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Swindon Jobfest

Date: 4th February 2020

Location: STEAM Museum, Fire Fly Avenue
Swindon
SN2 2EY
01793 466646
Email enquiries: steammuseum@swindon.gov.uk

Time: 14:30 - 18:00

4 February

STEAM

"Connecting young people and local employers for the jobs and apprenticeships of today and the opportunities of tomorrow"

If you need help finding your dream career or you want to find out more about the opportunities on offer to you when you leave education, then join us at JobFest on Tuesday, 4 February 2020 here at STEAM.

For more information, including: employers you can meet, vacancy board, and resources please visit the Swindon Borough Council Jobfest webpage.

 

Parking

The main and closest car parks to STEAM are the North and West car parks at the Swindon Designer Outlet. These are just a five-minutes walk away. If you're using a satnav, enter 'Kemble Drive' for the North car park or 'Penzance Drive' for the West car park.

Please note you should NOT use the bus lane next to the West car park, where cameras are in use and fines will be issued by Swindon Borough Council.

There is free car parking available at the front of the museum for visitors who display a valid Blue Badge. Please note, STEAM, Swindon Borough Council or Jobfest cannot accept liability for vehicles parked in front of the museum.

Cost: Free entry to Swindon Jobfest

'Tomorrow' - Swindon's Science Festival

Date: 21st February 2020 - 22nd February 2020

Every day

Location: STEAM Museum, Fire Fly Avenue
Swindon
SN2 2EY
01793 466646
Email enquiries: steammuseum@swindon.gov.uk

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

21 & 22 February

STEAM

 

"TOMORROW" - Swindon's Science Festival

A two-day festival of science and engineering surrounded by Brunel’s engineering in Swindon, the hub of UK science and innovation.

Scientists and engineers will exchange knowledge and ideas with the public.

Partners from industry, government and academia will reveal the latest innovations for today and tomorrow...

The event takes place in STEAM's characteristic Great Western Hall, Hawksworth Hall and Sir Daniel Gooch Theatre.

 

Online Tickets

Admission to Tomorrow is FREE. A small charge applies if you would like to attend the excellent talks and shows taking place at this inspiring two-day event. Please see timings and costs below.

No trip to STEAM is complete without visiting our incredible story-telling displays, iconic locomotives and special exhibitions. Why not also purchase a ticket to the Museum?

STEAM

 

Talks and Shows

Friday, 21 February

11:00 - 12:00: BBC Science journalist, Roland Pease: Dude, where's my hovercar? What's the future of transport? 

Swindon was built on the railways, and the car makers soon followed.  But what's next for Swindon and the world. Join BBC Science in Action presenter, Roland Pease, and a panel of invited guests from government and industry to explore the future of travel.

Adult £3 | Child £1 - Suitable for ages 11+

 

12:30 - 13:15, Science Museum Outreach: Out of this world

Join London's Science Museum Outreach team for a journey into space in this action-packed show. Together we will discover what it takes to become an astronaut, launch a rocket, explore the Solar System and look for alien life. This show contains explosions, super-cool liquid nitrogen, eye-popping vacuums and wee drinking. You have been warned!

Adult £3 | Child £1 - Suitable for ages 7+

 

13:30 - 14:15, UK Space Agency: UK goes to the Moon!

The UK is heading back to the Moon! We are living in an exciting, once in a generation time when the direction of space exploration is shifting gears. The world space agencies are building spacecraft that will send humans out beyond the confines of Low Earth Orbit for the first time since the end of the Apollo lunar missions in 1972 and have plans for much more. The UK, through our membership of the European Space Agency, will be a part of these exciting missions, but it is not the first time that we have sent missions to the Moon.

Libby Jackson, the UK Space Agency’s Human Exploration Programme Manager, shared the amazing details of our lunar story - past achievements, current activities and the plans for the next decades.

Adult £3 | Child £1 - Suitable for ages 7+

 

14:30 - 15:15, Science Museum Outreach: Out of this world

Join London's Science Museum Outreach team for a journey into space in this action-packed show. Together we will discover what it takes to become an astronaut, launch a rocket, explore the Solar System and look for alien life. This show contains explosions, super-cool liquid nitrogen, eye-popping vacuums and wee drinking. You have been warned!

Adult £3 | Child £1 - Suitable for ages 7+

 

Saturday, 22 February

10:30 - 11:20, Matthew Tosh: Fireworks - Real Science or Just Bangs?

Explore the colourful and explosive world of pyrotechnics as Matthew deconstructs the science and engineering behind firework displays. Matthew Tosh has taken the live science show world by storm with his shows and performances about fireworks and stage effects. He’ll reveal how to create colours, different sound effects, shock waves and perfectly timed bursts in time to music. Featuring shock waves, forces, energy pathways, electricity, flames, sparks, smoke effects and real indoor fireworks, this is an exciting and dramatic show that will guarantee to have you on the edge of their seats.

Adult £4 | Child £2 - Suitable for all ages

 

11:30 - 12:15, Mark Miles (CEO, Render): Re-imagining the World  - Creating the future with VR and immersive technology

Blurring the lines between physical and digital worlds, immersive technology offers the ultimate engagement platform for the experience age and can solve real challenges facing business and society, along with transforming gaming and entertainment. Immersive innovation is increasingly recognised as a powerful solution to a range of 21st century challenges.

“The beauty of VR is that it transcends borders and physical spaces, delivering virtual experiences where people all over the world can be in the same room at once, visualising and shaping everything, working together in a virtual space.” – Mark Miles, CEO Render.

Mark brings his real-world expertise and experience to showcase the very latest applications of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, and will challenge the audience to imagine what immersive technologies might mean for how we will create our future.

Adult £3 | Child £1 - Suitable for ages 7+

 

12:30 - 13:15, Science Museum Outreach: Out of this world

Join London's Science Museum Outreach team for a journey into space in this action-packed show. Together we will discover what it takes to become an astronaut, launch a rocket, explore the Solar System and look for alien life. This show contains explosions, super-cool liquid nitrogen, eye-popping vacuums and wee drinking. You have been warned!

Adult £3 | Child £1 - Suitable for ages 7+

 

13:30 - 14:15, Brian Clegg: How to build a Time Machine

Time travel makes for wonderful science fiction, but in this talk, we take a trip with popular science writer Brian Clegg into the real world of time machines. Surprisingly, there is nothing in the laws of physics that prevents us from travelling through time. In fact, time travel is a natural consequence of relativity - though the reality is very different from the time machines of fiction. There is no other topic that captures the imagination so dramatically. From an exploration of the nature of time and why time travellers’ conventions don’t get many attendees to the revelation of our best time machine that has already been built, this talk shatters our illusions on the reality of time travel.

Adult £3 | Child £1 - Suitable for ages 11+

 

14:30 - 15:15, Science Museum Outreach: Out of this world

Join London's Science Museum Outreach team for a journey into space in this action-packed show. Together we will discover what it takes to become an astronaut, launch a rocket, explore the Solar System and look for alien life. This show contains explosions, super-cool liquid nitrogen, eye-popping vacuums and wee drinking. You have been warned!

Adult £3 | Child £1 - Suitable for ages 7+

 

How to Find Us

Please click here for directions to STEAM. 

Please note, there is strictly NO FREE CAR PARKING FOR SPECIAL EVENTS. There is strictly no car parking outside of the Museum except for Blue Badge holders. 

Car parking is available in the Swindon Designer Outlet North and West car parks

For full car parking details, please click here.

Cost: FREE Entry

Puzzle Creature

Date: 28th February 2020

Location: STEAM Museum, Fire Fly Avenue
Swindon
SN2 2EY
01793 466646
Email enquiries: steammuseum@swindon.gov.uk

Time: 19:30 - 21:00

28 February

STEAM

STEAM

Puzzle Creature is a multi-disciplinary dance work by Neon Dance that asks us to forget our mundane everyday and immerse ourselves in the magic of movement. Having sold out when presented at Swindon Dance in Autumn 2018, the production will return to Swindon this time taking over STEAM Museum on the 28th February 2020. Guaranteed to be a transformative experience, don't miss your chance to catch Puzzle Creature live.

Inspired by the death-eluding architecture designs of Arakwara and Madeline Gins, director Adrienne Hart has collaborated with three exceptional dance artists to create an immersive dance experience.

Located within the Museum’s Caerphilly Castle Hall, step inside an inflatable set design and allow yourself to be transfixed by performers dressed in wearable artefacts created by artist Ana Rajcevic as they transport you through choreographed action. Accompanied by a newly commissioned score for eight speakers by composer Sebastian Reynolds, this unique performance combines British and Japanese Sign Language and audio description alongside Reynolds’ evocative score.

Guaranteed to be a transformative experience, join us for Puzzle Creature and enter a space where there is no barrier between the artist and the audience.

Tickets

Adult: £14

Child (3 - 15yrs): £12

Senior (65+yrs): £12

Student (Valid ID Required): £12

Groups of 15 people or more receive a 10% discount - please select the Group Ticket on the online booking page.

STEAM

Parking

Please note that all visitors should park in the Swindon Designer Outlet North Car Park on Kemble Drive.

Free parking is available for Puzzle Creatures ticket holders - you just need to present your car parking ticket to STEAM Reception.

Please also be aware that STEAM does not accept liability for vehicles parked in these car parks.

There is FREE car parking available at the front of the Museum for STEAM visitors who display a valid Blue Badge. Please note, STEAM cannot accept liability for vehicles parked in front of the Museum.

What time do you open the doors?

The Museum Foyer doors open at 6pm an hour and a half before the performance start time of 7.30pm. The Museum’s café will be open for drinks and light snacks before the performance, but we do ask these are consumed in the café or Museum foyer before entering the performance area.

Cost: £12 / £14 per person

Swindon Railway Festival

Date: 12th September 2020 - 13th September 2020

Every day

Location: STEAM Museum, Fire Fly Avenue
Swindon
SN2 2EY
01793 466646
Email enquiries: steammuseum@swindon.gov.uk

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

12 & 13 September

steam museum

 

The big GWR event of the year, celebrating all things railway

Step into the glorious world of model railways…

Prepare to be amazed as you discover beautiful model railway engines, carriages, wagons, stock and scenery with an astounding level of detail and craftsmanship.

You’ll find 26 model railways throughout the Museum, covering the whole range of scales and gauges (please scroll down for layout details).

Experts will be at hand to answer your questions and offer modelling tips, whether your knowledge is basic or specialist.  

Family activities include special children’s interactive model railways, activity trails and dedicated play areas inside the Museum. 

There will also be a live steam traction engine display at the front of the museum, including the sounding of STEAM's own Swindon Works Replica Hooter* (on the hour, every hour).

Teams and volunteers from other heritage railway organisations will be attending so it’s a great opportunity to delve even further into the world of steam (and diesel) railways.

As ever, there will be trade stands galore for all your railway bargains!

*Created by Colin Hatch, Hatch Heritage & Steam Engineers.

Take a Look

This exciting two-day festival is full of cameraderie and lively chat and appeals to rail enthusiasts of all ages and families alike. 

But don’t just take our word for it - check out this video to get a glimpse of what’s on offer at this unique event.

Refreshments GWR Style

Delicious refreshments will be served in the GWR outdoor arena, including a barbeque and Real Ale Bar.

Tempting home-made hot and cold meals are available at STEAM’s Platform One Café.

 

2020 Admission Tickets -  coming soon

 

How to Find Us

Please click here for directions to STEAM. 

Please note, there is strictly NO FREE CAR PARKING FOR SPECIAL EVENTS. There is strictly no car parking outside of the Museum except for Blue Badge holders. 

Car parking is available in the Swindon Designer Outlet North and West car parks

For full car parking details, please click here.

Swindon Designer Outlet car park fees

£1 for 0-5hours, £12 for 5-12 hours or free if you spend over £100 at the Designer Outlet!

Cost: Special Events Admission applies.

Great Western Brick Show 2020

Date: 3rd October 2020 - 4th October 2020

Every day

Location: STEAM Museum, Fire Fly Avenue
Swindon
SN2 2EY
01793 466646
Email enquiries: steammuseum@swindon.gov.uk

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

3 & 4 October

STEAM

STEAM

Join us on 3 & 4 October for the biggest and best LEGO® fan event in the UK for LEGO® fans of all ages!

There will be plenty to see and do, making it a fabulous day out for all the family:

* Lots of models of all sizes built by LEGO fans such as railway layouts, buildings, space craft, cars, trucks, aircraft and much more
* Interactive Building – help create an all-new giant LEGO mosaic from over 100,000 bricks!
* Visit the official LEGO Shop and other independent LEGO traders for some great deals on some exclusive LEGO sets not available on the high street.
* LEGO and Duplo brick pits tables for children
* Brick Café – to keep you refreshed in first class style!

Plus, all the regular displays and exhibits telling the remarkable story of the men and women who built, operated and travelled on the Great Western Railway. One entrance ticket covers access to the LEGO model show as well as the museum itself and the displays and exhibits of the Great Western Railway.

If you’ve not been to the Great Western Brick Show before, take a look at this fab video of a previous show...

 

Admission Prices

Adult (16+ yrs): £13.10
Child (3-15 yrs): £11.00
Senior (65+ yrs): £11.00
Student: £11.00

Family Ticket (1 Adult + 1 Child): £24.10
Family Ticket (1 Adult + 2 Children): £33.10
Family Ticket (1 Adult + 3 Children): £43.10
Family Ticket (2 Adults + 1 Child): £35.20
Family Ticket (2 Adults + 2 Children): £44.10
Family Ticket (2 Adults + 3 Children): £49.90

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How to find us

Regular bus services provided by Swindon’s Bus Company www.swindonbus.co.uk and Stagecoach West www.stagecoachbus.com click here for full details.

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, 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 by Swindon Borough Council to any car drivers using the bus lane.

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

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 these car parks.

Alternative car parking is available at the nearby Bristol Street car park (postcode: SN1 5EQ) which is a 5-10 minute walk). Walk left outside the car park and keep going until you come to a pedestrian sign directing you through the GWR tunnel that connects to the Churchward site. Your route will pass English Heritage and Thomas Homes apartments, soon leading to STEAM Museum.

Nearby car parks also include the Brunel North and West multi-storey car parks, located just 10 minutes walk from STEAM.

We hope this information helps you plan your journey and look forward to welcoming you to one of the best model brick shows in the UK.

Cost: Special Events Admission applies

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