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What’s On This Week Mon July 17 – Sun July 23

Mon July 17 - Sun July 23

Jane Austen Tours, Stoneleigh Abbey, Tue July 18

Anne Hathaway as Jane Austen in Becoming Jane

Commemorate the  200th anniversary of novelist Jane Austen and learn of her links to the stunning Warwickshire stately home and the Leigh family at  Stoneleigh Abbey.  Tours of the house will take place at 11.30am, 1pm, and 2.30pm. Local Historian Sheila Woolf will also be giving a talk. Entry to the grounds is £5 per adult and £1 for children over 4.  The tours and talk is offered free of charge. If you miss Tuesday, Jane Austen tours take place at 1pm, Sun-Thurs.

Fuzzy Pudding Club, The Fuzzy Duck, Armscote, nr Stratford, Thurs July 20

Lemon Posset

If you have a sweet tooth the Muddy award-winning dining pub with rooms (Best Boutique Stay) is holding its first ever special pudding night, an evening to celebrate the much loved course! Whether you have a passion for chocolate, a lover of treacle or a fruity connoisseur they will be serving a wide variety to tantalize all taste buds. Enjoy a set menu to include – starter, main course & desserts galore for £35, 6-9pm. Booking advisable. Call 01608 682635 or email

Jungle Book, Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome, Thur July 20- Sat 22

Photo: Richard Davenport

Award-winning Metta Theatre bring Kipling’s story to life with street-dance, jaw-dropping circus tricks, spoken word and Hip-Hop. Mowgli is finding her way in the urban jungle. With a beat-loving bin man Baloo, graffiti artist Bagheera and a skateboarding Wolf crew. For ages 8+.

War of the Roses Live! Warwick Castle, Sat July 22 – 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.

Meg Rose Jewellery exhibition, Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum

Elegant and wearable hand-made designs by the very talented Leamington Spa jewellery maker Jess Clarke – a Muddy Award finalist – are on show over the summer months. Inspired by the English countryside, the North Norfolk coast and childhood fairy tales, her individual pieces are made using gold vermeil, sterling silver, hand dyed silk cords, gemstones and pearls. She will also have a stall in the artist’s village at Leamington’s Art in the Park on Sat Aug 5 & Sun Aug 6 in Jephson Gardens.

The Three Supper Night, Three Cafe, Bistro, 3 Clifton Road, Rugby, Fri July 21

 This artsy up-and-coming eaterie, opposite Lawrence Sheriff Grammar School, is starting a new Friday night Supper club this week. Delicious sounding choices include Sourdough Toast with Mozzarella; Spicy Pan fried haddock with massala puree, rice, pickled onions, raita and sweet chilli & coriander sauce and Affagato vanilla ice cream with an espresso shot. 2 courses: £14.95; 3 courses: £19.95. Pre-ordering your choices when booking is advisable.

Un-silencing the Library, Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park, nr Kineton

Actor and UN Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson and Pulitzer Prize-winner Margo Jefferson are among the 6 guest curators who’ve chosen some of their fave books in the re-imagined Victorian Women’s Library. If you’re checking out the new summer exhibition Seurat to Riley why not pop-in for a browse. Georgiana Verney, wife of the reclusive 17th Lord Willoughby de Broke, was an enthusiastic champion of women’s reading and women’s suffrage. This reinterpretation of her 1860s library – a groundbreaking collaboration with Oxford University  – invites you to sit and find out about Georgiana, the history of the room, and what women read in the late Victorian era. 11am-5pm

Titus Andronicus, RST, Stratford, runs until Sept 2

Easily shocked? The next instalment in the RSC’s Rome series is this chilling modern dress version of Shakespeare’s most gory tragedy, starring David Troughton in the title role and directed by Blanche McIntyre is not for the fain-hearted. There have already been a fair few “fainters”. Reviews are now in.

Toots and the Maytals, The Assembly, Leamington, Wed July 19

Continuing their UK tour after their performance on the West Holts Stage in Glastonbury are the Jamaican ska and reggae legends.

Fearsome Craftsmen: Discover the Artistry of the Viking World, The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry until Sept 24

Making the perilous journey through the crashing waves of the North Sea, the bloody and brutal Viking invasions of Britain are legendary – but what did they do while they were here? Step back in time and learn more about the people who settled in Britain from excavated skeletons, see real examples of Viking crafts including intricate metalwork, and a replica 15ft fishing boat, decorated with designs that reveal the true Viking creative spirit. Explore the Norse myths and legends in the gallery’s  unique family friendly Viking settlement, A Viking Voyage.

Units of Possibility: The Reknit Revolution, Rugby Art Gallery & Museum, until Sept 2

This is the first solo show by Amy Twigger Holroyd, a senior lecturer in Design Culture and Context at Nottingham Trent University. Her reknitting work was originally developed during her PhD at Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, in 2013, resulting in a soon to be published book, Folk Fashion: Understanding Homemade Clothes. Ultimately, she aims to encourage knitters to see the pieces in their wardrobes as ripe for reinvention. I’m intrigued by her Cathedral Cardigans, 5 reknitted cast-offs inspired by the architecture of gothic cathedrals!


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