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Step into Christmas at STEAM

Christmas will come early at Swindon’s STEAM museum with market stalls, musical entertainment and Santa bringing festive cheer to visitors next weekend.

Published: Thursday, 22nd November 2018

This year’s Christmas at STEAM event will feature a stage performance on Sunday, 2 December by the Siren Sisters that will cover a range of styles, from pop and festive to Bulgarian folk.

Swindon’s renowned Kentwood Choir are back on Saturday, 1 December with their powerful repertoire, including ballads and Christmas songs.

More than 40 Christmas market stalls will be displayed throughout the museum, alongside famous GWR steam locomotives and story-telling exhibits.

Hand-crafted jewellery, photographic prints, glassware, mosaics and home furnishings are among the goods on offer, along with Christmas decorations, special occasion hats and handbags, chutneys and confectionery.

With old-fashioned festive prices set at £1* for children and £3 for adults (or two adults for £5), there are many reasons to be cheerful when visiting Christmas at STEAM.

Carolyn Lovett, Events Manager at STEAM said: “We’re really looking forward to this year’s Christmas at STEAM event. Here’s the chance to combine some very enjoyable festive shopping as you step back in time to experience the sights, sounds and even tastes, of Christmas.

“Entry to the whole museum is included in our special admission prices for this event, giving tremendous value for money.

“We’re thrilled to have the Siren Sisters and Kentwood Choir joining us this year and Santa is with his Story-time sessions. Story-time takes place in the museum’s quiet and specially-themed, Hawksworth Hall. Last year we had some wonderful comments from parents who said they would bring their children again this year. Our experienced Learning Team put a great deal of hard work into every detail to ensure children have a meaningful and magical experience.”

Councillor Dale Heenan, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet member responsible for STEAM, said: “The Christmas market at STEAM is a fun day out for all ages, and means you can pop next door to the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet to do some early Christmas shopping when you are finished.

“I’m very pleased STEAM can offer festive admission prices of £3 per adult and £1 per child. Visitors can enjoy STEAM’s many attractions, browse a fabulous selection of artisan market stalls and then take a seat to enjoy superb live musical performances.”

To keep energy levels up, STEAM’s Christmas Café (inside Great Western Hall) and Platform One Café (at the front of the museum) will be offering freshly-made light meals and snacks.

Doors open between 10am and 5pm on both days.

STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway is owned and managed by Swindon Borough Council.

Admission prices are £3 for adults (2 for £5); £1* for children; £1 for adults over 65. Children under three go free. *Admission prices do not include entry to Santa’s Story-time.

Santa’s Story-time for Saturday and Sunday is as follows:

10.15am, 11.00am, 11.45am, 13.00pm, 1.45pm, 2.30pm, 3.15pm, 4pm (all times are bookable in advance and subject to availability)

The cost is £5 per child, in addition to the event admission price. Each session lasts approximately 20 minutes and includes a themed story, sing-a-long and a quality wrapped gift. Bookings in advance are online at or on the day, subject to availability.

Tickets are available on the STEAM website at Admission tickets will be available on the door.

This year, visitors will be able to benefit from a Park and Ride service. The service will run from Wroughton Park and Ride site, off Croft Road and Pipers Way, to Kemble Drive via Wichelstowe and has been organised by Swindon Borough Council and McArthurGlen Designet Outlet Centre Swindon. The new bus service will run every 20 minutes, with each journey expected to last 15 minutes.

The first bus of the park and ride service will depart Wroughton Park and Ride at 9am with the last return bus leaving Kemble Drive at 7.20pm.

Stagecoach West will run the service, with each carload of passengers being charged a £2 return group fare. Clearly marked free-standing bus stops with timetables will be in place at the Wroughton Park and Ride and on Kemble Drive.

Signs advertising the service will direct motorists to the park and ride. The postcode for the park and ride is SN1 4RW.

STEAM is located right next to the Swindon Designer Outlet and car parking is in the West and North Car Parks for the Swindon Designer Outlet. Alternative car parks are at nearby Bristol Street (SN1 5EQ) and the Brunel North (SN1 5AH) and West (SN1 5AN) multi-storey car parks.

Please note, there is no free parking for this event.

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