The national Heritage Open Days will see a wealth of venues in and around Milton Keynes open their doors to visitors this month
Every September, more than 40,000 volunteers across England organise as many as 5,000 events in celebration of the country's wonderful history and culture. It marks a great opportunity to explore hidden places and unique venues, all of which are free to explore. A full list of events taking place in and around Milton Keynes can be viewed on the Heritage Open Days website, but here are 21 not to miss.
Members of the local community have transformed a piece of derelict land into a new green space to enjoy, dubbed The Secret Garden. Open Saturday 14 September from 11am to 12pm.
A treasure hunt around Newport Pagnell will be held on the weekends of 14 and 21 September from 2pm to 3pm, starting and finishing at the museum.
Explore the beautiful 800 year old church, alongside bell ringing demonstrations and an exhibition of arts and crafts from talented locals. Taking place on Saturday 14 September from 9.30am to 6pm.
Bletchley Archaeological and Historical Society will be hosting an open day on Saturday 14 September, from 10.30am to 4.30pm, at Rectory Cottages, with local books, photos and maps on display.
Open to the public from Friday 13 to Sunday 22 September, visitors have the chance to explore the iconic WW2 code breaking huts and discover the stories of those whose work helped shorten the war. Pre-booking is required.
The 15th century church and tower will be open on Saturday 14 September from 10am to 6pm, offering wonderful views over the city and surrounding countryside, with teas, coffees and cakes on sale.
Bradwell Abbey will play host to a Medieval Fayre on Sunday 15 September, where visitors can try on armour, have a go at archery, see birds of prey, and explore the ware of historical market traders.
The Windmill will be hosting an open weekend on 14-15 September, from 1.30pm to 4.30pm, with milling taking place for a short while each afternoon. It is the only remaining mill in Buckinghamshire still producing wholemeal flour.
A village walk around Great Linford, led by architect Pete Martin, will be held on 22 September from 2pm to 3.30pm, exploring the integration of the building of the new city with the Manor and the historical core of the village.
Take a guided tour around Oak Chapel at 11am on 21 September, exploring the complete interior, administration area and cremator room, with the tour concluding with a walk through the woodlands.
Guided walking tours of the Milton Keynes Rose will take place at 2pm and 3pm on 15 September, with visitors shown some of the pillars which showcase the wealth of heritage in the city.
Enjoy a guided walk on 14 September to discover eight commissioned artworks installed along the Grand Union Canal, with each piece relating to the themes of Japanese connections, canal history and natural history.
Experience sitting on the bench and in the dock in an empty courtroom on a guided tour, followed by an observation of a working courtroom. Held from 16 to 18 September, in morning and afternoon sessions, pre-booking is required.
The museum will host an open day and beer festival from 19 to 22 September (11am - 4.30pm), with visitors able to enjoy all of the attractions and pop into the Angel Inn for a taste of some special collection real ales and ciders.
Offering a unique behind the scenes tour, visitors can explore the theatre building and enjoy an insight into the meaning of various pieces of artwork on display in the building. Held on Friday 13 September from 10am to 11pm.
From 14 to 19 September, Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park will be hosting guided tours which will showcase the technologies on site and a chance to see the plant in operation.
Explore the future of Milton Keynes at The Event Space, where visitors will have a chance to see the five shortlisted designs for MK:U, the future prospects for transport around the town. From 13 to 21 September.
MK Dons Football Club and MK Dons Sports and Education Trust are offering the chance to enjoy a tour of the Stadium MK from 13 to 16 September. Pre-booking is required.
As well as a guided walk to discover the rich history of this park, there will also be live music, community stalls, arts and craft activities, food and drink, and more, on Sunday 22 September from 12pm to 4pm.
Take a behind-the-scenes tour around one of the UK's most successful music venues, led by original architect Peter Hall, on Saturday 14 September, at 12pm, 1pm and 2pm.
Believed to have stood as long ago as 1100, displays and children's activities help to tell the story of this ancient church and the changing community it has served. Visit on Saturday 14 September from 10am to 6pm.