Adults: Special Events
Cream Teas & Culture
Enjoy Sunday afternoons at the museum and experience a wide range of arts and cultural activities, all carefully selected to ensure a lovely couple of hours for everyone, with cream teas served from 2pm and FREE activities programmed throughout the afternoon.
The museum itself is also open to the public all day from 10:30 to 5pm

18th June: The Chesterfield Sofa Club
Join us from 2pm, with chilled trio The Chesterfield Sofa Club playing foot tapping folksey blues and bluesy folk from 3-4pm.

25th June: Talis Kimberley  (Change from previously advertised event) 
Join us for a cream tea and the wonderful music of Talis Kimberley.  Talis is a prolific and award-winning writer of compelling, fearless and sometimes downright silly songs. She gets inspired by such diverse subjects as baking, politics, knitting, and the making of lists. There may be a topical song or two... Talis’s performances are full of whimsy and folklore, and she hopes you’ll bring your listening ears, your singing voice, and, if you like, your knitting!
2pm onwards - Cream teas served.
3pm - Music from Talis Kimberley.

2nd July: Cake decorating
On this Sunday afternoon, why not have a go at the gentle art of cake decorating with the wonderful Beth, who makes cakes, jams etc. for the museum. Whether you are a super chef wanting to see if you can pick up a few extra tips, or a child who just wants to play with your food, come along and have a go. Then you get to eat the results - what's not to love! 

9th July: Viola and Guitar
Rachael Birkin plays viola & Michael Hennessy plays guitar under the mulberry tree in the beautiful garden of the museum. Come and be serenaded while you enjoy a delicious cream tea.

16th July Poetry Swindon with guest Chrissy Williams
Event also includes an Open Mic, plus artists Sally Talor and Sue Bardwell will be leading a hands-on art session.
Bring a poem you have written or favourite to share with a friendly audience, or spend the afternoon creating beautiful art while listening to everyone else's poems. Or just enjoy a cream tea!
Guest poet, Chrissy Williams, is a poet and editor living in London. Her work has been published in numerous magazines, pamphlets and anthologies, including Poetry Review, Poetry London, The Rialto and Best British Poetry. She has worked as an editor for over a decade, and currently works on various comics series including the New York Times bestselling The Wicked + The Divine (Image Comics). She also edited the UK’s first book on poetry comics: Over the Line: An Introduction to Poetry Comics (Sidekick Books). She is the organiser of the annual Free Verse: Poetry Book Fair. Her first full poetry collection BEAR is out now from Bloodaxe Books.

23rd July: Shadow Puppets 
Although this one was really planned for children, we know the grown-ups are going to enjoy it just as much. Jaime Bullock will take you from puppet zero to puppet hero, guiding evryone through teh process of creating shadow puppets, before you take to the 'stage' and show our cream tea consumers what you can do. 

30th July: Ed Hanfrey and the Bellflowers
Ed Hanfrey, Claire Amor and Jessie Thompson are a Wiltshire-based folk trio. Armed with Ed’s acoustic guitar, Jessie’s accordion, and Claire’s tambourine, they’ll soon have your foot tapping along to their mix of infectious tunes and clever lyrics - that add a contemporary twist to a range of traditional folk music and original songs.


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A Wine Tour de France
English speaking countries recognize July 14th as France’s Bastille Day. We cannot think of a better way to honour the French and this important day in their history than with enjoying some lovely French wines. We'll take you through an engaging and educational tour of France, sampling some of their best wines along the way.
Your host for the evening is Claire Fleming who is an industry qualified wine taster, and wine and spirits blogger:
Friday 14th July 7.00pm - 9pm
£20.00 - (Cheese and bread included) 
Friends use code: FRIENDS17 Volunteers use code: VOLUNTEERS17

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Stone Carving - Green man
Suitable for absolute beginners, this course is designed to teach and guide you through the whole process of carving a Green Man face out of a solid block of stone. There will be two experienced stonemasons on hand throughout the course, Maya Martin and David Wilkins, both of whom have represented Great Britain in the European Stone Carving Competition. The course will be relaxed and fun, and each participant will create a beautiful piece of art to take home and be proud of.
Please wear sturdy closed footwear. Safety glasses and all tools will be provided for your use.
Tea, coffee etc will be available all day, and there will be soup and bread included for lunch. However, if you wish to bring a picnic lunch, you are of course free to do so.
ONLY EIGHT PLACES - Please book as soon as you can!
For more details, contact Maya on 07977494110 or 
Saturday and Sunday 29th/30th July 10.00am - 4pm

En Plein Air Painting Workshop
with artists Susan Carr & Terry Humphries
Come and join in this fascinating and inspiring introduction to painting en plein air (outside from life) in the museum garden. Don't worry about your skill level, all abilities really are very welcome - whether you are a complete beginner or a roaring Leonardo you will be amazed at just how much Susan and Terry will help you to bring out of yourself.
You will also have the chance to see the beautiful exhibition of paintings by Susan and Terry, currently hanging in the museum.
Bring your own materials (whatever your preferred medium - paints, pencils, pastels, plus paper)
New date coming soon

Adults: Regular Activities
​​​Poetry in the Sitting Room
Poetry Swindon present a regular Poetry Night in the Sitting Room of the Richard Jefferies Museum hosted by Hilda Sheehan and Sam Loveless.  Bring a favourite poem, or a poem or two you have written to share with a friendly audience.
Mondays from 6pm - 9pm
Tea and Coffee for sale in the tearoom
Tickets £3
Friends use code: FRIENDS17 Volunteers use code: VOLUNTEERS17

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​​​Writers @ Jefferies
Informal classes where students bring in their own work (1000 words or one poem) for each session, whether it is fiction, non-fiction or poetry, loose idea, work-in-progress or beautifully polished. Writers then participate in group and tutor feedback and guidance, with Mike Pringle. Six sessions held monthly on Thursday evenings.
19th January, 16th Feb, 16th Mar, 20th Apr, 18th May, 15th Jun
6.30pm - 9.30pm 
Tickets £66 for whole course (or pro rata) 
Friends use code: FRIENDS17 Volunteers use code: VOLUNTEERS17
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Walk, Jog, Run
The enthusiastic members of Swindon Shin Splints run from the museum every Saturday morning and every Wednesday evening. The group, run by Stephen and Julie Goulding, is not an ‘official’ club and no-one pays any fees. It is simply a group of welcoming people who like the social aspects of running, regardless of experience or pace. We run in all weathers, and runs are followed by well-earned toast or cake... However, if running is not your thing, then why not come along and simply take a walk, following one of our guidesheets which outline places of interest in the beautiful countryside of “Jefferies’ land”. And of course, you can have toast or cake too!
Every Saturday, set off at 9am
Every Wednesday, set off at 6.30pm

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Greene Ferne Writers
A weekly, group-led writers group for all levels.
Bring one poem or a short piece of prose for group feed-back and support.
Cafe available for refreshments and cakes.
Starting Friday 20th January 10.00am - 1.00pm 
£2 per session or buy a semester pass for £30
Friends use code: FRIENDS17 Volunteers use code: VOLUNTEERS17
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Device Photography
With technology at our finger tips and opportunities to take endless amounts of photos of family and friends, would you like to learn how to make your photos more considered and polished for a professional finish? Run by Jaime Bullock, this is an app based course for mobile phones, iPads and kindles so bring them along, some small additional costs for particular apps may apply but are optional. You will be shown photography techniques, how to best choose and shoot your subject and then how to make them fit for exhibition at the Richard Jefferies Museum at the end of your course. A print will be available of your favourite photo of the day to help you build a professional portfolio.
Every Monday from 23rd January 2017 from 11am - 12.30pm (Term time only)
Bring lunch if you so wish to sit and chat in the garden afterwards
Tickets £10
Friends use code: FRIENDS17 Volunteers use code: VOLUNTEERS17

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​​​An Air of Freedom
A confidence building class with Jaime Bullock to gently open you up from personal constraints, to explore and challenge your inhibitions using laughter, fun and the arts in a wonderful safe environment or if you are feeling lost and directionless we will help you to re-find yourself and point you in the right direction to happiness. You will have the opportunity to try new things, a chance to reconnect to your inner child and take part in fun activities for adults. A journal will be provided for you to record your personal development and guidance given throughout. All materials will be provided, bring a pack lunch if would like to stay afterwards for a chill and chat in the Richard Jefferies Museum.
Every Thursday from 26th January 2017 from 10.30am - 12.30pm (Term time only)
Tea and Coffee for sale in the tearoom
Tickets £10
Friends use code: FRIENDS17 Volunteers use code: VOLUNTEERS17

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A Sense of Art
Bring your pad and paints and enjoy an art class with Jaime Bullock in and around the wonderful settings of the Richard Jefferies Museum and Coate Water. With plenty of fun challenges you will learn landscape techniques to the painting of the tiny details of the smallest flower. There will be a group exhibition of your work based in the Richard Jeffries Museum at the end of the 6 week course for all your friends and family to see. Sessions are £11. Bring a packed lunch and come and join in the fun. As Jefferies himself says: "The lover of nature has the highest art in his/her soul." 
Every Friday from 27th January 2017 from 11am - 1pm (Term time only)
Bring lunch if you so wish to sit and chat in the garden afterwards
Tickets £10
Friends use code: FRIENDS17 Volunteers use code: VOLUNTEERS17
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​​​Write Poetry!
Poetry Swindon present a monthly poetry writing session with Hilda Sheehan. Be inspired by a selection of poems and discussion to create new work. The sessions are suitable for all levels of writers. A fun and relaxed evening of surprise, discovery and experiment! 

Monday 30th Jan, 27th Feb, 27th Mar, 24th Apr, 22nd May, and 26th Jun 2017.
6pm to 8pm
£30 for all 6 sessions or £25 if you book before 30th December
Only 12 places available SOLD OUT
Friends: 20% discount: use code FRIENDS17
Volunteers@Jefferies 50% discount: use code VOLUNTEERS17 

​​​Creative Journaling​
with Jill Carter, Multi-Media Artist
A monthly workshop with Jill Carter, Multi-Media Artist -
Be inspired to document and honour stories, experiences and journeys, both real and imagined, in response to memories, people, place, events and time. Enjoy drawing, painting, writing, collaging and stitching into your own unique pages. Develop your own individual journaling style… which may range from observational or formal reportage, painterly, playful and poetic, quirky and fun, polite and/or very badly behaved. These monthly workshops will offer a creative hub, a space in which to mindfully reflect, exploring outside/inside, with inks, brushes, pens, pencils, sticks, watercolours, found and made objects, and range of 2/3D mixed media. The idea is to allow time to have fun and playfully develop ideas, rituals, new ways of working, through experiential and experimental contemporary visual storytelling. Artist will supply a range of book arts materials, plus a sewing machine. Collect your own memorabilia, i.e. photographs, maps, drawings or old paintings, books, textiles, and favourite art making stuff. Bring a journal or something to work into, plus an apron and outdoor warm clothes, and your lunch.
Limited to 10 places
Monthly starting Saturday 28 January 10.00 am - 4.30 pm
£45 for a workshop
Friends use code: FRIENDS17 Volunteers use code: VOLUNTEERS17

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​​​History Salon: the past brought to life
Join Swindon Heritage for a new series of talks on aspects of local history/pre-history, and learn about the ancient and not so ancient world on your doorstep.
Monthly in 2017: Wednesday 10th May, 14th Jun (Special talk with Swindon Society Summer Outing), 12th Jul, 9th Aug, 13th Sept, 9th Oct, 8th Nov, and 13th Dec

Arrive at 12.15 for tea and coffee - talk 12.30 to 1pm - questions and chat until 1.15pm
£2 contribution per talk

​​​Work Party
Can you help for a day and join our fun team to do maintenence work and general jobs needed at the museum? Come at any time during the day. Stay as long or as short as you can. Do what you can: tidying, sorting, gardening, cleaning, beautifying, tea-making, fetching and carrying, encouraging - generally making our museum ready for a programme of exciting events in 2017.
We will provide lunch, plus as much tea/coffee and biscuits as you need! 

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​​​Friendship Cafe - for elders
Friendly sessions for older people. Come and enjoy poetry, art, museum pieces and history talks in an informal setting for friendship and chat. Dementia friendly.
More details soon
FREE Includes tea and cake

Working Lunch
You give us a few hours, we give you lunch!
There are always a million and one jobs to do at the museum and in the gardens. Come and join us on this day, to get stuck into planting flowers and vegetables, cleaning, weeding, moving, lifting, dancing and drinking tea! Come for an hour, or all day, whatever suits you. Children welcome.
Next date to be confirmed
​​​Digging for Freedom
As well as our more formal events, we always have group gardening activities going on - if you fancy getting a bit muddy, growing your own veg, or just doing a bit of peaceful weeding with others, come and join in!

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