Summer 2023 at the bowl in Town GardensSouth Swindon parish council announce their events for the spring/summer season.

Summer 2023 at the Bowl in Town Gardens



The season starts on Friday 19 May with Hollywood blockbuster, Top Gun: Maverick. This is an exceptional outdoor cinema experience, presented by Swindon-based Horizon Experiences.

The 1936 art-deco style Bowl, situated in Town Gardens, Swindon, is one of only a handful of its kind in the country. It provides a unique backdrop to a spectacular range of events throughout the year. And, in 2023, audiences will once again have the chance to experience first-class theatre, music, comedy and cinema in this iconic venue.

Horizon Experiences will be back on Friday 26 May with A Star Is Born and then again to round off the season with The Greatest Showman on Friday 22 September.

Twelfth Night

The Duke’s Theatre Company is returning for a third season with the wonderful Twelfth Night on Friday 28 July. 

Summer 2023 at the Bowl - twelfth night at Swindon town gardens bowl
Summer 2023 at the Bowl – Twelfth Night at Swindon town gardens bowl

For Shakespeare-loving Swindonians looking for a more modern twist on a classic, then check out Shake It Up. This is an improvised Shakespeare show, set to be the perfect night out on Saturday 1 July. And for comedy fans, why not join Aurie Styla, Paul McCaffrey, Esther Manito and Matt Richardson for an evening of Comedy At The Bowl this August Bank Holiday weekend?

You want something more modern?

For audiences looking for something a touch more modern, the season continues with the return of BlackBox Theatre, in collaboration with Swindon and Wiltshire Pride, to the Town Gardens bowl. This, following their sell-out tour of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit in 2021 and Bouncers in 2022, as they bring the world premiere of Ortonesque. This is a new play looking at the extraordinary life and times of the outrageous playwright, Joe Orton, and his doomed relationship with long-term collaborator and partner, Kenneth Halliwell. It comes to Swindon on Sunday 13 August. 

Summer 2023 at the Bowl - Ortonesque
Summer 2023 at the Bowl – Ortonesque

That’s complemented by the riotous summer adventure depicting Britain’s best-known folktale, Robin Hood. It’s presented by Three Inch Fools on Tuesday 8 August.

The little ones aren’t forgotten

There’s something for everyone this summer at the Town Gardens bowl.

That goes for the littlest ones too!  South Swindon Parish Council are welcoming the delightful Music For Miniatures with their Teddy Bear’s Picnic. This is a classical performance suitable for ages 0-4.  Watch the live music enchant little ones, as they dance, joggle and explore their surroundings. With scarves and egg shakers provided for all.

Teddy Bear's picnic at Town gardens bowl

Let’s play the music and dance

And, for grown ups looking for something a little more musical, South Swindon Parish Council will be hosting a varied programme of music events at the bowl. That’s in addition to their collaboration with My Dad’s Bigger Than Your Dad Festival

The programme features performances from artists as varied as Supersonic Queen, 21st Century ABBA & Elton and Old Time Sailors.

There’s never been a better time to get the friends and family together. So book tickets for what promises to be a summer evening to remember.

Book online at www.theatreatthebowl.co.uk and www.musicatthebowl.co.uk

The events

  • Top Gun: Maverick – Friday 19 May – 7pm
  • A Star Is Born – Friday 26 May – 7pm
  • Supersonic Queen – Friday 9 June – 7.30pm
  • Music For Miniatures: A Teddy Bear’s Picnic – Sunday 11 June – 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm
  • Shake It Up: The Improvised Shakespeare Show – Saturday 1 July – 7pm
  • My Dad’s Bigger Than Your Dad Festival – Saturday 22 July – 12pm
  • Twelfth Night – Friday 28 July – 7pm
  • Robin Hood – Tuesday 8 August – 7pm
  • Ortonesque – Sunday 13 August – 7.30pm
  • Comedy At The Bowl – Saturday 26 August – 8pm
  • 21st Century ABBA & Elton – Monday 28 August – 7.30pm
  • Old Time Sailors – Sunday 17 September – 7pm
  • he Greatest Showman – Friday 22 September – 7pm



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