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Heritage Open Days return in September

Date Posted:11/08/2014

Free fun for all the family at MK Heritage Open Days 11-14 September 2014

Local families are being invited to take a trip back in time, with no less than 50 fun events and activities to enjoy free of charge on Heritage Open Days, Thursday 11 to Sunday 14 September.

There’s something to interest all ages, in every corner of Milton Keynes and towns and villages around – and all usual admission charges are scrapped!

  • Enjoy archery, birds of prey, costumed re-enactors, games, stalls and more at the colourful Bradwell Abbey Medieval Family Fun Day, at Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre. Sunday 14 September, 11am-4pm
  • Learn about anti-slavery campaigner John Newton’s ‘Amazing Grace’ and other local heritage in the beautiful Georgian surroundings of Olney’s Cowper and Newton Museum. Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September, 10.30 am-4.30 pm (last entry to museum 3.45pm)
  • Bring proof of your MK postcode and get free entry to WW2 codebreaking centre Bletchley Park. Thursday 11 to Sunday 14 September, 9.30am-5pm
  • Want to discover what your ancestors did in World War One? Drop in to Central Milton Keynes Library Saturday 13 September, 10 am-2pm for expert guidance; and view the display of Great War photos, stories and artefacts
  • Gain new drawing skills in a fun family heritage activity, using the Giant Viewfinder Screen at Milton Keynes Arts Centre, Great Linford. Saturday 13 September, 10.30am-12.30pm 
  • Raise a glass at Milton Keynes Museum Beer Festival and Open Day. Explore the authentic Victorian farmhouse and schoolroom, street of old shops, Hall of Transport and much more. Thursday 11, Friday 12, Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September, from 11am
  • Be entertained by a history of Milton Keynes in moving images – unique archive footage of the area from the 1940s to the present, at Milton Keynes Gallery. Friday 12 September, 7.30pm
  • Visit Bradwell Windmill, newly restored to working order. Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September, 1.30-4.30pm
  • Enjoy performances of Shakespeare in the Garden at Shenley Wood’s Westbury Arts Centre. Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September, 3pm

For details of many more activities and events happening in and around Milton Keynes 11-14 September go to: Or pick up a leaflet from your local library or various outlets around Central Milton Keynes or you can DOWNLOAD HERE

Milton Keynes Councillor Sarah Betteley, Cabinet Minister with responsibility for culture, says:  “The Milton Keynes area has featured on the national timeline of history many times, thanks to its central location and connection to key transport and communication routes.

“Don’t be misled by the ‘new city’ tag – there is so much rich history all around us. Heritage Open Days are a fantastic opportunity to get out and experience it.”

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 co-ordinated by the Living Archive, with support from Milton Keynes Council.