Open Places lead to smiley faces

'Milk' the most out of the Arts & Heritage Open Places event
'Milk' the most out of the Arts & Heritage Open Places event

A QUESTION: What do MK City Orchestra have in common with Lenny Henry, and what do the Orchestra and Lenny also have in common with MK Gallery?

Actually, it’s that all three will be partaking in the Arts & Heritages Open Places programme – a 10-day session of walks, talks, exhibitions, workshops, concerts and artist demonstrations which begins tomorrow.

In all, 34 organisations have signed up to the event, which is being made possible with a grant from Arts Council England.

Venues all over the new city will be opening their doors to you, your friends and your family, and not all of the goodies need to leave your bank account frowning, with a good mix of ticketed, subsidised and free events sorted.

Among the many other participants, MK Arts for Health will be hosting a guided walk along the canal, Olney’s Cowper & Newton Museum will host an exhibition of wedding dresses and accessories through the ages, you can peek inside Bradwell Windmill, or pop into Discover Milton Keynes at CMK Library for a sport exhibition which stretches back to Georgian times...

It isn’t only in the immediate vicinity that participatory events are plentiful – indeed Stowe House & Landscape Gardens will host 18th century activities for all the family.

There are timed sessions at 11am, 1 and 2pm.

Vagabond Cinema will be launching their new programme of Friday film nights in collaboration with MK Gallery, and if you fancy getting away from it all without really going anywhere, we would recommend a visit to Wolverton’s Secret Garden.

With so many things on the cards, there just simply isn’t the space to shoehorn each and every detail onto this bustling page, but the web will see you right.

To see what is happening when, click and pay a visit to

The programme begins tomorrow and rolls through to May 15.