Winter sports in Swindon

8 January 2023

This Winter, you don’t have to stay in the house and be miserable when it snows, gets icy or pours with rain.

No, you can boost your endorphin count and get your adrenaline going easily enough. That’s because there are lots of sporting activities in Swindon during January, February and March – all of which are guaranteed to keep you and your family fighting fit.

Some of these activities are indoors only; others use the outdoor environment. From skiing, ice skating, playing ice hockey, taking up Padel and snowboarding, there’s simply no excuse for vegging on the sofa. Here is a list of some of those activities right here:


Yes, this is definitely weather dependent, but when the snow does arrive, there’s no better family fun. Even the dog can take part in this activity. The best places to go sledging in the Swindon area are The Lawn, Coate Water and Clouts Wood at Wroughton (at the A4361 Devizes Road turn off).

Skiing and snowboarding

Liddington Hill is steep enough to get your snowboard or skis out. Make sure you can reach the Hill in the first place if it’s snowing heavily. If there’s no further snowfall this Winter and you’re determined to get skiing, then there’s always the Ski and Snowboard Centre in nearby Gloucester (a mere half an hour’s drive away).


With three covered courts at our Basset Down centre in Swindon, there is plenty of space to enjoy a game of Padel or three over the Winter. You’ll get the opportunity to be outdoors without worrying about rain or other inclement weather. And the colder Winter weather means you won’t get too hot. Just remember to book a court beforehand, so you don’t end up disappointed on the day.

Tenpin bowling

Bring the whole family along to Tenpin Swindon for a good bit of hefty ball rolling. While there, make it an ambition to try out Cosmic Bowling. This is where the staff turn down the lights and turn up the music. The pins are all glow-in-the-dark in-your-face, and you’re even allowed to disco dance down the lanes. It’s bowling – but not as we know it.

Ice skating

The Link Centre is the play to get fit on the ice rink this Winter. That’s because it’s of exceptional quality and, being of international size, is regularly used for both figure skating and ice hockey competitions. The Swindon Wildcats ice hockey team are based there, for instance.

Extreme trampolining

Another great way to keep fit with all the family is trampolining. Swindon’s Link Centre boasts a huge trampoline park, which is accessible for kids as young as 18 months.


Yes, you read that right. Football golf ‘Footgolf’ can be played at Basset Down Golf Complex; again, it’s another sporting activity the whole family can get involved in.

@dowtkids: “With 18 holes to conquer and lots of natural obstacles, including trees, water and bunkers to overcome, your tots will certainly have a blast.”


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