24 Hours In Swindon (and the Cotswolds)

by - Friday, August 25, 2017

Burton on the Water

Since getting my 1st car in 2010 (just in time for my 21st birthday) I'd like to think I've taken full advantage and managed to visit a few places around the UK - Granted, nowhere near as many as I would've liked. 

Swindon, is somewhere I've visited briefly before and when I say briefly I literally mean to the racecourse so ahead of our trip down to Lydiard House in Swindon for our outdoor cinema experience with The Luna Cinema, I was excited to explore Swindon in a little more detail.

I didn't think wandering around cute little villages, quaint little tea rooms and thatched cottages were S' thing, and seeing as it was his birthday I noted down a few shops I knew he'd love to take a look into with the added bonus of finding a hidden gem! 10 girlfriend points for me!

Granted we didn't end up exploring too much of Swindon, as we were only there for a few hours, but I was pleasantly surprised with what bit we did discover so I wanted to share some places with you guys.

The Brunel / Swindon town centre
If a spot of shopping is more your thing, I recommend The Brunel shopping centre. It's not huge but there's a great selection of shops, some of which I thought made a nice change from the usual shops you find in town centres, plus The Brunel is surrounded by lots of other little shops too as well as some independent shops, which I highly recommend going and checking out.

The Swindon Pop Shop
If like us, you're into your Pop! vinyl figures definitely head on down to The Swindon Pop Shop which is located behind The Brunel shopping centre and opposite one of the many car parks. We stumbled across this on Sunday afternoon but unfortunately it was closed. A cheeky peek through the window and we were blown away with the amount of Funko Pops! on sale. During our return on Monday morning we spent a lot of time browsing and talking to the owner, who was lovely! 

The Swindon Pop Shop

Retro Gamez HQ
The hidden gem I briefly mentioned at the beginning of this post. If you're into video games, especially the now "retro" consoles like Sega Mega drive, Playstation 1, Playstation 2, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64 you're going to love Retro Gamez HQ. I'll admit, it's not the easiest place to find as it's located inside, right at the back, of a music shop and, it's not the biggest places either in fact it's rather snug for any more than 3-4 people to browse but they do have a great selection of retro games and gaming memorabilia. You name it, they've probably got it! 

So after a brief visit to Swindon and an awesome night at The Luna Cinema (keep your eyes peeled for a more in detailed blog post coming soon) we started our journey back home on Monday afternoon and tt turns out I was wrong! S loves cute little villages and The Cotswolds is somewhere I have wanted to visit for as long as I can remember so we decided to pay Bourton on the Water a little visit on our way home.

The home of The Model Village and the Toy and Motor museum but more importantly, the home of Brum. For anyone that grow up in the 90s, Brum was a little yellow replica car who went on adventures into the "big world" - I absolutely loved the TV program growing up and being so close to where his adventures started made me feel a tiny bit emosh! 

To see what else we got up to during our trip to Swindon and The Cotswolds, please be sure to head on over to my YouTube channel and check out my latest vlog which I had so much fun filming and editing.

Be warned, it's a long one so pop the kettle on, make yourself a cuppa and get comfy! I hope you enjoy.

Have you ever visited The Cotswolds or Swindon?
Are there any places you would recommend?
If so, please do in the comments. I'd love to hear all about your adventures.
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