Tesco Bags for Help

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects.

MK Playday has been shortlisted for a public vote in Tesco’s #BagsofHelp initiative! Vote for us to win the top prize in store! Vote in Tesco stores during the months of May and June to help us secure a Tesco #BagsofHelp grant.

Please pop your tokens in the following MK stores;
Buckingham Road Bletchley
Egerton Gate MK
Melrose Avenue Bletchley
Milton Keynes Bletchley
Milton Keynes Kingston
Milton Keynes Wolverton
Newport Pagnell Elthorne
North Furzton
Old Farm Park
Oldbrook Express
Olney Market Place
Oxley Park
Tinkers Bridge
Walnut Tree
Woburn Sands

Bags of Help offers community groups and projects across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags. The public will now vote in store during May and June on who should receive the £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 awards. For information about the Tesco Bags for Help see www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp 

MK Playday will be back for 2017!

The biggest day of play in MK, MK Playday will return to Campbell Park for 2017 on Wednesday 2nd August 2017 11am – 4pm.

The organising committee are pleased that the event will be returning especially as 2017 is a special year with the new city turning 50!  To celebrate MK Playday will have 50 activities to help keep children entertained all day.

Keep checking the official MK Playday website and Facebook for all the updates on what’s being planned for the biggest day of the summer!


For information about MK50 see www.mk50.co.uk.


Campbell Park on 3 August will be the place to be!

On Wednesday 3rd August 2016 Campbell Park will host MK Playday, a free event for all families in Milton Keynes.  Around 9000 people attended the event last year and we hope to see many more this year!

There will be many activities to choose from; water slides run by MK Play Association, the Sports Zone with MK Dons SET which includes many activities from football to table tennis, bug hunting with The Parks Trust, fairground rides provided by Thomas Emmett and this year we would like to introduce our new cycle and cinema zones.  The stage programme, compered by MKFM is back again with some fantastic surprise openers!

The MK Play Partnership which consists of Milton Keynes Council, The Parks Trust, MK Dons SET, MK Play Association and the Pre-School Learning Alliance, would like to thank the many activity providers for supporting the event, without them the success of the event would not be possible.  A big thank you also to MK Community Foundation for supporting and funding the event for a third year and to Santander for once again providing the hardworking playmakers!

The MK Play Partnership work hard each year to bring this free event for the families of Milton Keynes and each year MK Playday attracts thousands to enjoy the free activities. The MK Play Partnership are always grateful to the numerous organisations who support this event and would welcome any other organisations who would like to get involved in this successful event to get in touch by emailing the chair of the group, Emma Stace at mkplaydaychair@outlook.com.


June Update

The MK Play Partnership met at the beginning of the month for the regular update from the committee members to share how plans for this year’s MK Playday on 3 August are progressing.  Representatives from Santander who are providing volunteer support joined the group to hear the plans for the event including that the following areas and activities that have been confirmed with lots more still to be announced:

Playday Map 2016 for download

The ever famous waterslides provided by MK Play Association

Thomas Emmett’s dodgems and kids fair rides (50p  a ride)

Stage Entertainment compered by MKFM
Includes performances from Diamond Theatre School and En Point

Face painting and glitter tattoos

Cycle Zone
Cycle track  – provided by cycling team at MK Council
Corleys Cycles – will be doing bike checks for anyone who brings their bike along with a bike tricks area

Sports Zone
MK Dons SET are bringing different have a go sports including football and korfball
Garden Games
Table tennis with Ping
Badminton with Badminton England

Mini Cinema
Showing Disney film ‘Big Hero 6’  (Timing TBC)

Nature Area
Bug hunting with The Parks Trust Education Rangers
Travelling Tree Tots with The Parks Trust rangers for younger visitors
Activities with the Bucks, Berks and Oxon Wildlife Trust and the RSPB

Woodland Play
Woodland activities with MK Play Association like den building

Safety Area
Games with The Park Trust Community Rangers

Craft Area
Activities with MK Play Association
MK Gallery

Soft Play Area
Inflatable rings provided by MK Council Play Rangers
Toy Library activities with the Pre-School Learning Alliance
Breastfeeding Cafe

Food Area
Lots of different  choices from American BBQ to sweet things

May Update

More and more activities are being added to the list for MK Playday 2016, the biggest free play event in Milton Keynes.  The stage programme is nearly complete and more organisations have confirmed attendance but there is room for more.  The committee are welcoming more applications from groups wishing to attend and provide a free activity to get in touch through the contact us page – mkplayday.wordpress.com/contact-us

The organising committee are pleased to say that MK Playday has been awarded a community grant from MK Community Foundation to cover the costs of things we need for the event to go ahead like toilets and first aid.  Huge thanks to MK Community Foundation for supporting the event again.  Information about MK Community Foundation and all the brilliant work they do to support groups and projects in MK can be found on their website here – www.mkcommunityfoundation.co.uk.

MK Playday 2016 Partners

Playday Partners


April Update

Only 4 months to go until the biggest and best MK Playday yet!

Most exciting news this month includes the news that Santander will be supporting with lots of volunteer help again.  The organising team would like to say a massive thank you to Santander without your support we couldn’t put this event on.

The team are busy organising fun activities including old favourites the water slides, sports zone with MK Dons and stage entertainment and new activities like the cycle zone.

Our food area is now fully booked with lots of choice from American BBQ to Caribbean food there’s sure to be lots of choice this year.  Applications for holding a craft stall closes on 8th April, see our stall page for details – mkplayday.wordpress.com/stalls.

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Mini open air cinema screen will be showing Big Hero 6 at MK Playday on 3 August 2016

Other plans for this years MK Playday include a mini open air cinema screen where we will be showing Disney’s Big Hero 6 for you to watch for free!

The team are still looking for other local organisations to take part in Playday this year, if your organisation would like to bring an activity please get in touch on the contact us page.




March Update – A New Zone added to MK Playday

5 months to go and plans for 2016 MK Playday are going really well.  The committee, made up of representatives from MK Council, MK Dons SET, MK Play Association and The Parks Trust met this month and can announce an exciting new addition to to the zoned areas at MK Playday.  In addition to popular Waterslides, Sports, Woodland Play, Stage, Food, Funfair and Nature Zones the committee are pleased to say that this year there will be a all new CYCLE ZONE.  The Cycle Zone is made possible with particular thanks to Milton Keynes Council.

The Cycle Zone at MK Playday this is where you’ll be able to find out all about cycling in Milton Keynes, try out a special cycle track ,get your bike checked and registered as well as having dedicated cycle parking so you can cycle to and from MK Playday.  More details about the Cycle Zone and activities on offer will be available nearer the day.  For more information about cycling in Milton Keynes see www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/streets-transport-and-parking/cycling.


Get cycling with all new Cycle Zone at MK Playday on 3 August 2016.

MK Playday February Update

Productive committee meeting last week, plans for this year’s MK Playday are really coming together.

So far the following organisations are committed to attend:

Milton Keynes Play Association

Pre-School Learning Alliance

Milton Keynes Council

The Parks Trust


Bucks & MK Fire and Rescue

BBO Wildlife Trust




Sign & Sing

Any organisations wanting to get involved in this great event are urged to get in touch via the contact us page – mkplayday.wordpress.com/contact-us/