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Fancy a free bottle of Prosecco at Stratford-upon-Avon’s new-look Carluccio’s? Tues Nov 13-Fri Nov 30

After an extensive refurb the riverside Italian restaurant, opposite the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, re-opens on Monday November 12. Book a table for two or more between Tues Nov 13 and Fri Nov 30 – and a bottle of Santa Sara Prosecco is all yours when each guest orders a main course (minimum)…!  The refurbishment includes a new Italian aperitivo bar open every day  – 5-7pm. An aperitivo drink will come with complimentary nibbles: focaccia, olives, Parmigiano Reggiano and mortadella.

Simply quote “PROSECCO” when making your reservation carluccios or tel: 01789 267424.


The March of the Imagination, Compton Verney, Fri Oct 26-Sun Nov 11

Last year’s In Light display

For the third year running, the stunning ‘Capability’ Brown grounds and Robert Adam-designed house are going to be illuminated in a new outdoor art work this autumn. The Warwickshire art gallery and park has commissioned award-winning artists, Musson+Retallick, to create a series of remarkable night-time displays called March of the Imagination.


Five playful installations will explore the relationship between the human mind and machines. Art lovers and families can also become part of the installation, by following an impressive trail of 4000 reflective forms through the park, controlling lighting with mechanical devices and peering into a cinematic world where the latest technology mixes with Victorian invention. It will run across three consecutive weekends in October and November. Seasonal treats including speciality hot chocolates and freshly baked wood-fired pizzas will be served.

Each event runs from 6.30pm-9.30pm (Fri, Sat, Sun), with timed entry starting. Tickets are priced at £10 for adults and £5 for children, comptonverney


On This Day in History with top  historian and BAFTA winning TV broadcaster Dan Snow, Warwick School, Wed Nov 21

Photo by Mark Edger

In this Warwick Words History Festival one-off talk the dashing Dan Snow tells the history of the world in 365 days.  Dan’s quirky whistle-stop tour through the most important moments of the last 3000 years brings to life events including the most important British battle you’ve never heard of, the first meeting of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, the Great Beer Flood, how Napoleon was outwitted by a group of rabbits and Rosa Parks refusing to give up her bus seat. Book early to avoid disappointment!

The talk takes place at 7.30pm, Warwick Hall, Warwick School, Myton Road, Warwick.  A £25 ticket includes a copy of Dan Snow’s book On This Day in History, warwickwords


Kids Eat Free this half-term, Turtle Bay, Leamington Spa, Solihull and Birmingham, Mon Oct 22 – Fri Nov 2

Bring a bit of Caribbean sunshine into your half-term staycation. With every adult who orders a main or set lunch this offer includes one free kids menu main and kids soft drink from the newly revamped kids menu. It excludes kid’s mocktails and puddings. Dishes for Tiny Turtles include healthy bites like Grilled Chicken with Lemony Rice, Fresh Avocado Turtle Wraps, Sweetcorn Fritters, and Flat Bread pizzas; while Bigger Turtles can opt for a Quarter Jerk Chicken and Sunshine Quinoa, Chicken and Cheese Toastie with Caribbean Slaw or Crispy Squid with Fries. Tempting!



Historic country house hotel group trials new 4-day week for chefs  in Warwickshire

Independent country house hotel group, Hand Picked Hotels, has launched a four-day working week for chefs, designed to allow a greater work-life balance and attract talent.

And this new initiative is being trialled at Ettington Park Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon. The group owns 20 country house hotels and spa resorts located throughout the UK and the Channel Islands.  The majority of hotels are listed buildings of historical significance.


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