What’s On This Weekend
FRI MAY 18 - SUN MAY 20
Royal Wedding, Windsor, Sat May 19
There is one ticket in town that everyone wants this month and it’s a FROW seat to the Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding. Invite got lost in the post? *Sniff* Mine too. Heading to Windsor? If you can’t get near the action, The Boatman will be screening the I dos, fizz and food by the river. Cliveden House is throwing a glam garden party and The Jelly Lounge Windsor has a day of royal themed fun.
Right Royal Toast parties, The George Townhouse, Shipston-on-Stour & The Townhouse, Stratford, Fri May 18
These two Warwickshire sister pubs will be hosting Right Royal Toast parties on Fri May 18. They’ll be serving up ‘Harry’s Hampers’, a blend traditional British teatime favourites with American treats inspired by the bride’s homeland (£25 for 2, now until May 19, Mon – Sat, 12 – 6pm), quintessentially British Hendrick’s gin teapot cocktails –Wedding Cake and The Ginger Prince (gin, fresh lime juice, raspberry jam and ginger beer) – and Hooray Harry commemorative ale brewed by Henley-based brewer Brakspear.
Romeo & Juliet, RST, Stratford, April 21 – Sept 21/ Live in Cinemas: Jul 18
Check out the RSC’s youthful, gender-fluid revival with Coventry’s Bally Gill and Glaswegian actress Karen Fishwick as the doomed teen lovers. Erica Whyman examines Generation Z, grime culture and the destructiveness of knife crime in this present-day production.
Asparagus Supper Night: Talton Mill Supper Club, Newbold on Stour, nr Stratford-upon-Avon, Fri May 18
A 3-course home-grown farm fresh Asparagus Supper Night. Talton’s own farmer will give a brief talk on growing your own asparagus, followed by asparagus dip and nibbles, creamy chicken and tarragon with roasted Talton asparagus, tomatoes and buttered new potatoes. Lemon cheesecake for dessert, plus coffee and a sweet treat. Bring your own alcohol. If weather permits they will light the fire pit, 7pm.
Midlands Air Festival, Ragley Hall, Alcester, Sat May 19 & Sun May 20
Up, up and away! This new aviation event for the Midlands, is guaranteed to ‘blow your mind’ Don’t get over-inflated now…it will include classic WW1 & 2 fighters, high energy aerobatics, classic jets, flying circus, parachutes, helicopters and gyrocopter. There will also be a full hot air balloon festival with up to 50 balloons expected and some stunning, massive special shaped character balloons to take your breath away!…
Tickets are pre-sale only, midlandsairfestival
Royal Wedding Party including ‘Sparkle like Markle’ Prosecco cocktails, The Stratford Park Hotel & Golf Club, Sat May 19
One of the best-named cocktails I’ve come across so far… Enjoy your glass of fizz with finger sandwiches, Elderflower & Lemon cupcakes, mini chocolate brownies, Almond & Raspberry slice, macaroon, mini fruit scone served with strawberry jam & clotted cream and award-winning Novus teas. Enjoy live TV coverage of the wedding along with photo opportunities and prizes for best dressed ‘wedding’ guests. £24.95 per person.
Alcester Food Festival, Sat May 19 & Sun May 20
The wedding will be screened throughout town in all pubs and the Baptist Church on Henley Street during this fabulous foodie fest. Enjoy free parking, free festival entry and lots of lovely Warwickshire produced artisan food/drink! Yum!
Just an Ordinary Lawyer, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Sat May 19
Top theatre-maker Tayo Aluko shines a light on Britain’s first black judge in a new play – singer, cricketer and barrister Tunji Sowande. After leaving his native Nigeria, Sowande first arrived in London in 1945 to study law and pursue his interest in music. He became not only the first black Head of Chambers in the UK, but also the country’s first (part-time) black judge and his powerful baritone voice earned him a strong reputation as a concert soloist. A keen cricketer, he was also a member of the Marylebone Cricket Club.
Tel the box office on 024 7655 3055, belgrade.co.uk
Spring Wild Camp Out, Ryton Pools Country Park, Sat May 19 – Sun May 20
The Wild Camp Out returns by popular demand! Just a few pitches left! This event runs from Saturday afternoon through to Sunday morning and includes a variety of structured family and optional child friendly activities, including orienteering, a baked potato tea, nocturnal walk and wildlife watching, ghost stories, toasting marshmallows, wild small mammal and moth trapping, and bushcraft demonstrations. The courtyard cafe can provide pre-ordered cooked breakfasts for Sunday morning if required. Cost is £80 per pitch to include car parking, allotted pitch, all activities, food and drink for Saturday tea.
Booking essential on 024 7630 5592.
My Dad Wrote A Porno, Butterworth Hall, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, Sat May 19
Hear My Dad Wrote A Porno live as the team behind the smash hit podcast take their sell-out show ON TOUR. What would you do if your dad wrote a dirty book? Ignore it? Not Jamie Morton. He reads it to the world. Along with his best mates James Cooper and Radio 1 DJ Alice Levine, Jamie reads a ‘Lost Chapter’ from his dad’s notoriously brilliant Belinda Blinked saga.
Music Theatre Warwick: Spring Awakening, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, Wed May 16 – Sat 19 May
Award-winning student society Music Theatre Warwick return to Warwick Arts Centre with a brand new production of the Tony Award-winning rock musical by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik. A BSL interpreter will be on stage to sign particularly relevant songs. It is performed during Deaf Awareness week and will also be raising funds for the Coventry and Warwickshire Association for the Deaf.
Roy Orbison and the Traveling Wilburys Experience, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Fri May 18
A cast of look-alike and sound-alike musicians present an authentic tribute to the short-lived but enduringly popular supergroup The Traveling Wilburys in a special anniversary concert, marking 30 years since the release the Wilbury’s first album, featuring Jeff Lynne, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and of course, The Big O himself, who died the same year the record went on sale.
Tel the box office on 024 7655 3055, belgrade.co.uk
Sara Cox’s Just Can’t Get Enough of the 80s, O2 Institute Birmingham, Sat May 19
BBC Radio 2’s Sara Cox is getting out her shoulder pads and throwing the ultimate 80s party. Just Can’t Get Enough ‘80s’ is Sara’s homage to the decade that brought us group aerobics, Pac Man, power ballads and, er, ‘Dallas’. Teaming up with club night Guilty Pleasures, there’ll be performances from her fave 80s pop stars, sing-a-longs to the best toe-tapping tunes from the decade, inflatable Rubik’s cubes and unadulterated dancing.
Watch the Royal Wedding in Ardencote’s Brasserie Bar, Sat May 19
A large screen overlooking the Warwickshire Countryside, will be in place at this gorgeous rural four-star hotel near Warwick – the perfect setting for alfresco dining and drinking!
1940s Vintage Hair & Make up Workshop, Bletchley Park, MK, Sat May 19
It’s vintage this and vintage that at the moment so it’s off to the 1940s with you for a makeover of victory rolls, glamorous curls and red lippy. Dare you to draw a line up the back of your legs with eyeliner and get off with a man in uniform. (No seriously, I dare you!).
The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich, Swan Theatre, Stratford, until June 14
A Royal Wedding Afternoon Tea, The Hallmark Hotel The Welcombe, Stratford-upon-Avon, Sat May 19
Served in the gardens (weather permitting) you can view the royal wedding and toast the royal bride-and-groom with a glass of chilled Prosecco (plus top up) or a local gin, lemon and elderflower cocktail. Enjoy with a selection of finger sandwiches, homemade scones with jam and clotted cream, afternoon tea cakes and endless leaf tea or filter coffee. Arrival for 11am, £30pp.
Macbeth, RST, Stratford, March 13 – September 18
Free entry into Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall for all Harry and Meghan’s, Stratford-upon-Avon
The first couple called Harry and Meghan (or Megan) will also get a free copy of Shakespeare’s Love Sonnets! Aww very romantic…
Ready, Steady, Fun Run 5K, Rugby Athletics Track, Sun May 20
The 10th annual event, fancy dress welcome with children’s races Discounted entry for families ages 8 – 16 years, www.randnac.org
Entertain the kids, watch the Royal Wedding in a museum & see a collection of Royal Cars
The British Motor Museum at Gaydon, Warwickshire is not only screening the wedding but you can also see the Queen’s old 1971 Rover P5B, a 1974 Range Rover which was used as a royal ceremonial vehicle and a 1968 Vanden Plas Princess which has transported many of the current royal family.
Unlocked! Behind the Scenes at Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum, April 27 – July 15
Shining a spotlight on rarely displayed items and others that are undergoing conservation work. Discover the gallery’s most dangerous object, and view the oldest alongside the newest, the smallest and the heaviest items. Find out more about what goes on behind the scenes, how they plan for disasters and tackle the pests that like to eat artefacts. Learn the fascinating stories behind the objects on display and see the hidden sketch on the reverse of L.S. Lowry’s The Mission Room.
The Duchess of Malfi, The Swan, Stratford-upon-Avon, now until Aug 3
Tel: 01789 403493, rsc
BOOK NOW: Gaz Coombes, O2 Institute2 Birmingham, Mon May 21
Why does it often seems like “teenagers are from Venus, parents are from Mars”? Professional Teen Direct coaches will share Hints, tips and tricks to help you connect with your teen at this informative talk. Only 10 places, £10 (incs a drink and refreshments), 7 – 9pm
The Heart of England Language School and Study Programmes, 14 Hamilton Terrace, CV32 Leamington Spa, tix available from EventBrite https://bit.ly/2vUFsSW or Tel Teen Direct on 07901 517012
The Design Museum, London, Thurs 10 May – Sun 7 Oct
Fascinating exhibition of the sculptor turned couturier, Azzedine Alaïa, who found fans in Michelle Obama, Rhianna and Grace Jones, with his flair for couture and refusal to stick to fashion week deadlines.