If you’re looking to get up close and personal during performances, Wyvern Theatre is a great place to go. Each seat is designed to be no further than 70ft from the stage, meaning you’re guaranteed to get to get a good view and feel immersed into each show. The theatre is one of Swindon’s most popular. venues It was opened by HRH Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip in 1971. For almost half a century, the Wyvern has been staging a wide range of shows, featuring some of the best touring theatre and various local productions. Since its inception, the Wyvern has programmed several pantomimes, such as Dick Whittington, Cinderella, Aladdin and many others, making it widely popular with families and children in the area. Wyvern takes its name from the region’s mythology - a legendary dragon-like creature that symbolised the Kings of Wessex. In line with its family-oriented bill, the theatre has its own dragon mascot; ‘Willy the Wyvern’, who occasionally makes an appearance, particularly during the Wyvern’s Summer Youth Project, which began almost a quarter of a century ago. The theatre has been somewhat successful since opening. In 2015, it was awarded ‘Venue of the Year’ by HQ Theatres, thanks to its wide array of performances and modern facilities. Part of a complex for the arts, visitors to the Wyvern Theatre can enjoy onsite eating and drinking facilities at the Cafe, or head to the Arts Centre or Spotlight room for more dining options.