Activities and Events for 2020
For more information:
Telephone: 01793 979224 or 07768 917466
Email: info@richardjefferies.org


MUSEUM VISITING TIMES - we are happy to welcome visitors whenever we are open, but please bear in mind that events may limit some elements of your visit. General opening times can be seen here. Please get in touch to arrange specific visiting times.

January
Nature Tots ~ Term-time activities for toddlers 0 - 5 years.
10.30-12am ~ Tuesdays & Thursdays ~ 7th, 9th, 14th, 16th, 21st, 23rd, 28th, 30th.
£3 per child per session (£2 for siblings). PAY ON DOOR

Chip 'n' Chatter ~ Stone carving for adults of all skill levels. 
1-4pm ~ Every other Wednesday ~ 8th, 22nd.
Donation towards costs.

Poetry Swindon Reading Group ~ Listen and talk about poetry, and read your own. 
7-9pm ~ Every second Monday ~ 13th, 27th.

Museum Open ~ Enjoy a quieter visit to the museum. 
10am-4pm ~ Second Wednesday of each month ~ 8th.
FREE.

Gin Tasting ~ With the Peculiar Gin Company. More details.
8-10pm ~ Friday 17th.

Folk Day ~  Folk tuition with the Bellflowers and friends.
10am-4pm ~ Sunday 19th.

Home Education ~ Private group. 
1-3pm ~ Thursday 30th.
February
Nature Tots ~ Term-time activities for toddlers 0 - 5 years.
10.30-12am ~ Tuesdays & Thursdays ~ 4th, 6th, 11th, 13th, 18th, 20th, 25th, 27th.
£3 per child per session (£2 for siblings).
Please note:
On the 18th and 20th, we are open to children up to 10 years during the school holidays, but tickets must be booked in advance here.

Chip 'n' Chatter ~ Stone carving for adults of all skill levels.
1-4pm ~ Every other Wednesday ~ 5th, 19th.
Donation towards costs.

Museum Open ~ Enjoy a quieter visit to the museum. 
10am-4pm ~ Second Wednesday of each month ~ 12th.
FREE.

Art for the Creatively Terrified ~ Art for adults who fancy having a go. 
10-12am ~ Wednesday 19th.
£5 per person. Materials provided. Dress for mess.

Home Education ~ Private group. 
1pm-3pm ~ Thursday 27th.
March
Nature Tots ~ Term-time activities for toddlers 0 - 5 years.
10.30-12am ~ Tuesdays & Thursdays ~ 3rd, 5th, 10th, 12th, 17th, 19th, 24th, 26th, 31st.
£3 per child per session (£2 for siblings).

Chip 'n' Chatter ~ Stone carving for adults of all skill levels. 
1-4pm ~ Every other Wednesday ~ 4th, 18th.
Donation towards costs.

Museum Open ~ Enjoy a quieter visit to the museum. 
10am-4pm ~ Second Wednesday of each month ~ 11th.
FREE.

Art for the Creatively Terrified ~ Art for adults who fancy having a go. 
10-12am ~ Wednesday 18th.
£5 per person. Materials provided. Dress for mess.
April
Nature Tots ~ Term-time activities for toddlers 0 - 5 years.
10.30-12am ~ Tuesdays & Thursdays ~ 2nd, 7th, 9th, 14th, 16th, 21st, 23rd, 28th, 30th.
£3 per child per session (£2 for siblings).
Please note:
On the 7th, 9th, 14th and 16th, we are open to children up to 10 years during the school holidays, but tickets must be booked in advance here.

Chip 'n' Chatter ~ Stone carving for adults of all skill levels. 
1-4pm ~ Every other Wednesday ~ 1st, 15th, 29th.
Donation towards costs.

Museum Open ~ Enjoy a quieter visit to the museum. 
10am-4pm ~ Second Wednesday of each month ~ 8th.
FREE. 

Art for the Creatively Terrified ~ Art for adults who fancy having a go. 
10-12am ~ Wednesday 15th.
£5 per person. Materials provided. Dress for mess.
May
Lazy Summer Sundays ~ Entertainment while you enjoy your cream tea. 
1.30-5pm ~ Every Sunday with the following musicians playing, usually from 2.30pm:
3rd ~ Sarah Ryan: Fusing West Coast rhythms with modern Americana.
10th ~ Splat the Rat: Traditional folk - old songs with a modern day going over.
17th ~ Caitlin Bowles: A blend of jazz, soul, and contemporary music on the piano.
24th ~ Gary Nash & John Chivers: Acoustic guitar vibes - indie/folk/ambient/atmospheric. 
31st ~ Claire Northey: Bringing an air of the North African coast to the UK on a violin.
FREE Entry. 

Preview: The Arborealists ~ Drinks and nibbles for exhibition opening. 
7-9pm ~ Saturday 2nd.
FREE

Exhibition Opening: The Arborealists ~ Art exhibition based on trees.
1.30-5pm ~ Sunday 3rd. Exhibition will be open.
FREE 

Nature Tots ~ Term-time activities for toddlers 0 - 5 years.
10.30-12am ~ Tuesdays & Thursdays ~ 5th, 7th, 12th, 14th, 19th, 21st, 26th, 28th.
£3 per child per session (£2 for siblings).

Chip 'n' Chatter ~ Stone carving for adults of all skill levels. 
1-4pm ~ Every other Wednesday ~ 13th, 27th.
Donation towards costs.

Museum Open ~ Enjoy a quieter visit to the museum. 
10am-4pm ~ Second Wednesday of each month ~ 13th.
FREE.

Big, Brave, Messy Art Club ~ Art for children.
10-12am ~ Saturday 9th.
Materials provided. Dress for mess.

Listening to Trees ~ Poetry workshop with Dawn Gorman. Give yourself space to slow down and tune in to the wisdom of trees in this friendly, relaxed poetry writing workshop. using work in the Arborealists exhibition, and the museum's mulberry tree, as prompts.
2-4.30pm ~ Friday 15th.
£10 ~ Please contact Dawn to book a place.

Art for the Creatively Terrified ~ Art for adults who fancy having a go. 
10-12am ~ Wednesday 20th.
£5 per person. Materials provided. Dress for mess.
June
Lazy Summer Sundays ~ Entertainment while you enjoy your cream tea.
1.30-5pm ~ Every Sunday with the following music, usually from 2.30pm:
7th ~ Part of our
Mini Rock Festival, which runs from Friday evening to late on the Sunday.
14th ~ Sweet Nightingale: Jazz standards, country classics, and easy listening.
21th ~ Chesterfield Supper Club: An eclectic mix of folk, blues, and rock'n'roll.
28th ~ Sam James: Classical guitar music.
FREE Entry 


Nature Tots ~ Term-time activities for toddlers 0 - 5 years.
10.30-12am ~ Tuesdays & Thursdays ~ 2nd, 4th, 9th, 11th, 16th, 18th, 23rd, 25th, 30th.
£3 per child per session (£2 for siblings).

Chip 'n' Chatter ~ Stone carving for adults of all skill levels. 
1-4pm ~ Every other Wednesday ~ 10th, 24th.
Donation towards costs.

Museum Open ~ Enjoy a quieter visit to the museum. 
10am-4pm ~ Second Wednesday of each month ~ 10th.
FREE.

Big, Brave, Messy Art Club ~ Art for children. 
10-12am ~ Saturday 13th.
Materials provided. Dress for mess.

Art for the Creatively Terrified ~ Art for adults who fancy having a go. 
10-12am ~ Wednesday 17th.
£5 per person. Materials provided. Dress for mess.
July
Lazy Summer Sundays ~ Entertainment while you enjoy your cream tea.
1.30-5pm ~ Every Sunday with the following music, usually from 2.30pm:
5th ~ Monty's Cat.

12th ~ Steam & Cream Teas Festival with music from O'Fiddleary: Father & son duo playing Irish, country, bluegrass, cajun, and pop. 
19th ~ Bob Bowles: bluesy guitar playing and soulful voice.
26th ~ Splat the Rat: Traditional folk - old songs with a modern day going over.
FREE Entry 


Nature Tots ~ Term-time activities for toddlers 0 - 5 years.
10.30-12am ~ Tuesdays & Thursdays ~ 2nd, 7th, 9th, 11th, 16th, 18th, 23rd, 25th, 30th.
£3 per child per session (£2 for siblings).
Please note:
On the 23rd, 28th and 30th, we are open to children up to 10 years during the school holiday, but tickets must be booked in advance here.

Chip 'n' Chatter ~ Stone carving for adults of all skill levels. 
1-4pm ~ Every other Wednesday ~ 8th, 22nd.
Donation towards costs.

Museum Open ~ Enjoy a quieter visit to the museum. 
10am-4pm ~ Second Wednesday of each month ~ 8th.
FREE.

Steam & Cream Teas ~ Steam engines, craft stalls, vintage agricultural equipment, country crafts, live music, and cream teas! 
12-5pm ~ Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th
FREE Entry.

Art for the Creatively Terrified ~ Art for adults who fancy having a go.
10-12am ~ Wednesday 15th.
£5 per person. Materials provided. Dress for mess.

Natural Agriculture ~ Mini workshop for all gardeners. 
10.30am-12.30pm ~ Sunday 19th

STEM to STEAM ~ An evening of wine, sausages and talk of art and science.  
7-9pm ~ Thursday 23rd.
Special Event

Of Life and Fire ~ Join us for eating, drinking, talk and music around the fire. 
8-11pm ~ Friday 24th
£5 per person 
August
​Lazy Summer Sundays ~ Entertainment while you enjoy your cream tea. 
1.30-5pm ~ Every Sunday with the following music, usually from 2.30pm:
2nd ~ Christine Kinder: Harpist with a wide repertoire.
9th ~ Bellflowers: Two voices and one accordion, carefully blended, for wonderful folk.
16th ~ Kieran Pocock: Classical pianist who also plays jazz, Irish, 1940s, and pop.
23th ~ Richard Wileman/Canute’s Plastic Army.
30th ~ Four of Hearts: Playing covers from the past.
FREE Entry 


Nature Tots ~ Activities for toddlers 0 - 5 years.
10.30-12am ~ Tuesdays & Thursdays ~ 4th, 6th, 11th, 13th, 18th, 20th, 25th, 27th.
£3 per child per session (£2 for siblings).
Please note:
All of these events are open to children up to 10 years as they fall in the school holidays, but tickets must be booked in advance here.

Chip 'n' Chatter ~ Stone carving for adults of all skill levels. 
1-4pm ~ Every other Wednesday ~ 5th, 19th.
Donation towards costs.

Museum Open ~ Enjoy a quieter visit to the museum. 
10am-4pm ~ Second Wednesday of each month ~ 12th.
FREE.

A Tent on the Lawn TBC ~ Join us for a weekend of family camping fun.​ 
Friday 14th to Sunday16th

Big, Brave, Messy Art Club ~ Art for children.
10-12am ~ Saturday 8th or 15th.
Materials provided. Dress for mess.

Art for the Creatively Terrified ~ Art for adults who fancy having a go. 
10-12am ~ Wednesday 19th.
£5 per person. Materials provided. Dress for mess.
September
​Lazy Summer Sundays ~ Entertainment while you enjoy your cream tea. 
1.30-5pm ~ Every Sunday with the following music, usually from 2.30pm:
6th ~ Chesterfield Supper Club: An eclectic mix of folk, blues, and rock'n'roll.
13th ~ Altea Narici: Classical, contemporary, and original compositions on the cello.
20th ~ The Lost Trades: Original upbeat folk songs in beautiful three-part harmonies.

27th ~ Apple Pressing Weekend with music from AT-IT and friends, playing a mix of rock covers and originals.
FREE Entry


Nature Tots ~ Activities for toddlers 0 - 5 years.
10.30-12am ~ Tuesdays & Thursdays ~ 1st, 3rd, 8th, 10th, 15th, 17th, 22nd, 24th, 29th.
£3 per child per session (£2 for siblings).

Chip 'n' Chatter ~ Stone carving for adults of all skill levels.
1-4pm ~ Every other Wednesday ~ 2nd, 16th, 30th.
Donation towards costs.

Museum Open ~ Enjoy a quieter visit to the museum.
10am-4pm ~ Second Wednesday of each month ~ 14th.
FREE.

Big, Brave, Messy Art Club ~ Art for children.
10-12am ~ Saturday 12th.
Materials provided. Dress for mess.

Art for the Creatively Terrified ~ Art for adults who fancy having a go. 
10-12am ~ Wednesday 16th.
£5 per person. Materials provided. Dress for mess.

Apple Pressing (Singing to the apple trees; A pocket-full of apples). More details.
10am-5pm ~ A weekend of vintage apple pressing and music ~ 26th & 27th 
26th ~ The Two Sams, SGO
27th ~ Paul Absalom / AT-IT
October
Nature Tots ~ Activities for toddlers 0 - 5 years.
10.30-12am ~ Tuesdays & Thursdays ~ 6th, 8th, 13th, 15th, 20th, 22nd, 27th, 29th.
£3 per child per session (£2 for siblings).
Please note:
On the 22nd, 27th and 29th, we are open to children up to 10 years during the school holidays, but tickets must be booked in advance here.

​Swindon Poetry Festival
For more information, see here.

Chip 'n' Chatter ~ Stone carving for adults of all skill levels. 
1-4pm ~ Every other Wednesday ~ 14th, 28th.
Donation towards costs.

Museum Open ~ Enjoy a quieter visit to the museum. 
10am-4pm ~ Second Wednesday of each month ~ 14th.
FREE.

Halloween
3-5pm ~ Saturday 31st.
November
Nature Tots ~ Activities for toddlers 0 - 5 years.
10.30-12am ~ Tuesdays & Thursdays ~ 3rd, 5th, 10th, 12th, 17th, 19th, 24th, 26th.
£3 per child per session (£2 for siblings).

Chip 'n' Chatter ~ Stone carving for adults of all skill levels. 
1-4pm ~ Every other Wednesday ~ 11th, 25th.
Donation towards costs.

Museum Open ~ Enjoy a quieter visit to the museum. 
10am-4pm ~ Second Wednesday of each month ~ 11th.
FREE.
December
Nature Tots ~ Activities for toddlers 0 - 5 years.
10.30-12am ~ Tuesdays & Thursdays ~ 1st, 3rd, 8th, 10th, 15th, 17th.
£3 per child per session (£2 for siblings).

Tree Dressing Day
Sunday 6th

Chip 'n' Chatter ~ Stone carving for adults of all skill levels. 
1-4pm ~ Every other Wednesday ~ 9th, 23rd.
Donation towards costs.

Museum Open ~ Enjoy a quieter visit to the museum. 
10am-4pm ~ Second Wednesday of each month ~ 9th.
FREE.

Christmas Events
10-12am and 2-4pm ~ Sunday 12th