Summer What's On Guide

Celebrating Fifty Years of Milton Keynes

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Milton Keynes.  The official designation date was 23rd January, but the fun doesn’t end there - 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.

This year, celebrate the birthday of Milton Keynes by coming along to events, exhibitions, parties, tours and trails, outdoor productions and exciting activities.  There will be headline events throughout the year and opportunities to participate in creative and active workshops, as well as venturing out and exploring, or trying a new sport or activity.

We are also looking forward to what comes next - looking to the future and the ambition to be a creative and cultured city, and bidding for the European Capital of Culture title for 2023. We’ve hosted Red Bull racing cars, four International Festivals, a Rugby World Cup, the yearlong programme of celebration events for MK50. To help shape the Capital of Culture bid, tell us where you would take a visitor in Milton Keynes to show them what is great or unexpected about the city. Share your views at  

See over 60 events in our MK50 Summer What's On Guide.

Pleas note: all events were correct at time of going to print, please see the website What's On pages for furhter activities.

Be part of the ‘Let’s Party Like it’s 1967’ Weekend (23rd-25th June)

Over a long weekend in June, we want to take everyone back to the 60s, with parties across the city.  We are asking members of the community, town and parish councils, schools and businesses to throw their own events, or to come along to one nearby.  

We have created a party pack available from our resources page that shares ideas for fancy dress, food, music, decorations – everything you need to go back in time to when Milton Keynes was first built.  If you do decide to run your own party, make sure you register it by emailing the location, time and date to 

The full list of events for the ‘Let’s Party Like it’s 1967’ weekend will be available via our online What’s On listing - this will be where you can find out what is taking place near you and plan your party itinerary over the long weekend!