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Christmas at STEAM

When: Saturday 02 December 2017 12:00 AM - Sunday 03 December 2017 05:00 PM

Bringing to you, the Sights and Sounds of Christmas...

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ENJOY PLENTY OF SPARKLES as you step into a wonderland of over 50 Christmas market stalls set amidst STEAM's fabulous story-telling displays and famous GWR locomotives. 



Find that unique gift at one of our specially selected market stalls...


From hand crafted silver jewellery, photographic prints, glass artworks and home furnishings... Christmas tree decorations, wooden toys, traditional games, Christmas tree decorations, chutneys and luxury confectionery. 



Festive Admission Prices 

£1 for children (15 years and under) and seniors (65+)

£3 for adults (or £5 for two adults)

Under 3s go free! 

Tickets are available on the door at the above prices on both days. 


Stop, Listen, Enjoy...

Seasonal atmospherics include special lighting, live choir music on stage and a Christmas Café. 
Stop off for a warm snack or maybe just a cuppa.
Take a break in our spacious seated area - perfect for listening to the musical performances!  




Santa's Story Time

To complete the Christmas magic, Santa will be here on both days with his Santa’s Storytime sessions.
These include a festive story and sing-a-long, plus a wrapped gift and are held in the Museum's specially staged,  Hawksworth Hall.
Sessions last around 20 minutes and cost £5 per child, in addition to the admission fee. Please book at our special Santa Desk on the day.
Santa's Story Time Session Times for Saturday and Sunday:
10.15am*, 11.00am*, 11.45am, 13.00pm, 13.45pm, 14.30pm, 15.15pm, 16.00pm.
*The first two sessions are bookable in advance. To book, please call STEAM on 01793 466637. 

Live Music Programme

Saturday 2 December
11.30am – 12.30pm Kentwood Show Choir
12.45pm – 2pm Swindon Male Voice Choir
2.30pm – 3.30pm Swindon School of Brass
Sunday 3 December
11am – 12.15pm Fourtune Saxophone Quartet
12.30 – 2.30pm Swindon Pegasus Brass
Please note, timings for all performances are subject to change.

Car Parking

Car parking for this event is at the Swindon Designer Outlet (West and North) Car Parks. NB: the West Car Park  (accessible via Penzance Drive) is likely to be a little less busy than the North Car Park on Kemble Drive. 
Important: please note, the bus lane next to the West Car Park should NOT be used. Cameras are in use and fines will be issued by Swindon Borough Council.
To access the West Car Park avoiding the Bus Lane, please use the postcode 'SN5 7JL'.
Car parking fees are: £1 for 0-5hours, £12 for 5-12 hours and free if you spend over £100 in the Swindon Designer Outlet shops.
Strictly no car parking outside of the Museum except for Blue Badge holders. 
Important: Planning your Journey and Car Parking
Please be aware, weekend road traffic around Kemble Drive and the Swindon Designer Outlet Car Parks is especially busy  at this time of year. We advise you allow plenty of time for parking as it is very likely there will be queues for the car parks. Thank you.







To get a taste of the great atmosphere, musical entertainment and Christmas market, watch this video of a previous Christmas at STEAM event (please note, our Santa experience is now 'Santa's Story Time'):





Christmas Market Stalls

With over 50 artisan stalls located around the Museum, you’re sure to find that special gift you’ve been looking for! 

  • A Pane in the Glass: Sun catchers, tea lights, crystal hangers and mirrors.
  • Brambles and Bows: Gifts, craft kits and Christmas items.
  • Carter Collectables: Retro themed decoupage items including furniture, bowls, pictures and sculptures.
  • Countrycraft: Artistic wood turned gift items.
  • CraftyBoxCreations: Handmade textiles gifts and accessories, including handbags, aprons and hats.
  • Cricklade Glass: Handmade glass gifts and Christmas decorations.
  • Dona B Drawings: Illustrated products showcasing Swindon.
  • Echolane Creative Glasswork: Fused glass jewellery, Christmas decorations, dishes, coasters and wall hangings.
  • Flying Monk Brewery: Local Brewery with a selection of real ales.
  • GlamoRose Cakes: Cupcakes, tiffin, gingerbread and Christmas treats.
  • Goosey Glass: Handcrafted stained and fused glass decorations and gifts.
  • Helene Glass Art: Beautiful, high quality fused and stained glass.
  • J. B. Designs: Holographic cards & silk flowers.
  • Liquorice Heaven: Simple delicious Dutch liquorice.
  • Little Bee Designs: Original handcrafted art, giftware and home textiles.
  • Little White Rabbit Publishing: Illustrated gifts: coasters, bookamrks, keyrings, magnets, pens, rulers, pen pots, cards and gift tags.
  • Mary Parsons Art: Colourful original paintings and prints.
  • My Handmade Soaps & Miss Ellie’s Vintage: Handmade toiletries, gifts and vintage accessories.
  • Natasha’s Handmade Toys & Gifts: Handmade soft animals, fairies, angels, reindeers, Christmas decorations and homeware,
  • Network Rail
  • Old Town Brewery: Local tiny-scale brewery making craft beer and fruit wines.
  • One Stroke Painting: Wood turned gifts, embroidered items and hand painted vases, bird boxes and diaries.
  • Pane-in-the-Glass: Wonderful fused glass jewellery, Christmas decorations and novelty items.
  • Pips Vintage: Handmade vintage cake stands and crockery. Vintage style sunglasses, scarves, cases and more.
  • Positive Images: Mounted prints, greetings cards and calendars of local landscapes and gardens.
  • Pretty Little Things: Handmade jewellery for all ages.
  • Primrose Mosaics: Stunning handcrafted mosaics and jewellery.
  • Roving Deli (Fuffle): Fuffle-combination of fudge and truffle, chocolate stirring spoons, infused rapeseed oil and flavoured coffee.
  • Royal National Lifeboat Institution: RNLI souvenirs.
  • Sewing Box Crafts: Handmade, traditional style collectors’ bears and dolls as well as Christmas decorations, stocking fillers and craft kits.
  • Simon Webb: Hand-turned, fine writing instruments in English hardwoods, historic timbers and exotic burrs.
  • SMASH: Supporting young people (9-19) in the Swindon area.
  • Stitchcraft: Bespoke home furnishing, Draught excluders, doorstops, notice boards, tea and coffee cosies and cushions.
  • Parkinson’s UK: Charity stall raising money for Parkinson’s UK.
  • Swindon Theatres
  • Tanya Bourton: Self-published author of sci-fi and thriller fiction.
  • Textile Treasures: Unique, individually crafted cards and gifts inspired by fabric and thread.
  • Thamesdown Hydrotherapy Pool: Charity stall raising funds for Thamesdown Hydrotherapy Pool.
  • The Sewing mushroom: Handmade, quirky, retro-style, sewn goods.
  • Tugboat Tea & Coffee: Tea & Coffee shop in Cornwall bringing you a fantastic range of hand blended loose leaf teas, coffees & gift boxes.
  • White Rabbit Crafts: Folded books, stamped silverware and other ‘upcycled’ crafts.















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