Milton Keynes, an Ideal Location for TV and Films

MK Council Film Location Guidance Form (PDF, 71KB)

Milton Keynes has already established an excellent track record in film and TV activities, both as a location and as a base for services associated with the sector, and it's accessibility to London and the major film studios has largely contributed to this success. We can provide free advice and help to any location or production enquiry. If the location is privately owned, contact links can be found in the external links section.

Film-makers which are part of school/college projects or affiliated with a charity can film without being subject to the standard fees and charges.

Bradwell Windmill

Built in 1816, this limestone tower mill has been recently refurbished and is in good working/turning order. Set within its own millfield, it is adjacent to the Grand Union Canal, a disused railway and a sports ground. Unique features include an interior fireplace and one of the earliest uses of a universal joint.

Peace Pagoda

Major local landmark built by Japanese monks and nuns based in nearby Buddhist Temple and Garden. Set in North Willen Lake Park, which also features a labyrinth, bird reserve, helipad and BMX track, and has panoramic views across Ouzel valley. The land owner in this instance is The Parks Trust.

Winter Gardens

Tropically-planted glass/steel 3-storey atrium with glass lift and carp pond. Part of leisure complex including major health club/fitness centre, restaurants and nightclub. Situated in Central Business Exchange modern office zone with further atria, lifts and external pedestrianised squares. Private Land Owner tbc.

Central Milton Keynes Offices 

Extensive and continuous area of low-rise quality modern office development built on 'American' grid square pattern, aligned east-west. Serviced by tree-lined boulevards, parking zones and integrated street furniture. Also includes wine/cafe bars, hotels, city church and gardens/squares.

Grid Roads 

Milton Keynes-wide system of fast dual carriageways intersecting at roundabouts. Generously planted and tree-lined verges and central reservations conceal residential and commercial developments beyond. Comprehensive and complementary network of footpaths, cycleways, subways and bridges create uncluttered and pedestrian-free usage.

Victorian Terraced Housing

Extensive area of 19th century red-brick housing centred on Wolverton and New Bradwell built to service once-substantial railway works. Built largely of two-storey terraces intersecting at right angles. Wide range of Victorian community facilities eg schools, working men's clubs, churches, pubs, etc. Individual properties available.

Campbell Park

Modern landscaped civic park with panoramic views of Ouse valley and backed onto by new MK Theatre/Gallery and Xscape Snowdome. Numerous features include events plateau, open air theatre, labyrinth, national standard cricket pitch and pavilion, beacon, and public sculptures. Adjacent to Grand Union Canal. Centrally placed, yet quiet. Landowner is Parks Trust.

Wolverton Park

Period recreation area associated with Wolverton Railway Works, comprising football pitch, surrounded by redundant velodrome, and bowling green. Flanked by derelict Works buildings, the main Euston line and the Grand Union Canal, the site has an unusual amphitheatre feel. Various spectator stands, one very old. Refurbished changing rooms etc. Private Landowner tbc

Stony Stratford

Georgian market and coaching town aligned along old A5/Watling Street. Traditional High Street with many pubs and restaurants, one of which, The Peking, is available as a location in its own right. Market Square featured in 'Withnail and I'. Picturesque Horsefair Green. Some Victorian/Edwardian terraced housing. Bordered by River Great Ouse and park/farmland.

Gulliver's Land

Gulliver's Land Fantasy/theme park centred on Lilliput Land Castle, with 30 family-oriented rides and attractions including Log Flume, Pirate Ship, Old Time Railroad, Wild Mouse Coaster, etc. Adjacent to extensive and self-contained South Willen Lake with its watersports, leisure and related park facilities, and David Lloyd Tennis Centre. Private owner tbc.

Grand Union Canal (MK Branch)

The Grand Union Canal enters Milton Keynes in the Ouse Valley Park at Old Wolverton and snakes in a dramatic arc right through the east of the city until it leaves Milton Keynes at Water Eaton in Bletchley.

It provides a direct link with the area's industrial past but also a wealth of leisure opportunities for the residents fo the city. There are ideal opportunities for filming locations along the various points including the canal broadwalk, managed by The Parks Trust, which allows you to walk, jog or cycle from historic Linford Manor Park through to Woughton on the Green, on good paths but within sight of the water and its colourful traffic of narrowboats. Among other things to look out for en route are Wolverton Secret Garden (includes Bill Billings famous 100m long train mural), Great Linford Brick Kilns, the narrow boat basin at Pennylands, poplar trees at Campbell Park and a board walk through the reeds between Giffard Park and Willen Park.