Thursday 21/02/2019

Fostering Information Session, 4pm, Lyndhurst Centre, Lyndhurst Crescent, Swindon. Free. An informal session where you can find out more about becoming a foster carer and an opportunity to ask questions. Some current foster carers will be there to chat about their experiences and what it means to be a foster carer.

Memory Café, 10.30am, Wyvern Theatre Foyer, Theatre Square, Swindon. 01793 509039. Relaxed facility where those living with Dementia, along with their carers, friends and families, can meet to talk and join in with various activities and hear from guest speakers, as well as the opportunity to speak to support workers, medical practitioners and advisors.

Kids Tennis Coaching, 4pm, Highworth Tennis Club, Highworth Recreation Centre, The Elms, Highworth. £5.75. 07834 088038

Quiz Night, 8pm, The Village Inn, Bell Lane, Liddington, Swindon. £1. Fun quiz on the first and third Thursday of the month.

Stratton Higashi Karate Club, 6.30pm, Nythe Centre, The Drive, Nythe, Swindon. 07748 878747

Twilight Tea & Tour, 6pm, The Spotlight Room, Wyvern Theatre, Theatre Square, Swindon. £11 - £16. 01793 524481. Let the expert guides lead you behind the curtain to explore the backstage secrets of show business. Tread the boards and see the auditorium from the stars’ point of view. After your tour, relax and enjoy a delicious supper.

Walking Netball, 10.30am, Croft Sports Hall, Marlborough Lane, Swindon. £3. 01793 423134.

A Song at Twilight, 7.30pm, Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath. £23.50 - £37.50. 01225 448844. Bittersweet, hugely entertaining and full of sharp wit and repartee, A Song at Twilight is about harbouring secrets and regretting missed opportunities. Noël Coward himself made his farewell stage appearance playing the semi- autobiographical role of Sir Hugo in the West End production of the play in 1966. On all week.

Birds Behaving Badly Week February Half Term, 10am, Birdland Park and Gardens, Rissington Road, Bourton-on-the-Water. See for details. 01451 820480. Celebrate feathered friends 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.

Murder For Two, 7.30pm, The Watermill, Bagnor, Newbury. £16 - £29. 01635 45834. A high-energy musical whodunit, Murder For Two is a mystery with a twist. In this loving homage to the canon of murder mystery plays, two actors play thirteen characters... and the piano. When famous novelist Arthur Whitney is found dead at his birthday party, it’s time to call in the detectives. The only problem is, they’re out of town. Enter Officer Marcus Moscowicz, a neighbourhood cop who dreams of climbing the ranks. With the clock ticking, it’s up to Marcus to prove his super sleuthing skills and solve the crime before the real detective arrives. On all week.

Zumba with Sam, 6.30pm, Savernake Hall, Savernake Street, Swindon. A class to get you dancing.

Friday 22/02/2019

Chinese New Year Extravaganza, 7pm, Wyvern Theatre, Theatre Square, Swindon. £26.50. 01793 524481. Chinese New Year Extravaganza is a festive spectacle featuring a team of performers showcasing amazing Chinese performing arts. From the cheerful spirit of the auspicious Lion Dance, to the awe-inspiring contortionist and gymnast acts, the show is a colourful display of Chinese cultural tradition. Witness the daring stunts of Chinese acrobatics alongside the magnificent 15-metre long Dragon Dance and more.

Family Drop-In Workshop – Awesome Amulets, 11am, Museum & Art Gallery, Bath Road, Swindon. £3. 01793 466556. The Ancient Egyptians used amulets to protect them from dangers and evil. Have a go at creating your own amulet out of clay! 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.

Highworth Community Cinema, 7.45pm, St Michael's Hall, Lechlade Road, Highworth. £5 including tea/coffee and biscuits. 01793 763907. The Divine Order (This film is sub-titled).

Swindon Vixens Learning Disability Netball Club, 6pm, Dorcan Dome, Dorcan Recreation Centre St Paul’s Drive Covingham, Swindon. 0. 01793 423134. Swindon Vixens is a Netball Club providing opportunities for females aged 17+ with a learning disability or learning difficulty to play netball in a safe, welcoming environment.

The UK Careers Fair in Swindon, 10am, The Platform, Faringdon Road, Swindon. 0800 689 1725. Looking for the right career can often be time-consuming and frustrating. The Swindon Careers Fair offers candidates from all backgrounds, experience and education level the opportunity to speak to an abundance of local employers, all in one place. There will be a wide variety of different organisations attending. Online applications can be very time consuming – by attending you get to skip this process and directly speak to the organisation! This gives you the chance to ask as many questions as you like and find out anything you want to know about the company you could potentially be starting a career with. No pre-registration is required, you can just turn up on the day. Tickets:

Behind the Scenes Tour, 10am, Chippenham Museum, 9-10 Market Place, Chippenham. Free entry. A rare opportunity to view objects from the museum stores and find out about what happens behind the scenes to care for the museum's collection of over 33,000 objects.

Saturday 23/02/2019

3D Target Event, 9.30am, Black Cat Archery, Roves Farm, Sevenhampton, Swindon. 01793 763939. Competition shoot for the day. Three classifications. 1) Compound 2) Recurve. 3) Longbow, flat bow, war bow. £5 shoot fee and then £3 to enter the competition. £1 from every shoot fee will go to Black Cats chosen charity. Teams of four (Numbers dependent) will complete our 3D, woodland course. Highest score for each category wins the money pot for each classification. Names will then be engraved on to the new Black Cat shield for each class and displayed in the range.

Buildy-Uppy Dance Show , 4.30pm, Swindon Dance, Regent Circus, Swindon. £5 - £8. 01793 601700. Performers Tom Roden and Anna Williams return for a magical hour of building, music and dancing, creating an enchanting, ever-changing playground constructed and inhabited by its audience. Let your imagination run riot as hundreds of boxes are stacked, squashed and rebuilt. Help create enticing caves, wonky castles and fabulous creatures, as together we learn that the strongest thing we can build is friendship. A participatory theatre experience for children and adults.

Scarecrows, 9am, Roves Farm, Sevenhampton, Swindon. 01793 763939.Jump on one of our Tractor Trailer rides and spot the scarecrows are you drive around. Can you help our very unique Roves Farm scarecrow scare away the birds?

Tennis Xpress Course, 10.30am, Highworth Tennis Club, Highworth Recreation Centre (to the rear of) The Elms, Highworth. £54 (that's just £9 a lesson!). 07576 781857

The Chicago Blues Brothers, 7.30pm, Wyvern Theatre, Theatre Square, Swindon. £10 - £26. 01793 524481.The show is a high-octane, adrenaline- pumping musical mash-up which has jump started the legacy of Jake and Elwood for a new generation with its modern twist on this cult classic and an energy and spirit that is impossible to resist. Back with a brand new mission, The Chicago Blues Brothers are heading for Detroit to take on some of the biggest and most loved Motown anthems along with all the Blues Brothers classics you know and love. With hits from Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Sam and Dave, James Brown, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Jackson 5 and the Supremes this promises to be the biggest party show the UK has ever seen. Backed by the multi-award winning CBB Band and the incredible Sweet Soul Sisters, a new stage set and state of the art full stage projection – this is one show you can’t afford to miss. The Chicago Blues Brothers is a joyous hoot, a musical riot, a juiced-up jamboree of the coolest, funkiest soul, blues and Motown hits performed with style, class and showmanship by a troupe of some of the finest entertainers working in modern musical theatre.

The Close Up Show, 7.30pm, The Place, Wyvern Theatre, Theatre Square, Swindon. £17.50. 01793 524481. An intimate evening of close-up magic, trickery and sleight of hand. Close Up Magic is one of the most popular and impressive forms of the art and this unique event showcases some of the best exponents direct from the sell-out shows at The Magic Circle. Audiences get to experience the magic in an intimate setting, often taking part themselves. Prepare to be amazed! The format is informal with a limited audience so they can be as close to the magic as possible. Three magicians of contrasting styles perform a 25 minute set in turn, typically with cards, coins and borrowed objects. There is a short interval between each act to help the audience catch their breath before the show resumes. Although all shows are of a universal nature and young enthusiasts are welcomed, 80 minutes of close-up is not usually recommended for those under 10.

Old Sarum’s Castle Quest , 10am, Old Sarum, Castle Road, Salisbury. Free after admission. Join Merlin, Alex and his band of knights on an epic quest to save England from an evil medieval menace. Track down questions across the historic site – and answer them to claim your royal reward. Putting a modern twist on the tales of King Arthur, The Kid Who Would Be King follows the story of unlikely hero Alex as he embarks on a legendary adventure. Alex thinks he's just an ordinary school kid, until he stumbles upon the mythical Sword in the Stone, Excalibur. Now, he must unite his friends and enemies into a band of knights and, together with the wizard Merlin must do battle with an ancient demon intent on reigning chaos and darkness over the earth. With the future at stake, Alex must become the great leader he never dreamed he could be.


Dracula, 7.30pm, Wyvern Theatre, Theatre Square, Swindon. £21 - £26. 01793 524481. Dracula: The Bloody Truth is the smash hit hilarious comedy, revealing the true story of the famous Count. Taking you on a journey across Europe from the sinister Transylvanian mountains to the awkwardly charming seaside town of Whitby and into the world of the supernatural, educating us all on the perils of dealing with vampires. Suitable for those aged 8+

Dreamgate Psychic Fayre Cricklade, 10am, Cricklade Town Hall, High Street, Cricklade. £2. 01666 829293. Readings start from £20.

Eastcott Window Wanderland Art Workshop, 2pm, Savernake Hall, Savernake Street, Swindon. A series of drop-in art workshops for the Eastcott Window Wanderland. Come along if you'd like some practical guidance from artists and materials to help you to decorate your window for the Eastcott Window Wanderland.

Board Games Event, 2pm, Central Library, Regent Circus, Swindon. Adults £3 Teens/Students £1.50 Under 12s free. 01793 463238. Whether you are a serious game player who’s looking for like-minded people to share an adventure, or a family looking at spending some quality time together away from technology, this is a great way to spend a few hours of your time.

Cotswold Voluntary Wardens Guided Walks: A Rainbow in the Sky, 10am, Beechwood Road, Combe Down, Bath. Distance: five miles a moderate walk around Combe Down and Rainbow Wood taking in part of the Bath Skyline Walk. Starting point: Beechwood Road, Combe Down, Bath, BA2 5JS. GR: ST 758 621.

Mid Wilts Ramblers: Potterne Area, 10am, Potterne, Potterne, Devizes. 01380 721 038. Meet at The Manor House Potterne. Gentle hills, mainly flat, some stiles, may be muddy. Bring a drink/snack. Five miles.

Music Quiz, 6pm, The Tuppenny, 58-59 Devizes Road, Swindon. £2. Expect a loose theme to be wedged in, a random guest round and all the usual tomfoolery, bad humour and shambolic behaviour.

North West Wiltshire Ramblers: A Sunday Stroll from Upper Seagry, 9.45am, Bath Road Car Park, Chippenham. We walk out to Seagry Wood and Lower Seagry Church. Starts at 2pm from Goss Croft Hall, Upper Seagry. 01249 701265. For more information visit our website:

Oxleaze Barn (Lechlade) Wedding Show, 11am, Oxleaze Barn, Filkins Lechlade, Gloucestershire. Free. 01793 238921. Whitewed Inspiration Zone with tasty titbits and wine tasting from their catering and bar team.