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2024 Summer School Programme

Evening Entertainment Timetable

Select this year's events that appeal to you and share in the fun and laughter of friends, established and new. 

SATURDAY, 10th August 2024

Write on Cue

A mad-cap evening of fun-fuelled writing games and prompts. This is a great chance to kick-start your creativity for the week ahead. ​

Swanwick Speed Meet
and Greet

A fun and informal opportunity to connect with other delegates and put more names to the sea of faces. Light-hearted format for new and returning Swanwickers who are keen to network!​

Buskers' Night

This is one of our most popular evening events. A PA is provided if you need one, and we have a few talented guitar / instrument players who will be happy to accompany you if you wish. If you're not a performer, then relax and enjoy the show. ​

Poetry Open Mic

Calling all poets! Our 'open mic' session is a fantastic opportunity to share your work with other poets or, if you're not a poet, this is an ideal opportunity to sit back and be entertained. 

sunday, 11th august 2024

MONDAY, 12th august 2024

General Knowledge Quiz

Have fun and test your general knowledge at the same time. Nothing too taxing - no dimmed lights, black armchairs or starters for ten - just an entertaining and wide-ranging quiz. Teams (of four to six people) can be made up on the night and it's a great way to meet people. ​

Firepit Singalong (weather permitting)

Join us around the Swanwick firepits for a chance to sing along together while the flames crackle beneath a (hopefully) starlit night!

Tuesday, 13th August 2024

Page to Stage Performances

Page to Stage is a very popular and enjoyable evening, so please come along and support these special performances. At the end of the evening, you will be invited to vote for your favourites and the Awards will be presented at the  farewell on Thursday.

Prose Open Mic

Our Prose Open Night offers a great opportunity to share your work with others. You have five minutes to share your story, or a whole evening to listen to some fabulous stories from others. 

Literary Quiz

This is not a highbrow quiz! Questions could be on Enid Blyton or Jane Austin on Contemporary or Classic, Humour or Horror, with the emphasis being firmly on having an enjoyable evening. Teams (of four to six people) can be made up on the night and it's a great way to meet people. ​

Meet Your protagonist NEW

New to Swanwick, this session is based on speed dating, but instead of introducing yourself, you get to climb inside your character's head and look out through their eyes. We give you some ideas of topics for discussion and you have five minutes to debate with your character's POV before moving on to face another character. ​

Fancy Dress Evening and Disco 

The theme for our Diamond Jubilee year's Fancy Dress evening is DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER! Prizes will be awarded for the best home-grown costume, and for the best hired costume, so get your imaginations into gear and let's see what you've got! Of course, you're just as welcome to join in even if you don't want to dress up.


Thursday, 15th August 2024

Celebration Cake-cutting and Dinner

For our final evening, savour a toast to the School on the lawn and see the cutting of our 75th anniversary cake. A celebration dinner will follow to mark the occasion. Enjoy! ​

Prize Giving and 75th Celebrations 

Join us after our celebration dinner for the last evening, where we will award prizes, present 'The Swannies', our very own Oscars for the Page to Stage writers and performers, and draw the raffle. Sit back and enjoy the Celebration Sketch before we bid farewell until next year. ​

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