Re-discover Milton Keynes with MK50 this half-term

Posted 10th February 2017

As all Milton Keynes residents know, there’s so much more to this new city than just concrete cows and roundabouts. Milton Keynes’ 50th birthday invites an opportunity to re-discover home with plenty of ideas and activities for families this half-term.

Put your best foot forward

Equipped with thick coats, hats and gloves, there’s no reason not to get outside. Milton Keynes Council and The Parks Trust recently launched their joint project, 50 Walks for MK50. Over half-term walks will take place on Monday and Wednesday from 10am at Furzton Lake and Walton Lake. The first walk will be the free Beat the Street Nature Walk led by an experience walk leader, pointing out winter wildlife and fauna. The following walk is the Beat the Street Wild Photo Challenge, a free wildlife walk and photography challenge with the chance to win some great prizes.

If the weather looks promising, spend a couple of days completing The Parks Trusts’ ambitious 25 mile challenge walk!

The 50 walks for MK50 Spring/Summer booklet is available online or can be collected at the Destination MK visitor information centre, MK Council offices, MK Libraries, Education Centres at Howe Park Wood and Linford Lakes Nature Reserve, and The Parks Trust head office in Campbell Park. To book onto walks, contact and to download the map for the 25 mile challenge walk visit The Parks Trusts’ website.

Discover more than 50 years

Bletchley Park has joined the MK50 celebrations by offering 50% off on Mondays for visitors with a Milton Keynes postcode.

On other days, take inspiration from our list of 50 free things to do in MK featured in the MK50 souvenir guide. Find yourself in the third century at the Bancroft Roman Villas in Bradwell Abbey, or if you want to be active and learn about history, cycle the Destination Milton Keynes Heritage Cycle trail, downloadable from their website.

Explore Milton Keynes’ public art

Bring Milton Keynes iconic public art to life with the Public Art audio walking tour, available on the MK50 Art Trail app. Downloadable for Android and iPhone, this app has been created by writer-in-residence Rachel Barnett who has written fictional, fun stories about each piece of art.

More free things to do in Milton Keynes

For more ideas for half-term, check out the MK50 souvenir guide to see what other 50 Free Things you can do in Milton Keynes.