Milton Keynes' 50th Birthday


MK Council are co-ordinating a year-long programme of activity to celebrate fifty years of MIlton Keynes.  Celebrate the birthday of MIlton Keynes by coming along to events, exhibitions, parties, tours and trails, outdoor productions and exciting activities.


MK50 Logo
MK50 Logo

2017 provides a fantastic opportunity to celebrate how far Milton Keynes has come as a city, to present to the world its unique story, and to look to the future vision for what Milton Keynes will become. 

In order to deliver this opportunity, individuals, communities and organisations are collaborating to create and deliver an inspiring programme of events in which everyone will want to participate.  Milton Keynes Council is co-ordinating the MK50 programme of activity but schools, businesses, charities, venues, individuals and organisations will all have a part to play, using their expertise and specialisms to create a vibrant year of celebration.  MK50 will encourage all scales of activity, ensuring that everyone can feel involved, whether at a large-scale cultural event, or a local fair or community or family picnic.  

MK Council’s Cultural Services Team is drawing together the programme for the anniversary and working with partners to develop ideas and projects that celebrate this important milestone.  We invite you to now consider how you would like to celebrate and to let us know so we can incorporate your ideas into the over-arching programme.

To find out more about what is planned or how you can get involved, please visit the MK50 Website: and for support and guidance on planning your own events please see the MK50 Events Toolkit, found here:


MK50 and Schools

We have commissioned freelance writer to produce an MK50 School Resources pack so that schools all over Milton Keynes can get involved in Milton Keynes’ 50th Birthday.

The pack is organised in Key Stage sections covering a range of curriculum areas including English, History, Geography, Physical Education, Art and Design, and Design and Technology with links to the relevant National Curriculum documents. The pack has been designed to enhance children’s and young people’s engagement with Milton Keynes’ 50th birthday, focussing on a community celebration that we hope students will remember and value as they grow.

The MK50 School Resources pack can be downloaded here:


Support for MK50 ideas 

We are working with partners and colleagues across the council to support ambitious celebratory projects and we hope to establish a micro-grant scheme for community groups to celebrate MK50.  We will centrally promote MK50 activities via the MK50 website and social media and we can help with idea/project development, partnership building, and advice on permissions.  We can also help identify funding routes and may also be able to connect project ideas and community celebrations together for more effective fundraising. 

There are many ways to get involved and to find out more you can visit our dedicated MK50 website: 

Email us at to discuss your ideas or projects, or to find out more.


How you can find out more

You can visit the dedicated MK50 website to find out more: 

MK50 Website

You can contact us now with your ideas.

We will also be sharing information online via social media – follow @CultureMK and #MK50 to keep updated.   


MK50 Surgeries

We will be holding monthly MK50 Surgeries to allow interested parties to discuss their projects with us. To book a slot please email us

Last Updated: 30 November 2017