People of all ages will have a chance to explore Swindon’s arts and heritage for free on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th October.

The Celebrate Swindon weekend will see organizations across the town throwing open their doors, offering inclusive workshops and hosting exhibitions. The two days of activity include something for every age, ability and experience as well as British Sign Language support for deaf participants.

On Saturday 14th October there are drama workshops, papercraft activities and a treasure hunt at the Wyvern Theatre while Swindon Museum and Art Gallery is the base for animation and craft drop in sessions. The Brunel Centre will be home to musicians encouraging the public to try various instruments.

Also on the Saturday, Drove Primary School will host dance and BSL-interpreted art activities, as well as a range of music and performance from SAPAC, the South Asian Performing Arts Centre. Swindon’s famous Alfred Beaney historic photo collection will be on display in the school foyer.

On Sunday 15th October the Railway Cottage Museum will be open with young performers in Victorian costume while the Central Library welcomes everyone to try accessible visual arts. On the same day, children under 16 will have special free access to STEAM railway museum and Lydiard House throws open its doors to all. A special guided tour of Lydiard House and the neighbouring St. Mary’s Church will take place with BSL interpretation in the afternoon. The Richard Jefferies Museum invites people to take part in a traditional Apple Day across the whole weekend.

Celebrate Swindon is funded by the Big Lottery Fund with support from the Arts Council and Swindon Borough Council. Prime Theatre secured £10,000 to launch the weekend and Prime’s Young Artist, Carli Green, 20, has organised the activities. “This is a once in a lifetime chance for everyone to celebrate Swindon’s art and history,” said Carli, “You can forget how much money or experience you have, come and join in with your friends, family or on your own! Enjoy the chance to explore places and activities that are new to you.”

Leaflets and posters are available in all Swindon schools as well as locations across the town. For more information and to get a Celebrate Swindon schedule contact Visitor Information in the Central Library or call 01793 466454.

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