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This Easter weekend

FRI MARCH 30 - SUN APRIL 1

See artisan bakers in action at Charlecote Mill, Hampton Lucy, Easter Sun, Easter Mon & Sun April 8

Some of Bread for Life’s baked goodies

Visit Warwickshire’s last working watermill over Easter on their first open day of 2018 when three guest bakers will be using Charlecote Mill produced flour. On Easter Sunday from 11am there’ll be Sourdough bread-making by Stratford artisan baker Nelson Mansfield and Leamington’s Bread for Life are bringing homemade jammy donuts, Focaccia, Wholemeal, croissants, Hot Cross buns, Easter Cruffins & Pretzels! On Easter Monday Wicked Cookies (see also at Stratford Chocolate Festival and Coventry Railway Station pop-up on Good Friday) will be at the mill.

Charlecote Road, Hampton Lucy, near Warwick, CV35 8BB, charlecotemill

Meet the Lamb on Easter Weekend, Hilltop Farm, Hunningham, Fri March 30, Sat March 31 & Mon April 2

During Easter weekend the farm’s lovely little lambs will be making a guest appearance at Hilltop Farm.  Children will have the opportunity to have a hold and feed throughout each time slot. A ticket only event and one ticket per person entitles you to entry into the lambing pen. There are 20 tickets per half hour slot. Cute!

Book a time slot here for £3.28, hilltopfarmshop

The Easter Adventure Quest, Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden, Fri March 30 – Mon April 2

Your valiant adventurers can go off on a quest to crack clues, meeting St George the dragon slayer along the way , then claim their chocolate reward. £1 on top of the usual entry price. One of 6 “eggsclusive” eggs designed by top children’s illustrators including J K Rowling’s Olivia Lomenech Gill and Lydia Monks will be up for grabs. Young visitors should search high and low for a special chicken token hidden in the undergrowth. Whoever finds it will win one of the eggs.

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Easter Sunday roast and Easter Egg Hunt, The Fuzzy Duck, Armscote near Stratford, Sun April 1

Better be quick if you’d like to book a special Easter Sunday lunch at this lovely rural boutique pub restaurant as only a few tables are left.

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BullDog London Gin Brunch, Fizzy Moon, Leamington, Easter Sunday, April 1

Leamington’s very own microbrewery and gin & fizz bar launches its very first BullDog Brunch Easter Sunday with a ‘chilled’ live DJ from 2pm – 6pm followed by live entertainment from the Tom Barnwell Trio.

35, Regent Street, Leamington Spa, fizzymoonbrewhouse

The Duchess of Malfi, The Swan, Stratford-upon-Avon, Thurs March 1 – 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 modern dress version of The Duchess of Malfi in her own distinct style. Topically it’s all about gender politics and toxic masculinity! Stunning Cambridge graduate 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 the critically-acclaimed 2011 film, Weekend. Read Muddy’s Q & A with Joan here.

Tel: 01789 403493, rsc

Easter at House, Leamington

House has planned a weekend of fun family-friendly activities including Easter Egg Hunt, colouring competition and Easter Family Feast (booking essential). This eclectic multi-level pub restaurant will be open until the wee hours over the Easter weekend for all round brilliant bank holiday good vibes.

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Shakespeare’s Family Homes, Sat March 31 – 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 an interactive kids treasure hunt in the gardens with music and comedy by in-house actors Shakespeare Aloud.

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Stratford-upon-Avon Chocolate Festival, Henley Street, Good Friday, Fri March 30

Stratford’s first chocolate fest in the run up to Easter featuring stalls celebrating the dark stuff in all varieties, 10am-6pm.

Macbeth, RST, Stratford, March 13 – Sept 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. A highlight of the RSC’s summer season.

Book here.

45RPM: Christian Furr and Gered Mankowtiz, Snap Galleries, 50 Warwick St, Leamington until Tue April 3

Artwork Images from the 45RPM FurrMankowitz Art Exhibition

If you’re a music fan don’t miss the last weekend of this super-cool exhibition. A collaboration by Royal portrait painter Christian Furr and legendary rock n roll photographer Gered Mankowitz it features limited edition artworks. Furr has applied his pop-art painting style to image’s captured by Mankowitz of artists including The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Marianne Faithfull and Kate Bush.

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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.

 The Loft Theatre, Victoria Colonnade, Leamington Spa. Performances at 7.30pm (except Monday April 2) & a5pm on Easter Sun, 1 April, loft-theatrebox-office@loft-theatre, Tel: 01926 800360 (answerphone service). 

Stellar Comedy line-up for 2018, Warwick Arts Centre

The season continues with Ed Byrne (Thu Mar 1 ), Jonathan Pie (Wed Mar 7), Lucy Porter (Fri March 9) Craig Campbell (Sat Mar 10), Larry Dean (Sun Mar 11), Patrick Monahan (Sat Mar 17), Robin Ince (Fri Apr 13), Tiff Stevenson (Tue Apr 24), John Robins (Wed Apr 25), Radio Active (Tue Apr 26), Jason Manford (Sat Apr 28) and Shazia Mirza (May 11). Much more throughout the year.

Check out the full comedy line up here.

National Trust : Charlecote HouseBaddesley ClintonUpton HousePackwood & Coughton Court, Mar 29-April 3

Pic credit: Chris Lacey

Fancy some fresh air, Easter egg hunts, walks though woods, spring wildlife, lots of daffs and parkland tours? You can always tuck into lunch or a cream teas afterwards! Don’t forget to book if you plan to visit Packwood or Baddesley Clinton. Times & dates vary slightly. Egg hunt trails £3 per child, admission applies.

For more ideas on what to do at these National Trust properties over Easter see here

Ravilious & Co: The Pattern of Friendship. English Artist Designers 1922-1942, Compton Verney, Sat March 17–June 10

The Greenhouse: Cyclamen and Tomatoes

Ravilious & Co will tell a story that has never been told before. This exhibition of the prolific artist and designer Eric Ravilious (1903-1942) also coincides with the 75th anniversary of his death in Iceland during the Second World War. One of 3 superb new exhibitions and accompanying events at Warwickshire’s finest art gallery and park as it opens this spring. See more below…

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Rie Nakajima’s Cyclic, Ikon, Birmingham, Wed March 21 – June 3

Rie Nakajima, photo by Greg Pope

Japanese artist Rie Nakajima is one of the most experimental artists working in the UK fusing sculpture and sound. She lives and works in London, and is very active especially in sound art and her music project O Yama O with Keiko Yamamoto. Rie will be giving a series of special live performances as part of her new exhibition beginning on Wed March 31, 6.30pm – 7.30pm, drop in. Also Sat April 21 as part of Flatpack Film Festival, Tues May 1, Tue May 22 and Sun June 3.

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FURTHER AFIELD:

Easter Sunday joust, Sudeley Castle, Sun April 1

The Cavalry of Heroes return to Sudeley Castle along with King Henry VIII and the ladies of his court for this annual event. Expect falconry flight displays (11am, 2pm) along with the jousting (11.30am, 2.30pm) and some serious chain-mailage. Alternatively head up to Warwick Castle as they celebrate the 950th anniversary of William the Conqueror’s motte and bailey castle on the site with the usual fun silliness of the The Mighty Trebuchet, Flight of the Eagles and The Bowman Show.

A big day out with Peter Rabbit™, Kew Gardens, from Fri March 30 – Sun  April 15

peter rabbit and toad and beatrix potter characters against cartoon illustrated backdrop of kew gardens

There are still a few days to see the orchid festival at Kew (it ends 2 April) but it also overlaps with the start of a new trail based on Peter Rabbit and other famous Beatrix Potter characters. More permanent pleasures include the tree top walk, the 17 metre tall Hive sensory experience, a 14,000 tree arboretum and the Palm House.

Broughton Castle Opens, Banbury, Sun April 1 

large fortified manor house next to a lake

The beautiful Broughton Castle, a moated and fortified manor house near Banbury that’s belonged to the Fiennes family since 1447 opens again from 1 April. It found fame in the TV adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and is one of my favourite local castles – small enough to get around without boring young children, and there’s a lovely garden for them to bomb about in. Other heritage buildings I really rate in the area that maybe don’t get the headlines of the big beast venues are Chastleton House in North Oxfordshire (stunning), Greys Court near Henley, Claydon House near Buckingham.

Broughton Castle is open on Wednesdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from Sun 1 April- 30 Sept from 2-5pm. 

The Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter Studios, Windsor, Fri March 30 –  Sept 23

This month sees the launch of a special feature dedicated entirely to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth instalment of the film series, revealing secrets behind the characters, costumes and props that made it so special. The Goblet of Fire will be returned to the Great Hall for the first time since filming wrapped in 2010, there’ll be a live Special Effects demonstration showing how the Triwizard Champions’ parchments were expelled from the Goblet, and your kids receive a parchment to remember the visit.

wbstudiotour.co.uk

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