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Top Things to Do in Swindon this Autumn

Autumn is a season where nature exhibits its most exceptional array of colour. Warming all with its vivid display of burnt oranges, warm reds and ombre yellows. However, when temperatures drop and dusk falls. You may consider staying put, as opposed to venturing out.

So, here at TGt towers, we have put together a guide of the top things to do in Swindon this Autumn to prove that this season is more about celebration than hibernation.

We hope that we have inspired you with our list. Remember, this is not comprehensive, and we welcome your suggestions of top things to do this Autumn.

So, be it a forage in a hedgerow, a walk in the woodlands or a brunch after rising from late your slumber we wish you a warm Autumn, full of fun and frolics. Until, next time…

Grab your coat and your walking shoes and let us help you explore the possibilities;

For more things to do in Swindon, check out our full guide here or browse our events calendar!

Woodland/Welly Walks

Woodland/Welly Walks

Where: Stanton Park, Croft Woods, Shaw Forest, Moulden Hill

About: It has been well documented that nature is a key contributor to well-being. Known for lowering stress levels, blood pressure and strengthening your immune system. Irrespective of age, everyone can benefit from a mood-lifting walk which is why you should take a stroll through one of Swindon's best parks.

Read our Best Autumn Walks in Swindon guide HERE to find out some of our favourite places to explore this Autumn.

 

Foraging

Foraging

Where: Old Town Cycling Track 

About: Local hedgerows, trees and bushes are abundant with free fruit over the autumn season. Little equipment is needed to participate in the foraging and harvesting of nature’s spoils. Aside from confirmation that the bushes are not privately owned, or near a busy roadside, you will require a container to store your pickings.

Blackberries, elderberries and sloe berries are the most commonly collected fruits. However, if you choose to explore the nature’s other offerings always check exactly what your picking. As any plants and fruits can resemble those of the edible variety.

For more guidance and advice visit, the Tree Council’s guide to foraging HERE!

Sunset Watching

Sunset Watching

Where: Barbury Castle, Shaw Forest Park, Lydiard Park

About: The evenings may be closing in, but the sun will always set. Swindon is home to numerous beauty spots, perfect for viewing an early sunset. This Autumn embrace our town’s surrounding rural hills and take a moment to immerse yourself in the spectacle.

View the best locations to watch a sunset in Swindon HERE!

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days

Where: Prospect Place Conservation Area, London Street Carriage Works, Health Hydro, Railway Village & Museum

About: Heritage Open Days is a country-wide initiative inviting everyone to visit and experience local historical, architectural and cultural sites for free. Open days are supported by thousands of volunteers, and 2021 sessions will run from 10th - 19th September 2021.

Find out more about the upcoming heritage open days HERE!

Hearty Brunch

Hearty Brunch

Where: Rudi's, The Old Bank, Blunsdon Arms

About: The summer is over. If the dark mornings prove to be a challenge, gift yourself a lie in. Take this lesson in self-care and reward yourself with a delicious brunch in Swindon. Because sleep is good for you and lie-ins more so.

Embrace the seasonal change, shake off any shackles of guilt or FOMO and turn off that alarm clock. And follow it with a well-earned brunch at your favourite food spot because after all that rest, you deserve a treat. 

Fancy making it extra special? Visit one of Swindon's best bottomless brunch spots HERE!

Scarecrow Trails

Scarecrow Trails

Where: Heddington Scarecrow Trail & DAPS Scarecrow Trail

About: Scarecrow maker or trail walker, a local scarecrow trail never disappoints. With an annual changing theme and enthusiastic crew of participants, scarecrow trails are a key feature throughout the year with most raising vital funds for charities.

Here is a list of a few that will be displaying over the Autumn season;

  • Heddington Scarecrow Trail - 11th September 2021 from 10am - 4pm @ Heddington Primary School.
  • DAPS Scarecrow Trail - 18th - 19th September 2021 from 10am - 4pm @ Sandfield, Devizes.

 

Autumn Fayres

Autumn Fayres

Where: Cirencester 

About: Fayres are at the centre of Swindon and its surrounding areas' community providing entertainment for all generations. Many Autumn fayres offer the opportunity to take part in local group activities, learn a new craft or enjoy pocket money priced games. All this can be washed down with a cup of tea and a home baked slice of cake.

Upcoming Autumn Fayres in Swindon are;

  • Cirencester Autumn Market - Saturday 30th October - Sunday 31st October from 8/9am - 5pm.
Conkering

Conkering

Where: Lydiard Park, Stanton Country Park, Coate Water Park

About: Autumn is the season of the conkers. Where both adults and children delight in the joy of stamping on the prickly green cased fruit of horse chestnut trees to release the shiny jewel inside. Whether you choose to collect conkers for official competitions or at home games, Conkering is a tremendous free outdoor activity to fill an autumn day. Collect, select, drill and thread a lace or durable string through your conker to compete in Conkering competitions.

Definition of conkers - A game where two conker players take turns to hit the other conker with their own. With the winner being the one who’s conker doesn’t break.

View the top places to find conkers in Swindon HERE!

Halloween

Halloween

Where: Roves Farm

About: The Halloween we knew in the early noughties is far from that of which we see today. The degree to which we celebrated the occasion decades past was somewhat subdued in comparison to our neighbours across the pond in the US.

However, Halloween has now indeed carved its place in the seasonal calendar with predictions of its growth being on par with Christmas. Venues and farms have embraced the phenomenon offering pick your own pumpkins, parties and Halloween fun.

If you are looking for some spooky entertainment this season, here are a few options; 

View our Halloween in Swindon guide HERE to find out what's going on in Swindon for 31st October!

Visit a Gallery or Museum

Visit a Gallery or Museum

Where: STEAM Museum, Richard Jefferies Museum, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, Museum of Computing

About: As a town, Swindon is fortunate to be host to many galleries and museums. Many of which are free admission. If the weather takes a likely cold or wet turn, why not ditch the umbrella and embrace the opportunity to shelter in one of Swindon’s many visually and informative venues.

View our full Museum and llery guide HERE!

Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night

Where: View Swindon's Best Firework Displays HERE!

About: Remember, remember the fifth of November... wrap up warm, grab a hot chocolate and head to one of Swindon's spectacular firework displays this Autumn. You can look forward to plenty of Bonfire Night festivities across the town in the build up to Guy Fawkes' Night. Want to make your own fireworks display at home? Then check out our top places for where you can buy fireworks in Swindon!

View our full bonfire guide HERE!

 

Pumpkin Picking

Pumpkin Picking

Where: Kidz About, Roves Farm

About: Autumn is here which means one thing and one thing only...pumpkins! Who knew pumpkins could be so fun, from pumpkin picking to pumpkin carving they provide so much entertainment for all ages. Swindon plays host to a brilliant selection of pumpkin picking locations where you can explore fields of pumpkins.

There are some great pumpkin picking events happening this October, see our favs below:

Visit our Pumpkin Picking guide HERE!

 

Nature Trails

Nature Trails

Where: Roves Farm

About: Nature trails are a brilliant way to get outdoors and experience wildlife and nature, with Swindon playing home to some of Wiltshire's best family-friendly nature trails. Swindon has some incredible nature trails where you can have an afternoon packed with animals, insects, wildflowers, and exciting walks.

View our full Nature Trails guide HERE!

STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway
Lydiard Park
Roves Farm
Barnes Travel
Co-Decode
Longs Bar
InSwindon BID
Happy Puzzle Co (Affiliate)
Prime Theatre
Hall & Woodhouse

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