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TOP 8 PLACES IN SWINDON TO VISIT DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS!  By Lucia Beggan

Swindon is a fantastic place to visit for community fun attractions. Not going away this summer? I have made a fun list of fantastic local activities at decent prices to keep everyone active this holiday. In no particular order: Top places to visit in Swindon this summer!

Oasis Swimming Pool
Why not bring the beach to you? This amazing swimming complex has a large pool perfect for doing lengths with spontaneous sprinklers and wave machines to give that amazing tropical current feel. For younger children, there is also a shallower pool with a pirate ship inspired slide.

If you are feeling more adventurous, have a go on one of 5 water slides!

Prices are £6.30 for adults and £3.70 for children who are non-members (Nearby is ATBShop skate warehouse)

Oasis

St Marks Recreation Tennis Ground
This is a fairly new attraction featuring multiple tennis courts as well as a refreshment café serving cold/hot drinks and a wide verity of food. If you play tennis here, both rackets and balls are supplied. Just behind the courts there is a playground and field.

St Marks - tennis

Link Centre Ice Rink
If the weather is rather hot outside then come chill out on the Ice Rink. Even if you are not an experienced skater (and just have to hold onto the wall) it’s still great fun! It is also home to hockey team Swindon Wildcats. Even better, skates are included!

Link Centre Ice Rink

Freedog Urban Activities Centre (trampoline park)
Another adrenaline raising activity (which is less than a year old) that can accommodate all ages from Toddler Bounce to bounce basketball. This trampoline park has 3 foam pits, basketball hoops, dodgeball and a big main court with trampolines all up the walls. This is the perfect way to be active in the summer and a great place to meet up with your friends!

freedog Trampoline Park

Swindon Outlet Village
Quite possibly the most popular attraction in Swindon, the designer outlet mall never fails to disappoint people of all ages. This is an ideal place to meet up with friends because of all the popular modern shops which are fun to look around. Shops like SuperDry, Tommy Hilfiger, Build a Bear Workshop, Vans, NIKE factory store and more all under one roof at discounted prices (suitable for pocket money funds). As well as a food court, there is also an adventure playground free of charge. Nearby: Town Centre and Great Western Steam Museum. Outlet3 Outlet2Outlet1

Lydiard Park
Not only is this a fab day out, but also a fascinating historical monument. It is home to Victorian Lydiard House surrounded by acres and acres of land perfect for kite flying or taking a dog. There is also a lake with many swans and ducks (so bring some slices of bread). A short walk ahead there is a tree house adventure skyline course, a café/kiosk/Marshfield Farm Ice Cream store and two playparks: one for infants and a much more large and adventurous park for older children.

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Lotmead Farm (Seasons apply)
Lotmead Farm is mostly known for its vast strawberry farm where you can pick your own; you can also pick other foods likes raspberries or beans or potatoes. A short walk down the open path (past the park) there is a petting zoo full of lovely goats and other animals. Also for a small charge you can see cows being milked.

Lotmead

Cotsworld Zoo
A 37-minute drive away from Swindon, this zoo is certainly worth the wait! Hundreds of thrilling exhibits such as a wolf den, penguin ice habitat, reptile house, bat cavern, giraffe cage, many majestic peacocks and many a monkey cage to name a few. Take a full tour on a convenient train which goes around the facility. Your mind will be blown at possibly the most impressive park you will have ever seen before!

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