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Travel and Accommodation


The face-to-face component of the conference will be held on The Open University’s Walton Hall campus in Milton Keynes. It will begin around 10:30 am on Friday 8 April and continue until Saturday 9 April at around 18:30 pm.  


We encourage you to book a hotel in central Milton Keynes, since the university is some distance from restaurants and other amenities. The university is around 4 miles from central Milton Keynes.

We will book a number of tables at restaurants at the Hub Milton Keynes on the Friday and Saturday night of the conference. Hotels close to the Hub Milton Keynes include:


The Open University campus is very quiet at the weekend, and the nearest convenience store is about a mile from campus. Please plan to bring anything you will need during the day with you, and of course feel free to speak to organisers if you run into difficulties.

Travel to Milton Keynes

By train/coach

Milton Keynes Central is the closest station to The Open University. It is a mainline station with regular trains to and from London Euston, Birmingham, the North West of England and North Wales. The X5 bus service running between Oxford and Cambridge also stops at Milton Keynes Central.

Getting from Milton Keynes Central to The Open University

The campus is approximately 4 miles from Milton Keynes Central station. Delegates will need to make their own way to and from the campus on both days of the conference. Taxis from Milton Keynes Central to the campus are the best option, especially if you can share. They typically cost under £10. The following taxi companies operate in Milton Keynes:

  • Skyline: 01908 222111
  • ASL Taxis: 07836 676055
  • Raffles: 01908 222222

A local bus service runs between Milton Keynes Central station and The Open University, but on weekdays only. A PDF bus schedule is downloadable.

By car

Use the postcode MK7 6AA to locate the main campus. Please use the entrance from Brickhill Street V10 to enter the campus via St Michael’s Drive. The entrance from Groveway H9 via Walton Drive will be closed. See OU travel advice page for more information.


There is free parking available on campus, but you will need to book this in advance by emailing (copying with the following message: ‘Dear Open University Security, I will be attending the Annual Conference of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology on 8 and 9 April and write to request permission to park my vehicle on campus. My license plate number is _______________.’

By air

Airports in London, Birmingham and Manchester are well connected to train services that call at Milton Keynes Central.