What’s on in Warks and the West Mids this month?
Naughty November! 18 brilliant things to do this month including outdoor ice rinks, big-hitter comedy (hiiii Alan Carr!), Dirty Dancing, world-class ballet and more.
Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes, 02 Academy, Birmingham, 19 Nov
If you haven’t heard of this band then get yourself on Spotify, stat! High octane, easy listening punk rock, their live shows are energetic and this one in Birmingham promises to be a belter.
Fatboy Slim, Utilita Arena, Birmingham, 13 Nov
Dance favourite Fatboy Slim is returning with his ‘We’ve Come a Long Way Together’ tour. A dead cert good night out singing along (badly – but wine will help with that) to classics like Praise You and Right Here, Right Now. We can’t wait.
The Libertines, 02 Academy, Birmingham, 29 Nov
Heading out on their first tour in two years, Pete Doherty, Carl Barât and co will be taking on 19 dates across the UK, including a stop in Birmingham. It might be a slightly more sober affair than their gigs 17 years ago – but who says you have to skip the bar?
Craig Charles, Leamington Assembly, 26 Nov
Funk and soul icon (yes, and Red Dwarf actor) Craig Charles is bringing his club night to the centre of Leam. Expect the best of both genres from back in the day to the latest sounds. Make sure you wear your comfiest heels for dancing.
The Offspring, Resorts World Birmingham, 24 Nov
Flashback to 2000 coming up! These guys have just released a new album Let The Bad Times Roll, but no doubt they’ll be playing some of their old hits at this show. They’re going to be supported by The Hives too, double singalong whammy.
Katherine Ryan, Warwick Arts Centre, 4 Nov
This absolute ray of comedy sunshine is returning to Warwickshire for her latest show ‘Missus’. Since she last took to the stage in the area she’s married her first love and had a baby, so we can’t wait to hear her new perspectives on life and love. If you can’t make the show in Warwick, she’s also on at Birmingham Symphony Hall on 26 Nov.
Romesh Ranganathan, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, 21 Nov
Fresh from the Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan, A League Of Their Own and Judge Romesh, this show is ‘his most brutally honest yet’. Ouch, we can’t wait.
Alan Carr, Warwick Arts Centre, 26 Nov
This is the first tour Alan’s done in four years, and a lot’s happened since then. He’ll be looking back at his star-studded wedding day to spending lockdown stuck on a farm, and talking about finding joy in the small things. We concur.
Ed Byrne, Birmingham Town Hall, 24 Nov
Hot after appearing on Mock the Week, QI and Live at The Apollo, Ed is heading to Brum to question whether he has any traits worth passing on to his children, with his own brand of observational comedy.
BINGO – BUT NOT LIKE YOUR GRANNY KNOWS IT
Bongo’s Bingo, Leamington Assembly, 20 Nov
Glow sticks, cuddly unicorns, cheesy singalongs, raving and dance offs – this is not your standard bingo game. If you haven’t been to a Bongo’s Bingo night yet then you’re missing out. Think dancing on the tables to music you thought you’d forgotten. Take your mates, and if she likes a laugh, take your mum.
Dirty Dancing, The Belgrade, Coventry, 2-6 Nov
Time for girls night? What’s better than singing along to every word of a movie soundtrack you’ve heard a million times (not referring to myself here, obvs). Check out this new production of Dirty Dancing which has already had two blockbuster West End runs and four UK tours. Nobody puts Baby in the corner!
Fairytale of New York, Albany Theatre, Coventry, 25 Nov
Fancy a Christmas show with a difference? This is set in an Irish pub on Christmas Eve and includes festive hits along with sing-alongs like Dirty Old Town and The Irish Rover. We can’t wait for this one to kick start our Christmas festivities. Make mine a Guinness.
Blood Brothers, Birmingham Hippodrome, 2-13 Nov
Been a while since you’ve seen a musical? If you haven’t seen it already this one is pretty timeless and keeps you gripped from start to finish. It tells the tale of twins separated at birth who grew up on opposite sides of the tracks. It’s won heaps of awards and surpassed more than 10,000 performances in the West End.
The Nutcracker, Birmingham Royal Ballet, 20 Nov-11 Dec
What’s more festive than a Christmas ballet? We can’t wait to see this one (and you can win tickets for it here). Expect a breathtaking performance from the 60-strong Royal Ballet Sinfonia, set Tchaikovsky’s famous score, as they tell the nostalgic story of Clara’s journey through a fantastical winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes to the kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy.
FAIRS AND MARKETS
Farm Animal Rescue Sanctuary Open Day, Wolverton, 28 Nov
FARS rescues farm animals on its Wooley Park Farm near Warwick. For the Christmas open day you can meet the four-legged locals, do some shopping on the festive stalls, play games and enjoy vegan refreshments. Your favourite Muddy editor (that’s me btw) will be working on the Lucas Helps Dogs stall selling gorgeous dog collars, so stop by and say hello!
Talton Mill Christmas Fair, Newbold-on-Stour, 25 Nov
Make a start on your Xmas shopping at this fair brimming with artisanal, gift and festive stalls. It’s running from 10.30am to 8pm and the café will also be open selling homemade cakes, mulled wine and light lunches. Entry is free.
OUTDOOR ICE RINKS
Coventry Glides, Coventry Cathedral Ruins, 26 Nov-9 Jan
If you’re going to go ice skating at Christmas it may as well be somewhere gorgeous, and I don’t think you’re going to find a more stunning location than Coventry Cathedral Ruins. Slots sold out quickly last year so get in quick if you fancy channelling your inner Torvil and Dean.
Digbeth Ice Rink, until Jan 2022
Pull on your skates for an hour of gliding along the ice (or clinging onto the sides trying not to fall over). Organisers Luna Springs promise to have the Christmas tunes blasting and once you’ve finished there’s cocktails and street food available (maybe don’t reach for the cocktails beforehand…)
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