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Old Town Christmas Lights switch on 27 November

Organised by The Old Town Business & Professional Association

Events start at 6pm with Royal Wootton Bassett’s Town Crier Owen Collier leading the countdown at 6.59pm before the lights are switched on at 7pm by the Mayor & Swindon Town Football players...


Book now for a boat trip with Santa in Swindon

Discovery trips aboard Dragonfly from 22 November to 23 December

The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust are running Santa discovery trips aboard Dragonfly from the landing stage at Kingshill every weekend from 22 November to 21 December.  There will also be trips ...


A new museum and art gallery for Swindon. Worry that people are not involved in the process of achieving it

It's a promise that might come true at last

It's a promise that could come true at last Swindon Council is focussing on the next chapter in Swindon’s artistic and cultural story – and wants as many people as possible to complete an...


Thin Lizzy tribute Limehouse Lizzy at Swindon Arts Centre 10 October

One of the hardest working bands in the UK comes to Swindon Arts Centre

Limehouse Lizzy are officially one of the hardest working bands in the UK.  They were accredited for their live shows by the Performing Rights Society last year, and received their certificate f...


Old Town Autumn Fayre - Christ Church Swindon

Saturday 20 September, 12 noon to 4pm

Saturday 20 September 12noon – 4pm Christ Church Swindon is holding a vintage style Old Town Autumn Fayre in the church grounds and new Community Centre on Saturday 20 September 12noon – ...

Groovy Baby! The 1960s return to Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Celebrating the 50th birthday of the art gallery extension - 13 & 14 September

The groovy 1960s will be in full swing at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery next weekend (13 and 14 September) as it celebrates the 50th birthday of the art gallery extension to its home in Apsley House ...


Renewed appeal for wanted man from Swindon

Wiltshire Police are renewing their appeal for information on a man wanted in connection with an attempted murder.

Wiltshire Police are renewing their appeal for information on a man wanted in connection with an attempted murder. Officers are keen to locate Dzung Nguyen, aged 20, from Swindon, in relation to the ...


Pete Firman: Trickster at Swindon Arts Centre, 20 September

Firman embarks on a national tour

Presented by Phil McIntyre Entertainments in association with Corrie McGuire for Objective Talent You’ve seen him on TV, now prepare to 'ooohhh', 'aaahhh' and wonder how on earth he did that, a...


People of today honour Swindon people of the Great War

Remarkable display curated by Swindon people

Throughout this autumn and winter, visitors to Swindon Museum & Art Gallery on Bath Road are able to discover the incredible story of Swindon in the Great War. After a packed opening by the Mayor...


Britain's best open air cinema is back in Swindon

Cult Screens returns Town Gardens Bowl in late August and September

Cult Screens is back in Swindon at Town Gardens Bowl from late August. After two sell-out weekends at the Town Gardens Bowl, Cult Screens return 21-23 August and 11-13 September. The films in August...


Fire Service praise for Swindon schoolboy's coolheaded actions

Javier receives special certificate in recognition of his actions after fire in his home

Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service has praised a Swindon schoolboy for staying cool-headed during a fire at his home. Javier Tucker, a Year 6 student at Holy Rood Catholic Junior School in Upham Roa...


Just your cup of tea if you love a Swindon museum

More people needed to help out at Richard Jefferies Museum tearooms

New tearooms at the Richard Jefferies Museum on the edge of Coate Water Country Park are proving so successful that more people are needed to give a hand behind the scenes. The museum, which is the b...


Go Roman at creative workshops at Swindon Museum

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery - Friday 15 and Saturday 16 August

Friday 15 & Saturday 16 August 10am – 2pm The Swindon Museum & Art Gallery will be celebrating all things Roman for a weekend in August as they display their amazing collection of Roman...


Swindon & Wiltshire 7th Annual Pride: Saturday 9 August 2014

After a hard year of fundraising, planning and organising - it's finally here!

We are really pleased to announce that, following a hard year of, fundraising, planning and organising next week sees Swindon & Wiltshire 7th Annual Pride being held in the Old Town Gardens, Swind...


Telling the story of Swindon in the Great War

'Great War Britain - Remembering Swindon 1914-18' records the town's contribution from the very onset of war; commemoration events in August.

Dr Mike Pringle from Old Town decided several years before the centenary of the Great War that the story of the town’s contribution needed to be told, writes Frances Bevan. A professional in th...


Postponed - 2 August Swindon Mela Summer Dhamaka in the Old Town Bowl

Leading performers from the Asian music scene

An evening ticketed concert featuring stars of the Asian music scene will now not take place Saturday 2 August. A statement issued by the Swindon Mela Project Team on 30 July says: 'We are sad to an...


Marcus Collins to headline Swindon & Wiltshire Pride concert on 9 August

X Factor contestant tops the bill on the Thames Water Stage in Town Gardens, Old Town

Swindon & Wiltshire Pride are excited and proud to announce that the talented Marcus Collins will be headlining the Thames Water Stage on Saturday 9 August 2014 at the 7th Pride event in the Town ...

Swindon Council Broome Manor Golf Complex to swing into action for annual golf week

Week of activities for budding golfers including free family coaching sessions - Monday 21 July to Sunday 27 July

Broome Manor Golf Complex is hoping to benefit from The Open this weekend by enticing budding golfers to its annual Golf Week. The Swindon Borough Council-owned course will be hosting a week of activ...

Cheney Chicks Walking for Prospect Hospice

Rodbourne Cheney and Moredon Primary School pupils inspire staff to take part in 10km Starlight Walk.

With two primary schools have joined forces to raise as much money as they can for the Adver’s 160 Appeal in aid of Prospect Hospice, staff at Rodbourne Cheney Primary School were spurred to do ...

Croft Primary School Swindon judged outstanding by Ofsted

Croft Primary School given highest accolade by Ofsted inspectors

The Croft Primary School in Hesketh Crescent, Old Town Swindon has recently been inspected by Ofsted and given its highest accolade by being awarded the most prestigious possible rating available &ldq...


South Swindon MP praises quality of services at local specialist college

Robert Buckland MP, has praised the work of staff at the local Farleigh Further Education College, run by the Priory Group, following a visit to the site in in Old Town.

Robert Buckland MP, has praised the work of staff at the local Farleigh Further Education College, run by the Priory Group, following a visit to the site in in Old Town. Celebrating ten years of supp...


A Handful of Songs - Swindon Arts Centre, 2-5 July

Presented by Ray Dance and Judith Sharp with guests - in support of Goldenhar Family Support Group

A Handful of Songs is a compilation of songs from pop, standards, musicals, operetta and opera - something for everyone. Ray and Judith are joined on stage singing and performing this wide range of m...


Talk and Exhibition on Swindon-born writer Ralph Bates

Presentation at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, Friday 20 June

In the late 1930's Time Magazine described Swindon-born writer Ralph Bates was "a better writer than Ernest Hemingway," yet today he is barely remembered in his home-town. Ralph spent t...


About Face - Portraits & Figure Studies from the Swindon Collection of Modern Art

Wednesday 11 June - Saturday 27 September 2014 at the Swindon Museum & Art Gallery

Wednesday 11 June - Saturday 27 September 2014 at the Swindon Museum & Art Gallery Swindon Museum & Art Gallery holds one of the best collections of modern art works by twentieth century and ...


Swindon Mela cancelled for 2014

Free festival won't take place this year

A letter has been sent to supporters of the Swindon Mela saying that due a number of reasons the free and very popular celebration of south asian culture will not take place in 2014. The event which ...

21 June fun run and summer fete in Swindon Old Town

11am to 2.30pm at Lethbridge Primary School

Lethbridge Primary School in Old Town holds it annual fete and 10K fun run on Saturday 21 June. The fun run starts at 11am, while the fete, from 11am to 2.30pm, hosts over 25 stalls, featuring an ext...