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Christmas at STEAM

When: Saturday 01 December 2018 12:00 AM - Sunday 02 December 2018 05:00 PM

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

ENJOY PLENTY OF SPARKLES as you step into a wonderland of over 40 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 to purchase online, or you can pay on the door.


Stop, Listen, Enjoy...

Seasonal atmospherics include special lighting and live choir music on stage.
Inside our spacious Great Western Hall you'll find plenty of seating available as you take a break to enjoy the live musical performances.  
Our Christmas Café, also in Great Western Hall, will be offering tempting hot and cold drinks, meals and snacks. 
The combination of a warm welcome, superb live music and traditional fayre is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit!

Santa's Story Time

To complete the Christmas magic, Santa will be here on both days with his Santa’s Story-time 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 cost £5 per child, in addition to the admission price.  Places are limited to ensure children receive a quality experience. We recommend booking early to guarantee a space. Each session lasts approximately 20 minutes. Click here to book.
Santa's Story-times for Saturday and Sunday:
10.15am, 11.00am, 11.45am, 13.00pm, 13.45pm, 14.30pm, 15.15pm, 16.00pm.
Live Music Programme

Saturday 1 December

11.30am – 12.30pm Kentwood Show Choir

1.00pm – 3.00pm Swindon School of Brass

Sunday 2 December

11.00am – 12.15pm The Siren Sisters

12.30pm – 2.30pm Swindon Pegasus Brass

Please note, timings for all performances are subject to change.


To get a taste of the great atmosphere, musical entertainment and Christmas market, watch this video of a previous Christmas at STEAM event.




Christmas Market Stalls

With over 40 artisan stalls located around the Museum, you’re sure to find that special gift you’ve been looking for!  

·         Brambles and Bows: Gifts, craft kits and Christmas items.
·         Carter Collectables: Retro themed decoupage items including furniture, bowls, pictures and sculptures.
·         CraftyBoxCreations: Handmade textiles gifts and accessories, including handbags, aprons and hats.

·         Dona B Drawings: Illustrated products showcasing Swindon.

·         Echolane Creative Glasswork: Fused glass jewellery, Christmas decorations, dishes, coasters and wall hangings.

·         Haveago Heartists: Paintings, cards and arts & crafts.
·         J. B. Designs: Holographic cards & silk flowers.
·         JG Artisan Books: Handcrafted books, cards and gift boxes.
·         Lilian Jones: Ethical candles and home fragrances
·         Liquorice Heaven: Simple delicious Dutch liquorice.
·         Little White Rabbit Publishing: Illustrated gifts: coasters, bookamrks, keyrings, magnets, pens, rulers, pen pots, cards and gift tags.
·         Louise Russell Photography: Homemade photographic greeting cards, mounted photos and printed Christmas cards.
·         My Handmade Soaps & Miss Ellie’s Vintage: Handmade toiletries, gifts and vintage accessories.
·         Network Rail
·         Ooh Lovely/Lilo Ceramics: Exquisite ceramic dishes, bowls, and Christmas tree decorations.
·         Positive Images and Bibi Designs: Mounted prints, greetings cards and calendars of local landscapes and gardens.
·         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.
·         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.
·         Sm-art: Stunning badges, brooches, clocks, lamps and more, all made from recycled materials
·         Swindon Libraries and Information Service: Unique products created by local artists, and a range of books by local authors.
·         The Fireside Dragon: Cards, prints, original watercolours and ceramics.
·         The Home Furlong
·         The Jewellery and Hat Lady: Beautiful jewellery and special occasion hats and fascinators.
·         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.

·         Wyvern Theatre




How to Find Us

Park and Ride Service

A Park and Ride service will be running  over the Christmas at STEAM weekend, Saturday 1 and Sunday 2, December. The dedicated bus service is operated by Stagecoach West from the Wroughton P&R site ( Pipers Way, SN1 4RW) to the bus stop on Penzance Drive.

A direct service will run every 20 minutes from Wroughton Park & Ride, from 09:00 until 19:00. Returning services will depart the Designer Outlet every 20 minutes from 09:20 until 19:20. 

Bus travel is charged at just £2 for a return journey, per car. Parking is free.

For full details on the Park and Ride service, please see the Stagecoach website.

Coach Parking for Groups 

STEAM has parking outside the Museum available for coaches. Please call the STEAM administrator on (01793) 466637 to book your coach space. 

Car Parking

Car parking for STEAM special events is in the Swindon Designer Outlet North and West car parks. Please note there is NO FREE PARKING for STEAM special events. There is strictly no car parking outside of the Museum, except for Blue Badge holders.

To find the North car park using a Sat Nav, please enter 'Kemble Drive'.

For the West car park, it's 'Penzance Drive'. Please be aware that the Swindon Designer West Car Park (accessible via Penzance Drive) is likely to be a little less busy than the North Car Park on Kemble Drive.  

Please note the bus lane next to the West Car Park should NOT be used. Cameras are in use and fines will be issued to any car drivers using the bus lane by Swindon Borough Council.  

To enter the West Car Park avoiding the bus lane, please use the postcode 'SN5 7JL'.

Designer Outlet car park fees:

£1 for 0-5hours, £12 for 5-12 hours or free if you spend over £100.

Important: Planning your Journey and Car Parking
Please be aware that road traffic around Kemble Drive and the Swindon Designer Outlet car parks can get very busy at weekends, especially when there is a special event happening. We advise you allow plenty of time for parking as there may be traffic queues for the car parks. 







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