Looking to find out what there is to do in Swindon this August? Well you’re in the right place…
Keeping the children entertained throughout the summer holidays is always tricky, especially if you are on a budget.
All children are different; some like sport, some like arts and crafts and others like comics, movies and gaming.
Swindon has something for everyone to enjoy no matter what you or your children are in to.
With the last few weeks of the summer holidays lurking, we wanted to give you some ideas of things to do in Swindon without breaking the bank.
The heatwave has been and gone but there are still plenty of indoor activities and attractions that will keep your children entertained.
If the weather picks up, there is even more going on in Swindon, including visiting Lydiard Park or Coate Water (for free!).
7The Golfing Hole
When: 10am-10pm throughout the summer holidays
Where: The Golfing Hole, Spectrum Building, Mead Way, Swindon, SN5 7UT
Website: The Golfing Hole
If your children are active and enjoy sports, they’ll love playing mini golf.
At the time of writing the weather forecast isn’t looking too bright, so if the weather isn’t on your side, you can enjoy some mini golf at The Golfing Hole, an indoor adventure golf experience in Swindon.
There’s no need to book, just turn up and play. Prices vary depending on age and size of your party, so it’s best to check out their pricing page before visiting.
There’s 18 very different holes to contend with that will test your putting skills to the max.
Why not try out this unique fun-packed golfing experience and introduce something new to your children’s lives at
6Coate Water Country Park
If the sun is shining, you can head to Coate Water and play on their 18 hole outdoor mini golf course, amongst a host of other cheap or free activities.
It costs just £3 per person to play mini golf at Coate Water, which is a snip considering it entertains the children for a while.
With car parking charges, all the family will be able to enjoy a fun round of crazy golf for £10.
Coate Water is one of the best places to visit if you are looking for a great family day out without it costing you an arm and a leg, however, it does largely depend on the weather.
There’s plenty more to do at Coate Water than playing mini golf, so either get on your bikes or take a drive and visit this fabulous country park.
When: Open 7 days a week 9.30am – 7.00pm (gates close 6.30pm)
Where: Lotmead Farm, Wanborough, Swindon SN4 0SN
Website: Lotmead Farm
Picking your own strawberries is one of the best things you can do with your children, but Lotmead is a lot more than that.
Lotmead Farm has an animal enclosure on-site and homes several animals, such as pigs, lambs, chickens, guinea pigs and alpacas. Help feed the animals and watch the smile arise on your children’s face.
If that wasn’t enough reason to visit Lotmead farm, then their brand new children’s adventure play area should be.
Swings, monkey bars, mazes and a tyre tower will keep your children entertained for hours and with it being right in front of the cafe, you can grab yourself a drink and relax whilst watching your children play.
4Steam Museum (Kids go for £1)
When: 1st August – 2nd September 2018
Where: Steam Museum, Fire Fly Avenue, Swindon, SN2 2EY
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Visiting the Steam Museum is one of the most iconic things to do in Swindon and thousands of people each month come to Swindon just to explore it’s brilliance.
It’s the best way to learn all about Swindon and their railway background.
See famous locomotives, ‘drive’ their train simulator and you can even work the signals in their interactive Great Western Railway signal box (perfect for the children).
96% of people that visit the Great Western Museum recommend it to others (over 1,000 people) and with this deal, Steam Museum are really treating you.
Throughout August 2018, children between the ages of 3-15 can visit Steam Museum for £1 when accompanied by a full paying adult. It’s reasonably priced normally, but this deal makes visiting the Steam a must.
3Roves Farm Bear Hunt
Where: Roves Farm, Sevenhampton, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN6 7QG
When: 13th – 19th August from 9am. Monday-Sunday
Website: More Information
Jump on a tractor trailer ride and make your way through the obstacles. Will you track down our friendly bear.
All of the usual activities on offer at Roves Farm will be running including;
- Meet and feed the animals
- Egg collecting
- Animal racing
- Indoor & Outdoor play area… and much more.
Tickets start from £4, and goes up to £9 for entry, making it something that all the family can enjoy for a low-cost.
Families of all shapes and sizes enjoy visiting Roves Farm and with the bear hunt being put on specifically for the summer holidays, it’s something you should try and do before it ends.
2Lydiard Park Bark Show
When: Sunday 19th August 2018 – 11am-3pm
Where: Lydiard Park, Lydiard Tregoze, Swindon, Wilts, SN5 3PA
Contact: More Information
Calling all Swindon dog lovers, Lydiard Park Bark Show is back for it’s annual visit on a slightly different date due to the heatwave in Swindon that saw the event re-scheduled.
The Dog Show is an annual event held at Lydiard Park, which starts at 11am and ends at 3pm. It’s ran exclusively by Eastcott Vets and is for charity.
It’s a family fun event that all the family and your dog will enjoy, with refreshments, dog related goods, face painting and games for the children all surrounding the event.
Head to the games field at Lydiard Park this Sunday 19 August with your family (including your dog, obviously) and enjoy a great afternoon out whilst helping to support a fantastic cause.
1Urban Beach Experience
When: 25th-29th August (Starts at 10am Saturday 25 August)
Where: Wharf Green, Swindon Town Centre
Website: More Information
This event is set to bring a seaside paradise to Swindon’s town centre
Wharf Green will be transformed into an Urban Beach this summer, bringing a taste of the seaside to the town centre, from 25-29th August from 10-5, daily.
The first ever free urban beach experience is set to be an attractive event (heres hoping the weather picks up) and will have plenty of things on offer such as;
- A man-made beach with deckchairs and buckets and spades
- Children’s rides
- Seaside music
- Soft volleyball
- Food and trade stalls
- A GIANT deck chair for those summer holiday photo opportunities that we all love
Saturday 25th August will see the official opening at 10am, followed by a ‘Family Beach Party’ between 2-6pm with a live DJ, glitter face painting, games, competitions and much more.
Looking for something different?
Well luckily for you, we’ve put together a detailed list of things to do in Swindon, that range from leisure centre activities, escape rooms games to tenpin bowling.
There are plenty of activities going on in August to help with keeping your children entertained and as you can see from the events above, not everything has to cost you a fortune.
Most of the activities and events we’ve included can be enjoyed for less than £10 (dependent on family size taking part).