Four days of free stuff

Best Company: Two chances to view as part of MK Heritage Open Days
Best Company: Two chances to view as part of MK Heritage Open Days

Four days of free events across the city begin today, the launch of the 10th anniversary of MK Heritage Open Days.

When it began 10 years ago. just 15 items made up the celebratory programme of events in MK .

This year there are more than 50 showcasing our history, culture and architecture. That’s progress for you.

More than two dozen organisations are involved – from some of our major museums to small venues, and between them a veritable feast of exhibitions, workshops, open days, craft events and performances will roll, with something to suit all tastes and all ages.

Among the wonderfully varied selection of items, you will be able to Celebrate the Apple at York House in Stony Stratford, with the opportunity to learn about the traditions of apple growing, harvesting and juice making (Sat, 1-4pm) or enjoy the tasty Olney Food Festival being hosted at The Cowper and Newton Museum (Museum open Thursday-Sunday, 10.30am-4.30pm, food festival Sat/Sun only).

Or how about getting on your bike with Skyride Local? A range of free guided cycle ‘walks’ inviting you to explore our new city are being wheeled out, while the Buszy plaza is hosting a skate jam (Sat, Noon-4pm).

Some of the more intriguing finds from Bucks County Museum will be on show (Bletchley library today, and CMK library tomorrow, 10am-2pm daily), while in Stony Stratford, the Willis pipe organ restoration is in its final stages, and you get the opportunity to visit its home of St Mary and St Giles Church and speak with the organ builders.

There will be another chance to see The Best Company’s take on World War One too, with performances at MK Museum on Saturday, and Westbury Arts Centre on Sunday.

Speaking of MK Museum, the historic hub is offering all of its charm to visitors for free starting today and through to Sunday.

It can be thirsty work with so much good stuff to investigate, but worry not – a real ale and cider festival will be hosted over the weekend too.

Head to the Angel Inn in the street of shops for the refreshing intake.

The museum is open between 11am and 4.30pm.

MK Heritage Open Days is brought to you by the Living Archive, with MK Council, MK Heritage Association and partners.

For full details of all events happening in the coming days visit www.mkheritageopendays.com

> Leaflets detailing the programme can be picked up at outlets around MK, including the local libraries.

Whatever you decide to do this weekend, have fun!