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Date added: 26 May 2008

Wat'er Weekend! 

Downpour spoils the bank holiday for some... but not others
 
May Bank Holiday Swindon
It may have been a wash-out at the Swindon Nostalgic show but the rain failed to spoil the fun elsewhere around town this weekend.
 
Here's our gallery.
 
Wetting the palette!

Wanborough Beer Run 2008
 
In Wanborough, hundreds braved the damp conditions to cheer on runners in their now annual beer race.
 
First-time winner Robert Hunt, 20, covering the undulating 2.2 mile course and downing a half-pint at 6 pubs across the village in a record time of 15mins 39secs.
 
He beat 20 competitors - some in various guises, including one wearing a nappy, and one pair dressed up as Lou and Andy off Little Britain.
 
The event starting and finishing this year at the Brewers Arms.
  
Robert Hunt, winner of the Wanborough Beer Race 2008
Down in one!
the Wanborough Beer Race winner, Robert Hunt (r)
celebrates with his dad
 
Wanborough Beer Race 2008
 
 
Wanborough Beer Race 2008
 
Wanborough Beer Race 2008
 
More pictures below. 
 
Good weather for ducks

Great Swindon Duck Race 2008
 
At Westlecott Recreation Ground, the rain helped swell the river for the 8th Great Swindon Duck Race.
 
Organisers, the Swindon Old Town Rotary, estimating the event will have raised over 8,000 for local charity CALM (Children's Cancer & Leukaemia Movement).
  
Swindon Great Duck Race 2008
Quacking good fun:
the team from the Swindon Old Town Rotary Club
get ready for the duck race
(and testing the water, below)
 
Great Swindon Duck Race 2008
 
Wet and Wild!

Swindon Designer Outlet Wild Weekend
 
At least they had one day of sunshine at the Swindon Designer Outlet before their wild weekend entertainment moved indoors.
 
Acrobats, jugglers, puppeteers and circus workshops - plus a life size african elephant sculpture - all greeting shoppers making the most of the bank holiday to grab a bargain.
 
Swindon Designer Outlet Wild Weekend 2008
Throwing a party:
the Wild Weekend at the Swindon Designer Outlet
 
Swindon Designer Outlet Wild Weekend 2008
 
Swindon Designer Outlet Wild Weekend 2008
 
Swindon Designer Outlet Wild Weekend 2008
 
More pictures below. 
 
Hot and humid

Butterfly World and Studley Grange Craft Village
 
At Studley Grange, the rain was the last thing on the minds of children enjoying a visit to Butterfly World and Studley Grange Craft Village.
 
Different varieties of butterflies landing on heads and hands as families took a tour of the tourist attraction, just off junction 16.
 
Butterfly World Swindon
Rain? What rain?:
Butterfly World (top)
and Studley Grange Craft Village (below)
 
Studlet Grange Craft Village, Swindon
 
More pictures below.
 
Rockin' while it rains
 
Riffstock Festival 2008
 
And the fact that it poured down for most of the weekend, made no difference to Riffs Bar annual weekend rock festival - Riffstock.
 
Held indoors this year, the award-winning music pub raised hundreds of pounds for the Love Hope Strength Foundation charity, with a showcase of local bands, a Guitar Hero 3 competition and a beer festival.
 
Riffs bar Riffstock 2008
In the bar:
Riffstock 2008
Riffs bar Riffstock 2008
 
Riffs Bar Swindon Riffstock 2008
 
More pictures below.
 
Stuck in the mud!
 
Swindon Nostalgic Show 2008
 
Unfortunately Sunday and Monday weren't wonderful days for the organisers of the Swindon Nostalgic Show.
 
The threat of rain - then an extreme weather warning - putting a complete damper on the event which had hoped to attract big crowds to a weekend display of classic and vintage cars, a fun fair and a bustling collector's bazaar selling antiques, auto memorabilia and crafts.
 
Those calling it a day on Monday morning doing their best to smile through the rain!
 
Swindon Nostalgic Show 2008
Miserable Monday:
exhibitors pack up at the Swindon Nostalgic Show
 
Swindon Nostalgic Show 2008
 
Swindon Nostalgic Show 2008
 
More pictures below.
 
Soaking Swindon!
 
But summer should be back soon
 
More pictures from what was one of the wettest bank holidays in Swindon's history. Not that you probably needed any reminding!
 
Rainy Swindon 26 May 2008
Spot the Brunel Tower:
storm clouds gather over Swindon
 
Rainy Swindon 26 May 2008
 
Rainy Swindon 26 May 2008
 
Rainy Swindon 26 May 2008
 
Rainy Swindon 26 May 2008
 
Rainy Swindon 26 May 2008
 
Rainy Swindon 26 May 2008
 
The good news is that the weather is forecast to improve in the next few days.
 
And... just in time, we got the biggest and best guide to Summer in Swindon ever put together!!
 
Full galleries
Wanborough Beer Race 2008 - 26/05/2008
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Swindon Designer Outlet Wild Weekend - 24/05/2008
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Riffstock 2008 - 26/05/2008
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Butterfly World and Studley Grange - 26/05/2008
Butterfly World and Studley Grange
Butterfly World and Studley Grange
Butterfly World and Studley Grange
Butterfly World and Studley Grange
Butterfly World and Studley Grange
Butterfly World and Studley Grange
Butterfly World and Studley Grange
Butterfly World and Studley Grange
Butterfly World and Studley Grange
Butterfly World and Studley Grange
Swindon Nostalgic Weekend 2008 - 26/05/2008
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Rainy Swindon - 26/05/2008
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