May 2020

Swindon Spring Festival

Fri 8 – Sun 17 May

Lots of authors, talks, discussions, and workshops; plus dance, drama, music, film, and circus performances.

A festival full of cultural riches!

If you want to know more, get the full colour programme, available from 26th March, phone 01793771080 oremail or see

Swindon Spring Festival – Families Day

Sun 10 May
10.30am – 3.30pm
Adult £5 • Child £5

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

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 advance booking required. For this event, please pay at the farm gate on the day. If you any questions, please phone us on 01793 771080 or email

Circus Fun Weekend – an extravaganza for all ages!

Fri 22 – Mon 25 May
Adult £180 • Child (5 – 21yrs) £150 (£100 second or third child in same family)
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!

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

There will be workshops for complete beginners as well as for 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, in the fully-matted play area, with a group games session using your new skills!

Families welcome, couples and singles welcome, and beginners welcome too. Everybody is welcome, because anyone can learn how to juggle, how to really play, and how to develop their circus skills. We’ll show you how!

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, friendly, and well-equipped setting.

And for those who just want to watch, the workshop space also has comfy sofas.

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

Book Circus Fun Weekend

Willow Basket Making

Fri 29 – Sun 31 May • Begins 12 noon on the Friday, finishes 4pm on Sunday
£175 (Veranda room), £195 (House room) • Both prices include 2 nights’ accommodation, meals and refreshments and 2 1/2 days tuition • Non-resident price: £160 (includes meals and tuition)
Norah Kennedy

An opportunity to make willow baskets, garden structures, plant supports, sculptures, and decorations. Learn an eco-friendly skill using local renewable materials!

There will be time to make at least two small baskets, or one larger one. Advice will be available for those wanting to grow their own willow.

The course begins on Friday with lunch at 12.30pm. Tuition begins after lunch. On the Saturday and Sunday, tuition and basket-making will take place from 9.30am until 4pm.

This weekend is suitable for both beginners and for those with experience. (There will be an extra charge of £5 – £20 for materials.)

Norah is an experienced, practising basket maker, and has been teaching this age-old craft all over the country for many years.

Book Willow Basket Making

May Working Weekend

Fri 29 – Sun 31 May
No charge

This is a chance to get to know the farm, turn your hand to old jobs and new, enjoy good company and good food too!

An opportunity to have bright ideas by the compost heap, happy talk in the hen house, and cool chat in the kitchen. Join us to prove that many hands make light work and that today’s stranger is tomorrow’s friend.

Our Working Weekends are run in the beautiful spirit of the WWOOF organisation: we feed and accommodate you, you work, with us.

For more information on WWOOF, see

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