Coming up in March 2019

Check the What’s On calendar for more details of each event.


Saturday, March 23rd (2.30 – 4.30pm): EDWARD II – A DOOMED INHERITANCE – STEPHEN SPINKS

Join us to hear Stephen Spinks talk on Edward II, one of the most controversial kings of England.

Saturday, March 23rd (8.15 – 11.00pm): Kimber’s Men

Kimber’s Men are one of the finest shanty sides in the country and we are THAT lucky to get them. They will be ably supported by local legends, Five Men Not Called Matt.

Friday, March 29th (8.00 – 11.00pm): Performers Night @The Song Loft

Come along and perform a song, tune or poem, or simply enjoy others doing so. Special guest performers are The Delta Ladies

What you may have missed:

Friday, March 1st (8.00 – 11.00pm): Performers Night @The Song Loft

Come along and perform a song, tune or poem, or simply enjoy others doing so.

Saturday, March 2nd (7.00 – 10.30pm): Quiz and Curry Night

Teams invited to tickle their brains with a fun quiz which will raise funds for the annual Riverside Parks Fair in June – a free family event. One of Saf’s Curries will add spice to the evening.

Wednesday, March 13th (7.30 – 9.30pm): Stony Tracks

This month’s guest is Pat Nicholson, who has been there and done. Find out about his life and music,

Friday, March 15th (8.00 – 11.00pm): Alden , Patterson and Dashwood @The Song Loft

Richly versatile folk sounds.

Saturday, March 16th (noon – 5.00pm): Spring Market

Those Eat Street MK guys who have brought such delicious streetfood to us every month for the last couple of years are back, this time with stalls, music and a bar. Free entry.


February Highlights

Check the What’s On calendar for more details of each event.

Friday, February 1st (8.00 – 11.00pm): Vicki Swann & Johnny Dyer @The Song Loft

Vicki & Jonny effortlessly blend traditional material with contemporary interpretations whilst equally creating original self-penned tunes and songs. In the Beechey Room – bring your own refreshments.

Saturday, February 2nd (afternoon): Richard III Society

Another in their popular series of talks and presentations.

Saturday, February 9th (8.15 – 10.30pm): An Evening without Jake Thackray

A warm and authentic tribute to one of Britain’s finest songwriters and humorists.

Wednesday, February 13th (7.30 – 9.30pm): Stony Tracks with Anna Page

Derek’s “desert island” guest this month is Anna Page.

Friday, February 15th (8.00 – 11.00pm): Isla St Clair @The Song Loft

The ever-popular Scottish songstress returns to “The Loft”.



December Delights

Check the dates in the What’s On calendar for more details.

Friday, December 21st (8.00 – 11.00pm): The Churchfitters Christmas Show @The Song Loft

In the main hall, so indulge in York House’s real ale (etc) bar. Expect fine music and festive fun.

What you may have missed:

Friday, December 7th (5.00 – 10.00pm): Eatstreet.

The monthly streetfood feast returns with another seven or eight exotic and varied restaurant-quality offerings, plus a real ale bar and something for those with the sweeter tooth.


Friday, December 7th (8.00 – 11.00pm): The Song Loft Christmas Party

Like a Performers Night but with festive songs and optional hats. In the Beechey Room (rear entrance) so bring your own refreshments or indulge in those on offer at the Eatstreet bar. REMEMBER NO ON-SITE PARKING FOR THIS ONE – loads of parking across the road or in Stony.

Friday, December 7th (6.00 – 8.30pm): Christmas Wreath Workshop

Make and take away a Christmas wreath, and enjoy some mulled wine, too. See the What’s On date for details how to book etc.

Saturday, December 8th (5.30 – 7.30pm) and Sunday, December 9th (2.30 – 4,30pm): Act-Out/Act-Up Pantomime – Arabian Nights

Always a jolly and talented performance by the young people of York House drama groups.

Saturday, December 15th (noon – 6.00pm): Eatstreet Christmas Market

All the foodie joys of a regular Eatstreet event plus stall of local food produce and crafts.

Friday, December 12th (6.00 – 8.30pm): Christmas Wreath Workshop

Make and take away a Christmas wreath, and enjoy some mulled wine, too. See the What’s On date for details how to book etc.

Saturday, December 1st (4.15 start): Christmas Lantern Parade and Lights Switch-on.

Another triumph! Hearty thanks amnd congratulations to all the organisers, stewards, helpers, lantern-makers, and all who joined in the fun.

WHAT will this year’s giant lantern be? Now you know! Wallace & Gromit – “entrance pursued by lion” (Shakespeare).


Racking up bikes at York House

Dear Friends of York House

Some of you may have noticed that we finally have bike racks at York House Centre.
This project was funded by a generous Corporate Donation from Tisski and a top-up contribution from Emma’s Land’s End to John O’Groats Bike Ride Fund.
The bike racks are located at the back of the building, next to the Garden Store.
We hope these new facilities encourage more of you to get on your bikes when you visit York House!

November Events

For more details, check the events calendar for the appropriate dates.

Friday, November 30th (8.00 – 11.00pm): Gilmore/Roberts @The Song Loft

Contemporary folk/acoustic duo Gilmore & Roberts combine award-winning songwriting with astounding musicianship and their trademark harmonies to create a powerful wall of sound.


Friday, November 2nd (5.00 – 10.00pm): EATSTREET

A balmy evening brought out the hungry hordes – AGAIN!

Friday, November 2nd (8.00 – 11.00pm): Louise Jordan (No Petticoats Here) @The Song Loft

Songs and stories of the women who played such important roles in WW1. A delightful and moving evening, it was.

Sunday, November 4th (3.00 – 5.00pm): The Great War

The Living Archive brought music, stories, visuals and recordings for a fascinating afternoon. It was packed, and the atmosphere was splendid.

Wednesday, November 14th (8.00 – 9.45pm): Stony Tracks – the tables are turned.

Another interesting and entertaining evening as Stony Tracks creator, Derek, was the willing “victim” of the first maroon, Ken Daniels.


October Events

Check the What’s On calendar for full details of each event.

Friday, 5th (5.00 – 10.00pm): EATSTREET

The first Friday of the month gourmet streetfood. What exotic delights await us this time?

Friday, 5th (8.00 – 11.00pm): Performers Night @The Song Loft

Your chance to shine with song, tune, or verse. Turn up and say hello.

Saturday, 6th (8.00 – 10.30): Whose Turn is it Anyway?

nth return of the popular madcap improvised comedy night, when YOU choose the subject matter.

Wednesday, 10th (8.00 – 9.30pm): Stony Tracks with Caz Tricks

Derek’s guest this month is Caz Tricks, major player on the local theatre scene, with a fascinating past in the arts. Hear about her life, see her photos, and listen to her favourite music.

Saturday, 13th (10.00 – 4.00pm): York House Arts for All

FREE family arts event – just drop in and create something to add to the theme of “Beside the Seaside”. Materials provided.

Saturday, 13th (8.15 – 10.30pm): Just One Alberto

If you enjoyed the outlandish and zany performances of Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias (remember “Head Down No-Nonsense Mindless Boogie”?) then front-man, CP Lee’s, one-man “tribute” involving a ukulele, will be just for you.

Friday, 19th (8.00 – 11.00pm): Ninebarrow @The Song Loft

BBC   Radio          2        Folk  Award         Nominees  2017                     Ninebarrow are a multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition.

Saturday, 20th (1.30 – 3.30pm): Michele Welborn’s Beechey Room Session

A lovely afternoon recital for your pleasure.

Saturday, 20th (2.30 – 4.00pm): A Talk by Michael Jones on The Black Prince.

Another of the popular Richard III Society’s gatherings.

Saturday, 20th (8.00 – 10.30pm): A Pointless Quiz for York House

The team with the fewest points wins. Following the format of the TV show but with all team answers. Teams of up to six – best to book your slot.

Sunday, 21st (2.00 – 3.30): The Women’s Land Army in WW1.

In the Beechey Room (rear entrance).

Hear about the quite incredible contribution made by this oft-forgotten, overlooked ‘Army’ of women who, during The Great War years were recruited mainly from towns and cities to work on the land; often for the first time in large numbers. 

Saturday, 17th (noon – 10.00pm): Oktoberfest

Third return of MK Biergarten’s big Oktoberfest at York House. Special Bierfest German beers, and English real ale bar, pretzels, dirndls, and  – of course – an oompah band.


Thanks to the Santander team

On one of the hottest of the hottest days this year a team of willing volunteers from Santander toiled and sweated to create  a new bed in our community gardens. Not only that, but they raised the £250 for materials, too.

Huge thanks to them. York House loves it when the community steps in to help us help the community.