Overview

Swindon is a unique British town with a deep history and a range of things to enjoy. Mainly used as a trading point until it became an important hub for Great Western Railway in the mid-1800s, Swindon’s historical roots go back to Roman times and was even mentioned (as Suindone) in William the Conqueror’s Domesday Book. Today it’s a lively town with plenty of things to do and see from high street shopping to cultural site seeing to lovely scenic walks in its public parks. And, of course, there’s the infamous Magic Roundabout!

What's on in Swindon

10 - 17 June
The Old Town Festival Swindon promises all the fun and entertainment of previous years with Alfie Scarrott’s Funfair, the Wessex School of Chivalry, archery, a dog show, the Commonweal School marquee, the Swindon 105.5 stage and lots of local vendors selling delicious refreshments.

13 - 15 July
RIAT 2018 features three days of airshows with over 7 hours of flying on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In 2017, 246 aircrafts from 32 air arms in 26 countries participated, visitors were also treated to a surprise flypast by a B-2 Spirit stealth bomber, escorted by two F-15 fighters. You don't want to miss out this year!

20 July
Immersion Theatre Company is hoping to hook audiences this summer by touring fantastic open-air productions at Lydiard Park, enjoy Oscar Wilde’s finest sparkling comedy, The Importance Of Being Earnest!

Staff Recommends

Best Bar: The Glue Pot (5 Emlyn Square, Swindon) is full of real ale and quirky characters! Get a true taste of Swindon in here.

Best Restaurant: Authentic Italian in an intimate setting at family-owned Fratello’s (12 Victoria Road).

Best Shopping: House of Fraser (44-54 Canal Walk) has a wide range of designer brands.

Best Kept Secret: Swindon’s Old Town boasts many small shops selling antiques and furnishing and is to many cafes, bars and restaurants.

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