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Half Term fun (for grown-ups)

Half Term’s nearly here…Check out this bumper guide of cool stuff if you’re without kids – oh and don’t forget to stock up on gin.

Motionhouse: Scattered, Bridge House Theatre, Warwick, Thur Feb 16-Fri Feb 17

Leamington Spa-based UK contemporary dance company Motionhouse are touring the world with their 18th show Scattered, part of a trilogy. Choreographer Kevin Finnan’s latest awe-inspiring ‘4D’ spectacle combines digital imagery, their trademark athletic physicality, underwater motifs and performers gliding and flying off a 20ft halfpipe-looking set. Be pulled into this water fantasy…

Bridge House Theatre, Myton Road, Warwick, CV34 6PP,

Snow in Midsummer, The Swan Theatre, Stratford, Feb 23-March 25 

Katie Leung in rehearsal for Snow in Midsummer Photo: Ikin Yum, RSC

Book now and you may be able to snap up some £15 tickets for early March (promo code: 16384). Justin Audibert’s contemporary new RSC production is a haunting re-imagining of a famous ancient Chinese drama. The director and playwright Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig have breathed new life into this beautiful story of a young widow, Dou Yi, executed for a murder she did not commit and vowed to curse those who wronger her a contemporary. It stars Katie Leung, best known for playing Cho Chang in the Harry Potter films.

Fun Lovin’ Criminals, The Assembly, Leamington, Sat Feb 18

BBC 6 Music’s Huey Morgan is back on the road with his band. Remember Scooby Snacks from back in the day? 100% Colombian always reminds me of a New Year’s Eve trip to New York in 1998-9, as it had just come out and was playing everywhere.

Winter Beer Festival, Church End Brewery, Nuneaton, Fri Feb 17- Sun Feb 19

More than 20 beers and cask ciders will be on tap at the brewery’s first Winter Beer Festival, as well as the unveiling of their new beer for 2017 – a full-flavoured deep brown ale of three hop varieties with sweet aroma. There will be food available including ale and beer inspired cakes, plus live music on Friday and Saturday nights from 7.15pm. The brewery started life in an old coffin workshop behind the Griffin Inn, Shustoke, 20 years ago, The Tap Room opened in 2004 and it now has three pubs.

Kings of Leon, Genting Arena, Birmingham, Feb 20

Last time the Nashville rockers were in the Midlands their set was interrupted by a male streaker! For their latest album WALLS the Grammy Award winners decided to go for a slick 80s makeover and work with producer Markus Dravs (Arcade Fire, Coldplay, Florence + the Machine). There are still some tickets left but they do have a restricted view. Book online.

Matthew Bourne Early Adventures, Warwick Arts Centre, Thurs Feb 16 – Sat Feb 18

‘Britain’s favourite choreographer’ returns to his roots as part of the 30th anniversary celebrations of his New Adventures company with designs by long-time collaborator, Lez Brotherston. The programme includes pieces that launched Matthew Bourne’s career and saw the birth of the style, wit and sheer entertainment of his later works including The Infernal Galop, Town and Country, and Watch With Mother.

Ruby Wax: Frazzled! A Guide to Mindfulness, Royal Spa Centre, Leamington, Fri Feb 17

Did you know US-born comedian, actor and writer Ruby Wax has a Master’s in Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy from Oxford University?  Me, neither…This show is based on her second book and is a follow up to her sell-out touring show, and best-selling book, Sane New World. Tickets cost £20. Suitable for ages 14+

Royal Spa Centre,

Goodfellas: Film and Food Pairing, The Drawing Room, Leamington Spa, Feb 20

A four-course menu inspired by Scorsese’s mobster flick and screening at this quirky relaxed eatery near the Royal Spa Centre, 7-11pm. £35 per head. #eatthefilm

The Handsome Family, Assembly, Leamington Spa, Sun Feb 19

The Handsome Family are alt-country husband-and-wife duo Brett and Rennie Sparks from Albuquerque in the US , whose 10th album Unseen came out last September. Their song Far from Any Road was the opening theme of True Detective, season 1 starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelsen; while Weightless Again was named as one of the 100 best songs ever written about heartbreak by The Guardian. Doors open at 7.30pm.

Tasting Day, Oakes Farm Shop, Balsall Common, Sat Feb 18


Come and sample everything that is made and sold at the farm shop by a team of bakers, butchers and chefs including sausages, burgers, sausage rolls, scotch eggs, pork pie, quiches, cakes and scones, 10am -3pm. Gary Oakes’ family have farmed this land for more than 90 years. His wife Jayne and their four children are all involved in helping to run the farm shop, deli, and café, including butcher and baker. Jayne also designed the café which has a rustic, organic feel, Farrow & Ball walls and chunky farmhouse furniture, as well as stunning views across the rolling countryside.

Tobias ben Jacob & Lukas Drinkwater, Tree House Bookshop, Kenilworth, Sat Feb 25 

Devon-based singer-songwriter Tobias ben Jacob has been recently lauded by BBC 6’s Tom Robinson. He is touring the UK as part of a duo with in-demand Exeter-based session musician Lukas Drinkwater. Expect guitar, double bass and great vocals, 8pm Tickets £10, on sale now, from Tree House second-hand  bookshop & arts venue or online.

Meet the Author: Dallin Chapman, Warwick Books, Warwick, Feb 23

This Stratford-upon-Avon author will be talking about Tree of Shadow, the first in a trilogy. It’s an unusual story of two men from very different worlds whose paths cross when they are young and who are determined to meet again in later life. 7pm £5


Rose Matafeo: Work in Progress, Leicester Comedy Festival, Sun Feb 19

She’s a rising star of comedy who’s appeared on BBC 2’s Have I Got New for You? and has a forthcoming Soho Theatre run. You can catch the 24-year-old Kiwi – who’s Edinburgh Fringe Debut Finally Dead, showcased her charisma, talent and great jokes – at the 19-day Leicester Comedy Festival (until Feb 26)

Hamlet, The Almeida, London, Fri Feb 17-April 8

Photo: Miles Aldridge

Sherlock’s arch enemy Moriarty as you’ve never seen him before. Actor Andrew Scott opens as Hamlet at the Almeida this week in a cast that also includes Juliet Stevenson and Jessica Findlay Brown. Under-25-year-old’s are being offered free tickets as part of a four-day festival at the venue. Hamlet for Free runs from April 10-13, with 5 free performances.


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