Located as the middle point on the Swindon rail station, Swindon Wiltshire has been on the map for a long time. First noted in the Doomsday Book as Suidune, Swindon started off as a small barter town. After the industrial revolution brought the railroad through this sleepy town, it grew into a busy stop on the road from London to Bristol.
Thanks to it's placement on the railroad line, Swindon is home to several major festivals. Radio 1's Big Weekend was held during the first weekend of May 2009. This festival featured a variety of different musical artists. This free event hosted known and new artists for fans to enjoy.
Another popular festival that is held during the month of May is the Swindon Festival of Literature. During the two weeks of the festival there are several different authors speaking and participating in conferences throughout the course of the festival. The authors include political authors, poets, novelists, and sports authors as well.
The day long festival of Swindon Mela is a popular festival that draws ten thousand plus people per year. This festival celebrates South Indian art and culture. Located in the Town Gardens this festival couples the art and culture of South Indians with the beauty of the gardens.
Nature lovers - there is no shortage of gardens for you to enjoy. The Lydiard Park is 260 yards of park and house for you to enjoy. The house was built in the 17th Century and was updated later during the English Civil War. In 1943 the house was empty and the Swindon Corporation purchased it and the surrounding land. Once the house was renovated in 1955 the house and gardens were opened to the public year round. The grounds not only have gardens and relaxing scenery but a new play area for children to enjoy.
Another relaxing garden to enjoy during your stay in Swindon is the Queen's Park. This twelve acre park includes a two acre lake. It also has a remembrance area. The Garden of Remembrance was opened in 1950 and honors those who lost their lives in World War II.
Shopaholics will have lots of fun in this area. There are lots of different shopping centers for you to choose from. There are retail parks and outlet malls for you to choose from. It can be shop till you drop if you so choose. From major retailers to local shops, take your pick.
Swindon has fun festivals and beautiful gardens for you to enjoy.
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