23 January 1967

Milton Keynes designated as a New Town/ The Founders

Development of Milton Keynes began following its formal designation as a new town on January 23rd. Its purpose was to help alleviate London’s chronic housing problem. Continue reading “23 January 1967”

27 January

Holocaust Memorial Day

I swore never to be silent whenever wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor
Continue reading “27 January”

6 February

Any place I hang my hat is home

The Stables held their first public performance on the 6 February 1970. It was set up by Dame Cleo Laine and Sir John Dankworth who created the live music venue in the garden of their house. Their influence is felt all over the world.  Continue reading “6 February”

1 March

St David’s Day

All a Creu gwir fel gwydr o ffwrnais awen. In these stones horizons sing. A traditional celebration day for nation of Wales.

St David was the greatest figure in the 6th century Welsh Age of Saints, founder of scores of religious communities, and the only native-born patron saint of the countries of Britain and Ireland.

Continue reading “1 March”

7 March

World Maths Day

With Alan Turing, Bletchley Park, sacred geometry, Hanslope Park, design of grid roads, the Open University, birth of computing – Milton Keynes is made of maths. Continue reading “7 March”

8 March

International Women’s Day

“One should honour women. Women are heaven, women are truth. Women are the supreme first of transformation. Women are Buddha, women are religious community. Women are the perfection of wisdom.” Candamahoroshama Tandtra.  Continue reading “8 March”

13 March

Christ the Cornerstone Church

In 1992 HM The Queen attended the opening of Christ the Cornerstone Church, the first city centre ecumenical church in the UK. The Archbishop of Westminster preached at the service – the first time a Roman Catholic had preached to the monarch since Henry VIII’s days.

15 March

National Skipping Day

Skipping was a Good Friday tradition that dates back to the Middle Ages. “In Brighton, skipping took place towards the end of Lent on Long Rope Day which was the local name for Good Friday. Continue reading “15 March”

17 March

St Patrick’s Day

The west wind is a generous wind. 
Milton Keynes has a large local Irish community that support this day.

22 March

World Water Day

“Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.” Lao Tzu. We are lucky in Milton Keynes to have so much water to admire, play and enjoy.

5 April

Father of Loud

A tribute to a local man Jim Marshall OBE, the Father of Loud. He was the founder and chairman of Marshall Amplification plc, one of the most recognised brands in music. Continue reading “5 April”

23 April

St George’s Day

This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England. William Shakespeare. A traditional day to celebrate England. Gordon Young said “this is one evocative line about England!”

26 April

William Cowper Day

William Cowper was a nationally renowned and respected poet living in Olney, who changed how poetry was written and enjoyed during the 18th Century.  Continue reading “26 April”

27 April

Meditation Day

“Meditation here may think down hours to moments. Here the heart may give a useful lesson to the head, and learning wiser grow without his books.” William Cowper, 18th Century Poet.  Continue reading “27 April”

28th April

Worker’s Memorial Day

Remember the dead. Fight for the living. The purpose behind Worker’s Memorial Day is to remember those killed through work and ensure that such tragedies are not repeated.

29 April

International Dance Day

This day is a celebration day for those who can see the value and importance of the art form ‘dance’, recognising its value to people and the individual.

1 May

May Day

For spring picnics and Morris dancing. May Day is the day when people celebrate the coming of summer with lots of different customs that are expressions of joy and hope after a long winter.

10 May

Pangea Day

In 1986, having made the film The Fourth Protocol in Bradwell Common and Heelands, Michael Caine presented Summerfield School with a video camera to say thanks for letting the production team park at the school. Continue reading “10 May”

24 May

Heartwarming Day

John Wesley was an English Anglican cleric and theologian who, with his brother Charles and fellow cleric George Whitefield, founded Methodism. John Wesley visited Stony Stratford on a number of occasions in the 1770s, preaching beneath a great elm tree in the Market Square. Continue reading “24 May”

25 May

Black Lives Matter

25 May is the second anniversary of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, an event which was instrumental in the development and spread of the Black Lives Matter movement. Following a public consultation exercise in 2021, a new pillar inscription in 2022 at the Rose marks 25 May and Black Lives Matter.

Continue reading “25 May”

1-7 June

Volunteers’ Week

Celebrating the work of volunteers in Milton Keynes who make such a difference to people’s lives in our communities.

‘The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.’ Mahatma Gandhi

5 June

World Environment Day

There are no passengers on Spaceship
Earth. We are all crew.”
Marshall McLuhan. 
Milton Keynes has many eco houses and a great track record in recycling. 

15 June

Albert French

Age 16, killed in action, Ploegsteert Wood, Belgium. ‘A’ Company, 18th Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Born 22 June 1899, New Bradwell.  Continue reading “15 June”

21 June

Summer Solstice / Solar Day

Midsummer Boulevard is aligned with the rising sun on the summer solstice and The Milton Keynes Rose sits on this line.  Continue reading “21 June”

22 June

Windrush Day

Unveiled on 22 June 2022, nominated by local community group Friends of the Caribbean with Windrush Day pillar to celebrates the contribution of the Windrush Generation.

Marking the date in 1948 that the HMT Windrush arrived at Tilbury Docks in London.

Continue reading “22 June”


Knit in Public Day

From old to young, enjoyed by all. Knitting is the process of using two or more needles to loop yarn into a series of interconnected loops in order to create a finished garment or some other type of fabric.

1 July

International Joke Day

Local comedy clubs, the Stables and MK Theatre are all great vendors of mirth in Milton Keynes. MK Theatre of Comedy regularly presents stage versions of TV shows.  Continue reading “1 July”

5 July 1953

First Tea Bag Day

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.

7 July

Taranis Day

Lord of the Wheel. Carved wooden sun wheel found at Wavendon Gate, 1989. Also found on 7 September in 2000: the ‘Milton Keynes Hoard’, Bronze Age gold, now in the British Museum. Taranis is the Celtic God of Thunder & Sky, Lord of the Wheel.

10 July 1992

Formation of the Parks Trust

The Parks Trust is the reason why we have such beautiful parks and green spaces here in Milton Keynes. Campbell Park is one of the many areas of green space managed and maintained by The Parks Trust, the self-financing charity that looks after over 6,000 acres of parks, woodlands and lakes across Milton Keynes.

14 July

Disability Awareness Day

We must all be aware of the barriers this world can place for people with disabilities and work together for access for all, for sport, living, working and play.  Continue reading “14 July”

18 July

Mandela Day

We must use time wisely and forever realise that the time is always ripe to do right. Nelson Mandela. One of the world’s modern fathers, we must remember what he taught us.

1 August


Lammas Day (“loaf-mass”), the festival of the wheat harvest, is the first harvest festival of the year.  On this day it was customary to bring to church a loaf made from the new crop, which began to be harvested at Lammastide. Continue reading “1 August”

4 August 2012

London 2012 Olympic Games

Gold Medal Winner Greg Rutherford – men’s long-jump. Greg Rutherford is from MK Athletics Club.

6 August

Hiroshima Day

After World War II, most of Hiroshima was rebuilt, though one destroyed section was set aside as a reminder of the effects of the atomic bomb. In Milton Keynes, Hiroshima Day is remembered at the Peace Pagoda at Willen. Continue reading “6 August”

7 August

MK Dons Day

First competitive football game played as MK Dons. MK Dons 1 – Barnsley 1. Attendance: 4,720. Our local team, “Come on you Dons!”


First Wednesday in August

National Playday 

National day of play.  Play is how we learn, relax and make friends.

17 September 1838

Wolverton Railway Day

During the Victorian era, trains had to be inspected every 50 miles. The first passenger train from London to Birmingham therefore had to stop at Wolverton. Back then, the 112 and a half mile journey took five and a half hours. Continue reading “17 September 1838”

18 September

Bletchley Park Day

This was the date that ‘Captain Ridley’s shooting party’ arrived at Bletchley Park in 1938 – a cover name for the first visit by the Government Code & Cipher School, and others from MI6. Continue reading “18 September”

21 September 1980

International Day of Peace

Inauguration of the first Peace Pagoda in the Western Hemisphere on 21st September 1980 in Milton Keynes. A day celebrated in many ways in MK.

1 October

Older Persons Day

Grow old with me! The best is yet to be. Robert Browning.  With age comes experience and knowledge, we will all get old.

4 October

World Animal Day

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains un-awakened. Anatole France. Milton Keynes has farms, stables, sanctuaries and pets all to be loved and cared for.


Seed Swap Sunday

Just a great day to help different people grow more food.

16 October

World Food Day

First we eat, then we do everything else. M.F.K. Fisher
Whilst we are surrounded by countryside growing food, we still have people going hungry. Hunger is not just a third world problem. Even in our prosperous new city of Milton Keynes, there are many people living on the edge of poverty.


World Hospice Day

Willen Hospice registered with the Charity Commission, October 1975. Based at a peaceful lakeside location in Milton Keynes, Willen Hospice is an independent charity offering specialist care to individuals with life limiting illnesses. Continue reading “October”

4 November

Diesel Engine Day

Bletchley-based Herbert Akroyd-Stuart was granted US patent No. 439702 for the first engines operated by the explosion of mixtures of combustible vapour or gas and air, three years before Rudolf Diesel’s invention. Herbert Akroyd-Stuart is the father of the diesel engine.

11 November

Armistice Day

The men and women from Milton Keynes who have died in wars. We will remember them. 
A public place to remember our fallen, every year we will lay wreaths and observe the silence, on the 11th November, 11am at the Milton Keynes Rose

20 November

Computing Day

Rebooting of the Harwell Dekatron at The National Museum of Computing in Bletchley Park. Also known as the WITCH, it is recognised by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest original working digital computer. Milton Keynes is the home of computing.

27 November

Idea Day

International Drama/Theatre and Education Day. ‘All the world’s a stage.’ William Shakespeare. Milton Keynes has one of the best regional theatres in the country

30 November

St Andrews Day

The rose of all the world is not for me. I want for my part only the little white rose of Scotland that smells sharp and sweet – and breaks the heart. Hugh MacDiarmid. Traditionally celebrated by the Scots.


World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

Whilst we see roadside tributes this is a safe place to remember those lost on the roads locally.

1 December

World Aids Day

We must support and educate. This World AIDS Day, help put HIV stigma firmly in the past where it belongs, by joining the Not Retro, Just Wrong campaign.  Continue reading “1 December”

5 December 1991

Jack Trevor Story

Died in Milton Keynes, the first writer in residence. He came to Milton Keynes and never left. Jack Trevor Story (1917 – 1991) was a British novelist, publishing prolifically from the 1940s to the 1970s. Continue reading “5 December 1991”

Human Rights Day

10 December

Human Rights Day calls on everyone to stand up for someone’s rights! Disrespect for basic human rights continues to be wide-spread in all parts of the globe.

10 December 2011

Red Bull Home Run

In celebration of the team’s back-to-back World Championships, Red Bull Racing drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber drove RB7s on the streets of Milton Keynes. The local area has been the heartland of motor racing for many years.

13 December 2009

Unsung Hero Day

Doreen Adcock BEM was voted the Unsung Hero at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards. She taught Milton Keynes to swim. Saluting all the ‘unsung heroes’.

31 December 1958

DB4 Day

The first DB4 manufactured by Aston Martin Lagonda Limited was registered. Aston Martin cars were made at Newport Pagnell until 2007. A legend born in Newport Pagnell.


Festival of Lights. Diwali is a Hindu festival which spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair

Eid Al-Fitr

Festival of Breaking the Fast.

Eid Al-Fitr is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.