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Mid-month autumn newsflash – the latest local goss

This week: new openings, newly announced shows, exhibitions & winter drive-in cinema, foodie discounts, and new reasons to shop til you drop.

Foodie news

The Yew Tree, Avon Dassett has re-opened!

With new tenant manager Jack McEntee at the helm, a 20-year-old female head chef Mimi Colyer and refurbished interiors, this delightful 19th century stone-built village pub has been given a new lease of life with lots of exciting plans in the pipeline. A review to follow very shortly…

New(ish) natural wine shop (which also serves great coffee) in Leamington

Owners Katie and James

I walked down Augusta Place in August just as the last minute touches were being made to LOLA PROVISIONS, prior to opening. It’s a beautifully designed provisions store focusing on natural wines, great coffee and real bread (with a spattering of some other treats). Their online store is an extensive list of wines are available UK wide – made using minimal intervention with grapes grown from organic or biodynamic vineyards.  What started as pop ups in Manchester celebrating wines paired with cheese, meats and pickles and enjoyed with friends, grew into a pop up store at retail development, Hatch. From there LOVE + LABOUR’s online store was born – and voila! Lola has now been open for two months. More socially distanced wine tasting sessions are also on the cards…

Extended: Eat Out to Help Out

The Globe, Warwick

Eat Out to Help Out lives on in spirit at plenty of local eateries who are keen to keep the discounts rolling. Oakman Inns is extending their Eat Out to Help Out scheme from Mon-Wed until Wed Oct 28 to cover half-term. In Warwickshire you can enjoy up to £10 per person off your bill at their two pubs: The Globe, Warwick and The Four Alls, Welford-on-Avon. To redeem the offer you’ll need to download a voucher.

Autumn/winter foodie nights: Temperance Cafe, Leamington Spa

Image: Ralph Ravi-Kayden, Unsplash

This community cafe, art gallery and event space in the heart of the old town is hosting a whole raft of socially distant exotic food and film nights over the coming months with many already selling out (including most vegan foodie events and the Argentinian food and tango night). They range from Portuguese food night to NT Live ‘War Horse’ and Italian food and a Peruvian and Ecuadorian food night. Plus, Christmas dinner + a movie anyone – Life of Brian, Airplane orThe Blues Brothers?

OCT HALF-TERM: Book tickets for the live streaming of The Snail and the Whale, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Wed Oct 28

Inspired by the much-loved 2003 children’s book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre is hosting its second virtual theatre tour this October when Tall Stories bring the tale of The Snail and the Whale to life on stage. Their acclaimed adaptation will be broadcast live to Coventry families on Wed Oct 28 at 11am from Tall Stories’ new studio and performance space in Islington, London.

Audiences will be able to choose between attending a socially distanced screening of the show in the Belgrade’s Main House auditorium, or purchasing a ticket to watch from the comfort of their own home. Suitable for ages 4+. Book now at

WINTER DRIVE-IN CINEMA: Luna Drive In, Birmingham NEC, Fri Dec 4 – Sat Dec 20

The Luna Cinem, is extending its hugely successful 2020 drive in season to launch The Luna Drive In Winter Cinema this December. Coming to the Birmingham NEC, The Luna Drive In Winter Cinema will be screening everyone’s favourite Christmas films in a COVID-safe way, allowing film lovers to snuggle up in their cars from Elf to Frank Capra’s classic It’s a Wonderful Life with James Stewart and Frozen 2. Check out the full schedule here.

Benefit x Bicester Village

Shopaholics might have spotted a very pretty-in-pink addition to Bicester Village recently, as the beauty gurus at Benefit have opened a brand new pop-up boutique. It’ll be open for the next six months, so plenty of time to pop in and pick up a few stocking fillers. Charlotte Tilbury has popped up too FYI!

DANCE: A Strictly triple-bill fix at The Albany Theatre, Coventry: An Evening with Kevin and Joanne Clifton, Sun Nov 22, Giovanni Pernice’s This is Me, Feb 22 2021 & Strictly’s Neil Jones with his tour Gingerland (Feb 25)

Giovanni Pernice

After this popular Art Deco theatre was successful in securing a Culture Recovery Fund grant to save it from imminent closure this week, it’s full steam ahead for their post-lockdown reopening and mini-autumn season.

Strictly Champion siblings Kevin and Joanne Clifton are heading out on tour this autumn with an intimate show produced for a socially distanced audience on Nov 22 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Next February Giovanni Pernice will be kicking off his UK This is Me tour in Coventry after it was cut short in 2020 due to the pandemic.

The Italian has become a firm fan favourite, having been a professional dancer on the hit BBC TV show since 2015 and has reached the final three times, with Georgia May Foote, Debbie McGee, and Faye Tozer respectively. Strictly‘s Neil Jones follows with his tour Gingerland (Feb 25) just three days after Giovanni’s show.

EXHIBITION: Thirteen Ways of Looking, The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, until Dec 13

This new exhibition in the build-up to Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture brings together 13 diverse artists and curators including key artworks by members of the Blk Art Group – highlighting its important connections to Coventry including the initial meeting of group members Eddie Chambers and Keith Piper in the city 40 years ago.

New commissions by six early career artists from the West Midlands and seven established artists and curators have been chosen because of the diversity of their work and their different experiences and backgrounds.

Early career artists have received professional development and mentoring to support and help them create new work, particularly during the current Covid crisis. The exhibition has been curated by Dr Sylvia Theuri through the New Art West Midlands and International Curators Forum Curatorial Residency in partnership with The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, in association with Coventry Biennial.

Opening hours are 10am-4pm, Mon -Sat & Sun 12-4pm. All visitors are required to wear a face mask and the venue is required to collect NHS Test & Trace data

MUSIC: Olly Murs at Warwick Castle, July 20 2021, book now

If you’re a fan of singer Olly Murs get a date in the diary to look forward to next summer as he will be returning to Warwick Castle as one of the venues for his open-air summer 2021 tour.

The Castle will also be hosting crooner Michael Buble as part of his rescheduled An Evening with Michael Bublé’ tour on Friday July 23. For more information on the Castle’s events during 2020 and 2021, head to

£4.31m “vital boost” for arts and culture across Coventry & Warwickshire

Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre
  • With many arts organisations struggling to survive across the region, those awarded a lifeline through the first round of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund this week include the Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Compton Verney, FarGo Village, Warwick Arts Centre and The Albany Theatre, Coventry, which was on the verge of closure. In Warwickshire this £4.3m investment will help 18 theatres, galleries, performance groups, arts organisations, museums and local venues allowing for them to create work and performances, and plan for reopening.
  • The Belgrade received just under £1m towards upgrading its digital infrastructure, supporting a range of low-risk, outdoor and indoor test events, streamed or delivered socially distanced, and produce ‘a Digi-Panto’ on a paid-for platform and screened in house, as well as outreach work.
  • Compton Verney was awarded £980k to continue delivering an exhibition programme including work by local young people, reintroducing talks and tours over the winter months, digital work and an opportunity for an artist to re-envision play areas.

CAR PARK PANTO: Horrible Christmas, Car Park A, Ricoh Arena, Coventry, Tue Dec 15

Following on this summer’s Car Park Party events, this is literally a socially distanced panto performed in a car park by the team behind Horrible Histories. In true Horrible Histories style it tells the story of how Christmas came to be what it is today in the company of Charles Dickens, Oliver Cromwell, King Henry VI and St Nicholas. There’ll be two back-to-back outdoor festive performances at 4.30pm & 7pm.

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