A FAMILY DAY OUT IN SWINDON

Whether it’s amazing green spaces for energetic young tree climbers, cultural excursions for curious teenagers or indoor adventures for both the young and the young at heart, Swindon has an impressive array of family friendly activities.

COATE WATER COUNTRY PARK

This beautiful country park is a fantastic community resource in a perfect setting and with a children’s playground, summer splash pool, all year café and space to run around, it makes for an enjoyable family day out. A Nature Reserve and a Site of Specific Scientific Interest means that the park is bursting with interesting bird and wildlife species and offers both fishing and birdwatching.

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LYDIARD PARK
 

Lydiard Park is a beautiful historic estate on the western edge of Swindon, with the Palladian House, Church and Walled Garden, set in 260 acres of parkland. The children’s play area, café & tea rooms, events and education programmes make Lydiard Park a great destination for a family day out.

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OLD TOWN
GARDENS

One of Swindon’s best kept secrets, these beautiful Victorian gardens have a café, aviary and rose garden. The park even has its own Grade II listed bandstand and Art Deco Concert Bowl, both hosting events throughout the year from brass bands and local art, to festivals and live music in the summer months.

STANTON COUNTRY PARK

This hidden gem is the holder of a Green Flag award. It has 36 hectares of parkland that includes the lake, woodland and grassland. Home to an exceptionally wide range of habitats, such as hedgerows, wildflower meadows, wetlands, and over 900 species of fungi. The park is home to a large variety of life including: birds of prey, wildfowl, amphibians, invertebrates and even bats. 

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QUEENS PARK
 

Close to the centre of town this large park features a lake of around 2 acres. It is home to many species of wildfowl and contains a diverse range of ornamental trees and shrubs. The park has a Garden of Remembrance, officially opened by Princess Elizabeth on 15 November 1950 and commemorates those who died in WWII.

GWR/FARINGDON PARK

A simple large expanse of green close to the centre of the town, with ornamental gardens and a children’s play park. The park dates from the 1840s when It was a popular venue for the railway workers’ community and sporting events and later, holiding fetes and rallies.

THE LAWNS
 

The Lawns Park is a 50 acre park that was once the house and estate of the Goddard Family – the Lords of the Manor of Old Swindon. It's now a park land with woods, meadows and lakes and featuring the remains of an Italian sunken garden and the site of Swindon’s original parish church – Holy Rood. The beautiful walks offer fantastic views across the town and the park also hosts many summer events including the Old Town Festival.

WYVERN THEATRE
 

Swindon’s premium theatre has played host to the top names of dance, comedy, drama and music. The 635-seat auditorium has two bars – one for pre-show food.

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RICHARD JEFFERIES MUSEUM

There is always something happening at this museum dedicated to the esteemed writer, Richard Jefferies. Set in the grounds of a 17th-century thatched cottage there are exhibits, beautiful gardens and a whole host of year round events and activities for young and old. The house and maintained gardens which reflect the nature writing that Jefferies created are great fun to explore.

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SWINDON MUSEUM & ART GALLERY

Learn, discover and enjoy Swindon’s collections in a listed building in the Old Town area. It has many exhibitions including archaeology, egyptology, geology and local history. Look out for the gharial, a member of the crocodile family who steals the show.

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STEAM MUSEUM
 

Discover how the GWR become known as God’s Wonderful Railway. A must see for all railway enthusiasts and non-railway enthusiasts alike, located on the site of the world famous railway works the museum houses a fantastic collection of some of the greatest steam locomotives ever built. There is plenty for all ages to see and do at this South West Business & Community Leisure & Tourism Award winner.

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MUSEUM OF COMPUTING

The Museum of Computing is dedicated to preserving and displaying examples of early computers and It was the first United Kingdom museum exclusively dedicated to the history of computing.

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OASIS LEISURE CENTRE

The Oasis is Swindon’s one-stop destination for fitness and thrills for all the family. It may not be located in the desert, but there is plenty of water and legend has it that it was the inspiration for Manchester’s Gallagher brothers when they decided to name their band. The Lagoon Swimming Pool is fun for all ages with its famous wave machine, water cannon and triple hydro-slide, while the Pirate Ship water play area is perfect for toddlers.

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LINK CENTRE
 

Located in West Swindon, the popular Link Centre offers an enormous array of sports and activities including swimming, over 40 fitness classes per week and outdoor football, meaning there is something to suit all interests, ages and abilities. The Better Extreme Trampoline Park is also open daily. In the same complex, Swindon Ice Arena is home to the Swindon Wildcats Ice Hockey Team and Swindon Ice Figure Club.

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ROVES FARM
 

Oink, Oink! Cluck, Cluck! Neigh! Baa! If the sound of animals is music to your ears then you will love Roves Farm in Sevenhampton, near Swindon. Meet and feed the animals in Pets Corner. Hop on a tractor ride to explore the farm. Sit and relax with a cuppa and a slice of homemade cake from the tearoom while the children run off steam in the heated indoor play barn or outdoor adventure play. There's lots to do whatever the weather!

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