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.

Milton Keynes Rose from the air

Summer/Autumn 2024 Events Programme

July – November 2024

Milton Keynes Rose Events programme SummerAutumn 2024

We are delighted to share our latest programme of events at the MK Rose for Summer/Autumn 2024. *Please note that the Mandela Day event will take place on Saturday 20 July at 5pm not Thursday 18 July as previously listed on the programme*.

To download a copy of our Summer/Autumn 2024 events programme, click here

These are free events and everyone is welcome to join us.

crowd of people at MK Rose

Annual Event: Holocaust Memorial Day

Next event: Saturday 27 January 2024

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.

Next event is on Saturday 27 January 2024.  Please meet at the Milton Keynes Rose at 2pm for a short service.

Pancake Day races 2024

Annual event: Corporate Pancake Relay Race

Tuesday 13 February 2024

The City’s Pancake Day Race was back for another year of flipping fun! It was a damp, successful and competitive Shrove Tuesday in support of the Milton Keynes Rose. Organised by partners The Milton Keynes Rose Trust and The Parks Trust and attended by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, Countess Howe, the Corporate Race was won by the team from Smith Jenkins with MK SNAP successfully defending their Para-Pancake Race title.

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Albert French pillar at MK Rose

Annual Event: Albert French Commemoration

15 June every year – Next event will take place at 5.30pm, Saturday 15 June 2024.

Held on 15 June each year, Albert French Day commemorates Rifleman Albert French who was born in Wolverton and was killed in action in the First World War when he was only 16 years old. The event commemorates the ultimate sacrifice of young people in war and all those who served.

This annual service will include readings, speeches and reflections and all are welcome.

Man playing bugle at MK Rose

Annual Event: Armistice Day

11 November every year

Everyone is welcome to the annual service at the Milton Keynes Rose for Armistice Day on 11 November with silence at 11am followed by wreath laying. Nearest recommended parking located at centre:mk car parks (John Lewis end) and use the Redway bridge that leads into the park.

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Milton Keynes Rose

Annual Event: Celebrating Diwali

The Diwali Festival ‘spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil and hope over despair’. We are proud to have a pillar at Milton Keynes Rose and welcome the Milton Keynes and beyond community to celebrate with us.

Location: Campbell Park, Milton Keynes MK9 4AJ

Parking: Centre: MK (John Lewis), Redway near by

Milton Keynes Mayor Mick Legg at MK Rose

New Event – Designation Day

23 January 2024

The Milton Keynes Rose was delighted to welcome the Mayor of Milton Keynes, Mick Legg on 23 January 2024 to mark the 57th anniversary of the designation of Milton Keynes as a New Town.

Group celebrating World Thinking Day at MK Rose

New Event – World Thinking Day

22 February 2024

The Milton Keynes Rose was delighted to celebrate World Thinking Day on Thursday, 22 February 2024. On this day 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts all over the world connect to shout about the things that they do.

The theme this year was Our World, Our Peaceful Future and the event was celebrated at the MK Rose by representatives of the Guides, Brownies, Rainbows and the Trefoil Guild.

New Event – St George’s Day

April 2024

On Sunday 21 April 2024 the Milton Keynes District Scouts and Guides gathered at the MK Rose as part of their annual celebrations and parade to mark St George’s Day.

MK Rose Vigil for Ukraine

Past Event: Vigil for Ukraine

24 February 2023

A candle-lit vigil was held at the Milton Keynes Rose on 24 February 2023 at 5pm to mark the first anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine

MK Rose pillar Concrete Cow Day 3 September

Past Event: Concrete Cow Day

Saturday 3 September 2022 11am to 12.30pm

MK’s iconic Concrete Cows, designed by Liz leyh were first unveiled in 1978. Since then they have become a symbol of the city’s development. While comedians across the country have had cheap laughs with joks about them we have grown to love them, with a replica set at Bancroft, soft toy reproductions, Willen Hospice’s annual ‘Midnight Moo’, the ‘Cowshed’ at Stadium:mk and Donny and Mooie the MK Dons mascots.

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Past 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.

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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: 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.