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Milton Keynes in Autumn is a sight to behold; the autumnal colours of nature and the mild weather are ideal setting for family-fun adventures in the surrounding nature trails and parks. We’ve put together a few activities and events near Saxon Reach taking place this September, so that you can enjoy the best of nature that Milton Keynes has to offer!

1.Festival of Nature!

MK Festival of Nature is a special programme of activities to celebrate the beautiful and inspiring nature found in Milton Keynes’ green space. The festival will run from 31st August – 6th September 2020. The activities that were due to take place have been adapted to comply with the current government guidelines. This week-long festival, you can join one of the ticketed events or can get involved with some of the online activities that will be shared via social channels throughout the week. All of these are designed for you to either do at home or in your local park. Find out more.

2.Heritage Open Days with The Parks Trust

The Parks Trust have put together an inspirational programme of heritage events as part of Heritage Open Days from 11-20 September 2020.  Heritage Open Days has been celebrated in Milton Keynes since 2006 when just 15 events were held this year there are 99 events to choose from, this includes several offerings from The Parks Trust. Established in 1994, Heritage Open Days is England’s contribution to the European Heritage Days and has since grown into the country’s largest community heritage festival.

As part of the Heritage Funded project at Great Linford Manor Park you can join volunteers from a guided tour of the site with various walks running from Friday 18 September to Sunday 20 September.

All guided walks and tours require free pre-booked places (with exception of Tours of MK Rose), due to covid-19 there will be limited spaces for each event.

For other Heritage Open Day events taking place in the city see:

3.Mini Doggie Do

Bring your four-legged friends and enjoy dog shows, activities and charity stalls in this exciting day out. Book your free 1 hour attendance ticket with confidence knowing that the Mini Doggie Do will be safe and comfortable for your family and four-legged friend to attend.

After postponing the event from its traditional May weekend, the event will now take place at Willen Lake for 1 day on the 26th September with a ticketed limited entry system. This Mini Doggie Do is still the event for dog lovers to shop at various canine equipment outlets, enjoy a dog display show and have your dog try some dock diving with K9 Aquasport. You can also take part in the fun dog show, with chances to enter within your time slot.

Book your ticket here.

4.Easy Riders 11 October

Easy Riders – Discover Milton Keynes by bicycle programme promoted by Milton Keynes Parks Trust in partnership with local cycling organisations. This programme runs from Spring to Autumn and are perfect for riders who wish to see local attractions at a gentle pace, whilst at the same time building up fitness for longer rides.

5.Introduction to Foraging

Foraging is becoming increasingly popular in the UK as people look for new ways to connect with the outdoors.  This beginners session offers an introduction to locating and harvesting food for free in our parkland spaces and will help to increase your confidence in identifying wild plants, berries and nuts.

You will pick up hints and tips about nature’s secret larder and the best way to prepare wild foods. For details, click here.