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What’s On This Week, Mon Aug 7-Sun Aug 13

Mon Aug 7-Sun Aug 13

BIAZA Big Bug Bonanza, Twycross Zoo, Aug 7-11

A week-long event celebrating creepy crawlies through a multitude of activities, such as Meet the Bugs at the Butterfly House including giant snails, roaches and beetles, bug hunting in the nature reserve and honey tasting. The zoo aims to encourage positive behaviour towards invertebrates with a fun-filled programme all day each day.

Battle Proms Picnic Concert, Ragley Hall, Alcester,  Sat Aug 12

Thousands of classical music fans from far and wide will be returning with their hampers, champers and candelabras for the 7th open-air concert including a freefall demo by the Parachute Regiment and British Army’s official display team. This 2-hour orchestral concert from the 60 piece New English Concert Orchestra, led by Douglas Coombes MBE and compered by much-loved BBC presenter Pam Rhodes, celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2017.

Little Gin Festival and Music from Andi Wolf, Hilltop Farm, Hunningham, Fri Aug 11

A menu inspired by Asian street food to complement the bold flavours of gin, with its lime, coriander, juniper & citrus flavours.
Who said gin was just an aperitif, gin deserves a place on the dinner table, it’s time to invite gin to the main event! Sharing bowls £5.50 each or 3 for £15.

Wind in the Willows, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Shottery, Stratford, Sun August 13 

Immersion Theatre will be bringing Kenneth Grahame’s class children’s story Wind in the Willows to life in the stunning grounds of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage at 2pm. A great family day out!

Paws in the Park, Compton Verney, Sun Aug 13 

There’ll doggy competitions galore on the day for our four-legged friends.  Plus family theatre courtesy of Hand to Mouth Theatre Co, displays from Crufts winners, shire horses, geese herding, games and plenty of stalls and games.

Mega Maize Maze & Water Wars, Hatton Adventure World, nr Warwick

A new interactive maze made out of corn and built on a massive 3 acre site which spells out H-A-T-T-O-N challenges kids on their orientation skills. Also back by popular demand at this Muddy Award Winner for Best Family Attraction is Water Wars, a water-based interactive game where friends and family can catapult giant water balloons at each other. Tel: 01926 843411.

Shakespeare Busts, Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall, Stratford until Sun Sept 3

SuperBard & Atmos-peare are just two of the artistic creations by current students of King Edward VI School of its most famous old boy, William Shakespeare.  This exhibition re-interpreting Shakespeare  has challenged the creativity of Year 7 to Year 13 students, who have worked collaboratively on the designs. Forming a trail around Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall, Shakespeare Busts will be on display to visitors across the summer before being exhibited around the town.

Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall is open daily to visitors,

Artspace: Optical Art, Compton Verney, weekdays only until Fri Sept 1 11am – 4pm

This drop-in summer holiday activity for the family includes fantastic activities such as make your own Kaleidoscope, design a Colourwheel mixer and create your own illusion and add to Compton Verney’s giant collaborative wall artwork and watch as it changes shape, 11am-4pm. This must-see exhibition traces how the Op art movement developed from the famous French post-impressionist Seurat via M C Escher to Bridget  Riley and her contemporaries, and demonstrates just how exhilarating, electrifying and (quite literally) eye-opening Op art can be (ends Oct 1).

Summer Art Club, Leamington  Spa Art Gallery and Museum, Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington, Wed Aug 10

Lucian Freud, Arts Council Collection

 Each art club will focus around a different artist from the gallery’s Drawn from Life exhibition which includes work by David Hockney, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and LS Lowry. Suitable for children up to 12 years. Free.  Half hour sessions starting at 2pm, 2.45pm & 3.30pm.
Family Workshops: Creative Car Factory, Coventry Transport Museum, until Sat Sept 2

Fancy becoming a real life ‘Cartist’. Create your very own model, and help the museum build a full size ‘car’ inspired by our Cartists exhibition. Every week, our workshop will focus on a different stage of car manufacture from incredible ideas, all the way through to the fabulous finishes. Build your very own model car or make one car part to take home, 10.30am – 3.30pm, £2 per activity, under 2s free.

Bowls England National Championships, Leamington Spa, Sat Aug 5-Sept 3

If you’re wondering why there’s hordes of crowds heading to Victoria Park this is why – it attracts 30,000 players and supporters from across England, with more than 30 national titles up for grabs. Spectators are invited to see some top-class bowls plus there will be an opportunity for those new to the sport to participate in various coaching sessions. Free.

Kate’s Storytree at The Other Place, Stratford, Fri Aug 11

Starting with travelling Storybike and a treasure chest of props, children and adults are invited on a Storytime adventure at 10am and 11.30am, suitable for under 5s. .
Each session lasts 30 minutes, children must be accompanied by an adult.  Free, no booking required.

Bottoms Dream, Macbeth & Roman Games Day, The Dell & Bancroft Gardens, nr RST, Stratford, Sat Aug 12 & Sun Aug 13


Wiltshire’s Shakespeare Live will be performing Bottom’s Dream on Saturday at The Dell (12noon & 3pm); while Arclight Drama Studio, one of Ireland’s leading drama schools will be bringing Macbeth to the outdoor stage on Sunday (12noon &3pm).  On Sunday you can also play Roman games, traditional and reimagined, in the RSC’s Outdoor Arena, from gladiatorial Rock, Paper, Scissors to KnuckleBones. Suitable for all the family and equipment provided.  Free, no booking required, 12 – 4pm. Suitable for all ages.

The Play’s The Thing inspired Craft Day, Swan Reading Room,Swan Theatre, Stratford, Thurs Aug 10 & Fri Aug 11

Vice-Versa, currently showing at the The Swan, Stratford

Be inspired by the Roman costumes displayed in the RSC’s interactive props and costume family exhibition, The Play’s The Thing and the plays on stage. Drop in at any time in the day and stay for as long or as little as you like. Free. (All children must be accompanied by an adult), 11am – 4pm, suitable for ages 5+ Adults with full-price tickets for  The Play’s The Thing can also bring up to four under-18s to climb the Tower and go back to explore the exhibition for free throughout the holidays.

 Viking Inspired Craft Workshops, The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry

Visitors can also explore the summer exhibition, Fearsome Craftsmen: Discover the Artistry of the Viking World including a unique family friendly Viking settlement and real examples of Viking crafts. Younger children can enjoy the special Early Years play space A Very Viking Voyage. There’s craft workshops with a different activity every day –  from sparkly fish and seascapes to pretend campfires and cloud spinning, explore the Viking world of crafts, combat, mythology and much more. Discover why the Herbert has again been nominated for the prestigious Kids in Museums Award.

The Magical Travelling Circus and Summer Holiday events,  Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden

Every week there’s something different going on in the ruins of spectacular Kenilworth Castle from Hands On History events (Medieval & Tudor) to Knights and Princesses and The Magical Travelling Circus with award-winning fairytale acrobatic theatre company Nicole & Martin see below. The holiday ends with the Clash of Knights on Sun Aug 27 and Mon Aug 28.

Kids Artist-led Workshops Courses & Summer Holiday Workshops, Rugby Art Gallery & Museum

This week there’s two drop-in workshops on Tues Aug 8, What’s In the Box?,  where children will get the chance to handle weird and wonderful curiosities in the museum’s collection and Woolly World on Wed Aug 9, creating a pom-pom key-ring (£1) – both start at 10.30am.  This summer the gallery’s also running Arts Awards courses for 8-18-year-olds including Arts Award Discover (Thurs Aug 10, 10am-4.30pm – £20) Go Potty with Pottery (Fri Aug 11, 10.30am-4pm, £16) for 8-11-year-olds & a Family Clay Day (Tue Aug 15, 10.30am-12.30pm, £16) led by artist Lesley Ann French. Call 01788 533217 to book.


War of the Roses Live! Warwick Castle, twice daily until Sun Sept 3

This summer Warwick Castle is staging a thrilling live action War of the Roses horseback battle twice-a-day. Think Game of Thrones for kids. The real-life War of the Roses story has something of a GoT quality to it – a series of battles fought in medieval England from 1455 to 1485 between the House of Lancaster and the House of York. It’s somewhat diluted for dramatic effect but perfectly pitched for bringing history to life to kids of all ages…Medieval Glamping in the Knight’s Village is also now available over the summer. Read my review here.



Dino Snores, Natural History Museum, London, Fri Aug 11

This sounds a special experience for dino loving kids at London’s Natural History Museum. On Aug 11 during the school holidays, and monthly till January, children can sleep over in the one of the iconic galleries plus explore a torch-lit trail, get creative with a dinosaur t-shirt-making workshop, watch an educational science show presented by a museum scientist before settling down to sleep at midnight. The next morning there’s a live animal show over breakfast.  Tickets are £120 for one child and one adult.

BOOK NOW! Introducing Theatre Games, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford, Mon Aug 14

Young actors can get active with some fun theatre and rehearsal games. Play with Shakespeare’s words and start the day just as the RSC company do in their rehearsals. (Children must be accompanied by an adult),  £3.50 adult/ £2.50 child, 11am-11.45am, suitable for ages 4 – 8 years.


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