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Schools Out for Parents

Half term is on the horizon. A welcome break from school runs, clubs and packed lunches.

So, as parents look to fill their future days of free time with family activities. We at TGt towers took it upon ourselves to create a week-long list of childfree event options to help parents have at least one well - deserved night off. The only thing you need is a babysitter. Because we believe half term fun shouldn’t end when the kids go to bed!


1/ An evening of theatre

When it comes to escapism, there is nowhere better than the theatre. And this October half term the Wyvern Theatre has The Full Monty on offer, with an award-winning show, all-star cast and legendary soundtrack.

Based on his smash hit film and adapted for the stage by Oscar-winning writer Simon Beaufoy, The Full Monty is a hilarious and heartfelt production telling the story of six out-of-work steelworkers from Sheffield.

Wyvern Theatre - Monday 29th October – Saturday 3rd November

Tickets: £27.50 - £35.00

Friends: £5.00 off each ticket on opening night

Click here to get tickets!


2/ A shared experience – Halloween Group Scare

The Brunel is offering an exclusive real-life escape in partnership with City Mazes.

As a team choose from one of three new experiences at a special Halloween rate. The package includes a drink on arrival, a 60-minute experience, and supper in The Crossing for just £22pp.

The Brunel Shopping Centre – 29th October – 31st October, 7pm – 9.30pm

£22 per person

Click here for further information.


3/ A comical interlude

A day without laughter is a day wasted – Charlie Chaplin

Laughter reduces stress hormones, boosts the immune system and lowers blood pressure. Half terms can be fun, but they can also be a little stressful.

Join Zoe Lyons who ‘has what it takes to delight any crowd’ with her ‘proper laugh-out-loud one-liners’ (The Herald) and ‘quick-fire observational gags, delivered with utter conviction’ (Chortle).

Zoe will be deliberating if she has some sort of idea of what she’s doing in life. Or if she is the perfect example of an Entry Level Human.

Swindon Arts Centre – Sunday 28th October at 8pm 

Tickets: £17.50

Click here to get tickets!


4/ Roll with it

80’s music, roller skates and drinks – what’s not to like? Enjoy an adult roller disco to rival those of your youth. Grab your leg warmers and let the good times roll.

Meca Swindon - Friday 2nd November

Over 18’s Roller Disco 8:30pm – 10:30pm

Admission £6.60pp (Inc Booking Fee). £9.00 on the door. Skate Hire £2.00pp

Click here for further information.


5/ Clubbing but not as we know it

After a full day with the kids, you are entitled to let off some steam. And where better than a clubbing night with a twist – The Big Bounce. Put the spring back into your step with a bound on the bouncy castle, lose yourself in a ball pit, or play your worries away with a retro game session.

Either way, great tunes, games and drinks await. Alongside buckets full of fun with space-hopper races and obstacle courses. In association with Sky's The Limit Entertainment

Meca Swindon - Friday 26th October, 7pm - 10pm

The Big Bounce

Tickets £5

Click here for further information.


6/ An evening out without leaving your car

For those looking for an entertaining evening requiring little effort on their part, why not road test The Ridge – Drive In Cinema and food.

As part of their Halloween Spooktacular, The Ridge are hosting a screening of “Scream”.

Text your order with your car parking space number to have food delivered to your car. An American experience without leaving the country.

The Ridge Drive In Cinema “Scream”- Friday 26th October at 9pm (Arrival from 8.30pm)

£25 per vehicle

Click here for further information.


7/ Wiltshire Mums Meet

“Drinks, dancing and a damn good time” an evening with like-minded mums of children of all ages. Join the mums of Wiltshire and help raise money for Swindon Women’s Aid with MAMA Wilts charity raffle.

Make Mum number one for an evening and have some fun!

Rudi’s Bar (Upstairs) - Friday 2nd November at 7.30pm until late

Charity raffle £5 a strip all proceeds go to Swindon Women’s Aid

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You may be a parent, but it is also okay to take a break. Pick an activity, book a babysitter and give yourself a well-deserved night off.

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes …. Including you.” – Anne Lammott.

By Emma Smith

If you enjoyed Emma's article, you can read more on her site here!

Wyvern Theatre Swindon

Wyvern Theatre Swindon

Wyvern Theatre Swindon offers an excellent mixed programme of concerts, comedy, dance, drama, musical theatre and local amateur productions.

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