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Singing nursery rhymes makes happier, more content children in Swindon

Musical Minis Swindon and North Wiltshire welcomes new report by Oxford University and the Open University

Local children's music group is helping produce happier, more content, better developed children - its official! Chrissie Rolls, owner of Musical Minis Swindon and North Wiltshire, has welcomed a rep...

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...


From China to Coate Water. Animals Asia Swindon welcomes charity founder aboard dragon boat

Jill Robinson MBE to take part in races at Coate Water in June

Jill Robinson MBE to travel to Swindon to paddle a dragon boat in June Last year Jo Tomlinson and Justin Tomlinson MP were the celebrity paddlers in the Animals Asia team for the Rotary Club Phoenix ...


Free orienteering on offer for Swindon families

Collect your free activity pack from local leisure centres and Central Library - available until Monday 21 April.

Sustrans and Swindon Travel Choices are providing free orienteering activity packs from local leisure centres and Central Library from Monday 14 April to Monday 21 April 2014. Swindon families are be...


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...


Free family history help session at Swindon Central Library

Experienced researchers on hand to advise on how to trace your ancestors - Wednesdays 16 April and 21 May

Experienced researchers on hand to advise on how to trace your ancestors. The session will be held at the Central Library on Wednesday 16 April and will see a team of experienced researchers from the...


Baby Sensory and Toddler Sense classes in Swindon

Award winning development classes for parents, babies and toddlers.

Alison Randall launched Baby Sensory classes in Swindon in early 2010 and more recently introduced Toddler Sense. Baby Sensory’s award winning development classes are for parents and babies up ...


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-...


RAF pilots to run 17 marathons in memory of the fallen

RAF Brize Norton pilots to run 447 miles during 14 to 30 April.

Three pilots from RAF Brize Norton will attempt to run 447 miles in 17 days in memory of the servicemen and women who have lost their lives in the Afghanistan conflict. The run will take place during ...

Easter fun on offer for all the family at town’s leisure centres

Whole host of activities during the holidays

Families can choose from a whole host of activities during the Easter holidays at a number of Swindon's leisure centres. Swindon Borough Council’s Leisure Services team are running a series of ...


Swindon businesses invited to the launch of the BIOS Mobile Youth Club

Apply now to have your company logo graffiti'd on the van

The BIOS Van, a pimped up supermarket delivery van, visits young people ‘where they are at’ and provides food, entertainment, sports equipment, music and crafts. Each week the van works w...


Swindon MP & Police Commissioner ride in tandem

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson, and South Swindon MP Robert Buckland, rode one of two tandems launched for people to hire by The Salvation Army social en...


Writer from Swindon becomes a top romance story teller in the US

Win a signed copy of Jane Lark's 'The Illicit Love of a Courtesan'

Author Jane Lark, who lived in West Swindon for many years, has become a best selling author in America. Her first novel renamed The Illicit Love of a Courtesan, has been re-released by Harper Collin...


Swindon Council wants to be relieved of managing leisure assets

Council looking for private sector or not-for-profit organisations to take on leases of up to 99 years

Faced by the need to cut another £54 million from its budget over the next three years, Swindon Council is aiming to shed responsibility for managing and subsidising the cost of its leisure and ...


Exhibition interwoven into existing Lydiard House displays

Children have the chance to search for beautifully crafted mice as part of a fun trail set up alongside Lydiard House’s new embroidery exhibition.

Children have the chance to search for beautifully crafted mice as part of a fun trail set up alongside Lydiard House’s new exhibition. Twenty-seven nimble pairs of hands have been responsible ...


Swindon swimmer sets himself high target

Swindon Dolphin swimmer Will Davies has his sights set on the Olympics

Isambard student and Swindon Dolphin swimmer Will Davies, 13, has his sights set on swimming for his country - and if his success in the February Wiltshire County Championships is anything to go by he...

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Stark contrast in life chances across Swindon

Grange Park ranked as fourth highest in the country for long life

Statistics released by Public Health England show that Grange Park is ranked as the fourth highest in the country for long life. Although the first houses were only occupied there just over 30 years ...

Spring into Summer with Daytime Art Courses

A popular series of art classes will start its summer run at Rodbourne Methodist Church on Thursday April 24

A popular series of art classes will start its summer run at Rodbourne Methodist Church on Thursday April 24. Experienced tutor Sue Klemencic will be getting you in the mood with her morning course o...


Easter Family Activities in and around Swindon

Fun for all the family at Roves Farm, Purton House and Lydiard House and Park.

Roves Farm Saturday 5 to Monday 21 April Easter Bunny is back to his old tricks .. bet you can’t run faster than him. Create Easter cards, fluffy chicks and pictures in the craft area. Friday...


Seven offers set the scene for Swindon student's success

A New College student from Shaw has swept the boards with seven drama school offers thanks to Arts Award achievements Mollie Tuttle, 18, a former Lydiard Park Academy pupil, has won herself a rare am...


Embroidery exploration at Lydiard Park, Swindon

A new exhibition of textiles and embroidery at Lydiard House created by Great Western Embroiderers opens Thursday 3 April

A new exhibition of textiles and embroidery created by Great Western Embroiderers, as well as pieces by members of Kingsdown Woodcarvers, opens on Thursday 3 April. These pieces, which have been spec...


Help make African footballers’ visit to Swindon memorable

Swindon Town Football in the Comunity Trust get ready to welcome coaches and players from Zambia

Swindon Town Football in the Community Trust have formed and developed a community project with a football league and schools in Zambia since 2008. Having made several trips to coach and set up progr...

Sewing and Pottery classes in West Swindon

Workers' Educational Association organise classes at Freshbrook Community Centre after Easter

Freshbrook Community Centre is hosting two daytime courses starting after Easter organised by the Swindon branch of the Workers' Educational Association. Sew Something Simple Easy hand sewing projec...


Sports company provides free fitness initiative to schools

Jan Miller offers Golden Mile to get children physically active

Jan Miller, Premier Sport’s Physical Activity and Sports coordinator, is backing a nationwide fitness initiative called The Golden Mile to get children across Swindon physically active within th...

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Group manages two West Swindon community buildings

New outdoor play surface and children's obstacle course at Freshbrook Community Centre

The management committee running two community centres in West Swindon continues to go from strength to strength, with a new outdoor play surface at Freshbrook Community Centre their latest success. ...

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

Hi5 camp at Haydon Centre, Thames Avenue from Monday 7 to Thursday 17 April.

The Hi5 camp is available at Swindon Borough Council’s Haydon Centre in Thames Avenue, Haydon Wick, from Monday 7 April 2014 until Thursday 17 April 2014. The camp provides activities for child...