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Artists get fired up by railway history in Swindon

New exhibition opens at Steam Museum

Imaginations were well and truly fired up when a group of artists visited STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway to get ideas for their cast iron sculptures. And following many weeks of st...


Circus success spreads happiness at West Swindon school

Circus theme comes to life with big top on school field at Westlea Primary School

The circus has been the central theme for the term at Westlea Primary School and it was made all the more real on 2 June when a big top was put up on the school field. It was filled with pupils and p...


Arts Council funding to boost literature development in Swindon

Project to enhance reading and writing across the town

A project which champions Swindon’s growing literary scene has been successful in its bid for funding from Arts Council England. Artswords, an outreach project for Swindon Libraries and Informa...


Huge crowds enjoy air tattoo action and celebrate Red Arrows 50 display seasons

Great weather over three days for tremendous displays on the ground and in the air

A sell out out crowd of 140,000 turned up at RAF Fairford over three days to join celebrations marking the Red Arrows’ 50th display season at the Royal International Air Tattoo. They were rewar...

Swindon Labour Councillors call for Golf Courses to not be transferred on Long-Term Leases

Amendment proposed at Full Council Meeting on Thursday 17 July

At the Full Council Meeting on Thursday 17 July, the Labour Group will be proposing an amendment to exclude Broome Manor and Highworth Golf Courses from being transferred on long-term leases to a priv...


Your Countryside Needs You

More volunteers needed to help out at successful tearoom at Richard Jefferies Museum

A new tearoom at the Richard Jefferies Museum is proving so successful that it needs more people to give a hand behind the scenes. The museum, birthplace of the Swindon’s Victorian nature writ...


Swindon couple win Golden Ticket to Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Lucky couple bag all-expenses paid trip to F1’s season finale

Lucky couple bag all-expenses paid trip to F1’s season finale Formula One fans Sarah and Richard Harber from Old Walcot, Swindon found the Golden Ticket at last weekend’s British Grand Pr...


Great War Show Brings Great Triumph to Swindon

Birdsong audiences donate in excess of £2,700 to Help for Heroes at Wyvern Theatre performances

Audiences throughout the 7-performance run of Birdsong at the Wyvern Theatre last week donated in excess of £2,700 to Help for Heroes. The charity offers comprehensive support to those who hav...

Children’s camp in North Swindon to provide parents with school summer holiday childcare

Hi5 Camp - Haydon Centre, Friday 25 July to Friday 29 August

With the summer holidays fast approaching, parents are being reminded to take advantage of a children’s camp during the school break. The Hi5 camp is available at Swindon Borough Council’...


Hundreds enjoy Swindon Dragon Boat Races in fine weather

Fun for all the family at Rotary Club's fundraising event at Coate Water.

This event was the second Swindon Dragon Boat Race event organised by the Rotary Club of Swindon Phoenix, writes John Fisher. In total there were 18 boats competing, each consisting of between 16 and...


No show of F35B Lighting at Air Tattoo near Swindon

Time runs out to bring ultra modern jet to RIAT

The Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II will not fly at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) 2014 this weekend, 11 to 13 July, as all of the aircraft currently remain grounded in the USA pending i...


Lose yourself in a Swindon library this summer

Mythical Maze Summer Reading Challenge 2014 launches at Swindon Central Library 19 July.

You’ll be a-maze-d at what is going down at your local library this summer with Mythical Maze, Summer Reading Challenge 2014 Children’s reading can ‘dip’ during the long summe...


La Boheme live from the Royal Opera House

Free live relay from Covent Garden to the Big Screen at Wharf Green - Tuesday 15 July.

inSwindon BID Company and the Big Screen in Swindon town centre is proud to offer a live, free outdoor relay of the Royal Opera’s La Bohème Live from the Royal Opera House on Tuesday 15 J...


Ride the big balls and claim a world record for Swindon in October

600 people needed to help create a teen cancer ward at RUH Bath

Be one of (at least) 600 people to smash the Swiss ball exercise class world record on Saturday 11 October. Excalibur Communications & IT for Business are organising an attempt to claim the recor...


Dance show at the Wyvern Swindon will aid family of cancer sufferer

Extra special production in Swindon on Wednesday 9 July.

600 people will enjoy an extra special production of “To Live Is To Dance” at the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon on Wednesday 9 July, 7pm, in honour of Anne-Marie Burgess from North Swindon, writ...


The Red Arrows 50 display seasons celebrated in a new book

Team came together at RAF Fairford near Swindon

This weekend - 11 to 13 July - the famed Royal Air Force will celebrate 50 display seasons at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford where they first came together in 1965.   You wo...


Final Weekend for Met 1 at Swindon & Cricklade Railway

Kids Go Free this weekend, 12/13 July - last chance to see 1898 built 0-4-4 tank locomotive

Visiting 1898 built 0-4-4 tank locomotive Metropolitan 1 (Met 1) will have its final weekend of action this coming weekend 12/13 July, as the locomotive is due to leave the railway the following week....


Disney brings Planes 2 to Air Tattoo near Swindon on Sunday 13 July

A film starring planes at an air show where planes are the stars

Visitors to the Royal International Air Tattoo on Sunday 13th July will be able to enjoy a taste of Disney’s new summer animation Planes 2: Fire & Rescue which is released in the UK in early...

The Comedy Club Swindon - Thursday 17 July

The Official Comedy Club continue their run of famously funny stand-up shows at De Vere Village Hotel

De Vere Village Hotel Swindon Thursday 17 July The Official Comedy Club continues their run of famously funny stand-up comedy shows on Thursday 17 July. Witness Swindon’s finest venue transfo...


Swindon dance students celebrate success on the stage

Churchfields Academy students perform for parents and fellow students

Students from Churchfields Academy have been celebrating success in dance this year by performing for parents and fellow students. More than 50 young people took part in the 14th Annual Dance Showcas...


Cream Teas in aid of Swindon Young Carers on 6 July

Riddlers Cottage, Old Shaw Lane (West)

Riddlers Cottage, Old Shaw Lane (west) Sunday 6 July, 11am to 6pm Organised by Ray & Lesley Dredge for The Open Works Foundation in partnership with Care4Kids...


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...