May 2018

Swindon Festival of Literature

Mon 7 – Sat 19 May

Lower Shaw Farm is the home, head, and heart of this locally-loved and nationally-known high spot on Wiltshire’s cultural calendar. It begins with the amazing Dawn Chorus at 5.30am on Bank Holiday Monday 7th May, and continues for a fortnight with an array of novelists, poets, politicians, scientists, philosophers, performers, dangerous discussions, serious sessions, and lively talks.

A veritable feast of ideas!

If you want to know who and what, get the full 40-page colour programme, available from 22 March. Phone 01793 771080, email or see the Festival website.

Litfest Children and Families Day

Sun 13 May
10.30am – 3.30pm
Adult £5 • Child £4

Authors, writing workshops, storytelling, word games, story walks, treasure hunts, riddles, puppets, campfire stories, and plenty of play, all day, at the Swindon Festival of Literature.

Brilliant activities for all ages with words, books, authors, and performers.

The Farm Cafe will be open for light lunches, and delicious cakes and refreshments.

No booking required. For this event, please pay at the farm gate on the day. If you have an enquiry, please phone us on 01793 771080 or email

Circus Workshop – a weekend extravaganza for all ages!

Fri 25 – Mon 28 May
Adult £165 • Child (5 – 21yrs) £132
• Non-residential: Adult £120 • Child £99
(meals provided)
Jacob-Hi Ho, Juggler Jim, and friends

Have you ever dreamed of running away to join a circus?

Well, now you can because the circus is coming to Lower Shaw Farm, and you can be part of it!

Workshops for complete beginners to experienced circus enthusiasts in:

There will also be a fire show, a mass fire club-swinging routine, and the lighting of a fire sculpture created on the weekend, by you!

After dark, we’ll have a cabaret, UV-light performance, and a Cowshed party to write home about.

And on the last day, we’ll finish off with a group games session using your new skills!

Families welcome, couples and singles welcome, and beginners welcome too. Everybody is welcome!

Jacob Hi-Ho, a multi-talented circus artist and a UK Slackline champion, and Juggler Jim, an experienced performer and workshop leader, will help you learn new skills and explore your potential as an individual and as part of a group in a relaxed and friendly setting.

And for those who just want to watch, as well as a fully matted 'play' area, the workshop space also has comfy sofas.

This fully residential weekend, with great food and friendship, begins on Friday evening and finishes after a late lunch on Bank Holiday Monday.

No lions, no whips, no performing seals. Simply good company, great tuition, and three days of pure circus fun!

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May 2018 Events

Mon 7 – Sat 19

Swindon Festival of Literature

Sun 13

Litfest Children and Families Day

Fri 25 – Mon 28

Circus Workshop

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