What’s on this month in Milton Keynes: November 2022

Welcome to this month’s guide to what’s on in Milton Keynes. Every what’s on guide will feature food events, live music, markets, social events and more so that you can fill up your calendar with local stuff. November is packed with great seasonal events including plenty of fireworks displays. Diaries at the ready people!

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What’s on this November in Milton Keynes

Browse events in Milton Keynes by category.

  1. Food & Drink
  2. Live Music & Festivals
  3. Markets & Local Shopping
  4. Arts & Culture
  5. Social & Networking events
  6. Fireworks displays (Article by MK Pulse)
  7. Christmas

Food & Drink Events

Explore Milton Keynes’ independent food scene at these great local food and drink events.

Eat Street MK – Stony Stratford

This monthly street food market at York House Centre in Stony Stratford features a variety of local street food traders. Family-friendly and dogs are welcome on a lead. This is the last event at York House for 2022.

Friday 4th November, 17:00 – 22100, York House Centre, Stony Stratford.

Street Food Fridays at MK Biergarten

MK Biergarten’s street food Friday is the place to be for chilled vibes, tasty street food and great beer. This month, find Saf’s Kitchen, Maya Street Food, The Little Pinoy and The Rub at Biergarten. All of MK BIergarten’s events can be found on Facebook.

Friday 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th November, from 17:00, MK Biergarten, Wolverton.

Thursday Night Pop Ups at Great Gelato

Great Gelato is hosting two pop-ups this month. On the 10th November, they are joined by Afro-Caribbean food legends Jerk N Rum for a fun evening. On Thursday 24th November, they are hosting Filipino chefs from Chibog, who will be serving an extensive local selection of food and drink.

No table reservations are necessary. You can eat-in or takeaway.

Thursday 10th November October, 17:00 – 21:00, Great Gelato, 47 High Street, Stony Stratford, MK11 1AA

Friday Tastes

Friday Tastes returns to Bucks Star’s Brewery Tap House on the second Friday of every month. Friday Tastes features a different street food vendor at the brewery tap house combined with various local live musicians. Find all of Bucks Star Beer’s upcoming events on Facebook.

Friday 11th November, 17:00, Brewery Tap House, Stonebridge

Bold Bordeaux Wine Tasting

Join The Wine Cellar in Olney or Woburn for wine-tasting! This one is a majority reds tasting, featuring some of our favourites from this titan of winemaking regions. From Margaux to Pomerol, they aim to cover many of the premium growing regions in this varied claret tasting.

Saturday 12th November, 19:00, The Wine Cellar – Olney, 20A Market Place, Olney, MK464BA. £30 per person. Click here to buy tickets.

Saturday 19th November, 19:00 The Wine Cellar – Woburn, 12 Market Place, Woburn, MK179PZ. Click here to buy tickets.

Punjabi Pies with Saf’s Kitchen

Saf’s delicious Punjabi pies with masala mash are back. Don’t miss these! You’ll need to pre-order before Sunday 6th November via direct message or text Saf on 07790 382944.

Collection: Saturday 12th November from 10:00 – 12:00.

Winter Street Food By Eat Street MK

This is a BRAND NEW weekly street food market! Featuring hot street food, dessert, an Inside bar and inside seating in the Cruck Barn.

Free to attend, ample parking and dogs allowed on a lead.

Running from Friday 18th November until Dec 16th 2022, and January 13th – February 24th 2023.

Annual Christmas Wine Fair

Christmas Wine Fair with over 100 products to taste, including Champagne, Cocktails, premium red & white wine, Port/Sherry & Dessert Wines, and a few surprises! Buy tickets here. Ticket cost is redeemable against purchases.

Thursday 24th November from 17:00, Woburn Coffee House, 21 Market Place, Woburn, MK17 9PZ.

Frost’s Afternoon Tea

Enjoy a festive afternoon tea at Frosts throughout November and December. The perfect way to start Christmas. A festive Afternoon Tea served to your table, set with fine linen and elegant china. Features delightful sweet and savoury treats served with a glass of Prosecco for each guest. You can choose from a variety of tea or coffee.

Dates: 26th November, 27th November, 28th November, 29th November & 30th November.

Live Music & Festivals

Enjoy live music and good vibes at local music events and festivals.

Glyndebourne: glass human

A new chamber opera, glass human, that has its world premiere at Glyndebourne this autumn, will be performed in the intimate setting of MK Gallery’s Sky Room on Saturday 5 November.

glass human is 45-minute performance about three isolated voices finding their way towards each other, charting a journey from emotional and social fragmentation to connection and meaning. Rooted in three contemporary experiences of loneliness – a young woman finding her identity, a refugee searching for stability and an older man living with grief and cognitive decline – the work explores the forces that separate us from each other and the threads we follow to join back together again. All the characters are fictitious but informed by real people who the creative team met during their research for the piece.

Click here to book tickets.

Saturday 5th November, performances at 14:00 and 17:00, MK Gallery.

Traditional Irish Music with O’Reely Trad

Live Irish music every Sunday by O’Reely Trad. Enjoy the delights of a home-cooked roast or just a drink while we entertain you with songs and tunes from Ireland.

Every Sunday at The Crown, Market Square, Stony Stratford, 17:00 – 19:00.

Local Markets & Shopping

Support local businesses at these local shopping events and markets.

Camphill MK’s Handmade Craft, Art & Food Fair

Camphill MK (a charity supporting adults with learning disabilities) is hosting a Handmade Craft, Art & Food Fair on Saturday 12th November. Joining the creative community will be local artisans, makers crafters and producers selling their creations and helping to support our charity.

The Craft, Art & Food Fair is FREE to all attending and will be hosted inside the Chrysalis Theatre, Cafe and Camphill grounds. Expect hand-made textiles, soaps, crafts, spices and rubs, preserves, jewellery, book art, ceramics, artisan gin, wellness snacks, woodwork and metal work, festive gifts and so much more! Parking at the Peace Pagoda car park.

Saturday 12th November, 10:00 – 15:00, Camphill Milton Keynes Communities, Japonica Lane, Willen Park, Milton Keynes, MK15 9JY.

Woburn Sands Community Market

Woburn Sands Community Market is held around the Memorial Green in Woburn Sands. The Community Market supports local businesses within a roughly 12-mile radius of Woburn Sands, as well as high street businesses, local schools, groups and charities. It’s a non-profit organisation run by a small team of volunteers, some with small businesses themselves. The event is every second Saturday of the month so add it to your diaries!

Free parking is available close by. Follow Woburn Sands Market on Facebook to stay up to date.

Saturday 12th November, 10:00 – 14:00, Memorial Green, Woburn Sands.

Frosts Ultimate Christmas Shopping Event

Get ready for the most wonderful time of the year and join Frosts for the Ultimate Christmas Shopping Event. With live music, delicious food tastings, gifting inspiration, seasonal demonstrations and sparkling inspiration for your home, this is an experience you do not want to miss. Plus, enjoy a free glass of fizz when you order our Christmas dinner in the main restaurant.

Thursday 17th November, 14:00 – 20:00, Frosts Woburn Sands.

Tattenhoe Friends Christmas Gifts & Shopping Evening

This is an adults-only Christmas shopping event featuring local businesses. Perfect opportunity to pick up some Christmas gifts! The event will help raise money for Willen Hospice and HistioUK in memory of Lucy Dawson from Tattenhoe who suddenly died this year.

Friday 18th November, 17:00 – 21:00, Tattenhoe Sports Pavillion.

Winter Art & Craft Market

Westbury Arts Centre is hosting its annual artisan Art & Craft Market. There will be a unique selection of handmade items, made by local artists, available to purchase in Westbury’s charming Grade II listed building, by Shenley Wood. Several of the studio holders will also be open and have items for sale.

Free Entry. Accessibility: Accessible parking spaces are available to anyone who requires them. There are no disabled toilets or baby-changing facilities at the moment. There is a space for one or two baby buggies in the entrance foyer. Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome.

Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th November, 11:00 – 16:00, Westbury Arts Centre in Shenley Wood.

Woburn Food Market

A monthly food market is held every third Sunday of each month in the heart of Woburn. Find regular updates on Facebook.

Sunday 20th November, 10:00 – 14:00, Woburn.

Crafts, Cake and a Cuppa

A well-established and well-known craft fair that has been running for over 11 years. There will be a great selection of unique items hand-made by talented crafters – an opportunity to find ideal gifts for your friends and family.

Free admission and free car parking on-site. Wheelchair-accessible. Well behaved dogs on a lead welcome.

There is a cafe running all day offering teas/coffees and light refreshments to raise money for the local branch of Dogs for Good.

Sunday 20th November, 10am – 4pm, Woburn Village Hall, Crawley Road, Woburn, MK17 9QD

Bloom’s Tattenhoe Christmas Bazaar

You are invited to join us for….. Special guest Chris Weeks – one of the finest rat pack, jazz and swing singers in the UK. There will be a selection of stall holders with lovely treats and gifts perfect in time for Christmas, which will include; candles, bath and body care, fudge, wine, cheese, home decor, sweets, doughnuts, Mexican salsas and more.

Saturday 25th November, 17:30 – 20:00, Tattenhoe Sports Pavilion, MK4 3EQ.

Arts & Culture Events

Larry Achiampong: Wayfinder at MK Gallery

British-Ghanaian artist Larry Achiampong works in film, sculpture, installation, sound, collage, music and performance. His work draws on popular culture and his communal and personal heritage.

Included in his first major UK solo show to date is Achiampong’s debut feature length film Wayfinder, as well as a large presentation of his Pan African flags, life-sized Relic Traveller figures and Glyth collages. It will also reveal some of his influences from video games to the landscape paintings of JMW Turner.

Entry for MK residents is free on Tuesdays. Book tickets here.

Runs until 15th January 2023 at MK Gallery.

MK Gallery L A T E S

MK Gallery is hosting another one of its L A T E S evenings on Friday 4 November. Rather than lights out at 5pm, the Gallery will be open and lit up until 10pm. So, after a busy working week, people can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of L A T E S. The café/bar will be serving chilled weekend-starts-here drinks. Local DJs will be curating smooth sound sets. Tables will be turned into paper ‘canvases’, and with POSCA pens to hand, the drawing can commence – perhaps inspired by the out-of-hours exclusive opportunity to see the Gallery’s latest exhibition, Larry Achiampong: Wayfinder. And, if that’s not enough, part of the Café will be turned into a gaming room reflecting some of Larry Achiampong’s influences.

And don’t worry about dinner, Yaw Asiamah – local chef, painter, playwright and poet – will be cooking up delicious African food including Honey Jerk Chicken, Butterbean and Mango Curry, Jackfruit and Bell Pepper Chilli – all served with Jollof Rice and a side of Kelewele (spiced fried ripe plantain) and a salad. See you there! Additional late entry slots for the exhibition have been added for 6pm, 7pm and 8pm. Drawing materials have been generously provided by POSCA.

Friday 4th November, from 18:00 at MK Gallery.

A Transport of Delights – A Cornucopia of Music Hall Marvels

Wallow in gorgeous Gilbert & Sullivan choruses and enjoy the spectacle of a ‘right old knees-up’ Old Time Music Hall medley. Enjoy a magnificent mix of orchestra pieces, choruses and solo pieces. You can expect exciting and humorous novelty acts as well as familiar music hall songs, and a fantastic melodrama. The evening features Wolverton Gilbert & Sullivan Society and Wolverton Light Orchestra, and this time, chiefly, yourselves

Friday 11th and Saturday 12th November at 19:30. Tickets are £16 Adult, £14 Concession and £5 Children; people requiring assistance to attend may reserve a free ticket for a carer. Click here for tickets or call 01908 510452

A celebration of the music of John Williams

This is set to be an amazing concert! Music by MK Sinfonia Music will include Star Wars, Jurassic Park and ET al alongside other classical favourites. Click here to buy tickets.

Saturday 26th November, 19:30, Chrysalis Theatre, Willen Park, MK159JY

Social Events

Events for socialising, meeting new people and networking with like-minded people and businesses.

MK Girl

If you identify as an MK Girl, they host regular events like Book Clubs, Bottomless Brunches, drinks and more to help you meet more like-minded people in MK and make friends. There is something for everyone. These events are for the MK Girl Community so make sure you’re part of the group on Facebook to hear about upcoming events.

Hub Quiz: Halloween Edition

Join MK:U for an evening of Halloween fun! This is the time to team up and create the most spooktacular atmosphere in Milton Keynes! An exciting alternative to your local quiz nights ‐ get to know the Milton Keynes business community better!

Another fantastic event at MK:U Innovation Hub will happen on Thursday, 3rd November in collaboration with the MK Brewhouse & Kitchen.

Thursday 3rd November, Brewhouse & Kitchen MK. Click here for tickets.

All Things MK – Girls in Science

With Milton Keynes recently becoming a city, there are more leading examples of local innovation than ever before. At this event, we will bring you some of the leading ladies of the Milton Keynes Business Community and connect you to some of the inspiring work being done within Milton Keynes. With speakers from Google, Network Rail, Apple and more, it’ll be an evening not to be missed.

Click here for tickets.

Wednesday 9th November, from 17:30 at Aiimi Headquarters – Aiimi 100 Avebury Boulevard Milton Keynes MK9 1FH.

Essentially Social Networking Event

Great space to introduce yourself, and your business to other business owners and professionals. Tickets include a choice of quality beverages and snacks. This event happens on the second Wednesday of every month. This month, yours truly will be talking about the lessons I’ve learned from 10 years of building my blog. I’ll be sharing my top tips for small businesses on social media and how you can use social media to tell a story.

Tickets and full details are available at: www.essentiallysocial.eventbrite.co.uk / www.BucksStar.Eventbrite.co.uk.

Wednesday 9th November, Brewery Tap House, Stonebridge.


Join Bar Bar Black Sheep and Q:ALLIANCE for a chit chat, drinks and a chance to meet fellow LGBTQ+ and allies. This is an age 16+ coffee evening. Starting at 7pm and running until 9pm. A queer-friendly space, open to all. Late night coffee, conversation and connection.

Thursday 10th November, 19:00, Bar Bar Black Sheep, Wolverton.

Board Games

Board Games is a different way to make friends and potentially find a match in a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere, with organic snacks and beverages available. It happens on the fourth Thursday of every month. Find all of Bucks Star Beer’s upcoming events on Facebook.

Thursday 24th November, Brewery Tap House, Stonebridge.


Check out these Christmas-specific events in Milton Keynes.

Pick-your-own Christmas trees opening weekend

A lovely Christmassy experience outdoors on the farm to choose your own Christmas tree with all your family & friends. Start a Christmas tradition and make memories too! Open from Saturday 19th November for five open weekends before Christmas.

See www.stokegoldingtonchristmastrees.co.uk for full open dates. No need to pre-book tickets, just come along. Free entry and free parking. Bring your wellies! Refreshments are available to buy in our farmyard from Good Times UK and Really Awesome Coffee Co. Walk around our tree plantations to choose your own tree and we’ll cut it down for you. Tree stands, holly & mistletoe, logs & kindling and our full range of The Fruity Farmer fruit gins, liqueurs and rapeseed oils are all made here on the farm and also for sale. Come to the farm this Christmas season – it’s so much fun!

Saturday 19th November, from 9am. Stoke Goldington Christmas Trees.

Frosts’ Wreath Making Workshops

Unwind and relax from the stresses of Christmas, at Frosts’ exclusive wreath-making workshop, hosted by the creative genius behind Foliage & Fern floral design. Jump into the festive spirit as you create your own bespoke Christmas door wreath, using fresh foliage and enchanting seasonal materials that will make all your neighbours jealous! Enjoy a glass of prosecco on arrival and indulge in some magical Christmas canapés.

This hands-on workshop will leave you dreaming of crisp winter woodlands and walks in the snow. Lose yourself in the scents of earthy pine trees and escape the hustle and bustle of Christmas for some well-deserved me time.

25 November, 1 December and 5 December, 10:30 – 14:30, Frosts Woburn Sands. Click here to book.

Wreath Making Workshop with Thistle Rose Florals

Make your own wreath with Thistle Rose Florals. Workshops are relaxed, informal, at an easy pace and designed to help you create your own special masterpiece. All materials and equipment will be provided along with light refreshments. Workshops are £60. To book please email nicola@thistleroseflorals.co.uk

Sunday 26th November, 13:30 – 15:30, Furtho Manor Farm.

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