© 2019 Swindon Spring Festival



WILL ABBERLEY – on Richard Jefferies: Nature Writing Power.

Presented in association with the Richard Jefferies Museum. 

Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Swindon SN1 4BJ
Tel: 01793 524481
12.30pm ~ 9th May ~ £7 (£6) 

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. 

FUGITIVES IN THE GARDEN – art and adventure for the young (ages 5 to 10 years).


Richard Jefferies Museum Marlborough Road, Swindon SN3 6AA
Tel: 07768 917466

10am - 12noon ~ 9th May ~ £5 Per child - 5 to 10 years

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. For children aged 5 to 10. 

Poetry Swindon Festival 3-7 October 2019
at the Richard Jefferies Museum 
Performances • Workshops • Open Mics • Films
Enjoy poetry in a warm, inclusive setting with acclaimed poets from the UK and abroad and share your own work!
Email for more information: poetryswindon@yahoo.co.uk

THE RISING – contemporary dance & live music.

Presented in association with and supported by Swindon Dance.


Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Swindon SN1 4BJ
Tel: 01793 524481
6.30pm ~ 9th May ~ £10 (£9) 

In The Rising six dancers and two musicians explore what makes people feel alive and empowered. It is influenced by Fijian, Maori and Contemporary dance cultures. 
The Rising is presented and performed by the HeatherWalrondCompany, whose vision is to connect people from all over the world through dance and create work that is influenced by a wide range of cultures, creating dance that is captivating and accessible to all ages.

Photograph: Pippa Samaya and N9 Design

DOUBLE TICKET for The Rising and Richard Durrant ~ £18

RICHARD DURRANT – on travels with his guitar.

Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Swindon SN1 4BJ
Tel: 01793 524481
8pm ~ 9th May ~ £10 (£9)

One of the leading guitarists of his generation, natural storyteller, concert guitarist, and remarkable composer Richard Durrant returns to Swindon with an illustrated talk about his life in music. Dwelling on pivotal moments in his long career, playing six different guitars and a ukulele along the way, Richard shares tales of his musical adventures which, since his London debut at the South Bank Centre in 1986, have taken him from the Royal Albert Hall to the centre of South America and plenty of other exciting places in between.
Within the last year Richard has cycled his concerts from the cathedral on Orkney all the way to the Sussex coast, including a live performance on BBC Radio 3 from the centre of Sherwood Forest. He also released his first double album Stringhenge, was the subject of a 45-minute feature on BBC 6 Music, and played ukulele for a royal birthday at Buckingham Palace!


“A unique environment of discovery, enriching people’s lives and inspiring adults and children through the home, writing and nature ideas of Richard Jefferies.”

For information about our family and children’s activities, culture and cream teas, writing, poetry and arts classes, all set in a Victorian farm at Coate Water, visit our website: