A variety of things to do and places to see can be found on your doorstep and for those wishing to travel a little further afield, the options are endless. There is something for everyone from thrill seeking to chilling out! Please find below some suggestions but beware, the list is by no means exhaustive!
On your doorstep
Indulge yourself in locomotive heaven at STEAM – Museum of The Great Western Railway (www.steam-museum.org.uk)
Museum of Computing (www.museumofcomputing.org.uk)
Swindon Museum & Art Gallery (www.swindonmuseumandartgallery.org.uk)
Shop til you drop at Swindon Designer Outlet (www.mcarthurglen.com/uk/swindon-designer-outlet)
Activities including farms
Step back in time at Swindon & Cricklade Railway (www.swindon-cricklade-railway.org)
Pass through ancient landscapes as you walk Britain’s oldest road, The Ridgeway National Trail, which starts in Avebury and weaves through Swindon (www.nationaltrail.co.uk/ridgeway)
Dare to ride the water slides and face the wave machine at the Oasis Leisure Centre
Bounce yourself to oblivion at Freedog Urban Activity Centre (www.freedog.com)
Enjoy a family day out at Roves Farm (www.rovesfarm.co.uk)
Pick your own produce at Lotmead Farm (www.lotmead.co.uk)
Explore newly restored parts of the Wilts & Berks Canal (www.wbct.org.uk)
Meander around the 260 acre Lydiard Park estate with its Palladian house, church and walled garden (www.lydiardpark.org.uk)
Take in the beautiful nature haven of Coate Water Country Park which includes pitch and putt, a children’s pool in Summer and a private bird watching reserve
Inhale fresh air and beautiful sights at Stanton Park with its mirror-like lake and well managed woodland
A little further afield
The Cotswolds (20 minute drive)
Just a short drive away, you’ll find the capital of the Cotswolds, Cirencester, with its boutiques, eateries, vibrant art galleries and the award winning Corinium Museum. The Cotswold Water Park is also nearby and consists of over 150 lakes which offer a wide range of activities including cable skiing, sailing, wildlife watching, paintballing, angling and cycling the network of lakeside paths. During the Summer months, you can build sandcastles and soak up some sun on the largest inland bathing beach in the UK. You’ll be hard pressed to find such an abundance of quaint villages, winding rivers and dry stone walls elsewhere. The Cotswolds is simply unmissable! Oh, and don’t forget Cotswold Wildlife Park for a great family day out.
Avebury (25 minute drive)
Find your spiritual side at the National Heritage site of Avebury with its world famous Stone Circle (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/avebury)
Marlborough (20 minute drive)
The pretty market town and home to one of the UK’s largest jazz festivals, Marlborough, is a great place to spend the day. It boasts the second widest high street in the UK and is perfect for those wishing to ‘coffee’ and browse the peppering of boutiques.
Oxford (35 minute drive)
The ‘City of Dreaming Spires’, Oxford, is a magnificent city with a prestigious university and an array of impressive world class museums to explore. You can also visit the botanical gardens, covered market and Bridge of Sighs.
Bristol (45 minute drive)
Bristol has many things to brag about including being home to street artist Banksy. It also hosts the spectacular Bristol Balloon Fiesta and has a magnificent harbour which is home to SS Great Britain. Add a wonderful theatre, the Clifton Suspension Bridge, oodles of shops and an interactive science centre and aquarium to the mix and….. well, you get the picture.
Bath (55 minute drive)
Why not indulge in a little luxury at the Thermae Bath Spa at the end of a long day sightseeing or shopping? The Roman city of Bath is a historians dream. The Roman Baths, Victorian Park and much photographed Pulteney Bridge and weir are an absolute feast on the eyes and definitely worth a visit. An afternoon tea in the Pump Rooms feels rather special too. Don’t, whatever you do, forget your camera!