Fan Party - Destination Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes Fan Party

Station Square is a revitialised urban space, in the heart of the city, with direct transport links to MK Central Station, City Centre Car Parking and the dedicated shuttle bus service direct to Stadium MK. The square is immediately outside MK Central Train Station.

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The MK Fan Party will be open on all MK match days between 12noon and kick off as follows:

  • 8 July 12noon – 5pm
  • 12 July 12noon – 5pm
  • 16 July 12noon – 8pm
  • 27 July 12noon – 8pm

Upon return through the Fan Party, following the match, toilets and drinking water will be available for fans on their way back to their preferred transport route.

What’s On

Station Square offers a safe and welcoming space for you to meet up with friends and family and be entertained before the game.

Here you will find a fantastic selection of pop-up food and drink vendors; a big screen with a free programme of film and music; children’s entertainment and social photo moments; an opportunity to kick a ball or learn a new skill; and see an outdoor exhibition telling the story of women’s football; flying flags of the nation and a team of volunteers to guide and support you.

A dedicated chill-out area, with comfy seats located amongst newly created wildflower meadows.  From face-painting to table-football and yoga sessions, our Fan Party offers something for everyone. The full buzz will be provided at Station Square, and we want you to join us.

Activation Zones will include:

  • Stage Area – films, dance, music and more
  • Legacy Football Learn a skill Zone
  • Participating Nation entertainment, including giveaways and opportunities to leave messages for players.
  • Family fun activities, including Face Painting, table football
  • Food and beverage zone
  • Relaxing picnic zone
  • Heritage exhibitions – telling the story of Women’s Football

FAQs

Do I need a ticket to the Fan Party?
The Fan Party will be a secure site with clearly marked entrances and exits. No need to book. Just come along and join in the fun.

Will there be security?
Security staff and volunteers will be present throughout the Fan Party to support your security needs. Bag checks will be completed upon arrival.

What about accessibility?
Accessible Toilets will be available within the Fan Party in Station Square. Multiple entrances and exits will be provided into the fan party which will be clearly signposted and accessible (step free access). All security check points will be accessibility friendly. Car Parking is available in close proximity to the Fan Party in the city centre car parks. Please display your appropriate disabled badge.

The Beautiful Game

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has devised and delivered a new tournament Anthem by to celebrate the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022, by composer Shirley J. Thompson OBE and nine local Anthems for each Host City. Inspired by words and lyrics submitted by fans across the country and recorded by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and 100 community representatives from the Host Cities, the tournament Anthem honours the achievements of women footballers and the bright future of the game. To download all of the Anthems and Momentum Challenge, please visit: rpo.co.uk/womens-euro-anthem

MK’s very own anthem Our Time is Now has been written with the Royal Philharmonic, composer Charlotte Harding, MK Music Hub and local communities. A joyous tune celebrating all that is special about MK including our infamous concrete cows, the code breakers and yes – our new city status!

Join us for a live performance of MK’s Our Time is Now by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra alongside Milton Keynes Brass, MK Youth Choir, MK Community Choir and pupils from across MK on:

Wednesday 27 July
14.00hrs – 14.45hrs
17.30hrs – 19.00hrs

Location: Fan Party, Station Square, MK9 1LR

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Free, no tickets required.

Seating will be available on first come first served basis. The Fan Party is fully accessible.

The Supercompensation Cycle by Emma Smith

An immersive and participatory artwork that invites the public to warm-up for each match by replicating the movements of live performers. Inspired by historic footage of players’ warm up moves and sports theory, the work celebrates the unheralded expertise of all bodies and how they move. Made in collaboration with MK residents and girls and young women from Milton Keynes Football Club, holographic portraits embedded in specially designed sculptures form an installation that is accompanied by a sound track created in collaboration with musician Ya Ya Bones and sound engineer Daniel Halford.

Everyone is invited to join us to view The Supercompensation Cycle in MK at the Tree Cathedral – www.theparkstrust.com/parks/tree-cathedral

Monday 25 July – 18.00hrs – 19.30hrs – Join us for a very special evening viewing and dance performance

Tuesday 26 July – 10.00hrs – 13.00hrs – Hologram installation open

Free, no tickets required

Location: Tree Cathedral, off  Livingstone Drive MK15 9ED

The Tree Cathedral is accessible, though some areas have rough terrain. Study footwear is recommended.

Stadium for the Future (If I can’t dance I don’t want to be part of your revolution) by Idle Women

Stadium for the Future will be a living stadium imagined, engineered and hand built by and for women, a self-sustaining ecosystem of creating, training and playing to manifest a different world.

Conceived as a provocation and call to action, Stadium for the Future will be danced into existence come rain or shine at the Campbell Park underpass alongside the Grand Union Canal in MK during ‘A Dance to Celebrate our Rightful Belonging with Queer Rave Soundsystem and DJ’s Ayebaitari, Cybernova, Missy P, Cheza, Sheba Q and MC Icykal.

Sunday 17 July
15.00hrs – 21.00hrs

This is a free ticketed event. BOOK YOUR TICKET HERE

Location: Canalside, Car Parking available behind Campbell Park Cricket Pavilion and at Livingstone Drive

What Three Words: shipyards.cemented.glares

The location of this event is fully accessible, though it should be noted that it is a 15min walk from the nearest car park to the location.

Who Makes Football by The Guild Collective

Commissioned by Milton Keynes Council, local artists and dyers collective ‘The Guild’ will deliver a fun, free interactive workshop where you can hand craft your own football from naturally dyed and embroidered fabrics and share your football stories.

Friday 8 July – 12:00hrs  – 17:00hrs

Tuesday 12 July – 12.00hrs – 17.00hrs

Saturday 16 July – 12.00hrs – 18.00hrs

Wednesday 27 July – 12.00hrs – 18.00hrs

Free, no tickets required.

Location: Fan Party, Station Square, MK9 1LR

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Seating will be available on first come first served basis. The Fan Party is fully accessible.

Warrior Women by Motus Dance and Alina Orchestra

Commissioned by Milton Keynes Council, Warrior Women celebrates the strength, fortitude and creativity of local MK women both on and off the football pitch in a new collaborative, multidisciplinary work including dance, film and a live music performance.

Saturday 16 July – 14:00hrs – 14:30hrs
Wednesday 27 July
– 15:00hrs – 15:30hrs

Free, no tickets required.

Location: Fan Party, Station Square, MK9 1LR

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Seating will be available on first come first served basis. The Fan Party is fully accessible.

Library Resource Pack

Deborah Goatley-Birch has designed a new creative resource pack for libraries across the country which is now available to download. The resource pack will enable communities to come together to celebrate and enjoy the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022. It includes activities inspired by football fan objects such as rosette and banner making and includes a reading list of books that feature trailblazing sports people. To download the creative resource pack, please visit: thefa.com/competitions/uefa-womens-euro-2022/weuro2022-library-resources

For more information about the arts and heritage programme, to get involved or any questions please email [email protected]

Have you been part of the WEURO Cultural programme so far? If you have, we would be really grateful if you could fill in this short survey for us – SURVEY LINK

The arts and heritage programme for the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 tournament is funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England, thanks to National Lottery players, and the Host Cities.

Photo bottom left: Emma Smith, The Supercompensation Cycle, Milton Keynes workshops, 2022. Stage one project funding by Milton Keynes Council in support of the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022. Photography by Rachel Adams.

Photo bottom right: credit Katherine Green