Fri July 28-Sun July 30
Family Day, The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, Fri July 28
Learn all about the Vikings at the super family-friendly art gallery & museum’s biggest family day of the year! This will include crafts, face painting, weaponry displays, warrior dance workshops and performances by award-winning storytellers Annamation. Suitable for all ages. Drop in. Free, Some activities will carry a small fee, 10am-4pm.
Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Jordan Well, Coventry, CV1 5QP
024 7623 7521, theherbert
Warwick Folk Festival, Warwick School and town, Thurs July 27-Sun July 30
- The 2017 line-up for the 38th Warwick Folk Festival includes the likes of veteran folkies Oysterband, Award-winning Scottish singer Barbara Dickson who will be the headline act on Sunday July 30, the uniquely entertaining Australian The Spooky Men’s Chorale, award-winning Goitse from Ireland, DJ Andy Kershaw and Gaelica from Venezuela. Circus skills, storytelling, theatre, crafts and even star-gazing for kids. Plus, the first folk-comedy night. Also expect ceilidhs, workshops, a Craft & Music Fair and a Wine and Cocktail Bar.
Warwick School, Warwick, warwickfolkfestival.co.uk
The Big Picnic, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Shottery, nr Stratford, Sat July 29
Pack a picnic or enjoy a sizzling BBQ in the summer holidays at the annual Big Picnic celebrations at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. Enjoy garden games, musical entertainment from local band The Rest and spellbinding performances from magician Lee Ryan. Browse the stalls filled with goods from local traders. Free entry for CV37 residents (with proof of address), members of the emergency services and their families, 12pm– 4pm.
Outdoor Theatre: Macbeth & Romeo and Juliet, Mary Arden’s Farm, Wilmcote, nr Stratford, Fri July 28 & Sat July 29
Oddsocks Theatre returns to the farm with a Shakespearean double bill. They’ll be staging a hilarious steampunk version of Macbeth on Fri July 28 and adding a Mods & Rockers theme to Romeo and Juliet on Sat July 29. Doors open 6.30pm, performance starts at 7.30pm. Tickets available oddsocks.
Room on the Broom, Main Stage, The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Mon July 24-Sat July 26
A musical stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s Room on the Broom whizzes into Coventry to kick start the summer holidays. Join children’s theatre company Tall Stories, the Witch and her cat on a broomstick adventure, brought to life by children’s theatre company Tall Stories. This Olivier Award nominated show has toured to theatres across the UK and beyond, entertaining children 3 and up, with original songs, colourful characters and animal puppets.
belgrade.co.uk, Tel 024 7655 3055.
Summertime Jazz Night, Upton House & Gardens, nr Banbury, Warwickshire, Sat July 29
Bring a picnic, treat yourself to a drink from the bar and enjoy and be entertained by the Swinging bass Band in the open air at this lovely 1930’s country home – you can even join in a short jazz dancing taster class. Adults £15 in advance, £17.50 on the day. Children £7.50. 7pm-9pm
Free Theatre & Roman Day of Games, The Dell, Stratford, Sat July 29 & Sun July 30
Families can also enjoy a range of free theatre at The Dell, the RSC’s open air performance space in Stratford-upon-Avon, on weekends until Aug 27. On Sat Trinidad and Tobago company, The Oratory Foundation will be giving a 1hr performance, This Isle in Mine, inspired by The Tempest at 12noon & 3pm; while on Sun Gloucestershire Youth Players will be performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream at 12 & 4pm. Families can also play some traditional and reimagined Roman games such as a Rome inspired versions of Rock, Paper, Scissors and KnuckleBones. Equipment provided. Free. 12pm-4pm.
Outdoor theatre performance: Cymbeline, Shakespeare’s New Place, Stratford-upon-Avon, Sun July 30
Young actors from the Robinson Community Learning Centre in Indiana, USA are proud to present a special hour-long performance of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. These two free public performances will be the first fully staged performance of a Shakespeare play by an American youth theatre at Shakespeare’s New Place since the re-imagination of the site in 2016, 12pm and 2pm.
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.
The RSC’s first Chilled Performance of Shakespeare’s poem Venus and Adonis, Swan Theatre, Stratford, Tue August 1
The RSC’s Artistic Director Gregory Doran directs this company first – reviving his 2004 show – which is ideal for anyone who feels more at ease knowing they can go in and out of the auditorium during the show. The company was among the first to stage Relaxed Performances 4 years aimed at children and young people with autism, learning disabilities and sensory and communication disorders, or anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment. This summer the RSC is also piloting tactile Touch Tours offering visually impaired people the chance to learn more about the costume designs for Salome on Sat Aug 26 at 11.30am.
Venus and Adonis will start at 1.15pm. To book tickets and for more information on the RSC’s access work visit rsc.org.uk or Tel Box Office on 01789 403493.