What's On - February 2018

By Shirley Ludford On Thursday 1st February 2018

Tuesday 6th           Swindon Photographic Society

Western Community Centre, 7.30pm

This meeting of the Swindon Photographic Society will be a workshop: Light Painting with John Knight. More info: www.swindonphotosoc.org.uk  


Wednesday 7th      Swindon Film Society: Burn Burn Burn

Swindon Arts Centre, 7:45pm

Synopsis: Following the death of their friend, two girls in their late twenties embark on a road trip to spread his ashes. Seph and Alex take turns driving. Dan is in the glove compartment, in Tupperware, decreasing in volume as the trip progresses.

For more information visit the website: www.swindonfilm.org.uk  Tickets available from the Information Centre.


Wednesday 7th      Lecture: Votes for Women – and Men!

Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre, Chippenham, 10.30am

A talk by Claire Skinner to mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918. Admission is £3.00, tickets must 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 or more tickets.  Please aim to arrive 15 minutes before the event begins.


Thursday 8th          Swindon Photographic Society

Western Community Centre, 7.30pm

This meeting of the Swindon Photographic Society will be on the subject of: Table top Photography; bring your camera. More info: www.swindonphotosoc.org.uk


Friday 9th                Anglo-French Club: " Three French: Zidane, Coluche and the

                     Abbot Pierre”

      St Joseph Parish Centre, 7:30pm

Visiting speaker Vincent Raymond-Barker will speak about three famous Frenchmen:

- Zinedine Zidane the renowned footballer

- Coluche the comedian and actor

- Abbé Pierre famed for his humanitarian work

So if you would like to practise your French in a friendly environment please come along at 7:30 for an 8pm start.






Friday 9th                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 Understanding dementia with Gill McKinnon. For further information, telephone Ali on 01793 634424 or email swindonosteoporosis@googlemail.com


Saturday 10th- Sunday 11th: Small Victories Story

                     Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, 1-1:45pm & 3-3:45pm

A story telling show for families about two Swindon women, mechanical marvels, music and a daring factory break-in. Oh… and one pesky piglet… We have used objects and archives to create this story for families, following on from the workshops that we ran at the museum in October. There will also be an accompanying exhibition at the museum. £5.

Sunday 11th           Valentine's Wine Pairing Dinner: Marriott Hotel

Price: £45 per person
Availability: 11th February
About: If you want to seriously impress your other half, book yourself a table at the Marriott for a proper dining experience. Following a glass of fizz on arrival, you'll be shown to your seats and will be served a delicious five-course feast, with each course complimented by a specially-selected wine pairing.

Valentine's Dinner Menu

Price: £25 per person
Availability: 11th February
About: If you're not in to your wine, you can still have a wonderful, romantic evening at the Marriott in celebration of Valentine's Day. Book a table for two and let the Marriott do the rest! You'll be met with a glass of fizz upon your arrival, then you'll be shown to your seats. From there you will be invited to select your favourite dishes from the expertly-prepared food on offer.


Sunday 11th            Wedding Show at the Marriott Hotel

                        Swindon Marriott Hotel, 11am

Wedding planners, exhibition stands, live music and bridal fashion                           show.

For more information contact: 01793 512121


Sunday 11th           Snowdrops and Soup Day

                     Twigs, Manor Garden Centre, 11am-3pm

                     Admission: Adult £2 Concession £1.50 Children Free


Wednesday 14th     Junior What’s That Tree?

Come on a stroll around Stanton woods and identify some of the trees by looking at its bark and buds. Can you tell how old & how tall a tree is? Join us to answer these questions. Suitable for 6 to 12 year olds. Meet at Stanton Park Ranger Centre. Please wear clothes to suit the weather, stout shoes and bring a tree identification guide if you have one. Event leader Ian Barker. Book in advance on 01793 490150 or swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk


Wednesday 14th     Valentine’s Day Dinner: Sudbury House

                                Valentine's Day Dinner at Restaurant 56

Price: £85 per person
About: If you want to pull out all the stops this Valentine’s Day, Restaurant 56 is the ideal location. With champagne and canapés on arrival, you’ll be their guest on a six-course culinary feast, with a chocolate treat on the table too.

Valentine's Day Dinner at Magnolia Brasserie

Price: £30 per person
About: Sudbury House’s Magnolia Brasserie is a contemporary space which has become synonymous with great food. Their three-course Valentine’s Day menu is sure to be no exception! You’ll be treated to champagne on arrival, and there will even be a chocolate treat on each table! http://www.sudburyhouse.co.uk/  


Wednesday 14th     The Swindon Society: Air War on the Western Front

                      Goddard Park School. 7:30pm

This month’s meeting of the Swindon Society features a talk by Steve Williams on air war on the Western Front. Tickets are available on the door priced at just 50p for members and £3 for non-members. You can join the Swindon Society on the night for just £10. For more information see the website: www.theswindonsociety.co.uk


Thursday 15th        Are We Nearly There?

STEAM Museum, 10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm

                                Join our friendly Learning Team at our 'Exploration Station' located right next to the famous locomotive, No. 6000 King George V and discover the wide range of colourful GWR holiday posters that advertised holiday places on the GWR rail network. You'll get to create your own poster for our GWR map as you explore the GWR's use of clever publicity and design. These sessions link up with our brand new exhibition, 'The Art of Publicity'. Free with standard admission and no need to book.



Thursday 15th         Swindon Photographic Society

Western Community Centre, 7.30pm

This meeting of the Swindon Photographic Society will be an AV Comp + recent winners of National AV Competitions. More info: www.swindonphotosoc.org.uk  


Friday 16th              Free Lunchtime Talk: The Euston Road Gallery

                                Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, 12:30pm-1pm

Join our curator for a free lunchtime talk exploring our new exhibition, The Euston Road School. In the 1930s, a group of artists tried to make modern art accessible to the public by depicting scenes and objects from everyday life.


Friday 16th              Ruby Rose Ray’s Vintage Valentine’s Supper
                                Wyvern Theatre, 7.30pm

Enjoy a delicious three-course dinner accompanied by the romantic recordings of yester-year. Magical melodies are re-created by Ruby’s Radio Band. Will the chanteuse’s chaotic love life be resolved before coffee is served? A charming, light-hearted dinner theatre experience, with the internationally acclaimed vocalist and Wyvern favourite, Rachael Pennell. £40 including a 3 course meal.



Friday 16th             Swindon Stargazers: Jupiter’s Turbulent Atmosphere

Liddington Village Hall, 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Join Swindon Stargazers – Swindon’s own group of amateur astronomers - for a talk on: "Jupiter's Turbulent Atmosphere" by Prof Peter Read. Prof Read is at Oxford University where his research embraces the dynamics of planetary atmospheres beyond Earth. 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: http://swindonstargazers.com/    








Friday 16th              Jazz in the Church – Kim Cypher and her Jazz Quartet

St Michael’s Church, Highworth, 7:30pm

Back by popular demand, Saxophonist and jazz vocalist Kim Cypher will delight and captivate you with her exciting performance and warm stage presence. Performing alongside her quartet, Kim performs a repertoire of well-known saxophone and vocal favourites with a unique jazz twist. Tickets £10 and include complimentary refreshments. Available from the Lighthouse Bookshop, Highworth or the Information Centre.


Saturday 17th          Character from all Angles

                      Richard Jefferies Museum, 2pm-5pm

Workshop with Richard Skinner, author and Director of the Fiction Programme at Faber Academy, designed to help writers of any level turn their characters into living, breathing citizens. £25 each.


Saturday 17th          Wanborough Farmer’s Market

Wanborough Village Hall, 9am-12pm

Wanborough’s next monthly farmer’s market will be on from 9am to midday, in Wanborough village hall. The usual stalls will be there, and there will be refreshments from the Wanborough Community Cafe. For more information call Sue or David Birley on 01793 790438 or email sbirley@gn.apc.org


Sunday 18th            Prospect 10K

                                   Stanton Park

The Prospect 10K run is moving! After 5 years we thought it was time for a change and we’ve got a new venue and a new route for you at Stanton Park. This challenging winter run is truly multi-terrain taking you across meadows and through woodland and, as ever, featuring plenty of mud! £15 entry fee, visit www.prospect-hospice.net  for further information and to sign up.    


Monday 19th: The Arts Society Kennet and Swindon: James Wyatt – Charlatan 

                          or Genius?

Ellendune Hall, Wroughton, 11am

This month’s meeting of TAS Kennet and Swindon features a lecture on James Wyatt.  Entry is free for members, non-members £7 (guests can only attend 3 lectures a year). For more information see the website: www.kennetdfas.co.uk  or telephone Judi Ferries on 01793 840790






Wednesday 21st    Swindon Film Society: Julieta

                                Swindon Arts Centre, 7:45pm

After a chance meeting, middle-aged Julieta learns that her long-lost daughter has resurfaced in Madrid. This begins a painful reflection by Julieta into her chequered past, flashing back to the moments of pain that defined her current life. This drama is directed by Spanish master Pedro Almodóvar. For more information visit the website: www.swindonfilm.org.uk Tickets available from the Information Centre.


Wednesday 21st     FREE! Family History Help Sessions

Central Library, 2pm-4pm

Would you like to research your family tree? Inspired by the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? Or have you hit a brick wall and need some help?

Volunteers from the Swindon Branch of the Wiltshire Family History Society will be continuing their series of free drop-in sessions here at Floor 2 of Swindon Central Library. Contact us for more information:-

localstudies@swindon.gov.uk, (01793) 463238.


Thursday 15th        Swindon Photographic Society

Western Community Centre, 7.30pm

This meeting of the Swindon Photographic Society will be a talk by Simon Caplan LRPS – Seeing things Differently. More info: www.swindonphotosoc.org.uk  


Friday 23rd              Cricklade Country Market

Jenner Hall, Cricklade, 2pm-4pm

All our produce is locally handmade, home cooked or home grown so start the New Year well! Come and find delicious pies and cakes, scones and cookies, jams and pickles and all manner of original gifts. Pop along for a delicious afternoon tea or come in for after school refreshments too! Please call Nikki on 01793 751845 or Moira on 01793 771656 to place an order or for further information about the market.


Friday 23rd              Free Lunchtime Talk: Paper

                                Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, 12:30pm-1pm

Join a free tour of our current exhibition, Paper. Our curator will introduce you to the artists and techniques behind the works on display, while showcasing some of our newest acquisitions from the Meryl Ainslie Gift.




Sunday 25th            Barbury’s Lumps and Bumps

Apart from the Iron Age hillfort the lumps and bumps at Barbury Castle represent some 4,000 years from the Bronze Age to WWII – find out which are which on this 2-mile walk of discovery. Meet at Barbury Castle car park, near the toilet block. Please wear clothes to suit the weather and stout shoes, and bring waterproofs. Event leader Michael Lilley. Book in advance on 01793 490150 or swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk  


Sunday 25th            Swindon Recital Series; Julian Metzger

Arts Centre, 3:30pm & 7:30pm

The complete Beethoven works for cello and piano. An exclusive opportunity to hear Beethoven’s entire output for cello and piano in one day. The five sonatas and three sets of variations will be played over two concerts in order of composition, exploring Beethooven’s musical development. Extraordinary, dramatic, humorous, violent and beautiful music, and a true ‘tour de force’ for both performers. Tickets £15 each. 01793 524481, www.swindonrecitalseries.org  


Monday 26th           Highworth Historical Society

                                Highworth United Reformed Church, 7:30pm

The monthly meeting of the Highworth Historical Society this month features a lecture on the archaeology and early history of Highworth by Mike Stone. Visitors to this lecture can pay on the door, however, if you wish to book tickets in advance please telephone Ms. Chris Suter on 01793 764811 or email: tickets@highworthhistoricalsociety.org.uk Members are admitted free of charge, visitors £3.00.


Tuesday 27th          Harry Potter and the Library Quiz

Central Library, 6pm-8pm

SO YOU THINK YOU’RE A FAN OF HARRY POTTER…How much do you really know? Come and join us for an evening of entertainment as we take you to Hogwarts for the night. Test your knowledge of all things Potteresque with our Library Quiz (maximum group size 4).  Prizes to be won.  But that’s not all…

With your train ticket to hand, make your way through Platform 9 3/4 into the Central Library where you can sample the delights of Butterbeer or colour-changing lemonade. What will you score on the table top Quidditch?  What house will the Sorting Hat put you in?  Take a selfie with Dobbie or create your own mugshot with our Wanted posters. Do you have your own wand?  We’ll be making them on the night! Dressing up encouraged, what better time to turn yourself into your favourite Wizard?! Tickets available in person at Central Library or call 01793 466454. Non-member £7, Members £5. Suitable for ages 13yrs-113yrs!


Wednesday 28th     Swindon Film Society: Tanna

                                Swindon Arts Centre, 7:45pm

Set on a remote Pacific island, covered in rain forest and dominated by an active volcano, this heartfelt story, enacted by the Yakel tribe, tells of a sister’s loyalty, a forbidden love affair and the pact between the old ways and the new.

For more information visit the website: www.swindonfilm.org.uk  Tickets available from the Information Centre.


Ongoing Events


Friday 2nd – Wednesday 28th: Stone Age Meets Digital Age

                      Richard Jefferies Museum

A rare exhibition of New Age artwork, decorative digital collage art, music and a poetry book, ‘The Troll and the Fairy’ from one of Swindon’s shyest creatives - Willo the Wisps.








If you would like to publicise your event through these pages please contact Swindon Libraries and Information Centre at : infocentre@swindon.gov.uk, tel. 01793 466454, or call in to the Visitor Information Centre at Central Library, Regent Circus.

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Current events tickets available at the Information Centre include:

Swindon Film Society Events


MECA events including

  • Roller Disco
  • 4FW Wrestling

Suju Comedy Club

Events at the Vic

The Christians

Harry Potter and the Library Quiz

Jazz in the Church – Kim Cypher

Family Yoga

Film Masterclass with David Collier

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