A Festival of Creative Urban Living

Festival Campus (opposite the Point), Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 3NB

This autumn Midsummer Boulevard in Central Milton Keynes will host the first ever ‘A Festival of Creative Urban Living’.

 The main theme of the festival is ‘The Built, The Unbuilt and The Unbuildable’, looking at art, design and architecture in urban environments.

The Festival brings together artists, residents, architects, designers, urban planners, thinkers, creatives and many others for a FREE 3 week programme of exhibitions, discussions, events, creative workshops, performances and much more.

It has been commissioned by MK Council, funded by Arts Council England, and is programmed and curated by experimental architectural practice raumlaborberlin.

The Festival programme is FREE and everyone is welcome.

There will be an on-site information point, a café with affordable refreshments, FREE bike hire, ping pong tables and, in the evening, an informal bar.

MKCs Get Smarter Travel Team are proudly supporting the festival and will be on site at weekends delivering Bikeability cycle training as part of the Bike School Programme.AFOCUL walking and cycling zone map_FINAL

Full details about the festival can be found on the official A Festival of Urban Living website and the full programme of events, including Bike School can be found here

Celebrate cycling at the Bike School!

Bike School is a celebration of all things bike – there’s an energetic, cycle themed programme of events and activities including:

  • Bikeability Cycle Training sessions teaching the basics of bike handling
  • BMX Academy workshops for beginners
  • FREE bike hire thanks to Santander Cycles MK
  • Special themed guided rides lead by residents of MK
  • Inspirational talks
  • Creative work shops exploring sound and movement
  • Pimp my ride sessions
  • Rutland Repairs Residency – Rutland Cycling are offering electric bike demos, bike health checks and maintenance
  • Bicycle powered cinema
  • Pedal powered phone chargers
  • Energy challenge bikes – a head to head race to see who can produce the most electricity

How to get to the Festival

We encourage everyone to travel to the festival sustainably. A 5 / 10 minute walking and cycling map is available soon. If you want to plan your own route, try using our journey planner.

Walking is the cheapest and easiest form of transport

The CMK shopping centres, Conniburrow, Downs Barn, Springfield, Oldbrook, Bradwell Common and Fishermead are within a 15 minute walk of CMK.

Pedal your way

Travelling from further away? Jump on your bike and use the Redway network to cycle to CMK; then leave your bike in one of the cycle parking areas or with Rutlands Repair Residency to get a free service while you and the family have fun.

CMK can be easily accessed using the Redway Super Route network with links to CMK from the H5, H6, V7 and V8 Redway Super Routes. Take a look at our interactive map to find your nearest Super Route and plan a quick and easy journey.

The Redway network within CMK  is unbuilt so please use the roads, car parks and underpasses for the final section of your journey. When you reach CMK via Redway Super Routes V7, V8 and H6, it’s about a 5 minute walk to the festival site – less if you cycle. If approaching via  the H5 Redway Super Route, look to get on the V7 towards CMK or the V8 towards Campbell Park.

Hard copies of the MK Redway Guide are available on request – email or pick up a copy from CMK Library or Milton Keynes Council Civic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate East, Central Milton Keynes, MK93EJ.

Please share space safely and considerately.

Hop on the bus

Frequent daily buses run in to CMK. Please note that due to temporary bus relocation due to the Festival programme, buses will now stop at the Food Centre.

A ‘family day ticket’ from Arriva costs around £9 and is valid for up to 5 people, maximum of 2 adults.

Disabled Parking

Disabled parking spaces are available adjacent to the Festival’s location.

Plan your journey