Half Term

More fun this February Half Term

This half term we are partnering with Festival of Tomorrow, Swindon Open Studios & Crazy Cheeks face painting to bring you tons of fun this February.

Face Painting

Face Painting
Monday 12th - Friday 16th February 

Join us for FREE face painting in the Heart near Haribo from 11am - 4pm. 

Plus Friday 16th & Saturday 17th February the Haribo bear will be making a special appearance. 

AR Trail

Augmented Reality Space Trail!
Sunday 11 Feb to Sunday 18 Feb

We've hidden 12 different Augmented Reality, space-themed models around Swindon Designer Outlet. Find the Swindon's Space Trail boards, scan the QR code with your phone, and see the models come to life! 

See how many you can find. Take a screenshot of the models you find, and post them online, tagging us and #FestivalOfTomorrow so we can check out your finds!

The Space Trail is supported by Octagon Studio.


Zelva the Giant Tortoise
In the Heart Monday 12th -  Friday 16th February

Zelva is the world’s only walking animatronic character of this type, and an encounter with her is a singular experience not to be missed. 

Shows at:

Mechanical Bloom Lab

Mechanical Bloom Lab
Sunday 11th February - Thursday 15th February 

A robot installation themed on nature. You’re invited to take a look at the Mechanical Bloom Lab as Neon Dance presents this exhibition and installation in collaboration with Bristol Robotics Lab.

Taking place at Unit 127 (beside Dune) in Swindon’s Designer Outlet you can meet and interact with our robots and share your own ideas on what you think the robots should do! 

What is a robot?

What is a robot?
Wednesday 14th February 

Drop in demos and meet the researchers, from 11AM - 3PM.
Join the University of Bristol’s Trustworthy Autonomous Systems researchers on Wednesday 14 February to try out some robotic demos and talk to them about their work. Ask our engineers, roboticists and sociologists anything, as we take you through some surprising robotics. What does trust mean to you? What are autonomous systems and how do they work in robots? We look forward to seeing you there.



Swindon Open Studios

Swindon Open Studios
Saturday 10th February - Sunday 18th February

As part of our 20-year celebrations, Swindon Open Studios is delighted to be working with Swindon Designer Outlet to host a pop-up gallery at their shopping centre from Saturday 10th to Sunday 18th February.

The artists exhibiting are Sheryll Fox, Charlotte Abraham, Sholeh Jafari, Helen Savin, Andi Theokle and Mary Thorne. For more information about these artists and their work go to our participating artists page.

The exhibition space is located between M&S and Clarks and will be open from 10am to 6pm. Artists will be at the gallery to answer any questions about the art on display and the artwork will be available to buy.

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