This is the 'unofficial' site about Coate Water Country Park! This site was created as a means to share information, memories and thoughts about one of the best places to be in Swindon.

Hands around Coate Water

In a 2003 Swindon Civic Trust poll, Coate Water was voted as Swindon's favourite place. On 13th November 2004, visitors to the park and local people were invited to send a cardboard cut out of one of their hands with a personal dedication stating why THEY loved Coate.

The response was astounding, approximately 1300 hands were linked together in a giant paper chain which was held by about 400 people around the lake.

Events at Coate

People really took this event to heart, there were simple statements, some hands only had the persons name on but then there were others that were full of passion and clearly showed why Coate Water was indeed Swindonian's favourite place.

Although the event was intended to simply show what people liked about Coate Water, the recent events concerning the future of the land around the park were clearly very much in peoples minds. Many showed a total disbelief that such a precious commodity for any community could be threatened in any way and saw this event as a rare opportunity to make their views known.

Such was the quality of the hands and the comments that a book of dedications including a wide selection of the hands, photographs from the day, comments and general information, is being collated for publication. The book will also contain any photos, drawings, paintings or comments sent in by concerned visitors. If YOU would like to send a contribution for the new book email us at:

Activities at Coate

If you would like to see a sample of the 'hands' and their personal dedications that were sent in, you can download some here:

If you would like to be notified when the finished Coate Water Book of Dedications is ready, simply send us your contact details.

Photos from Coate
Memory Lane YOUR Memories
photos by Simon Bridewell

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR COATE WATER - Download and print a poster that YOU can display in YOUR window at home, in your car or work CLICK HERE

Alternatively, collect a poster from the cafe at Coate Water

Coate Water is situated on Marlborough Road Swindon. From the M4 take exit 15 and follow the signs for Swindon town centre along the A419 then A4259 until you see the sign for Coate Water Country Park. Location Map for Coate Water can be found HERE

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT COATE WATER: You may like to browse these 'official' or other informative sites;

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust - Why do we have Nature Reserves?

This is Wiltshire - Join Hands Around Coate

Save Coate (Check out for MORE PHOTOS of the HANDS AROUND COATE event)

Indy Media - News (Check out for MORE PHOTOS of the HANDS AROUND COATE event)

SSSI status at Coate

Swindon Civic Trust


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