Swindon Tourist Information – Things to Do, Events Guide, souvenirs and books

Swindon Tourist Information – Things to Do, Events Guide, souvenirs and books

Just putting this out there from the visit Wiltshire website: “Swindon has its origin as a small market town, used mainly for barter trade until the mid-1800s. The original Swindon is now known as Old Town. Take time to wander through its quiet courtyards and alleyways or enjoy a vibrant mix of traditional shops and pubs alongside modern outlets and stylish cafes and bars. Use our website to find out more about tourist information in Swindon.”

Read the rest by following the this link: Swindon Tourist Information – Things to Do, Hotels, Events Guide.

Swindon’s Visitor Information Centre is the ideal place to start your visit to the town, here you will find a wide range of services to help you make the most of your time here.

Our friendly staff have a wealth of knowledge and experience and will be pleased to help you. And they do what they say on the tin – they are indeed friendly, knowledgeable and helpful.

Our services include:-

  • Tickets for many local and national events (click here to see tickets currently on sale)
  • Bus, Train and Coach Information, we are also booking agents for Barnes Coaches, Hatts Coaches and Peter Carol Travel
  • Theatre Tokens which can be used at many theatres nationwide
  • Brochures on holiday and short break destinations thought the UK
  • Information on Places to visit, What’s on, where to eat, shopping, sports and entertainment
  • We sell a wide range of Books, Maps, Gifts and Souvenirs

Some of the goods available from Swindon tourist information desk

So if you are planning on visiting Swindon make sure the Visitor Information Centre is your first port of call.

Visitor Information Centre, Central Library, Regent Circus, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN1 1QG

Tel +44 (0)1793 466454

Fax +44 (0)1793 434031

infocentre@swindon.gov.uk

Opening hours:

9.30am – 5pm Monday to Friday and 9.30am – 4pm Saturday.

You can also find them on Facebook and of course in the Twittersphere: @visit_swindon

The original local YouTube channel marks four decades

I’ve written about Swindon Viewpoint and shared some of their films at various times on this blog. When I first wrote about them it was the first I’d heard of the organization and I was immediately impressed and intrigued by the whole thing. Now I enjoy an occasional root through the archives on their website. I especially like the Artpoint series.

So it was good to see this feature about them in a recent issue of the Swindon link magazine: The original local YouTube channel marks four decades which explains the origins of Swindon Viewpoint and just how much there is to explore in SWs online archives. Amen to that!

So if you haven’t yet visited their website let me urge you to do so – it’s a regular digital treasure trove. They are, of course, also to be found on Facebook.

SWINDON CABLE ARCHIVE – The History of Community Television in Swindon on Vimeo

Just saw this on Twitter and thought it needed to be shared.  Of course I’ve blogged about our amazing Swindon Viewpoint once or twice on this blog.

http://about.me/markkeen – for Swindon cable archives.

SWINDON CABLE ARCHIVE – The History of Community Television in Swindon on Vimeo on Vimeo

via SWINDON CABLE ARCHIVE – The History of Community Television in Swindon on Vimeo.

This documentary details the history of local TV programming and public access television in Swindon from 1973 onwards.

Including:
Swindon Viewpoint
Radio Rentals Cable Television
Swindon Cable
ComTel
The Local Channel
NTL

Swindon Viewpoint is a public project and has continued to operate since 1973″

[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/11693055 w=400&h=225]

Digital archives ‘R’us: Swindon Viewpoint and Swindon Local collection

I’m in danger of getting evangelical on this topic but hey, I think it’s worth the risk.  🙂

Here in Swindon we are fortunate to have two amazing digital archive collections:  the Swindon flckr collection and Swindon Viewpoint

I first came across the Swindon flickr collection a couple of years ago when I did some volunteer tutor support with the library service’s computer courses. I was honestly dumbfounded (and trust me, I’m not easily struck dumb! ) and staggered by what this collection contains. It’s so much more than photographs. There are letters, newspaper articles, programmes, tickets – the list is endless – all scanned and categorized to help you navigate through it. But please don’t take my word for it – take a look.

Swindon Viewpoint on the other hand is relatively new to me. I was recently alerted to its existence and blogged about it here.  So why am I mentioning it again? Well because I’ve now registered with their site so that I can have a good old root around in its archives and I’d urge you to do the same – with both this and the Swindon flckr collection.  Okay – I can hear you asking ‘Why should I bother with all that?’  Well, in Swindon Viewpoint’s own words – here’s why:

‘Swindon Viewpoint is your focal point for the visual life and times of our area. You can come here to find out what’s happening now, but also what our town once looked like and how it has developed, what its people have thought and cared about; and the diversity of lifestyles and entertainments of the past as well as the present. You can use it to teach children our history, improve your own understanding, help older folk reminisce, or you can get up to date with events of the moment, or current debates, – and join in with these.’

So if it’s local history or family history that floats your boat then these guys are really worth their weight in gold. But of course you don’t have to have a specific purpose in mind to make the effort to register with and use both these services. If you are Swindon born and bred or even if, like me, you are an ‘incomer’ but with an interest in the town – you might just want a good old wander down memory lane. And what’s wrong with that? Wander away – that’s what I say.

As well as the websites mentioned above, both services also have related Facebook pages, so at the very least why don’t you give them both a ‘Like’ and then you can easily get a flavour of what they are up to on your timeline.  After all – YOLO!   🙂

Swindon Local Studies & Family History Collection (Swindon Central Library)

Swindon Viewpoint

Smile please: you are on candid camera – with Swindon Viewpoint

Smile please: you are on candid camera – with Swindon Viewpoint

As I mentioned in my ‘About/blurb about  this blog’ page, I want to use my blog as a platform from which to expound on all the things I know about Swindon that I think are worth sharing. But that’s not all. I also want it to be a springboard to new discoveries. Well – this post is about exactly that – a discovery. This is all new to me and might be to you too.

I’ve been alerted to the existence of Swindon Viewpoint, currently celebrating 40 years of community television: http://www.swindonviewpoint.com/about

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Swindon-Viewpoint/79831721506

A few lines from their website can explain better than I what Swindon Viewpoint is all about: ‘Swindon Viewpoint is your focal point for the visual life and times of our area. You can come here to find out what’s happening now, but also what our town once looked like and how it has developed, what its people have thought and cared about; and the diversity of lifestyles and entertainments of the past as well as the present. You can use it to teach children our history, improve your own understanding, help older folk reminisce, or you can get up to date with events of the moment, or current debates, – and join in with these.’

I was intrigued to read on the website that Swindon Viewpoint is Britain’s original and longest standing community television service which began recording programmes in 1973.  Moreover, the oldest film on Swindon was made almost a century ago – with the most recent just this week.  How cool is that?

Hearing about this service underlines the whole point I am trying to make about Swindon via this blog: that there is so much more to it than meets the eye and that it can always surprise one as this has surprised and me.

 Swindon Viewpoint belongs to YOU in case you didn’t know. Don’t hesitate to get involved if there are programmes you want to see or you simply want to support free, accessible and accountable local media. The service is free, accessible and accountable to you, the people of Swindon.

 

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21st September 2013

Link magazine -Swindon Viewpoint

Swindon Link magazine article -Swindon Viewpoint

Swindon Link magazine have this month run an article about Swindon Viewpoint.

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