Up to 10,000 people are expected to attend the event in GWR Park, Faringdon Road on 9 July to enjoy fairground rides, music, dance, food stalls and a bar, ending with a fireworks show.
This year’s fete organised by the Mechanics’ Institution Trust coincides with the 175th Anniversary of ‘New Swindon’, when the GWR came to Swindon. The event, which first began in 1866, was established by the first generation of Great Western Railway workers and was organised from their premises, the Mechanics’ Institution in the railway village.
The original Childrens’ Fete ran right up until the start of the Second World War and was resurrected by the Mechanics’ Institution Trust in 2003.
Hannah said: “In 2012, we had 7,000 people attend throughout the event. With this being the anniversary, we could attract crowds of up to 10,000. It’s a town-wide event, which seeks to provide entertainment for everyone of all ages. We want to celebrate our heritage but also our town today – its current day culture and community. There’s so much great stuff happening in the town, we really want to pull it all together and just show it off.”
Swindon Dance, Prime Theatre and Falding’s Fandangos are working together on a special performance to mark the anniversaries. Artsite, Lower Shaw Farm and many other community groups will also be involved and the people behind Swindon Shuffle, the town’s original music festival, will be running a live music stage through into the evening.
The organisers are also looking for local performers and arts, cultural and community groups who would like to take part in the event, either through performance or through running workshops on the day and it is an opportunity for local children’s charities and community groups who would like to hold a stall on the day, to raise funds and promote their services.
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To put on a stall, perform at the show, or volunteer to help the famous fete be really successful, contact Hannah Parry on 07854 272 911 or 01793 520 295 or email firstname.lastname@example.org