We are planning an open day at York House Centre – July 29th, noon to 8pm.

It is to show off the rejuvenated York House building and grounds and, in particular the splendid new layout of the rear grounds.

For residents: there will be children’s and family activities, a chance to meet some of our regular groups you might want to consider joining, chats with York House volunteers to take on any ideas you may have.

For businesses: the opportunity to peruse our various rooms, suitable for meetings, presentations, training courses, and functions.

For all: a barbecue and other food, a bar with real ale and other goodies, live music, and an early family barn dance.

May Days

More pleasurable events in May. Check the What’s On events calendar for more details of each event.

Saturday May 27th – afternoon: Five Men Not Called Matt

Those lusty-voiced singers of shanties and other goodly songs will entertain. Full details to follow shortly.

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May 3rd: Gods, Demons, and Immortals

An illustrated look at some of the many colourful and fascinating beings in Hindu mythology.


 May 5th: Eat Street

A roaring success for the first of a series of events offering tasty treats from local food vendors offering grills, pizza, toasted cheese sandwiches, Mexican and oriental goodies, with a fine beer bar, and cakes and puds stall.

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May 6th: Comedy Cow

Headliner is the astounding Frank Sanazi and his superior take on lounge-lizard cabaret, Hosted by Lou Conran, with support from quality stand-up comedians.

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May 13th: Yorkiefest

Another successful return of the annual charity-supporting all-day music and performance event. YorkieFest 2017: The audience was treated to a great day of original music, spoken word and dance. Our two selected charities will receive just over £300.00 each

We did a great job of decorating the hall and much thanks must go to Theresa whose floral decorations were amazing.  Thanks must also go to the efforts of Sarah Donovan and Julia Metcalfe, who put a 100 prize raffle together which raised £211.00 and meant that nearly everyone at the event won a prize!

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May 13th Steampunk Lab

Calling all steampunk adventurers, lords, ladies, pirates, aeronauts, and mad scientists.
Mix, meet and mingle with like-minded creative explorers to transform clothes, jewellery, textiles, furniture and accessories.


 May 8th & May 15th (1.00 – 2.00pm): Chinese Fan Fusion Dance

One hour Introduction (afternoon) session to Chinese Fan Fusion dancing – learn some basic techniques, and have a go & a giggle. This is an it’s low impact & relaxing dance form.

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May 15th: Introduction to Salsa

Do you wish you could dance salsa but are too afraid to learn?

A fun 1 hour (afternoon) session of beginners/foundation Salsa dancing. Enjoy learning with like minded people going at a nice easy pace without any pressure.

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May 20th: Saftastic Curry Night


York House and StonyLive! (and beyond)

York House is pleased to be host to several events during Stony’s largest festival – StonyLive! – which runs from June 3rd to June 11th. See the events calendar for more details.


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On Friday June 2nd 5.00 – 10.00pm

Eat Street brings you a variety of food stalls, a bar by the Beer Bear, and live music.


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Saturday, June 3rd 10.00am – 4.00pm

Showcasing the best of local, hand-made products, quality food and drink, local crafts and entertainment, centered around ecology, health and well-being. Great day out with family and friends.

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Tuesday, June 6th 8.00 – 11.00pm

An Evening with The Bard and Friends

Bard Stephen Hobbs introduces outstanding local performers who will delight though music, storytelling, poetry, and comedy. Includes: Daniel Collins (from world renowned “The Sixteen”); Red Phoenix; and a special surprise!


Wednesday, June 7th, 8.00 – 10.00pm: ‘A Sequence to Summer’ – Byrd, Bach and Beyond

A Keyboard recital of music in a related sequence of favourite pieces on the theme of song and dance through the ages. And some of the pieces will complement the other Shakespeare events in town.


Saturday, June 10th matinee and evening performances

Canals of Old England: 

Phil Underwood (War Horse, National Thatre) presents Canals of Old England – an exciting new show in traditional 19th Century canal costume, accompanied by melodeon and concertina, with folk singer Nancy Potts (Morris Offspring, Royal Opera House) on fiddle.

Traditional and original songs and poetry are woven together with real canal tales and local history to tell the stories of the working people on the early canals and the incredible society they created.

The matinee, geared for children and families, starts at 2.45pm and the evening show starts at 7.30pm.

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Friday, June 30th 8.00 – 11.00pm

Riverside Parks Music

RPM supports the annual Riverside Fair, a unique event for children and families at the Mill Field where all attractions and rides are free for the children, creating a relaxed atmosphere for everyone. This is a fun fund-raiser for this worthy cause.

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The Big Draw 2017

The Big Draw family art event is back – on October 14th. see the events calendar for more details, and mark your diary with one of the highlights of the Stony calendar.


Bet you wish you were aged 8 – 12 so you could have gone to a lively session of giant catapult making at York House Centre Junior Youth Club.

A great time was had by all.

The Junior Youth Club runs every Monday in  term time from 6.30 – 7.30, and subs are just £1 per session. All sorts of lively goings-on from arts and crafts to games and … whatever we can think of.

April Action



April 1st: Comedy Cow

– another capacity audience enjoyed jollity, frivolity and quality with a quartet of comedians, including headliner Andy Wilky aka Smug Roberts.

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April 8th: Tograiser –

A full house and a terrific night of music: roistering maritime songs from the Oarsome Buoys, charming a capella with The Reluctants, and the guaranteed top-notch rocking folk sounds of Togmor. Busy bar and all tickets sold means lots of cash in the coffers for Togfest in June.

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April 14th: Danz Enigma

New dance party in Milton Keynes this Friday at York house, start your Easter weekend dancing in a friendly atmosphere. Absolute beginners welcomed.
DJ Escudero in the main hall, playing Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba & more.
Doors open 6pm, starting with a fun bonus class with our guest teacher Sami Salsa.
6.45pm Salsa class mixed level
8.00pm social dancing
You can Bring your own drinks to the venue.

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April 21st: Pub Quiz for MK Youth Uganda Project

Run by our own Senior Youth Club leader, Tash Darling. Book in your team!

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April 29th: Spring Plant Sale and Coffee Morning,

LOTS of plants from those lovely Stony Stratford in Bloom people, plus seed swapping, planting of the edible bed, being Shakespearean and Bardic, and delicious teas, coffees, and CAKES from the York House volunteers.

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April 29th: Richard Duke of York – King by Right

A talk by Matthew Lewis
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February Fun

Check the What’s On Calendar at the relevant dates for more details.

Swinging Songwriters! It SWUNG!

Friday 03 February 2017, 08.15 pm – 11.00 pm

FULL HOUSE for the homage to those superb songwriters who felt that it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing. Many thanks to the excellent and fun “Dirty Bizness”, and to the sublimely jazzy Sharon Watson & Dick Clarke


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COMEDY COW – a hilarious full house

Saturday 04 February 2017, 8.00pm

Another sell-out for Comedy Cow, with headliner Alexis Dubus.

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 Alice in Stonyland – pantomime jollity

A specially-written pantomime taking young Alice to Stony Stratford saw four well-attended performances on February 17th, 18th and 19th and a feast of fun. Well done to creator, Danni Kushner, and to all the performers and production team.

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Merriment in March

Check the What’s On Calendar at the relevant dates for more details.

 Comedy Cow

Saturday 04 March 2017, 8.00pm

sorry-sold-out Another rip-roaring sell-out show for the ever popular first Saturday of the month of top-quality stand-up comedy. Next one up is April 1st (yes it is).

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Saf’s Curry Night

Saturday 11 March 2017, 7.30pm

sorry-sold-out  Indubitably a Saftastic night at York House, with a capacity crowd enjoying a FEASTful of amazing curries and trimmings. This was Saf’s and York House’s first pop-up restaurant, but it WILL NOT BE THE LAST for either.

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Whose Turn is it Anyway?

Saturday 18 March 2017, 08.00 pm – 10.00 pm

A highly successful and hilarious night for our first night of comedy improvisation? Happy organiser, David Lovesey, has just booked July 1st and October 21st for future pleasure.

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MKBiergarten Spring Beer Festival

Saturday 25th March 2017, noon to 10pm

What a jolly time was had by hundreds of people sampling German and English beers, with some exotic craft beers as the main feature. The rhubarb cider went well, too! The Hufferpuffers huffed and puffed through an eclectic selection of tunes, and Urban Grilla and Good Times Cafe provided the edible deliciousness. Watch out for Oktoberfest on the 28th (of October, of course).