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Makeover of village centre in West Swindon to be launched on 27 May

Tuesday 27 May 10am to 2pm

The £90,000 project to revamp Freshbrook village centre - the first since it was built in the mid-1980s - is reaching its conclusion. Raised planting beds have been removed to open up the area ...

War Poet’s work to be celebrated in music at Swindon Central Library

Folk music will be used to mark the work of a Edward Thomas at a special event on Friday 30 May

Folk music will be used to mark the work of a war poet at a special event at Swindon’s Central Library. Pedal Folk will be performing In Pursuit of Spring and Edward Thomas on Friday 30 May as ...

Frederick the Fox Cub to provide half-term fun in West Swindon

Variety of fun and exciting activities for children of all ages during May half-term.

Lydiard Park is running a variety of fun and exciting activities for children of all ages during May half-term. Families will have the opportunity to take part in the brand new Wild in the Wood chall...

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Original Art to the People in West Swindon - 25 & 26 May

Pop-up exhibition at De Vere Hotel to raise money for Prospect Hospice

To coincide with the campaign to raise £160,000 for the Prospect Hospice, The Swindon Artists’ Forum (SAF) is on a mission to “Take Original Art to The People” by organising a ...

Emergency Services Show raised record £26,000 for charities

Tickets now on sale for 2014 show on 7 September

The 2013 Emergency Services Show was a record year with more money being raised for charity than ever before. On Tuesday 22 April organisers of the show presented cheques totalling £26,000 to a...


Porker racing takes place near Swindon: Sunday 25 May

Bishopstone to host third pig racing day

The village of Bishopstone in Wiltshire, already inundated with ley lines, watercress beds and old motorbikes, is presenting the third running of The Queen’s Pig Racing Handicap, yearling trials...


Swindon Council commits to meaningful conversation about future of Lydiard Park

Management of the town's favourite heritage site will be the subject of wide ranging discussions

Swindon Council has agreed that the management of the town's favourite heritage site will be the subject of wide ranging discussions with interest groups and the community at large before decisions ar...


Bios takes positive activities to Swindon young people

A former supermarket van pimped up to provide meeting place for young people

A former supermarket van has been pimped up to provide young people across the town a place to meet in their neigbourhood. Equipped with electronic entertainment, sports equipment, music, crafts, as ...


Royal Opera's La Traviata live on the Swindon Big Screen - Tuesday 20 May

Relayed live to the Big Screen in Wharf Green Swindon - apply for your FREE tickets now!

inSwindon BID Company and the Big Screen in Swindon town centre are offering a live, free outdoor relay of the Royal Opera’s La Traviata from the Royal Opera House on Tuesday 20 May. Opera love...

Swindon to Weymouth train trips restart from Sunday 18 May

Let the train take the strain and have a great day out at the seaside!

The traditional day out by train from Swindon to Weymouth is once again available on Sundays from 18 May until early September. The train leaves Swindon at 09:26 (09:21 on some dates), and passengers...


Kate Adie talks in Swindon about women in the Great War

A precis of a report at the Swindon Festival of Literature Chronicle

A precis of the report at the Swindon Festival of Literature Chronicle: Ask anyone to name a woman associated with the battlefield and you’ll get one of three answers – Joan of Arc, Flore...

Highworth Golf Centre to swing into action for open day

Family fun day tees off in Highworth on Sunday 18 May

A family fun day will tee off in Highworth on Sunday 18 May with the aim of encouraging more people to try golf. Highworth Golf Centre’s free open day is open to all ages and will feature a pit...


TWIGS community garden in Swindon returns to independence

Open Day Sunday 18 May as part of the National Garden Scheme

Following on from 11 years as a part of the Richmond Fellowship, TWIGS - theapeutic work in gardening in Swindon - has recently moved back to become a locally based independent charity, as it was when...


The Sky is the limit for cyclists in Swindon

Cycling revolution is wheeling its way into town in advance of the Tour de France start in Yorkshire

A cycling revolution is wheeling its way to Swindon – and everyone is invited to take part in a host of free rides this summer. In the year the Tour de France comes to the UK, Swindon has been ...


A luxury stay in Jane Austen's home on offer at Swindon Business Show on Thursday 15 May

A fantastic luxury mid-week break offered by Sales Coaching Solutions

A fantastic luxury mid-week break in Jane Austen’s Bath house is a star prize being offered by Sales Coaching Solutions at one of the south west’s leading business exhibitions. The opport...


Eco campaigner returns to Swindon, 10 years after battle to save Shaw Forest

Jonathon Porritt to speak at Swindon Festival of Literature on 15 May.

May marks the tenth anniversary of a visit by Jonathon Porrit, one of Britain’s best known environmentalists, who in 2004 took time out as a speaker at the Swindon Festival of Literature to visi...


Vote for Swindon film to compete for US award

See Mr Wiggles online and give it 5 stars to help it make the New York finals

Swindon based short film Mr Wiggles has been giving the opportunity to compete for a spot at the American Online Film Awards in New York in December and needs the support from the local community to g...

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Creative Scrapbooking workshop in West Swindon on 17 May

"Four Seasons of Frantage" with designer Asia King at Sparkle Dreams, Studley Grange Craft Village

Talented designer Asia King is teaching a creative workshop at Sparkle Dreams, Studley Grange Craft Village, near Wroughton, on Saturday 17 May. The mum of two from Oxfordshire describes herself as a...


Swindon Festival of Literature 21 makes a great start on 5 May

Sun rises brightly for the town's premier cultural festival at the Dawn Chorus in Lawn Wood

Over 21 years the Swindon Festival of Literature has become a central to the town’s calendar - a celebration of words well written, good conversations and life learning. And it all kicked ...


Wessex Male Choir Wows Ireland With World Premiere

Come along and see them when they perform at STEAM on 5 July

Irish audiences were bowled over by Wessex Male Choir, led by new Musical Director Katrine Reimers. Katrine studied music at King's College, Cambridge and has conducted numerous vocal groups across ...


Robert Buckland MP meets West Swindon air cadets

Robert Buckland MP visits 633 Squadron Air Cadets to present certificates of achievement

South Swindon MP Robert Buckland visited West Swindon based 633 Squadron Air Cadets in early April to present certificates of achievement and meet cadets. He said: “I’ve heard a great dea...


Royal Wootton Bassett Carnival - Saturday 17 May

Enter a float, make a donation, offer sponsorship, volunteer - support needed from individuals and businesses

A highlight in the Town’s calendar, organisers at looking for as many individuals and businesses as possible to get involved. There are lots of ways... Carnival Procession Entries We’re...


The Comedy Club Swindon - Thursday 15 May

Join us for a night of laugh out loud entertainment at the De Vere Village Hotel

 The Official Comedy Club returns to the De-Vere Village Hotel Swindon on Thursday 15 May.  Come and join us for a night of laugh out loud entertainment, with 3 top professional comedians...


Swindon football fans to be given early World Cup warning

Community Safety Partnership to promote responsible behaviour

Supporters attending Swindon Town FCs end-of-season finale against Rotherham at the County Ground on 3 May will be shown the yellow card. But they won't see their names scrawled in the referee&rsquo...


Cute cats and dashing dogs in Taylor Wimpey 'Pets Make a Home' competition

Plus some helpful tips and advice from Pets At Home on moving house with your pet

Pet owners have been entering their favourite photos of their animals looking ‘at home’ as part of Taylor Wimpey’s nationwide competition. Launched on 31 March to mark National Pet ...


Swindon LaserQuest hosts fundraising night for CALM on 13 May

Special prices in aid of Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Movement at West Swindon venue

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