Swindon Town Gardens

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Quarry Road, Swindon, United Kingdom

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Swindon Town Gardens Aug 15, 2009
Swindon town gardens are lovely. A classic example of British town parks at their old fashioned finest, most of the time, town gardens have the benefit of both a traditional bandstand and a Bowl. The Bowl was built n the early twentieth century and apparently is one of the best preserved art deco outdoor concert spaces in the UK. I wouldn’t know, but that is such a random thing to boast about I’m inclined to believe it. There are some lovely trees and an ice cream stand, places for kids to run around in, and an aviary with parakeets. There are fish in the fountain. And every so often, it hosts special festivals. The two I have been to were both free; the Swindon Mela and the Swindon Pride. The Mela is the largest in the South West (why Swindon? I don’t know…). Melas are Asian festivals, where you can listen to traditional music and more modern bhangra, eat khulfi (asian ice cream) and sample lots and lots of curry. It was amazing. The Pride is currently quite low-key as gay pride events go, but it’s only been on two years. The event is very inclusive, and although I was working and couldn’t have a real look around, there were as many straight families there for the fun and the dog show as there were same sex couples. The event was also overwhelmingly full of some of the politest teenagers I have ever met.

I think it would be well worth going to the gardens just for a walk if you were in Swindon for a conference, and definitely worth travelling in for one of the festivals, especially as they are free.
gardens in their normal state
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