City-Wide Events

During 2017 we are encouraging individuals, community groups and organisations to run their own events to be part of the anniversary year. There are three key points in the year when we want everybody to get involved, by running their own events (whether communities, businesses or charities) and celebrating in their own areas and communities. 

At the beginning of the year we celebrated the Birthday Weekend over 20th-23rd January with over 40 events taking place across Milton Keynes and 7450 adults and children attending events.  These included walks and trails, free taster activity, open days and workshops.  You can still download the Birthday Weekend Brochure for information.

The next city-wide activities are:

Lets Party Like its 1967 - 23rd - 25th June 2017

We are taking everyone back to the 60s and encouraging the whole city to party like its 50 years ago.  Whether you want to hold a street party, a party in the park or rent out your community centre, we want to hear about your event.  We have created an MK50 Events Toolkit and a Let's Party Like it's 1967 Party Pack to ensure you are planning the best event you can - available on our Resources page.

MK Council is co-ordinating events for Lets Party Like its 1967.  To register your event please email the date, time and location of your party to: culture@milton-keynes.gov.uk.  We may even be able to provide some free goodies, such as MK50 balloons and flags to enhance your event.

MK50 Heritage Open Days - 7th - 10th September 2017

Our annual Heritage Open Days event will be themed to MK50 for 2017, we will be looking for free heritage events that celebrate:

  • Milton Keynes’ architecture, design and unique identity
  • Milton Keynes’ pioneers, heritage and culture
  • Milton Keynes as ‘Tomorrow’s City’ of innovation.

Living Archive MK are co-ordinating the Heritage Open Days events.  If you would like to run an event in MK as part of the Heritage Open Days program contact hods@livingarchive.org.uk and join organisers in Spring 2017 to discuss plans for this year's events.

We would like all events to help tell the story of the city over the last 50 years and to look to the past, present and future of Milton Keynes by meeting the MK50 Criteria (found here), with its objectives for: celebration, learning and legacy.