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Fri June 16 - Sun June 18

It’s Father’s Day on Sunday, so a bit of a ‘dad’ special and across the region there’s The Great Get Together in memory of MP Jo Cox.

The Great Get Together, Stratford, Coventry & Birmingham, Sat June 17 & Sun June 18

More than 1,000 will be joining in a massive community celebration across Britain this weekend to honour the memory of murdered MP Jo Cox. Amnesty International has organised The Great Get Together Picnic on the Rec in Stratford-upon-Avon near the bandstand, 12 – 4pm.  RSC actor Andrew Woodall, who is playing Julius Caesar in the RST will say a few words in memory of  mum-of-two Jo at around 2pm. The idea was proposed by Cox’s widower, Brendan Cox. A ­medieval-style lunch will be held at the Priory Visitor Centre in Coventry on Sunday, 12-4pm. See here On Sat June 17 paper doves will be hung from a tree in Cathedral Square, Birmingham on Saturday for the #adove4Jo event. See adove4jo-great-get-together.

The Banbury Run, British Motor Museum, Gaydon, Sun June 18

The Vintage Motor Cycle Club Banbury Run will celebrate its 69th year when 500 Veteran and Vintage motorcycles will ride out from the Museum. All tickets include entry to the Museum and Collections Centre.

Hilltop Farm BBQ Feast, Hunningham, nr Leamington, Sun June 18

A real treat for Dads. With live music from the Peas, a free pint for Dad & lots of fun and locally sourced food, it’s the perfect Father’s Day out. A £48 BBQ family feast platter for four £48 (2 adults, 2 kids) includes, Hilltop Farm 28 day aged 12oz rump steak, Hilltop Farm sausages, Sticky BBQ ribs, Pulled pork sliders, Marinated piri piri chicken wings served with homemade chips, onion rings, pineapple & mandarin slaw, heritage tomato salad & pouring juices. Booking is essential. Food 12.30pm -4pm.

Father’s Day tour at Warwickshire’s Purity Brewing, Sat June 17

Take Dad on an award-winning brewery tour following by a tasting session at Purity Brewing at 10.30am or 2pm with a buy one; get one free offer for any paying guest who brings their dad with them.


Last Chance to See: Creating the Countryside, Compton Verney, Sat June 17 & Sun June 18

Free entry for Dads and Granddads when they visit with their families plus a half price Father’s Day Roast in the Compton Kitchen on Sun. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors and see the stunning critically acclaimed spring exhibition ‘Creating the Countryside’ (ends on Sun June 18).

Eddie Curtis – Modern Master, The Stratford Gallery, Sat June 17 – July 8

Howard and Emma Clegg’s welcome one of the world’s most celebrated ceramic artists to the exhibition opening of a solo show featuring his Blast series of work at their small but perfectly formed new art gallery in the centre of Stratford. Eddie originally showed this work in an exhibition entitled Modern Masters in Munich with more than 30 world renowned artists working in various disciplines. Join them for a glass of wine to celebrate the opening on Saturday, 10am- 5.30pm.

Japanese Whisky tasting, The Sky Bar, 5th Floor Resorts World Birmingham, Sat June 17

Sittings for the Japanese whisky tasting at The Sky Bar take place at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm and 8pm, £25 per person. Call to pre-book on 0121 273 1043 or book online here. With 18 food outlets there are plenty of places to choose to eat from.

Grand Medieval Joust, Kenilworth Castle, Sat June 17 & Sun June 18

Feel the heat of the contest as magnificent knights on horseback clash at the greatest event of medieval England. Cheer on your favourite in this thundering battle of bravery and honour. Soak up the medieval way of life in the colourful encampments and be entertained by the naughty court jester while your budding young knights test their strength in the field, 11am – 5pm.

Spring Mischief Festival including #WeAreArrested & Bright Smoke, The Other Place, Stratford, ends Sat June 17
A playful and provocative month-long festival of new work, including a double-bill with The Earthworks by Oppenheimer playwright Tom Morton-Smith directed by the RSC’s Deputy Artistic Director Erica Wyman and Myth, a a collaborative work by Matt Hartley and Complicite Associate Kirsty Housley about a wine-fuelled dinner party that descends into chaos. This week also sees a Work in Progress sharing, #WeAreArrested on Fri June 16 at 2.30pm in the Michael Sain-Denis rehearsal space at The Other Place (£5). Written by journalist Can Dündar it’s an enthralling account of his arrest and subsequent exile from Turkey following his newspaper’s decision to publish photographic evidence of covert arms dealing to Islamic fundamentalists in Syria. Can Dündar is one of the best-known figures in Turkish media. Together with Erdem Gül, he was awarded the 2016 Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media, by the Leipzig Media Foundation. Later the same evening at 9.45pm is Bright Smoke – the RSC’s new monthly spoken word event continues, with guest poets ‘speaking the truth’. Free.,  Tel: 01789 403493 

Murder on the Terrace (Fri June 16) & Ragley Hall Food Festival, Sat June 17 & Sun June 18

Leamington’s fab Heartbreak Productions will be staging Murder on the Terrace on Fri June 16 at 7pm book here. Over the weekend at Ragley Hall Food Festival there’ll be more than 40 food and drink stalls; craft beers and cider; a bbq, a WASPS Rugby Club workshops for children, boating lake activities and the adventure playground. Top chefs include Rob Kennedy, executive chef at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, BBQ celebrity chef Rich Harris, author of Fire and Smoke and Brad Carter, chef/owner of Carters of Moseley, Birmingham.

#SummerinSouthside, Birmingham Hippodrome, Sat June 17 & Sun June 18

Is it possible to escape to the countryside in the middle of Brum? It sure is at the Hippodrome’s annual free fest. Highlights include Russian Cardboardia who will be creating an animal farm – out of you guessed it, cardboard! The Fabularium will be performing outdoor theatre with Reynard the Fox using storytelling, puppetry and live music performed in a wooden cart. Saturday night @The Arcadian, 7pm – 10.30pm, has live entertainment, including Birmingham’s riotous genre-bending mega folk band The Destroyers, Bhangra from The Lions of Punjab and Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band.

Footloose: The Musical, The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Tues June 13- Sat 17 June.

Gareth Gates was actually born in 1984 – the year Footloose came out in the cinema starring a young Kevin Bacon. Now he’s playing Willard, a boy who can’t dance and gets to wear gold hotpants! The cast also includes Maureen Nolan as Vi Moore. Tel 024 7655 3055

Preview: 6 Artists exhibiting during Warwickshire Open Studios, Fosse House Gallery, Dunchurch nr Rugby, Sat June 17- Sun July 2

Linocuts, handcut paper sculptures, porcelain wall-works, hi-gloss digital imagery, intricate one-off sculpture and acrylic paintings from Charlotte Auckland, Clare Pentlow, Gabrielle Rucinski, Les Rucinski, Michaela McMillan and Sumi Kannan. Preview 6pm – 8pm on Fri June 16. Open Sat June 17-Sun July 2, plus meet-the-artist sessions on various dates.

Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival, Sun June 18-Sun June 25

An exciting line-up of readings, performances and workshops, mixing the talents of inspirational and award-winning poets with actors and musicians. This year’s theme is Crossing Borders. On Father’s Day join children’s authors Adam & Charlotte Guillain as they share School for Dads, their best-selling picture book – a special storytelling and poetry workshop for children aged 5 +, 2 – 3pm, at The Shakespeare Centre. There’ll also be the official launch of actor and writer Oliver Ford Davies’s new book, Shakespeare’s Fathers and Daughters. Other events range from An Evening with an Immigrant in which award-winning poet and playwright Inua Ellams will tell his story to a leading figure in bold new women’s poetry emerging from the Middle East, Kurdish Bjan Matur: In Conversation on Wed June 21, and All the Business of War with actors Simon Russell Beale and Alexandra Gilbreath on Sun June 25.  The 64th Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival is organised by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

Salome, The Swan, Stratford, Fri June 2-Sept 6

Owen Horsley directs Oscar Wilde’s controversial one act play, Salome, originally banned in the UK, marking 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality. This contemporary 1hr 40 min poetic masterpiece will place sexual ambiguity at the core with male actor Matthew Tennyson playing Salome looking a little like one of my fave singer-songwriters, Ezra Furman. With music from Seattle-born song-writer Perfume Genius’ 2014 critically acclaimed album Too Bright which addresses the homophobia he has faced because of his sexuality (features nudity and ‘scenes of a sexual nature’, just so you know!)., Tel: 01789 403493 

11 Million Reasons to Dance Photography Exhibition & performance in B2, The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, until Sat June 17

A free photography exhibition 11 Million Reasons to Dance is now on display at the Belgrade Theatre.  This exhibition, commissioned by People Dancing and photographed by Sean Goldthorpe, uses Deaf and disabled artists to recreate great cinematic set-pieces, like Gene Kelly’s Singing in the Rain, Billy Elliot dancing his heart out before his dad and Moira Shearer playing a young ballerina in The Red Shoes. The title of the exhibition reflects the fact there are more than 11 million disabled people currently living in the UK. On Sat June 17 there will also be a performance in B2 with the same title (£6.50), including local children and a duet by Kate Marsh and Welly O’Brien – dancers with missing limbs, who are both interested in the specificity of their own physicality and how this informs and enriches their work.

Warwick Summer Open Studios, Sat June 17-Sun July 2

Art lovers can enjoy free admission to 114 venues across Warwickshire exhibiting more than 220 local artists and design makers. Visit colourful homes, off the beaten track studios, galleries, National Trust properties and gardens.

Father’s Day – Dad Socks, Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum

A sock making session from 1 – 3pm when children can make their father’s day gift stand out from the crowd by making personalised socks! Activity is free, just drop in and join in.


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