Right in the centre of Old Town, we’re a bit of a community hub. The Hop supports local artists and artisan makers, giving them space to showcase their work; gets people thinking and laughing with pub quizzes and comedy nights, and we are a nice little venue for live music. Happy to hear from anyone with good ideas for events that bring people together.


Every first Wednesday of every month, upstairs at The Hop, we host Swindon’s Old Town Comedy Club, MC’d by Sam Michael.  Cash tickets £5 at the bar or online (+ booking fee). Keep an eye on our social media for updates.

Vote for Swindon Old Town Comedy Club in the ‘Best Open Spot Comedy Night’ category of the 2014 Chortle Awards



Our Pub Quiz is the second Tuesday of the month… We’re partnering with the Open Door Centre in Gorse Hill who are running the quiz. Six rounds of general knowledge questions, music and picture rounds. £3 per person – half the money is donated to a the Open Door Centre who support adults with learning disabilities, and half is part of the prize for the winners, along with a voucher for Sunday lunch for two people.


hop art, art exhibitions


Our walls are a gallery for local artists to display their work, with exhibitions changing every six weeks. Now that Swindon Museum & Art Gallery has closed we’re the largest exhibition space in Old Town and maintain a high standard of work by professional and semi-professional artists. We also exhibit the work of therapeutic community groups and students starting out in the creative industries. Keep updated on the exhibitions on our social media.

If you’d like to exhibit at The Hop Inn, please read our info for artists and send a couple of photos of your work to [email protected]

Info for Artists

Shop Small Swindon, artisan markets, Hop Inn Swindon


‘Shop Small Swindon’ artisan markets are held in our beer garden and Upstairs at the Hop, with about 20 local stall-holders each time. A fabulous range of artisan-made homewares, food, jewellery, art, ceramics etc etc. Upcoming markets are on Saturdays 7th October, 4th November, 25th November and 9th December