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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...


Young people successfully complete Prince’s Trust Programme

Unemployed youngsters complete 12 week course with local youth charity Inner Flame

A group of unemployed young people from in and around Swindon recently completed a 12-week Prince’s Trust Team Programme with local youth charity, Inner Flame. The course included a residential...


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 hockey academy offers daily training and an education. Try out weekend 10 & 11 May

Register for free opportunity for stars of the future

  Okanagan Hockey Academy UK is holding a free try-out camp at Link Centre on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 May, ahead of the 2014-2015 season. After a successful second year, OHA ...


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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New Westlea Beaver colony and Cub pack planned

Open Evening for parents and children - Wednesday 7 May

There’s an open evening on Wednesday 7 May for parents and children to recruit new members to join Beavers for 6 to 8 year olds and Cubs for 8 to 10½ year olds. The talk about scouting a...


Beth Tweddle does cartwheels in Swindon

Britain's greatest female gymnast ever helps travel company staff discover new moves

On 29 April, Beth Tweddle MBE, Britain’s greatest ever female gymnast, took on the almighty challenge of training the Cirencester based Steppes Travel Team on how to master the perfect cartwheel...


Walk or cycle. May is the month to get moving in Swindon

Get Moving Month launches on Saturday 3 May at Pinetrees Community Centre - and you could win an Ipad in the Active Swindon Challenge.

Recent research and reports state the British are becoming more and more inactive,  whilst rates of obesity are exploding. In May the people of Swindon are being encouraged to get active with a ...


Miss Wiltshire finals bootcamp in Swindon 26 April

Come down to Faringdon Road Park to see the women working out to become the county beauty queen

This year the Miss Wiltshire and Miss Swindon finals will be held on the Sunday 27 April, at The De Vere Hotel in West Swindon. Nearly 100 girls applied to battle it out to represent their county and...


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...