In FamilySwindon

By Emma Kirkup

When you first think of Swindon you may not think of how many things there are to do with your family, well let us enlighten you! Here are some of our suggestions on top family things to do in and around the town:

1. Hop aboard a locomotive at STEAM

Swindon is famed for its industrial links particularly as the hub of Brunel’s Great Western Railway. Learn more about the history of Swindon’s railways on a visit to the very interactive STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway. Children (and big kids) can have a go at ‘driving’ a locomotive and there are plenty of events throughout the year including the popular LEGO Festival.

2. Build dens at Roves Farm

As well as den making out of willow, children will love meeting the various animals at Roves Farm as well as playing in the indoor and outdoor playgrounds. At certain times of the year (mainly school holidays) the farm runs tractor rides and look out for the family-friendly events that often take place here too.

3. The Link Centre

Just a short drive from the town centre is the Swindon Link Centre which comes complete with swimming pool, ice skating rink, climbing wall and lots of other leisure activities.

4. Lydiard Park

Children will love exploring the large parkland at Lydiard. Spot wildlife, enjoy a picnic (if the weather’s not too bad), have fun in the children’s play area or burn off some steam on the aerial adventure trail within the woodlands. Entry to Lydiard Park is free (there are charges in place for the aerial adventure trail, entry to the House and to the Walled Garden).

5. Studley Grange Butterfly World and Craft Village

Just south of the M4, Studley Grange offers a craft village where you can not only buy local craft items but also have a go. Spot the large array of butterflies in Butterfly World and visit otters, goats, meerkats and more in the on-site Animal Paddock.

6. Enjoy family events at the Wyvern Theatre

From the good old pantomime through to children’s theatre, TV show acts and more – the Wyvern hosts a variety of different family events throughout the year aimed at different ages.

7. Swindon & Cricklade Railway

Again just a short drive from the town, hop aboard the Swindon & Cricklade Railway. Special events take place throughout the season including kids go free weekends (on selected dates), Santa specials, murder mystery events and ghost trains.

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STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway
STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway

Get up close to magnificent locomotives, be a signalman in the GWR interactive Signal Box and drive the steam train simulator as you travel through STEAM’s story-telling displays! STEAM tells the story of the men and women who built, operated and travelled on the Great Western Railway - a railway network that, through the pioneering vision and genius of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, was regarded as the most advanced in the world. Our museum is housed in a beautifully restored Grade II railway building in the heart of the former Swindon railway works.

Roves Farm Visitor Centre
Roves Farm Visitor Centre

A Great Family Day Out, whatever the weather! Free Tractor Rides, Animal Feeding, Pets Corner, Animal Racing, Kids Craft, Indoor & Outdoor Adventure Play. Themed Events every School Holiday and ‘Toddler Fun’ activities every weekday during Term Time.

Lydiard House & Park
Historic House/Palace
Lydiard House Swindon, Summer Country House Garden

Open all year round, Lydiard Park is the ancestral home of the Viscounts Bolingbroke. The Palladian house, beautiful church, walled garden and formal parkland are the stroking remains of a great country estate.

Studley Grange Butterfly World & Craft Village
Animal Collection

In Butterfly World and the animal paddock meet the otters and meerkats and visit the Craft Village offering a huge range of beautiful and interesting handcrafted gifts. Take refreshments in the 'Butterfly Cafe' overlooking the butterfly garden.

Wyvern Theatre
Wyvern Theatre

The Wyvern Theatre offers a mixed programme of concerts, comedy, dance, drama, musical theatre and local amateur productions. The theatre was opened by Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness Prince Phillip in September 1971.

Swindon and Cricklade Railway
Steam Railway

Collection of locomotives, rolling stock including steam engines and diesel engines. Locomotive shed with engines under restoration. Train rides on open days and special events. Easter Egg, Halloween & Santa Specials and Wartime Weekend.



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