Friday February 15

Bollywood Music Concert by Playback Singer Supriya Joshi begins at 6.45pm today in the Punjabi Community Centre, Kembrey Street, Swindon. Accomplished Bollywood playback singer, Supriya Joshi, of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa fame, a doctorate (PhD) in music, with over 300 songs and 1500 live shows around the world, is coming to Swindon from Mumbai, India for a mega show for all the family. This is a first of its kind event in Swindon, thanks to the host India Centre UK which is organising this charity fundraiser for Swindon Hindu Temple. Supriya is a multilingual singer and renders varied genres with equal ease, be it Bollywood, Sufi, Retro or Ghazals. Supriya has lent her voice to many films and TV serials including Satya 2, Salim, Vivah, Bal Ganesha 2, Devo Ke Dev Mahadev, Balika Vadhu, Navya, Maharana Pratap and Buddha. The most recent one is her duet with Sunidhi Chauhan in the film Atishbazi Ishq. Supriya will be accompanied by a male singer and professional musicians. Tickets are £25 Adults, £10 Children (five-11years) from 07725 582624.

Swindon Karting indoor 530m tarmac circuit offers drivers some of the most exhilarating bends and speed friendly straights in the country. The state-of-the-art Sodi GT2 270cc petrol karts ensure that you can reach some breath-taking speeds. Test your skills to the limit. Helmets and overalls are provided, so all you need to worry about is driving like Fernando Alonso. The circuit is open Monday to Friday from 11am to 10pm. Saturday and Sunday 10am to 10pm. Swindon Karting F1 takes place today at 4pm, for juniors, followed by adults at 6pm. Tickets are £5 from 01793 814340.

Saturday February 16

Arts for All begins at 10am, tomorrow at the Richard Jefferies Museum, Coate, Swindon. Parent and child workshop exploring and experimenting with different art styles and media in a care-free and informal environment with local mixed media artist, Suzie Simmon. Book in advance. Tickets are £5 from 01793 731263.

Bing and his friends are coming to Swindon tomorrow in the first ever Bing stage show! Join Bing, Sula, Coco and Pando as they find out how to tell stories by pretending, dressing-up and singing songs. Flop and Amma are there to help, but in this magical world of make-believe things don’t always go according to plan… Don’t miss the chance to see your little one’s face as their favourite characters are brought to life in this new show. Full of fun, laughter and music, Bing Live! is the perfect first theatre trip for pre-schoolers and their families. Bing Live! Begins at 1pm, in the Wyvern Theatre, Theatre Square, Swindon. Tickets are from £17.50 - £21.50 on 01793 524481.

Birds Behaving Badly Week February Half Term event flutters into being from 10am, tomorrow at the Birdland Park and Gardens, Rissington Road, Bourton-on-the-Water. From blood-sucking songbirds and puking penguins to stinking storks and spitting swallows, keepers at the Bourton-on-the-Water wildlife attraction will reveal revolting facts about some of the world’s baddest birds. There will be toxic talks and terrible trails highlighting the horrible aspects of natural history and visitors will also be able to meet some real feathered fiends of their own during special meet the creatures’ sessions. See for details or call 01451 820480.

Family Drop-In Workshop – Lucky Lanterns is from 11am, at the Museum & Art Gallery, Bath Road, Swindon. Every Chinese New Year, people celebrate the Lantern Festival. Join us in making a lantern and bring good luck to your new year! This workshop is offered on a first come first serve basis and if busy, you may have to wait a short while to take part. Some activities are unsuitable for small children. Parental guidance needed at all times. Tickets are £3 from 01793 466556.

Prime Theatre received funding from Arts Council England to run three focused workshops for young actors aged 5-18. This is the first time this high-quality training is open to young people beyond existing Prime Youth Theatre members. New performers and creative young people are encouraged to come along for half term. Prime Theatre from their base at Swindon’s Wyvern theatre offers regular workshops and performance opportunities for young people in Swindon from all different backgrounds and levels of experience. Youngest participants, between the ages of 5-10, will enjoy a two-day experience creating their own performance inspired by Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Actors aged 10-14 will take part in a day long Improvisation Masterclass. This workshop will teach the basics of improvisation – games, working with team mates, and building stories. Ages 14-18 will work as both actors and directors. This workshop is ideal for those looking to develop their GCSE or A level course work, or a fun place to try something new. Workshops will be run by Prime’s Associate Director, Emma Barr, Arts Council England funding means that Prime can offer these workshops for £30 per day, or £55 for two-day course. Subsidised places are available to ensure that everyone can take part. To book a place, please visit Prime’s website.

Half term at The Egg begins with Star Flower from Whispering Woods, whose magical production amongst the trees at Prior Park was a highlight of last year’s Egg programme. Now bringing elements of the natural world indoors, two skillful performers present exquisite aerial acrobatics enhanced by visual projections and a delicate musical soundscape. Somewhere between human and animal, two nocturnal creatures find friendship in their night-time world and paint the night sky with a rainbow of colours before transforming and letting go as dawn breaks. The two-person cast plays with the edges of what we think of as real and the nature of human relationships using skilled aerial acrobatics, partner acrobatics and pushing the limits of physical theatre to take us into a world which is emotionally vivid, dreamlike and deliciously fun. Whispering Woods create site specific performances in ancient woodland and innovative spaces, bringing ancient tales to life using circus acrobatics, live music and narrative to weave a transporting journey for the audience amongst the trees. Strong visuals, a dynamic pace and a hint of “faereality” make their productions a fabulous experience for all ages. Tickets for all productions are on sale from the Egg reception on 01225 823409, the Theatre Royal Box Office on 01225 448844 and online at


Musical Theatre & Commercial Dance Classes begin on Sunday for dancers aged from 11-16 years, at 12.15pm, costing £5.25 - £7.50 and for seven-10 years at 11am, costing £3.50 - £5. Both are led by Ross Clifton at Swindon Dance, Regent Circus, Swindon. Or more details call 01793 601700.

Scarecrows begin at 9am, on Sunday at Roves Farm, Sevenhampton, Swindon. Jump on one of the Tractor Trailer rides and spot the scarecrows as you drive around. The Indoor Activity Barn is also open Sunday for youngsters whatever the weather with giant slides, ropes, ball ponds, pedal tractors and craft tables to create paper crafts to take home. Enjoy homemade light lunches, cakes, snacks and drinks at the Woolly Sheep Café. There is also a Toddler Time and Big Kids Play in the barn. Outside youngsters can meet the animals and learn about farming. There are sheep, pigs and cattle farmed at the Severnfields farm near Highworth and a whole section of cuddly farm pets. For more details visit or call 01793 763939