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.

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.

Annual Event: Albert French Commemoration

Held on 15 June each year, Albert French Day commemorates Rifleman Albert French who died aged 16 in the First World War and all those who served.

The 2020 event was unable to be held publicly as usual however reading by Chris Roberts and wreath laying was filmed to share.
View the film here.

Volunteers Week 1-7 June

The Milton Keynes Rose Project Team are proud to present to new pillar at the Milton Keynes Rose celebrating volunteering.  Engraved at the end of May ready to be in place for National Volunteers Week 1-7 June.

To celebrate this new pillar and the important part volunteers play in our lives, Cllr Andrew Geary, Mayor of Milton Keynes 2020 will be unveiling the pillar.  We are also very pleased to share this video from the Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher.

Annual Event: International Women’s Day

8th March every year

In 2019 guests gathered at the MK Theatre and then the Milton Keynes Rose to attach their #PressForProgress pledges to the International Women’s Day pillar. Nikki Ross, assistant chief constable of Thames Valley Police, and Debbie Brock, Chair of the Cenotaph Trust (Milton Keynes Rose) gave inspiring speeches and two students from MK Academy read extracts from ‘Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls’ by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo. Read more in the MKCitizen online

Information about 2020 event can be seen here: www.theparkstrust.com/events/2020-03-08-international-women-s-day

New event: Corporate Pancake Relay Race

Tuesday 25 February 2020

The Milton Keynes Rose would like to thank the 12 teams that took part in the inaugural Milton Keynes Rose Corporate Pancake Race on Tuesday 25 February 2020, Shrove Tuesday.

Several local organisations joined in the fun with relay teams from Milton Keynes Council, EMW Law, Green Cross Training, Bridgman & Bridgman, Opus Restructuring LLP, Geoffrey Leaver, Alan Francis Estate Agents, Mirus IT Solutions, The Parks Trust and My Milton Keynes.  After two heats and the final, the team from Mirus IT Solutions were crowned the winners coming over the line with a time of 3.45.95 seconds.

Mirus IT were awarded The Frying Pan trophy which was presented by Trudie Bird BEM and the customary book of Olney Hymns, presented by Corporate Pancake Race Director Andrea Cartmell-Brock, former three times Olney Pancake Race Winner in 2004, 2005 & 2006.

The event raised over £500 with all proceeds going towards the development of the Milton Keynes Rose including the engraving of two new pillars. The new pillars which will be unveiled in the summer of 2020, will be National Volunteer’s Week (held over the 1st week in June) and World Refugee Day on 20th June. The last pillar to be engraved at the Rose was the Founders Pillar in 2017 to commemorate Milton Keynes’ 50th birthday.

The new pillars were chosen at the bi-annual meeting of the Pillar Panel. Chaired by Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, Lord-Lieutenant for Buckinghamshire, the panel is made up from members of community, MK Cenotaph Trust and The Parks Trust, these organisations meet every other year to decide a new pillar engraving from the pillar submissions from received from community groups.  Criteria for new pillar submissions can be seen on The Parks Trust website here: www.theparkstrust.com/parks/milton-keynes-rose

Annual Event: Holocaust Memorial Day

27 January 
Holocaust Memorial Day is a national commemoration day dedicated to the remembrance of those who suffered in the Holocaust under Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides.  A short service is held at The Milton Keynes Rose annually with readings and performance from a local choir.

Annual Event: Disability Awareness Day

14th July
Disability Awareness Day is recognised at The Milton Keynes Rose annually and in wider associated community events organised by; MK Snap, Camphill Community Milton Keynes, MK CIL, Milton Keynes Arts for Health, MK Dons SET, Milton Keynes Cenotaph Trust and with support from many partner organisations.  The MK DAD steering group work to bring about individual and community change through awareness raising and celebrations of people with disabilities in our area.

Annual Event: 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

Previous event : Tea Party for First Tea Bag Day

Friday 5th July 2019

The first tea bag produced in Britain from Tetley’s factory in Osborne Street, Bletchley.  The tea bag was brought to Britain by Tetley, who produced them in the UK for the first time in 1953 in Bletchley. By 1968, Tetley tea bag sales had soared to 5,000 tonnes a year.

Past Event: Commonwealth Picnic 

21st April 2018

Over 100 people celebrated being part of the Commonwealth by sharing food, friendship and flags on HM The Queen’s Birthday, joining in with Commonwealth celebrations that took place right across the globe.

Past Event: 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.

Past Event: 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.

Past Event: International Dance Day

29th April 2015

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