A Festival of Creative Urban Living

26 September – 13 October 2019
Visiting the Festival?

MK’s unique layout, with many residential areas behind trees and green spaces, means some visitors wonder where people live. Beds United is a unique way for visitors to experience MK and the Festival.

Find out more below ︎

Why not stay with one of our Citizen Hosts?

As a guest you will be welcomed to the festival and the Beds United project, staying in one of the estates, towns and villages which make up the city of Milton Keynes. Our hosts are offering a minimum of 1 nights' stay, including a tour of the hosts residential area. Hosts and guests may also wish to meet up at the festival campus to have breakfast or make other arrangements together.
Milton Keynes' unique layout, with many residential areas behind trees and green spaces, means some visitors wonder where people live. Beds United is a way for visitors to find out!

How will Beds United work?

The Festival team will pair up hosts and guests, arrange a pre visit Skype phone call with the host and guest and provide a central meeting place at the festival campus in Central MK.
No money will change hands as part of this project, our hosts will be reimbursed for with any costs for food or laundry. All you need to do is be open to meeting new people, spending some time with your host in their community.

The festival team will be commissioning photographic portraits of each host and guest. We also invite you as a Beds United Guest to record your experience in the form of a postcard. You may also want to record your stay in other ways ( e.g an online blog or an article) – we are very open to hearing your ideas.

Please note the following
* The AFCUL team may not be able to offer all those who would like to be a guest a stay with a host, but will let you know as soon as we can if we are oversubscribed.
* Hosts and guests will need to sign a Host and Guest agreement before their stay and will need to send a copy of their passport, driving licence or similar ID.

Any questions?

Try Beds United FAQ ︎
Or if you require more information please email: bedsunited.afcul@gmail.com

Register now!

If you would be interested in taking part as a Guest for Beds United, please complete the registration form. Please click here!

Ursula or Rachel (Beds United Producers) will then be in touch to match you with a host.

Getting to A Festival of Creative Urban Living

We are as much as possible trying to promote sustainable transport options to the Festival.

Festival Campus Midsummer Boulevard Milton Keynes MK9 3NB


FREE bikes will be available for the duration of the Festival from Bike School.

Local Buses
Frequent daily buses run from Central Bus Station and Milton Keynes Central rail station stops on Midsummer Boulevard. Please note that due to temporary bus relocation due to the Festival programme, buses will now stop at the Food Centre. For a full transport relocation plan and further details please click here.
Takes c.5–10 mins from Milton Keynes Central rail station

If you are travelling from further afield:

By Car from M1

Exit at Jct 14 & follow signs for central MK.
By Car from the A5

Exit at A509 Portway Jct and follow signs for Central Milton Keynes.

There are metered parking spaces and a multi-storey car park in the vicinity. Consult the city parking map here.
Disabled Parking

There are a few disabled parking spaces adjacent to the Festival’s location.

MK Central Station is 30 minutes from London Euston on the Birmingham / Manchester / Glasgow main line served by Virgin and London Midland services. Allow c.20 mins to walk to the Festival site from MK rail station.

By taxi, Milton Keynes is 50mins from London Luton Airport, 1hr, 17mins from London Heathrow Airport, 1,hr 36mins from London Stanstead Airport and 1hr, 40mins from London Gatwick Airport


For hotel bookings and more visitor information please see www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk

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A Festival of
Creative Urban
Living 2019

26 September
– 13 October

Illustration by Lukas Hamilcaro
Design by Studio Chehade  

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