As the leaves turn golden and the evenings draw in, there’s still plenty to get up to in MK’s parks this Autumn, with The Parks Trust.
Apple Day promises a juicy autumnal experience this half term, in the Community Orchard in Woughton-on-the Green, with apple-themed activities, crafts and games for all ages. On Saturday 21st October, 12pm-3pm, everyone can have a go at apple pressing, explore the natural world and wildlife, and enjoy face painting, storytelling, and live music, whilst feasting on refreshments from local vendors.
FREE half term fun to be had at Howe Park Wood Open Mornings, 9.30am-12.30pm on 24th, 25th and 26th October. Explore autumnal nature with themed challenges and self-guided trails, whilst learning about wildlife like bats and spiders in the Education Centre. Alternatively, head to Linford Wood to join professional storyteller Red Phoenix for autumnal tales at 2pm on 23rd October – family tickets for Stories In The Park are just £5!
All aboard for the final spaces on Electra Walk, Glide and Dine events on 14th and 15th October. Discover the Grand Union Canal between Campbell Park and Great Linford, taking a towpath tour in one direction and a relaxing return journey on all-electric Electra – with time for lunch too.
Campbell Park bustles with activity this season. Prost! It’s time again to step inside the Bier tent to indulge in the Bavarian entertainment of Oktoberfest on 13th and 14th October. Shortly followed by MK Foodbank’s MK Can Record attempt for the longest line of cans of food, which will snake through the park on 16th October. Wrapping up with the return of the Keith Emmett and Sons Funfair in November, including, on Saturday 4th, the much-loved Firework Spectacular.
As the end of the year approaches, the Women’s Walking Network sees out the year-round programme with the final few walks taking place at Caldecotte Lake on 2nd November and Howe Park Wood on 7th December. It’s a great way to discover MK’s parks while encouraging women to come together and make new friends.
For a more leisurely walk, Great Linford Manor Park Guided Walks occur twice each month, the second Friday at 10.30am and last Sunday at 2pm. All ages are invited to stroll the stunning grounds with playable sculptures, ornate seating, the much-loved veteran lime tree, and delightful ponds.
If you’re looking to get involved in community volunteering, you could help improve the environment for local wildlife and remove any hazards, by joining the united litter pick of Broughton Brook, led by a Parks Trust Ranger from 10am on 30th October.
Head online, to theparkstrust.com to view the full programme of events and outdoor learning activities