Discovering MK is a new smartphone app launching on 31st July 2017. Celebrating MK’s 50th birthday year, the app encourages residents and visitors to get out and explore Milton Keynes, discovering the places and spaces that make this city unique.
Inspired by the Pokémon Go craze, the Discovering MK app reveals an interactive trail of 50 hidden gems around the city. At each location along the trail, you can unlock information about the landmark, challenge yourself, your family and friends to a fun mini quiz and upload a ‘selfie’ to show you are there. With a range of competitions and prize draws through the year, we hope you join in and share your selfies on social media.
Developed by Arts & Heritage Alliance MK (AHA-MK) and MK21, the free app, available via Google Play and Apple Store, commemorates Milton Keynes 50th Anniversary and celebrates this unique and diverse city.
We have been able to produce this app for free due to the support of various funders. This includes a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Sharing Heritage grant, awarded to AHA-MK. This exciting project, Discovering MK, created especially for Milton Keynes has been given £9,000 to develop this app with a cohort of volunteers, to showcase the heritage and landmarks of the city. AHA-MK thanks National Lottery players, who make HLF grants possible. Milton Keynes Community Foundation, MK Council and Santander Cycles have also supported the project generously.
Francesca Skelton, Chair of AHA-MK said:
We are delighted to launch this exciting new app inviting residents, families and visitors to share our Discovering MK adventure this summer. The app features both known, and more hidden, modern and historical landmarks that tell the story of contemporary Milton Keynes and its heritage. We hope you all have fun!
Perfect for family days out and summer fun, the app can be completed on a leisurely stroll or a fast pace cycle ride using MK’s extensive network of redways and the Santander Cycles MK scheme.
You may not realise it, but there are so many unexpected surprises in Milton Keynes. To uncover them all, the trail is split into five areas, exploring Milton Keynes’ modern and heritage buildings, rich history, iconic public art and blooming woodlands and parks.
The challenge has been set – can you unlock all 50 landmarks around the city?
You can share your journey on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #DiscoveringMK.