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Middle Eastern Tapas Evening, Warwick Street Kitchen, Leamington Spa, Fri April 6

An evening of Middle Eastern Tapas dishes along with paired drinks. At this first evening event there’ll be Nibbles, Small Dishes & Large dishes to choose from as well as sweets and desserts including Harissa Crispy Squid (GF), Smoked Potato & Courgette Croquette with Baba Ganoush (VG, GF), Pork Belly with Celeriac & Apple Puree (GF) and Mini-Doughnuts. A £10 deposit per head will be deducted from the bill on the night, 7pm – 10pm.


Wicked, Birmingham Hippodrome, Wed April 4 – 29

This witty West-End musical re-imagining of the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz casts its spell in Birmingham. Titanic the musical, the RSC’s Matilda and War Horse to follow.


Spring Wolf Run, Welsh Farm Road, Offchurch, near Leamington Spa, Sat April 7 & Sun April 8

Pic credit: Wolf Run

Woods, obstacles, lakes, fields and waterslide. More than 6,000 runners enjoy wild running at its best at this Warwickshire family-run farmland event. This weekend’s event is already sold out but you can book in advance for September 1 & 2. Get well and truly muddy – or just go and watch. There’s always lovely thatched pub The Stag for a drink/lunch!


Ready Steady Lift Off! Helen Martin Studio, Warwick Arts Centre, Mon Apr 2 – Sat Apr 7

All aboard the Space Station!  Fantastic for kids who love anything space related. They can train to be an astronaut, make their own rocket, colour it in and Lift Off! Families can take part in a weird and whacky astronaut programme. This immersive experience will get the family colouring and creating together, and once you’ve decorated your rocket, you will orbit around space. Finally, fly your rocket home! 11am, 1pm & 3pm, 50 mins / Ages 3 – 8 (not suitable for under 3s).


The Breaking Bad Cocktail Experience with award-winning mixologist Rob Wood, Birmingham, Fri April 6 & Sat April 7 

Molecular cocktails at Heisenbar

Wearing goggles and a protective suit, you’ll be whisked into a scene straight out of the award-winning series – a science lab in a custom-made RV is where award- winning mixologist Rob Wood will take you on an interactive cocktail masterclass at pop-up The Heisenbar, 9 Milk St, Digbeth, Birmingham. A four-course cocktail menu is£30 per head.


The Embroidery Girl, The Albany Theatre, Coventry, Thurs April 5 – Sat April 7

This four-night run of an off-Broadway show is the biggest show to grace the stage at Coventry’s beautiful Art Deco community-run theatre. Don’t miss this spectacular international dance-drama which has been wowing audiences across the world! An epic love story rooted in Chinese culture.

albanytheatre, Tel 02476 99 89 64 or pop in person 10.30am – 1.30pm, Mon-Fri

The Duchess of Malfi, The Swan, Stratford-upon-Avon, now until Aug 3

Pic credit: Helen Maybanks

After her inventive and critically-acclaimed production of Doctor Faustus in 2016, Maria Aberg returns to the RSC to direct a critically-acclaimed modern dress, blood-soaked version of The Duchess of Malfi in her own distinct style. Topically it’s all about gender politics and toxic masculinity.  Joan Iyiola stars as The Duchess, her twin brother Ferdinand is played by Alexander Cobb – Indian Summers (Channel 4) and Ripper Street (BBC) – and The Cardinal is Chris New, who was Glen in 2011 film, Weekend. Read Muddy’s Q & A with Joan here.

Tel: 01789 403493, rsc

Gregory Porter, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, Thur April 5 & Fri April 6

The double Grammy Award-winning American jazz/soul singer returns to the Midlands for the first two nights of his 2018 UK tour.


Teen Direct: Revision Planning Session, The Heart of England Language Session, Sat April 7

Is your teenage son or daughter struggling to put a revision plan together at homeThis innovative specialist careers service for teens aged 13+ in the Coventry and Warwickshire area runs Revision Plus Life sessions for teens sitting exams in the summerIt includes: * A Personalised Revision Plan *A structured approach to studying *The confidence to start, 9.30am – 4pm, £35



Family Fun Day, Rugby School Sports Centre, Horton Crescent, Rugby, Sat April 7

A range of fun-filled activities and stalls for all the family. Activities include: Bubbleball, Bouncy Castles, Go-Karts, Raffle, Easter Egg Hunt and refreshments Free entry with a small charge for activities. Open to non-members, 11am-4pm.


Apollo Soul & Apollo Gold, Bel Air Nightclub & Lounge, The Belfry, Wishaw, nr Sutton Coldfield, Sat April 7


Enjoy cocktails in the stylish Brabazon bar then reserve a table in the Platinum Lounge with its hostess service for a a double-bill of live music from two bands in the Bel Air Nightclub. Tickets for gig, £10

Email, Tel 01675 238 600, thebelfry

Ghosts by Henry Ibsen, Loft Theatre, Leamington Spa, Wed March 28 – Sat April 7

Pic credit: Richard Smith Photography

Loft actor Robert Lowe not only makes his directorial debut with Ibsen’s 19th Century classic but is also playing one of its pivotal roles – the puritanical and self-righteous Pastor Manders. Robert is joined by Loft regulars Julie Godfrey (Mrs Alving), Jeremy Heynes (Engstrand) and Leigh Walker (Regina Engstrand), while Janeks Babidorics makes his Loft debut taking on the role of Oswald, Mrs Alving’s artist son. Janeks, a student at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, was studying Ghosts as part of his BA Acting degree course when he successfully auditioned for the role.

 loft-theatrebox-office@loft-theatre, Tel: 01926 800360 (answerphone service). 

If The Hat Fits! Birmingham REP’s Grand Sale of Theatrical Costumes, Sat April 7

A one-off costume sale. You could be the proud owner of iconic costumes including Dorothy’s gingham dress from the 2005 production of The Wizard of Oz, Cruella de Vil’s fake fur coat from last Christmas’ The Hundred and One Dalmatians or Lady Bracknell’s frock from the 2011 production of The Importance of Being Earnest. All cash from the sale will help the REP’s first £1m fundraising campaign towards staging new productions and more training opportunities 11am – 5pm.

Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EP, birmingham-rep

Macbeth, RST, Stratford, March 13 – September 18

Photo by Richard-Davenport-

A contemporary version of Shakespeare’s darkest psychological thriller with the fab Christopher Eccleston, brilliant in BBC 1’s The A Word, and revered Irish actor Niamh Cusack as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, and directed by Polly Findlay.

Book here.

Easter at Shakespeare’s Family Homes, until Sun April 15

Children can take part in Easter activities every day from 12-4pm from crafting their very own Easter bonnet or crown in the family activity marquee at Anne Hathaways Cottage, to making ornamental whirling whirligigs for the garden at Mary Arden’s Farm. And at Shakespeare’s Birthplace there’s a kids treasure hunt in the gardens with music and comedy by in-house actors Shakespeare Aloud.


The Fantastic Follies of Mrs RichSwan Theatre, Stratford, until June 14

Way before Madonna, Mrs Rich (played by Sophie Stanton) was a material girl in search of her man. An hysterical comedy of distinctly female wit. Unlike Aphra Behn, a fellow female playwright from the late 1600s, Mary Pix has been almost lost to history. But like Behn’s The Rover, an RSC hit early last year, Pix’s comedy of manners combines mind-bending plot twists and mischief.  Sophie’s also been in Ink (Almeida and West End), Made in Dagenham (West End), ITV’s The Halcyon, E4’s My Mad Fat Diary and the BBC’s New Tricks.

Book here.

Spring Spectacular, Hatton Adventure World, until Sun April 15

Visit the New Arrivals Marquee at this Muddy award-winning family attraction with its super cute lambs, kid goats, piglets, bunnies, ducks and baby chicks. Children can get the chance to feed and handle the animals too. There’s also an Easter Egg Hunt, the springtime Tractor Safari return of the Famous Sheep Racing for visitors to watch and place their bets and Masters of the Skies Falconry Displays.

hattonworld, Tel 01926 843411 


Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop Food Fair, Chatsworth House, nr Bakewell, Derbyshire, Fri April 6- Sun April 8

Pic credit: Chatworth House

The award-winning Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop, has been voted Britain’s best. Sample a selection of the finest food and drink from the best of their British suppliers. Free event and free parking, 9am to 5.30pm (11am to 5pm on Sunday). There’s Easter activities for the kids too in the garden, farmyard and playground including an Easter trail, face-painting and Trailer discovery tour included with admission to the house/grounds.

The farm shop post code for sat nav systems is DE45 1UF,  chatsworth

Artisan Food and Drink Fair, Bawdon Lodge, LoughboroughSat April 7

Shop locally produced, sourced and crafted products from across the Midlands and taste some culinary delights while perusing fantastic gift and craft stalls. Bawdon Lodge hosts their annual fair and you can expect some lovely homeware gifts, jewellery, locally produced fudge, pizza and of course Burleigh’s gin. 10-4pm. Free event.

Bawdon Lodge Farm,  Nanpantan Road, Loughborough, LE12 9YE

Saturday Tastings at Duncan Murray Wines, Sat April 7, 14, 21 and 28 
Head to Duncan Murray Wine Shop, previous Muddy Award winner in the heart of Market Harborough between 12.00 – 3.30pm to sample a range of wines, beer or something else before you buy.
Duncan Murray Wines 10 Adam & Eve Street, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 7LT
Wine O’Clock, Kelmarsh Hall, Kelmarsh, NorthamptonFri Apr 6

Explore the beauty of the hall and gardens at your leisure, whilst enjoying some fizz and canapes, and experience a thirty minute wine tasting session from experts, Viva Vino! Tickets priced £15 in advance / or £25 on the door. Each tickets include: entrance to the hall and gardens, a wine tasting session, one glass of fizz, one glass of wine and canapes. To book call 01604686543 or contact for more information.

Kelmarsh Hall, Kelmarsh, Northampton, NN6 9LY

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