South Swindon Parish Council announce Enchanted Gardens Light Trail partners

By Jessica Durston - 10 November 2022


South Swindon Parish Council is partnering with Brighter Futures, Prospect Hospice and ShopSmall Swindon at the Enchanted Gardens Light Trail 2022.

Last year the parish council partnered with Brighter Futures and raised over £25,000.

The donations helped fund the new Urgent Treatment Centre at Great Western Hospital. This year Brighter Futures will be running a winter raffle and selling a host of different Christmas stocking filler items.

The official car park for the Enchanted Gardens Light Trail is at the Commonweal School and Sixth Form - said to be a short five-minute walk from the Town Gardens. The parking charge is £2 and all monies raised through parking will be donated to Prospect Hospice.

ShopSmall Swindon will also be at the trail with lots of independent stalls to help members of the public make their last-minute Christmas buys.

Local children’s author Kate Claxton will be hosting storytime sessions for younger visitors every Tuesday in the Town Gardens Bandstand. She will be reading her brand-new book, 'Searching for a Roarer.'

Other local groups and performers that will be at the Light Trail include the Commonweal School, Kitty Langan Studio Performing Arts School, Swindon Gilbert and Sullivan, Rising Aspirations Academy of Performing Arts, with more to be announced.

To book tickets, those interested can search on Skiddle for ‘Enchanted Gardens Light Trail 2022.’

A link to the ticketing page cna be found at:

Neil Hopkins, Chair of Leisure, Environment and Amenities said: “We are delighted to be working with so many great local businesses and individuals. It’s fantastic that we are able to utilise so many great local people to create an even more spectacular trail for South Swindon this year.”

Kate Claxton, award-winning local author added: "I'm really excited to be part of the Enchanted Gardens Light Trail on a weekly basis. Based in the bandstand each Tuesday, I'll be entertaining younger visitors with readings of my brand-new book, Searching for a Roarer. It's a story of magic, nature and discovering lights in the night sky, so is perfectly themed for the trail. 

“Children will also be able to recreate the magic and wonder of both the trail and story with night sky crafts, and I'll be signing and selling copies of my books too!”

Lisa Lowe from Ooh Lovely Lilo Ceramics, Shop Small Swindon said: “Shop Small Swindon are delighted to be partnered with South Swindon Parish Council and we will be bringing a wonderful variety of local handmade christmas market stalls to the light trail, you will find us near the end of the trail.  We have so many perfect gifts for you and your loved ones.”

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