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Rainy Days in Swindon

The weather certainly does dampen a day, but it doesn't mean staying inside. We've rounded up all of the great things to do when it's raining in Swindon, ready for next time the heavens open.

Don't let the bad weather dampen your spirits, keep dry and warm with our boredom busting Swindon rainy day ideas...

Sensory & Soft Play Centre

Sensory & Soft Play Centre

Where: Rugrats & Halfpints

About: The 13,000 sq ft sensory and soft play area includes a wide range of sensory equipment, soft play activities, trampolines and go karts all under one roof giving you and your little ones something to do when the weather isn't so bright!

Plus, for you adults it has a newly refurbished cafe which offers delicious food and drinks to keep you and the kids fueled throughout your visit!

Address: Meadow Road, Cirencester, GL7 1YA

Telephone: 01285 885570

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Ice Skating

Ice Skating

Where: Link Centre

About: Who doesn't love some frozen fun? Whether you're aiming to become a top skating star or just fancy skating for fun, the Link Centre is one of the "coolest" places in Swindon. Penguin Skating Aids are available for little ones who need a little extra support.

Address: Whitehill Way, Swindon, SN5 7DN

Telephone: 01793 445566

 

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Swimming

Swimming

Where: Link Centre

About: The Link Centre's 25m deck level pool caters for a wide range of local swimmers and clubs. You can learn to swim for fitness, join their water workout class or swim school lessons which take place throughout the week and are available for all ages.

Address: Whitehill Way, Westlea, Swindon SN5 7DL

Telephone: 01793 877323

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Where: Oasis Leisure Centre

About: Ok, so we know that the aim of this guide was to recommend activities that keep you dry, but are next option is always a real family favourite. Swimming at the Oasis is always a great way for families to have fun and keep fit. Expect a pool for toddlers with an elephant slide and interactive Pirate Ship, plus there's also a wave machine, a drenching water cannon, three hydro slides, the Lagoon Falls waterslide and the Domebusters!

Address: North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1EP

Telephone: 01793 507110

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Trampolining

Trampolining

Where: Better Trampoline Park

About: The Link Centre's Better Trampoline Park is home to a variety of exciting features designed to test your skills - so every time you visit there will be something new to try! You'll have tons of fun flying across the main jump arena, diving in to the foam pits, and competing with your friends to see who can land the smoothest dunk! 

Address: Link Centre, Whitehill Way, Westlea, Swindon SN5 7DL

Telephone: 01793 877323

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Have a Workout

Have a Workout

Where: Better Swindon

About: Whether you’re taking the first steps on your fitness journey or you’re looking to stay in shape, you’ll find everything you need in your local Better Swindon. With state-of-the-art gyms and plenty of fitness classes to choose from, you can work up a sweat without the sunshine! 

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Indoor Leisure Activities

Indoor Leisure Activities

Swindon plays host to a number of fantastic centres that offer an enormous array of sports and activities as well as fantastic swimming facilities.

Our favourite leisure centre to visit when it's raining is David Lloyd Swindon. They offer indoor space to go swimming, play tennis, badminton and so much more.

It's the perfect place to take your little ones when the weather isn't so great and calls for some indoor fun! They are bound to have a splashtastic day!

 

 

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Spa Retreat

Spa Retreat

Venues:  De Vere Cotswold Water Park, Chickkks, The Kinds Head Hotel, David Lloyd & Gem's Beauty

About: Not sure what to do when the weather isn't so great? Then, a spa trip is the perfect place for when the weather isn't quite on our side! Swindon is home to many luxurious spas with a range of many different treatments and specialities.

Therefore, when the weather isn't bright blue skies why not enjoy a brilliant massage or settle in for a relaxing facial.

Archery, Crossbow & Air Rifles

Archery, Crossbow & Air Rifles

Where: The Cotswold Range

About: It can be hard to think of things to do when it's raining. The swings at the park are soaking and it just seems like staying at home is the best idea. That's where The Cotswold Range can help, they provide lessons that teach you how to do archery and how to use crossbows and air rifles.

They have a sheltered venue in the heart of the Cotswold Water Park so whatever the weather you can always count on The Cotswold Range.

Address: Spine Road West, Somerford Keynes, Cotswold Water Park, Gloucestershire, GL7 6GY

Telephone: 01285 238101

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Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality

Where: Active Reality

About: Are you tired of doing the same activities when it's raining? Do you want to find something new and exciting that will keep you and your kids entertained for hours on end? Look no further than Active Reality!

This innovative company offers a range of fun and engaging experiences that are perfect for children of all ages.

From virtual reality games to interactive adventures, Active Reality has it all. Your kids will be amazed as they step into a whole new world and immerse themselves in thrilling challenges and exhilarating activities. With Active Reality, boredom is a thing of the past!

Address: Link Centre, Whitehill Way, Toothill, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN5 7DL

Telephone: 0333 339 1881

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Adventure Point

Adventure Point

Where: Shaw Ridge

About: When the weather isn't playing ball head on over to Adventure Point, the one-stop, multi-activity destination at Shaw Ridge Leisure Park.

Why not gear up for an adrenaline-pumping mission, within the state-of-the-art Laser Quest arena? Or for the puzzle-solvers and detectives among us you can find four intriguing team-building scenarios brought to you by Clue HQ – The Live Escape Game.

For those in search of friendly competition, you can head to Jungle Rocks Crazy Golf course, featuring unique and creatively designed holes with challenging obstacles – can you move the golf ball up the vertical maze?

Address: Shaw Ridge, Whitehill Way, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN5 7DN

Telephone: 01793 758 758

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Visit a Farm

Visit a Farm

Venue: Roves Farm

About: Think a visit to Roves Farm isn't suitable for a rainy day? Think again! There's plenty to do at Roves whatever the weather. They have a heated Indoor Play Barn with giant slides, tunnels, climbing ropes, ball ponds, kids crafts, pedal tractors and more! Let the children run off steam while you enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of homemade cake from the Woolly Sheep Cafe. You can also meet and feed the friendly farm animals in Pets Corner, rub noses with piglets of all ages in the Animal Barn and take part in extra daily animal activities all under cover.

Address: Sevenhampton, Near Highworth, Swindon SN6 7QG

Telephone: 01793 763939

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Museum Trip

Museum Trip

Where: STEAMKelmscott Manor & Lydiard House Museum

KELMSCOTT MANOR

Kelmscott Manor was the inspirational country home of William Morris; poet, designer, craftsman, socialist and founding father of the Arts and Crafts movement.

Address: Kelmscott, Lechlade, GL7 3HJ

Telephone: 01367 252486

STEAM MUSEUM

If you're looking for a first class day out, look no further! Packed with fascinating exhibitions and displays, a day at STEAM is guaranteed to excite parents and children alike. Journey around the Museum and follow the story of the men and women that helped to build and operate the GWR.

Address: Fire Fly Avenue, Swindon, SN2 2EY

Telephone: 01793 466646

LYDIARD HOUSE MUSEUM

You don't have to worry about the weather when it comes to Lydiard House Museum. They have a museum full of interesting facts that will keep you occupied when the weather isn't so nice.

 

You can explore the elegant State Rooms, where ornate plasterwork and original family furnishings are on display alongside portraits and photographs of the St John family, who lived here from Elizabethan times. 

 

Address: Lydiard House Museum, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN5 3PA

 

Telephone: 01793 465270

Play Area

Play Area

Where: Kidz About

About: Dreadful rain, the kids are bored and you're not sure what you can do when the weather is so bad? Well, Kidz About can help! They are Swindon's premier play centre that features a 22,000 sq. ft premises with a play frame rising over 6 metres, and various exciting slides and activities for kids to experience a day of fun indoors.

Parents can enjoy a delicious Costa whilst catching up with friends and family, as your little ones run around in a safe and secure environment. 

Address: The Spectrum Building, Mead Way, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN5 7UT

Telephone: 01793 524646

Fun Ranking: 4/5

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Indoor Soft Play Area

Indoor Soft Play Area

Where: Link Centre

About: Better Swindon's Soft Play Centre has multi-layered climbing frames, colourful ball pits and elaborate mazes.

Their soft play areas are certain to keep babies, toddlers and kids active and entertained, whatever the weather. Better Swindon's Soft Play Centre is suitable for a variety of ages.

Address: Link Centre, West Swindon District Centre, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN5 7DL

Telephone: 01793 445566

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Theatre

Theatre

Where: Wyvern Theatre

About: There's plenty of fun to be had at the Wyvern Theatre when the skies turn grey. The venue boasts an excellent programme of concerts, comedy, dance, drama, musical theatre and local amateur productions.

Address: Theatre Square, Swindon, SN1 1QN

Telephone: 01793 524481

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Bowling

Bowling

Where: Tenpin

About: Tenpin this is the place to be for affordable family fun! As well as 10 pin bowling, where you can show off your strike to your family and friends, the alley offers tasty American-style food, video games and a fully licensed bar. 

Address: Shaw Ridge Leisure Park, Swindon, SN5 7DN

Telephone: 0871 222 3675

Outdoor Play

Outdoor Play

Where: Croft Sports CentreHaydon Centre, David LloydDelta Tennis

About: Sometimes it's good to get the kids away from their devices and outside in the fresh air! We know this can be a difficult task trying to entice them to play outside, but with Better's outdoor facilities your kids can have so much fun joining in on array of outdoor activities, such as: tennis, squash and football. Plus, if the weather isn't playing ball, then they can keep off their devices and play some basketball and badminton indoors.

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Cinema

Cinema

Where: Cineworld, Regent Circus

About: It's an old 'un but it’s still a good’un! If you feel like you need to get out the house, there's simply no better form of entertainment than a trip to the cinema. Cineworld always has the latest blockbusters on offer, and at prices that won't break the bank!

Address: Victoria Road, Swindon, SN1 1FA

Telephone: 0871 200 2000

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