Guide to What’s On in Swindon November 2018

01/11/2018

Thursday 1st

Proud Poppies Workshop
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, 11am-1pm
As part of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery’s programme to mark the centenary of the end of World War I, come and join us in making a Proud Poppy at this special workshop. £2 per child. Please note: This workshop is offered on a first come first serve 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.

Thursday 1st

Annual Lecture – Women and the First World War
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, 7pm
The topic for Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre’s Annual Lecture is Women and the First World War, given by author and journalist Kate Adie. Cost £10, 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.

Thursday 1st

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.

Thursday 1st

RWB Community Cinema – On Chesil Beach
Sixth Form Building, Royal Wootton Bassett Academy, 7pm
Based on the novella by Ian McEwan, it is the story of Florence and Edward (Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle), young university graduates getting married in 1962. She is a talented and ambitious classical musician from a well-to-do family and he is a clever young man from humbler origins. Both have first-class degrees and, in consequence, no small opinion of themselves. The wedding night is a painful, intimately humiliating fiasco with devastating consequences. Drama. Running time 105 mins, certificate 15. Tickets £5 (cash only please). Bottled drinks and sweets available for purchase.

Friday 2nd

Free Lunchtime Talk – Cicatrix
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, 12:30-1pm
Join our curator for a free lunchtime tour of the new exhibition “Cicatrix”. Cicatrix is a contemporary art project incorporating drawing, films and installation. It explores the scars of World War I on the landscape, people and psyche of Wiltshire. Lunchtime talks start at 12.3opm, last for approximately 30minutes and are free.

Friday 2nd

Swindon Philosophical Society Talk
The Friend’s Meeting House, Eastcott Hill, 7:40-9:40pm
The talk will be ‘Mental Health’ by Gerry Hannon. 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 3rd

Technology Fest
Swindon Central Library, 10:30am-2:30pm
Swindon: Learning Town in partnership with Swindon Libraries presents Technology Fest. Experience the latest technology and find out about careers and other pathways. Featuring Create Studios, Fayju Games, UTC, Digisheds, Render VR, 3D Printing, Code Clubs and more! This is a FREE event for all the family.

Saturday 3rd

Poppy Appeal Coffee Morning and Table Top Sale
Heberden House, Cricklade, 10am-12pm
Please support the annual Poppy Appeal Coffee Morning & Table Top Sale at Heberden House. Refreshments, stalls and raffle - all for a great cause in this very special anniversary year.

Saturday 3rd

Meet the Railway Workers
STEAM Museum
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 3rd

Autumn Festive Fayre
Gorse Hill Community Centre, 10:30am-2:30pm
In aid of the Brighter Futures charity appeal. There will be 29 stalls – varying from many craft stalls, variety stalls, festive stalls, table top sales, games, refreshments, and more. There will be an appearance by Robert Buckland QC MP and performance by two local school choirs. Rock painting competition for children only – bring your rock creation on the day, there will be a nominal charge of £1 to enter the competition.

Saturday 3rd

Barn Dance and Hot Supper
Cricklade Town Hall, 7:30-11:30pm
The annual Barn Dance and Hot Supper hosted by Cricklade Twinning Association and Cricklade Tennis Club returns to Cricklade Town Hall. No bar so bring your own drinks and glasses. Tickets £10 (under 18s £5) Tickets sell out fast for this very popular event. To book yours please call Jane on 750048 or email jane.whinfrey@hotmail.co.uk 

Saturday 3rd

Fireworks and Bonfire Night
Christian Malford, 5:30pm
5.30 pm. Gates open (Refreshments available). 6.10 pm Guy Competition Judging (Guys in place by 6.00 please) 6.30pm Electronic Lighting of the Bonfire by Guy Competition Winner. LIVE MUSIC by G&T, a local duo from Chippenham. They will be playing before the Fireworks and again after. We also have the Chippenham Hulalahoopers to entertain you again http://hulalahoopers.com/performance/. 7.15 pm Raffle Drawn. 7.30 pm Firework Display – (This will depend on how far the Bonfire has burnt down, we don’t want to spoil the display with smoke blowing over the display. After Fireworks – LIVE MUSIC. Advance Tickets · Adults – £7.00, · Children (5 – 16 Yrs) – £3.00 · Under 5 Free – available from the Information Centre at Swindon Central Library. https://www.christianmalford.org.uk/fireworks-bonfire-night/

Saturday 3rd

Swindon Lions Fireworks Display
Swindon Polo Ground, 5:15-9pm
Funfair from 5:30pm, firework display 7:15pm prompt. There will be entertainment and refreshments (burgers, hot dogs, hot drinks, soft drinks, sweet and candy floss), Edwards Funfair, BBC Wiltshire. Tickets £9 adult and £5 child when bought on the gate, or £7 adult and £4 child when bought in advance. Tickets can be bought in advance online at www.swindonlions.org, or at the Visitor Information Centre in Central Library. There will be a FREE Park and Ride from Nationwide Car Park, Pipers Way, SN3 1TA BUT please allow a minimum of 30 mins to travel on the park and ride bus from Nationwide Car Park to the Polo Ground.

Saturday 3rd

Firework and Bonfire Spectacular
Lydiard Park, 5:30-9pm
The 1st Purton and Lydiard Scout Group brings you the annual fireworks spectacular at Lydiard Park. Bonfire lit at 6pm, fireworks scheduled for 7pm. Please allow enough time to enter the event before the display begins! Entertainment during the evening. Refreshments including burgers, sausages, soup, tea, coffee, hot chocolate etc. available to buy, as well as glow wands and novelty torches. Tickets £8 adult, £4 child (aged 3-14). Tickets can only be purchased at the gate (cash only!) and are not available in advance.

Saturday 3rd

Swindon Cricket Club Fireworks and Bonfire Extravaganza
Swindon Cricket Club, County Road, 6-10pm
Our excellent display team will be returning this year for another family night of fireworks, bonfire, and live music activities. The bar will be open and food available. Tickets: adult £5, children free (with an accompanying adult). Car parking £5 per car. In order to ensure the event is family friendly and an enjoyable experience for all that attend, capacity will be limited.

Sunday 4th

Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving
Christ Church, Cricklade Street, Swindon. 4-5pm
A service to remember people who have died. Commemoration of the departed - All–Souls at Christ Church. All welcome. Please call the parish office tel. 522832 if you would like your loved one’s name read out.

Sunday 4th

Barbary’s Lumps and Bumps
Barbary Castle, 13:30-15:30pm
Apart from the Iron Age hillfort the lumps and bumps at Barbury Castle represent some 4,000 years from the Bronze Age to WW2- find out which are which on this walk. Meet at Barbury Castle Country Park, toilet block. Please wear warm clothes to suit the weather and stout shoes, bring waterproofs, and binoculars if you have them. Suitable for dogs. Event leader Michael Lilley Book in advance on 01793 490150 or swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk

Sunday 4th

Tea Service
Immanuel Church Hall, Upham Road 4-5:30pm
If you enjoy singing some of those favourite old hymns and songs then come along to the Tea Service. It’s a simple act of worship where you can enjoy good company and a cuppa in an informal friendly atmosphere. Choose a favourite hymn and we will all sing it! There is a large car park and disabled facilities.

Monday 5th

Grand Cricklade Firework Display
Cricklade Cricket Ground, 7:30pm
Everyone is invited to the Grand Cricklade Firework Display on Bonfire Night. The display starts at 7.30pm and there's also a Guy Competition, which will be judged at 7.15pm. Tickets can be bought in advance from C&R Grocers, Cricklade Leisure Centre and the Town Council offices. Family ticket £15, adults £6, children/seniors £3.50

Monday 5th

Wootton Bassett Amateur Gardening Club
Memorial Hall, Station Road, Royal Wootton Bassett, 7:30pm
November’s talk will be ‘Colour Combinations: Perennials that Complement Each Other’ by Julie Ritchie. The Gardening Club is for people who enjoy gardens or gardening. You don’t need to be an expert to join. Club membership gives the opportunity to attend all meetings and events in the year, plus discounts at some local garden centres and the regular chance to buy plants at meetings. Membership costs £14 a year and visitors pay £2 per evening. There is no need to book for meetings in advance, just come along. New members and visitors always welcome.

Monday 5th

Adventures in Art Journaling Workshop
At Desk Cowork (above The Core), 4 Devizes Road, 6:30-8pm
Discover an amazing creative habit; try different approaches to drawing and lettering; gain confidence in your drawing; have fun and make new friends along the way! For more info/to book contact jo@cottoneyejo.co.uk or call 07966 431467.

Tuesday 6th

‘Wishing You a Happy Christmas’
Memorial Hall, Station Road, Royal Wootton Bassett, 7:30pm
Royal Wootton Bassett Flower Club presents a floral demonstration by National Demonstrator Pam Lewis, ‘Wishing You a Happy Christmas’. There will be a raffle, sales table, and refreshments. Members £7, visitors £12. For more information contact 07890 149673.

Tuesday 6th

Richard Jefferies’ Birthday
Richard Jefferies Museum
To celebrate our hero’s birthday this year, we are delighted that Swindon Heritage will be putting up a blue plaque on the museum to honour the author. It will be a great event, with the great and good, drinks and nibbles, and even a steam engine to give a blast on its whistle! Time TBA http://www.richardjefferies.org/what-s-on

Tuesday 6th

Mum’s the Word Writing Group
Lower Shaw Farm, 7:30-9pm
Would you like to meet new friends? Have some ‘me’ time? Develop writing as a new (or existing) hobby? Join us on the first Tuesday of each month, refreshments provided. Free entry to new members on your first visit, then just £2 each session. Contact Emma on 07960 594887 or email us at mumsthewordwriting@outlook.com www.mumsthewordwriting.co.uk 

Wednesday 7th

Swindon Film Society – All Quiet on the Western Front
Swindon Arts Centre, 7:45pm
Follow a group of idealistic young men as they join the German army during WWI and are assigned to the Western front, where their patriotism is destroyed by the harsh realities of combat. A masterwork of filmmaking and a classic anti-war film, as the centenary of WW1 Armistice Day approaches. War, running time 133 minutes, Cert PG. Non-member tickets £9, for membership options visit www.swindonfilm.org.uk

Wednesday 7th

The Beehive Philosophy Club
The Beehive Pub, 7:30pm
What has philosophy ever done for us? For more information please visit http://bee-hive.co.uk/

Thursday 8th

Free Conservation Workshop
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 9th

Free Lunchtime Talk – Art and Conflict
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, 12:30-1pm
Join our curator for a free lunchtime tour of our Art and Conflict exhibition. Discover how artists have depicted peace and conflict in their art while learning more about Swindon’s remarkable collection of modern British art. Lunchtime talks start at 12.3opm, last for approximately 30minutes and are free.

Friday 9th

Swindon Philosophical Society Talk
The Friend’s Meeting House, Eastcott Hill, 7:40-9:40pm
The talk will be ‘Does Illness Have Meaning?’ by Judith Stares. 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 9th

Wroughton Silver Band Concert and Service of Remembrance
Malmesbury Abbey, 7:30pm Organised by, and all profits to, Malmesbury branch of the Royal British Legion. Tickets £6.

Friday 9th

Anglo-French Swindon Club – ‘Some Castles of the Loire’ by Chantal Witchalls
St. Joseph Parish Centre, Devizes Road, Wroughton 7:30pm
Overview of the region (geography, climate, famous men, history). The evolution of castles to classical castles through the Renaissance castles: Anger, Luynes, Chinon, Sully, Loches, Langeais, Chaumont, Usse, Amboise, Blois, Chenonceaux, Azay, Chambord, Villesavin, Villandry, Menars, Cheverny. Free to members, visitors £4, students £1.

Friday 9th

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 a talk on A Century of Community Life in Eastcott by Caroline Davies-Khan. For further information, telephone Ali on 01793 634424 or email swindonosteoporosis@googlemail.com

Friday 9th

Adult Fishing Coaching
Coate Water Park, 8am-12pm
Coate Water offers some cracking sport for the predator angler, come along and find out for yourself. On the day there will be qualified angling coaches on hand to provide advice and tips on how to make the most out of this exciting sport. Meet at Dam Wall Shelter (bus stop) at Coate Water. Suitable for adults only, free of charge. All anglers must bring their own bait, fishing tackle, including unhooking mats, and wear clothing to suit the weather. Anglers must hold a valid Environment Agency Rod Licence. Event leader Mark Jennings Book in advance on 01793 490150 or swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk

Fri 9th – Sun 11th

Purton Artists’ Exhibition
Purton Village Hall, Fri 6:30-8:30pm, Sat/Sun 10am-4pm
The Purton Artists Society are pleased to announce that the next autumn annual exhibition will take place at the Purton Village Hall on the 9th, 10th and 11th November 2018. The preview evening on Friday 9th, open to the general public, will start at 6.30 pm and run through until 8.30 pm. At the preview you will have the best opportunity of meeting all the artists together and, enjoy the free drinks and nibbles available. Why not make an evening of it and bring along family and friends. The exhibition then continues on Saturday 10th; 10.00 am until 4.00 pm and, finishes on Sunday 11th; 10.00 am until 4.00 pm.

Saturday 10th

Christmas Bazaar
Cricklade United Church Hall, 10am
Join the Friends of Prospect Hospice Fundraising Support Group for a festive fun Christmas event for all of the family. There will be Prospect Hospice Christmas cards and calendars along with bric-a-brac, tombola, raffle, cakes and refreshments.

Saturday 10th

Handmade Fair
Swindon Therapy Centre, Bradbury House, Westmead Drive, 10am-12:30pm
Swindon Therapy Centre will be holding their annual Christmas Handmade Fair. The aim of the event is to raise vital funds for the charity as well as increasing awareness of the Centre and the therapies it provides. This will be a wonderful opportunity to buy some unique Christmas gifts for friends and family, whilst raising vital funds for Swindon Therapy Centre. We have a number of stalls selling handmade crafts, decorations, jewellery, cider, fudge, as well as many fundraising stalls. Entrance will be by donation with all profits and stall fees going directly to the charity. For more information or to book a table, email Sarah at fundraising@msswindon.org.uk 

Saturday 10th

Festival of Commemoration 1914-1918
Christ Church, Cricklade Street, 7-9:30pm
A celebration of Swindon’s role in WW1 in words, music and pictures, featuring the award winning Aldbourne Band. In aid of the Royal British Legion. Tickets £10, tel. 01793 522832.

Saturday 10th

Wroughton Armistice Anniversary Concert
Wroughton Parish Church, Church Hill, Wroughton, 7:30pm
Music and words of thanksgiving and hope featuring Wroughton Silver Band, Wroughton Choral Society and Wroughton Church Choir. Included music by Elgar, Faure, Grieg, readings from the ware poets with WW1 popular songs for all to sing. Retiring collection for SSAFA – The Armed Forces Charity.

Saturday 10th

‘The Trenches’
Cricklade Town Hall, 7:15pm for 7:30 start
Cricklade Manorial Court in association with the Cricklade Branch of the RBL ‘The Trenches’. An evening of song, music, words and remembrance to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the end of The Great War 1914-1918. Delicious ‘trench’ food provided – bring your own drink. Tickets £12 each, available from the Cricklade Council Offices. Proceeds to the RBL.

Saturday 10th

Prospect Hospice Barn Dance
Ridgeway School, Inverary Road, Wroughton 6:30-10:30pm Join our Wroughton Support Group at their November Barn Dance. There will be live music from Melobo and a bar and snacks available on the night. Tickets are priced at £8 and we advise you book in advance as March’s Barn Dance sold out! For purchasing tickets, please contact Hilary Fleming on 01793 813069 or email hilaryfleming@live.com.

Sunday 11th

Lighting of the Cricklade Beacon
Saxon’s Rest, Cricklade, 7pm
In association with the Royal Pageant Master and over 1,500 beacons nationwide, the Cricklade Beacon at Saxon’s Rest will be lit on Sunday 11th November 2018 at 7pm with a simple act of remembrance. You are all welcome to attend ‘lest we forget’.

Tuesday 13th

Living Well With Diabetes: Your Feet, Health, Diet and Wellbeing
The Pilgrim Centre, Regent Circus, 10am-4:30pm
Come along to our free event to hear expert advice from podiatrists, dieticians and specialist nurses on how to properly care for your feet, improve your diet and maintain your overall health and wellbeing. Lunch and refreshments are provided. Places are limited. Book your place by registering at www.eu.eventscloud.com/feetfirst-swindon. If you have any queries, contact Paula at Diabetes UK on 01283 448 260 or email south.west@diabetes.org.uk

Tuesday 13th

Garden Club ‘Wonders of Westonbirt’
Cricklade Town Hall Annexe, 8pm
Cricklade Garden Club welcome visiting speaker Mike Howorth to their November meeting. Mike will speak about the 'Wonders of Westonbirt'. Arrive early for raffle tickets, seed swap, home-made refreshments. Annexe opens at 7.30pm. Everyone's welcome.

Tuesday 13th

Cricklade Cinema – My Generation
Cricklade Town Hall, film starts at 8pm
A documentary about Britain in the 1960s, narrated by Michael Caine and featuring many famous faces from the time. Certificate 12A. Tickets £4, available on the door only. Doors open 7:30pm.

Tuesday 13th

Swindon Artswords Reading Group
Lower Shaw Farm, 7:30pm
November’s book is The Eternal Husband by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Five short stories filled with many of the themes and concerns central to Dostoyevsky’s novels. The cost is £2 per session. For more information 01793 771080 Email: matt@lowershawfarm.co.uk 

Tuesday 13th

Royal Wootton Bassett Camera Club: Photoshop Processing Techniques
United Reformed Church Hall, Wood Street, RWB, 7:30pm
New members warmly welcomed. For more information call 01793 840466 or visit www.woottonbassettcameraclub.org.uk

Wednesday 14th

Henges and Hand Grenades: Discoveries from the Army Basing Project
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, 10:30am
Archaeological work ahead of new housing for Service Families around Salisbury Plain has uncovered a wealth of new information about the past in Wiltshire. Discoveries have included new henges, a previously unknown causewayed enclosure, Anglo-Saxon cemeteries and a Great War training ground. Martin Brown, Assistant County Archaeologist, will give an overview of discoveries and their importance. 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.

Wednesday 14th

Swindon Society Talk – The Remount by Bob Lloyd.
Goddard Park School, 7:30pm
Discover the role of horses in WW1 including the story of local horses that assisted in the British victory. The meetings take the form of image presentations by members or visiting speakers. Members 50p, visitors £3. Light refreshments included.

Thursday 15th

Wroughton History Group Speaker Event
St Joseph’s Church Hall, Wroughton 7:30-9pm
November’s topic is ’35 Shillings’ by Andy Binks. 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.

Thursday 15th

WI ‘Italian Style’
Cricklade Town Hall Annexe, 7:30pm
Cricklade WI welcome back Maura Rossini to their November meeting. Maura will talk about 'Walk No. 2' and how to dress the Italian way. All ladies are invited to come along, non-members always welcome.

Thurs 15th – Sat 17th:

Let’s Dance 2018
Phoenix Theatre, New College, 2:30pm & 7:30pm
A showcase of adult tap, ballet and jazz dance routines. Join us for a night in front of the tele and sing along to your favourite tv shows, musicals, films and adverts! Thursday 15th 7:30pm (Adult) £9, concession £7), Friday 16th 7:30pm (Adult £10, concession £8). Saturday 17th 2:30pm (adult £9, concession £7), Saturday 17th 7:30pm (Adult £10, concession £8). For tickets contact alldanceshow@gmail.com or available on the door. www.alldanceswindon.co.uk

Thurs 15th – Sat 17th

A Murder is Announced
Royal Wootton Bassett Memorial Hall, 7:30pm
The Clarendon Players present Agatha Christie’s A Murder is Announced, adapted for the stage by Leslie Darbon and with kind permission of Samuel French. Tickets £7 from www.ticketsource.co.uk or on the door.

Thurs 15th – Sat 17th

Let’s Dance 2018
Phoenix Theatre, Swindon New College
A showcase of adult tap, ballet and jazz dance routines. Join us for a night in front of the tele and sing along to your favourite TV shows, musicals, films and adverts! Tickets available on the door or in advance via email. Prices/show times vary according to dates, for more info see www.AllDanceSwindon.co.uk or email alldanceshow@gmail.com

Friday 16th

Swindon Stargazers Talk – "ExoplanetsJoin Swindon Stargazers – Swindon’s own group of amateur astronomers - for a talk on: "Exoplanets and the Search for Life" by Dr Robin Clegg. 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 16th

No Petticoats Here
United Reformed Church, High Street, Highworth, 7:30pm
Exploring the lives of inspirational First World War women through original songs and storytelling. Accompanying herself on guitar, keyboard and percussion, Louise Jordan brings to life the stories of remarkable women of the Great War through their own words and a recorded soundscape. Based on eighteen months of research and feedback from international tours, this one-woman performance transports the audience into the lives of these pioneering women.

Friday 16th

Swindon Philosophical Society Talk
The Friend’s Meeting House, Eastcott Hill, 7:40-9:40pm
The talk will be ‘Technological Solutions to Climate Change’ by Kevin Lister. 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 16th

A Concert of Remembrance
Ridgeway School, 7pm
Presented by Wroughton Silver Band, Wroughton Infant School and the Ridgeway School Department of Performing Arts. An event for the community. Tickets £5 each, available from the school office or on 01793 846100.

Friday 16th

Race Night
Purton Village Hall, 7:30pm
First race 7:30pm, licenced bar and hot supper. Fun for all the family. Adults £5, under 12’s £3. Contact Lorraine 07729 906916 or Rachel 07585 323141.

Saturday 17th

Meet the Railway Workers
STEAM Museum
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 17th

Wanborough Farmers’ Market
Wanborough Village Hall, 9am-12pm
Fresh local produce, artisan made delights, fair trade groceries and goodies, handmade craft items, tea and coffee. All for you to enjoy!

Saturday 17th

Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival Autumn Concert
The Sacred Heart Church, Royal Wootton Bassett, 7:30pm
Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival Autumn Concert, ‘Celebrating St Cecilia’, in collaboration with Royal Wootton Bassett Choral Society. Featuring instrumentalists from 2018 Festival Music and other guests. There will be a retiring collection, and refreshments are available.

Saturday 17th

Charity Christmas Market
Christ Church, Cricklade Street, Old Town, 10am-3pm
The Friends of Christ Church are organising this annual event where local charities and community organisations have a stall to fund raise. The Mayor of Swindon will open the event and Father Christmas will be on hand. Christ Church handbell ringers will perform and the Choir will sing at 2:30pm. Refreshments on sale.

Sat 17th – Sun 18th

Christmas Crafts and Food Fair
Roves Farm, 11am-5pm
Join us for the first Roves Farm Christmas Craft and Food Fair and kick start the festive period with a weekend showcasing the best festive food from our farm shop and butchery as well as a selection of gifts from local designer-makers. With twinkling Christmas lights and locally sourced seasonal food and drink it’s a great festive day out for all the family. Entry to the Christmas Craft and Food Fair is free. Please note entry to the play barn, animal barns and other farm activities will require a valid wristband.

Sunday 18th

Cooking in Nature
Stanton Park, 11am-2pm
Join some of the Ranger Team for a spot of lunch at an event all about outdoor cooking. From wood fired kelly-kettles to open fire and clay oven cooking. Meet at the Farmhouse, Stanton Park. Suitable for all ages. Please wear old clothes to suit the weather. Suitable for dogs and wheelchair users. Not suitable for vegans. Cost £3 per person to cover food items. Event leaders Ross Sheppard and Michael Lilley. Book in advance on 01793 490150 or swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk 

Sunday 18th

Swindon Symphony Orchestra
St Joseph’s College, 7:30pm
Conducted by Malcolm Webb the programme is:Britten Soirees Musicales, Butterworth A Shropshire Lad, Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto, May The Coming of Peace (written for SSO and first performed at the Wyvern 6th October), Elgar Enigma Variations. Tickets £10 adults, £1 children under 16 and full-time students. Available from www.swindonsymphonyorchestra.org.uk or direct from a member of the orchestra or Swindon Central Library.

Monday 19th

The Friends of Swindon Railway Museum Talk: ‘Around the Western Region by Diesel Hydraulic’ by Joe Turner
STEAM, 6:45pm
Joe will cover the interesting twenty year period from the late 50s to late 70s. Friends and guests are warmly invited to these lectures, starting promptly at 7pm (cold drinks available from 6:45pm). Free parking is available in front of the Museum for those attending the lectures – please email friendsofswindonrailwaymuseum@gmail.com for the access code, or to find out more about the Friends. Whilst the lecture is free, we ask for voluntary donations to the Railway Children Charity on the night.

Wednesday 21st

Lymphoma Support Group
Oval Room, Nationwide Sports Pavilion (Opposite Nationwide Head Office), Croft Country Park, Pipers Way, 7-8:30pm
Affected by lymphoma? Would you like to meet others who have experienced Hodgkin or Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, or are living with the condition? Why not join us? Partners, family and friends are welcome too. For more information call 0808 808 5555 or see www.lymphoma-action.org.uk/supportgroups

Wednesday 21st

Carers’ Cuppa
Ashington House Surgery, 2:30-4pm
All carers welcome. Come along and meet others who care for a relative or friend. Talk about concerns or just have a chat. Free tea, coffee and biscuits.

Wednesday 21st

Swindon Film Society – I Am Not a Witch
Swindon Arts Centre, 7:45pm
A magic realist fable set in present-day Zambia that has plenty to say about gender and superstition. Drama, running time 93 minutes, Cert 12A. Non-member tickets £9, for membership options visit www.swindonfilm.org.uk

Wednesday 21st

Vernacular Buildings in Wiltshire
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, 10:30am
An illustrated talk by Dorothy Treasure of the Wiltshire Buildings Record. Cost £4. 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.

Wednesday 21st

How to Research a Village’s History
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, 7pm
An illustrated talk by local author, Julian Wiltshire, in which he will share his knowledge of useful sources and lessons learned from his own experience of writing the history of Kingston Deverill. Cost £4. 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.

Wednesday 21st

Chiseldon Local History Group Talk – Winton Windmill and Château Guédelon by Charles Baxter.
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 22nd

Laughter and Loss: British Artists in World War II with James Russell
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, 7:30-8:30pm
When Kenneth Clark set up the War Artists scheme in 1939 he hoped to employ British artists and keep them safe. In this wide-ranging lecture we follow the fortunes of those chosen, from Eric Ravilious, Edward Ardizzone and Edward Bawden to Laura Knight and Paul Nash. We will see how the experience of war inspired different artists, examine some of the striking artworks created during the conflict, and commemorate the lives of those who did not come home. 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: £8 Friends of SMAG, £10 non-Friends

Thursday 22nd

The Richard Jefferies Museum Fashion Show!
Moonrakers Pub, 7-9pm
A fundraising evening of fun and fashion at the Moonrakers pub in partnership with Travelling Trends. Come and snap up famous branded clothes at bargain prices or just eat, drink and merrily cheer on our wonderful volunteer models while doing your bit to help the museum. Tickets £3, to book visit www.richardjefferies.org

Thursday 22nd

Purton Historical Society Talk: SNAP – The Rise and Demise of a Downland Community by John Dymond.
Purton Village Hall, 7:30pm
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 23rd

South Marston C of E Primary School Christmas Craft Fayre
Supermarine Sports & Social Club, Supermarine Road, Swindon, SN3 4BZ. 6:30 to 8:30pm.
Free Entry, over 30 craft stalls, a performance from the school choir, refreshments and Santa’s grotto. All welcome, come along and browse the stalls, soak up the atmosphere and start the festive season in style!

Friday 23rd

Swindon Philosophical Society Talk
The Friend’s Meeting House, Eastcott Hill, 7:40-9:40pm
The talk will be ‘The Science of Frankenstein’ by Vernon Griffiths. 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 23rd

CKF International Film Festival Movie and Award Night
Swindon Marriott Hotel, 5-11pm
CKF International Film Festival is designed for the indie filmmakers to submit and promote their creative work. The First Annual Event will showcase a variety of Award Winning International short films from around the world complimented by an award ceremony. It will also present an opportunity to meet and collaborate with fellow filmmakers and creative content creators. Reserve your seats now at www.ckfiff.co.uk

Fri 23rd – Sun 25th

Working Weekend
Lower Shaw Farm
This is a chance to get to know the farm, turn your hand to old jobs and new, enjoy good company and good food too! An opportunity to have bright ideas by the compost heap, happy talk in the hen house, and cool chat in the kitchen. Join us to prove that many hands make light work and that today’s stranger is tomorrow’s friend. Our Working Weekends are run in the beautiful spirit of the WWOOF organisation: we feed and accommodate you, you work, with us. They are free of charge. For more information on WWOOF, see www.wwoof.org.uk

Saturday 24th

Charity Christmas Coffee Morning
The Crown Inn, Stratton, 10am-12pm
Charity Christmas Coffee Morning in aid of Swindon Guide Dogs. Get a cup of coffee/tea and a slice of cake for just £3. There will also be a raffle and a chance to purchase some Guide Dog trading goods too.

Saturday 24th

Prospect Hospice Marlborough Christmas Fair
Marlborough Town Hall, 11am-4:30pm
We are looking forward to hosting another fabulous Marlborough Christmas Fair this year. It promises to be a sparklingly festive event with craft and game stalls, refreshments and eclectic live music including Marlborough Big Band and the Marlborough Concert Orchestra String Quartet. Santa will be visiting us again this year so this is sure to be a delightful, Christmassy occasion for all the family. For more info call 01793 815142.

Saturday 24th

Royal Wootton Bassett Farmers’ Market
Royal Wootton Bassett High Street, 9am-1:30pm
The market has a wide range of produce from cakes, preserves, organic vegetables, Artisan breads, herbs and flowers as well as quality meats, sausage rolls, pies and pasties. A selection of stalls also caters to vegetarians. There are also local artists selling prints of animals and nearby landscapes.

Saturday 24th

Free Christmas Decoration Craft Session
The RISE Trust Children’s Centre, Byron Avenue, Royal Wootton Bassett, SN4 8BA, 2-5pm
We’re creating a Christmas Tree for the ‘St Bartholomew’s Church Christmas Tree Festival’, and we’d love to you be a part of it. Come along to our free craft session, or take away your FREE template today and then make your decoration from any materials, using the template. Remind yourself of your potential, by writing ‘I can’ on the back. Return your decoration by 14th Nov to RWB Town Council. See your decoration on display at the St Bartholomew’s Church Christmas Tree Festival 29th Nov – 2nd Dec.

Saturday 24th

St Mary’s Church Christmas Market
Purton Village Hall, 12-2:30pm
Lunches served – hot meat baps, locally grown and homemade produce, children’s activities, St Mary’s School choir, mince pies, teas and coffees.

Saturday 24th

Winter Jazz Break
Christ Church, 8pm-10pm
Help the homeless with an evening of jazz flavoured music, featuring top jazz vocalists Ken Jell and Charlotte Hicks plus Mellow Jazz, the Delta West Saxophone Quarter, Shades of Silver, the Swindon Community Choir & Show Singers. Licensed bar, refreshments, raffle during interval. All profits to Centrepoint, registered charity. Tickets £7 Adults, under 16s free. For advance booking contact 01793 875290 or lenvmorphew@hotmail.co.uk

Sat 24th – Sun 25th

Richard Jefferies 24/100 Winter Challenge
Coate Water, 9am start
Join Rod Viggers and a host of other runners and walkers for the craziest challenge of the year, with 100 miles to cover in 24 hours! But don’t panic – you don’t have to do all 100 and you don’t have to stay up all night. Entrants can do as many or as few laps of Coate Water as they wish, with each lap being just over 4 miles long with an hour to complete it. Throughout the day and night there will be entertainment, themes, food, drink, fun and inspiration. Come along and run, or help out, and go away with a satisfied grin on your face and a medal round your neck! http://www.richardjefferies.org/what-s-on

Sunday 25th

The Legacy of Commemoration: 1918-2018 and Beyond
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, 10am-4pm
A day conference in partnership with Wiltshire Local History Forum on how the First World War research carried out as a result of the 100th anniversary can best be preserved and shared nationally. Cost £7 payable to Wiltshire Local History Forum. Please see www.wiltshirelocalhistory.org for further information.

Sunday 25th

Commonweal School Christmas Craft Market
Commonweal School, 11am-3pm
The Commonweal School Christmas Craft Market, organised by the Commonweal School PTA. Attractions/activities: A variety of crafts, gifts and produce stalls, Santa's Grotto, cafe, festive music, raffle and tombola. Free entry. Contact details: 01793 432373 or manilb@virginmedia.com

Monday 26th

Highworth Historical Society Talk: ‘The Life and Death of a Policeman’ by Chris and Judy Rouse.
Highworth United Reformed Church, High Street, Highworth, 7:30pm
Chris and Judy Rouse are back to tell the story of Enos Moulden, the first Wiltshire policeman who, in 1891, was murdered on duty. A doomed love affair, revenge, and a man in the wrong place at the wrong time. 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 27th

Cricklade Cinema – The Mercy
Cricklade Town Hall, film starts at 8pm
An amazing true story about an amateur British sailor who attempts to cover up his failure to complete a round-the-world yacht race, starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz. Certificate 12A. Tickets can be purchased in advance from The Town Council offices at 113 High Street or on the door (subject to availability). Prices are £4 per individual film or £10 for a season ticket to see all four films.

Tuesday 27th

Royal Wootton Bassett Camera Club Presentation: Pet Photography
United Reformed Church Hall, Wood Street, RWB, 7:30pm
New members warmly welcomed. For more information call 01793 840466 or visit www.woottonbassettcameraclub.org.uk

Tuesday 27th

Writers’ Café
Central Library Café, 7-9pm
A meeting place for new writers, experienced writers, and anyone interested in writing to meet, greet, and connect. The emphasis will be 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 further information, Contact 01793 463238 lflower@swindon.gov.uk or 01793 771080 matt@lowershawfarm.co.uk

Wednesday 28th

Rodbourne Community History Group Talk – ‘The House’ by Paul Wilkins.
Even Swindon Community Centre, 7-9pm
Our monthly meetings usually take the form of a talk or film lasting about an hour, then the slightly more formal business of the group followed by complimentary tea, coffee & biscuits. The topic of November’s talk is ‘The House’ by Paul Wilkins. This talk explores the world of the Highworth and Swindon Poor Law Union Workhouse during the 19th century: its early years, what life as an ‘inmate’ was really like, and the treatment of its children. Members £1, guests £2. For further information phone 01793 616558 or email secretary@rodbournehistory.org

Thursday 29th

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 30th

Cricklade Country Market
Jenner Hall, Cricklade 2-4pm
Locally handmade, home cooked and home grown produce straight from us to you! Find delicious pies and cakes, scones and cookies, jams and pickles, plants and beautiful original gifts. Pop along for a delicious afternoon tea, or come in for after school refreshments too! Refreshments served throughout the afternoon.

Friday 30th

Christmas Lights and Shopping Event
Royal Wootton Bassett High Street, 6-8:30pm
Christmas stalls, festive food, live performances, Santa’s Grotto and much more!

Friday 30th

PIPS 80s Karaoke Night
St. John’s Church Hall Whitbourne Venue, Swindon, SN3 2LG, 7-11pm
Let’s go back to the 80s! This karaoke night is a chance for you to take a trip down memory lane and bring the 80s back to life. Dust off your leg warmers and get your shell suits out… best costume will win a prize! So get your friends together and start practising you best Boy George impression or brush those dungarees off and belt out some ‘Come On Eileen’! Entry £5 per person, over 18s only. You may bring alcohol, but please drink responsibly.

Friday 30th

Swindon Philosophical Society Talk
The Friend’s Meeting House, Eastcott Hill, 7:40-9:40pm
Talk TBC. 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. www.swindonphilosophicalsociety.wordpress.com

Ongoing Events

Until 4th Nov

Kids for a Quid!
Lydiard House and Gardens
Don't miss this amazing offer for the October half-term! Children aged 3-15 years can visit Lydiard House and Walled Garden for just £1 when accompanied by a full-paying adult between Wednesday 24 October and Sunday 4 November 2018 during Lydiard House opening hours. Under 3s go free! For more information and to access your Kids for a Quid voucher, please see www.lydiardpark.org.uk

Until 4th Nov

Pumpkins
Roves Farm, 10am-5pm
Choose, design and create a spooky pumpkin to take home – perfect for Halloween! There will be a small additional charge per pumpkin. You can also wrap up warm and head out to the fields on a tractor ride! There’s also the farm’s full daily programme of events to enjoy, including meet and feed the animals, pets corner, children’s crafts, indoor and outdoor adventure play areas.

21st Nov – 23rd

A Country House Christmas
Lydiard Park
Step back in time and experience the decorated halls for the festive season. See all the elegant State Rooms adorned with traditional foliage, a beautiful Christmas tree decorated with handmade decorations and a traditional kissing ball. The intimate atmosphere of a family Christmas is recreated with winter themed arrangements in all the rooms. We are extremely grateful to the Royal Wootton Bassett Flower Arranging Club for providing the stunning decorations. Free with standard admission to Lydiard House.

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 24th Nov

Purton in the Great War Exhibition
Purton Museum, 1 High Street Purton (above the library), SN5 4AA
Purton Museum is proud to present our ambitious exhibition dedicated to commemorating Purton in World War 1. We would like to thank everyone who has reached out and lent us personal artefacts so we could make this exhibition possible. We have a mixture of Wiltshire at War information boards throughout the duration of the exhibition and have been involved in a Wiltshire Armistice project which has granted us the gift of a tablet, giving this project an interactive element.

28th Nov – 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 1st Dec

Art and Conflict: Works from the Swindon Collection
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
Art and Conflict brings together paintings and drawings from the Swindon collection which reflect on war and conflict. The exhibition includes Augustus John’s important World War I drawing, Canadian Soldiers, as well as World War II paintings by Claude Francis Barry and Mary Kessell. It also includes more recent responses to conflict, including Joe Tilson’s Vietnam War print, Let a Thousand Parks Bloom, and Barbara Howey’s reflection on atomic warfare. The exhibition accompanies the exhibition Cicatrix: The Scar of a Healed Wound, and forms part of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery’s programme of exhibitions to mark the centenary of the end of World War I.

Until 1st Dec

Cicatrix: The Scar of a Healed Wound
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
Cicatrix (meaning: the scar of a healed wound) is a centenary project which reflects the story of Wiltshire during World War I. It is a contemporary art exhibition incorporating installation, drawing and films, by Prudence Maltby, Susan Francis and Henny Burnett. They are joined by Commonwealth artists Caro Williams (New Zealand), Catherine Farish (Canada) and Sophie Cape (Australia) for this ground breaking and collaborative exhibition. This international multimedia touring exhibition examines the concept of scarring: the physical marks left behind, scars on the Wiltshire landscape, and other scars, obscured but clearly evident as memories mapped within those who’ve experienced conflict. Cicatrix is a member of the First World War Centenary Partnership, led by Imperial War Museums, and forms a network of regional, national and international cultural and educational organisations. Swindon Museum and Art Gallery is the only venue where this exhibition will be displayed in its entirety.

Until 8th Dec

Temporary Exhibition: Hankerton Village
Cricklade Museum
In partnership with The Hankerton History Group. Every village has a history and we are tracing ours from the Paleolithic to the present. This is an exhibition of photographs, artefacts and memories collected over the past few years that combine to give a surprising picture of a small village.

Until 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. The Art of Publicity is included with standard STEAM admission, special event admission and also to STEAM season ticket holders.

Until 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 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 31st Dec

GWR With Everything: Special Exhibition
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 Ticket holders.

Until 5th Jan

The Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry: A History
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
The Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry was founded in 1794 to help protect the county during the Napoleonic Wars. Today it lives on as part of the Royal Wessex Yeomanry. This exhibition explores the regiment’s rich history, including its role in Italy and north Africa during the Second World War, the Boer Wars, and the Gulf War. The Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry received thirteen battle honours during the First World War, with soldiers fighting in Cambrai, Ypres, Bapaume, Messines and the Somme. There will be a special focus on the experience of the regiment and its soldiers during World War I. The exhibition features paintings, uniforms, photographs and objects held by the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry’s own museum collection.This exhibition forms part of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery’s commemoration of the centenary of the First World War. Other exhibitions in this programme include Cicatrix and Art and Conflict.

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

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Current events tickets available at the Information Centre include:

Christian Malford Fireworks & Bonfire Tickets
Lions Fireworks & Bonfire Tickets
Swindon Symphony Orchestra
Wessex Male Voice Choir
Swindon Film Society
MECA events including
  • Roller Disco
  • 4FW Wrestling
Events at the Vic
Tickets for Level 3 – various

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