Fri July 7-Sun July 9
It’s a festival-packed weekend ahead with big and small events in Warwickshire and beyond…
Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival, Birmingham, Fri July 7-Sun July 9
Rock your body with Chaka Khan, Soul II Soul, Alabama 6-piece soul band St Paul & the Broken Bones and Sugarhill feat Melle Mel who’ll be headlining Mostly Jazz this year in Moseley Park. This festival for jazz aficionados and hip hop fans alike continues to attract an increasingly impressive array of artists since it started in 2010. There’s no camping, but a wide range of accommodation in Birmingham city centre from boutique hotels to serviced apartments and affordable B&Bs.
Moseley Park, Birmingham, mostlyjazz.co.uk
Godiva Festival, Coventry War Memorial Park, Fri July 7-Sun July 9
Avoid stadium costs at this free and easy city centre festival which welcomes acts including the Stranglers, Example, the Darkness, Cast and Kate Nash. It costs nothing and is ticketless, just turn up for the day with a picnic. Done.
Seurat to Riley: The Art of Perception, Compton Verney Art Gallery, Sat July 8-Oct 1
Muddy Warwickshire’s 2017 Award-winning Art Gallery, Compton Verney, is taking visitors on an eye-popping journey this summer – looking at how our visual perceptions have been explored by artists. This fascinating show takes an in-depth look at the ‘Op art’ phenomenon. Short for ‘Optical art’, this art form uses pattern and colour to create bizarre optical effects. This must-see exhibition traces how the Op art movement developed from the famous French post-impressionist Seurat via M C Escher to Bridget Riley and her contemporaries, and demonstrates just how exhilarating, electrifying and (quite literally) eye-opening Op art can be.
Pizza & Prosecco with live music from Chasing Deer, Hilltop Farm and Cafe, Hunningham, nr Leamington, Fri July 7
This London-based Midlands rock band will be performing at Warwickshire’s Hilltop Farm where you can enjoy Margherita Special, Pesto Roasted Veg, The Hilltop Hog, Smoke House, Spicy Salami & Simply Squisita pizzas (£7.95-£10.95), along with some Friday fizz to celebrate the weekend! The band starts around 7.30pm.
11th Stratford-upon-Avon Beer & Cider Festival 2017, Stratford Racecourse, Friday July 7 & Sat July 8
The Shakespeare CAMRA branch’s annual festival with more than 70 Real Ales, 30 Ciders and Perries, hot food and a shuttle bus from Stratford Railway Station. £10, including festival glass.
Napton Festival, Southam, Warwickshire, Sat July 7 & Sun July 8
Napton, a beautiful rural Warwickshire village with interesting walks and close to the Oxford Canal, is the setting for a mini-music festival with 18 live acts over 2-days. Tribute band The Rolling Stones Now will headline on Sat. If you get chance check out the stunning 12th century Church and fully restored windmill on the hill. Camping is still available but the caravan and campervan site is now fully booked.
Birdingbury Country Show, Sat July 8 & Sun July 9
Ooo-arrh if you love tractors, vintage vehicles and combine harvesters this is the place to be! The 27th annual Warwickshire village countryside show features old favourites from sheepdog duck herding to alpacas, rare breeds and dozens of vintage vehicles/steam engines together with many new exhibits and attractions but sadly this will be the last show to be held due to the death in December of Bob Munro, the original founder of the show. This year’s event is being held as a last tribute and in memory of Bob and Glyn Hotchkiss, who co-founded the event. There’ll be lunches and afternoon teas in the secluded garden cafe. Fine and sunny weather has been ordered!
Party in the Park, Millennium Field, Baginton, nr Coventry, Sat July 8
Bring a picnic for the village’s 7th Party in the Park. There’ll be a fully licensed bar and Pig Roast, live music, a children’s entertainer, fireworks and the traditional Proms Finale. Acts this year include Jaguar Land Rover Brass Band, retro wartime tunes from The D-Day Darlings, Abba-tribute Deja Vous and headlining Mr Ben – a 4-piece Midlands cover band – not to be mistaken for the 1970s surreal children’s cartoon, Mr Benn! Tickets are on sale from The Oak and Baginton Village Stores for £10 & on-site car parking available, £2 per vehicle.
Summer Fete at Coughton Court, Alcester, Sat July 8
Traditional stalls, games and competitions on the lawn of this imposing National Trust Tudor house set in beautiful gardens to raise money for local causes, 12- 4pm, free.