Booking the Parks for Events

The Parish Council encourages private events and bookings inside our 3 public parks. We believe events add to the enjoyment people have in our parks. The Parish Council accepts private bookings based on the charging structure set out below. The income we receive goes towards the maintenance and improvements we make to our parks.

We have also set out below event information for each of our parks.

For more information, please contact the Parish Council’s Events Manager, Abigail Scutts. Email events@southswindon-pc.gov.uk or call 01793 575559.

Parish Council Facilities for Hire

Town Gardens Bowl

This is Swindon’s only outdoor event space, which is enclosed, has its own stage and power requirements. This space is great for private parties or weddings, outdoor theatre, outdoor cinema, music concerts and all outdoor events that require an enclosed space.

The Town Gardens Bowl’s art deco style is unique in the world and was based on the Hollywood Bowl. It was built in the 1930s making it a key piece of Swindon’s heritage.

Capacity

1200 (Limit with bar structure in place)
1500 (Limit without bar structure in place)

Power

Power available on site

Water

Tap in the depot

Toilets

Centre of the park in rose garden

Parking Organises

On site and depot

Parking Public

Pay & display car parks nearby

GWR Park, Faringdon Road

GWR Park is great for larger events that require a vast open space. Example of previous events include the Mela Festival, the Nepali Festival, Armed Forces Day event and Swindon’s Oktoberfest.

Near to the Town Centre and Swindon’s train station this park presents great transport links.

Capacity

< 10,000

Power

Not available

Water

Not available

Parking Organises

On site

Parking Public

Town Centre car parks

Town Gardens Park Including Bandstand

The Town Gardens is one of Swindon’s most popular parks, right in the heart of the Old Town. Created in the late 19th Century it retains many of its historic features and is trees. Events taking place here has included the Enchanted Gardens Light Trail and Swindon & Wiltshire Pride.

Capacity

< 10,000

Power

Limited supply, bandstand, Aviary. Depot.

Water

Tap in the depot

Toilets

Centre of the park

Parking Organiser

In depot

Parking Public

Pay & display car parks nearby

Queens Park

Great for smaller events in a beautiful ornamental setting. Examples of previous events and private bookings include Park Yoga, brass band concerts, children’s events and other community events.

Capacity

< 5,000

Power

There is a power source in the terrace area

Water

Supply from the depot

Toilets

Public toilets in the park

Parking Organiser

Limited parking

Parking Public

Town Centre car parks nearby

Parish Council Facilities for Hire

Town Gardens Bowl

£1,500

Section of Town Gardens

£500

(interest largely comes from around the Bandstand area)

GWR Park

£750
(per day)

Queens Park

£500

Section of Open Space in the Parks for Private Business or Charitable Groups Outside of the Parish (day rate, not hourly)

£60

Section of Open Space in the Parks for Private Business or Charitable Groups Outside of the Parish (for one hour)

£30

Section of Open Space in the Park for registered charities inside of the Parish

£0

Community Charge for Town Gardens & Bowl, GWR Park & Queens Park Requirement: It must be free entry, unrestricted access, and not for profit, within the borough

£300

Set-Up/Down Costs per day

25% of usual day rate

Boot Camp/Personal Trainer Season Tickets

£60 per month

  • Returnable Deposit for Events: £1000
  • Multi-Day Bookings: Discounts may be negotiated for multi-day event bookings.
  • Payment Terms: A booking will not be confirmed until payment is provided.
If you have additional questions or need some help please call us on 01793 575559 events@southswindon-pc.gov.uk