Fri July 21 - Sun July 23
The Three Supper Night, Three Cafe, Bistro, 3 Clifton Road, Rugby, Fri July 21
This artsy up-and-coming eaterie, opposite Lawrence Sheriff Grammar School, is starting a new Friday night Supper club this week. Delicious sounding choices include Sourdough Toast with Mozzarella; Spicy Pan fried haddock with massala puree, rice, pickled onions, raita and sweet chilli & coriander sauce and Affagato vanilla ice cream with an espresso shot. 2 courses: £14.95; 3 courses: £19.95. Pre-ordering your choices when booking is advisable.
Kenilworth Food Festival, Warwick Road, Kenilworth, Sun July 23
More than 50 street food, drink and produce traders will be tempting hungry at Kenilworth’s newest festival. There’ll be chef demos including UK born former 2014 Masterchef contestant Theo Michaels who draws from his Greek Cypriot heritage and global cuisine between 1-2pm and music from a line-up of local artists, 10am-6pm.
Mega Maize Maze & Water Wars launch, Hatton Adventure World, Sat July 22
A new interactive maze made out of corn and built on a massive 3 acre site which spells out H-A-T-T-O-N challenges kids on their orientation skills. Also back by popular demand at this Muddy Award Winner for Best Family Attraction is Water Wars, a water-based interactive game where friends and family can catapult giant water balloons at each other.
hattonworld.com/adventure-world Tel: 01926 843411.
Flower Drawing with Mary Riley, Leamington Art Gallery and Museum, Sat July 22
Capture the changing beauty in flowers with a one-off drawing workshop. Work with a range of drawing materials including charcoal, pencil and dry pigments, £20 per person. Limited places. Book on 01926 742700.
Wings and Water, Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park, Sun July 23
Children will love watching demos of more than 100 model planes and water landings on the lake. They can see if they have what it takes to fly a plane on a large screen simulator, 10.30am-5pm
War of the Roses Live! Warwick Castle, Sat July 22 – 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.
See the new female Snow Leopard twin cubs, Twycross Zoo, Atherstone
The zoo has announced the birth of these adorable snow leopard twins – the third pair for mum Irma and dad Suou. The twins are an important part in the international breeding programme designed to ensure the long-term survival of this endangered species. The cubs are now starting to explore their habitat in the zoo’s free-to-enter Himalaya Centre which is open to the public from 10am to 6pm every day. Great for a summer holiday family day out.
Making Medicine, The Clearing Workshop, Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park, Sat Jul 22
How would you survive in a world without modern medicine? Explore how to make basic remedies from medicinal plants in the vicinity of the lake-side geodome with Raqsheeqa Ahmed and Sara Ghanchi from Herbalists without Borders, a nonprofit local to global network of volunteers devoted to providing compassionate care to communities and countries in need impacted by natural disasters, violent conflicts, poverty, trauma and other access barriers to health and wellness. Suitable for ages 10+ £10 adults; £children £5, 11am-4pm. Ring 01926 645 500.
Meg Rose Jewellery exhibition, Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum
Elegant and wearable hand-made designs by the very talented Leamington Spa jewellery maker Jess Clarke – a Muddy Award finalist – are on show over the summer months. Inspired by the English countryside, the North Norfolk coast and childhood fairy tales, her individual pieces are made using gold vermeil, sterling silver, hand dyed silk cords, gemstones and pearls. She will also have a stall in the artist’s village at Leamington’s Art in the Park on Sat Aug 5 & Sun Aug 6 in Jephson Gardens.
Mind Body & Soul, Fargo Village, Coventry, Sat July 22 & Sun July 23
Check out FarGo‘s very first health and well-being festival. Expect fitness demos, have-a-go yoga workshops, information on a plant-based diet and live entertainment. Take a moment to chill-out & try some family-friendly yoga, meditation or martial arts , organised by Urban Love Warrior Yoga see timetable here, from 11am both days.
- Events will take place in Unit 2D (Izzy Loops Old Unit) in the Market Hall, Fargo Village, fargovillage.co.uk
Un-silencing the Library, Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park, nr Kineton
Actor and UN Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson and Pulitzer Prize-winner Margo Jefferson are among the 6 guest curators who’ve chosen some of their fave books in the re-imagined Victorian Women’s Library. If you’re checking out the new summer exhibition Seurat to Riley why not pop-in for a browse. 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.
Titus Andronicus, RST, Stratford, runs until Sept 2
Easily shocked? The next instalment in the RSC’s Rome series is this chilling modern dress version of Shakespeare’s most gory tragedy, starring David Troughton in the title role and directed by Blanche McIntyre, is not for the faint-hearted. There have already been quite a few “fainters”. It’s attracted some great 5, 4 and 3 * reviews.
Fearsome Craftsmen: Discover the Artistry of the Viking World, The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry until Sept 24
Making the perilous journey through the crashing waves of the North Sea, the bloody and brutal Viking invasions of Britain are legendary – but what did they do while they were here? Step back in time and learn more about the people who settled in Britain from excavated skeletons, see real examples of Viking crafts including intricate metalwork, and a replica 15ft fishing boat, decorated with designs that reveal the true Viking creative spirit. Explore the Norse myths and legends in the gallery’s unique family friendly Viking settlement, A Viking Voyage.
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!