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Free events mark 10 years of Heritage Open Days in Milton Keynes

Date Posted:17/08/2015

Heritage Open Days Milton KeynesMilton Keynes Heritage Open Days mark their 10th anniversary with more than 50 FREE events for local families this September.  Organised by Living Archive with support from Milton Keynes Council, MK Heritage Association and other partners, the annual celebration of the city’s distinctive and world-class heritage, art and culture has grown from just 15 events in 2006.

This year, from Thursday 10 to Sunday 13 September, thousands of adults and children from Milton Keynes and the surrounding are expected to enjoy exhibitions, workshops, open days, craft events and performances to suit all ages – and all for free over the four days.

Paul Sanders, Assistant Director for Milton Keynes Council stated; ‘Heritage Open Days is the annual flagship event for the sector where the Council and our partners can showcase the very best of Milton Keynes’ heritage to a range of enthusiastic audiences.  I am thrilled that Living Archive once again has been able to put such an exciting programme together.

With more than two dozen local organisations involved, from major museums to small local venues, there’ll be something happening in every corner of Milton Keynes and beyond. A small sample of the activities on offer includes:   

  • Celebrate the apple! at York House, Stony Stratford. Meet local apple experts, learn about the traditions of apple growing, harvesting, juice- and cider-making. Saturday 12 September, 1-4pm
  • Get on your bike for Skyride Local, a fantastic range of free guided cycle rides exploring Milton Keynes over Heritage Open Days weekend and on other dates too. See or ring 01908 254728
  • Enjoy the Olney Food Festival festivities in the beautiful Georgian surroundings of the Cowper and Newton Museum. Museum open Thursday 10 to Sunday 13, 10.30 am-4.30 pm, Food Festival Saturday and Sunday only
  • Celebrate Milton Keynes skate culture with a skate jam at the Buszy plaza in central Milton Keynes. Saturday 12 September, 12 noon-4pm
  • See inside the Willis Pipe organ, now in its final phase of restoration, and talk to the organ builders at St Mary and St Giles church, Stony Stratford, Saturday 12 September, 10am-3.30pm
  • World War Two codebreaking centre Bletchley Park is giving away 200 free tickets. For details call 01908 272684 or see

For details of many more activities and events happening in and around Milton Keynes 10-13 September go to:  You can also follow MKHODs on Twitter using #MKHODs. Or pick up a leaflet from your local library or various outlets around Milton Keynes or to download one click the link below:

2015 HERITAGE OPEN DAYS - downloadable leaflet

About Heritage Open Days?
Heritage Open Days are an annual celebration of local history, architecture and culture. They are among England's biggest and most popular voluntary cultural events, attracting some 800,000 people every year.

Heritage Open Days in Milton Keynes are managed by Living Archive Milton Keynes, on behalf of Milton Keynes Council.