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What’s On This Week: Mon June 26 – Sun Jul 2

Mon June 26 - Sun Jul 2

Also Festival, Park Farm, Compton Verney, Warwickshire, June 30-Sun July 2

Also is a small festival with big ideas. One of the UK’s top boutique festivals it has a theatrical Truth and Dare Banquet, Shipwrecked Midnight Feast, Sunday Balearic Brunch and Caribbean Rum Shack on the shores of Compton Pools.  And it’s right on our doorstep in the idyllic Warwickshire countryside – so no long commute and a fab family day out if you’re not staying for the three days. The brilliant 2017 line-up includes top speakers, music, cabaret, a sunrise nature swim, Scented Yoga and lots more to tempt foodies here.  Workshops include a Flowers in Your Hair session by in-festival florist, Petal to the Metal£9 and there’s the world’s first Glow in the Dark Croquet session.

Rugby Festival of Culture, Sat June 24-July 16

This culturally-diverse festival includes the launch of 2 new exhibitions at the town’s cultural hub, Rugby Art Gallery & Museum (see below) and Rugby School’s 450th anniversary celebration, Festival on the Close with G4 & Lesley Garrett, Captive by Motionhouse, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, poet John Agard, author Louis de Bernieres and award-winning singer Laura Mvula with special guest Passport to Stokholm on Thursday June 29. There’s also film screenings include Sister Act with a live choir, an open air screening of La La Land in Caldecott Park, heritage walking tours, live music and some cool kids theatre at Muddy Award winner Rugby Theatre. Plus, last entry to the World Rugby Hall of Fame on Sun July 2.

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!

Warwick Summer Open Studios, various locations, until Sun July 2

Sea of Tranquility by Leamington-based photographer Clare Acford. Her exhibition Beyond the Mask is held at Aviary Cafe in Jephson Gardens, Leamington Spa.

Art lovers can enjoy free admission to 114 venues across Warwickshire exhibiting more than 220 local artists and design makers. Visit colourful homes, off the beaten track studios, galleries, National Trust properties and gardens. Check out locations and artists to see what’s on where here.

Un-silencing the Library, Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park, nr Kineton, opens Wed June 28

In the mansion itself the Victorian Women’s Library is being reimagined.  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. You can also pick up and read books chosen by our six guest curators – ranging from actor and UN Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson to students from nearby Kineton High School., 11am-5pm

Sidney Nolan, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, until Sept 3

An exhibition of spray painted portraits dating from the 1980s by inventive Australian-born artist Sidney Nolan, who was a close friend of Benjamin Britten, Francis Bacon and fellow Australian artist Brett Whiteley. Born in 1917 he was recognised as one of the foremost international modern artists,

Titus Andronicus, RST, Stratford, Fri June 23-Sept 2

The next installment in the RSC’s Rome series is this chillingly contemporary version of Shakespeare’s most gory tragedy, starring David Troughton in the title role and directed by Blanche McIntyre. It transfers to London in December.

The Single Mingle, Three Cafe-bar, Bistro & Bakery, 3 Clifton Road, Rugby, Fri June 30

There are still some spaces left on this week’s ‘Single mingle’ at this bijou stylish cafe-bar for 30 to 45-year-olds. The format  is simple:  20 single ladies and 20 single guys in one room, so no need to look for an escape route out the toilet window – you have choice! £15 a head , includes a welcome drink and a host to welcome you and ensure the night is lighthearted.  A £5 deposit required to book your place (refunded if the event is cancelled). Ring: 01788544782

Ricky Gervais Live V: Humanity World Tour, Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, Tue June 27 & Wed June 28

The Office and Extra’s star is touring with his fifth UK stand-up tour, preceded by ‘Science’, ‘Fame’, ‘Politics’ and ‘Animals’.

NEW Bottomless Sunday BBQ, Restaurant 23 & Morgan’s Bar, Leamington Spa, launching from Sun July 2

The Terrace is now open at Restaurant 23: enjoy Sunday Brunch, Bottomless BBQ or a cheeky cocktail!

Restaurant 23 is incorporating a Bottomless Barbecue feature into their famously relaxed Sunday Brunch, following a very successful recent trial-run, with more than 60 satiated guests. Prime cuts, magnificent marinades, celebrated sides, cold drinks and ample summer sun. All you can devour for £30 per person. Available from noon until 3:30pm. Brunch menu available as normal from 10am.

Sip & Supper Club, Rosebird Community Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon, Fri June 30

14 traders will be serving up lots of fresh, healthy and delicious food and drink at this month’s Sip & Supper Club. The full line-up includes The Little Gin Company Pop-up bar, Persian Kitchen Streetfood, Trailer Trash Streetfood, Norma Jean Chocolates, Annie’s Antics Ice-cream, The Jam Lady, Monsoon Estates Coffee, Trunk Junkies Vintage, Goodies Galore Cakes, Tara Osborne Jewellery, Blackmans Bakers, The Olive Stall, Vin Neuf Wine and Paxton & Whitfield Cheese.

6.30pm- 9.30pm,

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