Heritage events are well stocked

Have fun at this weekend's free heritage events
Have fun at this weekend's free heritage events

All too often as we dash about our business, we fail to appreciate the area that we call home.

But Milton Keynes – the ‘new city’ as we call it, is only half the story.

From today, and throughout the weekend it’s time to see the other side with the return of the annual Heritage Open Days, a raft of free events that puts history, architecture and culture at the core.

There is plenty of choice t00 –with 50 events to choose from, spanning every corner of Milton Keynes and the surrounding villages.

Here are just a few ways to spend the coming days...

> See what ‘sup’ at MK Museum, which is hosting a beer festival daily from today until Sunday.

While there, visit the authentic Victorian farmhouse, street of old shops and Hall of Transport.

> Visit Bradwell Abbey on Sunday for archery, birds of prey, costumed re-enactors and lots more at the Medieval bash.

> Entry is free at Bletchley Park from today and through to Sunday. To take advantage of the offer simply bring proof of your MK postcode

>Amazing Grace is known the world over.

But do you know its local history?

Visit Olney’s Cowper & Newton Museum to learn more about anti-slavery campaigner John Newton and his infamous hymn, this Saturday and Sunday

> At CMK library on Saturday (between 10am and 2pm), the book emporium will have expert guidance for those of you wanting to know what your ancestors did in World War One. Great War photos, stories and artefacts will also be displayed.

Other Great War Commemoration events include an exhibition, The Great War Remembered, at Living Archive MK, The Great War in 10 Objects, a talk by Kevin Varty at the Central Library, and exhibitions of the First World War Servicemen from North Crawley and a village walk.

There is a guided walk around Simpson too, identifying the ‘places and people of significance 100 years ago.’

Other events include the opportunity to go behind the scenes of Festive Road, our carnival creatives, and there is an open day at the National Badminton Museum.

The Buszy – opposite the Central Station – will be hosting a Buszy Skate Jam, and in Newport Pagnell, the Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul will be opening its doors for history seeking visitors.

Also in Newport Pagnell, the town’s Historical Society will open its museum at Chandos Hall.

Visit the ruins of St Peters Church in Stanton Low (which dates back to the time of Richard the Lionheart), or pop along somewhere rubbish...sort of.

MK Recycling Factory will be sharing its 21 year history with you.

With so much to see and do during this exceptional weekend, you’ll need to keep lubricated – where better than at the 12th Cock & Bull Real Beer and Cider Festival at York House in Stony Stratford.

For full details and listings of every event planned click to www.mkheritageopendays.com