Regular Activities and Events
For more information:
Telephone: 01793 979224 or 07768 917466

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. Please get in touch to arrange specific visiting times.

"How well he remembered that first time! the autumn sunshine on
the stubble at the Old House, and the red and brown leaves of the forest as
he entered."

After London

This autumn, our Nature Tots events don't stop!
Join us in the lovely gardens of the Richard Jefferies Museum for all-weather creativity and fun! Bring a brolly and wellies in the rain! Up to and including five year olds.

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10.30am to 12 noon (stay on and play from 12 noon.
£3 per child per session (£2 for siblings). PLEASE NOTE SPECIAL BOOKING FOR HALF-TERM.


Other activities

21st September        As our summer season draws slowly to a close, come and enjoy the tranquility 1.30 - 5pm                 of the gardens with a cream tea on our penultimate Sunday.

29th and 30th           Since it's our last Sunday afternoon of the year, we thought we'd do it in style      September                 with Colin Hatch and his crew and their vintage apple-crushing machines to
2 - 5pm                       deal with the year's harvest, on both the Saturday and the Sunday. Plus, a free                                         taster of the wonderful cider created from last year's apples. And of course,                                             we'll still have cream teas!

3rd to 8th October   The fantastic Swindon Poetry Festival is back, along with the Tent-Palace of                                               Delicious Air and late night toast, with a host of great names and an eclectic                                             mix of wonderful poetry and entertainment to suit all palettes. Check out the                                           full details here.

20th October             Poetry seminar with international poet and Bath Spa lecturer, Carrie Etter.

27th October             Listen to These Things: Poetry in the Museum. A workshop with Caleb Parkin
10am - 3pm               and David Clarke. More people visit museums every year than go to football                                             matches. Contemporary poetry, too, finds museums intriguing - but why?                                                 Museums are 'poems in objects' - highlighting the Thingness of ‘special stuff’,                                           but usually denying full sensuous engagement with it (behind glass or red                                                 ropes). So how can we engage with these spaces and objects through poetry in                                       a way that enriches our writing and our being, unlocking new inspiration and                                           approaches? This one-day workshop will explore the poetry of museums, the                                           role of museums today, and the museum as a space for creation, as well as for                                         observation.

HALF TERM             Please note that our Tuesday and Thursday morning activities during half-                                    term, plus a special Halloween event on Weds 31st (3.30pm - 5pm), will                                          be limited in numbers, SO PLEASE BOOK HERE. Open for children up to 11.

6th November           Richard Jefferies' Birthday. To celebrate our hero's birthday this year, we are        POSTPONED              delighted that Swindon Heritage will be putting up a blue plaque on                                                             the museum to honour the author. It will be a great event, with the great and                                           good, drinks and nibbles. 

22nd November        The RJM Fashion Show! A fundraising evening of fun and fashion at the               7 - 9pm                       Moonrakers pub in partnership with Travelling Trends. Come and snap up           £3                                famous branded clothes at bargain prices or just eat, drink and merrily cheer                                           on our wonderful volunteer models while doing your bit to help the museum.

24th November         Poetry seminar with international poet and Bath Spa lecturer, Carrie Etter.

24-25th November    Richard Jefferies 24/100 Winter Challenge. Join Rod Viggers and a host of other 9 am Start                   runners and walkers for the craziest challenge of the year, with 100 miles to                                              cover in 24 hours! But don't panic - you don't have to do all 100 and you don't                                          have to stay up all night. Entrants can do as many or as few laps of Coate                                                  Water as they wish, with each lap being just over 4 miles long with an hour to                                          complete it. Throughout the day and night there will be entertainment,                                                      themes, food, drink, fun and inspiration. Come along and run, or help out, and                                        go away with a satisfied grin on your face and a medal round your neck! 

1st December            Poetry seminar with international poet and Bath Spa lecturer, Carrie Etter.

15th December         Christmas at the Richard Jefferies Museum - SOLD OUT - SORRY!
10am or 2pm             Come and join us for a fun and frolicsome Christmas, with our lovely Santa          £5 per child                Claus, arts and crafts, a festive train ride, hot chocolate and marshmallows                                               around the fire, and a simple, natural gift for every child.
                                     Because this event was so popular last year, this year we are doing it twice! You                                       can sign up for either 10am or 2pm, both on Saturday, December 15th.
                                     Our cafe, serving hot drinks, cakes etc., will be open of course, as will the                                                   museum (though it might be a bit busy with elves, Santa’s little helpers and                                               snowpeople…
                                     Price is £5 per child, which includes a visit to and simple gift from Santa Claus. A                                       ride on the Coate Water miniature railway can be enjoyed for an optional £2                                             per person, and this can include parents, grandparents etc.


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