What’s On This Month
Summer night-time spectacular, Dragon Slayer,Warwick Castle, Fri Aug 24 to through Mon Aug 27
Looking for something to entertain kids aged 8+? This is Warwick Castle’s first night-time experience telling the tale of 10th Century warrior Guy as he battles foes and dragons in a bid to gain a knighthood and win the heart of his one true love Princess Felice, daughter of the Earl of Warwick. It’s an explosive epic tale depicted over the course of an evening using live action, animation, equestrian acrobatics, fire and pyrotechnics. Boom! Only 5 more scheduled performances left! There’s also War of the Roses, the regular birds of prey demos, the Mighty Trebuchet, archery and ramparts for day time fun.
Tickets start from £15 for show only with immersive dining packages also available, warwick-castle.com/dragonslayer
The Merry Wives of Windsor, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, Sat Aug 4 – Sept 22
Fiona Laird has worked with some of the biggest names in British theatre from Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Craig to Dame Judi Dench and Adrian Lester (lucky lady!). She not only directs but has composed the music for this new fun-filled production, which has something of a TOWIE feel to it! A glamorous suburban comedy about wealthy wives and over inflated egos starring a strong female cast including Katy Brittain, Beth Cordingly, Karen Fishwick (Juliet in the RSC’s current Romeo & Juliet), Rebecca Lacey, Sakuntala Ramanee, Ishia Bennison, Charlotte Josephine and RSC Associate Artist David Troughton. (In cinemas Sept 12).
BOOK NOW Limited Availability! Janelle Monáe, Manchester Academy & London Roundhouse, Sept 10 – 12
A very welcome return for the quirky US R&B star, who returned in April with her first album in five years, Dirty Computer, and now you can see her perform live at these three gigs – the only ones booked in the UK so far. She hasn’t been twiddling her thumbs for the past five years, by the way. She starred in Oscar-winning coming-of-age tale Moonlight and Hidden Figures, the movie that told the story of NASA’s pioneering black female scientists in the 1950s.
Gin Tasting, Slurp Leamington Spa, Fri Aug 24
Enjoying the fabulous weather and a staycation in the UK? Feel like you’re on holiday and sample some really exciting boutique gins from around the world on Fri Aug 24, 7.30pm – 9.30pm (£15pp in adv).
Matilda The Musical, Birmingham Hippodrome, until Sat Sept 8
Be quickity quick and grab some tickets for this wonderfully witty RSC musical while it tours around the UK. A touching and joyous story of loneliness and rebellion, it deserves all 85 and counting of its international awards. Writer Dennis Kelly and composer / lyricist Tim Minchin go to top of the class with their interpretation of Roald Dahl’s classic tale. Don’t miss it! Next up, Manchester…
The Marvellous Mechanical Museum & Rodney Peppé’s World of Invention, Compton Verney Art Gallery & Park, Sat June 30 – Sun Sept 30
The Dell, Avonbank Gardens, Stratford-upon-Avon, every weekend in Aug
Every weekend during August, there is free live theatre at the RSC’s open-air theatre close to the river, The Dell, hosting a range of lively student, community and semi-professional productions of Shakespeare’s plays. They include The Oratory Foundation from Trinidad and Tobago, who will be performing their version of The Taming of the Shrew on Aug 4, and Edinburgh Graduate Theatre Group’s Much Ado About Nothing on Aug 18.
THEATRE: Romeo & Juliet, RST, Stratford, until Sept 21
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.
Nature Days, Upton House and Gardens, nr Banbury, Thurs Aug 16
Meet Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, Warwickshire Hedgehog Rescue, Give It A Grow and Warwickshire Badger Group who will be helping to keep children entertained with pop-up stands filled with fun activities including making a mini-composter and clay hedgehogs. They can also enjoy fresh air on Upton’s outdoor nature trails.
Family Fun Day, Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, Thurs Aug 4 – 23
Every Thursday between 1 and 3pm join the Learning officer for a family-friendly guided tour of the Smith and Pepper jewellery factory and craft activity, £8 adults & £4 children.
FOOD & DRINK: The Big Feastival, Alex James’ Farm nr Kingham, Fri 24 – Sun 26 Aug
This posh nosh extravaganza from cheese-obsessed Blur bassist Alex James hosts top chefs including Marco Pierre White, Raymond Blanc, Pierre Koffmann, Ashley Palmer Watts, and music from Professor Green, Clean Bandit, Paloma Faith, Basement Jaxx, James Arthur and Tom Odell. There’s various camping options with glamping bolt-ons and lots of fun for the kiddos too, including appearances by Paddington, Peppa Pig & George and Justin Fletcher (Mr Tuuuumbleee) plus a creche for under 5s provided by Nipperbout.
FAMILY: Meet the Jacobean Barber Surgeon, Hall’s Croft, Stratford-upon-Avon, Aug 15
Visit Hall’s Croft in Old Town and help Physician John Hall prescribe Jacobean cures to his patients. Discover what it was like to be a Jacobean Barber Surgeon with the Live’n History team. See and touch the tools the surgeon would have used and hear the grizzly tales of the procedures they would have carried out, 12pm – 4pm.
FAMILY-FUN: The Duck Race 2018, Coughton Court, Wednesday Aug 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
Celebrate the summer holidays by getting all the family together to sponsor a duck on Coughton’s traditional duck race down the River Arrow at 2pm, plus traditional games for families.
THEATRE: Christopher Marlowe’s Tamburlaine, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, Aug 16 – Dec 1
Watch Jude Owusu’s portrait of Marlowe’s extremely violent yet charismatic 14th century emperor as directed by former RSC Artistic Director Michael Boyd, who stepped down in 2012.
EVENT: Shakespeare’s New Place Celebration Party, Shakespeare’s New Place, Stratford-upon-Avon, Aug 19
Join us as we mark the second birthday of Shakespeare’s New Place opening. To celebrate there will be face painting, a magician, live music and a dressing up competition where there will be a prize for the best dressed. Stratford-upon-Avon residents (CV37) and emergency services employees*and their families can visit New Place for free. *(proof of address required), 12pm- 4pm.
EVENT: Pizza Making, Foundry Wood Outdoor Classroom, Leamington Spa, Aug 19
Drop-in and make a pizza on the wood-fired pizza oven at this community woodland, £4 a slice, 12 – 2pm.
FESTIVAL: Camper Calling, Ragley Hall, Aug 24 – 27
This small but perfectly formed family-friendly festival returns over the August Bank Holiday weekend with headliners by Mel C, Scouting for Girls, Georgia and the Vintage Youth, Feeder and The Coral. There’ll also be a performance by Coventry-based ex-Special, The Original Rude Boy, Neville Staple, tree climbing and Zip Wire, Junk Orchestra, graffiti workshops and Kate’s Storytree.
Sundown Cinema returns with 4 quirky classics: Michael Jackson’s 1980’s movie Moonwalker (PG) on Aug 8, Pitch Perfect (12A) on August 11, Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif in the classic Funny Girl (U) loosely based on the true story of Broadway film star/comedienne Fanny Brice on Aug 26 and ending with 1980’s teenage coming-of-age movie Pretty in Pink, starring Molly Ringwald, on Sept 1. Expect a full evening of entertainment with themed cocktails and menu’s, music and even competitions. Calling all Funny Girls and one time Aca-awkward teens, for a party under the stars…
KIDS: The Play’s The Thing, Swan Cafe, Swan Theatre, Stratford
Get hands-on in the RSC’s award-winning family-friendly interactive exhibition exploring 100-years of theatre-making. See original costumes worn by many stars, props and learn gory behind-the-scenes secrets. All kids go free on Sundays and in the Warwickshire school holidays.
OPEN-AIR THEATRE: The Winter’s Tale, Hall’s Croft, Aug 19
The Festival Players, an all-male theatre company will be performing A Winter’s Tale in the beautiful walled-garden, 7.30pm.
OPEN-AIR THEATRE: Heartbreak Productions’ The Railway Children, Foundry Wood, Leamington Spa, Fri Aug 24
Get your hanky ready for E. Nesbit’s The Railway Children at Ryton Pools country park in Bubbenhall on Aug 3 at 6pm and in Foundry Wood, Leamington Spa on Aug 24 at 2.30pm. You may also catch this Leamington-based touring theatre company if you’re on a staycation.
For bookings and all national dates see here: tickets.heartbreakproductions
GIG: Paul Weller, Genting Arena, Aug 24
This is the postponed show from March and is supported by Stone Foundation – whose latest album, Street Rituals, was also produced by the Modfather himself.
EVENT: A Gin & Rose Party, The Rose & Crown, Warwick, Aug 26
With guest gins, rosé wine, ice cream, cones of fish and chips and live music from Thom Kirkpatrick late afternoon.
FAMILY-FUN: Siege! Kenilworth Castle, Aug 26 – 27
Over the August Bank Holiday weekend the Castle will re-create the 1266 Siege of Kenilworth Castle. Expect thrilling re-enactments and one almighty attack as the castle is besieged. Tickets are £14.30 for adults and £8.60 for children.
EVENT: Shakes-paws Day, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Shottery, Aug 25
Pooches needn’t miss out on the fun this summer. All paws allowed over at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage for the annual Shakespaw’s Day. Celebrate National Dog Day on August 25 with plenty of pet-friendly fun and games for furry friends. Take part in the alternative dog show, which begins at 2pm with prizes and rosettes, categories include the waggiest tail and best recall! If you’re feeling peckish there’s also a barbecue. Bring your dog and enjoy 30% off tickets, 12-4pm.
Solihull Summer Fest 2018, Tudor Grange Park, Solihull, Sat Aug 25 – Sun Aug 26
You can see the fabulous Sister Sledge, Razorlight, The Sugarhill Gang, Alesha Dixon, Busted, Lightning Seeds, Rak-Su, Melle Mel, Roland Gift and The Beat with Ranking Roger over the August Bank Holiday weekend. The charity festival returns for the third year with profits towards Help Harry Help Others, a local cancer support charity.
KIDS THEATRE: Peppa Pig’s Adventure, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Tues Aug 28 & Wed Aug 29
Peppa Pig returns to the Belgrade with a brand new live stage show. In Peppa Pig’s Adventure, families are invited to join Peppa and all her friends on an exciting camping trip to the woods, packed with music, games, laughter and of course, lots of muddy puddles to splash in.
Tel: 024 7655 3055, belgrade
OPEN-AIR GIG: NEW Skyline Series: Brian Wilson, James Arthur, Texas, The The & Garbage, Digbeth Arena, Lower Trinity St; Birmingham, Sat Aug 25 – Sat Sept 8
An open-air live music space in the city centre is hosting Skyline, a new series of concerts across Birmingham and Bristol. There’ll be performances by former Beach boy Brian Wilson on Fri Aug 24, James Arthur on Sat Aug 25, Texas + Imelda May on Sat Sept 1, The The + Field Music on Fri Sept 7 and Garbage, Maximo Park + Honeyblood on Sat Sept 8.
FAMILY-FUN: Land Zorbing, Hatton Adventure World, until Sept 2
New this summer is Land Zorbing. Step into a large inflatable Zorb bubble and propel yourself around. Back by popular demand is ‘Water Wars’, a water-based interactive game – a massive hit in previous summers. Other attractions on this 50-acre site include up to 30 daily shows and activities, a 4-acre laser combat field, one of the largest indoor play areas in the Midlands and 100 creatures great and small, plus food in 5 outlets, a shopping village and free parking. The summer sees the arrival of two new baby wallabies, lizards in Scales and Tails known as ‘Rankin’s Dragons’ and a new kid goat called Bruce.
EVENT: Caribbean Day, The Almanack, Kenilworth, Aug 26
Rum cocktails, jerk chicken plus reggae music to get the Caribbean vibes going!
OPERA: Carmen & La Traviata, Russian State Opera, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Thurs Aug 30 & Fri Aug 31
Feel the thrill and passion of love, jealousy and violence of 19th Century Seville in Carmen, one of Bizet’s most popular pieces, on the Thursday and Verdi’s tragic love story, La Traviata, on the Friday. Featuring an impressive cast and accompanied by a large live Orchestra with more than 30 musicians.
Tel: 024 7655 305, belgrade
GIG: Britney Spears, Genting Arena, Aug 31
The final date of the Baby One More Time star’s Piece of Me greatest hits tour is at this Midlands arena. Britney has spent the last four years in Las Vegas, wowing crowds at Planet Hollywood with her Piece Of Me show. She will be joined by Grammy-Award winning, multi-platinum selling artist Pitbull.
BOOK NOW: Luna Cinema, Warwick Castle, Sept 12 – 14
If you and your kids want to see this all singing all dancing Hugh Jackman-Zac Efron musical fest just one more time, head to Warwick Castle on Sept 12. You can sing your heart out in the grounds of one of England’s oldest castles on the banks of the River Avon. Also on offer are the 1990 comedy rom-com Pretty Woman on Sept 13 and the boy wizard is making an appearance in atmospheric Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on Sept 14. The Luna Bar will be serving Estrella beer, prosecco, wines, spirits and soft drinks.
AUGUST’S TOP MOVIE RELEASES:
Ant-Man and The Wasp, from 3 Aug
The newest marvel blockbuster and the first in the franchise to name a female character in its headline, sees Scott Lang struggling to balance being both a Super Hero and a father (it’s not that hard Scott – us mothers do it every day!). A new mission finds the Ant Man fighting alongside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past. I’m sure it’s cooler than it sounds.
Christopher Robin, from 17 Aug
The nation’s favourite bear is back! From the creators of the 2017 smash-hit The Beauty & The Beast and starring (eye-candy alert!) Ewan McGregor, Disney’s latest live action adventure sees Winnie and the gang leave the Hundred Acre Wood to help a grown-up Christopher Robin remember the loving and playful boy who is still inside. Pack some tissues because it’s bound to be a tear-jerker.
The Meg, from 10 Aug
Have you watched Jaws recently? It’s laughable how scared we used to get by such terrible 80s graphics. But that is definitely not the case with new $150 million horror The Meg. After escaping an attack by a 70-foot shark, Jonas Taylor played by Vin Diesel – because no action film is complete without the him – must confront his fears to save those trapped in a sunken submersible.
Picasso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy, Tate Modern, until Sept 9
Enter rooms that burst with colour and creativity, filled with paintings, drawings, and sculptures from a single prolific year in the artist’s life. This critically-acclaimed exhibition is selling fast. You can make a day of it and go crazy ordering two courses from the Picasso-themed menu in the gallery restaurant with exhibition entry…
FESTIVAL: The Big Feastival, Alex James’ Farm near Kingham, Oxon, Fri Aug 24 – Sun Aug 26
This posh nosh extravaganza from cheese-obsessed Blur bassist Alex James hosts top chefs including Marco Pierre White, Raymond Blanc, Pierre Koffmann, Ashley Palmer Watts, and music from Professor Green, Clean Bandit, Paloma Faith, Basement Jaxx, James Arthur and Tom Odell. Prices: Day tickets from £69.90 (adult), £45.25 (teens), with under 12s going free. Weekend tickets are from £159.50 for adults. There’s various camping options with glamping bolt-ons and lots of fun for the kiddos too including appearances by Paddington, Peppa Pig & George and Justin Fletcher (of Mr Tumble fame) plus a creche for under 5s provided by Nipperbout.
THEATRE: Kids Week, various London locations, throughout August
This August, children aged 16 or under can get FREE theatre tickets to selected performances across London (when accompanied by a paying adult). There is a huuuge selection of shows to choose from including Sound and Sourcery at The Vaults, an immersive music concert experience inspired by Disney’s Fantasy. Under Waterloo station, collect your headphones at the door and step inside the tunnels where you will dance with a funky hippo, walk in a prehistoric wasteland, seek out the fairies in a magic forest and sneak into the Sorcerer’s lair. Over at the National Theatre, the Star Seekers need help saving their space station in this interactive 50 minute show for 3 – 8 year olds. Or for older kids, Pressure at the Ambassador’s Theatre is a funny and tense play about the D-Day landings.
ART: Scoop: A Wonderful Ice Cream World, The British Museum of Food, London, until 30 Sep
Finally! A valid excuse for your kids to stuff their faces. The British Museum of Food returns with its first major exhibition Scoop: A Wonderful Ice Cream World. Dedicated entirely to the frozen treat, explore memorabilia from the world’s largest collection of ice cream paraphernalia, discover the neuroscience behind it and try scoops of bygone eras, from daffodil to all-day-breakfast flavour (hmm). Other highlights include ice cream-flavoured weather (vanilla fog!) and a glow-in-the-dark concoction that you can eat in a futuristic luminescent cave.
THEATRE: Little Shop of Horrors, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Fri Aug 3 – Sept 15
This off-beat musical about florist shop assistant Seymour who pines for his work colleague Audrey but doesn’t know how to win her heart or what to do to sate the appetite of a human-eating plant looks great fun. Matt Willis from Busted fame, drag queen Vicky Fox from the USA support Jemima Rooper and Marc Antolin star in an OTT show that seems perfect for summer in the lovely setting of Regent’s Park (bonus fact – the theatre boasts the longest bar in the West End!). openairtheatre.com
Reading/Leeds Festival, August Bank Holiday, 24-26
A fab line-up with Kendrick Lamar, Skepta, Kings of Leon, Fall Out Boy, Travis Scott, J Hus, Wolf Alice, Sigrid, Dua Lipa and hot newcomers Riton & Kah-lo (can’t stop singing their hypnotic Fake ID!).
EXHIBITION: Life in the Dark, Natural History Museum, until Jan 2019
POP-UP CINEMA: Somerset House, London, Aug 9 – 22
If you can make it into London, head for the popular Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House. Featuring a mixture of premiers, old classics and recent hits, the venue’s fountain courtyard is a corker of a setting on a balmy summers evening in the capital. Running from Aug 9 – 22, highlights include the opening night premiere of The Wife introduced by Glen Close, Call Me By My Name on Aug 20 and Selma on Aug 21.
FESTIVAL: End of the Road, Larmer Tree Gardens, near Blandford, Dorset, Aug 30-Sept 2
This small alternative music festival is perfect for anyone who balks at massive crowds and loves a bit of folk, Americana and alt country. They get some interesting headliners here – Vampire Weekend, St Vincent, Feist, Yo La Tengo, Ezra Furman, Gruff Rhys, Julia Holter, John Cale and Mulatu Astatke. Early birds, Tier 2 & 3 are already sold out, so if you fancy going don’t dawdle!
OPEN-AIR CINEMA: The Lion King, Cotswold Farm Park, nr Cheltenham, Aug 22
Fancy watching this Disney children’s classic against the backdrop of stunning rolling hills and beautiful countryside with The Alfresco Film Company. They’ll be transporting you from the Cotswolds all the way to the African Jungle. Hakuna Matata! 4pm-5.45pm.
BEEN & GONE:
GIG: Steve Harley & The Cockney Rebel, Leamington Assembly, Fri Aug 3
Legendary rock icon and the original Cockney Rebel, Steve Harley is one of Britain’s most charismatic live performers. He’s written and recorded 12 albums over four decades, and continues to tour to sell-out audiences in countries world-wide. On his track list will be hits including Judy Teen, Mr Raffles, Here Comes The Sun, Mr Soft, the classic Sebastian, as well as the UK Number One, Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me) – one of the most-played singles in British Radio history. £25 in adv. Doors – 7pm, on-stage – 7.30pm.
Box Office Tel: 01926 311311, eventbrite
Rum & Reggae, FarGo Village, Coventry, Fri Aug 3
One of FarGo’s most popular events! There’ll be Caribbean street food from Leave it to Esmie, Dookie’s Grill, Cornograph and West Jerk Centre, speciality Rum and cocktails, as well as performances from Phase One Steel Orchestra and DJ sets from Dave Marshall Barrett. Advance tickets will be £3.
Set to be a summer highlight. Watch artists making and creating, buy an original piece of art from more than 150 designers and makers, dabble in a creative workshop from Escape Arts, Furzie Animals or The Art of Okse, take part in Leamington Studio Artists 20th artistic celebrations, check out the pop up suitcase stalls and follow the community crafted knitted bird tail. You’ll be able to see a very special free open-air performance of Pride and Prejudice by Heartbreak Productions, listen to music from The Pease and Ellipsis, eat mouth-watering artisan food and locally-brewed drinks. What more could you possibly want? More? Ok, there’s also dance performances by Motionhouse, pottery for children, fun theatre from Highly Sprung, Fabularium and Wet Picnic and by live mural art creations by BRINK Events.
RE-ENACTMENT: Battle of Evesham, Sat Aug 4 & Sun Aug 5
Step back in time to the 13th Century for this free event, takes place in the heart of Evesham, featuring a medieval festival and camp with life-demonstrations of cookery, weapons and medicine, plus the main battle re-enactment. On Evesham’s Crown Meadow, thousands of visitors can watch medieval musicians and dancing along with craftsmen demonstrations and medieval cookery in the 13th Century Living History camp. Next to the camp, there will be falconry and archery displays, treasure trails and children’s activities including face painting and arts and crafts. Medieval traders will be selling authentic food, drink and goods.
FESTIVAL: Wilderness, Cornbury Park, Oxon, Thurs Aug 2 – Sun Aug 5
A heady mix of right-on hippiness (think yoga, skinny-dipping and hot tubs) combined with great music from the likes of Bastille, Nile Rodgers and Chic and Groove Armada. Plus The Flying Seagulls, Mortimer Nannies and The Artful Badgers Breakfast Boogie to keep the kids happy. Pricing: Child 0 – 5 years £5, Junior 6 – 12 years £35, Teen 13 – 17 years £115, Adults from £179 upwards, with all sorts of camping options to be had.
FESTIVAL: Countryfile Live, Blenheim Palace, Thurs 2 – Sun 5 Aug
Can’t get enough of Adam Henson and the Countryfile gang? Roll up, roll up, catch the show while you can at Blenheim Palace as the team showcase the best of the British countryside. Expect live arena shows where Matt Baker does a semi-naked trapeze act while John Craven tames the Freisian cows in top hat and fishnets. Apparently (and this bit is true) there’s also a National Trust theatre, waterside activities, off-road experiences, animal displays and 700 exhibitors. This year they are also throwing a BBC Countryfile Live Summer Party on the Saturday 6-9pm, headlined by country duo The Shires (a BBC Radio 2 favourite) and supported by Newton Faulkner and Ferris & Sylvester.
OPEN-AIR THEATRE: A Midsummer Night’s Dream & Hamlet, Charlecote Park, Fri Aug 10 & Sat Aug 11
The Three Inch Fools, five actors with all manner of musical instruments, will be giving their inventive take on Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the paddock area of this Victorian house on Friday. The following night they’ll be performing Hamlet. See both and receive discounted tickets. 7pm-8.15pm.
The Baddesley Book Fair 2018, Baddesley Clinton, Sat Aug 4 – 12
A large selection of new and second hand books for sale within the gardens, 11am-5pm.
Battle Proms Picnic Concert, Ragley Hall, Alcester, Sat Aug 11
Thousands of happy picnickers will descend on the picturesque grounds on Sat August 11, as the Battle Proms returns for their 8th annual concert. This year this stunning stately home, recently featured in the BBC’s 1930s period drama Dancing on the Edge, celebrates its 60th anniversary of being open to the public. Set in the heart of Warwickshire’s countryside, Ragley Hall is the home to the 9th Marquess and Marchioness of Hertford.
Peter Pan, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Sat Aug 11
Soar away to Neverland and embark on an exciting musical adventure with Immersion Theatre’s Peter Pan – you’ll be HOOKED! 4+. 2.30pm. You can also be part of Threads of the Unsaid: a crowd-scripted retelling of Romeo and Juliet, (until Sept 1).
Morton Hall Public Open Garden, nr Inkberrow, Worcs, Sat Aug 11
Morton Hall Gardens in Worcestershire, feature a collection of more than 1,000 plant varieties, a range of mature specimen trees and spectacular borders in 7 woodland and formal gardens. They’re open to the public in support of the RSC’s Stitch In Time Costume Workshop Campaign. On arrival, visitors will receive a map to explore the gardens, a RSC Garden Café will be onsite selling hot and cold drinks, ice creams and cakes on a cash only basis. The gardens are at their flamboyant peak in August brimming with roses, clematis, perennials and annuals in soft pastels. Tickets are £7 (under 12s free), or £13 to include a hot drink with a cake box (homemade scone with jam and clotted cream, and a raspberry frangipane tart) which can be enjoyed on the terrace at the front of the house overlooking the lawns, 10am- 4pm
Morton Hall Lane, Holberrow Green, B96 6SJ, book here, or Tel 01789 403493.
Charlecote Fallow Deer Ceramic Workshop, Charlecote Park, Sat Aug 11
Local ceramic artist Ros Ingram will be running this textured clay workshop where you can sculpt your own fallow deer inspired by the surroundings – a Victorian home set in a beautiful deer park. Designed for all levels of artistic ability, you will be guided, step by step, through the process of sculpting a seated fallow deer. The workshop includes refreshments and all materials, £45. 10am-12.30pm.
Elmfest, The One Elm, Stratford-upon-Avon, Sat Aug 11
Live music all day, street food, outside bars, plus face painting for the kids.
Church Farm Brewery Free Tasting, Slurp Leamington Spa, 121 Regent Street, Sat Aug 11
A completely FREE tasting, just pop into the shop anytime between 12pm and 3pm, say hello and try some expertly made, delicious local Warwickshire craft ale and beer!
After Hours: Hand’s on evening, Shakespeare’s New Place, Stratford-upon-Avon, Sat Aug 11
Come and have a go at all the things usually reserved for children in a special evening just for adults. Activities include making a wax seal, writing with a quill pen and making puppets. Ticketed event, £10, 5.30pm – 7.30pm.
Coughton Court, Alcester, Sun Aug 12
The beautiful gardens of this imposing Tudor house will be the setting for Shakespeare’s The Tempest by all-male acting troupe, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, on Fri July 20. Illyria Theatre Company will back with their adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s eerie Sherlock Holmes detective story, The Hound of the Baskervilles, on Sun Aug 12. Both 7.30pm – 10.30pm.
Bees and Honey with Combrook Honey, Chedhams Yard, Wellesbourne, Sat Aug 11
Local beekeepers Steve and Liz Bates will be talking about honeybees, beekeeping, honey and other hive products. Whether you plan to keep bees or just find them interesting, do come along. And if you would like to roll a beeswax candle or two, you can do that as well. Guided tours, the mouse trail, films and refreshments in the café along with gifts / souvenirs will also be available. This 19th Century heritage site, in the village of Wellesbourne, continues its free entry policy in 2018. The Yard entered and won the 2006 BBC Restoration Village series. On August 25 the Yard will host its Flower Festival with Elizabeth’s Flowers.
Hill Close Remembers – a WW1 Anthology, Hill Close Gardens, Warwick, Sat Aug 11
Kenilworth folk group Romany Pie present a First World War anthology of songs, readings and poems at these 16 restored rare Victorian hedged gardens, tickets: £11.
OPEN-AIR THEATRE: The Hound of the Baskervilles, Coughton Court, Sun Aug 12
Join Illyria theatre company for this production of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic tale against the beautiful backdrop of this imposing Tudor home set in attractive gardens, 7.30pm – 10.30pm.