Fri July 14 - Sun July 16
Mary J Blige. O2 Academy, Birmingham, Sat Jul 15
After her much-publicised divorce R&B queen Mary J Blige performs an unmissable headline show performing new songs from her latest album, Strength of a Woman.
Ragley Hall Home and Garden Show, Alcester, Fri July 14-Sun July 16
Looking for lifestyle or design ideas? Ragley Hall is the stunning 18th century backdrop for what is arguably one of the best home and garden events of the summer calendar, with more than 60 knowledgeable and accomodating exhibitors, experts and designers on hand. Quiz gardening experts in a free Gardener’s Question Time, learn new skills in the Cookery Theatre or just meander around the beautiful house and grounds enjoying the spoils of the Fine Foods Marquee.
Lunt Roman Festival 2017, Lunt Roman Fort, Baginton, Sat July 15 & Sun July 16
Fancy trying your hand at archery, making a clay pot or joining in with an Iron Age & Roman children’s drill? Families can travel back in time for a fun and interactive day of Roman history brought to life. There’ll be Roman infantry marching, an Iron Age camp, weaving demonstrations and birds of prey. Plus horseback demonstrations and infantry fighting. Refreshments available, a special shuttle bus service to the city centre & free parking.
Rugby Festival of Culture, until Sun July 16
This culturally-diverse festival includes the new exhibitions at Rugby Art Gallery & Museum (see below) and Rugby School’s 450th anniversary celebration, Festival on the Close with G4 & Lesley Garrett, and award-winning singer Laura Mvula. This week highlights include kids theatre show The Reluctant Dragon at Rugby Theatre on Sun July 9; a Bouquet Workshop with Muddy Award Best Florist finalist, Garden Gate at St Andrew’s Church on Tue July 11, 2-4pm; and on Fri July 14 an Audience with politician Anne Widdecome at Rugby Theatre at 7.30pm; plus Cocktails and colouring at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum (5.30pm-9pm)
Tubby Hayes: A Man in a Hurry film screening & live jazz, Cinema & Balcony Bar, Royal Spa Centre, Leamington, Sun July 16
An evening dedicated to 50s jazz saxophonist Tubby Hayes, who co-led The Jazz Couriers with Ronnie Scott in the 1950s, guested with Duke Ellington in New York and played on The Italian Job and Alfie soundtracks. Live jazz will follow by Hayes biographer and award-winning tenor saxophonist Simon Spillett. Rare photos will also be on display, 7.30pm start.
All Our Tomorrows: Festival of Young Theatre Makers, B2, The Belgrade Theatre and Shop Front Theatre, Coventry, Tue July 11 – Sun July 16
Does digital technology divide us or bring us closer together? This is the question asked in Tethered to the light a new play about grief examining how technology affects our relationships, created and performed by the Belgrade Senior Youth Theatre in an exciting week of performances from the future theatre makers of the nation. Also including Bristol Old Vic, Gateway Studio Project in Tyne & Wear, See & Eye Theatre, Corby Cube, Coventry’s Keychain Theatre and Clown Funeral across these two great city venues.