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Tickets for most events can be booked in advance either online, by phone, or from the venue box office.


For most events, you can book your tickets online by clicking the "Book this event online" link beside the event details. All bookable events can also be found in the May section at…


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Or, on the day, tickets, if still available, can be bought on the door at each venue.

But please, with popular events, please check first for availability!

The ticket price in brackets applies to people entitled to concessions.


Most evening events scheduled at Swindon Arts Centre are available to buy as a double ticket at a reduced price. But these discounted tickets cannot be bought online. Should you wish to purchase double tickets, please call the box office on 01793 524481.

If you have any queries about booking or the Festival in general, please email us or ring 01793 771080.

Friday May 5

Fiona Maddocks

Arts Centre, Devizes Road SN1 4BJ
Tel 01793 524481
12.30pm • 5 May • £7 (£6)
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FIONA MADDOCKS – on music for life!

What makes us listen to music? How do we choose our music? Does it choose us? Can music reflect key moments in our lives? Does music suggest everything and answer nothing? How and why does a certain piece of music inspire, comfort, or console? What works of music carry you through life?

Music critic for The Observer and author of Music for Life – 100 works to carry you through, Fiona Maddocks has chosen works to express and reflect our most universal experiences.

David Owen

Arts Centre, Devizes Road SN1 4BJ
Tel 01793 524481
6.30pm • 5 May • £9 (£8)
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DAVID OWEN – on Cabinet’s Finest Hour.

What do you think of the Cabinet system of government in Britain? Is it messy and cumbersome? Or is it the best way of bringing together the decision-making skills of the best political minds of the ruling Party? Does it serve us well? What is the evidence of its successes or failures in times of crises?

A doctor by training but now an author and a Lord, erstwhile co-founder and leader of the Social Democratic Party, but perhaps best known as a former Foreign Secretary, David Owen has a wealth of experience in matters governmental, especially international ones. In his latest book, Cabinet’s Finest Hour, using papers once available only to members of Churchill’s War Cabinet, he brings to life pivotal meetings and decision-making processes, and shows how close Britain came to seeking a negotiated peace with Nazi Germany.

DOUBLE TICKET £14 for two events:
David Owen 6.30pm and Polly Morland 8pm

Polly Morland

Arts Centre, Devizes Road SN1 4BJ
Tel 01793 524481
8pm • 5 May • £8 (£7)
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POLLY MORLAND – on how and why we can and do change.

Presented in association with the Swindon Philosophical Society

Most of us, it is reckoned, would like to change something about ourselves, although all too often we feel that we can’t. What enables a violinist to become a policeman? What makes a monk fall in love? How does someone lose eighteen stone in as many months? How does an individual or a family adjust to tragedy? When can simply taking a new name usher in a new life?

Prize-winning broadcaster, director for the BBC, film-maker, and author of three books, the latest of which is Metamorphosis – how and why we change. Polly Morland unravels the mysteries and mechanisms of human change, showing that it is a process at which we are more skilled than we realise; and that, if we wish it, change is possible for us all.

DOUBLE TICKET £14 for two events:
David Owen 6.30pm and Polly Morland 8pm

West Swindon Open Gardens