WHAT’S ON – FEB 2018
Theatre Ad Infinitum’s Translunar Paradise, Warwick Arts Centre, Tue Feb 27 & Wed Feb 28
Original performers George Mann and Deborah Pugh are joined by Sophie Crawford to retell the story of widower William. From beyond the grave, his wife Rose returns to help him let go. This poignant, life-affirming tale uses intricate and lifelike hand-held masks – created by Madame Tussaud’s senior sculptor Victoria Beaton – to travel back and forth through William and Rose’s relationship, wordlessly conveying a lifetime of memories in 75 minutes. A poignant, life affirming tale without words, it gathered great acclaim at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe from critics and audiences alike.
Box Office: 024 7652 4524, warwickartscentre
New Circus Show: Big Top Bonanza, Hatton Adventure World, nr Warwick, Feb 17 – 25
Roll-up, Roll-up the circus is in town! Enjoy a 40-minute show performed by an international cast of comical clowns, acrobats, champion jugglers and awesome aerialists inside the warmth of a large heated 400-seater big top. Plus circus themed arts and crafts, indoor falconry and the usual Hatton favourites – animal handling, funfair rides (for younger children), Laser Combat (8 years +) and Snorty’s Superslide Mania.
hattonworld, Tel 01926 843411.
A Brave Face, Warwick Arts Centre, Thurs Feb 22
Vamos Theatre brings their poignant and funny show to the stage.
Box Office: 024 7652 4524, warwickartscentre
New exhibits, The MAD Museum, Stratford
Experience interactive new exhibits, interact with weird and wonderful inventions and build marble runs. The quirky museum takes about 1 – 2 hours to experience so is perfect for a morning or afternoon.
Operation Earth, National Space Centre, Leics, until Sun Feb 25
Join Mission Commanders, along with expert scientists, as they investigate the science of planet Earth. Become a trainee environmental scientist and help them investigate land, air and oceans, and see if together you can find solutions to some of the issues in the world today. Throughout the day the mudlets will also be able to join workshops, demonstrations and hands on science sessions.
There’s plenty of hand crafting chocolates, tasting and lots of fun to be had, plus everything will be packed up to take home and enjoy, £15 per person.
The Winslow Boy, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Feb 21 – March 3
A major new revival of Terence Rattigan’s gripping masterpieced irected by Olivier award-nominated Rachel Kavanaugh, Rattigan’s family drama stars Tessa Peake-Jones, who famously played Del Boy’s longtime girlfriend Raquel in Only Fools and Horses, Aden Gillett and Timothy Watson.
Box Office: 0121 236 4455 Online Booking: birmingham-rep.co.uk
Royal Academy, Kenilworth Castle, Kenilworth Feb 19 – 23
Kids can transform themselves into a Lord or Lady with tips on everything mediaeval from curtsies to combat.
BOOK NOW: ORENDA ROADSHOW: 12 Crime/thriller authors from the UK, Norway, Iceland, Finland & Germany, Northgate Methodist Church, Warwick, Wed Feb 28
Join Warwick Books and 12 of Europe’s best crime / thriller novelists to discuss their work, their genre and their detectives. Authors include Louise Voss, Michael Malone (A Suitable Lie, House of Spines) Thomas Enger (Cursed, Killed) Antti Tuomainen (The Mine, The Man Who Died) Lilja Sigurdardottir (Snare) Steph Broadribb (Deep Down Dead, Deep Blue Trouble) Simone Buchholz (Blue Night) Su Bristow (Sealskin) Sarah Stovell (Exquisite) Louise Beech (How To Be Brave, The Mountain in My Shoe, Maria in the Moon) Matt Johnson (Wicked Game, Deadly Game, End Game). £5 tickets include refreshments from Oken Tea Rooms .
6.30pm for a 7pm start, Northgate Methodist Church, Barrack St, Warwick CV34 4SL, book in advance 01926 499939 or email@example.com
Stay the Night at Warwick Castle’s luxury Themed lodges
Each Lodge is fully set-up with a double bedroom, two bunks and an optional truckle bed. Equipped with a wet room, shower and towels, there is also cable TV, free WiFi and heating. Prices start from £38.25 per person, per night including breakfast and free second day entry to the castle plus parking. Guests can dine like a King in the Evening All-You-Can-Eat Mediaeval Dinner Feast.
‘Star Car’ Family Fun, British Motor Museum, Gaydon, Feb 10 – 25
Join Parker and Penelope on a family tour and explore the collection of Star Cars. Get creative with ‘Star Car’ crafts and Lego building, and have a go at the ‘Star Car’ family trail. All activities are suitable for 3+ years.
Holiday Art Club, Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum, Feb 22
children up to 12 years can make pottery tea lights, £1.50 per child. Or enjoy ‘Art Cart Family Fun’ on 24 February. Free, drop in and join in.
Kate’s Storytree, Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall and Stratford Library, Feb 19
Two half-term an immersive Shakespearean storytelling session at 10,30am & 2pm. Utilising everything from wooden building blocks to colourful fabrics, Kate build her story as she tells it, transporting children magically back in time. Free.
Younger children aged 5 and under can get creative in Arty Tots at Market Hall Museum, Feb 20 (£2.50 per child) Look behind the scenes at the Warwickshire Museum store at Montague Road on Feb 21. See some of the fossils and treasures of Warwickshire’s Jurassic past with Curator of Natural History, Jon Radley, and make a Jurassic treasure to take home, £5. On Feb 22 join in dino crazy games and crafts at Market Hall Museum – explore the museum for dino bones and meet the Warwickshire Dinosaur, £2.50 per child.
See a butterfly hatch at Stratford Butterfly Farm
See science in action and observe the life-cycle of a butterfly and you may even see a butterfly hatch! Minibeast Metropolis is teeming with life and home to a variety of creatures including a leafcutter ant colony, one of the largest on display in the UK. During half term the Education Team will be holding twice daily Meet the Mini-Beast handling sessions – a fantastic opportunity for all the family to find out about the creatures that live within the Butterfly Farm.
Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, until April 15
More than 80 modern and contemporary artworks by internationally renowned artists including Andy Warhol, Sarah Lucas, Grayson Perry, David Hockney, Francis Bacon, Steve McQueen, Derek Jarman, Sunil Gupta, Chila Kumari Burman and Gillian Wearing exploring themes of gender, sexuality and identity in art.
Made in the Middle, Rugby Art Gallery & Museum, Rugby, now to March 10
The exhibition runs Jan 20-March #madeitm30 #madeitm; http://madeinthemiddle.org
The Lights of Leamington, Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum, until April 15
During the ’50s an annual autumn festival known as The Lights of Leamington drew 300,000 visitors to the town. Thousands of coloured electric lights turned Jephson Gardens into a wonderland until the switch was turned off in 1961. This new exhibition curated by Birmingham-based artist Stuart Whipps illustrates the diverse ways light runs through the gallery collection. Lights used during the historic festival will be on display alongside light emitting objects linked to Leamington’s history, such as lights used in medical spa treatments, plus paintings and photographs depicting or utilising light. Free.
Clare Woods: Reality Dimmed, Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, now – Sat March 10
Mead Gallery’s Spring exhibition will see renowned Hereford based painter, Clare Woods, exhibit a solo show of never seen before paintings in Reality Dimmed. Her work is held in many international collections and this major exhibition will see her exhibit her raw and powerful painting, which are frequently vast in scale.
Mead Gallery, free
Live Lambing every day @Cotswold Farm Park, from Sat Feb 10
Live lambing takes place every day in the state-of-the-art animal barn right up until Easter. Established in 1971 and the home of rare breed conservation, Cotswold Farm Park offers a fun day out for visitors of all ages.
Birds Behaving Badly Week, Birdland, Bourton-on-the-Water, Saturday, Feb 10 – Sun Feb 18
From blood-sucking songbirds and puking penguins to stinking storks and spitting swallows, keepers at this Cotswolds wildlife attraction will reveal revolting facts about some of the world’s baddest birds. Expect toxic talks and terrible trails highlighting the horrible aspects of natural history and visitors will also be able to meet some real feathered fiends during special meet the creatures sessions.
Birdland Park and Gardens, Rissington Rd, Bourton-on-the-Water, Glos, GL54 2BN. Open Daily From 10am. Tel: 01451 820480, birdland
See Pogo Junior, the latest addition at Twycross Zoo, Atherstone
This super cute doe-eyed young female antelope, born in January, is the first ever baby of the Kirk’s Dik-Dik (Madoqua kirkii) to be born at Twycross Zoo, and is the first zoo baby of 2018. She joins 2,780 other individual animals (counted during the zoo’s annual stocktake earlier this month, not including the ant colony!) already living at zoo on the Warks/Leics border.
Visitors can now see Junior under the watchful eye of her family. Twycross Zoo is open to the public from 10- 5pm daily. twycrosszoo Tel: 0844 474 1777.
Amadeus, the National Theatre, London, until Tue April 24
Following a critically lauded sell-out run in 2016, Michael Longhurst’s production of Peter Shaffer’s play returns with the brilliant Lucian Msamati – who played Iago in the RSC’s 2015 production of Othello – as composer Antonio Salieri, who strikes a deal with God and is overtaken by a jealous vendetta against his musical rival, Mozart.
Another Kind of Life – Photography on the Margins, The Barbican, London, Feb 27 – May 28
Touching on themes of countercultures, subcultures and minorities of all kinds, the show features the work of 20 photographers from the 1950s to the present day. Featuring communities of sexual experimenters, romantic rebels, outlaws, survivalists, the economically dispossessed and those who openly flout social convention, the works present the outsider as an agent of change. From street photography to portraiture, vernacular albums to documentary reportage, the show includes the includes the Casa Susanna Collection, Paz Errazuriz, Pieter Hugo, Mary Ellen Mark and Dayanita Singh.
Orchid Festival, Kew Gardens, London, now – March 11
Things are going totally tropical this month at London’s gorgeous Kew Gardens. Their annual orchid festival takes in Insta-friendly displays of the vibrant Thai blooms, Thai street food and musical performances, workshops on how to grow these notoriously tricky flowers and Thai afternoon tea at The Botanical restaurant. King prawn, lemongrass and coriander tartlet followed by Thai sticky coconut cream rice with mango salsa? Yes please. kew.org
Snowdrop Time, Batsford Arboretum & Garden Centre, until Wed Feb 28
It’s snowdrop time! Choose a dry day (there must be one coming soon, surely?) and wander through drifts of snowdrops, aconites, crocuses and hellebores in the arboretum. Batsford are predicting this as the time to see the snowdrops, but advise calling first on 01386 701441 in case the weather has put the snowdrops in a grump and they’re late flowering.
Pots With Attitude, British Museum, WC1, now to March 11
In the Georgian age, satirical art really did include images on the inside of chamber pots. Pioneering transfer techniques allowed caricatures to be reproduced on jugs, bowls and other ceramics, piss pots included, taking contemporary art of the day to a popular audience in alehouses and inns. One reviewer described as “like Grayson Perry on snuff”.
Modigliani, Tate Modern, now – April 2 2018
Close your eyes and just imagine sweeping up this driveway in a vintage limousine as you gaze across the lake, with the magnificent house in the background…Fancy getting married in this stunning Grade 1-listed Georgian mansion and 120-acre park, landscaped by non-other than Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown? Meet Compton Verney’s wedding event team, along with some of the country’s finest dress designers, photographers and caterers. Visitors will be greeted with a complimentary glass of fizz on arrival, from you can view the fabulous art galleries and grand Adam Hall,
Free to attend, simply click on the link at http://www.comptonverney.org.uk/thing-to-do/wedding-fayre-2018/ and complete the form to reserve your tickets.
Twelfth Night, RST, Stratford, now – Feb 24 2018
These hands-on 3 hour sessions cover interview skills, how to write a killer CV & Personal Profile, Linkedin and how to become known professionally, 10am – 1pm.
If you would like to book a place on a Teen Direct workshop, discuss how career coaching could support your son or daughter, or a young person you care for, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel 07901 517012.
Knot, The Goose Nest, Warwick Arts Centre, Mon Feb 19 & Tue Feb 20
A chance encounter between two acrobats: a frustrated lover and a jilted dreamer. This is the story of two hearts making sense of imperfection. The award-winning Knot is the invisible string that connects two people. Nikki & JD reveal the raw underbelly of their friendship with an effortless balance between spectacle and intimacy.
Box Office: 024 7652 4524, warwickartscentre
Tango Siempre: Tangomotion, Butterworth Hall, Warwick Arts Centre, Wed Feb 21
Britain’s sizzling hot top tango company take you on a breathtaking journey into the heart of Argentinian music and dance. From virtuoso displays of traditional tango dance in stunning costumes accompanied by the exquisite sounds of 1930s and 40s Buenos Aires, the company is set to dazzle Butterworth Hall. The company previously received acclaim for creating the musical score for Olivier-nominated Midnight Tango, featuring BBC Strictly Come Dancing’s Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace, which they performed on tour and in the West End. The company’s dancers have also appeared on Strictly Come Dancing, The One Show and 1996 film, Evita.
The Doodle Dance Show, Warwick Arts Centre, Fri Feb 23 – Sun Feb 25
Let Me Be Frank Tour, Royal Spa Centre, Leamington Spa, Feb 22
Frank Bruno MBE, will be talking about about his recent book and boxing career, from starting out to becoming one of Britain’s most loved sports personality, hosted by comedian and entertainer Jed Stone. Since hanging up his gloves, he’s performed in numerous panto, on screens in personal interviews and after dinner speaking. A huge supporter of many charities including mental health. His well-documented illness put Frank in the public eye and he used this media attention to help with the stigma attached to mental health and to help raise the standards of care who have mental health issues. For signed copies of Franks new book. Let me be Frank –frankbruno
Award-winning musical comedian Jay Foreman breaks the traditional family show with his Fringe Fest sell-out Disgusting Songs for Revolting Children on Sat 17 Feb – a devilishly cheeky hour filled to the brim with comedy, poetry and song. Should you wish to encounter an epic adventure while remaining in the heart of England, then M6 Theatre’s A Tiger’s Tale (Fri 23 – Sun 25 Feb) sounds like a high-spirited balancing act of circus, puppetry and live music. And Hiccup Theatre masterfully re-invigorates The Gingerbread Man (Tue 20-Thu 22 Feb). Finally, don’t forget the centre’s free Stamp It! sessions. Drop in to the Box Office and collect a Stamp It! booklet which, once filled, will give you access discounted tickets.
Feb Half-term, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford, Fri Feb 16 – Feb 25
How about some Elizabethan half-term fun? Kids can earn the trade of Shakespeare’s Father, John at Shakespeare’s Birthplace with the help of in-house experts stretching and working leather; discover A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Shakespeare’s New Place and bring the characters to life in a real shadow puppet theatre; while over at Hall’s Croft join the Live’n History team for a lesson on Jacobean medicine, 12-4pm, shakespeare