We are one!
Who would have thought it that this little idea that germinated away in Jamie’s brain for so long, would actually work. But, work it has and we have reached that first milestone of 12 months open and have loved every minute of it (apart from the time the plumbing went wrong, or when the water got cut off during a very very busy bank holiday). It has been mental!
So, to celebrate we are having a bit of a weekend of it! We will be having live music from Tamsin Quin, Shaun Buswell (co-creator of the Bateswell Tart) and Jim Blair (who is almost as regular here as we are) on our actual birthday (Thursday 23rd). We follow this up with a bit of a “Super-Sunday” on 26th with the triple whammy of the Old Town Christmas Lights Switch-On, an early DJ set from Harki and the November installment of the frankly lunatic Music Quiz. See the other blogs and our social media for more details on these events, and for anything else we have planned!
So, in a year what have we achieved? Plenty, as it turns out! We have hosted a variety of events from the Swindon Literature Festival and the Old Town Sausage and Ale Trail to a beer school with the guys from West Berkshire Brewery / Renegade as well as a Tap Social Movement Tap Takeover . We will have hosted 17 live music sessions which featured 33 acts plus three sessions of the Swindon Shuffle music festival that brought in another 14 performances. The Shuffle team have hosted 11 quizzes that have raised hundreds of pounds for charity and we had a Tryanuary promotion at the start of the year.
We also hit the road and went to Craft Beer Rising, The Beavertown Extravaganza and Bristol Craft Beer Festival. All in the name of research of course! Oh and we have had has lots and lots of different beers (over 70 at the last count).
So, thank you for supporting us this year, we couldn’t do it without you. Enjoy the celebrations and we will see you for much much more of this over the next 12 months!