Swindon Job Fest: Tuesday, 4 February from 2.30pm until 6pm

Swindon’s STEAM Museum will be packed out when one of Wiltshire’s biggest career events returns for its sixth year.
Young jobseekers will be greeted by a host of local businesses at JobFest from a range of different industries including Catalent, Capita, Barclays and National Trust among many others.

The event, which is expected to attract around a thousand young people, will take place at the railway museum on Tuesday, 4 February from 2.30pm until 6pm. Organised by Swindon Borough Council, it will bring together employers from across Swindon who are offering apprenticeships and employment opportunities in the local area.

JobFest has fast become an important platform for Swindon employers to reach out to local young people and meet their future workforce.
The event, which is sponsored by Catalent and Capita, will inform and engage young people about the apprenticeships and career options available to them in the Swindon area.

JobFest 2020 will also bring together many businesses from a wide range of industries including engineering, social care, hospitality and finance as well as national and local apprenticeship training providers.

Students from secondary schools have been invited earlier in the afternoon while members of the public are welcome to go along from 2.30pm.
Throughout the school session there will be motivational talks from employers and young apprentices. Later on in the day, during the general public session, attendees will have the opportunity to attend drop-in sessions to improve their CV and speak to young apprentices.
Councillor Russell Holland, Swindon Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and the Cabinet Member responsible for education, said: “JobFest is a great way to bring local employers and young people together into one space to have meaningful conversations that could pave the way for future job opportunities.

“This year we want to highlight all the options available to young people, including less traditional, but still highly desirable career pathways, like apprenticeships.

“We would encourage all young people and jobseekers in Swindon and its surrounding areas to come along to JobFest and find their dream career.”

Daniel Busson, Operations Director at Capita Workforce Management, said: “Capita has been lucky enough to have been involved from the start of JobFest and we’ve seen how big the event has grown over the years.

“We use the opportunity to both speak to young people about careers in technology while advertising any apprenticeships we have open at the time.

“Three of our last five apprenticeships have been filled from candidates we met at JobFest!”

This year JobFest coincides with National Apprenticeship Week and local employers will be encouraging attendees to explore all their options, including apprenticeships and training opportunities.

To find out more about JobFest 2020 visit For information on current apprenticeship vacancies in Swindon visit


Festive afternoon tea and guided tours on offer at Lydiard House


Christmas will be coming early to Lydiard House thanks to a special festive treat on offer to visitors.


The Swindon Borough Council-owned stately home is offering a festive afternoon tea menu throughout November and December. For just £19.95 per person, visitors can enjoy a variety of hand-cut sandwiches, a warm mince pie, plus a selection of festive cakes, served with tea or mulled wine.


All guests will also be invited on a guided tour of Lydiard House, giving people the opportunity to experience the beautifully decorated halls for the festive season.


Lydiard House was home to the St John family for 500 years, and visitors will hear their fascinating history. The tour will last approximately 45 minutes, after which guests will be served three tiers of stunning festive treats.


The historic State Rooms of Lydiard House will be beautifully adorned with traditional foliage, a kissing ball, and a decorated Christmas tree. Floral decorations will also line mantle-pieces and doorways, adding splendour and festivity to the house.


The House has been decorated once again by Royal Wootton Bassett Flower Arranging Club.


Reservations for festive afternoon tea are available on Wednesdays and Thursdays, between 27 November and 19 December.


To make a reservation, please call 01793 465270. Full payment over the phone is required to secure your booking and a minimum of 24 hours’ notice is required.


Car parking is available at Hay Lane and Hook Street entrances. Parking charges apply.

Swindon Borough Council: Preparing for Adulthood – Transitions Roadshow

@SwindonBoroughCouncil is hosting its fourth Preparing for Adulthood Transitions Roadshow on Wednesday 19 June at the Civic Offices from 12 – 5pm. Around 40 stallholders will be there to offer advice to parents, carers and professionals who support young people with additional needs to help them plan for their future. If you’d like to find out more, please visit: .

Do you support a young person with additional needs? The Preparing for Adulthood Transitions Roadshow will be held @SwindonBoroughCouncil Civic Offices from 12 – 5pm on Wednesday 19 June which will see around 40 stallholders offering advice to help young people plan for their future. Find out more: .


Saturday Market

Saturday Market

Every Saturday from 8.00 am.  Buy fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, a marvellous range of Cheeses, ham, eggs.  Also available are Greetings Cards, and a wide range of other things that you just cannot live without!!  Then why not have a coffee and an amble around the other lovely shops in the Town?