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Swindon Parks and Green Spaces Events Programme Sprin and Summer 2014

Spring and Summer 2014

Parks and Green Spaces Events Programme

 Welcome to the Swindon Ranger Team’s Events Programme for the spring and summer of 2014. We have produced this leaflet crammed with  a variety of  walks, talks, workshops, children’s and other activities taking place in your local parks.

 Swindon is surrounded by wonderful countryside, and has parks and green spaces filled with wildlife and history, all just waiting to be discovered and explored. 

We take pride in providing a superb programme of events and we welcome your comments and suggestions to make it even better.

For more information about any of the Ranger Team’s services please contact us at-

The Ranger Centre

Coate Water Country Park

Marlborough Road

Swindon 

SN3 6AA                                      

phone- 01793  490150

email- swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk

 

Event Information

As usual we prefer people to book in advance, allowing event leaders to plan more effectively. 

All our walks return to the starting point and are aimed at the pleasure walker.

Please wear suitable footwear and clothing for walking over rough or muddy ground.

Waterproofs are essential due to the unpredictable nature of the British weather.

We suggest bringing something to eat and drink for the longer walks.

Well-behaved dogs are welcome on most walks, although they must be kept on leads when crossing fields containing livestock.                                   

Why not make a booking by emailing us at

swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk

Please include a contact telephone number when booking by email

Please leave your name, number of spaces required and contact phone number when making a booking.

If you have made a booking, and cannot attend, please inform the Rangers, and we can offer those spaces to others.

 

Town Garden’s Little Big Festival

Running from 1 April to 30 September                   

A variety of small events taking place in Town Gardens, fun for all the family. Ranging from music, chess, poetry, knitting, drama, bowls, yoga and much, much more.

All events take place in the Town Gardens.

Some activities are free others may have a small charge.

Find us on Facebook, search for

Little Big Festival and keep up to date with the next event.

 

 May

Nature Detective

Wednesday 28 May, 10 am to 12 noon

Come and discover the secrets of Stanton Park, be a detective and look for the clues on this fun, hands on, junior event.

Suitable for 5 to 12 year olds.

Please wear old clothes.

Bring binoculars and a magnifying glass if you have them.         

Meet at Stanton Park Ranger Centre.

Event leader Ian Barker.

Book in advance on 01793 490150 or swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk

 

Young Ranger

Saturday 31 May, 10 am to 12 noon

How would you like to be a Ranger for the day? Come and join Cristian and see what we get up to in our parks, and what creatures we meet in our day to day activities.

Suitable for 10 to 16 year olds.

Please wear old clothes and stout shoes.

Meet at Coate Water Ranger Centre.

Event leader Cristian Starmer.

Book in advance on 01793 490150  or swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk

 

Banjovee

Saturday 31 May, 2.30 pm start

Meet at Town Gardens Bandstand.

No Booking necessary

 

June

Malmesbury Concert Band

Sunday 1 June, 3 pm start

Meet at Town Gardens Bandstand.

No Booking necessary

 

Mouldon Hill Meander

Friday 6 June, 6 pm to 8 pm

Join us to see the on-going developments at one of Swindon’s newest country parks  sections of restored canal, large areas of tree planting and natural thorny scrub and the imminent arrival of full size steam trains at the Taw Valley Halt.

Please wear stout footwear, and clothes to suit the weather.

Meet at Mouldon Hill Country Park car park  end of entrance drive off Thamesdown Drive (opposite Woodhall Park/The Tawny Owl pub)

Event leader Michael Lilley.

Book in advance on 01793 490150 or swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk

 

The Farm Buildings of Wiltshire – recording the past for the future

Saturday 7 June, 1.30 pm to 3 pm

Join Wiltshire Buildings Records Chairman, Clive Carter, and Dr Alan Wadsworth, Project Leader of the Wiltshire Farmsteads Project for an illustrated guide  to this fascinating countywide heritage project. Enjoy an introduction to how and why farm buildings are recorded, as well as take a fascinating journey through the History of Agriculture from the 12th century onwards, learning about the different types of historic farm buildings and their uses.

Meet at the Great Barn, Stanton Park

Event leader David Boase

Book in advance on 01793 490150 or swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk

 

Ancient Downs

Sunday 8 June, 10 am to 5 pm

Explore the wider landscape around Barbury looking at the signs of thousands of years of human activity on this 10-mile walk.

Please wear stout footwear and clothes to suit the weather, sun hat, sun screen if hot.

Please bring a packed lunch and a drink.

Meet at Barbury Castle toilet block.

Event leader Michael Lilley.

Book in advance on 01793 490150 or swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk

 

Swindon Pegasus Brass Band

Sunday 8 June, 3 pm start

Meet at Town Gardens Bandstand.

No Booking necessary

 

Landscape Archaeology

Saturday 14 June, 1.30 pm to 2.30 pm                        

Take a walk through the history of Stanton Park with Landscape Archaeologist Sharon Soutar. See the marks of history upon the landscape up close and personal, and step back in time as far back as when Britain was a part of the Roman Empire.

Meet at The Great Barn, Stanton Park.

Event leaders David Boase

and Sharon Soutar.

Book in advance on 01793 490150 or swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk

 

A Walk on the Dark Side

Saturday 14 June, 8 pm to 11 pm                        

Join Dr Danielle Linton for an exciting talk on bats, followed by a bat walk around Stanton Park. Often maligned and misunderstood, these wonderful mammals are a marvel of evolution. You’ll find out about some of the work being done in Swindon to help us to learn more about these elusive creatures, and ensure that they are protected and celebrated, and during the walk you will get the chance to hear and see some of the bats that live in the park.

Please wear warm clothes and bring a torch.

Meet at The Great Barn, Stanton Park.

Event leaders David Boase and dr Dani Linton

Book in advance on 01793 490150 or swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk

 

Swindon Brass

Sunday 15 June, 3 pm start

Meet at Town Gardens Bandstand.

No Booking necessary

 

The Glorious 16th

Monday 16 June.

The first day of a new fishing season at Coate Water.  Full of high hopes and expectations, maybe a new personal best carp, or a bag of bream, or maybe just an afternoon in the sunshine catching roach. Whatever your dream, it starts here on the Glorious 16th June!

For more information on angling at Coate Water contact The Rangers on 01793 490150

           

Summer Stroll

Saturday 21June, 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm

A beautiful time of the day to go for a gentle 4-mile saunter through the countryside that surrounds Coate. Take in the scenery and beauty of this fantastic landscape, and enjoy a pit-stop at a local watering hole.

Please wear stout footwear and bring some money for refreshmenst at the stop.

Meet at Coate Water Ranger Centre.

Event leader Tom Murawicki.

Book in advance on 01793 490150 or swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk

 

The Dragon and Damselflies of Wiltshire

Sunday 22 June, 1.30 pm to 3 pm

Join Steve Covey, County Dragonfly Recorder for a fascinating look at Dragonflies and Damselflies. Deeply woven into our myth and folklore, these beautiful insects are a wonder to behold. If the weather is fine, there will then be a walk across the park to see if we can spot a few on the wing!

Please wear stout footwear, and clothes to suit the weather.

Meet at The Great Barn, Stanton Park.

Event leaders David Boase and Steve Covey.

Book in advance on 01793 490150 or swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk

 

Ramsbury Silver Band

Sunday 22 June, 3 pm start

Meet at Town Gardens Bandstand.

No Booking necessary

 

Fantastical Bugs & Beasties

Saturday 28 June, 10 am to 12 noon

We’re going on a bug hunt! Come and join us around Coate Water to find out what is hiding all around you!

Suitable for 5 to 12 year olds.

Bring a magnifying glass if you have one.

Please wear clothes to suit the weather and stout shoes.

Meet at Coate Water Ranger Centre.

Event leader Linda Knight.

Book in advance on 01793 490150 or swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk

 

The Indestructible Bees of Stanton Park

Sunday 29 June, 1.30 pm to 3 pm

Join Ron Hoskins, head of the Swindon Honeybee Conservation Group and renowned scientist,

as he introduces you to the honeybees of Stanton Park. Learn about how they live and work together, how they are cared for, and learn about how Ron’s bees are playing a hugely important

part in honeybee conservation on a global scale.

Meet at the Great Barn, Stanton Park

Event leaders David Boase and Ron Hoskins

Donation of £3 a ticket payable on day

Book in advance on 01793 490150 or swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk

 

Young Ranger

Sunday 29 June, 10 am to 12 noon

Another chance to become a Ranger for the day. Come and join Cristian and see what we get up to in Coate Water, and what creatures we meet in our day to day activities.

Suitable for 10 to 16 year olds.

Please wear old clothes and stout shoes.

Meet at Coate Water Ranger Centre.

Event leader Cristian Starmer.

Book in advance on 01793 490150 or swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk

 

Wootton Bassett Brass

Sunday 29 June, 3 pm start

Meet at Town Gardens Bandstand.

No Booking necessary

 

July    

Liddington Hill Defences

Saturday 5July, 10 am to 5 pm

Liddington Hill, the flat topped hill seen from many parts of Swindon, has several military structures built on it. This is a chance to see them while enjoying the views over the Downs on this 12-mile walk.

Please wear stout footwear and clothes to suit the weather, sunscreen and sun hat if hot.

Bring a drink and packed lunch, binoculars if you have them.

Meet at Coate Water Ranger Centre.

Event leader Michael Lilley.

Book in advance on 01793 490150 or swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk

 

Swindon Concert Band

Sunday 6 July, 3 pm start

Meet at Town Gardens Bandstand.

No Booking necessary

 

Here there be Dragons!

Sunday 13 July, 10 am to 12 noon

Come on a dragonfly hunt with us at the dragonfly pond to see where they live and hunt.  We will also be making some dragonflies to take home.

Suitable for 5 to 12 year olds.

Please wear old clothes and stout shoes.

Meet at Coate Water Ranger Centre.

Event leader Linda Knight.

Book in advance on 01793 490150 or swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk

 

Family Fun Day

Sunday 13 July, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A whole day of family fun in a town centre oasis. Join us at Queen’s Park for a day of music, entertainment and so much more, get a walk around the Secret Garden in its summer splendour, or a cup of tea and slice of cake from the Community Café.

Run in partnership with Queen’s Park Community Council, Community Café and Secret Garden.

Meet at Queen’s Park.

Suitable for wheelchair users.

No booking needed just drop in.

More information on 01793 490150 or swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk


Highworth Silver Band

Sunday 13 July, 3 pm start

Meet at Town Gardens Bandstand.

No Booking necessary

 

Iron Age and Iron Horse

Sunday 20 July, 10 am to 4.30 pm

A beautiful 10-mile summers day walk, taking in old railways, hillforts and picturesque villages set in idyllic rural countryside. Bring some money for refreshments at the halfway stop.

Please wear stout footwear and clothes to suit the weather.

Bring a drink and packed lunch, binoculars if you have them.

Meet at Stanton Park Ranger Centre.

Event leader Tom Murawicki.

Book in advance on 01793 490150 or swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk

 

Mid-West Big Band

Sunday 20 July, 3 pm start

Meet at Town Gardens Bowl.

No Booking necessary

 

Hidden Treasures of Coate

Saturday 26 July, 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm

Join us on this leisurely stroll around one of Swindon’s beautiful hidden treasures with a fascinating “Around the World Trip”. Our local tree expert will give an interesting insight into the trees of Swindon’s own tree collection.

Please wear stout footwear and clothes to suit the weather.

Meet at Coate Water Ranger Centre.

Event leaders Ian Barker and Dave Absalom.

Book in advance on 01793 490150 or swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk

 

Ukebox Jury

Sunday 27 July, 3 pm start

Meet at Town Gardens Bandstand.

No Booking necessary

 

The Stick Man at Stanton

Monday 28 July, 10 am to 11.30 am & 1 pm to 2.30 pm

A short walk to a good story telling spot to read Julia Donaldson’s ‘The Stick Man’, then with the help of a few good old fashioned pipe cleaners, we’ll make our own Stick Men (and Ladies) as we investigate the Ancient Woodland of Stanton Park.

Suitable for children of all ages.

Please wear clothes to suit the weather and stout shoes.

Meet at Stanton Park Ranger Centre.

Event leader David Boase.

Book in advance on 01793 490150 or swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk

 

The Gruffalo at the Gardens

Tuesday 29 July, 11 am to 12 noon & 1 pm to 2 pm

Celebrate 15 years of Julia Donaldson’s classic children’s book. Dress as your favourite woodland creature and help tell the story of the Gruffalo as we take a walk in the deep, dark woods, where we will be investigating reports of a creature at the Town Gardens with terrible tusks and terrible claws!

Suitable for children of all ages.

Please come dressed as your favourite woodland creature.

Meet at Town Gardens Band Stand.

Gruffalo hunter David Boase.

Book in advance on 01793 490150 or swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk

 

Practical Volunteer Day

Wednesday 30 July, 10 am to 2 pm

Come and try your hand at some practical volunteering work at Coate Water and discover areas of the park you may have never been to.

Suitable for people of  all abilities.

Please wear stout shoes.

Bring a packed lunch and drink, along with sun hat, sun screen if hot.

Meet at Coate Water Ranger Centre.

Event leader Michael Lilley.

Book in advance on 01793 490150 or swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk

 

August

Summer Social

Friday 1 Augustl start time tbc

Time to get out in the Secret Garden and enjoy the space, remembering all the hard work that has gone into creating this fantastic garden. Bring some food to cook on the barbie, join in some of our work and enjoy the atmosphere.

Suitable for the whole family.

Meet at the Secret Garden, Queen’s Park.

To get involved contact us on queensparksecretgarden@gmail.com

Facebook like ‘The Secret Garden, Swindon’

Twitter @qpsecretgarden

                

Weekend Wild Camp

Saturday 2 August 2 p.m. to Sunday 3 August 12 noon.

A chance to join the award-winning Stanton Rangers for this weekend wild camp. Our journey through the woodland will uncover some of the wild animals that live here. After an evening barbecue we’ll explore the park in darkness for the elusive bats.  A good night’s sleep in the great wide open followed by breakfast will set us up for a trek to examine the park in the misty morning with a map-reading challenge before breaking camp.

An event for the whole family.

Meet at Stanton Park Ranger Centre.

Event leaders Tom Murawicki

and David Boase.

Cost; Adults and Juniors £5.00 each.

For a kit list, booking and more details phone the Rangers on 01793 490150

or email swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk

 

Wroughton Silver Band

Sunday 3 August, 3 pm start

Meet at Town Gardens Bandstand.

No Booking necessary

 

Mini Beast Hunt

Tuesday 5 August, 10 am to 12 noon

A short walk around Sevenfields to search out the mini-beasts and bugs that live there.

Suitable for children aged 6 to 12.

Please wear clothes to suit the weather and stout shoes, bring a magnifying glass if you have one.

Meet at Sevenfields car park, off Kennet Avenue.

Head bug hunter Cristian Starmer.

Book in advance on 01793 490150 or swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk

 

We’re going on a Bear Hunt

Wednesday 6 August, 10 am to 12 noon

Oh no those pesky bears have stolen the rangers pic-a-nic basket.  Can you help her track down the bears and see what they have stolen?

The ranger will be waiting by the bandstand for your help.

Suitable for children aged 7 to 12.

Please wear clothes to suit the weather.

Meet at Town Gardens Bandstand.

Head hunter Linda Knight

Book in advance on 01793 490150 or swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk

 

Below the Water

Saturday 9 August, 10 am to 11.30am

Come and help us find out what’s living in the water at Stanton Park. We’ll be using our nets to explore the watery habitats and taking a good look at what we find.

Suitable for children aged 5 and over.

Please wear wellingtons and bring a pair of waterproof gloves (marigolds)

Meet at Stanton Park Ranger Centre.

Event leader Linda Knight

Book in advance on 01793 490150 or swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk

 

Central Southern Fellowship Band

Sunday 10 August, 3 pm start

Meet at Town Gardens Bandstand.

No Booking necessary

 

The Gruffalo at Stanton

Monday 11 August, 11 am to 12 noon & 1 pm to 2 pm

Celebrate 15 years of Julia Donaldson’s classic children’s book. Dress as your favourite woodland creature and help tell the story of the Gruffalo as we take a walk in the deep, dark woods, where we will be investigating reports of a creature at Stanton with terrible tusks and terrible claws!

Suitable for children of all ages.

Please come dressed as your favourite woodland creature.

Meet at Stanton Park Ranger Centre.

Gruffalo hunter David Boase.

Book in advance on 01793 490150 or swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk

 

The Stick Man at Coate

Tuesday 12 August, 10 am to 11.30 am & 1 pm to 2.30 pm

A short walk to a good story telling spot to read Julia Donaldson’s ‘The Stick Man’, then with the help of a few good old fashioned pipe cleaners, we’ll make our own Stick Men (and Ladies) as we investigate the Southern Woodland of Coate Water.

Suitable for children of all ages.

Please wear clothes to suit the weather and stout shoes.

Meet at Coate Water Ranger Centre.

Event leader David Boase.

Book in advance on 01793 490150 or swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk

 

Mini Beast Hunt

Wednesday 13 August, 10 am to 12 noon

An exploration expedition around Coate Water to search out the mini-beasts and bugs that live there.

Suitable for children aged 6 to 12.

Please wear clothes to suit the weather and stout shoes, bring a magnifying glass if you have one.

Meet at Coate Water Ranger Centre.

Head bug hunter Cristian Starmer.

Book in advance on 01793 490150 or swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk

 

Junior Birdwatch

Wednesday 20 August,

10 am to 12 noon

What feathered friends will we see as we go out into the Nature Reserve at Coate Water? Come along and find out about our common ones and see if we can identify others which are rare?

Suitable for children aged 6 to 12.

Please wear clothes to suit the weather and stout shoes, bring binoculars if yiou have them.

Meet at Coate Water Ranger Centre

Head twitchers Cristian Starmer and Ian Barker.

Book in advance on 01793 490150 or swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk

 

Access to Angling at Coate

Saturday 23 August 10 am to 4 pm

An angling taster day to be held at Coate Water, with qualified angling coaches on hand to offer help and advice on the finer points of fishing.

Just turn up and join in the fun.

Always popular, to avoid disappointment come along early.

Event taking place on grass area near the Pitch and Putt kiosk at Coate Water

 

Highworth Silver Band

Sunday 24 August, 3 pm start

Meet at Town Gardens Bandstand.

No Booking necessary

 

Shaun Barry & Guests

Monday 25 August, 2.30 pm start

Meet at Town Gardens Bandstand.

No Booking necessary

 

Another Dip

Wednesday 27 August, 10.30 am to 12 noon

Come and join us on this popular children’s event and discover the wealth of life that lives and makes its home in the ponds at Coate.

Suitable for 6 to 12 year olds

Please wear wellingtons and bring a pair of waterproof gloves (marigolds)

Meet at Coate Water Ranger Centre

Event leader Ian Barker

Book in advance on 01793 490150 or swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk

 

Banjovee

Sunday 31 August, 2.30 pm start

Meet at Town Gardens Bandstand.

No Booking necessary

 

September

Quarries and Cut Grass

Saturday 6 September,  10 am to 1 pm

Join us on this leisurely stroll around 2 of Swindon’s beautiful Old Town Parks taking in their history, beauty and sights.

Please wear stout footwear and clothes to suit the weather.

Meet at Town Gardens Bandstand.

Event leader Ian Barker.

Book in advance on 01793 490150 or swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk

 

Pirate Weekend

Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 September,

10 am to 2 pm

Yo ho ahoy! Calling all good buccaneers can you find out where Black Beard has been around Coate? He has left you clues to find his treasure!

Suitable for the whole family.

Pirate costume welcomed, with some strong footwear.

Meet at Coate Water Ranger Centre.

Ask for Captain Long-John Linda.

No Booking Required

Drop In Event

 

Big Brunch Band

Sunday 7 September, 3 pm start

Meet at Town Gardens Bandstand.

No Booking necessary

 

Swindon Pegasus Brass Band

Sunday 14 September, 3 pm start

Meet at Town Gardens Bandstand.

No Booking necessary

 

Cricklade Band

Sunday 21 September, 3 pm start

Meet at Town Gardens Bandstand.

No Booking necessary

 

The Well, the Water and Steam

Sunday 28 September, 10.30 am to 4 pm

A gentle 7 mile walk taking us from Stanton following the Bydewell Brook and old railway. Lots to see, even at this time of year, and as ever a chance to stop off for refreshment at a local watering hole.

Please wear stout footwear, and clothes to suit the weather.

Bring a packed lunch and money for the half way stop.

Meet at Stanton Park Ranger Centre.

Event leaders David Boase and Tom Murawicki.

Book in advance on 01793 490150 or swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk

 

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