A place for Celebration, Commemoration and Contemplation

The Milton Keynes Rose is a new and spectacular public place in Central Milton Keynes, which is available to everyone for celebration, commemoration and contemplation.

Designed by internationally renowned artist Gordon Young, The Milton Keynes Rose is a vast and impressive open-air circle with markings based on the mathematical beauty of a flower. 106 granite pillars of varying heights emerge from the surface, many of which are inscribed with dates of events that have local, national or international significance.

The Milton Keynes Rose provides a place where citizens and visitors can gather to mark national, local or personal occasions, be they historical, in joy or in remembrance. It is a place where hundreds can gather to mark Armistice Day or one person can remember another in a personal moment. It is not a sombre place, but a place of coming together and celebration.

HRH Prince William unveils our new Founders Pillar

“To an Arts person like me, early Milton Keynes seemed an enticingly blank playlist. Everything needed doing, and if the city didn’t offer what you wanted you felt it was okay to just pitch up and make it happen. Others were doing the same so it wasn’t long before we were all collaborating, promoting and supporting each other’s activities, building momentum and ambition for anything creative, bold, diverse, engaging and fun. At the time, we didn’t realise that our energy and hunger would be a deal maker when Arts funders were deciding if they should invest in our city, but so it later proved.” Jacky Scott, Arts & Culture Founder

The Founders Pillar acknowledges the diverse range of people who contributed to the built, social, commercial & cultural development of the New Town of Milton Keynes, our city. We are seeking those who contributed between 1967 – 1992 for our Founders Roll. It was the greatest honour that HRH The Duke of Cambridge recently unveiled the newly engraved Pillar at The Milton Keynes Rose, in celebration of The Founders. We hope that people will be happy to tell us about their memories and roles, realising the high regards their efforts and vision are held in, please get in touch with John Moffoot (moffoot285@btinternet.com)

Read about the Founders

Watch the pillar being engraved

The Milton Keynes Rose is used throughout the year for events and gatherings. Everyone is welcome to come along. You can also visit at any time simply to enjoy the space.

Upcoming events

21 April 2018 at 12.30
Commonwealth Picnic
 – Bring a Picnic and a Flag. Celebrate being part of the Commonwealth by sharing food, friendship and fun on HM The Queen’s Birthday, and joining in with Commonwealth celebrations that will be taking place right across the globe. Please bring a flag for our display of 52 flags of the 52 commonwealth countries.

For essential information about hosting an event, please visit The Parks Trust website

Christmas Carols

Sun 17 Dec

Christmas Carols with the wonderful MK Youth Brass

Vigil for Tibet on Human Rights Day

Sun 10 Dec

Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

19th November 2017

Armistice Day

11th Nov 2017
Citizens of Milton Keynes, including many young people formed an impressive procession down to the Milton Keynes Rose from MK Theatre. Francesca Skelton, Chair of MK Arts and Heritage Alliance said, “A ceremony that embraces all and allows us to gather together in remembrance, across all faiths and non, in the shared value of the respect for the courage and suffering for those who died and the loss to their families and the country.”
11th Nov 2017

HRH Prince William unveils the Founders’ Pillar

Tues 26th Sept 2017
HRH Prince William (The Duke of Cambridge) enjoyed a lively ‘animated tour’ of the Milton Keynes Rose led by Debbie Brock, Chair of the Cenotaph Trust. He made a speech before unveiling our new pillar celebrating Milton Keynes’ Founders. See pictures of the visit on Getty images. Read about the visit on BBC news.

Tour of the Milton Keynes Rose

Sat 10 Sept 2017

Many visitors joined Trustees John Moffat and Debbie Brock for a lively tour to learn more about the interesting stories behind a selection of pillars.

Older Persons Day

Sun 1 Oct 
A celebration ceremony was held at 10.30am


International Women’s Day

8th March 2017

Guests gathered at The MK Theatre and then The Milton Keynes Rose to attach their #BeBoldforChange pledges to the International Women’s Day pillar, even in slightly inclement weather! Francesca Skelton DL, Laura Sapwell and Milly Soames DL gave inspiring speeches and three wonderful young women (Julianne, Nadia and Aisha) from Milton Keynes Academy read out an inspiring text, Pretty by Katie Makkai.

Albert French

15th June 2017

Many gathered to listen to Roger Kitchen tell the story of 16 year old local boy Rifleman Albert French, who died in WW1. Local school children read out their imaginary letters to loved ones at war and the Living Archive Band brought everyone to tears by singing such as Violet’s Song.

Disability Awareness Day

14th July 2017

A celebration – speeches, dancing and art raised awareness of what people with disabilities can achieve. The day aims to reduce the stigma surrounding physical disability, learning disability and ill mental health.

Read the 2016 article in the MK Citizen

Vigil for Manchester Bombing

23rd May 2017

Milton Keynes’ new Mayor, Cllr David Hopkins, held a short public vigil in honour of those who lost their lives at Manchester Arena. Twenty-two people, including children, died and 59 others were injured after an explosion at an Ariana Grande pop concert at Manchester Arena in a suspected terror attack.

International Dance Day

29 April 2015

Dancers from MOTUS Dance Group animated The Milton Keynes Rose in a stunning performance