Love Local Old Town – Day 5

By Anita Jaynes on 12 August, 2020

It’s day 5 of our Love Local Old Town, Swindon campaign sponsored by The National Self Build & Renovation Centre (NSBRC) and today we’re putting the spotlight on Swindon Arts Centre.

Based on Devizes Road, Swindon Arts Centre is an intimate 200 seat venue which presents a variety of live shows and entertainment.

The Performing Arts industry has been one of the pandemic’s biggest casualties with most venues still shut due to the complexities of reopening and keeping to social distancing measures for both the cast and audience.

Swindon Arts Centre is hoping to reopen its doors for the first time since March in October. There are a number of events planned for the autumn including Meatloaf tribute, Hits Out Of Hell – The Meatloaf Songbook, and stand-up comedian Jack Dee.

Swindon Arts Centre took part in the national #LightItInRed events industry campaign on social media.

Harvey Fremlin, Managing Director of The National Self Build & Renovation Centre, said, “For me, one of the saddest outcomes of the coronavirus has been the closure of venues and theatres across the UK, which includes Old Town’s Art Centre. As a former actor I know the arts have been suffering particularly badly and I can’t wait to get back to seeing plays, musicians and comedians on the stage.”

Swindon Arts Centre is supporting the nationwide #WeMakeEvents Red Alert social media campaign to highlight the dramatic effect Covid is having on the industry. Last night (Tuesday 11th August) it took part in the UK’s ‘light it red’ campaign and lit up the Old Town building.

To find out more about Swindon Arts Centre and to show your support by booking tickets for future shows, visit: and follow them on Twitter: @SwindonArtsCen

Love Local Old Town, Swindon is part of The Business Exchange’s Love Local Wiltshire campaign (#LoveLocalWilts). Over the next 15 weeks we will be encouraging people to buy local, explore Wiltshire’s amazing towns and city and support the many independents which make this area so unique. Follow the campaign on social media #LoveLocalWilts.