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Swindon Things to Do

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    by view.finder Written Jul 11, 2011

    This weekend I went gliding. It was a fantastic experience. For not a lot of money you can exerience silent flight, the closest thing to 'flying' you can get I'd imagine. I sat in the front seat of a two-seater glider (a plane without an engine) and cruised to 3,500 feet over about 50 minutes and took in the delights of the Ridgeway, Swindon and surrounding towns and villages, Marlborough downs, the distant Brecon Becons and even the River Thames.

    Escorted by a 'tug' plane moments before release Gloucestershire/Oxfordshire/Wiltshire border Parachute A glider landing Another glider joins
    Related to:
    • Adventure Travel
    • Hang Gliding
    • Hot Air Ballooning

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    by NoodleT Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Visit a Maize maze. I went to one near Swindon recently and it was fantastic. I believe they are open until about mid-September, see the website for more details.
    It was a really unusual day out, and you don't need to take kids along!

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  • by Mikegatspy Written Jul 4, 2010

    I ended up in Swindon by accident. My missus asked me to go...I thought she said let's go to Sweden, so I agreed. Having been anticipating nice Swedish birds, this was a bit of a culture shock. However, the longer we spent there, the more I adjusted and began to feel almost normal by comparison. As it happens I am a roundabout enthusiast...I once spent a weekend in Milton Keynes and did every single roundabout, so the magic roundabout in Swindon is the holy grail really. I was a bit annoyed though. I sneezed really hard and my dentures flew out of the car window...I had no chance of retrieving them. So looking around the place for a dentist, we eventually came across a mahusive supermarket place. You could buy anything in there... The tomato ketchup was of a particularly high quality, and very neatly stacked on the shelf. Everyone was so happy in there, it was a great shopping experience. I asked one of the locals why everyone seemed to be having so much fun in a supermarket, and he said basically there is nothing else to do in the town so everyone lets off steam. He then put about £40 worth of stuff in someone elses trolly when they were admiring the cashew nuts. Gosh did he laugh. It was a great wheeze, and he went home a happy man.
    I counted 87 Fords, 66 Vauxhalls and 63 Renaults in the car park, and I'm told that every Wednesday an Austin Allegro parks in the disabled bays even though the driver has long fingernails.
    All in all, not quite on a par with Stockholm, but probably better than Hawaii, where they don't seem to have roundabouts. Or Austin Allegros.


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Swindon Shopping

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    by NoodleT Updated Sep 12, 2002

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    There are about 50 shops here mainly selling, jeans, sportswear, household goods, women's clothes and food. If I'm looking for something specific then I can never find what I'm looking for here, but if you're after bargains in general you will definitely be able to get them. The food area is quite large with plenty of seats and a variety of different types of food to try.

    What to buy: Shops include: Gap, Marks and Spencers, Adidas, Jacques Vert, Remington, Pilot and lots more.

    What to pay: Varies depending on item.

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