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If you needed to spend a day in or near Swindon

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create Tue 06-Sep-11 14:44:51

with 3 boys aged 8-11 where would you go and what would you do?

create Tue 06-Sep-11 20:39:47

You know someone in RL told me the answer was "nothing". I was hoping you'd all prove me wrong grin

Lizcat Tue 06-Sep-11 20:48:02

The steam museum of the Great western Railway?

CMOTdibbler Tue 06-Sep-11 20:54:21

Steam is pretty good, or if they like romans, go to Cirenecster

teddies Tue 06-Sep-11 20:57:48

there's a water funplace isn't there - Cascades, or somethign like that?

Barbeasty Tue 06-Sep-11 22:25:32

The Oasis is the swimming pool with slides etc.

I'm guessing they won't enjoy shopping at the outlet village!

Steam is good. There's the water park towards Cirencester.

AtYourCervix Tue 06-Sep-11 22:29:26

here Cotswold Water Park.quite possibly the most expensive morning out I have ever had but the DDs love the Head4Heights bit.

planetpotty Tue 06-Sep-11 22:29:48

The Oasis swimming pool is amazing - a swimming pool with bells on (bit run down could do with a lick of paint) perfect for the ages you are looking for.

Also there is an ice rink just next to the Oasis I think its called the Link centre?

create Wed 07-Sep-11 12:18:01

Excellent thank you. Barbeasty, where would you head for in Cirencester?

mummyplonk Wed 07-Sep-11 12:22:16

Steam Museum
Cotswold wildlife Park
Keynes Water Park
Lydiard Park (really good & Free!)
Ice Scating & Bowling in West Swindon
Lottmead Pick your own (free playground & Farm as well as yummy fruit/veg)
Friday night Greyhound racing/Motorbike racing

umm will try to think of more.

SlinkyB Wed 07-Sep-11 12:26:04

There's also bowling and Laserquest on Shaw Ridge Leisure Park (opposite Link Centre which has ice-rink). Shaw Ridge cinema too.

mummyplonk Wed 07-Sep-11 12:28:56

Lechlade is lovely (where David Walliams set off from) Nice riverside pubs and you can go on a boat ride.
Bath is quite close, Open top bus rides are good for boys.
The are 2 big multiplex cinemas
Bourton-on-the-water is a lovely day out in the Cotswolds, the is Birdland, Model village old sweet shops etc.

Barbeasty Wed 07-Sep-11 21:02:52

Henley's sweet shop on Cricklade Street (one of the main shopping streets) is amazing. A traditional sweetshop with floor to ceiling shelves of jars of sweets.

There are some nice cafes too, an outdoor swimming pool, and that's about as far as my knowledge goes.

There's a Roman site there too, or Chedworth Roman villa (National Trust) is good. That's probably about 15 minutes away (other side from Swindon though)

PivotPivotPIVOT Wed 07-Sep-11 21:04:57

I would say go to Oasis - cheap and cheerful.

And then get the hell out of Swindon.

tjacksonpfc Wed 07-Sep-11 21:28:55

how close to swindon do you need to be for how long and do you have car access?

create Thu 08-Sep-11 14:52:59

We're going to a thing in the evening, but will have a car, so don't need to be that close during the day

iarebaboon Thu 08-Sep-11 15:04:15

Are they into machines and stuff? The science museum at wroughton is good. It's where the science museum store all their big stuff that doesn't fit in London

create Thu 08-Sep-11 15:27:48

That sounds great iarebaboon, but the web site says it's closed for refurbishment..... sad

tjacksonpfc Fri 09-Sep-11 22:06:31

the andover hawk conservancy is great and about an hours drive the ds would love it.

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