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Forget the rain! 

Seventeen things to do in Swindon when the sun ain't shinin'!
 
That's the problem with the good old British weather - it does tend to rain when it shouldn't.

Just when you've made plans for the day the dark clouds start looming and hey presto - it's lashing it down!

So what do you do? We recommend making the most of things and trying any one of 17 of the following...
 
1. Popcorn time!
 
Fancy a film?
 
Swindon cinema guide
Always a good banker, this. And with SwindonWeb's Oscar-winning film guide to rely on, you're bound to find something to keep you occupied for a couple of hours.
 
 
 
2. Bowling

Get in lane
 
A great solution for rainy days. Great for all the family too.
 
Bowling in Swindon
Tenpin
Click on the link for the latest bowling offers...
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3. Get racing!
 
Gentlemen (and women!), start your engines
 
It's the most fun you can have on four wheels in Swindon. Yes, we're talking about Go-Karting at Swindon Karting F1.

Their race karts are the fastest indoor go karts in the South and the fast and demanding race circuit will put your driving skills to the test.

It's even better on a rainy Friday, where you can enjoy a 7 minute race session for just a fiver! What else can you get in Swindon for just 5?


4. Visit a museum or gallery
 
A spot of culture
 
Far more exciting than you think, especially with some of the exhibits on offer at STEAM Museum and at the Swindon Art Gallery.
  
SWINDON ART GALLERY
Visit Swindon's remarkable art collection which now has a reputation as one of the best of British 20th Century Art
 
 
 
5. Take a dip
 
In the pool 

While it's tipping down outside, you may as well take the plunge and get wet in a pool somewhere.
 
And where better than the Oasis? The Health Hydro in the town centre or the big boys pool at The Link. There's even the covered pool in Highworth.
 
 
6. Watersports!
 
At Cotswold Water Park
 
Wakeboarding Swindon
Grab a wetsuit and a mug of hot tea and you'll soon forget it's belting down if you're cableskiing at the Cotswold Water Park.
 
The exercise alone will keep you warm and it's brilliant fun - especially for beginners.
 
Just getting round the lake is challenge enough!
   
  
7. Get Fit

Get a FREE day pass 

We may not all have a body like Heidi Klum or Justin Timberlake, but while it's raining you may as well do your best to get fit.
 
Swindon has a whole plethora of fitness clubs and gyms to use, and all the deatils are available via the link below.
 
Clubs like De Vere Village, David Lloyd and Nuffield Health also have pools, saunas and jacuzzis as well - plus some have supervised organised activities for the kids.
 
So why not ask for a FREE day pass?
  
 
8. Get creative!

Painting and decorating 
 
Children, love 'em, can be a nightmare when it's wet. Apart from getting out the monopoly and waiting for the fights to start, or seeing what's on the TV, a fun day painting, candle decorating or card making could be the answer.
 
Master Plaster Casters 
Pop in and paint...
  
9. Indoor adventure
 
A taste of the tropics

Butterfly World, Swindon
You'll find Butterfly World at Studley Grange is always busy when the rain's tipping down.

With hundreds of butterflies flitting about, plus other exotic animals to enjoy, it's a little covered tropical paradise just off junction 16.
 

 
 
 
10. Go shopping

Spend 'til the sun comes out 
 
If all else fails, go on, give the credit card a bash. With the biggest designer outlet centre in Europe right in the middle of town, it's no wonder the place is packed when it starts raining.

As in previous years, the Swindon Designer Outlet will be organising various free children's activities throughout the summer.
 
See their website for full details.
 
 
 
11. Theatre trip?
 
Take cover at the Wyvern 
 
Not the obvious. But with a great programme of events throughout the summer - there's definitely something for everyone.
 
 
 
12. Go down the pub
 
Sip back and blank it all out
 
A dreadful thing to suggest, we know. To even recommend that alcohol might deaden the shear boredom of being stuck in Swindon on a wet, grey day is hardly a ringing tribute to our great town. But it's kinda' true.
 
Go on. Order a beer and pretend it's the south of France.
 
 
13. Hit golf balls
 
Blast off a bucket at the driving range
 
There are three covered driving ranges in Swindon, and for about 4 you can happily take out all your frustration at the weather by hitting a golf ball as hard as you can.
 
Good fun, we reckon. But try not to combine with option 11.
 
 
14. Indoor sports
 
A spot of tennis?
 
Tennis in Swindon
You could, of course, have a game outside, but we wouldn't recommend it. Your balls will get all soggy.
 
Best option: have an indoor game of tennis at the Delta. Or Next Generation or David Lloyd.
 
Twenty years ago you couldn't have had either. The Delta is open to the public but you'll have to be a member to try out the others - or you could try one of their FREE membership trials?
 
Now... there's a thought!
 
 
Ice Skating
 
Dancing on Ice here we come! Hire some skates at the Link Centre and you'll be on your bum, laughing in no time!
 
 
Climbing
 
Climbing Swindon
If skating's not your thing, why not scale new heights while it's weeing down outside on the climbing wall.
 
This indoor facility is available at the Link Centre caters for all levels of climber, from complete beginner to competition standard. The Ridge provides over 120 different climbs up to 9m and spread across four very different walls, so it provides a variety of different climbing experiences. 
 
 
 
Pot black?
 
All a bit Dirty Den, but we love snooker. All those easy pinks and difficult browns.
 
Best bet, try scoring a 147 at Jesters Snooker Club. Our Kirsty's biggest break was 5 (red, green, red - in off!), so surely you can beat that?
 
 
Have a flutter?
 
The pub? Snooker? Now betting? Wow! What an afternoon!
 
Far from us to encourage a lifestyle where drinking and gambling are blatantly promoted, but betting shops are far different places than they were in your dad's heyday. All fags and nags.
 
They're now all big screens and coffee machines. And decent loos.
 
So while it may be chucking it down in Gorse Hill, there's excitement to be had from Goodwood. And 50p each-way? That's not going to harm anyone, is it?
 
 
15. Take a look round the library
 
Swindon Library
Now Swindon finally as a decent central library the least we can do is use it.
 
More than just books (funnily enough), we think it's a great place to while away a few hours.
 
Best of all being the free broadband and the new coffee shop. Hey! You can look at SwindonWeb all day, just like us.
 
 
16. Do Battle!
 
Whether your're 6 or 66 you'll love the adrenaline pumping exhilaration of stalking your opponents and unleashing a volley of Laser Fire at Laserquest in West Swindon.
 
Laserquest Swindon
 
Open daily from 10am 'til late, facilities also include a new Space Play Soft Play and a Wired Inn LAN Gaming Centre.
 
 
17. Lounging about
 
Sit back and surf  
 
And we don't mean at home on the settee in front of the TV with a pizza to hand (tempting as that sounds!).
 
With the marvellous invention of mobile broadband, it's now possible to surf the internet almost anywhere - but you still can't beat a nice coffee shop or bar for wasting away a few hours on the world wide web.
 
Places likes Longs, Mackenzies and The Kings also have wi-fi, so grab a latte or a lager and watch the world go by.
 
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