What’s On This Week, Mon Jul 31-Sun Aug 6
Mon Jul 31-Sun Aug 6
Regina Spektor, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, Sat Aug 5
Singer-songwriter Regina Spektor is set to perform at Symphony Hall this summer in support of her critically acclaimed seventh album Remember Us To Life.
Summer Art Club, Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum, Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington, Wed Aug 3
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. Other dates: Aug 10 & 17.
Half hour sessions starting at 2pm, 2.45pm & 3.30pm
The RSC’s first Chilled Performance of Shakespeare’s poem Venus and Adonis, Swan Theatre, Stratford, Tue Aug 1-Fri Aug 4
The RSC’s Artistic Director Gregory Doran directs this company first – reviving his 2004 show – which is ideal for anyone who feels more at ease knowing they can go in and out of the auditorium during the show. The company was among the first to stage Relaxed Performances 4 years aimed at children and young people with autism, learning disabilities and sensory and communication disorders, or anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment. This summer the RSC is also piloting tactile Touch Tours offering visually impaired people the chance to learn more about the costume designs for Salome on Sat Aug 26 at 11.30am.
Venus and Adonis will start at 1.15pm. rsc.org.uk or Tel 01789 403493.
Time Travelling Tales & Roaring Rhymes, The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, Tue Aug 1, Wed Aug 2 & Thur Aug 3
Go back in time to the age of the Vikings and come face to face with historical characters as they share family friendly stories of times gone by. Storytelling sessions are suitable for age 3+ but all are welcome. Duration: 15-20 minutes. 11am, 1pm and 3pm every Tuesday and Thursday during the summer holidays, free. Children aged 4 and under can also join in with sensory play and Makaton signing as well as rhymes inspired by the sea, land and of course the Vikings! (11am, 1pm and 3pm every Wednesday during the summer holidays, free).
Awesome Archaeology, Kenilworth Castle until Fri Aug 4
Join the castle’s Tech Team and look for artefacts under the ground with metal detectors and a ‘Geofizz’ kit. You can also have a go at facial reconstruction and meet the ancestors.
Tudor-Elizabethan Spice Workshop, Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, Wed Aug 2
Test your knowledge and learn to recognise spices before using your favourite ones to create your own Tudor pomander, 11am-4pm. See what else is on over the summer holidays at Shakespeare’s Family Homes here.
1960s Vintage Day, Compton Verney, Sat Aug 5
Complementing Bridget Riley’s timeless works from the 1960’s, Compton Verney will be running another of its hugely successful Vintage Days. The Swinging Sixties return on Saturday 5 August for a ‘fab’ celebration of the era that gave us Motown, Mods and Michael Caine. Snap up some fantastic vintage finds at Ruby’s Vintage & Retro Fair, get an authentic 60s-style hairdo in our pop-up salon and keep kids entertained at the seaside, featuring a supersize sandpit, giant deckchairs and classic Punch & Judy show.
Expect an evening of fantastic Caribbean street food, speciality rums and cocktails, great vibes, entertainment and a Caribbean-style beach shack to hang out on a Friday evening 5pm-11pm courtesy of Leave it to Esmie, 63 Islands, Dookie’s Grill, Spangles and Trailer Made Cocktails, at FarGo Bar ! Phase One Steel Band will be playing again alongside David ‘Marshall’ Barrett! There’s a family friendly Caribbean Food Festival on Sat, 12noon-4pm.
Art in the Park, Jephson Gardens, Leamington Spa, Sat Aug 5 & Sun Aug 6
Roll up, roll up the circus is in town. This year’s Festival theme is ‘The Three Graces’ to celebrate Leamington’s historic elephants, Wilhelmina, Haddie & Trilby and so there’ll be some circus related fun and activities. Looking for some original artwork? Check out more than 150 exhibiting artists who will be taking part on the 2017 Artist pages, and if you’re feeling creative sign up for a Workshop – they include a physical dance workshop for ages 7+ by Aaron Watkinson from Motionhouse Dance (2.30pm & 3.30pm), Brazilian Capoeira and juggling. Live music, yoga, performances and lots of street food too, 10am-6pm.
Disney classics Aladdin, Jumanji and Dumbo, Royal Spa Centre, Leamingon Spa, Sat Aug 5 & Sun Aug 6
The Royal Spa Centre will be screening family favourite’s Aladdin, Jumanji and Dumbo during the Art in the Park Festival Weekend: Dumbo at 10am, Aladdin at 2pm and Jumanji at 5pm on both days.
Artspace: Optical Art, Compton Verney, near Kineton, Warwickshire, daily until Fri Sept 1 (weekdays only)
This brilliant drop-in summer holiday activity for the family ties in fab new summer exhibition Seurat to Riley: The Art of Perception, which is already attracting the crowds. It 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. Also this week on Wed Aug 2 there’s the monthly Art in the Afternoon class, 2-4pm. The sessions take place within the galleries or the park itself.
Meet the Mini-Beast handling sessions, Stratford Butterfly Farm, daily until Sept 3
Get up close and personal with lots of lovely insects including the tailless whip Scorpion Damon diadema this summer! This scorpion was used in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and had the unforgiveable killing curse used on it. It originates from Central Africa where it lives in caves and crevices. Relax – these creatures are completely harmless and have no venomous tail. Children can hold a variety of stick insects, African land snails, giant millipedes, hermit crabs and even Madagascan cockroaches! NB the whip Scorpion can only be handled by the Education Team as they move very quickly! Also see around 2,000 free flying stunning tropical butterflies within the Flight Area from far-flung places as Ecuador, Costa Rica, Suriname, El Salvador, Belize, Kenya, Tanzania, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines.
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
Rajasthan’s Circus Raj, macBirmingham, Sun Aug 6
A chance to catch a troupe of Indian street circus performers in action, the Circus Raj “supergroup” will bring their magical blend of dancers, illusionists, aerialists and acrobatics to the MAC’s outdoor arena. The arts centre has lots of family activities on this summer: as well as performances there’s the chance for kids and teens to throw themselves into specialists creative workshops, from dance to animation and film-making. £3.50,
Drop In workshop: Shake, Rattle & Roll, Rugby Art Gallery, Wed August 2
A workshop celebrating the Music in Rugby exhibition and sure to ‘strike a chord’ (!) with creative, musical minds. Explore the exhibition before creating your own musical instrument out of recycled materials to play and take home. Suggested donation £1 towards material costs, 10.30am to 12.30pm.
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. Review here.
Shed of Stories, Bancroft Terrace, Stratford, Sun Aug 6
Visit the Shed of Stories and hear Roman tales as well as enjoying the pop-up library where children and families can read together. There will also be a small writing desk with paper and pencils where older children can pen their next masterpiece, 12noon-4pm. Free. For more summer holiday activities at the RSC see: rsc.org.uk
Create a Jolly Jester, Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall, Fri Aug 4
Taking inspiration from some of Shakespeare’s comic characters like Puck, Falstaff and Dogberry, children are invited to work with artists Ali Allen and Ros Ingram to produce their own interpretation of a jolly jester. Free workshop with Escape Arts, 10am-4.30pm.
Outdoor Theatre: The Secret Garden, Ryton Pools, Fri Aug 4
Performed in this lovely Warwickshire country park, Heartbreak Productions version of this classic children’s tale for ages 6+, will add touch of magic to your summer’s evening. (2 hrs, including a 20-minute interval).
Ryton Pools, Bubbenhall, Coventry, CV8 3BH
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.
Alcester Artisan Market, High Street, Alcester, Sun Aug 6
Have a mooch around the fab monthly Sunday market which boasts stalls selling everything from fine foods and local produce to crafts, handmade, bespoke gifts, artists and more, 10am-4pm.
PurpleCoat Productions’ The Sonnets & Bloomin Arts’ Shakespeare Slam, The Dell, Stratford-upon-Avon, Sat Aug 5 & Sun Aug 6
Hear the story of Shakespeare’s life through the magic of his sonnets performed by The PurpleCoat Young Actors Company at 12 noon on both days and Bloomin Arts’ Shakespeare Slam at 3pm over the w/e – in just one hour there will be eight plays, 32 characters, 62 deaths and a little audience participation at The Dell, the RSC’s open air performance space.
Canons Ashby, nr Daventry & Rugby, Sat Aug 5
See the critically-acclaimed Pantaloons’ family-friendly version of Shakespeare’s timeless comedy, A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, in the terraced gardens of this tranquil National Trust Tudor manor house, in their own distinctive and anarchic style. Bring a rug & picnic, 6-8.15pm.
nr Daventry, Northamptonshire, NN11 3SD