Following the success of 2022’s season of events at the Town Gardens Bowl, South Swindon Parish Council are thrilled to announce the return of Summer At The Bowl, starting on Friday 19 May with Hollywood blockbuster, Top Gun: Maverick – an exceptional outdoor cinema experience, presented by Swindon-based Horizon Experiences.

The 1936 art-deco style Bowl, situated in Town Gardens, Swindon, is one of only a handful of its kind in the country and provides a unique backdrop to a spectacular range of events throughout the year and, in 2023, audiences will once again have the chance to experience first-class theatre, music, comedy and cinema in this truly iconic venue.

Horizon Experiences will be back on Friday 26 May with A Star Is Born and then again to round off the season with The Greatest Showman on Friday 22 September.

Theatre at the Bowl Swindon

The Duke’s Theatre Company will be returning for a third season with the wonderful Twelfth Night on Friday 28 July.  For Shakespeare-loving Swindonians looking for a more modern twist on a classic, Shake It Up: The Improvised Shakespeare Show, is set to be the perfect night out on Saturday 1 July and for comedy fans, why not join Aurie Styla, Paul McCaffrey, Esther Manito and Matt Richardson for an evening of Comedy At The Bowl this August Bank Holiday weekend.

For audiences looking for something a touch more modern, the season continues with the return of BlackBox Theatre, in collaboration with Swindon and Wiltshire Pride, to the Town Gardens Bowl, following their sell-out tour of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit in 2021 and Bouncers in 2022, as they bring the world premiere of Ortonesque – a new play looking at the extraordinary life and times of the outrageous playwright, Joe Orton, and his doomed relationship with long-term collaborator and partner, Kenneth Halliwell – to Swindon on Sunday 13 August.

Complemented by the riotous summer adventure depicting Britain’s best-known folktale, Robin Hood, presented by Three Inch Fools on Tuesday 8 August, there is truly something for everyone this summer at the Town Gardens Bowl.

That goes for the littlest ones too!  South Swindon Parish Council are thrilled to be welcoming the delightful Music For Miniatures with their Teddy Bear’s Picnic – a classical performance suitable for ages 0-4.  Watch as the live music enchants little ones, as they dance, joggle and explore their surroundings with scarves and egg shakers provided for all.

And, for grown ups looking for something a little more musical, South Swindon Parish Council will be hosting an exceptionally varied programme of music events at the Town Gardens Bowl, in addition to their collaboration with My Dad’s Bigger Than Your Dad Festival.  Featuring performances from artists as varied as Supersonic Queen, 21st Century ABBA & Elton and Old Time Sailors throughout the summer, there has never been a better time to get the friends and family together to book tickets for what promises to be a summer evening to remember.

Performances will take place as below:

Top Gun: Maverick – Friday 19 May – 7pm

A Star Is Born – Friday 26 May – 7pm

Supersonic Queen – Friday 9 June – 7.30pm

Music For Miniatures: A Teddy Bear’s Picnic – Sunday 11 June – 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm

Shake It Up: The Improvised Shakespeare Show – Saturday 1 July – 7pm

My Dad’s Bigger Than Your Dad Festival – Saturday 22 July – 12pm

Twelfth Night – Friday 28 July – 7pm

Robin Hood – Tuesday 8 August – 7pm

Ortonesque – Sunday 13 August – 7.30pm

Comedy At The Bowl – Saturday 26 August – 8pm

Abba and Elton at The Bowl

21st Century ABBA & Elton – Monday 28 August – 7.30pm

Old Time Sailors – Sunday 17 September – 7pm

The Greatest Showman – Friday 22 September – 7pm

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