Cider Tasting & Supper with The Ciderologist, Talton Mill Supper Club, Mill Woodhouse, nr Stratford, Fri Jan 19
Fun Things to do This Weekend
FRI JAN 19 - SUN JAN 21
The countdown is on to the launch of Talton Mill’s new Supper Club in the Mill Woodhouse led by charismatic cider maker, international cider judge and global cider expert Gabe Cook to guide you through a tutored cider tasting and a short Wassail. Supper will be home reared slow cooked Talton pork and apple casserole with baked potato and greens followed by cinnamon spiced pear cake and cream, coffee and chocolates. Only a few tables left for their first event now so hurry and book if you are interested.
You can book tickets here or pop into the cafe to buy your tickets on a Friday or Saturday, Talton Mill, Newbold On Stour, Stratford Upon Avon, CV37 8UG.
Made in the Middle opening night, Rugby Art Gallery & Museum, Fri Jan 19
Be one of the first to preview this exhibition celebrating the best contemporary craft and applied art from the Midlands at this opening night with drinks where you can meet some of the artists too. They include jeweller Dauvit Alexander Aimee Bollu, who creates beautiful minimal ceramic vessels, John Grayson the creator of whimsical, humorous and decorative metal objects like the ones above and Karina Thompson, who pushes the boundaries of digital embroidery. 6pm-8pm, Free.
The exhibition runs Jan 20-March #madeitm30 #madeitm; http://madeinthemiddle.org
The Hundred and One Dalmatians, Birmingham Rep, until Sat Jan 18
Your last chance to catch West End performer Gloria Onitiri as Cruella de Vil with delightful tail-wagging puppets in this enjoyable Dodie Smith stage adaptation by writer and director of the Nativity films, Debbie Isitt from Coventry. Running time: 90 mins. For ages 5+
birmingham-rep.co.uk, Tel: 0121 236 4455.
Coventry Preloved Vintage Kilo, Coventry Cathedral, Sat Jan 20
Have a rummage among 6 tonnes of preloved, retro and vintage Mens & Womenswear plus Accessories including branded sportswear, jackets, coats, blazers, dresses and tweed. Entry £1.50, (£15 per kilo), 10am – 5pm.
Book in advance here.
Imperium Part I: Conspirator, The Swan, Stratford-upon-Avon, runs until Feb 10 2018
RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran directs Richard McCabe in the epic title role of Robert Harris’ best-selling Cicero trilogy along with Siobhan Redmond. It follows playwright Mike Poulton’s highly successful RSC adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies.
Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, until April 15
More than 80 modern and contemporary artworks by internationally renowned artists including Andy Warhol, Sarah Lucas, Grayson Perry, David Hockney, Francis Bacon, Steve McQueen, Derek Jarman, Sunil Gupta, Chila Kumari Burman and Gillian Wearing exploring themes of gender, sexuality and identity in art.
A Christmas Carol, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, until Feb 4 2018
Bah humbug! The RSC’s new eagerly-awaited stage adaptation by David Edgar of Charles Dickens’ seasonal classic starring the excellent Poldark, Sherlock and Quadrophenia actor Phil Davis as Scrooge. Directed by Rachel Kavanaugh, who brought The Wind in the Willows to the London Palladium earlier this year, starring Rufus Hound as Toad. Review here.
Upton House, open on weekends in January
Many of the heritage estates are closed at the mo, but Upton House is pluckily resisting the trend, with the house open on weekends all through January. I’m a big fan of this place – the artworks are incredible (think Canaletto) and an inventive, child-friendly way of presenting exhibitions and the house itself. On the border near Warwickshire, dip over The Kitchen in nearby Farnborough for lunch afterwards, you’ll love it.
Clare Woods: Reality Dimmed, Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, Mon Jan 8 – Sat March 10
Mead Gallery’s Spring exhibition will see renowned Hereford based painter, Clare Woods, exhibit a solo show of never seen before paintings in Reality Dimmed (Sat 6 Jan – Sat 10 Mar). Her work is held in many international collections and this major exhibition will see her exhibit her raw and powerful painting, which are frequently vast in scale.
Mead Gallery, free
The God of Carnage, Loft Theatre Company, Leamington Spa, Wed Jan 17 – Sat Jan 27
French playwright Yasmina Reza’s award-winning comedy deals with the aftermath of a playground spat between two 11-year-old boys. Christopher Hampton’s translation premiered in London in 2008 to great acclaim, winning both the Tony and Laurence Olivier Awards for best comedy the following year.
Learn the Transcendental Meditation technique, Free introductory courses available in Stratford & Birmingham
Transcendental Meditation is having a moment. After the Sixties peace ’n’ love era it largely faded from view, but now everyone from Lena Dunham to film director David Lynch is into it. Jarvis Cocker even dedicated one of his BBC 6 Music Sunday Service’s to TM last month. More than 300 scientific studies show huge health benefits including reduced anxiety and depression. Learning TM involves a free introductory talk, then personal instruction by one of 79 fully accredited, qualified UK teachers, including media lecturer Huw Meads, wife Linda and artist Claire Winteringham, who run courses in Stratford-upon-Avon and Birmingham.
http://uk.tm.org/web/stratford-upon-avon, Tel: 07775 409644
Twelfth Night, RST, Stratford, now – Feb 24 2018