The Festival of History, Milton Keynes' Largest Historical Re-enactment to Transform Campbell Park
A chance to experience the re-imagining of the city’s 200 years of living history
Exploding cannon, clashing swords and a romp through Milton Keynes history led by re-enactors and compelling story-tellers! This is your chance to travel back in time to experience local life from the 1st to the 21st centuries. On Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th of June at 11am to 5pm, Campbell Park will play host to the Festival of History. This free event is a celebration of Milton Keynes’ past that showcases the work of key local heritage groups.
Organised by Heritage MK in partnership with the Parks Trust, and Milton Keynes Heritage Association, the Festival of History takes place every two years. This year’s Festival of History is set across an arena, open-air stage and the park itself. The festival offers a fantastic combination of live events, re-enactments and demonstrations of traditional crafts and skills Some programme highlights for 2019 includes re-enactment displays from Viking, Roman, and Civil War periods, alongside some brilliant stage entertainment with music from MK Brass.
The festival also offers everyone the opportunity to chat with local heritage groups and learn from history advocates that work tirelessly to protect and promote aspects of our region’s past. Meet the groups that, together, celebrate our heritage and work towards ensuring it remains part of Milton Keynes’ future.
Noël James, Director of MK Heritage commented: “We are truly excited about this year’s Festival of History and all the planned events which will be a true representation of our city and region’s history. The re-enactments, the objects on display, films that will be shown, food, music, arts and crafts are just some of the examples of what we have planned that present a clear vision of our rich heritage. It is an exciting opportunity for MK Heritage to showcase a reimagining of life through the ages making this a truly spectacular day out for all.
“Our close and invaluable collaboration with the museums, heritage groups and the council allow us to transform Campbell Park with all the right provisions for our visitors for a weekend of unforgettable historical experiences. We can’t wait to welcome everyone to our favourite festival and share our unique heritage with every generation.”
This is a free event and no tickets are required, simply turn up at Campbell Park between 11am – 5pm on both Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June and join in the fun. We recommend parking in the centre:mk car parks, the John Lewis Multi-storey (MK9 3QA) or MK Theatre Multi-storey (MK9 3NZ) and use the footbridge which leads into the parks.
MK Festival of History is organised, supported and funded by Heritage MK, Milton Keynes Council, the Parks Trust, MK Community Foundation and the Milton Keynes Heritage Association. Heritage MK is funded and supported by Milton Keynes Council.
Please see our website for more information about this event.