Swindon Local, Business News and What on Wiltshire

Old Town

Choral Evensongs: Christ Church, Cricklade Street, Old Town

Cathedral style Choral Evensong sung by Christ Church Choir on Sundays 11 May, 8 June, 13 July, 12 October and 9 November.

Christ Church Choir will be singing cathedral style Choral Evensong at Christ Church on Sunday evenings five times during the remainder of 2014. The dates are Sundays 11 May, 8 June, 13 July (at 4pm)...


Swindon Town Gardens Little Big Festival launches on Sunday 27 April

Last year’s ‘Town Gardens Little Big Festival’ seeds were sown. Little chains of events grew and evolved through the long summer. A year on it’s ‘Town Gardens Little Big...

Dogs walk in Swindon for Cancer Research UK on 27 April

"Best Paw Forward" sponsored dog walk at Coate Water Park Lake

If you own a dog, or could borrow one, and would like to help charity this could be for you. The Swindon Group of Cancer Research UK are holding their first “Best Paw Forward” sponsored d...

Thumb_swindon museum pic 1 - for 448

Centre for British Painting make donation to Swindon Museum & Art Gallery

Adding to Swindon's important and growing collection of modern and contemporary art

Swindon Museum & Art Gallery has recently received an important donation of works from the Centre for British Painting. The centre brings together some of the most exciting contemporary painters ...


Easter Sunday event in the Secret Garden, Queen's Park, Swindon

Planting activities, tours of the garden and Seed Swap on Sunday 20 April, 1-4pm

The Queen's Park Community Garden, are holding a spring event on Easter Sunday 1-4pm in our community garden, the Secret Garden, in Queen's Park, Swindon. There will be planting activities, tours of ...


Easter eggs up for grabs at Broome Manor

Budding golfers will be hunting for Easter eggs rather than missing golf balls during the Easter Open Weekend (18 to 20 April)

Budding golfers will be hunting for Easter eggs rather than missing golf balls during a family weekend at Broome Manor Golf Complex. The Swindon Borough Council-run golf course will be hosting an Eas...


Battle of the bushes at Angel Ridge, Swindon

Cash for garden maintenance secure

Nearly £25,000 has been secured to guarantee the future of a much-loved community garden at Angel Ridge, but a councillor and a candidate for election in the Old Town ward have pulled out their ...


Design a T-shirt at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Show off your artistic skills on Thursday 17 April.

The Swindon Museum & Art Gallery are holding a fun workshop for children this week. Design’a T-shirt is encouraging children to show them their artistic skills by designing an abstract t-...


Swindon’s art collection receives a boost

Three watercolours by Magnus Quaife are the latest additions to Swindon’s Collection of Modern British art.

Three watercolours by Magnus Quaife are the latest additions to Swindon’s Collection of Modern British art. The paintings have been presented to Swindon Museum & Art Gallery by the Contempo...


HQ renews Wyvern Theatre management contract and takes over responsibility for Swindon Arts Centre

Following ten years of successful management, during which time attendances have grown year on year and audiences have responded enthusiastically in their thousands to a more varied and exciting progr...


You are what you eat, so learn to burst with living energy in Swindon

Find out how and why to grow and thrive on Living Foods, often called ‘Raw Foods.’ It’s not all lettuce and carrots - sometimes it’s Burritos, nor all cold - it can be raw sou...


Swindon hair academy is getting ahead

Marvell & Hair Group Academy driving up standards in hairdressing

The Old Town-based Marvell & Hair Group Academy are driving up standards in hairdressing – and have the credentials to prove it. The academy is approved by the Vocational Training Charitabl...


Old Town Library opening hours to be maintained

Same arrangements will continue following Arts Centre management transfer to Wyvern Theatre

People in Old Town will continue to have the same access to their local library after a new operator took over the running of the Arts Centre. Wyvern Theatre Ltd, who operate the Wyvern Theatre, of...


Visit Swindon's favourite place before it’s built on

Celebrating the landscape of Coate Water before housing development begins - events on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 April

As work starts on the first houses between Coate Water and Great Western Hospital, Swindon Civic Voices is organising two events to celebrate the landscape before it disappears under development. Fri...

Cross party support in Old Town Swindon to protect Croft playing fields

There is growing cross-party consensus about a community asset at risk in the current Swindon Borough Council Leisure Facilities consultation, writes Colin Doubleday, Chair of the Pipers Area Resident...

The Phoenix Players present 'What is Susan's Secret'

Swindon Arts Centre, Wednesday 30 April to Saturday 3 May

The Phoenix Players presents 'What is Susan's Secret?' by Michael and Susan Parker, directed by Eric Partington The Cider Mill Inn is a rather old, rustic and run-down country inn owned by a charmi...

Public meeting about future of Croft Playing Fields Swindon

Swindon Council is offering Croft Sports Centre on a 99 year lease to management companies or not-for-profit-organisations as part of its programme to outsource its leisure and golf assets. However b...

Thumb_blofeld and baxter - 448

Tickets on sale for Blofeld & Baxter in Swindon with TMS stories

Swindon Arts Centre, Thursday 29 May

Memories of Test Match Special, back by popular demand with even more untold stories from behind the scenes Henry Blofeld and Peter Baxter cordially invite you to join them on a trip down memory ...

Thumb_young pianists - 448

Swindon young pianists to show off their talents

Swindon Youth Piano Festival - 1 April, Swindon Arts Centre

Swindon Youth Piano Festival on 1 April, 7pm to 9.30pm, features 31 young people aged 7 to 17 years from across Swindon, performing a range of pieces, from the theme tune of Sherlock to Prelude by Deb...

Swindon Amnesty hold Syria vigil on 13 March

‘Syria is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis’ says Swindon and Marlborough Amnesty International group member Emma Bushell

‘Syria is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis’ says Swindon and Marlborough Amnesty International group member Emma Bushell Members of the Swindon and Marlborough Amnesty Internat...

Old Town Festival - 28 June to 5 July

Help needed to organise the Old Town Festival Parade.

Preparations are well in hand for this year’s Old Town Festival which will happen between 28 June and 5 July writes Caroline Day The family fun day on the Lawns will be on Saturday 28 June. T...

Thumb_breakthrough pamper evening - 448

Breakthrough Ladies' Indulgence Night - 27 March

At Swindon Marriott Hotel

In aid of ‘Breakthrough Breast Cancer’ Marriott Hotel, Pipers Way, Swindon, SN3 1NH. Thursday 27 March, 7pm An idea opportunity to get that special Mothers Day or Easter Gift, or pamper ...

Thumb_hanif cheque to olive tree cafe - 448

Book a Bombay Lounge charity night in Swindon and enjoy curry for a good cause

Twice weekly charity nights available at Peatmoor and Old Town

The twice weekly charity nights at the Bombay Lounge restaurant, Peatmoor village centre, have started their seventh year, and the cashback events are now available on Mondays and Tuesdays at the Old ...

Thumb_olivios food logo - 448

Win a meal worth £40 at Olivio’s in Swindon, offering two great cuisines out of one kitchen

Two tables for four on offer

A new restaurant in Old Town offers the choice between Italian and Mexican dishes, or even a fusion of both. Launched at 94 Victoria Road, proprietor Akshay Madhani brings 20 years of experience in...

Thumb_little big festival pic - 448

Little Big Festival 2014

Running from April to September - bookings for bands, workshops and activities now being taken.

We are currently booking bands, workshops, and activities for the 2014 Little Big Festival which runs in the Town Gardens from the beginning of April until the end of September. Normal ...

Roadworks cause bus diversions from Monday 17 February

Diversions in place as a result of sewer works in Cheney Manor Road and Newport Street

The closure of Cheney Manor Road and Newport Street from next week (Monday 17 February) will mean that bus routes serving these roads will be diverted. Due to sewer works, from 9.30am on Monday (17 F...