MK Playday calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s community fund

MK Playday calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s community fund

MK Playday committee are bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

MK Playday is one of the groups on the shortlist.

MK Playday providing free, fun, accessible activities for all children, young people and their families from across MK in Campbell Park on Wednesday 7 August 2019.

Julie Dawes, MK Playday Chair for 2019 commented, “The organising team are very excited at MK Playday 2019 being shortlisted to receive a grant from the Tesco Community Fund for this brilliant event for Milton Keynes families.  Please vote for us in your local store and help make this the best Playday Campbell Park has ever seen!”

Voting is open in local Tesco stores from Wednesday 1st May 2019 to Sunday 30th June 2019 and customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already provided over £71 million to more than 23,000 projects across Britain. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

“Bags of Help contributes funds to community projects up and down the country and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers voting in their local stores. We’re looking forward to seeing more projects brought to life.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

“Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit

Local stores where you can cast your votes include – Melrose Avenue Bletchley Express, Egerton Gate Milton Keynes Express, Milton Keynes Kingston Extra, Walnut Tree Express, Oldbrook Express, Milton Keynes Bletchley Extra, North Furzton Milton Keynes Express, Old Farm Park Milton Keynes Express, Tinkers Bridge Milton Keynes Express, Buckingham Road Bletchley Express, Oxley Park Milton Keynes Express, Woburn Sands High Street Express

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


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 –

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 –

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 –

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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


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 –