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Fri Aug 4-Sun Aug 6

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.

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.

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.

Rum & Reggae/Caribbean Food Festival, Fargo Village, Coventry Fri Aug 4 & Sat Aug 5

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 Esmie63 IslandsDookie’s GrillSpangles 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.

Rajasthan’s Circus Raj, macBirmingham, Sun Aug 6

Photo: Jonas Spinoy

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,

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

Hands on History – Medieval, Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden, Sat Aug 5 & Sun Aug 6

Young adventurers can travel back to medieval England. From dressing up and object handling to junior jousting, storytelling, archery and sword fights, there’s something for everyone.

Shed of Stories, Bancroft Terrace, Stratford, Sun Aug 6

Photo: Annie Spratt

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:

PurpleCoat Productions’ The Sonnets & Bloomin Arts’ Shakespeare Slam, The Dell, Stratford-upon-Avon, Sat Aug 5 & Sun Aug 6

Liverpool’s PurpleCoat Productions will be performing at The Dell

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

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.

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.


NEW Postal Museum, London, Sat Aug 5 & Sun Aug 6

The Postal Museum and Mail Rail (which opens soon), a new heritage attraction, opens on 28 July. There is a play zone for under-nines called Sorted, designed as a miniature town, and an underground train ride into the old engineering depot (may not be suitable for under-fives). Family activities include arts and crafts, storytelling and science shows. On top of that there’s a weekend extravaganzas on Aug 5-6 August. They’ll be full to the brim with activities. Discover more below. Ideal for families with children aged 0-11.

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