Guide to What’s On in Swindon March 2019

11/03/2019

Friday 1st

Swindon Philosophical Society Talk
The Friend’s Meeting House, Eastcott Hill, 7:40-9:40pm
The talk will be ‘The UN Sustainable Development Goals’ by Peter Von Lany. The usual format is an hour’s talk followed by discussion. Everyone is welcome – just turn up! There is a charge of £2 (students free) to cover expenses.

Saturday 2nd

Southern and South Western Birman Cat Club Annual Show
Royal Wootton Bassett Memorial Hall. 12:30-4pm
This is an annual championship cat show and is open to the public from 12:30pm. Refreshments are available and there is a raffle and stalls to buy cat related goods from. Admission £2.50 adults, £1.50 concessions.

Saturday 2nd

Salvation Army Coffee Morning
Salvation Army, 37 Devizes Road, 10am-12:30pm
Everyone welcome to join us for coffee and homemade cake. Money raised supports local work.

Sat 2nd – Sun 3rd

Handbag Amnesty
Swindon Designer Outlet, 9am-5pm
Brighter Futures famous 'Handbag Amnesty' is back and set to be bigger than ever. Join the fundraising team on Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 March in partnership with the Swindon Designer Outlet Village. You'll have a chance to purchase a pre-loved handbag between 9am until 5pm on Saturday and 10am until 5pm on Sunday for a fun packed shopping experience at the Outlet Village whilst supporting the Great Western Hospital. Exchange your old loved handbags, purses, rucksacks, holdalls, cabin bags and suitcases for something different whilst supporting your local hospital. As well as bags, we will be accepting scarves for the first time, so there will be even more choice this year.

Monday 4th

Memory Box Reading Group
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, 2-3:30pm
Do you enjoy history and listening to stories? Our group is meeting on the first and third Monday afternoon of every month to listen to an extract from one of the amazing collection of books in our Local Studies Library. We will take time to share memories and thoughts, and also have a chat over refreshments! If you would enjoy some friendly company in a relaxed environment, this is for you. All welcome! Free entry, parking right outside and refreshments, supported by Hob Nob Press. Read - Reminisce – Enjoy.

Wednesday 6th

Lunchtime Recital Series – Wessex Duo
Wyvern Theatre, 1.05pm
This longstanding and ever popular duo celebrate the sonority and sheer joy of duet playing, featuring Schubert’s grand Fantasia in F minor alongside the famous marches and other delights. Tickets available from www.swindontheatres.co.uk £6 per ticket.

Wednesday 6th

Swindon Film Society – School of Life
Swindon Arts Centre, 7.45pm
Trapped behind the high walls of an austere orphanage in suburban Paris, Paul has only ever known one home. His chance to discover the wider world comes when a rural couple, Borel and Celestine, take him back to their farm where he comes under the spell of the local poacher. A beautiful and uplifting story set in 1920s France. Tickets available from www.swindontheatres.co.uk £9 per ticket.

Thursday 7th

Royal Wootton Bassett Cinema – King of Thieves
Sixth Form Building, Royal Wootton Bassett Academy, 7pm
King of Thieves is the incredible try story of the spectacular Hatton Garden diamond heist, the biggest and most daring in British history, humorously told through career best performances from a stellar cast which includes Sir Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Ray Winstone, Michael Gambon, Tom Courtenay and Charlie Cox. Drama. Running time 108 mins, certificate 15. Tickets £5 (cash only please). Bottled drinks and sweets available for purchase.

Thursday 7th

Wroughton History Group Speaker Event
St Joseph’s Church Hall, Wroughton 7:30-9pm
March’s topic is ‘G.H.Q Coleshill Churchill’s Secret Army’ by Liza Dibble. All are welcome to attend. The first visit is free and after that there is a charge of £2 for non-members, payable on the night.

Friday 8th

Free Lunchtime Talk on the This Women’s Work Exhibition
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, 12:30-1pm
Join our curator for a free lunchtime tour of the exhibition. ‘This Woman’s Work’. Discover some key works of art created by female artists and learn more about how the status of female artists has changed in the 20th and 21st centuries. There will be a special focus on works by Gwen John, Gillian Ayres and Eileen Cooper. Lunchtime talks are free, start at 12.3opm and last for approximately 30minutes.

Friday 8th

Swindon Philosophical Society Talk
The Friend’s Meeting House, Eastcott Hill, 7:40-9:40pm
The talk will be ‘A Guide to Military Philosophy’ by Jeremy Holt. The usual format is an hour’s talk followed by discussion. Everyone is welcome – just turn up! There is a charge of £2 (students free) to cover expenses.

Friday 8th

Osteoporosis Support Group Meeting
Central Community Centre, 1:30pm-3:30pm
The Osteoporosis support group meet on the 2nd Friday of every month. This month’s will be Seated Tai Chi with Jean Harvest. There is disabled access and a car park, both at the rear of the building. For further information, telephone Ali on 01793 634424 or email swindonosteoporosis@googlemail.com

Saturday 9th

Meet the Railway Workers
STEAM Museum, 10am-4pm
Whatever your age, our friendly team of volunteers will add to the STEAM experience as you tour the Museum. They will welcome you aboard three famous locomotives: No. 4073 Caerphilly Castle, No. 3717 City of Truro, and No. 6000 King George V! You'll even get to find out how the controls worked on the great engines! Expect to hear some fascinating anecdotes of what it was like to be a GWR engine driver, fireman or labourer; or an engineer, craftsman or office worker at one of the 'Shops' inside GWR's Swindon Works. This great experience is free with standard admission and to STEAM Season Ticket holders.

Saturday 9th

Modrail 2019
STEAM Museum, 10am-4:30pm
Modrail is hosted by Swindon Model Railway Club and features layouts and demonstrations in Z, N, OO, and O gauge. Adults £5, children under 16 free.

Sunday 10th

Reading Landscapes Nature Walk
Coate Water, 1:30-4pm
Join some of the Ranger Team for an insightful stroll around Coate Water, where we will be looking some of the clues and signs in nature that detail its past. Meet at Coate Water Ranger Centre. Please wear clothes to suit the weather and stout shoes. Suitable for dogs. Event leaders Michael Lilley and Ross Sheppard. Book in advance on 01793 490150 or swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk

Monday 10th

Camp Bingo for Pride
The Waiting Room, 59 Fleet Street, 4pm
In aid of Swindon and Wiltshire Pride 2019. Hosted by the fabulous Miss Bridy and the 2 notes. £5 for 6 games with lots of prizes to be won, including a £50 jackpot.

Tuesday 12th

Fostering Information Session
Lyndhurst Centre, Lyndhurst Crescent, 10:30-11:30am
This is an informal session where you can find out more about becoming a foster carer and an opportunity to ask any questions you have. Some of our current foster carers will also be there to chat to you about their experiences and what it means to be a foster carer. If you wish to attend, please book onto the session via this link https://bit.ly/2FE58au

Tuesday 12th

Board Games Event
Swindon Central Library, 5-8pm
Whether you are a serious game player who’s looking for like-minded people to share an adventure, or a family looking at spending some quality time together away from technology, this is a great way to spend a few hours of your time. We have a selection of board games but feel free to bring your own too! There’s no need to book, just turn up on the day. Adults £3, Teens/Students £1.50, under 12s free.

Tuesday 12th

Dice World – An Evening With Brian Clegg
Swindon Central Library, 7-8:30pm
In recognition of British Science Week, popular author Brian Clegg is joining us for the evening to talk about Dice World, followed by a QI inspired science quiz! This fascinating exploration of probability, statistics and randomness explains how chaos and randomness are often behind the realities of everyday life. We learn how to toss a head ten times in a row, how to make predictions with impossible accuracy, why people volunteer to give up thousands of pounds for no good reason, and recreate a game show that left the woman with the World's Highest IQ being reviled by a whole list of academics... until they discovered she was right. plus Science Debunked A QI-inspired quiz to see exactly how science savvy you are! Tickets are available from Central Library or call 01793 466454. Advance tickets £5, on the door £7.

Tuesday 12th

Cricklade Cinema – Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Cricklade Town Hall, doors 7:30pm
The luminous Audrey Hepburn plays a young socialite who takes an interest in a man who moves into her apartment building. Certificate PG. Tickets are £4 and can be purchased in advance from the Cricklade Town Council Offices, or on the door (subject to availability). Screening time 8-9:50pm.

Thursday 14th

Free Conservation Surgery
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, 2-4pm
Come and get advice from our archive conservators about caring for your precious family photographs, keepsakes and treasures. Booking essential! Tickets for events at the History Centre may be purchased in advance at the Help Desk or can be reserved on 01249 705500 (Tues-Sat 9:30-5). Numbers may be limited so please reserve your ticket in advance. Please aim to arrive 15 minutes before your event begins.

Friday 15th

Swindon Stargazers AGM & Talk
Liddington Village Hall, Church Road, Liddington, 7:30-9:30pm
The AGM will be followed by a talk on ‘Astro Imaging – The Basics’ by Viv Williams. In addition to monthly talks the club offers the opportunity to go out on clear evenings with experienced amateurs to view the night sky, and as club members even borrow club telescopes. Alternatively bring along your own telescope and get help on setting it up and getting the most out of it. The club meets on the third Friday of the month at Liddington Village Hall. See the club web site for more information about the club including directions to the venue: http://swindonstargazers.com/

Friday 15th

East Meets West 4 – Charity Night
Supermarine Sports and Social Club, 6.30-11.30pm
Celebrating World Kidney Day, this annual fun charity night which is offering a 3 course authentic Punjabi hot buffet, Bhangra, Bollywodd and Western Music, good priced bar for Give a Kidney! For the little ones there is pizza, chips and nuggets! This really isn't something you want to miss! £15 Adult, £7.50 Age 14 and under, Under 5s Free Tickets available on 07771556185 or email eastmeetswestgak@gmail.com

Saturday 16th

Wanborough Farmers’ Market
Village Hall, Wanborough, 9am
The next Wanborough Farmers' Market and Community Cafe are on Saturday 16th March, 9am to midday in the Village Hall, Wanborough High Street SN4 0AD. For more information ring 01793 790438 or email sbirley@gn.apc.org

Saturday 16th

Salvation Army Coffee Morning
Salvation Army, 37 Devizes Road, 10am-12:30pm
Everyone welcome to join us for coffee and homemade cake. Money raised supports the children's summer camp.

Sunday 17th

Kids for a Quid
Swindon and Cricklade Railway, 11am-3pm
Any adult or senior buying a ticket may take children with them for £1 each.

Monday 18th

Memory Box Reading Group
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, 2-3:30pm
Do you enjoy history and listening to stories? Our group is meeting on the first and third Monday afternoon of every month to listen to an extract from one of the amazing collection of books in our Local Studies Library. We will take time to share memories and thoughts, and also have a chat over refreshments! If you would enjoy some friendly company in a relaxed environment, this is for you. All welcome! Free entry, parking right outside and refreshments, supported by Hob Nob Press. Read - Reminisce – Enjoy.

Monday 18th

Great British Classics Charity Night
The Crown Inn, Ermin Street, 7-9:30pm
Great British favourites such as bangers & mash, fish & chips, ham egg & chips, pie & mash etc., all main courses form the charity menu cost £7.95 of which £5 is donated to Swindon Guide Dogs. Last orders 9:30pm. To book a table call The Crown on 01793827530 or email thecrownstratton@gmail.com. This is a very popular event so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Tuesday 19th

Demo by Dermot Cavanagh
Community Room, Council Offices, 3 Gilbert’s Lane, Highworth, SN6 7FB, 2-4pm
Dermot will be painting a landscape in watercolour. Entrance £3 for members and £5 for visitors (to include drink and biscuits in the interval).

Tuesday 19th - Friday 5th April

Lambing
Roves Farm, daily 10-5pm
The main flock of breeding ewes are due to lamb, and Roves Farm are expecting over 400 lambs to be born in the barn this month. Although they cannot guarantee it, there is a good chance you may see one being born! Tickets available from www.rovesfarm.co.uk or on the door. See website for prices

Wednesday 20th

Swindon Film Society
Swindon Arts Centre, 7.45pm
In Spring 1945, with the war ended, a group of young German POWs are forced to clear thousands of German landmines from Denmark’s west coast with their bare hands resulting in many injuries and fatalities. This is a true, but still largely unknown, story. Was it post-war justice or retribution? Tickets available from www.swindontheatres.co.uk £9 per ticket.

Wednesday 20th

Chiseldon Local History Group Talk – ‘The Vikings’ by David Head
Church Hall, Butts Road, Chiseldon. 7:30pm
Visitors are welcome for £3 per meeting, or you can join for £10. For more information contact info@chiseldonlhg.org.uk

Thursday 21st

Wroughton History Group Open Meeting
St Joseph’s Church Hall, Wroughton 7:30-9pm
All are welcome to attend. The first visit is free and after that there is a charge of £2 for non-members, payable on the night. Open evenings are for everyone to get together over tea/coffee and chat about events, share information (perhaps some old photographs), and discuss matter of interest to the Group.

Friday 22nd

Jessie May Charity Pamper and Prosecco Evening
Swindon Rugby Club, 7-10pm
Receive a glass of bubbly on arrival, nibbles and a goody bag. On the night, you can enjoy a bar, a variety of gift stalls (so you can further treat yourself – or another!) and take part in our raffle, with a wonderful ladies and gentlemen’s pamper hamper on offer as a prize. Proceeds from the event will go to funding the Jessie May nurses, who are supporting local terminally ill children and their families. £5 tickets from www.eventbrite.co.uk

Saturday 23rd

Family Drop-In Workshop – Mother’s Day
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, 11am-3pm
Make your Mum feel extra special this Mother’s Day by making a lovely present and card just for her. £3 per child. Please note: this workshop is offered on a first come first served basis and if busy, you may have to wait a short while to take part. Some activities are unsuitable for small children. Parental guidance needed at all times.

Saturday 23rd

Meet the Railway Workers
STEAM Museum, 10am-4pm
Whatever your age, our friendly team of volunteers will add to the STEAM experience as you tour the Museum. They will welcome you aboard three famous locomotives: No. 4073 Caerphilly Castle, No. 3717 City of Truro, and No. 6000 King George V! You'll even get to find out how the controls worked on the great engines! Expect to hear some fascinating anecdotes of what it was like to be a GWR engine driver, fireman or labourer; or an engineer, craftsman or office worker at one of the 'Shops' inside GWR's Swindon Works. This great experience is free with standard admission and to STEAM Season Ticket holders.

Saturday 23rd

Spring Concert
St Mary’s Church, Marlborough, 7:30pm
Spring Concert with Marlborough’s Concert Orchestra featuring a programme of Beethoven: Symphony No 5, Warlock: Capriol Suite, Holst: Brook Green Suite and Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March No 4. Tickets on sale at Sound Knowledge, Hughenden Yard, Marlborough and on the door - adults £10, students £2.

Sunday 24th

Signs of Spring Walk
Croft Sports Centre, 2-4pm
Discover and explore two of Swindon’s lesser known woods as they start to awaken from their winter dormancy. This 2-mile afternoon stroll will take you around an ancient bluebell wood, and then, as a comparison, on in it’s infancy. Meet at Croft Sports Centre car park. Please wear clothes to suit the weather and stout shoes. Suitable for dogs. Event leader Michael Lilley. Book in advance on 01793 490150 or swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk

Sunday 24th

Mad March Hare
Lydiard Park Academy, 11am
This popular annual event will see participants run, jog or walk either a 5km or 10km route through Lydiard Park, raising money for Breast Cancer Now Swindon and North Wilts. Register at www.madmarchhare.org.uk

Sunday 24th

Dreamgate Psychic Fayre
Village Inn (Devere), Shaw Ridge, 11am-5pm
Psychic readings given by exceptionally gifted psychics at Wiltshire’s longest running psychic fayre. Entry £2 or 3 for 2. Readings start from £20. For more information please contact dreamgatefayres@gmail.com

Monday 25th

Highworth Historical Society Talk: ‘Thirty-Five Shillings’ by Andy Binks
Highworth United Reformed Church, High Street, Highworth, 7:30pm
Andy Binks is back to talk on his time at the GWR works. He starts with joining the apprentice school. Andy has a vast collection of railway photos, and always gives a lively talk. Members free of charge, visitors £3. Visitors to all events can pay on the door, however if you wish to book tickets in advance for our lectures or events please email tickets@highworthhistoricalsociety.org.uk or telephone Ms. Chris Suter on 01793 764811.

Tuesday 26th

Cricklade Cinema – King of Thieves
Cricklade Town Hall, doors 7:30pm
A group of ageing criminals plan a major jewellery heist in London’s Hatten Garden. Based on real events and starring Michael Caine, Michael Gambon, Tom Courtenay and Ray Winstone. Certificate 15. Tickets are £4 and can be purchased in advance from the Cricklade Town Council Offices, or on the door (subject to availability). Screening time 8-9:50pm.

Tuesday 26th

Swindon Artswords Reading Group
Lower Shaw Farm, 7:30pm
March’s book is English Journey by J.B. Priestly. A journey through England from Southampton to the Black Country, to the North East and Newcastle, to Norwich and home. Sheds light on the nature of Englishness. The cost is £2 per session. For more information 01793 771080 Email: matt@lowershawfarm.co.uk

Tuesday 26th

Artswords Writers’ Café
Swindon Central Library, 7-9pm
The emphasis is on writers and would-be writers connecting with one another, having a chat, and offering feedback on one another’s writing. Everyone and anyone interested in writing will be welcome! For more information contact lflower@swindon.gov.uk or matt@lowershawfarm.co.uk

Thursday 28th

Friends Talk: Ken White and Andy Binks – In Conversation
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, 7:30-8:30pm
Celebrated artist and muralist Ken White embarks on a whistle stop tour of his life through some amazing photographs aided by Andy Binks of the Swindon Society. This promises to be an entertaining and informative evening. Tickets are limited to so please book in advance to avoid disappointment. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets available online and via SMAG on 01793 466556. Tickets: £6 Friends of SMAG, £8 non-Friends.

Thursday 28th

Purton Historical Society AGM & Talk
Purton Village Hall, 7:30pm
The AGM will be followed by a talk on ‘Lincoln Cathedral – From Birth to Death and Beyond’ by Kate Maddison. Annual membership £15, guests £3 per meeting. New members and visitors always welcome. For further information contact Marion Hobbs 01793 770185 roy.marion@btinternet.com

Friday 29th

Free Lunchtime Talk on the new Artist and Model Exhibition
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, 12:30-1pm
Join our curator for a free lunchtime tour of our new exhibition which explores portraits, self-portraits and figure studies. There will be a special focus on the work of John Bellany, Gwen John and Leslie Cole. Lunchtime talks are free, start at 12.30pm and last for approximately 30minutes.

Saturday 30th

Family Drop-In Workshop – Mother’s Day
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, 11am-3pm
Make your Mum feel extra special this Mother’s Day by making a lovely present and card just for her. £3 per child. Please note: this workshop is offered on a first come first served basis and if busy, you may have to wait a short while to take part. Some activities are unsuitable for small children. Parental guidance needed at all times.

Saturday 30th

Heron Watching
Coate Water, 10am-12pm
The young herons will have hatched at Coate Water’s Nature Reserve. We’ll watch them from the hides as they are fed by their parents, and learn more about these beautiful birds. This is a very popular event with limited spaces so please book early to avoid disappointment. Meet at Coate Water Rangers Cottage. Please bring waterproofs & binoculars. Not suitable for dogs or wheelchair users. Event leader Ian Barker. Limited numbers, so please book early Book in advance on 01793 490150 or swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk

Sunday 31st

Mother’s Day
Swindon and Cricklade Railway, 11am-4pm
Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Swindon and Cricklade Railway! Mothers go free with paying sons/daughters. After a trip on a steam train, spoil her with a tasty treat from the café!

Sunday 31st

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea
Lydiard House and Gardens
The Lydiard House presents a special Mothering Sunday Traditional Afternoon Tea in our Luxborough Suite with Harpist Christine Kinder setting a lovely, relaxing atmosphere. You are also invited to explore the elegant State Rooms of Lydiard House. Please note that the historic house closes at 3.30pm. We strongly advise visitors to visit Lydiard House prior to Afternoon Tea being served at 2pm. Cost £19.95 per person. Each booking includes a small gift for one mum. For more information, please visit https://www.lydiardpark.org.uk Reservations are essential. To book please call 01793 466664 (Mon – Fri between 10am and 4pm).

Sunday 31st

Board Games Event
Swindon Central Library, 2-8pm
Whether you are a serious game player who’s looking for like-minded people to share an adventure, or a family looking at spending some quality time together away from technology, this is a great way to spend a few hours of your time. We have a selection of board games but feel free to bring your own too! There’s no need to book, just turn up on the day. Adults £3, Teens/Students £1.50, under 12s free.

Ongoing Events

Until 2nd Mar

Japan: Exploring Eastern Influences in the Swindon Ceramic Collection
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
From soft celadon glazes to smoking raku firing, this exhibition will explore the impact of Japan on Swindon’s collection of ceramic art. The exhibition begins with the Leach Family, and the role they played in bringing Japanese ceramic traditions and aesthetics to Britain, and also includes vessels by Ashley Howard, Mick Morgan and Jo Taylor. The exhibition will also showcase a number of contemporary Japanese and British-Japanese artists, including Yoshikawa Masamichi, Akiko Hirai and Takashi Yasuda.

Until 16th Mar

Gifted! How Gifts and Generosity Have Shaped the Swindon Collection of Modern British Art
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
Gifted! explores the gifts, bequests and donations that have helped establish Swindon’s collection as one of the most important collections of modern British art outside London. From early benefactor Jimmy Bomford and Frederick Phelps, to the longstanding support of the Contemporary Art Society and Art Fund, the exhibition explores how gifts have shaped the collection and provided Swindon with some remarkable and challenging works of art. The exhibition includes paintings by LS Lowry, Graham Sutherland and Alfred Wallis, along with more recent work by Nicola Tyson, Eileen Cooper and Allen Jones. As well as exploring the legacy of major gifts and benefactors, the exhibition also shines a light on some lesser known contributions from the Campaign to Protect Rural England and So optimist International.

Until 16th Mar

This Woman’s Work: Female Artists in the Swindon Collection
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
This exhibition explores the work of female artists in the Swindon Collection and includes paintings and drawings by Gwen John, Mary Fedden, Gillian Ayres, Nicola Tyson and Sylvia Gosse. Historically, female artists have been underrepresented in the Swindon Collection. Recent exhibitions have aimed to showcase more work by female artists, but this is the first exhibition in more than twenty years to share and celebrate female artists. The exhibition features portraits, landscapes and abstracts. It will look at both the female artists who broke through the restrictions of the early 20th century art world, and the contemporary artists who offer a unique perspective on a women’s experience of the world. The exhibition will be accompanied by a special display of studio ceramics by female artists, including Lucie Rie, Sara Lee, Katharine Pleydell Bouverie, Janice Tchalenko and Akiko Hirai.

23rd Mar Onwards

Visions of Lydiard
Lydiard House and Park
The changing face of Lydiard House and Parkland has been recorded through art since the 18th Century. This gives us a fascinating visual insight into the evolution of this historic estate. Visions of Lydiard showcases a selection of paintings and photographs from the Lydiard House collection which illustrate the last 70 years of the estate’s rich history. The exhibition features work by both internationally acclaimed and local artists, as well as accomplished photographers, all of whom portray Lydiard from their own unique perspective. Cost included in standard admission.

Until 25th Mar

The GWR Publicity Machine
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 forward-thinking 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.

Until 11th May

Animals: Seven Swindon Stories
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
Explore Swindon’s history through the lives of seven of the town’s most famous animal inhabitants. From Mr Higginbotham’s snails and Eastcott’s cricket infestation, discover the stories of Swindon’s famous animals for yourself. There will be a special focus on Bruce the Collecting Dog, the canine hero who raised thousands of pounds for local orphans, the Victoria Hospital and survivors of the Titanic disaster. Bruce wore a special collecting box on his back and barked a thank you for any coins he was given. You can see Bruce’s collecting box, as well as photos of Swindon’s hero dog. This exhibition features photographs, paintings and objects from Swindon’s collections, including examples from our extensive natural history collection. There will be activities for younger visitors, too!

Until 14th Jul

GWR With Everything
STEAM Museum
Come and explore our new special exhibition ‘GWR with Everything’ and discover how the Great Western Railway branded anything and everything. From pen nibs, to bricks and from bars of soap to door handles, everything was branded with the company initials. The exhibition displays an array of weird and wonderful objects that were printed, stamped and marked with GWR. There is a real treasure trove of material and objects on display, some of which are being displayed for the first time. There are some really quirky items on display, such as toilet paper and manhole covers. Visitors will also get to test their skills with a ‘Guess the Object’ game. With almost a 100 objects on display this exhibition is a visual feast of everything GWR. This exhibition complements our 'The Art of Publicity' and 'The GWR Publicity Machine' displays. FREE with admission and to STEAM Season Ticketholders. We are delighted to have the modern 'Great Western Railway' on board as sponsor of this exhibition.

Until 31st Dec

Time on Trial – The Story of Locomotive Speed Trials
STEAM Museum
In 1910 a Great Western Railway Star Class engine entered into a race against a London and North Western Railway Company Experiment Class engine. The competition was held to determine which was the best locomotive. This was the first officially recorded time trial between locomotives from different railway companies. STEAM’s new exhibition Time on Trial takes a look at the exhilarating speed trials that took place between the GWR and other railway companies between 1910 and 1948. Pride and reputation were at stake as the companies attempted to prove their locomotive building expertise. Visitors will also find out about the first dynamometer car, built by the GWR in 1838 and used to record data from the official test runs. A collection of stunning images and fascinating archive material from the STEAM collection are used to illustrate this story. Time on Trial is included with standard STEAM admission, special event admission and is free for STEAM season ticket holders.

Every Tuesday

Afternoon Tea
Christ Church Community Centre, 2-4pm
Come along every Tuesday afternoon between 2-4pm for a piece of cake and a drink. We try to put on a different activity each week. A great chance to meet new people and have a fun time. Donations are welcome.

Every Wednesday

Park Writes
Park Library, Cavendish Square, 1:30-3:30pm
Join us in having fun with words and sharing stories. What you write is right. Suitable for all abilities. All welcome, all equal. No need to book, just come along!

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 Wednesday

Royal Wootton Bassett Market
High Street around the Town Hall, 8:30am-4pm
The regular weekly market features a wonderful array of stalls, complementing the wide range of independent retailers, which keep our town bustling and vibrant. You might meet our Town Crier and Swordbearer, Owen Collier, who cries for the market every Wednesday morning. With a number of wonderful uniforms, we are very proud of our town crier. Free parking for up to 2 hours on the High Street.

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 Friday

Swindon Country Market
St Aldhelm’s Hall, off Regent Street, 9am-12pm
Come along for an array of home baking, preserves, home grown fruit & veg, flowers, plants & crafts on offer for you to browse.

Every Saturday

Highworth Market
Highworth Market Square, 8am-2:30pm
Traders sell freshly baked bread and cakes, seasonal vegetables, free-range meat, plants for the garden, fish, pastries and homewares.

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

If you would like to publicise your event through these pages please contact Swindon Libraries and Information Centre at : infocentre@swindon.gov.uk, tel. 01793 466454, or call in to the Visitor Information Centre at Central Library, Regent Circus. Find us on facebook www.facebook.com/swindonVIC or twitter @visit_swindon

Current events tickets available at the Information Centre include:

Events at Swindon Library
Swindon Film Society
MECA events including

  • Roller Disco

  • 4FW Wrestling

Events at the Vic
Tickets for Level 3

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