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Fri May 19 - Sun May 21

Our Daily Bread Part 1 & 2, The Clearing, Compton Verney Art Gallery & Park, near Warwick, Sat May 20 & Sun May 21

One in a series of off-the-grid workshops for a post-apocalyptic world (not a far off possibly with the Trump in office) in a Geodesic dome in the grounds of Compton Verney. Bread is one of our oldest staples and, pre-sliced in a plastic bag, a symbol of our technological cleverness. This workshop will teach you how you can make bread in a world without Warburtons, just-in-time deliveries and big Sainsbury’s. Local bushcraft expert Matt Cox will be teaching how to make a cob oven and in part two learn how to bake the bread itself.  The Clearing is a collaborative artwork by Alex Hartley and Tom James, which sets out to build a vision of the future.

Workshops cost £10 per adult, and £5 per child or for concessions. This includes admission to the grounds. To book a place, click here, 9am-5pm

Book Launch: Dr Afiniki Akane’s Life Without Coffee: Choosing Happiness over Stress, Warwick Books, Sun May 21

Could I live without coffee? Not sure…about that. Nigerian-born Afiniki’s new book isn’t about coffee but reducing stress and dissatisfaction at work and at home. Currently working as a medical doctor Afiniki graduated from Liverpool uni and has an MBChB and PGA from the University of Warwick, so I can imagine after working all those hours as a junior doctor she has must have learnt quite alot about stress and has many helpful tips to share!  3.30-4.30pm free. The book will be available to buy for £10.

The Baby Show NEC, Fri May 19-Sun May 21

Looking for a stylish changing bag?? are launching this gorgeous one at @thebabyshow @necbirmingham. (stand D14). It’s called the Vesancy – shown French Grey.

Speakers at this year’s event include Chireal Shallow, Founder of Baby Sleep Clinic, Welsh/Italian cooks, presenters and authors Michela and Emi Chiappa from the C4 series and best-selling book Simply Italian, Reviews editor at Hazelann Williams and best-selling children’s cookbook author Annabel Karmel. There’s one-to-one with experts, an iCandy fashion show of pushchairs, British Red Cross First Aid Academy and even a mums’ buggy testing track!

 Herbert Lates: Playing Up! The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, Sat May 20

 Make clothes out of food, dance with animals, make a ketchup fight, remote control your parents, search for miracles, walk through Coventry with a map of Paris, and build what-happens-next-machines! PLAYING UP is a live art game for kids and adults designed by Sibylle Peters launched at Tate Modern in 2016. All galleries will be open to enjoy, with some exciting characters to meet, plus family friendly screenings of short films. Be sure to check out the gallery’s Face to Face: Portraits Through Time exhibition (runs until June 4) supported by The National Portrait Gallery as it includes snapshots of ordinary people alongside Henry VIII, Marilyn Monroe, David Bowie and Princess Diana. For ages 6+, 6.30pm-10pm.

Night at Your Museum: Lift Off for space exploration ! Rugby Art Gallery, Fri May 19

Museums at Night explodes into life across the UK from Wed May 17 -Sat May 20.  Boldly go where no man or woman has gone before at Rugby Art Gallery’s family-friendly space exploration adventure. They’ll be special guest talks from the National Space Centre and George the astronaut, a Space Dome to explore the sky, Rugby Astronomy Society, UV painting, space performers, make space-themed arts & crafts in the Art Landing  and lots more! £2, under 2’s free,  5.45 – 9.30pm .

Book online or in person at the Visitor Centre

 Museums At Night: Screening of The Wicker Man, Compton Verney, Fri May 19

This cult horror film will be shown in Capability Brown’s avenue of Wellingtonia trees at Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park in Warwickshire at 8.30pm. “It’s the perfect night out for horror fans,” says Compton Verney’s Director Professor Steven Parissien. “The film will be shown from 9pm, when the moon is out and the dark night is upon us. You’ll be surrounded by the landscape, with the wind rustling through the trees and the shriek of foxes adding to the atmosphere.”  Pre-movie snacks and drinks will be available to buy prior to the screening, but guests are reminded to bring their own seats and blankets to keep warm, should there be an extra chill in the night air. Tickets cost £14 for Gold/Silver members and £16 for non-members. Tel 01926 645 500. Age 15+ For more Museums at Night events across Warwickshire & the West Midlands go here.  

Alcester Food Festival, Sat May 20

Alcester will be putting out the bunting and closing the High Street for its spring foodie fest in the picturesque High Street, Church Street and Henley Street where almost everything will be local. There’ll be everything from cheeses, pies, breads, cakes, fresh and cured meats and sausages to a pig roast, award-winning street food, handmade chocolates, local beers, ciders and wines.

Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) Open Water Swim Festival, Ragley Hall, Alcester, Sun May 21

This is a fantastic opportunity for first timers, novice and experienced open water swimmers to experience wild swimming in the grounds of one of the country’s most beautiful stately homes. It’s also raising funds to help reduce deaths caused by drowning in the UK and to educate the public on water safety. Ragley Crawl allows swimmers to tackle a one-mile or half-mile course, encouraging everyone from first time dippers to regular participants to get in and enjoy the freedom of the open water. For children aged between 8 and 12-years-old there’s a Rookie Raid, a 200m swim and a 400m run. The event runs 8am-4pm.

Vice Versa, Swan Theatre, Stratford, Thur May 11-Sept 9

‘Vice Versa’ rehearsal

A riotous new farce lovingly ripped off from the Roman comedies of Plutus by playwright Phil Porter (2014’s WWW1 drama The Christmas Truce & 2013’s very funny A Mad World My Masters).  A clever servant and a pair of wronged young lovers team up to bamboozle a pompous general. Felix Hayes returns to play General Braggadocio, playing his servant, Dexter, is Sophia Nomvete, whose credits include The Colour Purple (Menier Chocolate Factory) and As You Like It (Shakespeare’s Globe). They are joined by former ‘Allo ‘Allo star Kim Hartman who makes her RSC debut playing ‘a lady of the night’ called Climax. Read her My Favourite Places here.

Gin Festival, Coventry Cathedral, Fri May 19 & Sat May 20

The UK’s biggest and oldest Gin Festival is making its first trip to Coventry and couldn’t have found a more impressive venue – Coventry Cathedral. They’ll be bringing more than 100 gins. There’ll also be gin masterclasses and the opportunity to meet gin distillers in person, a gin cocktail bar, live music and food.

Dungeons After Dark Dining, Warwick Castle, Sat May 20

The Castle Dungeon dates back to 1345, when Warwick was gripped by the plague. After your reception drink you will be guided through the rooms of the Castle Dungeon, meeting characters with an unhealthy passion for torture. Dine with the Dungeons Characters as they lead you through an immersive dining experience like no other. The package includes a 4-course banquet served in the Mediaeval Undercroft, alcohol and drinks, and live entertainment. Open to groups of any size and start from £60pp. Over 18s only…, Tel: 01926 406 660

Guy’s Cliffe House Tour, Guy’s Cliffe House, Coventry Road, Warwick, Sun May 21 

Discover more about this ancient place steeped in history on a 2-hour tour and enjoy afternoon tea for £10. Its chapel dates back to the 15th Century and the country mansion itself was once owned by the Heber-Percy family given over to be a Red Cross VAD Hospital through The First World War. Later during the Second World War it was leased out as a Boys Home by the Waifs and Strays Society. After neglect and a fire it became a romantic, partial ruin, 1.30pm., Tel 07504 270880

Jurassic Kingdom, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Sat May 20- Sun June 4

Amongst the grounds and gardens, there’ll be 30 full-sized, animated dinosaurs with electronic moving part including jaws opening wide with roaring sound effects. Bring the kids along to meet a Triceratops, Diploducus and even a T-Rex

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