Guide to What’s On in Swindon October 2018

01/10/2018

Tuesday 2nd

Tangle Theatre Performance
Central library, 7pm
Water, Bread and Salt is a township theatre styled piece in two parts celebrating the 100th anniversary of Mandela’s birth and touring during Black History Month 2018. An inspiring reflection of Mandela’s original writings, the first piece, CAPTAIN OF MY SOUL, is a visceral exploration of Mandela’s personal and private thoughts. The second piece, WATERSHED, is a poetic exploration of his public speeches crafted into a dynamic piece of township theatre. Adapted and directed by Anna Coombs, this revival of our widely successful 2014 performance features South African a capella songs arranged by composer Allyson Devenish and is performed by our resident ensemble Tangle Company 2018. FREE event but ticket required: www.eventbrite.co.uk or CLibray@swindon.gov.uk, contact number 01793 463238.

Weds 3rd – Mon 8th

Swindon Poetry Festival The fantastic Swindon Poetry Festival is back, along with the Tent-Palace of Delicious Air and late night toast, with a host of great names and an eclectic mix of wonderful poetry and entertainment to suit all palettes. There are nearly 30 events planned for this year’s Poetry Festival, held at various locations across Swindon. For the full programme please see www.poetryswindon.org

Wednesday 3rd

Swindon Film Society – Hotel Salvation
Swindon Arts Centre, 7:45pm
Faced with his father's untimely and bizarre demand to go and die in the holy city of Varanasi and attain Salvation, a son is left with no choice but to embark on this journey. Comedy/drama, running time 102 minutes, Cert PG. Non-member tickets £9, for membership options visit www.swindonfilm.org.uk

Wednesday 3rd

Women’s Health Open Evening
BMI The Ridgeway Hospital, Wroughton, 6:30-8:30pm
Do you have concerns regarding women’s health and would like to speak to a Consultant? Join us for our FREE information evening dedicated to women’s health. BMI The Ridgeway Hospital's Gynaecology Consultants, Physiotherapists and Nurse Practitioners will be discussing common women’s health issues and the treatment options available to you. Light refreshments will be served during the evening. Spaces are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. To book your place, please call 07827 305646 or visit www.bmihealthcare.co.uk

Wednesday 3rd

‘Great British Classics’ Charity Night
The Crown Inn, Stratton 7-9:30pm
The Charity Night is in aid of Swindon Guide Dogs and starts at 7pm with last orders at 9:30pm. Main courses are £7.95 each and £5 of this goes to the charity. On the menu are British delights such as fish & chips, ham, eggs & chips, pie & mash, plus plenty more. There will also be a raffle. To book a table call The Crown on 01793 827530 or email thecrownstratton@gmail.com Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Wednesday 3rd

The Beehive Philosophy Club
The Beehive Pub, 7:30pm
What constitutes a good life? For more information please visit www.bee-hive.co.uk

Thursday 4th

RWB Community Cinema – Phantom Thread
Sixth Form Building, Royal Wootton Bassett Academy, 7pm
In 1950s London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the centre of British fashion, dressing royalty and movie stars with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock’s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love. Drama/Romance. Running time 130 mins, certificate 15. Tickets £5 (cash only please). Bottled drinks and sweets available for purchase.

Thursday 4th

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 4th

Swindon Recital Series: Collaboration with Poetry Swindon
Christ Church, 12pm
Claire McCaldin, mezzo soprano and Paul Turner piano performing McNeff ‘Vivienne’ – an Opera in Six Songs. Free entry.

Friday 5th

Anglo-French Swindon Club – ‘The New French Words: Everything You Need to Know’ by Germaine Jones
St. Joseph Parish Centre, Devizes Road, Wroughton 7:30pm
A look at the great current of lexical creativity initiated in the 90s. The Toubon law, the role of the General Commission of Terminology and Neology and the French Academy. Process of word formation, their officialisation, politically correct expressions, scientific vocabulary, language of adolescents and suburbs, feminization of titles – the French language in full swing! Free to members, visitors £4, students £1.

Saturday 6th

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 6th

Swindon Vegan and Yoga Festival
The Victoria Pub and Christ Church, 12pm onwards
We are excited to announce that the 2018 Swindon Vegan & Yoga Festival is confirmed for Saturday 06th October starting at midday. It will be bigger than last year and we are hoping to have around 40 stalls covering food, clothing, charities and much more!! We are pleased to announce that the Victoria pub will host some of the Festival and new for this year will be Christ Church which is just around the corner! There will be stalls in the church and Yoga in the community centre!

Saturday 6th

Beetle Drive
Cricklade Jenner Hall, 7pm
Cricklade Twinning Association invite everyone to their annual beetle drive – fast and furious fun accompanied by a bread and cheese supper. No bar, just bring your own! Tickets £7, children free. Please call Jane on 01793 750048 or email jane.whinfrey@hotmail.co.uk for tickets.

Saturday 6th

Uncelebrated Journey
Wyvern Theatre, 7:30pm
The High Sheriff of Wiltshire, Nicky Alberry, presents a one-off spectacular performance which celebrates Swindon and its journey. A clever mix of newly commissioned dance and orchestral works, along with well-known pieces, are all performed by talented Swindon artists, some returning to the town specially to take part. This story of Swindon, and Swindon folk, is told through the eyes of ‘The Hammerman Poet’ – Alfred Williams, a poet and author born in 1877, into poverty. Working in the harsh conditions of the Great Western Railway works, he later served his country in WW1 and became enraptured by India, a culture that influenced him for the rest of his days. The performance will feature an eclectic mix of dance, music and film, and will pave the journey from the early days of Alfred’s life to a grand celebration of the diverse modern-day town we call home. Tickets £26 Book online at www.swindontheatres.co.uk or call the box office on 01793 524481.

Saturday 6th

Cricklade Oktoberfest
Cricklade Town Hall, 7pm-midnight
Cricklade Cricket Club and Cricklade Rugby Club are hosting an Oktoberfest at Cricklade Town Hall with musical entertainment provided by Cricklade Band. £20 per person to include a reserved seat at a table in the main hall, a drinking glass, one free drink and traditional Oktoberfest food/veggie option. All the oompah and party music you’d expect by the Cricklade band – and an accordionist too! Over 18s only. Tickets available from McFarlane Sales and Lettings and the Town Council Office in Cricklade High Street – also through Cricklade Band, Cricket, and Rugby Clubs.

Saturday 6th

Music on Your Doorstep
Royal Wootton Bassett Memorial Hall, 10am-4pm
Performances from local groups; try an instrument; iPad station; jam pod. Workshops: mini musicians, mbira, gospel singing, West African drumming. This is a free event, but book your workshop ticket online to secure your place – drop-in spaces will be limited. For timings and bookings visit www.wiltshireruralmusic.co.uk

Saturday 6th

Purton Methodist Church Fundraising Day
Purton Silver Threads Hall, 10am-2pm
Lunches served from 12noon (£6), tea and coffee, raffle, tombola, cakes, bric-a-brac, children’s toys. Proceeds towards the hearing loop upgrade at Purton Methodist Church.

Saturday 6th

Pips Community Café Grand Opening
Purton Club Function Room, Station Road, 11am-3pm
Join us for a free coffee/tea or soft drink and you will have the opportunity to purchase tasty homemade soup, paninis, scrumptious cakes and other items that will appear on our normal menu. If you would like to join the team we would love to hear from you. Please contact Mary on 01793 772298 or email marynettleton@hotmail.co.uk 

Saturday 6th

Purton Carnival Quiz
Purton, 7:30pm
A night to try and win the wooden spoon prize, or the first one if you would rather. Bring a team of up to 6 to battle it out in this varied quiz. £10 per team and please do not forget the raffle, we will accept your donations to the raffle and hope you will have as much fun as us putting on the quiz. www.purtoncarnival.co.uk

Sat 6th – Sun 7th

Great Western Brick Show
STEAM Museum, 10am-5pm
Experience large and extremely large LEGO models, inventions and displays as you’ve never seen them before! This LEGO extravaganza is a great day out for families and all who enjoy the wonderful world of these famous toy bricks. Show highlights: unique models made exclusively for the show; classics LEGO model train layouts, with steam and diesel locos, scenery, bridges and stations; interactive building; LEGO shop – with trade stands for your brick bargains, accessories and exclusive products; Brick café – to keep you refreshed in first class style! Adults £12.50, child/conc. £10.50. Family tickets available. To book see www.steam-museum.org.uk

Sat 6th – Sat 13th

Highworth Artists’ Society Autumn Exhibition
Weekdays 10am-4:30pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 10:30am-4pm
Community Room, Council Offices, 3 Gilbert’s Lane, Highworth Free entrance

Sunday 7th

Cricklade Half Marathon, 10K & Fun Run
Cricklade Leisure Centre, Stones Lane SN6 6JW, 10:30am-4:30pm
Cricklade Half Marathon and 10K is back for another year with the additional event of a fun run! There are 3 distances on offer, so you can take part no matter what your ability or your fitness levels are! Register today and be part of a big community event. Lots of fun for all the family, including medals! Half marathon entry £13-15, 10K entry £12-14, fun run entry £2.50-5.50. For more info and to register see www.crickladefunrun.co.uk

Sunday 7th

Swindon Recital Series: Composers at 25
Swindon Arts Centre, 7:30pm
The SRS Artistic Director Paul Turner (piano) presents a celebration of music written when composers were 25 to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the SRS. Schubert’s monumental ‘Wanderer Fantasy’ takes centre stage, alongside Beethoven’s early sonata in C and the first Ballade by Chopin. Tickets £15 (£!2.50 concession), students £2.50, accompanied children (under 14) free.

Wednesday 10th

Swindon Society Talk – Wilts & Berks Canal by John Farrow
Goddard Park School, 7:30pm
Before the railways came, canal systems were the fastest way of getting to and from anywhere… including Swindon. The meetings take the form of image presentations by members or visiting speakers. Members 50p, visitors £3. Light refreshments included.

Thursday 11th

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 12th

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 recycling with Cristian Starmer. For further information, telephone Ali on 01793 634424 or email swindonosteoporosis@googlemail.com 

Fri 12th – Sat 13th

Oktoberfest Swindon
County Cricket Grounds, County Road, 6pm-11pm
The world famous Oktoberfest comes to Swindon for a huge weekend of traditional Bavarian entertainment, food and drink. The most important date of Germany’s cultural calendar comes to the UK and arrives in Swindon County Cricket Grounds this year for the very first time. Taking place inside one of Europe’s largest touring beer tents for a Bavarian style festival including a showcase of some fo the best and authentic oompah bands from around the world. Plus a large selection of traditional German foods and those all-important steins! Oktoberfest Swindon is an 18+ event. Tickets from £10. For more info see www.oktoberfestswindon.co.uk

Fri 12th – Sun 14th

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 13th

Royal Wootton Bassett Orchestra Open Rehearsal
RWB Methodist Church, 11am-4pm (lunch provided)
Music from the movies Pirates of the Caribbean and Gladiator. Join us for the day. Musicians all ages and instruments welcome. Audience drop in at any time and stay as long as you wish. This is a free event! Refreshments provided. For further details please email contact@rwbo.org.uk or visit www.rwbo.org.uk 

Saturday 13th

Swindon Choral Society Presents In Flanders Fields
Malmesbury Abbey, 7pm
Musical director Robin Nelson, with professional soloists, orchestra and organist. Featuring Haydn’s Mass in Time of War and Goodall’s Eternal Light. Retiring collection in aid of the Royal British Legion. Tickets £18, accompanied children under 18 free. Tickets available from www.swindonchoral.org.uk or from the Information Centre in Swindon Central Library.

Saturday 13th

Family Film Night – Paddington 2
St. Augustine’s Church, Summers Street, Swindon, 7pm
Come along to our next family film night – we will be showing Paddington 2! Free entry, but donations are welcome. We suggest bringing a jumper as the church may get chilly as the evening progresses. The film is rated PG for some action and mild rude humour. Feel free to bring snacks and drinks to enjoy. Soft drinks will be available.

Sunday 14th

Swindon Heritage Cemetery Walks
Radnor Street, 2pm
Join us on a walk around this beautiful cemetery and hear the fascinating stories of some of the people who made Swindon's history. Contact Andy Binks 07968 246792 or mail ambamwas@yahoo.com for details.

Monday 15th

The Friends of Swindon Railway Museum Talk: Minor Railways Connected with the Great Western by Colin Brading
STEAM, 6:45pm
Colin Brading will describe the Weston, Cleveland and Portishead Railway and the Wantage Tramway. Also featured will be the Swansea and Mumbles Railway which in 1807 was the first railway in the world to carry passengers. 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.

Tuesday 16th

Highworth Artists’ Society – Demo with Paul Weaver
Community Room, Council Offices, 3 Gilbert’s Lane, Highworth, 2pm
Paul will be painting a landscape in acrylic. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be served in the interval (included in entrance fee). Entrance is £3 for members and £5 for visitors.

Tuesday 16th

Swindon Artswords Reading Group
Lower Shaw Farm, 7:30pm
October’s book is The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell. A story of a group of working men, who toil chiefly for the benefit of their masters, and are joined one day by a journeyman-prophet with a vision of a just society. A critique of Edwardian England's social inequality. Any relevance today? The cost is £2 per session. For more information 01793 771080 Email: matt@lowershawfarm.co.uk 

Tuesday 16th

Chris and Julie Poetry and Harp Event
Central library, 7pm
Join us for a spiritual awakening as leading poet Chris Tutton joins us for the evening. A mix of magical words and the soothing notes of Julie Darling on her celtic harp blends beautifully to create a unique experience for the listener. An event not to be missed! Tickets can be purchased at the Central Library or call 01793 463238. Library members £4, non-members £5.

Wednesday 17th

Cricklade Historical Society Talk
Cricklade Town Hall Annex, 7pm
Cricklade Historical Society welcome back Vince Povey who will give a talk entitled ‘Blakehill Revisited’. His knowledge of Blakehill and its history will make for a very interesting evening. Everyone’s welcome, refreshments served before the talk.

Wednesday 17th

Chiseldon Local History Group AGM & Talk – The Horse in History by David Chandler
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 

Wednesday 17th

Swindon Film Society – In Between
Swindon Arts Centre, 7:45pm
The story of three young, independent Palestinian women in Tel Aviv, trying to pursue modern lives against the restrictions imposed by their traditionalist and besieged society. Drama, running time 103 mins, cert 15. Non-member tickets £9, for membership options visit www.swindonfilm.org.uk 

Wednesday 17th

Wiltshire and the ARTeology Project
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, 10:30am
A talk by Joy Bloomfield. As part of the Heritage Lottery Fund Collecting Cultures programme a grant has been awarded to Wiltshire and Swindon to enhance our collections in museums and archives. The Creative Wiltshire project is proactively collecting and adding to these collections, aiming to reflect the heritage of our local creative industries. ARTeology invites contemporary artists to explore the ever-growing Creative Wiltshire collection as a catalyst for new work, inspired by the Wiltshire’s creative and artisan heritage. Find out about the objects collected and the artists that have been inspired by them, resulting in newly inspired work on exhibition locally at Chippenham Museum during October. Admission £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) Payment by credit card or cheque is only possible for 2 more tickets. Numbers may be limited so please buy your ticket in advance. Please aim to arrive 15 minutes before your event begins.

Thursday 18th

Cricklade WI ‘Let’s Get Cooking!’
Cricklade Town Hall Annexe, 7:30pm
Cricklade WI invite you to their October meeting when guest speaker, Summer Bourne, will show us some easy recipes for weekend meals. All ladies are invited to come along, non-members always welcome.

Thursday 18th

Charity Fundraising Evening
Immanuel Church, Upham Road, Swindon, 7:30pm
Geoff Walters & Encore present an evening of music. Tickets £6, all proceeds will be shared between Willows Counselling Service & Brighter Futures. To purchase tickets please contact Willows Counselling Service on 01793 426650 or willows@willowscounselling.org.uk 

Thursday 18th

Wroughton History Group Speaker Event
St Joseph’s Church Hall, Wroughton 7:30-9pm
October’s topic is ‘The Great War – Somme to Armistice’ by Bill King. 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 19th

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 12:30pm, last for approximately 30 minutes and are free.

Friday 19th

Purton Surgery PPG Cheese & Wine Evening
Purton Village Hall, 7pm
Raising funds for Brighter Futures Radiotherapy appeal at GWH. Speaker Cat Newman. Tickets £8.50 from PPG committee members.

Friday 19th

Swindon Stargazers Talk – Radio Telescopes: How they work and what they can do by Dr. Michael McEllin
Liddington Village Hall, Church Road, Liddington, 7:30-9:30pm
Join Swindon Stargazers – Swindon’s own group of amateur astronomers. 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: www.swindonstargazers.com

Saturday 20th

Poetry Seminar
Richard Jefferies Museum
Poetry seminar with international poet and Bath Spa lecturer, Carrie Etter. www.richardjefferies.org

Saturday 20th

Quiz Night with Fish & Chip Supper
Peatmoor Community Primary School, 7-10:30pm
Friends of SMASH are holding a Quiz Night with a Cash Bar and Fish & Chip Supper served at around 9pm. Prizes include £60 for the winning team. Teams of up to 6 people, although you don't need to come in a team, we can also make teams up on the night. Tickets £12.50 per person which includes a Fish & Chip Supper. A Raffle will be held, with all proceeds from the evening going to SMASH. Note: Stiletto heeled shoes and black soled trainers are not permitted due to school requirements.

Saturday 20th

War to Wildlife Walk
Blakehill Farm, Nr Cricklade SN6 6RA 10am-4pm
We are offering visitors the chance to join Volunteer Reserve Warden and RAF Blakehill Farm Historian Vince Povey for a tour of the former airfield and learn about its fascinating history. You will stand on part of the surviving runway from where aircraft and paratroops once left. You will hear more about the airfield’s lost infrastructure, discover the secrets of the ROC Nuclear Bunker and be told the story of the sites cold war role, with some important new information for 2018. Your visit includes a presentation telling the story of the site’s development and ongoing legacy along with lunch, displays of relic items found on the site, as well as other items of interest. Please note this is a full day’s event – on arrival and following introductions, the guided walk will commence, eventually reaching the Whitworth building where your day’s visit will conclude after the presentation. Wear suitable walking boots – part of the tour involves uneven ground – there is transport available between the tour points for visitors who require assistance. £20 per person, lunch included. Please visit www.wiltshirewildlife.org to book a place.

Saturday 20th

An Introduction to Ancestry
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, 9:30-10:30am
Getting started on the popular family history website - a hands-on workshop with Ian Hicks. £5 per person. 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) Payment by credit card or cheque is only possible for 2 more tickets. Numbers may be limited so please buy your ticket in advance. Please aim to arrive 15 minutes before your event begins.

Saturday 20th

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 20th

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.

Tuesday 23rd

Cricklade Cinema – The Post
Cricklade Town Hall, film starts at 8pm
Meryl Streep is Washington Post owner Katharine Graham and Tom Hanks legendary editor Ben Bradlee in Steven Spielberg’s account of how the newspaper attempted to reveal a US Government cover-up during the Vietnam War. Running time 113 Mins, 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 23rd

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust Talk: Forests As Old As Time
The Hall behind the Woodshaw Inn, Royal Wootton Bassett, 7:30pm-9pm
Expert photographer Graham Lenton will give an illustrative talk showing the wildlife and especially birds he was able to capture on film while visiting the ancient forests of Malaysia. Adults £4, accompanied children free. Members and non-members welcome. Contact: Barry Bissett on 01793 848217 or at barry.bissett@btinternet.com 

Wednesday 24th

Swindon Recital Series: Enigma14
Wyvern Theatre, 1:05pm
Lia Nelsen flute, Julian Metzger cello Paul Turner piano. SRS favourites Enigma14 offer a classical programme of Haydn and Beethoven trios, alongside a new work dedicated to them by Paul Carr called ‘Summer Music’. Tickets £6, accompanied children (14 and under) free.

Thursday 25th

Annual General Meeting and Talk by Jessy Price
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, 6:30-9pm
This evening will start with the Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, followed by a talk by Jessy Price – Witches foreign and domestic: English demonology in Restoration-era Bombay. Jessy Price is a historian of early modern intellectual culture who is currently researching her PhD, “Demons of Empire: Demonology and Ethnicity in English Restoration Thought” at Cornell University in the USA. Her thesis examines witch trials carried out by the English East India Company in Bombay during the 1670s and 80s, and the intellectual milieu of the merchants who ran them. 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 25th

Food Production in North Wiltshire 1760-1960
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, 10:30am
An illustrated talk by local historian and archaeologist, Mike Stone. Admission £4. Tickets for events at the History Centre may be purchased in advance or can be reserved on 01249 705500 (Tues-Sat 9:30-5). Numbers may be limited so please buy your ticket in advance. Please aim to arrive 15 minutes before your event begins.

Thursday 25th

Rock & Roll Bingo
Legends Lounge, Swindon County Ground, 7-10pm
Join us for a bingo night with a difference as we raise funds for local brain injury charity Headway Swindon. You can forget about boring old numbers being called out like your usual nights at the bingo - we've replaced them with 15-20 second bursts of toe-tapping tunes from the past and the present. Instead of rows of numbers on your bingo card, we've added artists and song names. All you need to do is grab your dabber, listen out for the songs being played and mark them off when you hear them as you would during a normal game of bingo. The lucky winner on the night will receive champagne and chocolates! Bingo tickets cost £9.50 per person and include dinner (fish & chips). The bar will be open all evening. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. Book your place NOW! If you'd like to book a table or if you have any dietary requirements email: marketing@novumlaw.com 

Thursday 25th

Purton Historical Society Talk – William Marshall: The Greatest Knight by Martin Collison
Purton Village Hall, 7:30pm
Annual membership £15, guests £3 per meeting. For further information contact Marion Hobbs 01793 770185 roy.marion@btinternet.com 

Thursday 25th

Cricklade Ladies Dinner
De Vere Village Club Hotel, West Swindon, 7pm
The team behind Cricklade Ladies Dinner are hosting their 2018 fundraiser and invite all local ladies to attend. It's great fun, great food and raises much needed funds for local charities – incubators for special baby care at GWH and Wiltshire Air Ambulance. Entertainment by Strictly Genna. Tickets £30, a deposit of £5 can be paid to reserve your place. Tickets available now from the Barista or at www.cricklade-ladies.co.uk For more info contact info@cricklade-ladies.co.uk 

Friday 26th

Halloween Ghost Train
Swindon and Cricklade Railway, 6-8:45pm
Spooky evening extravaganza with the train and stations peopled by ghosts and ghouls. The kids love it! www.swindon-cricklade-railway.org

Friday 26th

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 26th

Murder Mystery Night
Cricklade Town Hall, 7pm-midnight
Cricklade Cricket Club and Cricklade Rugby Club are hosting an Oktoberfest at Cricklade Town Hall with musical entertainment provided by Cricklade Band. £20 per person to include a reserved seat at a table in the main hall, a drinking glass, one free drink and traditional Oktoberfest food/veggie option. All the oompah and party music you’d expect by the Cricklade band – and an accordionist too! Over 18s only. Tickets available from McFarlane Sales and Lettings and the Town Council Office in Cricklade High Street – also through Cricklade Band, Cricket, and Rugby Clubs.

Fri 26th – Wed 21st

Co-Decode Halloween Special
Co-Decode Live Escape Games
Are you looking for a fun Halloween activity to take part in with friends or family? Then look no further, because our 30-minute Halloween Special will be returning this year from 26th – 31st October. As before, we will be transforming Professor Dunstan's study into a spooky manor house and running special 30-minute games filled with Halloween-themed puzzles. And if you haven't yet played our usual Professor Dunstan game then don’t panic, as none of its secrets will be spoiled! This is a great opportunity to find out what escape rooms are about, without committing to playing for a full hour. Please note that while this is ‘spooky’ event it is not a horror attraction. Dates/Times: 26/10/2018 to 31/10/2018 (inclusive). First game 10:00; last game 21:00. Game length: 30 minutes (allow 45 minutes for the whole experience). Prices: £10 per person for teams of 3-6 players. Book online at https://co-decode.co.uk/booking.html Address: Co-Decode Live Escape Games, Unit 35C BSS House, Cheney Manor Industrial Estate, Swindon, SN2 2PJ. Advance booking required; Contact: Call 07759 185264 or email info@co-decode.co.uk Facebook: CoDecodeSwindon Twitter: @CoDecodeSwindon Instagram: codecodeswindon

Saturday 27th

Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre Open Day
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, 10am-4pm
Come and join the fun for all the family at our annual FREE open day – this year the theme is ‘1918’ and so we will have activities and exhibitions relating to the 100th anniversary of Stonehenge being given to the nation, of men and women having extended voting rights, of the flu pandemic and the end of war, amongst other things!

Saturday 27th

Listen to These Things: Poetry in the Museum
Richard Jefferies Museum, 10am-3pm
A workshop with Caleb Parkin and David Clarke. More people visit museums every year than go to football matches. Contemporary poetry, too, find museums intriguing – but why? Museums are ‘poems in objects’ – highlighting the Thingness of ‘special stuff’, but usually denying full sensuous engagement with it (behind glass or red ropes). So how can we engage with these spaces and objects through poetry in a way that enriches our writing and our being, unlocking new inspiration and approaches? This one-day workshop will explore the poetry of museums, the role of museums today, and the museum as a space for creation, as well as for observation. www.richardjefferies.org

Saturday 27th

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 27th

Christmas Craft Fayre
Flaxlands Manor Farm, Flaxlands, Royal Wootton Bassett, SN4 8DY, 10:30am-3:30pm
This has been an annual event for the last eleven years. We take donations for a local charity and raised over £2,000 last year. It has grown in popularity over the years and most people say “this is where Christmas starts.” Parking is easy, there is entertainment & activities for children while parents enjoy hot drinks and amazing cakes and homemade food. The stalls sell unique gifts, from chocolates, chutneys, jams, jewellery, pottery, wood turned gifts, cards, art, glassware, cushions, books, Christmas trees, bunting, bags, candles, toiletries and so much more. Make it a date in your diary not to be missed. Free entry.

Saturday 27th

Halloween Ghost Train
Swindon and Cricklade Railway, 6-8:45pm 
Spooky evening extravaganza with the train and stations peopled by ghosts and ghouls. The kids love it! www.swindon-cricklade-railway.org 

Saturday 27th

Swindon Footprints presents a Red Carpet Celebration and Fundraiser
Double Tree Hilton by Jct 16. Doors 7pm dinner 7:45pm
Swindon Footprints is proud to present a fantastic night out at their premiere Red Carpet Event, Dinner & Charity Auction. The evening’s auction will be hosted by Paul Martin, from BBC’s Flog It. VIP tickets: Early bird £45 each, tables of 8 £360, standard £60. Includes glass on arrival, 3 course meal, entertainment and 3 bottles of wine of the table’s choice. Non-VIP tickets: Early bird £30 each, tables of 10 £300, normal £45 each. Includes glass on arrival, 3 course meal, entertainment. To purchase tickets contact swindonfootprints@gmail.com 

Saturday 27th

Family Film Night – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
St. Augustine’s Church, Summers Street, Swindon, 7pm
Come along to our family film night. We’ll be showing the first Harry Potter film. The candles around the church will be lit to create a Hogwarts-like atmosphere! Free entry, but donations are welcome. Please bring a jumper as the church may get chilly as the evening progresses. You are welcome to bring snacks and drinks to enjoy. Soft drinks and glasses are provided.

Saturday 27th

Bonfire and Fireworks
Roves Farm, 4:45-9pm
A family friendly fireworks display designed especially for young children. ‘No BIG bangs, lots of sparkle!’, massive bonfire, fairground rides, Teeny pops disco & more! Includes sword-fighting display, hot dogs, see the animals and play. No sparklers please. Gates open 4:45pm, lighting of the bonfire followed by fireworks 6:30pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and are available from reception until 5pm Thursday 19th October. For more info see www.rovesfarm.co.uk 

Sat 27th – 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.

Sunday 28th

Cricklade Orchard Pruning and Maintenance
Oaksey, Nr Cricklade SN16 9TW, 10am-4pm
Join Richard Cripps for a presentation which will cover fruit tree identification, tool selection, visual health checks, feeding fruit trees, mowing regimes and recognising problems. Followed by a practical session in the orchard. £45, lunch included. For more info call 01380 725670.

Monday 29th

Highworth Historical Society Talk: ‘Two Men and One Name’ by Peter Williams.
Highworth United Reformed Church, High Street, Highworth, 7:30pm
We welcome back Peter Williams for this WW1 story of friendship. Two friends went to war, one returned. 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 30th

Pumpkin Carving
St. Julian’s Community Woodland, Swindon SN3 4AH, 10am-12pm
Carve your very own terrifying pumpkin and enjoy some toasted pumpkin seeds and a gory Halloween punch. £5 per child, booking essential. For more info call 01380 725670

Tuesday 30th

Autumn Children’s Activity Day
Lower Shaw Farm, 10am-3pm
For children aged 5 to 13 years. Outdoors and around the farm: meet the animals; enjoy arts and crafts; learn to cook over an open fire; and play, play, play in the big barn! Life is for learning and having fun at Lower Shaw Farm. Please wear old clothes and bring a packed lunch. £15 per child.

Tuesday 30th

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

Tuesday 30th

Halloween Event
Richard Jefferies Museum
An afternoon of spookiness: spooky stories around the fire, spooky costumes, spooky trick-or-treats, spooky foodie things, and spooky children! www.richardjefferies.org

Wednesday 31st

A Wiltshire Hallowe’en
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, 10:30am
Find out about spooky local traditions in an illustrated talk by County Local Studies Librarian, Julie Davis. Admission £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) Payment by credit card or cheque is only possible for 2 more tickets. Numbers may be limited so please buy your ticket in advance. Please aim to arrive 15 minutes before your event begins.

Wednesday 31st

Rodbourne Community History Group Talk
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 October’s talk is ‘The Poppy – A Symbol of Remembrance’ by Bill King. This talk explains how, following the Great War of 1914-18, the poppy came to be recognised and adopted as the symbol of remembrance for those who died. The poppy is now seen as the symbol of remembrance for all those who have died in conflicts through to the present day. Members £1, guests £2. For further information phone 01793 616558 or email secretary@rodbournehistory.org 

Ongoing Events

Until 24th Oct

Beat the Street
A fun, free game that will see Swindon transformed into a giant game! See how far you can walk, cycle and run. Score points and win prizes by walking, cycling or running from point to point and tapping a registered Beat the Street card or fob on sensors (Beat Boxes) which are placed on lamp posts across Swindon. Register to win prizes for yourself or joina team to win team leaderboard prizes. Every journey you make adds to your points total as well your team and the whole of Swindon. How far can you go? For more info see www.beatthestreet.me/swindon/ 

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 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
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 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

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 Wednesday

Blunsdon Market
Abbey Stadium, 9am-3pm
Blunsdon Indoor Market is Swindon's premier destination for bargain hunters. The market boasts over 100 different stalls, selling anything and everything from domestic appliances to cuts of meat, seasonal vegetables, cakes and baked goods. On site there's also a barber a florist, watch repair stall, key cutting station, tattoo artist and numerous clothing stalls.

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: 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 Saturday

Blunsdon Market
Abbey Stadium, 9am-3pm
Blunsdon Indoor Market is Swindon's premier destination for bargain hunters. The market boasts over 100 different stalls, selling anything and everything from domestic appliances to cuts of meat, seasonal vegetables, cakes and baked goods. On site there's also a barber a florist, watch repair stall, key cutting station, tattoo artist and numerous clothing stalls.

Every Sunday

Blunsdon Market
Abbey Stadium, 9am-3pm
Blunsdon Indoor Market is Swindon's premier destination for bargain hunters. The market boasts over 100 different stalls, selling anything and everything from domestic appliances to cuts of meat, seasonal vegetables, cakes and baked goods. On site there's also a barber a florist, watch repair stall, key cutting station, tattoo artist and numerous clothing stalls.

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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Swindon Film Society
Christian Malford Bonfire & Fireworks
Swindon Choral Society
Eddie & the Hot Rods
The Skids
MECA events including
  • Roller Disco
  • 4FW Wrestling
Suju Comedy Club
Events at the Vic
Tickets for Level 3 – various

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