Christmas shopping in Swindon. Brands, bargains and bustling festive locations.
Swindon is a town that really knows how to celebrate the magic of Christmas, and when it comes to festive shopping your checklist of presents can all be ticked off in one of the South West’s leading retail hubs. Throw in a fantastic variety of restaurants, bars and pubs for a Christmas tipple or a festive lunch and it’s not only Santa that has Swindon on his list of prime destinations!
Designer Outlet Village
If you’re looking to spoil your loved ones with designer brands, Swindon Designer Outlet is the place to go. Housed in the Victorian splendour of the town’s former railway works, the huge Grade II listed site makes a spectacular setting for a shopping spree and has more brands than you can shake an immaculately designed stick at. Over 100 leading brands on offer include Calvin Klein, Jaeger, Polo Ralph Lauren and Superdry, not to mention Hamleys and Hornby Hobbies for toys and special gifts for children.
As an extra bonus, the Designer Outlet’s new grotto promises delight at every turn. Plant a magic bean in special soil and put it in the sprouting chamber while you tell Santa how good you’ve been this year. By the time you’ve finished telling him what’s on your wish list and he’s given you a gift, your magic bean will have grown into a real mini Christmas tree, which you can then decorate to take home.
Brunel Shopping Centre
Nearby, the family-friendly Brunel Shopping Centre in the heart of Swindon has another 100 shops with all tastes and budgets catered for, including a large M&S and the House of Fraser, plus The Crossing, a truly cosmopolitan food hub. Every Sunday in December the Brunel will be running Elf School, an interactive Christmas workshop packed full of fun! Let your little ones embrace Christmas and learn all the magic of becoming an Elf. Children will be given their Elf name, learn the Elf Commandments, join in some impish games and finally graduate as an Elf! A perfect way to get your little ones excited for Christmas while you do some festive shopping.
Mannington Retail Park
A short drive from both the Brunel and the Designer Outlet is Mannington Retail Park, home to a flagship John Lewis At Home store and a large Next Home, plus an M&S Simply Food if you really can’t resist that turkey and cranberry Christmas sandwich! Just another five-minute drive away is the West Swindon Shopping Centre with its large Asda for all your Christmas provisions and a host of stalls with quirky gifts for all the family. The shopping centre is also adjacent to Swindon’s largest recreation and leisure centre where you can have a go at that most festive of activities, ice-skating!
Orbital Shopping Park
Shopping until you drop is also on the agenda at the Orbital Shopping Park in North Swindon. It’s well and truly party season at Next, where your little ones can celebrate in festive style with the Christmas partywear collection. Think sequins, sparkle and lots of fun as they party the night (well, afternoon) away. For festive family fun why not take it a step further and check out the Family Christmas range, jammies and jumpers that you can all wear, young, or young at heart - get the camera ready! Other stores at The Orbital include M&S, Outfit, Boots, New Look and Argos.
Greenbridge Retail and Leisure Park
Just outside the town centre sits Greenbridge Retail and Leisure Park, which is also home to Swindon’s only Imax cinema, where you can catch this year’s Christmas blockbusters like A Christmas Carol, Mary Poppins Returns, and Ralph Breaks The Internet. Big stores for gift shopping on the site include Laura Ashley, Matalan, Next, and Currys PC World.
Old Town Swindon
Finally, if boutique shopping sandwiched between pit stops at amazing bars and eateries is your thing why not visit Swindon’s Old Town? Oink Gallery is great for artwork and funky knick-knacks, Run Swindon is the town’s only specialist running store, Blaylocks is the go-to destination for high calibre footwear, and Deacon & Son sells quality jewellery, watches and gifts, both new and antique.
Whether it’s hunting for treasures in stunning listed buildings, getting lost in a world of luxury brands or uncovering some of the best festive finds at boutique shops, a shopping break in Swindon is guaranteed to get you in the mood for a spellbinding Christmas. And for an extra special experience, you could extend your day out to sample Swindon’s bustling nightlife or treat yourself to an overnight stay in one of the town’s many great hotels.
Christmas comes but once a year. Make it special. Make it Swindon.
All of Swindon’s shopping destinations are easy to reach by car from the M4 and other major roads. Swindon Designer Outlet and the Brunel Centre are both a five-minute walk from the train station. Shoppers visiting the Designer Outlet will also be able to take advantage of a special Park and Ride in the run-up to Christmas.