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How to make the most of a heatwave in Swindon

Whether you love or loathe it, every summer we always have at least a few blisteringly hot days where we have to endure temperatures in the 30s. Here in the UK, it only comes around every now and again so we’re all about grabbing it with both hands and running with it!

Let us help you out with a few ideas of how to make the most of a heatwave when it comes to Swindon. 

Visit an Open Air Pool

If all you can think about in the hot weather is keeping cool, then an open-air swimming pool is a good place to start! Although they are usually heated to a warm temperature, it’s still a brilliant way to get yourself away from that blistering sun and enjoy a splash around with friends or little ones. Luckily here in Swindon, we’re surrounded by open air pools!

Take a look at the nearest open-air pools near you here

Take a trip to Cotswold Water Park

Cotswold Water Park is one of our go-to places on a hot day. Not only can you go swimming in the natural lake (trust us – it’s FREEZING so will definitely cool you down when it’s too hot!) but if you love to be active, you can enjoy plenty of South Cerney water sport activities down on the lake as well as the inflatable Total Wipeout experience, Aquaventure!  

Find out more about Cotswold Water Park and South Cerney Outdoor here

Enjoy a cooling treat at Rays Ice Cream

Who could say no to an ice cream or ice-cold milkshake on a hot day?! Certainly not us! Rays Ice Cream, based in Old Town, Wootton Bassett and Swindon Designer Outlet Village, offer a whole range of exciting ice cream flavours – around 200 to be precise! Don’t forget to bring your furry friends along to cool down too, as they have ice cream specifically for dogs!

Find out more about Rays Ice Cream here

Picnic at Lydiard Park

You can’t beat a good picnic on a warm day. Bring your picnic basket and blanket down to the 260-acre Lydiard Park, situated in West Swindon. There are plenty of picnic spots located around the lake and lots of shady spots under the trees if you want to stay out the sun. There is also a huge playground to keep kids entertained and a café where you can grab an ice-cream!

Find out more about Lydiard Park here

Strawberry Picking at Lotmead Farm

In the height of summer, strawberries are at their finest which is why we love strawberry picking at Lotmead Farm! But not only that, you can pick your own seasonal soft fruits and vegetables including raspberries, gooseberries, sweet blackcurrants, asparagus, potatoes, courgettes, runner beans, sweetcorn, spinach, and beetroot! The kids can also have fun with the farm animals, with opportunities to stroke and feed them. It's the perfect day out for a warm day!

Find out more about Lotmead Farm here!

South Cerney Outdoor

South Cerney Outdoor

South Cerney Outdoor is and outdoor activity centre based in the Cotswold Water Park between Cirencester and Swindon.

Lake 12, Spine Road, South Cerney, Gloucestershire , GL7 5TL

Lydiard Park Swindon

Lydiard Park

Lydiard Park is a firm favourite for a family day out in Swindon, Lydiard Park is a stunning historic estate on the western edge of Swindon.

Lydiard Tregoze, Swindon, SN5 3PA

Rays Ice Cream Swindon

Rays Ice Cream

Established in 2011, family-run Rays Ice Cream make all of their own ice cream in Swindon and sell it in their shop in Old Town. Due to Covid-19 they are also home delivering their goodies to people within a 15min drive of the shop.

63 Devizes Rd, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN1 4BD

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