Great Linford Waterside Festival 13 074The fabulous FREE Great Linford Waterside Festival is one of the biggest free community events in Milton Keynes and it takes place from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th June 2012 at Great Linford Manor Park

The event's been an established part of the Summer calendar in MK for over ten years and features a diverse range of musical acts and attractions to keep everyone entertained.

  • Friday 6.30pm - 9pm
  • Saturday 11.30am - 8.30pm
  • Sunday 11.45am - 5.30pm

Using a SatNav or Routeplanner to get to the festival? Type in MK14 5DZ to get to the Parklands Carpark!

Download a copy of the festival programme here

The weekend has a fabulous start on Friday evening in Linford Manor Grounds, where there will be a ‘Picnic in the Park’ with great music for everyone.

All day Saturday and Sunday there will be a full programme of live music, including many local bands, arts, stalls and attractions in the grounds of Great Linford Manor Park.

Stage 2 gives enthusiastic young people the opportunity to perform music or poetry on stage.

For more details, check out the official website here or the event's facebook page

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For further information and to stay up to date, visit the official Waterside Festival website at

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Festival Programme

Friday 14th June

On Friday Night at the Waterside Festival will go back to its intimate roots this year, with three small stages entertaining picnickers across the beautiful grounds of Great Linford Manor. Featured artists include performers from the Waterside's acclaimed series of all-acoustic indoor shows.


18.30 Kersten Luts
18.55 JMan
19.20 Corinna Jane
19.45 Soul Urban Poet
20.10 Nick Fisher
20.35 Linda Watkins


18.30 Alex Berrie
18.55 Christianne Doran
19.20 Fabsisters
19.45 Jaymi King
20.10 Bine the Peg
20.35 Pete Kosanovich


18.30 OU Orchestra


Saturday 15 June

11.30 St Andrews School (Our local infant school choir opens proceedings)
11.45 Great Linford School (The choir from the combined school head up the next generation of performers)
12.00 Ryker Sear (Brilliant young indie rock band)
13.00 Soul and Other Sounds (Great local soul act)
14.00 Palmerston (Eclectic Buckingham folk group)
15.00 Faith Dimensions (Gospel group back from last year)
16.00 Steve Winch (Great solo singer with new album out!)
17.00 Trouble with Tuesday (Indie trio with new album out)
18.00 Inta Africa (Amazing African drumming)
19.00 The Jebs (A great four piece indie band)
19.45 Antonio Lulic (Indie-folk from the North-East)
20.15 Anti Hero State Punk band from Bedford)

Sunday 16 June

12.00 Rise Bailey Rise (Independent, alternative singer-songwriter)
13.00 Circle of Reason (Alt rock, prog, melodic, metal, indie)
14.00 New Bays (A young alternative rock band from Bucks)
15.00 Nicky Prince (Brilliant soul and pop singer)
16.00 Wade (Great female-fronted heavy rock group)
17.00 Hair of the Dog (Rock and pop covers; stars of last year’s festival!)


Saturday 15 June

12.30 Milton Keynes Cheerleading Academy
13.30 Great Linford Primary School Maypole
14.30 MK Elite Cheerleading Squad
15.30 Milton Keynes Cheerleading Academy
16.30 Cairo Cats
17.30 Mike's Line Dancing
18.30 Mike's Line Dancing

Sunday 16 June

13.30 MK Elite Cheerleading Squad
14.30 Milton Keynes Cheerleading Academy
15.30 Milton Keynes Cheerleading Academy
16.30 Cairo Cats


Saturday 15 June

12.45 The Further Adventures of Vodka Boy
13.30 The Phil Sky Experience
14.15 Seeking Salvation Through Love
15.00 Neville Modley Sings & Plays The Blues
15.45 The Last Quarter
16.30 Turning Heads
17.15 Serenade
18.00 Robin Grimmer
18.45 The Box Ticked

Sunday 16 June

12.00 YC Olie
12.45 Kersten Luts
13.30 Glass Tears
14.15 The Sucettes
15.00 Ellie Walsh
15.45 Fatbwoi
16.30 Rusty Gs


Have you ever wanted to perform at a summer festival? You can this year at our new Open Mic spoken word stage, organised in conjunction with Stony Stratford’s Scribal Gathering. Just go down to our tent (by the ponds) on the other side of Stage 2 and sign up! Or just come down and listen: we have poets, singers and storytellers, refreshments and comfy chairs. If this sounds like your cup of tea, Scribal Gathering meet every month in Stony Stratford – search for them on Facebook.

Saturday 15 June

12.00 Open Mic - come along and sign up!
14.00 The Caution Horses
14.30 Vinnie Gibbons
15.00 Glass Tears
15.30 Pippa Chapman
16.00 Dodobones
16.30 Fay Roberts, Danni Antagonist and Richard Frost

Sunday 16 June

12.00 Open Mic - come along and sign up!
13.00 The Box Ticked
13.20 Open Mic - come along and sign up!
14.30 Stephen Hobbs
15.00 The Sucettes
15.30 Victoria Laxton-Bass
16.00 The Last Quarter
16.30 Poeterry
17.00 The Screaming House Madrigals


Saturday 15 June

13.30 The Big Fiddle Band
14.30 The Guild Singers (Ladies' Choir)
15.30 Coverage (Local Duo perform songs from the 60's to the present day)
16.30 Gemma Shirley (Soprano)

Sunday 16 June

12.30 St Andrew's Church Orchestra
13.30 Lauren Hollis (Voice, Piano and Cello)
14.30 MK Acapella (Barbershop Group)
15.30 No Strings (Mixed Voice Acapella Group)
16.30 St Andrew's Woodwind Ensemble


Archery will be available on both Saturday and Sunday, from the beginning of each day up to 4pm.

On Saturday, GLFC junior teams will be showing exhibition matches.

On Sunday, you can have a go at Korfball between 12pm and 4pm.


MKPA's Funion Bargee will be on the canalside again between 12pm and 4pm, with play and arts activities.


12 mile cycle ride around the Sustrans Millennium Circuit, organised by Phil Ashbourn. 

Meet outside the Manor on Saturday 15 June at 10.15am, ready to leave at 10.30am. You'll be back in the Park by 12pm!


The courtyard will be a hive of heritage craft themed activity with green wood workers and blacksmiths sharing their knowledge and skills with opportunities to have a go at making giant spoons, or create structures inspired by the intricate designs of our blacksmiths and a chance to work with Branch-Out MK to create a willow seating sculpture to be installed in the Artworks MK courtyard.

Their young people's forum For'm will be in the barn garden, manning their heritage hut and offering a programme of activities. Heritage themed refreshments will be on sale in the Artworks MK café.

The Almshouse artists will be throwing open their studios doors, welcoming visitors and providing a chance to hear more about their practice.

Companion Dog Show - Sunday 16 June 2013


The schedule for the event is available to download here


Dogs are shown at owners' risk and must be kept on a lead at all times. Please clean up after your dog! Also, your dog is vulnerable and AT RISK if left in a vehicle in high temperatures, even on days considered slightly warm. Please take care of your dog.



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