Parish Council's magical preparations begin

By Jessica Durston - 21 September 2022

  • Chair of South Swindon Parish Council Chris Watts

    Chair of South Swindon Parish Council Chris Watts

A column from Cllr Chris Watts, Chair of South Swindon Parish Council.

Enchanted Gardens Light Trail 2022

By the time this edition of the Link Magazine hits your letterbox, tickets will be on sale for this year’s Enchanted Garden Light Trail in the Town Gardens.

We are really excited about running this event again after last year’s very successful Light Trail, which raised £30,000 towards the new Urgent Care Centre at the Great Western Hospital, through the Brighter Futures charity.

The event will be running again from 2 to 31 December and Parish Councillors have successfully pushed for even better light installations to make sure we are delivering value for money to people.

I am delighted that South Swindon Parish Council is once again leading in Swindon with providing such a wonderful event for our residents, which utilises the large trees in the Town Gardens and brings many people from around Swindon and beyond to Old Town, which stands to benefit nearby local business.

Make sure you book your tickets through the Skiddle ticket platform. Search Enchanted Gardens Light Trail to bring up this event. Ticket charges for this year is £11 for an adult and £6 for children. We are delighted that yet again the ticket charges for this event delivers fantastic value for money compared to similar events, at a time when we are going through a cost-of-living crisis.

Buckhurst Family Fun Day

The Light Trail event in the Town Gardens will follow another fantastic event that recently took place at Buckhurst Field on the 27 August. It was fantastic to see so many families come out and enjoy Buckhurst Family Fun Day, which was sponsored by Nationwide Building Society and ran in association with Nepalese Association of Wiltshire.

Everybody had a great time and we were lucky to have such good weather to accompany our fantastic free entertainment. Thank you to all the stallholders and partners who helped make this event happen.

The Buckhurst event was organised to offer summer activities at a free or discounted rate for young people living inside the Parish.

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