This Bank Holiday Weekend
FRI MAY 4 - MON MAY 7
Long Itchington Bank Holiday fun May 4 – May 7
The sun’s set to shine, so if you like your beer, this is village to go to over the Bank Holiday. The annual Beer Festival is no more but each of the six pubs will be running various entertainment. See what’s on at The Green Man here. Expect live music over the band, street food and local beers including Warwickshire’s Purity craft beers.
Electronic soundscapes and defiantly abstract sounds, Deliaphonic return to Coventry. The Tin Music and Arts is teaming up with Synthcurious to celebrate the birthday of the under- appreciated Coventry born ’60’s electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire, best known for composing the Dr Who theme tune! Three electronic acts will be performing. Author, film maker, musician, and audio-visual artist Ian Helliwell will be presenting a selection of his short films, as well as a live performance. Eşya – the electronic solo project from Savages and Kite Base artist Ayse Hassan. White Noise – the experimental electronic music project started in 1969 by David Vorhaus. Initially including Brian Hodgson and Delia herself, David is now joined by Mike Painter.
The Tin 1-4, The Canal Basin, St Nicholas St, Coventry CV1 4LY, 7pm – 11pm, thetinmusicandarts
Spring Garden Weekend, Ragley Hall (nr Alcester), Sun May 6 & Mon May 7
The family home of the 9th Marquess and Marchioness of Hertford and their children. Ragley’s ancient Ladies Wood floor is covered with a carpet of bluebells nestled in the bright green foliage as far as the eye can see. In the shade of the wood, the first thing that hits you is the scent of the bluebells. On May 6 & 7 it’s Spring Garden Weekend – so why not exploring the gardens and bluebell woods and visit to the Ragley State Rooms, which will be open throughout both days.
Elizabeth: The Pageant, Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Gardens, Sun May 6 & Mon May 7
Celebrate Kenilworth’s Elizabethan heyday as the ultimate party palace with music by Blast from the Past, pyrotechnics, falconry displays, and a feast of entertainments fit for the Virgin Queen. Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, will be showing off the skills which made him Master of the Royal Horses – and he will be joined by the queen herself. Don’t miss this right royal weekend of revellry, including a School for Fools. the Queen’s thoughts about her trip to Kenilworth and learn about the food Elizabeth would have eaten. Full itinerary here.
Last Resort, Helen Martin Studio, Warwick Arts Centre, Mon Apr 30 – Sat May 5
Last Resort is an alternative future for Guantanamo Bay. The waterboarding has stopped, the noise has been turned down and the military base has been reclaimed as a holiday destination. You, the audience, are our holidaymakers. You will sit in a deckchair, you will be offered a rum cocktail on arrival and you will feel the sand between your toes. 2Magpies Theatre will be your tour guides. A 1hr multi-sensory package holiday experience for ages 12+
Forget ‘May the Fourth’, it’s all about Revenge of the 5ifth! Bring the whole family or go for a date night at the ZOOvies. You can explore the Zoo from 5pm and discover what the animals get up to before bedtime. Also discover Chimpanzee Eden, the brand new, state-of-the-art jungle-like habitat, where the Zoo’s iconic chimps live. Grab a bite to eat, set up your blankets and deckchairs and settle down to watch the film under the stars! Adults £15, Children £2.
Twycross Zoo Burton Road, Atherstone, Warwickshire CV9 3PX, 5 – 10pm, twycrosszoo
Annual Bluebell Walk, Yew Tree Farm Courtyard Shopping Village, Wootton Wawen, Sun May 6 and Mon May 7
A 1 ½ mile charity walk long through a natural woodland path taking in one of Warwickshire’s most stunning areas of English Bluebells on the farm. Sensible footwear is needed as the paths are undulating in places and can become muddy if wet underfoot. Afterwards you can always pop into the shopping village for refreshments at The Cowshed Cafe or inside Sims Antique Centre. There’s a lovely selection of boutique shops to browse around including French antiques, handmade jewellery at The Wild Hare, H for Hats, Henley Chocolates, Gosh Boutique, Della and James lingerie, Grey’s speciality loose teas, a garden furniture showroom, Beyond the Blue lifestyle clothing and Yew Tree Farm Shop selling local produce. Children and dogs are most welcome. They’ll be stocking up on doggy treats! 8.30am – 4pm on both days.
John Piper (A Tate Liverpool Exhibition), Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, Tues May 1 – Thur June 21
One of the most important British artists of the late 20th century. John Piper is famed for Coventry Cathedral’s stunning stained-glass Baptistry Window. This exhibition, organised by the Mead Gallery in association with Tate Liverpool, features over 40 works by the artist including abstract and landscape paintings, collages, photographs and designs.
Romeo & Juliet, RST, Stratford, April 21 – Sept 21/ Live in Cinemas: Jul 18
Check out Shakespeare’s epic story of tragic teen love starring Coventry’s Bally Gill as Romeo and Glaswegian actress Karen Fishwick as Juliet as Erica Whyman examines Generation Z, grime culture and the dangers of knife crime in her explosive present-day re-telling.
Avengers: Infinity War (12A)
This huge superhero battle is one Marvel fans have been building up to over the last 10 years and reportedly the second most expensive film of all time. It features so many superheroes they can’t fit on the poster! But is it any good? The reviews are in and the answer from British critics is an almost unanimous yes. “Furiously entertaining”, (the Times), “pure entertainment on a scale never before seen in cinema” (the Express) and “Colossal, cataclysmic, delirious, preposterous – and always surreally entertaining (the Guardian).
Feel like getting wild in the country? Then head over to Brandon Marsh for a family-friendly day out learning how to help preserve our countryside wildlife. Activities range from finding out about Help for Hedgehogs to toasting marshmallow on an open fire in the woods to face painting, mini beast hunting, crafts, guided walks and pond dipping (10am, 12noon & 2.30pm). £2.50 adults, £1.50 concessions and £1 children, 10am – 4pm.
Full details here
David Rodigan: 40th Anniversary DJ Tour, Leamington Assembly, Sun May 6
The reggae music pioneer – lauded by the likes of Shaggy and Trevor Nelson – will be DJing playing some of his favourite tracks.
Want to bring calmness into your home? Warwickshire’s Teen Direct will be offering top advice in this informal Info Hub. Only 10 places available, £10 inc drink, 12.30 -2.pm
Book Here https://bit.ly/2HfmEj0
The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich, Swan Theatre, Stratford, until June 14
Great Expectations, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Wed May 2 – Sat May 5
Founded in 2017, Tilted Wig place a strong emphasis on creative collaboration and ensemble work, with many of the actors in this show taking on multiple roles. It’s an ambitious task to tackle a novel of this scale on stage, but this dynamic new company are rising to the challenge admirably, using quick-fire costume changes, a stylised set and live music to create a pacy and engaging retelling. Among the cast members is Olivier Award-winner Nichola McAuliffe. If you fancy joining in the Belgrade love for you to share any favourite quotes or your own memories of reading or studying the book using #WhatLarks on Twitter!
Tel box office on 024 7655 3055, belgrade
New work by ceramic artist Kirsty Macrae, The Stratford Gallery, Stratford-upon-Avon
New sculptural ceramic artworks from the Glasgow School of Art graduate are now in the gallery. Light and Shade, a new exhibition opens Sat May 5 – May 30 with new Paintings and Ceramics from Laura Wade, Oilivia Walker, Harriet Porter and Tim Lake exploring tone and form.
Leamington Music Festival Weekend, Royal Pump Rooms, Fri May 4 – Tues May 8
Check out 11 concerts, both lunchtime and evening featuring the Prazak String Quartet, Guarneri Piano Trio and Martin Kasik from the Czech Republic and Roderick Williams, Michael Collins, Ensemble 360 and Piatti String Quartet to mark centenary of foundation of Czechoslovakia and the end of the Great War.
Foxfinder by Dawn King, Loft Theatre, Leamington Spa, Wed May 2 – May 12
Showcasing the work of new playwright, Dawn King the next Main House production is her multiple award winning play, Foxfinder. A futuristic Orwellian drama about the extinction of foxes and a farming family struggling to come to terms with the recent death of their young son.
The Loft Theatre, Victoria Colonnade, Leamington Spa, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 01926 800360 (answerphone service).
Macbeth, RST, Stratford, March 13 – September 18
An Exhibition by Eve Parnell, Hall’s Croft, Stratford-upon-Avon, May 4 – Nov 4
Old Town, Stratford upon Avon, CV37 6BG, shakespeare
Shining a spotlight on rarely displayed items and others that are undergoing conservation work. Discover the gallery’s most dangerous object, and view the oldest alongside the newest, the smallest and the heaviest items. Find out more about what goes on behind the scenes, how they plan for disasters and tackle the pests that like to eat artefacts. Learn the fascinating stories behind the objects on display and see the hidden sketch on the reverse of L.S. Lowry’s The Mission Room.
The Duchess of Malfi, The Swan, Stratford-upon-Avon, now until Aug 3
Tel: 01789 403493, rsc
Know a star-in-the-making? Nativity! The Musicial auditions, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry from May 28
Do you have a child aged 9-11 who’d like to audition for a part in Nativity! The Musical? Lead roles as the children of St. Bernadette’s are up for grabs at Belgrade Theatre, Coventry. All kids auditioning must be confident singers, dancers and performers due to the demands of the role. They need to live in the Midlands, be naturally confident, upload a 1-minute YouTube clip and available for all rehearsal and performance dates across the whole UK tour, Mon Sept 17 – Dec 31. Auditions start 28 May (half-term week), with rehearsals taking place in Coventry.
Cheltenham Jazz Festival, various locations, Wed May 2 – Mon May 7
One artist I’d love to see is Kendrick Lamar collaborator, jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington who’s headlining a sell-out gig at this year’s Cheltenham Jazz Fest! Quite a line-up this year, not least Van the Man, Randy Crawford and Courtney Pine. And the rest of the bill is looking might fine too. And as well as musical feasts, The Lucky Onion will also be hosting its famous supper clubs and house parties at No 131. This festival just gets better every year. cheltenhamfestivals.com
Legoland, Star Wars Day, Legoland Windsor, Sat 5 – Mon 7 May
May the Fourth be with you! Or as it turns out the 5th, but what’s 24 hrs between fans. The force is strong at Legoland this May Bank Holiday with its hugely popular (I’ll say) Star Wars Days returning once again. Get ready to join in a galaxy of Star Wars-themed activities including a Wookie Scavanger Hunt, and there will be plenty of meet and greet and selfie opportunities with Darth Vader, Chewie and the rest of the gang. www.legoland.co.uk
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