1 Meet the Railway Workers takes place fortnightly on Saturdays at Steam Railway Museum, Firefly Avenue, Rodbourne, Swindon. Whatever your age, our friendly team of volunteers will add to the Steam experience as you tour the museum today. They will welcome families aboard three famous locomotives: No. 4073 Caerphilly Castle, No. 3717 City of Truro, and No. 6000 King George V! You'll even get to find out how the controls worked on the great engines! Expect to hear some fascinating anecdotes of what it was like to be a GWR engine driver, fireman or labourer; or an engineer, craftsman or office worker at one of the 'Shops' inside GWR's Swindon Works. Our volunteers are happy to help with any questions you may have about the GWR locomotives and artefacts we have on display at Steam. This great experience is free with standard admission and for Steam Season Ticket holders.

2 Following the success of the 2017 Summer Youth Project, Summer Holiday, the charming musical adventure, Oliver takes to the stage today! Based on the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist, Oliver! tells the story of an orphan boy who falls in with a group of street-urchin pickpockets, led by the Artful Dodger and masterminded by the criminal Fagin. When kindly bachelor, Mr. Brownlow, takes pity on Oliver and offers him a home, Fagin's henchman Bill Sikes plots to kidnap the boy to keep him from talking. This family favourite is full of musical hits, including Food, Glorious Food, You've Got To Pick a Pocket or Two and I'd Do Anything. So Consider Yourself one of us and come and join our gang this summer with the best Summer Youth Project yet! Oliver! begins at 7.30pm, in the Wyvern Theatre, Theatre Square, Swindon. Tickets are £14.50 - £16 from 01793 524481 or visit www.swindontheatres.co.uk.

3 Immersion Theatre invite you to soar away to Neverland as they proudly bring their trademark energy to their most magical musical to date, Peter Pan tomorrow. Open Air Theatre Peter Pan, begins at 5.30pm, in Lydiard Park, Lydiard Tregoze, Swindon. Get ready to think happy thoughts and fly high as the mischievous Peter embarks on an 'awfully big' adventure, introducing the Darling children to the lost boys, the cheeky Tinkerbell, the hilarious Smee, and a host of other exciting characters before facing the most feared villain of them all, the infamous Captain Hook! Filled with catchy music, heaps of audience interaction, a laugh-a-minute script, and the opportunity to meet the characters after the show, this hilarious and exciting musical of the boy who never grew up promises to have every member of the family hooked. Bring picnics, rugs or low-back chairs and enjoy live theatre in the beautiful surroundings of Lydiard Park. Refreshments are also available on site. Adult £14, Child (3-15 yrs) £10. 01793 465270 or visit http://www.lydiardpark.org.uk/events/Pages/Open-Air-Theatre-Peter-Pan.aspx.

4 The Barrington Arms Beer Festival has something for all the family with a Bouncy castle and face painting for the children on Saturday. Music from the Locarno Beat and Abstraction Engine, Andy Robbins, Tom Dalby and Bit On The Side. The festival begins at 12pm, in The Barrington Arms Hotel, 25 High Street, Shrivenham. It is free entry to taste some amazing local ales! For more details call 01793 784692.

5 Swindon Academy of Street-Dance will be appearing at this year's Phoenix Festival 2018, in the Abbey Grounds, Cirencester on Saturday. Joining the Swindon dancers in the showcase are Minety Dance Theatre School, Young Performers, Cirencester Dance Club, Cirencester Theatre Company and Cirencester Creative Dance Academy and Phoenix Flames cheerleaders. The Let’s Play Music is specifically for less experienced musicians of all ages and hopes to inspire musicians to showcase their talents.There will also be an appearance from Zumba with Pippa and a chance to pit your strength in a Tug of War. Pull on your platforms and have big hair when some dancing queens from Abba tribute Arrival strut their stuff. Queen tribute Flash will be sailing the Seven Seas of Rye just to bring you a Bohemian Rhapsody. For more details visit info@phoenix- festival.co.uk

6 The Great British Food Festival returns to Bowood House for its 3rd year over August Bank Holiday. The perfect recipe for a fun, foodie, family day out! Delectable delights and tasty treats from wonderful street food vendors and amazing artisan producers. Polish up on your culinary skills with a free Chef Demo? Or, get stuck in with the Bake-Off! In the line-up are James Wood – Totally Wild Food Ltd, Cheshire (resident Forager during Festival), Julia Chernogova – Great British Bake Off 2017, Zaleha Olpin – Malaysian Kitchen and Masterchef 2018 Quarter Finalist from Bristol, Lyndsay Evans – DJ/Drummer and Masterchef 2017 Semi Finalist from London. Great British Food Festival, begins at 10am, in Bowood House & Gardens, Derry Hill, Calne. Tickets are from £5- £10. For more details call 01249 812102.

7 Discover a Seaside Paradise in Swindon town centre on Saturday when Wharf Green will be transformed into an urban beach, bringing a taste of the seaside to the town centre until August 29 from 10am-5pm, daily. Organised by inSwindon BID Company, the first ever free urban beach experience comes complete with a man-made beach, deckchairs, buckets and spades, children’s rides, seaside music, soft volleyball, food and trade stalls and a GIANT deck chair for those summer holiday photo opportunities! The official opening at 10am, is followed by a ‘Family Beach Party’ at 2-6pm with live DJ, glitter face painting, games, competitions and more. Exclusive beach themed fun will take place daily.

8 On Sunday the Coate Water Railway chuffs into action from 11am at Coate Water Country Park, off Marlborough Road A4259, in Swindon on Sunday. The miniature railway tootles through the woods of Coate Water Country Park on nearly a mile of dual gauge track at ground level. You can ride on coaches suitable for all the family and there is a special coach that will take a wheelchair or mobility scooter and carer. Tickets are £2 per ride no age limit. For more details call 07710 515 507. Other interests at Coate Water Country Park is the fact that the area has Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Romano-British and Medieval history that spans a period of 7000 years or more. The oldest known ancient monuments at Coate are the undated stone circle and the Bronze Age burial mounds along Day House Lane. Further Middle Bronze Age cremations, a possible pond barrow, and two large ring ditches have been found on the opposite side of the small Day Brook valley. A large, regionally significant Mesolithic flint scatter, with some topologically late artifacts, is also present c.150m south west of Coate Stone Circle. Six stone circles were recorded in the 18th/19th and early 20th centuries, all in the Coate area, and possibly linked, at least in part, by avenues of large sarsen stones. The remains of one of the stone circles probably still lies at the bottom of the lake at Coate Water.

9 Great Cheverell Soapbox Derby kick soff on Sunday at 5pm at The Bell Inn & The Pavilion, High Street, Great Cheverell. The famous Great Cheverell Soapbox Derby with racing go-karts with five different categories: Families/Under 12s/12-17 yr olds/Over 18s and the all new F1 category - will take place followed by evening live entertainment with Purple Fish at The Pavilion. £10 per kart entry. Evening entry is free. All event information, including entry forms online at https://soapboxgreatcheverell.org.

10 Devizes International Street Festival Day 1 begins at 11am, On Sunday at the Large Green, Nursteed Road, Devizes. The Devizes International Street Festival sees a fantastic programme welcoming some of the best street performers, contemporary circus acts, dancers, musicians and walkabout shows from Europe and the UK to Devizes. Come along and join our audience to be amazed, surprised and entertained over the August Bank Holiday Sunday 26th – On the Green Come along to the Devizes Green and relax with a picnic or pick up some fantastic quality offerings from our food market. Kick off your shoes and enjoy some of the best outdoor artists. Across the Festival expect an array of top notch street style entertainment, love our live music and explore our fantastic market where you can find an array of delicious food and drinks, licensed bars, and crafts available from Festival Stalls. During the Devizes Festival Fortnight, DOCA will be proudly joined by a number of fantastic circus acts-for a full line up, see www.docadevizes.org.uk which will be updated as acts acts are confirmed. The festival is free. For more details call 07500786541.