It’s all happening in Swindon … and it’s all FREE!
Want to have some fun in the spring sun without breaking the bank? You’ve come to the right place! We’ve got lots of ideas for free things to do here in Swindon. Here are just a few for starters.
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery has got one of the best permanent collections of twentieth century British art outside London, including works by Richard Hamilton, Lucian Freud, Henry Moore, Frank Auerbach, Ben Nicholson, Leon Kossoff and Howard Hodgkin.
Feed the ducks at Coate Water Country Park. Swindon’s always hungry duck population can be found in the lake close by to the landmark art deco diving board. Coate Water has also got a great Splash Park for kids who like to have as much fun and make as much noise as the ducks!
Head for West Swindon for some cinematic photo ops. Start at the iconic Renault Building as seen in the James Bond movie ‘A View to a Kill’ then move on to pose next to the statue of Swindon’s answer to Marilyn Monroe, our very own screen siren Diana Dors, outside Cineworld at Shaw Ridge.
The English Heritage Archive is one of the largest publicly accessible archives in the UK dedicated to the historic environment. The Historic England Library is also open to the public for reference use and holds over 60,000 books, journals and reports relating to the historic environment of England.
LOVE FASHION: LIVE is a unique event at the Brunel Shopping Centre that will feature lots of things to see and do including beauty bars, fashion exclusives and advice, hair, nail, and make-up demos, digital fashion, flash mobs, a Megabooth producing GIFs, free photo prints, a silent disco, giveaways, stylist advice and more – all from 11-13th May!
If you're looking to break from routine, to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life or to find a peaceful place to enjoy a spot of lunch, why not take a stroll along the Wilts and Berkshire Canal, barely 10 minutes’ walk from Swindon town centre. While there, check out the Rushey Platt nature reserve for a sight of endangered water voles.
Spring and summer concerts at the Town Gardens bandstand, every Sunday from 3pm until 4.30 pm. Brass bands, jazz combos, big bands … inspiring music in a beautiful setting.
It was once a railway town. Today its biggest industry is making cars. And yet the best way to get around Swindon is by bike. The majority of Swindon is pretty flat, and there’s beautiful countryside on our doorstep which can be explored via the off road National Cycle Route 45. Research from Cycling UK found that Swindon is one of the safest places to cycle in the UK, thanks to the extensive network of off road paths.
If you’re a budding paparazzi, you could do worse than hang out at Wroughton’s Science Museum, it’s where the Top Gear track is so it’s a regular hang-out for Matt Le Blanc and crew. It’s also the ‘out station’ for the Science Museum in London and holds all the large exhibits that are not on display there. Among the aircraft on display are some very rare items, including the Boeing 247, Handley Page Gugnunc and the only Lockheed Constellation in the UK. And apart from special events, it’s all free to see.
Stroll down cosmopolitan Manchester Road and Broad Green near the train station/town centre and experience the multicultural heart of Swindon, with the enticing sights, sounds, tastes and smells of India, Bangladesh, Poland, Portugal, Turkey, Afghanistan, Jamaica et al.
End a leisurely day at White Horse Hill at Uffington – drive there at sunset and watch the sun go down over Swindon in the distance. Whether it's rising to the challenge of climbing this big hill or succumbing to the thrill of tumbling back down it, the White Horse Hill is guaranteed to leave children breathless.