Guide to What’s On in Swindon August 2018

03/08/2018

Wednesday 1st

Superhero Summer: Batman
The Brunel Centre, 11am-3pm
We invite you and your little ones to meet our superheroes, make your own hero inspired outfit and participate in activities to practice your super powers. Every Wednesday our heroes will be appearing between 11am and 3pm in The Crossing. Craft activity takes place on the lower level of The Arcade along with the super power activity. Free event.


Wednesday 1st

Star Velo Ride
Starting at Supermarine, 6:30pm
We are aiming to facilitate rides for ladies looking to take up road cycling and returners to the sport with additional group rides for the more seasoned riders. Please dust off your bikes, oil those chains and join us at Supermarine at 6.30pm for rides out to Highworth and surrounding area. Circa 10 miles.


Wednesday 1st

Fishing is Fun: Coached Junior Angling
Coate Water Country Park, 1pm-4pm
Ever wondered how to set up a waggler float, a pole rig or an in-line feeder? Here’s your chance to find out more. Join the coaches for an angling session and learning the finer points of fishing Coate Water Reservoir. Suitable for children aged 8 to 14. Places are limited to 6 junior anglers per session and only one coached session per day, per angler. All juniors must bring their own fishing tackle/equipment, bait will be provided. Any anglers over 12 years of age must hold a valid rod licence. Meet at the grass peninsular opposite the Pitch and Putt Kiosk. Please wear clothes to suit the weather, bring sun block and sunhat if weather is hot Event leaders Mark Jennings, Chester Middleton and Derek Hancock. Book in advance at swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk or on 01793 490150. Free event.

Friday 3rd

Free Lunchtime Talk: Ben Nichol’s Composition in Black and White, and Art Between the Wars
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, 12:30pm-1pm
Join our curator for a free lunchtime tour of our exhibition, Art Between the Wars, with a special focus on Ben Nicholson’s ground breaking abstract work, Composition in Black and White, 1933. Learn more about abstract art and the St Ives School while exploring an artwork by one of Britain’s most ground breaking artists.


Fri 3rd-Sun 5th

Gloucestershire Vintage and Country Extravaganza
South Cerney Airfield, 10am – 5pm
The Stroud Vintage Transport & Engine Club stage their Annual show at South Cerney Airfield on the outskirts of Cirencester, showcasing the work of preservationists from all over the country. Exhibits will include vintage displays, countryside and animal arenas, parades, demonstrations and a fun fair. For more information see the website: http://www.glosvintageextravaganza.co.uk


Saturday 4th

Salvation Army Coffee Morning
Salvation Army, Devizes Road, 10am to 12:30pm
Coffee Morning. All money raised supports local work. Everyone welcome to join us for coffee and home-made cakes.

Saturday 4th

Jessie May Family Fun Day
Swindon Rugby Club, 10am-4pm
Join us for a fun-filled family day out with a fun fair, bouncy castle, dog show, live music and much more! Look out for Frozen’s Anna and Elsa too!

Saturday 4th

Parks, Places and People
Coate Water Country Park, 12pm-3pm
A gentle 4-mile relaxing stroll looking at Swindon’s history through its many green spaces. Some places you may know already, others may be new areas you haven’t explored? Dogs welcome. Meet at Coate Water Ranger Centre. Bring a snack, and something to drink. Please wear clothes to suit the weather and stout shoes. Event leader Tom Murawicki. Book in advance at swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk or on 01793 490150. Free event.

Sunday 5th

Lydiard Bark Dog Show
Lydiard Park, 11am-3pm
The Lydiard Bark is an annual fun dog show run in Swindon for charity by Eastcott Vets Swindon. It is a friendly event with a country feel and is run by volunteers from the Eastcott Vets Team in their free time. It is a fun event for dog owners and their dogs and is well supported by donations and sponsorship from local and national businesses. The dog show opens officially at 11am but class bookings will be taken from 10.30am. The show closes at 3pm. You can book classes on the day. Visit the website for more information at www.lydiardbark.co.uk

 

Sunday 5th

Amble Ramble
Coate Water Country Park, 12pm
This gentle 2 mile stroll will take us around the quieter parts of Coate. Designed for those new to walking, recovering from injuries, or those who can’t manage long walks. Easy paced with lots of stops and plenty of interest. Dogs welcome. Meet at Coate Water Ranger Centre. Bring something to drink, a sun hat, and camera if you have one. Please wear clothes to suit the weather and stout shoes. Event leader Tom Murawicki. Book in advance at swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk or on 01793 490150. Free event.

Sunday 5th

Potter on Pedals
Starting outside Swindon Town Football Shop, County Ground carpark, 10am – 11am
Potter on Pedals rides are all about helping to introduce new people to the joys of riding a bike! These rides are designed for beginners/social riders, we go steady and no one ever gets left behind. Rides are between 3 and 8 miles and mainly follow trafficfree cycle paths with the occasional short stretch of quiet road, we also try to avoid too many hills! Leaving from the County Ground we’ll follow the cycle paths through the parks of Walcot, over to Greenbridge and loop back along the newly- improved Eastern Flyer cycle route. All ages and abilities are welcome.


Sunday 5th

Town Gardens Sunday Band Concert
Town Gardens Band Stand, 3pm-4:30pm
Highworth Silver Band is playing. Meet by the Band Stand at the Town Gardens. No booking needed. Free event.


Wednesday 8th

The Fairies of Stanton Park
Stanton Park, 10am-12pm Join
Mike Harrison of Green Trees Forest School, searching for the fairies that live at Stanton Park. Listen to stories, hunt for jam, play games and learn about the woodland environment. Cost £15 per child. Hot and cold drinks served around the fire at the end, you may like to bring a packed lunch along to eat after, take home a pot of Ms Tweed’s delicious jam. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Suitable for children aged 3 to 12. Please wear old clothes to suit the weather and stout shoes. Meet at the Great Barn, Stanton Park. Event leader Mike Harrison. Book in advance at swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk or on 01793 490150.


Wednesday 8th

Junior Birdwatch at Coate Coate
Water Country Park, 10am-12pm
A great junior event introducing you to the wealth of birds found here at Coate Water. A chance to visit the bird hides in the Nature Reserve and see what feather friends make Coate their home, and learn a little about basic identification, all abilities welcome, keep a look-out for the elusive Black Swan! Suitable for children aged 6 to 12. Please wear clothes to suit the weather and stout shoes, bring binoculars if you have them. Meet at Coate Water Ranger Centre. Head twitchers Mark Jennings and Ian Barker. Book in advance at swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk or on 01793 490150. Free event.


Wednesday 8th

Superhero Summer: Spiderman
The Brunel Centre, 11am-3pm
We invite you and your little ones to meet our superheroes, make your own hero inspired outfit and participate in activities to practice your super powers. Every Wednesday our heroes will be appearing between 11am and 3pm in The Crossing. Craft activity takes place on the lower level of The Arcade along with the super power activity. Free event.

Wednesday 8th

Star Velo Ride
Starting at Supermarine, 6:30pm
We are aiming to facilitate rides for ladies looking to take up road cycling and returners to the sport with additional group rides for the more seasoned riders. Please dust off your bikes, oil those chains and join us at Supermarine at 6.30pm for rides out to Highworth and surrounding area. Circa 10 miles.


Friday 10th

Open Air Cinema: Pretty Woman
Lydiard Park, 8:30pm (doors open at 7pm)
Tickets £15. See https://www.thelunacinema.com/lydiard-house for more information.


Saturday 11th

Open Air Cinema: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Lydiard Park, 8:30pm (doors open at 7pm)
Tickets: adults £15; children £10. See https://www.thelunacinema.com/lydiard-house for more information.


Sunday 12th

Town Gardens Sunday Band Concert
Town Gardens Concert Bowl, 3pm-4:30pm
The Mid-West Big Band is playing. Meet at the Concert Bowl at the Town Gardens. No booking needed. Free event.


Sunday 12th

The Prehistoric Games
Stanton Park, 10am-12pm
Join the Stantonini Tribe for a fun-filled day of prehistoric living. These competitive games will cover everything from spear throwing to clay-pot making. Experience the efforts it took to survive in prehistoric times, and avoid being stampeded by woolly mammoths. Cost per child £2, and fancy dress is welcome, but make sure you have stout shoes. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the grass hunting glade, behind the cottage, Stanton Park. Event leaders caveman Dave and tribe-elder Ross. Book in advance at swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk or on 01793 490150.


Sunday 12th

Emotional [E-Bike] Social Ride
Starting behind Stable Block, Lydiard Park at 10am sharp
Open to all Cyclists especially those Outcasts who ride an Ebike! This is a social ride near Swindon, North Wiltshire. We’ll take in quiet country lanes and roads in the surrounding area passing Hook, Purton and Lydiard Millicent. We will not be in a rush and will ride at the pace of the slowest rider. Approximate duration is 2 hours. Please note that car parking charges are applicable if bringing your car. Call Mark on 07935 957737 for more information.


Wednesday 15th

Family History Help Session
2nd Floor, Central Library, 2pm-4pm Would you like to research your family tree? Inspired by the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? Or have you hit a brick wall and need some help? Volunteers from the Swindon Branch of the Wiltshire Family History Society will be continuing their series of free sessions at Central Library, no need to book, just drop in. Further information: localstudies@swindon.gov.uk or 01793 463238.


Wednesday 15th

Norse Mythology Children’s Storytime
Stanton Park, 10am-12:30pm
Viking stories around an open fire at Stanton Park. Join the Ranger Team’s resident Skald (story teller), for an hour of Viking tales around an open fire in the forest of Stanton Park. Learn about Yggdrasil, the Mythical World Tree, how Thor got his hammer, and the tale of The Mead of Poets. Suitable for children aged 6 to 12. Viking fancy dress is very welcome, but please wear suitable footwear for a walk in the deep, dark woods. Meet at the Great Barn, Stanton Park. Event leader Viking Boase the Brave. Book in advance at swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk or on 01793 490150. Free event.

Wednesday 15th

Superhero Summer: The Hulk
The Brunel Centre, 11am-3pm
We invite you and your little ones to meet our superheroes, make your own hero inspired outfit and participate in activities to practice your super powers. Every Wednesday our heroes will be appearing between 11am and 3pm in The Crossing. Craft activity takes place on the lower level of The Arcade along with the super power activity. Free event.

Wednesday 15th

Star Velo Ride
Starting at Supermarine, 6:30pm
We are aiming to facilitate rides for ladies looking to take up road cycling and returners to the sport with additional group rides for the more seasoned riders. Please dust off your bikes, oil those chains and join us at Supermarine at 6.30pm for rides out to Highworth and surrounding area. Circa 10 miles.


Wednesday 15th

Fishing is Fun: Coached Junior Angling
Coate Water Country Park, 1pm-4pm
Ever wondered how to set up a waggler float, a pole rig or an in-line feeder? Here’s your chance to find out more. Join the coaches for an angling session and learning the finer points of fishing Coate Water Reservoir. Suitable for children aged 8 to 14. Places are limited to 6 junior anglers per session and only one coached session per day, per angler. All juniors must bring their own fishing tackle/equipment, bait will be provided. Any anglers over 12 years of age must hold a valid rod licence. Meet at the grass peninsular opposite the Pitch and Putt Kiosk. Please wear clothes to suit the weather, bring sun block and sunhat if weather is hot Event leaders Mark Jennings, Chester Middleton and Derek Hancock. Book in advance at swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk or on 01793 490150. Free event.

Fri 17th – Sat 18th

Pond Dipping
Lydiard Park, 11am-12pm and 1pm-2pm
The Warden team will guide you on a pond dipping adventure! Use nets and easy to read charts to discover what mini beasts live in Lydiard’s lakes. Ideal for 5s and over. £3.50. Please call to book on 01793 465270.


Saturday 18th

Swindon Zine Fest
Central Community Centre, Emlyn Square, 1pm-5pm
Swindon’s first Zine Fest will be held at the Central Community Centre in Swindon. There will be workshops including how to make sun prints as well as a diverse range of stall holders selling zines (DIY published small book/booklets) illustrations and small press comics. Free event. Contact swindonzinefest@gmail.com for further information.


Sunday 19th

Town Gardens Sunday Band Concert
Town Gardens Band Stand, 3pm-4:30pm
The Stable Yard Jazz Band is playing. Meet by the Band Stand at the Town Gardens. No booking needed. Free event.


Wednesday 22nd

Ancient Crafts
Stanton Park, 10am-12:30pm
Learn a little about ancient crafts on this hands-on junior workshop. We’ll try our hand at making cordage, wattle and daub, and clay pots. Don’t wear your Sunday best, as it could get messy. Suitable for children aged 6 to 12. Please wear scruffy clothes and old shoes. Meet at the Great Barn, Stanton Park. Event leader David Boase. Book in advance on 01793 490150 or swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk


Wednesday 22nd

Bush-Craft at Stanton Park: Overnight Family Session
Stanton Park, 3pm-9am
Join Mike Harrison of Green Trees Forest School, searching for the fairies that live at Stanton Park. Listen to stories, hunt for jam, play games and learn about the woodland environment. Booking is essential on this popular event, as spaces are limited. A kit list will be sent to you on booking. Cost £35 per adult and child, £5 per extra child. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Suitable for children aged up to 16. Meet at the Great Barn, Stanton Park. Event leader Mike Harrison. Book in advance on 01793 490150 or at swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk


Wednesday 22nd

Star Velo Ride
Starting at Supermarine, 6:30pm
We are aiming to facilitate rides for ladies looking to take up road cycling and returners to the sport with additional group rides for the more seasoned riders. Please dust off your bikes, oil those chains and join us at Supermarine at 6.30pm for rides out to Highworth and surrounding area. Circa 10 miles.


Wednesday 22nd

Superhero Summer: Supergirl
The Brunel Centre, 11am-3pm
We invite you and your little ones to meet our superheroes, make your own hero inspired outfit and participate in activities to practice your super powers. Every Wednesday our heroes will be appearing between 11am and 3pm in The Crossing. Craft activity takes place on the lower level of The Arcade along with the super power activity. Free event.


Friday 24th

Open Air Theatre: Peter Pan
Lydiard Park, 6:30pm (gates open at 5:30pm)
Immersion Theatre invite you to soar away to Neverland as they proudly bring their trademark energy to their most magical musical to date, PETER PAN. Filled with catchy music, heaps of audience interaction, a laugh-a-minute script, and the opportunity to meet the characters after the show, this hilarious and exciting musical of the boy who never grew up promises to have every member of the family entertained throughout…You’ll be HOOOKED! Bring picnics, rugs or low-back chairs and enjoy live theatre in the beautiful surroundings of Lydiard Park. Refreshments are also available on site. Tickets: adults £14; children £10. Box office 01793 465270. Please note parking charges apply.


Sun 26th-Mon 27th

Uffington White Horse Show
Fawler Road, nr Faringdon A yearly, traditional two day country show, offering a wide range of attractions for people of all ages including arena events, craft stalls, animals, historic vehicles and much, much more! Tickets: adults, £12.50; OAPs, £9; children (5-16), £4; children (under 5), free. Free parking. More information at www.whitehorseshow.co.uk


Monday 27th

Summer Fun Day
Common Hill, Cricklade, 11am-4pm
Join us for fun in the sun! With lots for the children to enjoy, from bouncy castles to sweets and treats, as well as a bbq and hog roast available, the whole family is in for a great time! It is free to attend and all ages are welcome. Food and beverage can be purchased and some activities will accrue a small fee to enjoy.


Wednesday 29th

Pond Dipping
Coate Water Country Park, 10:30am
Come and join us on this popular children’s event and discover the wealth of life that lives and makes its home in the ponds at Coate. Meet at Coate Water Ranger Centre. Suitable for 6 to 12 year olds. Please bring waterproof gloves (such as marigolds) and magnifying lens if you have one. It is a good idea to wear old clothes and wellington boots. Event leader Ian Barker. Book in advance at swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk or on 01793 490150. Free event.


Wednesday 29th

Superhero Summer: Iron Man
The Brunel Centre, 11am-3pm
We invite you and your little ones to meet our superheroes, make your own hero inspired outfit and participate in activities to practice your super powers. Every Wednesday our heroes will be appearing between 11am and 3pm in The Crossing. Craft activity takes place on the lower level of The Arcade along with the super power activity. Free event.


Wednesday 29th

Star Velo Ride
Starting at Supermarine, 6:30pm
We are aiming to facilitate rides for ladies looking to take up road cycling and returners to the sport with additional group rides for the more seasoned riders. Please dust off your bikes, oil those chains and join us at Supermarine at 6.30pm for rides out to Highworth and surrounding area. Circa 10 miles.


Friday 31st

Cricklade Country Market
Jenner Hall, Cricklade, 2pm-4pm
All our produce is locally handmade, home cooked or home grown. Come and find delicious pies and cakes, scones and cookies, jams and pickles and all manner of original gifts. Pop along for a delicious afternoon tea or come in for after school refreshments too! Please call Nikki on 01793 751845 or Moira on 01793 771656 to place an order or for further information about the market.


Ongoing Events

 

Until Thurs 23rd Aug


An Uneasy Peace: British Art Between the Wars
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
This exhibition explores the British art movements that flourished between the wars, including the Camden Town Group, St Ives and the Bloomsbury Group. The exhibition brings together important paintings by Ben Nicholson, Edward Wadsworth, Julian Trevelyan and Sylvia Gosse. It includes drawings and watercolours by Henry Moore, Augustus John and David Bomberg. As well as exploring the different art movements of the First World War and interwar years, it also looks at the contrasts and connections that existed between these influential artists. The exhibition features work by two Swindon-born artists: Leslie Cole and Hubert Cook.

Until Thurs 23rd Aug


The Phelps Bequest
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
This exhibition brings together some of the paintings, drawings and prints given to Swindon Museum and Art Gallery by local man Fred Phelps, during the 1940s and 1950s. They include drawings, watercolours and paintings by some of the most popular artists of the early 20th century including Lord Methuen, Claude Francis Barry and John Skeaping. Phelps also helped establish the museum’s purchase fund, which continues to support new acquisitions to this day. This exhibition pays tribute to his foresight and generosity.

Until 24th Nov


Fractures: Texture and Fragility in Modern Ceramics
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
This exhibition explores Swindon’s collection of modern ceramics through ideas of texture and fragility. It brings together challenging ceramic sculpture by Ian Auld, Gordon Baldwin, Ben Arnup and Sara Radstone. Alongside these, it will showcase exquisite bone china and porcelain vessels by Sasha Wardell, Jo Taylor, Lucie Rie and Edmund de Waal. The exhibition complements Art and Conflict and Cicatrix, and explores how ceramic art can reflect vulnerability, strength, peace and aggression. Free.

Until Sat 1st Sep


Transport: Seven Swindon Stories
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
Swindon has always been a town of making and moving. From canals and trams, through to trains, planes and cars, this is a town that’s always on the go.This exhibition explores Swindon’s transport history through seven stories. It’s not an encyclopaedic history of our transport in the town, but a look at some of the innovations, successes and tragedies that have changed the face of Swindon. It will also look at aeroplanes, submarines and the Old Town railway station!

Until Mon 31st Dec


The Art of Publicity: Special Exhibition
STEAM Museum
The Art of Publicity is a special exhibition that showcases a number of striking publicity materials produced by the GWR. Showing beautiful posters and carriage prints from the STEAM collection, The Art of Publicity will take visitors on a journey across the Great Western Network. You are also invited to join STEAM on a virtual journey through time, across the GWR network. Each month we will be sharing a historical image of a location along the GWR route, beginning at Paddington Station in London, travelling west and ending in Penzance in Cornwall. TheArt of Publicity is included with standard STEAM admission,special event admission and also to STEAM season ticketholders.

Until Mon 31st Dec


The GWR Publicity Machine: Special Exhibition
STEAM Museum
Come and see our brand new special exhibition and learn some fascinating facts as you explore and enjoy our fabulous collection of GWR publicity materials. Our unique displays tell the story of the great 'GWR Publicity Machine' and how the Company became part of people's everyday lives through clever and forwardthinking advertising. We are delighted to have the modern 'Great Western Railway' on board as sponsor of this exhibition. Our displays show the link between the original GWR publicity items and the 'new' Great Western Railway campaigns. This exhibition complements our ‘The Art of Publicity’ displays. Free with admission and to STEAM season ticket holders.

Every Wednesday

Swindon Go Club
Windmill Pub, Freshbrook Village Centre, 7.30pm – Close
Go is one of the oldest board games in the world. It’s true origins are unknown, but it almost certainly originated in China over 2500 years ago. The rules are very simple, yet the strategy is complex and the patterns that emerge are intricate and beautiful. Visitors to the club are always welcome, especially newcomers to the game. Contact Paul on 01793 692408 or David on 01793 521625 or at secretary@swindongoclub.org.uk See also www.britgo.org

Every Thursday

Darkroom Espresso Cycling Club
Darkroom Espresso (round the back), 5:30pm for 6pm start
Over the lighter months we’re running our Thursday club rides every week. These rides are open to everyone, and vary in length between around 15 and 30 miles, taken at our usual pace of 13- 14mph. Details of where we’re headed each week can be found on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/darkroomcycleclub/ There’s usually the opportunity to head to the pub afterwards too.

Every Sunday

Farmers Market
Swindon’s Designer Outlet, 10am-4pm
You will find around 20 stalls each week offering freshly baked bread and cake, seasonal produce, free range meats, local cheese, jams and a range of hot foods including hot dogs, bacon rolls, burgers and falafels. Lots of tasters will be available - so try before you buy!

Every Sunday

Swindon Go Club
Beehive Pub, Prospect Hill
Visitors and beginners welcome. Contact Paul on 01793 692408 or David on 01793 521625 or at secretary@swindongoclub.org.uk See also www.britgo.org

 

 

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Current events tickets available at the Information Centre include:

Great Dorset Steam Fair
MECA events including
• Roller Disco
• 4FW Wrestling
Suju Comedy Club
Events at the Vic

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