Mon June 12 - Sun June 18
As it’s Father’s Day on Sunday, it’s a bit of a ‘dad’ special.
Footloose: The Musical, The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Tues June 13- Sat 17 June.
Gareth Gates was actually born in 1984 – the year Footloose came out in the cinema starring a young Kevin Bacon. Now he’s playing Willard, a boy who can’t dance and gets to wear gold hotpants! The cast also includes Maureen Nolan as Vi Moore.
belgrade.co.uk, Tel 024 7655 3055
Look Good Feel Good Ladies Evening, The Tuning Fork, Dollman Farm, Houlton, nr Rugby, Thurs June 15
The Vintage Motor Cycle Club Banbury Run will celebrate its 69th year when 500 Veteran and Vintage motorcycles will ride out from the Museum. All tickets include entry to the Museum and Collections Centre.
Hilltop Farm BBQ Feast, Hunningham, nr Leamington, Sun June 18
A real treat for Dads. With live music from the Peas, a free pint for Dad & lots of fun and locally sourced food, it’s the perfect Father’s Day out. A £48 BBQ family feast platter for four £48 (2 adults, 2 kids) includes, Hilltop Farm 28 day aged 12oz rump steak, Hilltop Farm sausages, Sticky BBQ ribs, Pulled pork sliders, Marinated piri piri chicken wings served with homemade chips, onion rings, pineapple & mandarin slaw, heritage tomato salad & pouring juices. Booking is essential. Food 12.30pm -4pm.
Father’s Day tour at Warwickshire’s Purity Brewing, Sat June 17
Take Dad on an award-winning brewery tour following by a tasting session at Purity Brewing at 10.30am or 2pm with a buy one; get one free offer for any paying guest who brings their dad with them.
Eddie Curtis – Modern Master, The Stratford Gallery, Sat June 17 – July 8
Howard and Emma Clegg’s welcome one of the world’s most celebrated ceramic artists to the exhibition opening of a solo show featuring his Blast series of work at their small but perfectly formed new art gallery in the centre of Stratford. Eddie originally showed this work in an exhibition entitled Modern Masters in Munich with more than 30 world renowned artists working in various disciplines. Join them for a glass of wine to celebrate the opening on Saturday, 10am- 5.30pm.
Japanese Whisky tasting, The Sky Bar, 5th Floor Resorts World Birmingham, Sat June 17
Sittings for the Japanese whisky tasting at The Sky Bar take place at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm and 8pm, £25 per person. Call to pre-book on 0121 273 1043 or book online here. With 18 food outlets there are plenty of places to choose to eat from.
Murder on the Terrace (Fri June 16) & Ragley Hall Food Festival, Sat June 17 & Sun June 18
Leamington’s fab Heartbreak Productions will be staging Murder on the Terrace on Fri June 16 at 7pm book here. Over the weekend at Ragley Hall Food Festival there’ll be more than 40 food and drink stalls; craft beers and cider; a bbq, a WASPS Rugby Club workshops for children, boating lake activities and the adventure playground. Top chefs include Rob Kennedy, executive chef at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, BBQ celebrity chef Rich Harris, author of Fire and Smoke and Brad Carter, chef/owner of Carters of Moseley, Birmingham.
Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival, Sun June 18-Sun June 25
An exciting line-up of readings, performances and workshops, mixing the talents of inspirational and award-winning poets with actors and musicians. This year’s theme is Crossing Borders. On Father’s Day join children’s authors Adam & Charlotte Guillain as they share School for Dads, their best-selling picture book – a special storytelling and poetry workshop for children aged 5 +, 2 – 3pm, at The Shakespeare Centre. There’ll also be the official launch of actor and writer Oliver Ford Davies’s new book, Shakespeare’s Fathers and Daughters. Other events range from An Evening with an Immigrant in which award-winning poet and playwright Inua Ellams will tell his story, Kurdish Bjan Matur: In Conversation on Wed June 21, and All the Business of War with actors Simon Russell Beale and Alexandra Gilbreath on Sun June 25. The 64th Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival is organised by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
#SummerinSouthside, Birmingham Hippodrome, Sat June 17 & Sun June 18
Is it possible to escape to the countryside in the middle of Brum? It sure is at the Hippodrome’s annual free fest. Highlights include Russian Cardboardia who will be creating an animal farm – out of you guessed it, cardboard! The Fabularium will be performing outdoor theatre with Reynard the Fox using storytelling, puppetry and live music performed in a wooden cart. Saturday night @The Arcadian, 7pm – 10.30pm, has live entertainment, including Birmingham’s riotous genre-bending mega folk band The Destroyers, Bhangra from The Lions of Punjab and Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band.
Salome, The Swan, Stratford, Fri June 2-Sept 6
Owen Horsley directs Oscar Wilde’s controversial one act play, Salome, originally banned in the UK, marking 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality. This contemporary 1hr 40 min poetic masterpiece will place sexual ambiguity at the core with male actor Matthew Tennyson playing Salome looking a little like one of my fave singer-songwriters, Ezra Furman. With music from Seattle-born song-writer Perfume Genius’ 2014 critically acclaimed album Too Bright which addresses the homophobia he has faced because of his sexuality (features nudity and ‘scenes of a sexual nature’, just so you know!).
11 Million Reasons to Dance Photography Exhibition & performance in B2, The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, until Sat June 17
A free photography exhibition 11 Million Reasons to Dance is now on display at the Belgrade Theatre. This exhibition, commissioned by People Dancing and photographed by Sean Goldthorpe, uses Deaf and disabled artists to recreate great cinematic set-pieces, like Gene Kelly’s Singing in the Rain, Billy Elliot dancing his heart out before his dad and Moira Shearer playing a young ballerina in The Red Shoes. The title of the exhibition reflects the fact there are more than 11 million disabled people currently living in the UK. On Sat June 17 there will also be a performance in B2 with the same title (£6.50), including local children and a duet by Kate Marsh and Welly O’Brien – dancers with missing limbs, who are both interested in the specificity of their own physicality and how this informs and enriches their work.
Woodland wanderings, Mindfulness sessions, Salcey Forest, Thur June 15
In an increasingly frantic world, mindfulness practice and an appreciation of the natural world can help to restore your equilibrium. Mindful walking allows you to immerse yourself in the natural world. Qualified Fire and Air leaders will introduce you to ways of developing a mindfulness practice that can be integrated in to your daily life. These walks take place on the third Thursday of every month, and are suitable for those 18+ who want to experience the simple pleasures of forest walking, 10am-noon £10 per person.
Salcey Forest Northamptonshire NN7 2HX