Swindon’s Ultimate Weekend Guide: 16/17/18 October 2015

Stu Jackson, Swindon 24’s Entertainment Reporter brings you our latest edition of the Ultimate Weekend Guide for 16, 17 and 18 October 2015. Here are his recommendations on what to see, where to go and what to do this weekend.

FAMILY

The HORRIBLE HISTORIES team return to the Wyvern Theatre this week, with two shows – ‘Groovy Greeks’ and ‘Incredible Invaders’. Using actors and 3D special effects, these two world premieres are guaranteed to thrill you and your children. Historical figures and events will come alive on stage and hover at your fingertips. Shows run Thursday to Saturday, with a matinee and an evening performance each day. Tickets are £14.00 to £18.00.

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MUSIC

Friday sees the HOPE FOR THE HOMELESS evening at Swindon M.E.C.A. with lots of awesome bands to raise money for Threshold Housing Link – Swindon’s leading homeless charity. Music from The Corsairs, Mid Life Crisis, Lucy Fur, Overcomplicated and Homer, will certainly lead to a greats nights entertainment too! Tickets are £5.50 from M.E.C.A. Box Office or Swindon Central Library.

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On Saturday, head on to The Vic for the DENNIS BOVELL backed by local reggae groovers The Erin Bardwell Collective. Dennis ‘Blackbeard’ Bovell will be singing some of his well known tracks. Plus DJ Andy V from Swindon 105.5fm. And, DJ Danny D. Tickets £7 in advance from Holmes Music, Swindon Central Library, The Vic and online or it’s £8 on the door.

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THEATRE

Sunday night at Swindon Arts Centre, you can catch MITCH BENN’s latest show, ‘Don’t Believe a Word’. Mitch is not only one of the most sought-after acts on the comedy circuit but is widely acknowledged as one of the best writer/performers of comic songs in the country. But why not see for yourself? Tickets are £14.00 (£12.00 for concessions).

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ART

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery are currently hosting an exhibition, GOING TO TOWN: SCENES OF URBAN LIFE. From LS Lowry to Swindon artist Walter Poole, urban life and landscapes inspired many modern artists. This exhibition features interiors, townscapes, factories and ruins depicted by modern British artists. It includes work by Robert Bevan, John Nash, Leon Kossoff and Sylvia Gosse. Free entry.

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BIG SCREEN/SMALL SCREEN

The eagerly awaited latest horror film from Guillermo del Toro, CRIMSON PEAK hits cinemas on Friday. A spooky tale about young author Edith Cushing, who discovers that her charming new husband is not who he appears to be. Not for the faint hearted. Rated 15.

For those wishing to stay in and watch a movie however, I can recommend HULK (2003). I lively entertaining film, and very popular with the current releases of Marvel films. It’s on ITV2 on Saturday at 6.15pm.

OTHER THINGS TO DO

Author Sarah Jasmon, originally from Swindon, is visiting Swindon Central Library on Saturday 2pm to discuss her experience of the writing process: how to channel inspiration; putting thoughts to paper; advice on getting published as well as discussing her novel ‘The Summer of Secrets’. It’s free entry.

Pictured: Sarah Jasmon