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LIVE BLOG: Lockdown Easing in Swindon

As lockdown restrictions are easing across the country, we're here to keep you updated with the latest openings in Swindon.

Find all the latest news of things to do, places to go, shops, markets and more that are opening up around Swindon below...



Prospect Hospice are opening three more of their stores this Wednesday!

  • Books and media, 66 Commercial Road, Swindon, SN1 5NX
  • Bridal and homeware, 67-68 Commercial Road, Swindon, SN1 5NX
  • Abbey Meads, Village Centre, Elstree Way, Swindon, SN25 4YX


Stanton House Hotel are now open! Their restaurant and afternoon tea is reopening on Saturday the 11th of July at 12pm. You can receive their reduced lunch menu 7 days a week from noon until 2.30pm in the Conservatory. Afternoon Tea i s available 7 days a week from noon until 4.30pm.



Head on down to Blunsdon House Hotel's Carrie's Bar for a delicious beverage and some mouth-watering food! Open daily from 12pm until 10pm.

Call 01793 721701 to book!


Edge Swindon are reopening their bar and garden on Saturday the 4th of July!


Longs Bar are reopening on the 4th of July! Plus, they have some great new cocktail offers to celebrate.



Jack's in Old Town are back and reopening on the 4th of July!


Coate Water Cafe are NOW open! Contactless payments only - go and enjoy some delicious food as you walk round the park!


The Regent Circus Cineworld are reopening on July the 31st and will be completely Covid secure! What film are you excited to go see?


Five Guys in the Swindon Designer Outlet are reopening on the 4th of July for delivery and collection only! Will you be ordering?


Rudi's Bar are back open on the 4th of July! Check out their opening times below...


Jurys Inn Swindon is pleased to announce their reopening on the 4th of July!



Jennie's Kitchen is reopening on the 4th of July!

Find out more or book NOW!


Guyers House is reopening on the Saturday the 1st of August!


Keep an eye out for Longs Bar's reopening announcement, they are planning their opening now!


Cricklade Hotel & Spa are set to reopen from the 5th of July including access to their Golf course!



De Vere Cotswold Water Park reopen on the 10th of July! To say thank you to the NHS you can get a 10% discount on direct room bookings for all NHS staff.



The Red Lion Cricklade is reopening on the 4th of July!


The Royal Oak are pleased to announce that they are now taking bookings for drinks and pizza from the 25th of June for Saturday the 4th of July from 4pm.

Bookings are only via


Blunsdon House Hotel are delighted to announce that they are reopening in a limited capacity on July the 4th!



Mario's Italian Restaurant will be reopening on the 4th of July! Table restrictions in place, so please call to reserve your table and to avoid disappointment on 01793 531556.


Hall & Woodhouse will be reopening their pubs in a phased approach from Tuesday the 7th of July through to the end of the month.

Keep up to date HERE!


Intimate Torment have re-opened! Plus, they re-branded and the new shop front design looks fabulous.

Check them out!


The Cricklade Club are back and will be re-opening on the 4th of July! They will be offering a reduced menu where you can enjoy some divine food, coffee, beers and gin.

Visit them HERE!


Swindon's Cineworld in Regent Circus has announced it will look to re-open on the 10th of July!


The 2 Swindon Greggs stores will reopen for takeaway from the 18th of June! This is both The Parade and Lydiard Fields stores that will re-open.


Bootcamp UK Swindon is back! They have a small number of taster sessions for you to try that will help you get some fresh air and enjoy outdoor fitness! Find out more HERE.


OHM Clothing are back open! They've made big changes to keep you safe so take a look HERE!


Burger Priest in The Outlet Village has re-opened! #outletvillageisbackopen


NSBRC are re-opening from the 17th of June! Check out all the safety info here.


The Forum is now open! It's located in The Brunel Shopping Centre, so head on down!

Check them out HERE!


The Cotswold Lavender fields will be opening from the 22nd of June until the 26th of July 2020, from 10am until 5.00pm daily!

Find out more by visiting their website here!


Rays Ice Cream's Old Town shop is now open 7 days a week from 12pm until 6.00pm. You can order online for home delivery still.

Visit their online shop here:


Swindon's Buzz Gym have opened up an Outdoor Bootcamp for all of you who are missing the gym! You can meet them right outside the club on:

  • Tuesdays from 7.30am until 8.30am
  • Tuesdays from 12pm until 1pm
  • Tuesdays from 5.30pm until 6.30pm
  • Saturdays from 9.30am until 10.30am

Run Swindon have announced they will be re-opening on Tuesday the 16th of June at their Wood Street Store.

Visit their website to find out more.


The Highworth Hotel are offering Afternoon takeaways - hurry hurry and get ordering! #Afternoonteaathome

Find out more by visiting their website.


Cotswold Water Park's car park is now open to the public and have introduced a new pay and park system.

Find out more by visiting their website.


The new Swindon cocktail bar, The Vault have opened an online website offering delicious cocktails!

Find out more by checking out their Facebook page.


Weighbridge Steakhouse and Bar are open for Sunday roast deliveries! #Sundaylunchisback


All Nandos branches in Swindon are now open, providing delivery and takeaway services.


West Swindon's Costa Coffee has re-opened! They are sticking to government guidelines by ensuring the 2 metre rule is kept when customers are in line and maintaining a safe number of customers within the cafe at one time.


Fans of the Royal International Air Tattoo have a treat in store this summer as the world’s largest military airshow announces a weekend of virtual flying displays, interviews and never seen before footage. The Virtual Air Tattoo is aimed at giving viewers a flavour of the real event planned for 2020.

The Virtual Air Tattoo will be a free to view live-streamed event on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 July, with a minimum of four hours of live, unique, video content aired on each day. It will showcase military aviation in a way viewers will not be able to access elsewhere, as the Royal International Air Tattoo has done for nearly 50 years.

Read more here.


Cotswold Wildlife Park are delighted to confirm they will re-open on the 17th June 2020!

Read more here.


Subject to government guidelines, Roves Farm are planning to re-open on Saturday 4th July to valid membership holders only! Then the 11th July for all visitors.

Pre-booking online in necessary.


GAME confirmed that all stores across England and Northern Ireland will open from Monday 15th June in line with the latest Government guidance. 


McDonald's have announced that all Swindon's Drive Thru Restaurants (Cockleberry, Bridgemead, Greenbridge and Orbital) will re-open today (4th June).

Read more here.


The Brunel Shopping Centre will reopen on the 15th June with social distancing measures in place!


A regional, drive-through COVID19 testing centre has opened for at least the next six months at the Wroughton Park & Ride site.

Capable of testing more than 2,000 people a day, anyone (including children under 5) with coronavirus symptoms can be tested.

The Government has also set up a home-testing service for those who are unable to drive. The test kits can be delivered to your door so you can test yourself without leaving the house.

Anyone experiencing a new, continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss of or change in their normal sense of smell or taste, can book a test on the NHS website here.


Cocktail deliveries? Yes please! CJB Mixology are delivering their delicious cocktails to the people of Swindon. To find out more visit their Facebook page here.


Wood Fired Pizza at Marsh Farm Hotel!

"My Name is Tom Will and I’m an 18 y/o Classically Trained Chef who’s been living in RWB for 11 years.

With the help of my Dad, who is an aircraft technician in the RAF, I have converted a vintage Rice Horse box into a mobile pizza kitchen - a journey that’s taken us almost 2 years...

Unfortunately, due to the Corona Virus, the 25 events I had scheduled have all been been cancelled...

This was a massive blow to my new Business but I’m not letting it hold me back!

I’ve been serving authentic, wood fired pizza to an increasing portion of Bassett each week but would now like to open to everyone!

With the kind permission of Marsh Farm Hotel I’ll be offering a social distanced pizza collection service from the hotel starting on Saturday 06/06/2020 from 4pm - 9pm each week!

So please, if you’d like some beautifully wood fired pizza, PM me or call/text on 07305 300304 to book your collection slot.

Please check out my menu below for some mouthwatering toppings!

I’m also offering an NHS discount to support those who care for us in this rough period of time.

Cheers guys,

Thank you for your time


Visit the Facebook page for more.


Swindon Indoor Golf Centre are pleased to announce that we will be open from Saturday 13th June.

Social distancing measures will be in place to ensure that everyone can enjoy the facility safely.

Visit the website here to find out more or book!



Forestry England has today announced that Westonbirt, The National Arboretum will be reopening to the public on Wednesday 3 June at 1pm.

However, in order to protect visitors, staff, volunteers and the local community, the arboretum has made some important changes to its day-to-day operations, by limiting the number of people it can welcome at any one time and introducing a new booking system.

For the foreseeable future, visitors and members of the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum will need to pre-book their tickets online before they come to site. Standard pricing will apply, however Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum will be able to access their own tickets for free when they provide their membership number. If they wish to purchase additional tickets for others, standard charges will apply.

When booking their tickets, visitors and members will be asked to select an arrival time-slot. Time-slots will be every 20-mins, between 9am – 4:20pm every-day, with final entry at 4:40pm. Once in the arboretum visitors can stay for as long as they like, but visitors should be aware that the arboretum closes at 5pm.

Book tickets here.


South Cerney Outdoor are offering a limited opening of Pay & Play from this Saturday.

They are going to have to be super strict on enforcing rules to protect staff and customers, while they try to allow you to get out and enjoy the activities for some outdoor exercise.

Booking online is now live and already proving popular. They can only do bookings via the website as reception will remain unmanned as a control measure.

Book online here!



Cotswold Country Park and Beach are opening on the 6th June. You can book admission online here!


Dick Lovett Mini in Swindon are delighted to say that their showrooms are now open. Please be reassured that the centre been setup to allow for the required social distancing measures; including displaying 2-metre distancing markings where appropriate, hand sanitisation stations and other measures for your comfort and safety. 

For the safety of customers and colleagues, please call ahead of your visit, so that they can manage showroom traffic levels accordingly to maintain social distancing - 01793 398509.


The National Self Build & Renovation Centre will be open to visitors from Wednesday 17th June.

Tickets MUST be booked in advance - book here.



National Trust has announced the re-opening of their gardens and parkland to the public from Wednesday 3rd June.

Read more here!


Family-run Rays Ice Cream who make all of their own ice cream in Swindon have re-opened their shop in Swindon's Old Town with social distancing measures in place. The Royal Wootton Bassett shop remains closed.

Find out more here.



Primark is working to re-open all of stores in England on 15th June, following the recent announcement by the UK Government.

Read more about their planned social distancing measures here.

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