© 2019 Swindon Spring Festival



performances, activities, and fun - for everyone!

Circus skills, games, acrobatics, dramatics, workshops, poetry, and storytelling.

Lots going on! Roll up, roll up! Come and join the festival fun!


Lydiard Park, West Swindon SN5 3PA
Tel: 01793 771080
10am - 5pm ~ 12th May ~ FREE 

10.30am onwards – Circus skills and music workshops on the green 
When Falding’s Fandango meets Suitcase Sounds and Jacob Hi-Ho, it’s go, go, go, go, go! Come and meet our circus performers and musicians and have a go at juggling, hula hoop, diabolo, devilsticks, making music, and lots more in the drop-in circus play area.

10.30am onwards – My Heart, My Heart: Live Poetry Jukebox - an intimate and magical experience of poetry, visual art, and performance!
Step into the jukebox tent, look at the beautiful ‘library’ of jars, each containing a miniature artwork that expresses a feeling or idea connected to a poem. Choose one, and then listen to a live performance of ‘your’ poem!

11.00am – Bampot – a comedy rope walking show, with Gwendolyn Scott
Circus meets comedy, with a kilt-wearing flourish and a rope-walking finish!


11.45am – Games Galore! with Darine from The Farm Yard Circus
Shake off your Sunday seriousness and embrace a little circus silliness with delightful Darine, the Festival’s favourite cheeky games gal! All ages welcome!


12.30pm – The Lucas and Joni Show! - with...  Lucas and Joni!
High on energy, high on variety, a circus extravaganza of acrobatics, synchronised hat throwing, and fast-paced super skilful juggling. Together with fancy footwork, unicycling, and jaw dropping handstand skills, this is an interactive show that will have all ages thrilled and enthralled!


1.15pm – Partner and Group Acrobatics Workshop – with The Farm Yard Circus
Performers from The Farm Yard Circus teach exciting ways of doing acrobatic tricks with your friends!  Whether you have never tried acrobatics before or if you have years of gymnastics experience, this workshop is a great opportunity to have a go at what real circus performers do! Age guide: 8+


2.15pm – Dick Danger the Pole Dancer
This show should have a public health warning attached to it.  Watch Dick flirt outrageously with physical danger without actually hurting himself.  A comic show involving an Oral B precision toothbrush and Dick’s daredevil trick: diving from a very high pole headfirst into a bucket of water!


3.15pm – Paper Puppets – with Gwendolyn Scott
Learn how to make a puppet from things you can find lying about the house. Then give it a name and we will find out how it talks, moves, flies, swims, and what its favourite dance looks like!


4pm – BIG SHOW – finale with the The Farm Yard Circus!
Inspired by summer days down on the farm, a band of circus performers trade in their ruffles and sequins for wellies and pitchforks.  Where these two worlds merge, The Farm Yard Circus begins. Using rousing songs, wheelbarrow acrobatics, and bucket loads of stunts, they tell circus-spun stories of working hard but playing harder. 

  ALL DAY – look out for lots of extra treats:

  • Swindon Library and Information Service with their Library Bike and impromptu Story Times.

  • The Literacy Trust will explore nature with trails around the park. 

  • Create Studios and their Createmobile Studio will help you make short animations of what you find. 

  • John ‘the storyteller’ Row, with his great beard and fine cloak, will do what he does best. 

  • Rainbow Blue, wildlife-loving poet, wants to meet you! 

  • Penny Seviour and her magical box of coloured circles will help you celebrate The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s fortieth birthday.

BSL Interpreted Performance 

EVERYBODY – a show by young people that challenges stereotypes and celebrates life! 

Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Swindon SN1 4BJ
Tel: 01793 524481
7pm ~ 12th May ~ £9 (£8) 

Rapport, the teenage performing arts group within Revolution Performing Arts, have written, produced, directed, and choreographed their own inspiring, informative, and highly-entertaining show. They have turned their difficulties, sadness, frustration, alienation, longings, hopes, and dreams into art, in an insightful, fascinating, funny, moving, enjoyable, and highly revolutionary performance.
‘There is something both raw and real about this show. It brims with the sincerity, authenticity, honesty, and freedom of young people expressing themselves, as distinct from adults’ ideas of themselves.’ Matt Holland, Director, Swindon Spring Festival of the Arts
‘It has been a privilege to work with these young people on this amazing creative journey. I am so very proud of them.’ Fiona Da Silva-Adams, Founder & Artistic Director of Revolution Performing Arts.

DOUBLE TICKET for Everybody and Ways to be Equally Human ~ £15

WAYS TO BE EQUALLY HUMAN – with Sue Hampton and Leslie Tate.

Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Swindon SN1 4BJ
Tel: 01793 524481
8.30pm ~ 12th May ~ £9 (£8) 

What is it like to be two authors living and writing across gender lines? How, in their writing, do they examine and celebrate nonconforming modern relationships and a richness of ‘difference’?
Sue Hampton, author of 32 books for children and adults and an ambassador for Alopecia UK, and her husband, Leslie Tate, a non-binary person with four published novels, show, through performance, readings, and discussion, how they create ‘outsiders’, adapting from life and challenging stereotypes. Sue and Leslie, who call themselves Authors in Love – and use the L-word several times daily, will also share ideas about gendered behaviour and the new norm of he/she/they.

Artswords, Swindon’s Literature Development Programme, is alive and well.
It works to organise, encourage, support, and run creative, entertaining, and educational word-based activities in town. These include the following:
SWINDON ARTSWORDS READING GROUP – meets monthly to enjoy good book talk! • Regular READING GROUPS – in libraries and elsewhere! • A WRITERS’ CAFE, LIFE WRITING GROUPS, and MUM’S THE WORD – happen regularly, a chance to meet other writers, get guidance, be inspired, and write! • MENTORING SERVICE for READERS and WRITERS – available on request!
For further information on any of the above, or any reading or writing related matters, contact Matt Holland on 01793 771080 or email matt@lowershawfarm.co.uk 
ARTSWORDS is funded and supported by Arts Council England South West, Swindon Borough Council, and
Swindon Libraries Service.

Life is for Learning at LOWER SHAW FARM

Courses and Conferences • Meeting Place
& Play Farm • Arts Festivals

For full programme of activities contact:
Lower Shaw Farm, Shaw, Swindon, Wiltshire SN5 5PJ
Tel: 01793 771080. Email: enquiries@lowershawfarm.co.uk
Website: www.lowershawfarm.co.uk