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HST Nameplate Display

Date: 18th July 2019 - 31st December 2019

Every day

Location: STEAM Museum, Fire Fly Avenue
01793 466646
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Time: 10:00 - 17:00

Until December

After over 40 years in service GWR's fleet of the iconic HST trains are no longer operating intercity services from London Paddington having been replaced with a fleet of 93 new Intercity Express Trains. Over the years of service they have carried names of people and organisations from the cities, towns and communties they serve. 

Steam - Museum of the Great Western Railway is delighted to be hosting a unique exhibition of nameplates which have been carried by Great Western Railway's iconic high-speed trains. The HST Nameplate Display will be available to view until 31 December 2019.

Find out more about the history of naming locomotives in our Object of the Month blog.

Cost: Included with standard admission.

Prime Theatre: Acting Workshops

Date: 28th October 2019 - 29th October 2019

Every day

Location: STEAM Museum, Fire Fly Avenue
01793 466646
Email enquiries:

28 & 29 October


Develop your performance skills in a fun environment, meet new people and create characters from the ground up...This October half-term Prime Theatre are running three acting workshops for young people aged 5-18 here at STEAM.

Monday 28 October 10:15-13:00 - Ages 5-10
Monday 28 October 14:00-16:00 - Ages 15+
Tuesday 29 October 10:15-13:00 - Ages 11-14

All theatre workshops are led by professional directors, actors & writers – All holiday workshops are BSL Supported.

Workshops cost £10 per child, sign up online today:

Cost: £10.00

Meet the Railway Workers

Date: 2nd November 2019 - 11th January 2020

Every fortnight

Location: STEAM Museum, Fire Fly Avenue
01793 466646
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Time: 10:00 - 16:00

2 November


Whatever your age, our friendly team of volunteers will add to the STEAM experience as you tour the Museum.

They will welcome you aboard three famous locomotives:

Climb aboard No. 3717 City of Truro, No. 6000 King George V and No. 4073 Caerphilly Castle. Plus, see the footplate of No. 2818!

You'll get to find out how the controls worked on these great engines.

Expect to hear some fascinating anecdotes of what it was like to be a GWR engine driver, fireman or labourer; or an engineer, craftsman or office worker at one of the 'Shops' inside GWR's Swindon Works.

Our volunteers are happy to help with any questions you may have about the GWR locomotives and artefacts we have on display at STEAM. 

This great experience is free with standard admission and to STEAM Season Ticket holders. Purchase online tickets here, or pay on the day.

Look out for our occasional Saturday tours of the Museum too!  
We look forward to welcoming you soon! 

Dates and Times: 


November 2, 16, 30

December 14, 28

January 2020

January 11


Find out what inspires our terrific 'Meet the Railway Workers' volunteers by visiting our 'Meet the Railway Workers' Blog

Cost: Included with admission and free to STEAM Season Ticket holders.

Christmas at STEAM

Date: 30th November 2019 - 1st December 2019

Every day

Location: STEAM Museum, Fire Fly Avenue
01793 466646
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Time: 10:00 - 17:00

30 Nov & 1 Dec

Christmas, Experience


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

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.

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 Storytime


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 cost £7.50 per child, in addition to the admission price. As a guide, we recommend that sessions are suitable for children between 3 and 10 years old. Up to two accompanying adults will be admitted free of charge, and do not need to purchase a Story Time ticket. Each session lasts approximately 20 minutes.

Places are limited to ensure children receive a quality experience. We recommend booking online to guarantee a space. 

Santa's Story-times for Saturday and Sunday:

10.15am, 11.00am, 11.45am, 13.00pm, 13.45pm, 14.30pm, 15.15pm, 16.00pm.


Admission prices 

Adults: £3.00 

Seniors: (65+yrs) £2.00

Students: (ID required) £2.00 

Children*: (3-15yrs) £1.00.

Under 3s*: FREE

Children under 16 must be accompanied and closely supervised by an adult at all times.

Tickets are available to purchase online, or you can pay on the door.


Traders Attending

  • Amanda Aylward: Felted Mythical & Nature Inspired Items.
  • Bake-O-Delicious: Christmas cakes, tray bakes, cupcakes and chutneys.
  • Bibi Images and Designs/ Positive Images: Mounted prints, greetings cards and calendars of local landscapes and gardens.
  • 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.
  • Daniel Dix Art: Artwork, candles, cards, jams and cakes.
  • Dona B Drawings: Illustrated products showcasing Swindon.
  • Echolane Creative Glasswork: Fused glass jewellery, Christmas decorations, dishes, coasters and wall hangings.
  • Felicitations: Swindon-based card designer/makers of cute, whimsical greetings cards.
  • Fleur Love Flower Studio: Handmade botanical candles, Christmas wreaths, aroma wax ornaments, jewellery, Japanese crafts and more.
  • GlamoRose Cakes: Cupcakes, tiffin, gingerbread and Christmas treats.
  • Helene Glass Art: Beautiful, high quality fused and stained glass.
  • John Stooke: Author of Lost Swindon Pubs.
  • Kate Parsons: Editions of giclée, lino and screen prints of artwork, mostly of Swindon places.
  • Liquorice Heaven: Finest quality imported Dutch, Danish & Swedish liquorice.
  • Little White Rabbit Publishing: Illustrated gifts: coasters, bookmarks, keyrings, magnets, pens, rulers, pen pots, cards and gift tags.
  • Louise Russell Photography: Photographic greeting cards, framed photos, mounted photos and gifts.
  • Marshy’s Art: Handmade greetings Cards.
  • Moreish Must Haves: Wiltshire liqeurs, Stainswick Farm rapeseed oil, Fuffle, Makedo.
  • My Handmade Soaps & Miss Ellie’s Vintage: Handmade toiletries, gifts and vintage accessories.
  • Natasha's Handmade and Pre-loved Toys and Gifts: Christmas decorations and gifts, handmade felted animals, plus a selection of homewares.
  • Ooh Lovely Lilo Ceramics: Handmade ceramics, Christmas decorations, dishes, bowls and other ceramic gifts.
  • Parkinson’s UK: Charity stall raising money for Parkinson’s UK.
  • Pips Vintage: Handmade vintage cake stands and crockery. Vintage style sunglasses, scarves, cases and more.
  • Pretty Little Things: Handmade jewellery for all ages.
  • Primrose Mosaics: Stunning handcrafted mosaics and jewellery.
  • Royal National Lifeboat Institution
  • Selina’s Personalised Art: Pebble Art.
  • 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.
  • Stitchcraft: Bespoke home furnishing, Draught excluders, doorstops, notice boards, tea and coffee cosies and cushions.
  • Story Stop: Story Cushions – book, toy and game in a pocket on a cushion.
  • Tezukuri Accessories: Unique, handmade accessories with a Japanese influence.
  • The Hat & Jewellery Lady: Handmade jewellery.
  • 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.
  • Working on a Dream Pictures: Landscape and abstract photographs.
  • Wyvern Theatre

Cost: Special event admission applies.

The Great Western Wedding Show

Date: 11th January 2020 - 12th January 2020

Every day

Location: STEAM Museum, Fire Fly Avenue
01793 466646
Email enquiries:

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

11 & 12 January


The Great Western Wedding Show (#GWWS) at STEAM Museum, Swindon is back!

A very special 2-day HUGE South West Wedding Show NOT to be missed, featuring:

  • 60+ Fabulous Exhibitors
  • Live music from our daily resident bands
  • Beautifully styled 'Inspiration Zones' throughout the Show
  • Bridal Catwalk Shows on the Main Stage
  • A shopping zone where you can grab your wedding dress and accessories at a bargain price!
  • The Style Hub featuring experts showcasing future bridal trends, and the best styles to flatter your shape
  • The Planning Hub where our schedule of experts will give you all the top tips covering various planning topics
  • Exciting competitions and prizes
  • Two complimentary Prosecco Bar vouchers per signing in bride or groom, sponsored by Elsie Road!

...and so much more!

Fancy skipping the queues and getting a VIP goody bag on arrival full of special offers, discounts and incentives? Why not pre-register? Simply 'Book your tickets' You’ll also be automatically entered into the prize draw to win a case of Champagne! Free entry for wedding show visitors only.


Reduced Museum Admission Prices - 11 and 12 January 2020

Admission prices for museum visitors will be significantly reduced to reflect the different visitor experience on the above Great Western Wedding Show dates.

Please note that many Museum exhibits may not be accessible due to exhibitor stalls set up around the Museum and we would advise general visitors to consider an alternative date to visit STEAM to avoid disappointment.

Adult £3

Child £1

Season Ticket Holders go FREE

Cost: Special Events Admission applies.

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