Big Summer Events 2016
You'd be surprised how much is happening in Swindon this summer!
So get your sun tan lotion out and your cameras at the ready as its set to be a scorcher!
And with Swindon being the place where there's a festival to suit everyone see our guide below to find all the places to be!
And if you happen to spot a SwindonWeb camera when you're out - don't forget to SMILE!
Saturday 02 July 2016, 2.00pm - 10.30pm
Raising money for Severn Freewheelers Emergency Voluntary Service and Highworth Town Junior Football Club.
As well as the live music, there will be a fun fair, kids zone and a food zone.
Live Music Includes:
- The Great Pretender Queen Tribute
- The Commitments
- Seth Bye & Katie Griffin
- Boogie Me
- Polar Front
- Ukey D’Ukes
- Go Moriaty
- Spicy Piper
- Swing Out Swindon
- Other local acts to be confirmed
Royal International Air Tattoo
Friday 08 July - Sunday 10 July
Here in Swindon we're lucky enough to have the world's biggest air show right on our doorstep!
Thousands are expected to watch as man and machine are pushed to the limit at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in July.
During the thrilling 7.5 hour flying display visitors will get to see fast jets, giant transporters, historic aircraft, and much, much more. There will be a chance to meet the crews, get close to the aircraft and enjoy a feast of first class entertainment including the Techno Zone, an interactive showcase designed especially for youngsters, the Vintage Village, Autodrome and the Adrenalin Zone.
Chilli Fiesta 2016
Saturday 30 July, 10.30am - 5.30pm
Swindon’s Wharf Green will be transformed into a day of chilli mayhem from 10.30am, where the spicy event will host a variety of stalls including some of the best chilli producers in the country.
Friday 22 July - Sunday 24 July
Live Music, Great Food, Good Beer, Gift Stalls, Ice Cream, Kids Activities.
Bands and Beer
Saturday 23 July 2016
Talented local bands and musical acts from Swindon and surrounding areas will be gathering as part of the Stratton Festival for the Stratton Stroll on Saturday 23rd July.
The Stratton Stroll is a crawl of 6 of the Arkell's pubs and venues in Stratton, with a range of live music from various acts featuring at each venue.
All venues are free entry promising music and entertainment with something for all and many of the venues welcoming and accommodating families with children.
> Stratton Festival - website
Saturday 02 July & Sunday 03 July 2016
Whether you are an owner, enthusiast or just a lover of cars, Lotmead Farm are organising a mass gathering of Classic Cars and Vintage Automobiles over the weekend of the 2nd & 3rd of July – the perfect venue for your pride and joy to shine.
And should you feel a bit peckish, there’s loads of strawberries ripe for the picking – which if you bring your classic car, you’ll also get a 50% discount!
> Lotmead Farm - website
Wednesday 13 July - Sunday 17 July 2016
With some acts across 3 venues, the five-day Shuffle event brings an exciting buzz to the Swindon music scene.
We've got more than our fair share of talent in and around the town, and the Shuffle event will showcase some of our finest.
For more information on tickets, venues and acts, follow the link below.
Auto & Retro Festival
Saturday 23 July 2016, 10.00am - 6.00pm
Get up close and personal with classic and vintage cars at Lydiard Park. Featuring:
- Classic vintage and retro car display
- Children’s activities and play area
- Pimms & Champagne bar
- Vintage tearoom
- New car display
- Trade stalls
Swindon & Wiltshire Pride
Saturday 20 August 2016
Swindon and Wiltshire's Gay Pride festival is a vibrant, FREE, family-friendly event celebrating the creativity and diversity of Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people in and around the town.
The Wanborough Show
Saturday 20 August 2016
The Wanborough Summer Show and Carnival promises lots to do and see for all the family! Including:
A full arena entertainment programme, flower and produce displays, a children's show, hog roast, beer tent and much, much more!
To put it simply, there's loads to do and see for all the family!
Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 August
A celebration at The Royal Oak in Bishopstone themed around birds, bees, beer, books and bands! Featuring live music plus plenty of good quality food and drink. Free entry.
Uffington White Horse Show
Sunday 28 August - Monday 29 August
A traditional two day country show which takes place over August bank holiday Sunday and Monday.
The Show is located in fields overlooked by the famous bronze age figure of the Uffington White Horse, which is over 3,000 years old.
Open Air Theatre at Lydiard Park
It's fun for all the family this summer, with the open-air theatre!
A Midsummer Nights Dream
Friday 24 June, 7.00pm
Sense and Sensibility
Friday 15 July, 7.00pm
Tickets are available from the Box Office on 01793 524481
> Lydiard Park - official website
Swindon & Cricklade Railway
It's the first summer to take advantage of the new extended route, and Swindon & Cricklade Railway has plenty going on!
Kids Go FREE Weekend
Join Swindon & Cricklade Railway for another of their regular 'Kids Go Free' Weekends on Saturday 23rd or Sunday 24th July.
Every adult or senior buying a ticket may take a child with them for FREE on as many rides as they wish on available trains for the day of purchase. Trains run 10:30am - 4pm.
Steam & Vintage Weekend
Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 August 2016, 10.00am - 5.00pm
Main attractions will include traction and stationary engines, cars (1900-1980), commercial vehicles, fire engines, tractors, and motorcycles
There will also be a bar, charity stalls, ice cream and hot refreshments.
At the flicks
We'd all end up looking like shrivelled up prunes - or worse still, David Dickinson - if we spent the entire summer outdoors in the heat (when there is some).
So thankfully the multiplexes have got what looks set to be a cracking summer of blockbusters starting with Independence Day Resurgence on 24th June, The Legend of Tarzan on the 6th July, Ghostbusters on the 11th July and Star Trek Beyond & The BFG on the 22nd July.
And that's not all....
For the full list of what's on in the coming months, you can rely on us to provide up-to-date details of live music, theatre, comedy, sport, arts and crafts and loads more via our definitive guide - SwindonEvent.
And don't forget our 'places to go, things to do' section, with even more ideas for occupying your time.
A game of tennis perhaps, or golf? The choice is yours.
> SwindonEvent - full listings
> Places to go, things to do - our guide
So from all at SwindonWeb....
Have a great summer!