Swindon Spring Festival
For more information:
Telephone:  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.

Every day from 6th to 18th May, 10am to 4pm 

This exhibition will run throughout the Festival, with beautiful arts and crafts on display in the charming 17th century thatched cottage of the Richard Jefferies Museum.
Also, you can come and meet some of the craftspeople, and witness a bit of chainsaw magic, on Saturday 11th May, between 10am and 4pm. 
​​FREE (No need to book)
TRACTOR CARNIVAL – with tractors galore, old and older, and charming tractor drivers!
Monday 6th May, 5.30am to 4pm 
Across Swindon

Look out for a bevy of beautiful vintage tractors (including those rescued from the Agricultural Museum that was in the field next to the museum) and their delightful drivers, who will bring a splash of historic colour and countryside culture to the streets and parks of Swindon. There will be tractors at the Dawn Chorus but the full Festival Tractor Carnival will start from Lotmead Farm at 10.30am, and head up to Lydiard Park in time to cheer on the participants in the Festival Freedom Run. Full timings here soon.
Fugitives in the Garden – art and adventure for the young.
Thursday 9th May 10am to 12noon 
A very special event particularly aimed at Home Educated children (but others welcome too). Take a trip to the Wild Frontier with artist Lucille Moore and feel what it is like to be on the run, or on the hunt. We will be making cardboard characters to hide among the trees, flowers and plants of the rich and varied gardens of the Richard Jefferies Museum. Plus, let your creative talents shine through making wanted posters too.
Then we turn into hunters, and together follow the trails to the fugitives’ secret places.
​​FREE (No need to book)
WILL ABBERLEY – on Richard Jefferies: Nature Writing Power.
Thursday 9th May 12.30pm​​ - Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Swindon SN1 4BJ

Presented in association with the Richard Jefferies Museum.  

Nature writing has boomed in recent years but who were its real pioneers? Whose writing not only influenced later authors but also prefigured themes that would come to dominate nature writing today, particularly in Britain?
In the Festival’s first Richard Jefferies Lecture, the case will be made for Swindon’s Richard Jefferies as a pioneer of modern nature writing.
Broadcaster, BBC New Generation Thinker, Senior Lecturer in Victorian Literature at the University of Sussex, and author of English Fiction and the Evolution of Language, Dr Will Abberley is currently working on a history of British nature writing. 
£7 (£6 Concessions) Please note that venue is the Arts Centre, not the museum.
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Hope Totems - with mixed media artist Jill Carter.
Saturday 18th May, 10am to 4pm 
Another Swindon Spring Festival event - a day off grid to enjoy creative expression through quirky and engaging folk art. Transform belongings, giftings and gatherings, to create a mixed media hope totem, wish doll and/or offering icon.
Enjoy the art of playful, poetic and less than perfect making, inspired by our shared memories, ideas and stories, everyday life events and journeys. Have fun, both inside and outside in the sanctuary of a Spring garden environ, exploring and finding, wrapping and binding, drawing and writing, painting and stitching, gathering, arranging and placing, to mark and celebrate hopes, dreams and endless possibilities.
​​£7 Per person.  Ages 12 or over 
For full information on all the Swindon Spring Festival events, visit: www.swindonspringfestival.co.uk