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Culture in Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes recently celebrated 50 years of unique new-town culture and 20 million years of history. We are one of the fastest growing places in the UK which means that arts, sports and heritage activities are constantly evolving and growing in ambition and scale.  We do things differently from other places and our diverse communities and can-do spirit enable us to develop really exciting activities and events for thousands of people to enjoy throughout the year.

Because we have stunning parks and well-designed urban spaces we have are well known for our many festivals, carnivals and outdoor events.  Milton Keynes has 6,000 acres of parkland and woodland, over 150 public art sculptures, 21km of canal towpaths and network of over 270km of Redway cycle routes.  You can explore Milton Keynes’ many cultural treasures as well as stay healthy.  

We have world-class international stories of importance including code-breaking at Bletchley Park, John Newton’s ‘Amazing Grace’ in Olney, The Stables music venue and the National Bowl.  We also welcome international arts and cultural excellence through our biannual International Festival, events and concerts at MK Stadium and and exhibitions and productions at MK Gallery and Milton Keynes Theatre.  

Within these pages you can find out about up-coming activities and events by clicking What’s On; learn about the different cultural venues and organisations by clicking Cultural Places; find new ways to explore Milton Keynes in the Outdoor Events/Culture section; and keep up to date with news and discussions via our News & Features section.

You can also download our Cultural Map of Milton Keynes - CLICK HERE