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A programme of events celebrating Milton Keynes’ 50th Birthday 20 – 23 January 2017

Introduction On 23rd January 2017, Milton Keynes will celebrate its 50th anniversary marking the date of the Designation of the New Town. Organisations, groups and businesses across the city have pulled together to create a programme of celebratory events for 2017 that are inspired by the past, present and future of Milton Keynes. The aim for the programme is to show off how great our city is, to take pride in our achievements and to celebrate our diversity. The Birthday Weekend has been created to mark the actual birthday of Milton Keynes. Over a long weekend – 20th-23rd January 2017 – venues and organisations have signed up to offer free entry or special offers, walks, talks, activities, exhibitions and film screenings for citizens to enjoy. Although it may be a little chilly outside, we hope that everyone will be inspired to do something fun over this weekend that makes them think about the story of Milton Keynes, how it got to be here and what its future might look like. The full list of events for the Birthday Weekend can be found here:

Planning the Model City Exhibition Saturday 21 January, 11:00-14:00 MK City Discovery Centre, Bradwell Abbey, Alston Drive, MK13 9AP


Come and see some of the original models used for planning Milton Keynes! As well as being able to view some of the incredible original models of Milton Keynes, you will also be able to leaf through old photographs, marvel at masterplans and view original Development Corporation documents.

MK BMX Open Day Saturday 21 January, 10:00-13:00 Pineham BMX Track, Tongwell Street, Pineham, MK15 9PA


An open day featuring a balance bike adventure zone suitable for children 18 mths to 5 years, a free BMX coaching clinic suitable for any child who can pedal a bike from age 4-11, demonstration races and village fete style activities, stalls and food. For more information go to:


Oakgrove Leisure Centre – Beat the Street Sunday 22 January FREE EVENT

Brickhill St, MK10 9JQ Come along to find out more and register to take part in Beat the Street, a fun, free reallife walking and cycling game. Earn points and win prizes by tapping special cards onto sensors known as Beat Boxes as you travel around Milton Keynes. Beat the Street is for everyone; individuals, schools, workplaces, community groups and families can all take part. All ages and levels of fitness welcome. Join up with any team.

The Studio on the Green Saturday 21 January, 12:00-13:00 Fullers Barn, The Green, Loughton, MK5 8AW


Join local architect Adrian Morrow for a tour and talk about The Studio on the Green - his first commission received after setting up in practice in 2011. This energy eďŹƒcient private art studio in the garden of a converted barn for keen amateur artists John and Pam Walker became the Grand Finals winner of the LABC Awards 2014, for the best house extension across the nation. The art studio was designed to near PassivHaus standards and incorporates a number of sustainable systems which will be explained during the tour and talk. As the studio is small, the event will be limited to 20 people. Book online at Contact: Adrian Morrow. 01908 668770/07956 510818 or


Short guided tour of MK Rose Monday 23 January, 12:00-13:00 (Tours starting at 12:00 and 12:30, 30-45 minutes duration) The Milton Keynes Cenotaph Trust, Campbell Park, MK9 4AD. Park in the Centre:MK car parks (John Lewis end) and use the footbridge which leads into the park.


The MK Rose is a public artwork and Civic Space designed by Gordon Young. The design includes over 100 granite columns over 60 of which have now been dedicated, inscribed with a date, title and brief explanation. The Milton Keynes Cenotaph Trust will be guiding two short tours to tell the story behind the dedications, the history of Milton Keynes and what’s important to local people.

Emberton Park Sailing Club Open Day Sunday 22 January, 10:00-16:00 Emberton, MK46 5FJ Pop along to see what you can do at Emberton Park Sailing Club. The sailing club will be offering visitors the opportunity to have a go at moving around a boat on land and watch the racing with experienced sailors who can offer advice and commentary. The club is a family friendly club that runs an active programme of social and affordable training events for members and this is an excellent opportunity to find out how you too can get on the water. Refreshments available. 5


Life in Sherington Film Screening Saturday 28 January, 19:30 TICKETS: £6

Sherington Village Hall, Church Rd, MK16 9PB Sherington Historical Society are putting on a film show of some of the late Peter Gardner’s short films from the 1970s/80s about life in Sherington. Entry by ticket: £6.00 including refreshments. Email or phone Mark on 01908 216543 for more information.

Middleton Pool and Fitness Centre – Free Activities Saturday 21 January FREE EVENT

Tickford St, Newport Pagnell, MK16 9BG Middleton Pool and Fitness Centre are offering free entry to the gym, a free HIIT class 08:45 and a free swim session between 12:00-14:00. For members there will also be some small classes in the gym. 6

MK Cheerleading Academy – Free cheerleading and dance workshops Friday 20 January, 16:45-21:30


Mathiesen Centre, 4 Mathiesen Rd, Bradville, MK13 7AG Cheerleading is a fun sport which involves stunting, dance, tumbling and working as a team. Cheerleading has just been given provisional Olympic recognition. • 16:45-17:45 cheer for ages 4-11 • 17:45-19:00 tumbling ages 7-16 • 19:00-20:00 cheer for ages 12-15 • 20:00-20:45 street dance • 20:45-21:30 adult cheer for fitness

MK50 Heritage Workshop Saturday 21 January, 13:00-15:00 Milton Keynes Arts Centre, Parklands, MK14 5DZ Milton Keynes Arts Centre presents an afternoon workshop exploring the recent and historic heritage of our Great Linford 17th Century site, as well as designing and making objects for the home fit for purpose until the Centennial 2067 celebrations. Suitable for all ages



Westbury Arts Centre – open studios and exhibition FREE EVENT

Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 January, 11:00-16:00 Westbury Farm Studios, Foxcovert Rd, MK5 6AA Discover work by resident artists over two days of open studios. The weekend’s events will include a visual time-line exhibition of the farm since 1967 featuring Westbury's recent history as a place for artistic creativity.

Stantonbury Leisure Centre – 50 fabulous activities Sunday 22 January, 08:00-17:00 FREE EVENT

Stantonbury Campus, Stantonbury, MK14 6BN Stantonbury Theatre & Leisure Centre will fling open its doors for MK50’s Birthday Weekend and invite visitors to have a go! The staff will offer 50 fabulous opportunities under one roof for you to try anything from badminton and Swiss ball to FIMO and children’s drama workshops!


Milton Keynes Museum Saturday 21 January, 14:00-16:00 McConnell Drive, Wolverton, MK12 5EL Discover and explore the Victorian farmhouse and school room, street of shops, working telephones, Hall of Transport and much more in a beautiful setting of an historical Victorian Model Farm site that was once part of Dr John Radcliffe's Estate.


50 Walks for MK50 launch and Birthday Walk in Howe Park Wood Monday 23 January, 10:00 Howe Park Wood Education Centre, H7 Chaffron Way, opposite the Westcroft Centre As part of 50 Walks for MK50 anniversary celebrations take a walk in one of the city’s ancient woodlands. Walk approximately 4 miles length. £1/person – Book online at


£1 Per Person

MK Skyline Saturday 21 January, 10:00-12:00 Milton Keynes Central Library, 555 Silbury Blvd, MK9 3HL

FREE EVENT Join local artist Aaron Head to celebrate 50 years of this unique city and create a diorama and skyline of your favourite parts of Milton Keynes. Free tickets are available in advance from the Central Library on a first come first served basis. For more details phone 01908 254050

Shenley Leisure Centre Open Day Sunday 22 January, 12:00-16:00 FREE EVENT

Burchard Crescent, Shenley Church End, MK5 6HF Join sta, trainers and coaches for an open day of free activities including martial arts, trampoline, dance, squash, darts, tennis and football. 10

Woughton Leisure Centre – MK50 Active Saturday 21 January, 09:00-17:00 At the NEW Woughton Leisure Centre Rainbow Dr, Leadenhall, MK6 5EJ


A chance to get involved, active and try something new as part of the 50th celebrations. Visit Woughton Leisure Centre and try what everyone’s raving about – THE TRIP – which is IMMERSVIE CYCLING with cinema size screens or do a world-leading LES MILLS group fitness class, PUMP, ATTACK, COMBAT, SH’BAM, all will have motivating instructors or get FREE personal, Vipr, TRX or GRIT training to get you fit fast. There will be soft play and a bouncy castle from 10:00 and FREE swimming with inflatables from 13:00-17:00pm. Everyone’s welcome, just do it, achieve it, live it! #mk50active. Tel: 01980 660392

A Tale of Two Villages Sunday 22 January, 15:30-18:30 Milton Keynes Village Hall, Willen Rd, MK10 9AF Milton Keynes and Broughton Two Villages Archive Trust invite you to a showing of a community drama depicting life in the two villages of Broughton and Milton Keynes from Domesday to 1991, when the New Town was approaching its quarter century, in the village that provided its name, and in the Hall where an early meeting of the Development Corporation took place. Continuous showing 15;3018:30pm. Exhibition of old pictures. Refreshments. 11


Gyosei Art Trail Walk Saturday 21 January, 14:00 Walk duration about 35-40 min.


A walk discovering eight new commissioned artworks installed along the Grand Union Canal, which are related to the themes of; Japanese Connections, Canal History, Fish, Fowl, Insects and Invertebrates. Meet at Gyosei Gardens, at the end of Sakura Walk, Willen Park South. Parking is very limited as this is a residential area. Please walk or cycle, if you can, or park in The Parks Trust Peace Pagoda car park, o Brickhill Street, Willen (charges apply). The trail is located on both sides of the Grand Union Canal from H3 Monks Way to H5 Portway and is accessible from the local redway network. Contact: Ian Michie – Chair PAT-MK 07877 541627

MK Trails: Wolverton Friday 20 January, 15:30-17:30 The Old Bathhouse, Stratford Road, Wolverton, MK12 5RL


Wolverton and Greenleys Town Council have been working with Living Archive MK to produce a mobile app to guide users around some of the landmarks and heritage of Wolverton. Come along to the launch and discover more about the historic town, download the app and pick up a leaflet. www.wolvertonandgreenleys


Wolverton Town Trail photography exhibition Friday 20 January, 15:30-17:30 The Old Bathhouse, Stratford Road, Wolverton, MK12 5RL


Presented in the corridors of The Old Bathhouse come and see this exhibition of images from Living Archive MK, commissioned by Wolverton and Greenleys Town Council, that form part of the MK Trails: Wolverton project. www.wolvertonandgreenleys

Young Heritage Hunters Trail 20, 21, 23 January Milton Keynes Central Library, 555 Silbury Blvd, MK9 3HL Join in the Heritage Hunt at Central Library. Pick up a quiz card and follow the library heritage trail. Discover famous paintings and facts about the past in Milton Keynes. Drop in all day during Library opening hours. libraries



MK50 Birthday celebration Saturday 21 January Milton Keynes Central Library, 555 Silbury Blvd, MK9 3HL


Libraries will be going back in time to 1967! Music, a fun quiz with a prize draw, storytelling all day for families, and library staff dressing up in 1960s style! Come and join in the fun! Drop in all day during Library opening hours. libraries

MK50 Anniversary Exhibition – A New City comes to Life 10-23 January FREE EVENT

Middleton Hall, centre:mk

A major free exhibition presented by the MK Heritage Consortium’s STACCess:MK project. The exhibition tells the exciting story of the UK’s most successful new city and showcases everything Milton Keynes. From dinosaur bones to driverless cars; from Stone Age nomads to the digital generation; from farms, sleepy villages and Victorian railway towns to a vibrant regional economic and cultural powerhouse of 260,000 people - and it is still growing. Don’t miss the Aston Martin Vantage, Lutz Pathfinder self-driving pod, the Festive Road Triceratops, the stadiummk visitor’s book signed by Her Majesty The Queen and much more. 14

Winter Warmer – Open Church Sunday 22 January, 11:00-13:00 St Lawrence Church, Broughton Village, MK10 9AA


Join the Friends of St Lawrence and visit this medieval gem, with stunning wall paintings and stained glass. Warm up with hot chocolate, mulled punch, bakes and hot chestnuts. Children's activity available and visitors can discover more by joining a guided tour at 11:20 or 12:10. FriendsofStLawrence

Kick Off Sports Centre – Free Sport Friday 20 January 20:00-22:00 – Free adult football Saturday 21 January 10:00-14:00 – Free kids sports Brickhill Street, Willen lake, MK15 0DS (Astroturf area behind the Lakeside Restaurant) Providing football for a mixture of ages, and adult football free of charge. Supported by “All Play Sport”, if the weather is kind there will be a bouncy castle up and Zorb Ball Duel on offer. Andy: 07773 3444 55 15


Bletchley Leisure Centre Open Day Sunday 22 January, 11:30-16:30 FREE EVENT

Princes Way, Bletchley, MK2 2HQ Celebrate MK50 with us as we throw open our doors to the community for FREE activities for children, young people and adults. Bouncy castle; foyer activities; sports hall fun – including football, basketball, dodgeball and street golf; free pool splash session and ‘torpedo’ timed swims. There will be health checks and challenges, plus fitness class taster sessions of Pedal X Coach by Color® indoor cycling and LesMills BODYPUMP® and BODYCOMBAT®. Tel: 01908 377251

Self-guided Art and Heritage Trail Throughout January FREE EVENT

Milton Keynes Libraries, 555 Silbury Boulevard, MK9 3HL The Trail celebrates the Grade II listed status of the Library building, following the designs of Buckinghamshire County Council’s architects’ department, led by Paul Markcrow, with deputy county architect John Sexton, studio architect Tse-Chiu Ng, and assisted by Graham Fenn and Jim Foster-Turner. Drop in all day during Library opening hours. libraries 16

Underpasses Project Celebration and Storytelling Saturday 21 January, 14:00-15:30 Secklow Mound, Behind Milton Keynes Central Library


One the Verge present a storytelling performance by Terrie Howey of the history of Secklow Mound (a scheduled ancient monument of national archaeological importance) and unveiling of a new interpretation board commissioned as part of OTV's Underpasses project. Join residents of Conniburrow, Downs Barn, Oldbrook and Fishermead focused in the project and meet at Secklow Mound as the Anglo Saxon elders of Secklow Hundred would have done. After the performance at the Library, enjoy tea, cake and mulled wine where you can collect an OTV heritage trail leaflet or view OTV’s two children’s publications and mobile app.

Bygone Stony Photo Exhibition (a StonyWords! event) Sat 21 and Sun 22 January, 14:00-17:00 York House Centre, London Road, Stony Stratford, MK11 1JQ Ground Floor Beechey Room – use rear entrance FREE and donations welcome The highly-popular exhibition returns with more photos and news clippings and less Blu-Tack, capturing Stony Stratford from Victorian times to not-so-long-ago. Come and spot your granny, or possibly yourself at York House youth club or at St Mary’s School, or in one of the lost pubs, or on a tram to Wolverton! Discover around 200 exhibits kindly donated by local residents and ex-residents, including absolute gems – the trams, the old pubs and shops, the long-gone houses and cottages, Jubilee and other celebrations, soldiers marching to war, and a High Street with NO TRAFFIC (except a horse and cart)! Email:



...In The Beginning Saturday 21 January, 10:00 Simpson Village Hall, Hamner Road, MK6 3AD


A 90 minute guided tour. Building MK had to start somewhere. Join MK Forum in conjunction with Simpson and Ashland Parish Council on a walk around Simpson. The route will take in developments that were some of the first to be built as part of the expansion programme. Simpson played a key role in the start of MK thanks to the ready availability of existing services and one of the housing schemes was the very first to be built.

Discover Milton Keynes – Timeline Exhibition Exhibition runs until 28 February 2017 FREE EVENT

First floor, MK Central Library, 555 Silbury Boulevard, MK9 3HL An exhibition celebrating 50 years of Milton Keynes. This exhibition features many archive images and interesting facts, as well as memorabilia and artefacts from the last 50 years. Drop in all day during Library opening hours.


Homeworld ’81 Walk Sunday 22 January, 11:00 Coleshill Place, Bradwell Common A guided walk around the Homeworld ’81 exhibition site on Bradwell Common looking at the exterior of the exhibition homes.


Meet where the redway crosses the northern end of Coleshill Place (near number 47). Please park considerately on nearby streets.

Golden Affirmations – the art of illuminating a manuscript Friday 20 January, 10:00-15:00 Arts for Health Workshop, Upstairs at Kingston Library, 54 Winchester Circle, MK10 0BA Free workshop but limited places available. Contact: or call 01908 996124 for more information or to book a place.




National Badminton Museum Open Day and Volunteers Recruitment Day Saturday 21 January, 10:00-16:00 National Badminton Centre, Bradwell Road, Loughton Lodge, MK8 9LA Are you passionate about Badminton? Join the volunteers for a rare opportunity to explore the Museum and oďŹƒce that preserve a considerable amount of reference information material on the history of badminton. Discover the work that takes place in the Museum and how you might be able to help and join the team.

St Lawrence Church Open afternoon and guided tours Saturday 21 January, 12:00-15:00 FREE EVENT

Vicarage Road, Bradwell, MK13 9EY St Lawrence Church, Bradwell are throwing their doors open and welcoming visitors to explore and discover this beautiful historic building. To make your stay even more enjoyable volunteers will be oering guided tours and refreshments will be available.


MK Through the Lens Film Screening Sunday 22 January, 12:00 The Odeon Cinema, 13 Stadium Way, MK1 1ST


A fascinating and entertaining hour long glimpse of the past, featuring archive footage from local film-makers. Over the last few years Living Archive has been digitising local archive film. This film is a compilation spanning the last 70 years. Featuring clips such as a VE day party in Wolverton; the opening of the M1; adverts selling Milton Keynes to the wider world; building of the roads and estates, and the last Aston Martin to leave the production line. Tickets must be pre booked online at or contact the office and the Living Archive staff will be able to help: / 01908 322568

Bletchley Park – 500 Free Tickets Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 January, 09.30-16:00 The Mansion, Bletchley Park, Sherwood Dr, Bletchley, MK3 6EB To celebrate Milton Keynes’ Birthday Bletchley Park Trust are giving away 500 free tickets (per day) on 21 and 22 January to local residents. Local residents with an MK postcode will be eligible for the offer on admission. Please check the website for more details. Terms and conditions will apply. 21


We Built This City on Rock ‘n’ Roll – Exhibition 2 December 2016 – 28 January 2017 FREE EVENT

Milton Keynes Central Library Exhibition Space, 555 Silbury Blvd, MK9 3HL A Celebration of Milton Keynes Musical Culture By Lee Scriven If you’ve ever wondered just how Milton Keynes became the most successful new town in Britain you would be advised to grab a copy of Lee Scriven’s new book and attend his exhibition at Milton Keynes Central Library. The free exhibition celebrates the city’s culture highlighting some of Milton Keynes’ greatest moments along with local residents and personalities who made our city what it is today. After moving to Milton Keynes in 1974, Lee has watched and experienced the city’s coming of age and in his opinion, Milton Keynes wasn’t erected with bricks and mortar, but it was built on Rock n Roll.

Bounce Indoor Trampoline Park Offer Saturday 21 January, 09:00-17:00 FREE / 50% off

1 Peverel Dr, Bletchley, MK1 1NL Be one of the first 50 people through the doors and receive 50% discount on the entry price on the day and anyone 50 years plus goes FREE on this day. BounceGBOnline


A Village City Film Screening (1973, 8 mins) Friday 20 January, 19:30 MK Gallery Project Space, 900 Midsummer Blvd, MK9 3QA

£5 (£3 conc.)

MK Gallery and Independent Cinema MK presents Milton Keynes: A Village City (1973). A short film produced by Milton Keynes Development Corporation documenting the early stages of the towns construction which has been recently digitised for the national film archives by the BFI. This film precedes a screening of Café Society (2016), a comedy drama written and directed by Woody Allen, as part of MK Gallery’s regular Friday Night Film Programme.

Living with Computers – 50 Years of Computers in Milton Keynes Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 January, 12:00-17:00 National Museum of Computing, Block H, Bletchley Park, MK3 6EB Discover the Past, Present and Future of MK from the birth of modern computing with the Colossus during the Second World War to wearable computing of today such as the Oculus Rift. Also find out where MK could be in 50 years’ time with MK:SMART and the creation of smart cities. MK residents can benefit from 50% off a family ticket (2 adults & up to 3 kids) for all of 2017. Claim your discount by showing a council tax/utility bill or similar (confirming address with MK postcode). 23

50% OFF

MK50 Bletchley Park Special ‘Mondays’ Ticket Offer The Mansion, Bletchley Park, Sherwood Dr, Bletchley, MK3 6EB


In celebration of Milton Keynes turning 50, Bletchley Park are running a special offer for local residents for 2017. Local residents with an MK postcode will be eligible for a 50% discount on admission on Mondays throughout the year (exclusions apply). To redeem simply show your proof of address and ID at the admissions desk. See website for details, terms and conditions apply. T&Cs apply. Please check before making your visit

Windmill Hill Golf Centre Offer SPECIAL OFFER

Saturday 21 January, 09:00-18:30 Tattenhoe Lane, Bletchley, MK3 7RB Windmill Hill Golf Centre are offering the first 50 people to register 18 holes of golf for free! Also on the day a bucket of 50 balls for the driving range will only be 50p! Come down and be a part of something huge! To find out more, please visit call 01908 631113 or follow us on Facebook at Just do it, achieve it, live it! #mk50active


Freedom Leisure Open Day Saturday 21 January, 8:00-16:00 Willen Lake, Brickhill St, MK15 0DS Freedom Fitness will opening its doors to offer free access from 8-4pm that includes access to the swimming pool, classes and the gym.


A Charity Film Premiere – I Must Adjust by Lee Scriven Monday 23 January, 19:30 The Odeon Cinema, 13 Stadium Way, MK1 1ST The Odeon will be celebrating Milton Keynes’ 50th Anniversary with the film premiere of the Milton Keynes documentary; I Must Adjust. Written and produced by Lee Scriven, the 60 minute film portrays the fascinating tales of the 1970s pioneers who moved to the new city for a new way of life. Limited tickets available and must be pre-booked by contacting:



This programme of events is managed by Living Archive Milton Keynes Tel: 01908 322568 Brochure design:

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