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Swindon Half-Term Fun 

MAY 2018: A few ideas for those trying to prise their kids away from their iPads, mobiles & Minecraft - INDOORS & OUT

Saturday 26 May - Sunday 03 June
Keeping the little blighters busy can be difficult, can't it?

Half-term can be the worst for parents, grand parents as well as uncles and aunts across Swindon if they can't think of anything to stop the kids wrecking the house with boredom when it's raining outside!

Or just leaving them with their thumbs & eyes sore playing on their iPads and mobiles.

So if you're in that category, we sympathise - and here's a few ideas.
Indoors, for when it's raining or too cold!
Fun on the Farm - rain or shine!
Grow Your Own Week
Roves Farm
28 May - 03 June 2018

Roves Farm Swindon Half-Term
It's 'Grow Your Own' week on the farm! 

Watch our unique sunflower grow and plant your own seed to take home. Make your very own paper craft sunflowers during activity time. Plus all the usual daily activities!
Just one of the themed weeks at Roves Farm throughout the year.

The Manor Farm Estate
Situated in the heart of the Cotswolds, The Manor Farm Estate in Lechlade offers fun for all the family.

From their friendly farmyard animals to mountain biking, swimming, nature trails & much more...
Get creative
Young Picasso? Painted pots, chocolate, cakes and more!
Studley Grange Craft Centre

We like the idea of doing something with the kids that has an 'end result'.
Something to take home and remember the day from or just a horrendously decorated item you can hide in a cupboard and bring out when they turn 21!

Studley Grange Half-term fun

Or maybe your son or daughter is a young Picasso? You can find out by letting them decorate cup cakes or pottery at Studley Grange. Just think of your pension!

Or why not make jewellery? There's special workshops on for adults & children too!

> Studley Grange - website

Verchiel Jewellery Studley Grange Swindon

Visit a museum or gallery
Steam Museum
Special Activities for May Half-Term

Family Drop-in Activity Sessions
Thursday 31 May 2018
10am - 12 noon, or 1pm - 3pm

Calling all children looking for something creative to do this Half-Term!

Come and join the May Half-term activities at the STEAM Exploration Station inside the Museum.

Design your own holiday postcard to take home or post in the STEAM postbox! (You'll just need a stamp - available in the Scraggery at STEAM.)

Be inspired by the striking GWR holiday posters displayed around the Station Platform and 'Speed to the West' areas of the Museum. 

The special exhibitions 'The Art of Publicity' and 'The GWR Publicity Machine' will give you plenty of ideas too.

Just drop-in anytime between 10.00 - 12.00 or 13.00 - 15:00 on Thursday 31 May.
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
Old Town

A step back in time in to Swindon's history + a fantastic modern art collection.
Why not have a picture taken with Swindon Museum and Art Gallery's resident crocodile - Apsley!
Swindon Museum of Computing
Well worth a visit, the Swindon Museum of Computing in the town centre is devoted to the history of computing and digital development, run entirely by volunteers.

The parents seem to love it more than the kids, it has to be said, especially if they grew up in the 80s with lots of original games to play like Pac Man & Defender.
A real throwback and very enjoyable but only open on Fridays & Saturdays.
Indoor sports
Swindon Karting

If you think you've got the next Lewis Hamilton or Jenson Button on your hands, then let your little speed-demons put their racing skills to the test at Swindon Karting.

101 Things To Do In Swindon: Swindon Karting
Ice, Ice baby!
Ice skating
Soon they'll be a ski dome in Swindon at the Oasis (or so they say!), but for now the facilities are still brilliant at the Link Centre.
Children love a go on the ice and the ice rink at the Link Centre is the ideal place to for an hour or two of fun - and bumps!
Be a Rock Star!

If you haven't heard of Rock Stars indoor climbing in Swindon, then you don't know what you're missing! Great fun for all ages!

Rock Star climbing Swindon

> Rock Stars - more info.

Or Jump In!
Freedog & New Better Extreme

The new big, bouncy thing to do in Swindon. Now at two locations.

- more info.
> Better Extreme
- more info.

Indoor Battle!
West Swindon

Swindon’s premier Laser-tag centre. Safe, clean and with free car parking!
And if mum, dad, uncle, auntie, nana and grandad want to get involved they can - 6 or 66 everyone loves the adrenaline pumping exhilaration of stalking your opponents and unleashing a volley of Laser Fire in the Battle-Zone of the next Century!
We also hear the cappucino's at the Laserquest cafe are the best in Swindon - seriously! - so for for parents waiting around while the kids - big & small - enjoy themselves, what's not to like?

Plus, don't forget Kids Club every Sunday for unlimited gaming for only £10!

Theatre Trip?

Little Mix Experience
Wyvern Theatre
Tuesday 29 May 2018

One for teenagers of all ages! 
A jam-packed concert full of all of Little Mix's greatest hits including DNA, Wings, Black Magic and many, many more!

Take a Trip
London town here we come!
Why not take the little one's on a coach trip to London?
Plus Barnes Coaches are making special trips during half-term week to places like T he Harry Potter Studio Tour, Bristol Zoo and much more!
Pick-up and drop-off points are at plenty of locations all over Swindon.
Check out their website for more details.
Indoor Adventures

Burn off some energy!
Little ones always like an indoor game, and if it's a rainy day then a spot of soft indoor play area is just the answer to keep them occupied for a couple of hours.
At Bonkers in the Brunel there's £1 off parking too!
Take in the Tropics!
One thing's for certain next week - it's going to be cold one! So why not get a taste of the tropics at Butterfly World on Jnct. 16.

They've got hundreds of butterflies flying about plus loads more to see and do including a display a mini beats and an outdoor animal paddock with ducks, geese, rabbits and goats.
And don't forget to take a look at their Otter home!
The next door craft village is also a great place to explore.

> Butterfly World
Meerkats, Otters, Alpacas & more
If there's one sight guaranteed to put a smile on anyone's face it has to be meerkats. And at Studley Grange there are quite a few of them!

The whole gang venture out from their cosy cabin and into their purpose-built enclosure throughout the day and are well worth checking out alongside other animals - including otters - in the animal enclosure.

Meet Brooke, Daisy & Clover!

101 Things To Do In Swindon: Studley Grange

Children's Play Areas
Time to let young Billy and little Lizzie climb all over each other for an hour while you enjoy a well earned break.
Jolly Roger in Swindon offers safe and secure family fun for 0-12 years old as does Bonkers in the Brunel.
Bowl 'em Over!
Let them rip at the bowling alley for a couple of hours. That'll tire them out.
Click on the link for the latest bowling offers...
> Tenpin- website
Popcorn Time!

At the Movies!

Popcorn, Pepsi and Pick 'n Mix. Surely a kid's dream. All you need now is the right movie!
And all the adults want to see Deadpool, right?
So make sure you check out our full listings of all the cinema times.
Take a proper dip

Chuck them in the Pool

You haven't lived as a kid if you haven't done the Domebusters at the Oasis.
Outdoor pursuits
For when the rain finally stops. It's always best to prise the kids away from their computer gadgets and fourth re-run of Frozen.
Lydiard Park
Swindon's stately home and grounds are perfect for adventure.
There's lots to do and see, and if the sun's out it really is a wonderful place to spend a day with the family.

Jungle Parc

Perfect for little monkeys! Let them climb, swing and crawl through the tree-tops of the park - there's even an adult version if you're brave enough to drag yourself away from terra-firma.

Cotswold Country Park
Take the kids for a walk – either the short route around the lake especially for little legs, or why not try the longer route (about an hour and a half) and get the kids to burn off some energy!
There are also a selection of excellent chainsaw sculptures dotted around the park ranging from their mascot, Wayward The Beaver, to the spectacular flying dragonfly.

Then hot chocolate at The Gateway cafe!
Rein & Shine Pony Days
If ever there was a more perfect name for the weather at the moment, this riding school in Swindon have thought of it.
So why not try a day with horses and ponies? Even if your kids have never even see a horse before? Who knows, they could be the new John Francome?
And... get this, Rein & Shine do lazy, horsey hacks to the local pub for adults! What a perfect day!
Tuesday 29 May

Typically each day will start at 9.30am and end at 3pm.

- Grooming and Plaiting
- Group riding lessons
- Stable routines and rugging
- Riding games
- Competitions
In the swing

If the sun is shining how about - pitch 'n putt in Swindon
Mini swing
You don't need to be Tiger Woods to enjoy a fun game of golf in Swindon.

There's crazy golf & pitch 'n putt at Coate Water where beginners of all ages can have a go without fear of embarrassing themselves.

Plus, there's football golf!

Basset Down Golf Complex is home to Swindon's only football golf course, where the kids can kick their way round 18 brand-new holes! Great fun for all the family!
Football golf at Basset Down just off Jnct 16, M4

See the Swindon Family Golf link for more info. and prices.

> Swindon Family Golf - more info.

Full Swing!

Or if the kids are just a bit older, why not get them in to golf with a lesson with a PGA Golf Pro.
At least then they can whack some balls off at the driving range for an hour or two and see themselves improve.
The range, course & café facilities at Basset Down GC just off Jnct 16 are perfect for a family giving golf a go.

Family Events
And for all the other fun for all the family.
Down The Pub!
Yes, that's right! The hungry must be fed!
And in Swindon there's always a family friendly Arkell's managed pub nearby.
Family friendly pubs in Swindon
And...for those still desperate!

Swindon isn't Disney World, but did you think we only had a few ideas for getting the kids out of your hair? Just click below for loads more...
And we haven't forgotten you mature students (although we all act like kids at heart, don't we?!) - why not have a break from your studies and see what's on in the town.

> Pubs and clubs

> Club nights and DJ's

> Live music
Studley Grange Butterfly World and Craft Village
Absolute Skips - skip hire in Swindon
The Burj
Mackenzies Cafe Bars
Barnes Coaches Advert
Chelworth Windows and Conservatories, Swindon, Wiltshire
The Hair Group, Old Town, Swindon