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Allez Le Tour de France - en Swindon 5 to 27 July

Lots of events for families to take part in

The Tour de France might be starting in Yorkshire this year, but Swindon families can get in on the fun by joining in the festivities with a series of free local family events. ‘Tour de Swindon...


Every Cloud Arts & Crafts. Exhibition by the Makers Co-operative around Swindon in July

On display at locations around Swindon from mid-July

Every Cloud is a ‘makers’ co-operative launched in August 2013 by local artists and craftsmen and women in order to explore working together to gain wider recognition for their work, offer...

Longcot Traditional Village Fair – Sunday 20 July 2014

Longcot and Fernham School - 12 noon to 5pm

The Longcot village fair returns bigger and better this year on Sunday 20 July at the Longcot and Fernham school. The fair will be open from 12pm to 5pm and admission will be £2 for adults and ...


Arts Council England award Swindon Dance funding for 3 years

£618,000 over three years to support regional dance academy

Swindon Dance is delighted to announce that Arts Council England have awarded the local dance organisation £206,200 each year for the next three years (£618,600 in total). This funding fo...


Win tickets to open air theatre at Lydiard Park, Swindon

Shakespeare show and a family outing to Alice through the Looking Glass

Open air theatre returns to Lydiard Park with three great performances aimed at lovers of The Bard and also the whole family. And you can win tickets to two shows in July and August (see details belo...

Fun day at St Andrew's Ridge in North Swindon on 5 July

Jovial Monk car park, off Salzgitter Drive

Businesses at St Andrews Ridge village centre off Salzgitter Drive are organising a fun day in the car park in front of the Jovial Monk pub on 5 July. From 10am to 3pm, there will be a barbecue, boun...


Gypsy Fire to set fifth birthday party alight for Swindon charity on 4 July

Explosive energy for The Friends of Angel’s Orphanage fifth anniversary celebrations

The Friends of Angel’s Orphanage charity marked its fifth anniversary in May and on Friday 4 July, 7.30pm, jazz rock group Gypsy Fire will inject explosive energy into its celebrations. The Fri...


Swindon Big Event. A day of free fun in Lydiard Park on 26 July

Family fun day 3-6pm, with ticketed event 6pm to midnight

The annual event is aimed at raising funds and awareness for two charities one local and one national charity - Swindon SMASH and Cancer Research UK. The event kicks off with two charity football mat...


Lego exhibition now open at Studley Grange Craft Village

James turns his life time hobby into 'Bricks 'n' Pieces

Wiltshire’s only permanent Lego exhibition is now open after James Haley turned his life time hobby into something special. James, 38, has spent more than 100 hours putting the exhibition toget...


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...


Thirteen hour charity music marathon at Swindon Town FC on 12 July

In aid of Ruby’s Fat Cow Fund supporting the Brain Tumour Charity, CLIC Sargent and Ronald McDonald House & Prospect Hospice

20 bands performing in aid of Ruby’s Fat Cow Fund supporting the Brain Tumour Charity, CLIC Sargent and Ronald McDonald House & Prospect Hospice. Tickets on the door: minimum donation of &p...


Swindon Children's Fete returns to GWR Park

The Mechanics' Institution Trust once again hosts one of Swindon's most historic events on Saturday 19 July

The Annual Children's Fete is on course to fill the GWR Park in Faringdon Road. The Mechanics’ Institution Trust will once again host one of Swindon's most historic events on Saturday 19 July, ...

Lots on this summer at Lydiard Park Swindon

A fun-filled summer season of special events is being rolled out at Lydiard House and Park over the coming weeks.

A fun-filled summer season of special events is being rolled out at Lydiard House and Park over the coming weeks. Vintage cars will adorn the front of Lydiard House on Saturday 21 June, 11am and 4pm,...


John Lewis Swindon teams up for ‘Story Time’ with Barnardo’s

Story telling campaign with book readings by well-known TV personalities over the summer

John Lewis partners and local authors will take part in ‘Story Time’ with Barnardo’s starting on Saturday 21 June. This fun and engaging story telling campaign aims to highlight the...


Fashion Week 2014 at New College, Swindon underway

Includes Art Exhibition showcasing Fashion and Textile and Art departments, and Fashion Shows on 19 and 20 June

New College Swindon is set to launch its first ever Fashion Week event for students and members of the public. The five day event will include vintage stands, workshops, university visits, guest spea...


Try your hand at Table Tennis - for FREE!

Link Centre - June 28



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...


Wyvern Theatre and Swindon Arts Centre - New season now on sale

Brochure for Swindon theatres will be landing through letterboxes this week

The Wyvern Theatre and Swindon Arts Centre’s brand-new season brochure will be landing through letter boxes this week. “The Wyvern Theatre and Swindon Arts Centre are truly providing live...


Great war drama at the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

Rachel Wagstaff's stage play Birdsong from 1 to 5 July

Peter Duncan, Jonny Clarke and George Banks head the cast of Rachel Wagstaff’s stage play, Birdsong, adapted from the novel by Sebastian Faulks, which arrives at the Wyvern Theatre in early Ju...


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 ...


The best of folk rock hits Swindon: Saturday 21 June

Party on the Lawn at Prebendal Farm, Bishopstone

A Swindon farm plays host to internationally acclaimed folk rock duo Chris While and Julie Matthews on 21 June at their biennial one day festival Party On The Lawn. Local farmers Rob and Jo Selbourne...

Young Swindon sprinters to show their speed for Linford Christie on 14 June

Budding athletes can show a clean pair of heels to shoppers at town centre street athletics

Budding athletes will aim to show a clean pair of heels to shoppers when they take part in the latest Street Athletics event in the town centre on Saturday. The free youth engagement programme is run...


Tickets on sale for Wessex Male Choir Summer Concert at Steam, Swindon

Plus, appearance at Designer Outlet Shopping Centre on Saturday 14 June

Wessex Male Choir, under their new Musical Director, Katrine Reimers, will present their 13th annual summer concert at Steam, Museum of the Great Western Railway, on Saturday 5 July, 7.30pm. This int...


Join Robin Hood in Swindon on 21 June

Rodbourne Cheney Primary School Field



Swindon gymnastic champion on the way to Glasgow

Esprit coach Deb How delighted her protege will perform at the highest level

Swindon gymnast and current Senior British Champion, Laura Halford, has been called up to represent team Wales at this year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Laura, who has been trained by the head co...


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 ...