Important update – MK Playday 2020 cancelled due to covid-19

Due to Covid-19 It is with deepest regret that the MK Play Partnership have decided to cancel this years MK Playday at Campbell Park.
We hope you all understand, we want to keep everyone safe and cannot wait to come back bigger and better than ever in 2021!
Stay safe,
The MK Play Partnership.

We’re back for 2020!

We had a fantastic meeting of the organising committee today (Tuesday 3 December 2019) with partners from MK Play Association, MK Council, The Parks Trust, Early Years Alliance and our production team. Looking forward to 2020!
Keep checking our website and social media for updates until we get to the day!


MK Playday is pleased to announce that Milton Keynes College will be sponsoring the event which takes over Campbell Park on Wednesday 7th August 2019.

MK Playday provides fun, free accessible activities for all children, young people and their families as part of the nationally recognised Playday. The event which has previously seen up 9000 visitors, celebrates children’s right to play and highlights the importance of play in children’s lives. There will be a wide variety of activities to choose from, from water slides to bug hunting and a very special tournament with local mascots.

Julie Dawes, the Interim Chair of MK Playday Partnership said, “We are very pleased to be working with such a valued partner, sponsorship from MK College helps us to keep providing an enjoyable day full of free activities for families in Milton Keynes.” 

The Team from MK College will be hosting a 1960s themed activity area with face painters, dress up and selfie booths. 

Julie Mills OBE, Group Principal and CEO, Milton Keynes College said, “MK Playday is a fantastic initiative that brings families together to celebrate youth and our diverse community. We are really excited to be on board this year and to support MK Playday in keeping the event free for all.”



MK Playday is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from the MK Community Foundation. These funds will support the event held in Campbell Park this year on Wednesday 7th August.

The MK Community Foundation is the leading grant-making charity in Milton Keynes, connecting people and resources to projects and ideas. Since the foundation began in 1986, it has awarded £23m worth of support through grants and rent subsidy to the local voluntary sector.

We are very pleased to have secured support from MK Community Foundation, these funds help ensure the partnership can provide an enjoyable free day for families and communities of Milton Keynes.  We value the support MK Community Foundation has given us and we look forward to the biggest day of play in Campbell Park.

Julie Dawes, the Interim Chair of MK Playday Partnership

These funds will be used to ensure that MK Playday 2019 is a huge success, celebrating children’s right to play and highlighting the importance of play in children’s lives.

Voting is now live for Tesco Bags of Help

We’re in the customer vote for a Bags of Help grant from Tesco.  It’s a scheme which gives community projects like us grants of up to £4,000 – all raised from the sale of carrier bags in Tesco stores.  The public will now vote in store from now until 30th June 2019 on who should receive the awards.

We’ve voted! Please vote for MK Playday!  Pop down to your local Tesco and once you’ve finished your shopping pop a vote in for us!

Local stores where you can vote for MK Playday are:

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

MK Playday Announces Opener for 2019 Event

MK Playday is excited to announce that the Opener for this year’s event has been confirmed; Paddington™!

Join us and Paddington on Wednesday 7 August 2019 between 11am and 4pm at Campbell Park.  Paddington will open the event from the main stage in the morning and then will be making personal appearances in the park at intervals throughout the day. Don’t forget to bring your camera as there will be plenty of opportunities to take photos!

Emma Stace, Chair of the organising committee, commented: “We are so pleased Paddington will join us for the incredibly popular event this year. Paddington will meet with children of all ages, making it a highlight for MK Playday 2019”.

MK Playday is the largest free play event held in Milton Keynes. The event provides fun, free accessible activities for all children, young people and their families across Milton Keynes as part of the nationally recognised Playday which celebrates children’s right to play and highlights the importance of play in children’s lives.

Keep a look out for upcoming event announcements and activity details! Visit our Facebook page at @MKPlayDay or tweet us @mkplayday

MK Playday 2019 Paddington Social Image approved

MK Playday is back for 2019!

After having a year off, the MK Playday Organising Committee with representatives from MK Pre-School Learning Alliance, MK Play Association, Woughton Community Council, The Parks Trust, MK Children’s Centres and Milton Keynes Council, came together today (Tuesday 25 September 2018) to start planning for MK Playday 2019!

MK Playday 2019 will take place on Wednesday 7 August 2019 11am-4pm in Campbell Park and early signs are that it will be the best ever free play event Milton Keynes has ever seen!

The organising committee are looking for local organisations to support the event and are also looking for a sponsor to help make this the play event the families of Milton Keynes deserve.

Organisations and companies looking to be involved should email the Chair on and

MK Playday Secures £5,000 From Tesco’s Bags of Help Campaign

MK Playday, the hugely popular annual free family event, is delighted to announce it has bagged £5,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help funding scheme.

This money will be used to help ensure the 2017 MK Playday is the best yet, with some special superhero guests joining people at the event throughout the day.

MK Playday will be held on Wednesday 2nd August 2017 in Campbell Park. There will be a wide variety of activities to choose from including water slides run by MK Play Association; the Sports Zone with activities from football, rugby and cheerleading to table tennis; bug hunting with The Parks Trust; fairground rides provided by Thomas Emmett; and back again by popular demand the cycle and cinema zones.

Julie Dawes, Events & Community Engagement Manager, commented: “We’re thrilled to have received this funding from the Bags of Help scheme, and wish to say a huge thank you to all those who voted for us.

“MK Playday is an event enjoyed by thousands of people and this money will help to make sure it is better than ever. We look forward to seeing everyone on the 2nd August!”

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help funding initiative, which sees grants – raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to thousands of local community projects every year.

Voting ran in stores throughout May and June with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out.

Lindsey Crompton, Tesco’s Head of Community, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success. We’ve been overwhelmed by the response from our customers. The great thing about Bags of Help is that local people are invited to decide how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”

Since launching in 2015, Bags of Help has awarded more than £33 million across more than 6,300 local projects.

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, added: “Bags of Help continues to fund thousands of projects across the UK.  We want to ensure that the money raised benefits as many local people in as many different places as possible so we’ve extended the range of groups and projects that we can support.

“The scale and variety of activities supported by Bags of Helps shows what can be achieved when communities are given the support and the encouragement they need to make change happen in their local area.”