell the story of 50 years of Milton Keynes.  MK50 is an opportunity to discover the city – its history, its landscape, its architecture, its culture and its people.

And MK’s people, communities and organisations are coming together to celebrate – read about all MK50 events in our What’s On Calendar.

This website will be updated throughout our birthday year with the latest news and events, and you can follow us on Twitter @CultureMK or use #MK50 to hear more.