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Total Guide to Swindon
  • Sustrans Half Term

    Bust half term boredom this October! Discover and explore Swindon’s autumnal outdoors by bike or by foot with a free Autumn Orienteering pack or Wildlife Treasure Hunt activity pack from Sustrans and Swindon Travel Choices.

  • Half Term

    Keep the kids entertained with a huge range of exciting half term events and activities across Swindon this October.

  • Marriott Christmas Lunch Comp

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas...so we've teamed up with the Marriott Swindon to offer you the chance to win a three-course midweek Christmas lunch for ten at the Source Grill Restaurant!

  • Halloween

    Plan a night to remember with our fang-tastic Halloween Guide. We've got plenty of ideas for frightening food and ghoulish party games. Plus all you'll need to know about staying safe while trick-or-treating in Swindon.

  • Fireworks

    Remember, remember the fifth of November... wrap up warm and head to one of the Swindon's spectacular firework displays this November. You can look forward to plenty of Bonfire Night festivities across the town in the build up to Guy Fawkes' Night.

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About Swindon

Swindon may be many things, but boring certainly isn’t one of them; steeped in history and culture Swindon is one of the most dynamic and prosperous settlements in the South West.

From a sleepy market town during the 1800s to one of Europe’s fastest developing destinations during the 90s. Swindon has blossomed and bloomed over the years, earning itself a reputation as a haven for business, sport, leisure and shopping. Whether you want to shop designer brands, go ice skating, or eat a Dominos Pizza, Swindon has it all.

Formerly a Saxon colony, Swindon was known as ‘Swine Dun’ right up until the 14th century; its name quite literally translating to ‘pig hill’ or ‘the hill where pigs were bred’ - with its eclectic mix of independent shops, traditional pubs and stylish cafes and bars it’s hard to believe that Old Town now stands where the original town first lay.

Although, Swindon steadily began to expand and improve over the years, it wasn’t until 1840 that it really started to make a name for itself thanks to pioneering designer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who selected Swindon as his base for the Great Western Railways.

Today the works are Swindon's Designer Outlet Village; a popular retail centre, offering shoppers luxury labels such as Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss and Kurt Geiger at discounted prices.

As well as premium shopping facilities, a thriving sports scene and the infamous Magic Roundabout, Swindon boasts an impressive array of dining options and international cuisine. Thanks to regular events at the Wyvern Theatre and Arts Centre, the town can also add burgeoning arts scene to its list of achievements too. 

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