Explore Milton Keynes in a whole new way this month, with heritage tours, an alternative visitors guide, redways parade, bicycle ballet and more.
6-9 and 13- 16 September –Heritage Open Days are back, and this year organisations and venues are opening their doors and holding events across not one, but two, weekends. This year, Heritage Open Days are celebrating Extraordinary Women with a ‘Votes for Women’ exhibition and ‘She got the vote: Stories of Bucks women who were first able to vote in 1918’ at MK Central Library. There will also be ‘access all areas’ tours of buildings around MK, free admission to museums, talks, walks and more. View the brochure online here: http://www.mkheritage.org.uk/hodmk/brochure/
14 – 16 September – Groundwork Weekender is a free celebration of MK’s heritage, landscape, people and sounds, curated by Tracing the Pathway. The three-day programme, interlaces performances, walks, exhibitions, talks, films and, the premier of 11 unique artist projects. Find out more here: http://www.groundworkmk.com/page/4/groundwork-weekender.html
14 September – Come along for the book launch and reading tour of ‘The MK Myth’ by Phil Smith. An alternative visitor guide with a story that takes the reader on a walk through Milton Keynes as it follows ‘K’, the main character, on her journey through the city, discovering its heritage and hidden wonders. Find out more here: http://www.groundworkmk.com/index.php?page_id=8&event=170
15 September – The Festival of curves, detours and slopes celebrates the launch of the new Redway A-B guide by Hayley Newman, with a special performative tour of MK’s redways. In this alternative tour, which starts and ends at Willen Lake, learn how to read the redways, experience the ups and downs of winding around roads and take part in a parade. Find out more here: http://www.sharingculturemk.com/whats-on/september-2018/festival-of-curves-detours-and-slopes-launch-of-the-redway-guide-a-b-in-mk
16 September – The highly anticipated Blazing Saddles is an outdoor performance celebrating women, cycling and fashion, looking at how in the 1890s, when bicycles first became widely available, this marked a step forward for women. Find out more here: http://www.pedallingculture.com/events/all/blazing-saddles
21 – 24 September – Following the success of last year, the MK Lit Fest is back. Meet famous authors, with the likes of Mark Haddon, Lemn Sissay, Stella Duffy, Hollie McNish and Sarfraz Manzoor, new authors, and take part in writing workshops. There will also be free tickets to selected events for 16 – 25 year olds thanks to an MK Community Foundation grant. Find out more here: www.mklitfest.org