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WHAT’S ON – FEB 2018

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.

 Chocolate workshop at Henley Chocolates, Feb 22

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:


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

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.

Half-Term@Warwick’s Museums

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

Keep your eye’s peeled for a rare White Letter Hairstreak butterfly ‘Satyrium w-album’ spotted on Stratford-upon-Avon Recreation Ground last year

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.

birminghammuseums, free

Made in the Middle, Rugby Art Gallery & Museum, Rugby, now to March 10


 An exhibition celebrating the best contemporary craft and applied art from the Midlands including jeweller Dauvit Alexander Aimee Bollu, who creates beautiful minimal ceramic vessels,  John Grayson the creator of whimsical, humorous and decorative metal objects like the ones above and Karina Thompson, who pushes the boundaries of digital embroidery. Free.

The exhibition runs Jan 20-March #madeitm30 #madeitm;

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

Clare Woods, Creeping Eruptions, 200 cm x 150 cm, Oil on Aluminium, 2017

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.

National Theatre, SE1,

Another Kind of Life – Photography on the Margins, The Barbican, London, Feb 27 – May 28

Paz Errázuriz:_From-the-series-La-Manzana-de-Adán-Adam’s-Apple-1983. Copyright: Paz Paz Errázuriz, courtesy of the artist

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.

Book here


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.

Snowdrop Time, Batsford Arboretum & Garden Centre, until Wed Feb 28

snowdrop flowers field

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

Bonaparte Dethron’d April 1st 1814. Creamware jug, Cambrian Pottery, Swansea, Wales, transfer-printed in black and painted in enamels, 1814. On loan from a private collection.

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

The Tate Modern’s comprehensive retrospective of Modigliani’s work is quite a treat. During his brief, turbulent life Modigliani developed a unique and instantly recognisable style. His nudes that are a highlight of the exhibition – with 12 nudes on display, this is the largest group ever reunited in the UK. First shown in 1917, police closed down his only ever solo exhibition on the grounds of indecency. Also expect sculptures, and portraits of his friends, lovers and supporters, including Pablo Picasso and his partner Jeanne Hébuterne.


Aisle Be There! The Compton Verney Wedding Fayre, Compton Verney, Sun Feb 25

Wedding-in-Compton-Verney -c-Frank-Wood-Photography

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 and complete the form to reserve your tickets.

Twelfth Night, RST, Stratford, now – Feb 24 2018

Photo by Manuel-Harlan-_c_ RSC

The RSC’s winter production Twelfth Night sees Ade Edmondson, of The Young Ones and Bottom fame, as Olivia – Kara Tointon’s dour steward Malvolio in Shakespeare’s bittersweet comedy. Directed by Christopher Luscombe, who recreated Warwickshire’s Charlecote Park on stage for the RSC’s fabulous Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing, it’s set in Victorian Britain. Also starring Birmingham’s Dinita Gohil as Viola and Michael Cochrane as Sir Andrew Aguecheek.

Teen Direct’s BrandMe Workshop for 15 – 18-year-old,  The Hall, Rugby Road, Wolston, nr Coventry, Tues Feb 20 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: 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 DancingThe One Show and 1996 film, Evita.

warwickartscentre, 8pm

The Doodle Dance Show, Warwick Arts Centre, Fri Feb 23 – Sun Feb 25

This playful, interactive show by Anatomical sounds absolutely brilliant especially if your kids love drawing! Grab some pens, kick off your shoes and let your family’s imagination run wild as you all dance, draw and create a world of crazy birds, dancing pirates and strange underworld creatures on a huge piece of paper!

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


Half-term fun at Warwick Arts Centre, Warwick University, Coventry, Sat Feb 17 – Sun Feb 25

A Tigers Tale. Pic Credit : Lewis Wileman

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  

Shadow puppets at Shakespeare’s New Place – © Mette Poynton of Cotswold Consierge

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 

Check out the latest social media updates too here:  Twitter @ShakespeareBT; ;       

Imagining the Divine – Art and the Rise of World Religions, Ashmolean, Oxford, now to 18 Feb 2018

Could have had a catchier title truth be told! But anyhoo, this major exhibition is the first to look at the art of the five world religions as they spread across continents in the first millennium AD. Blimey! Brand new research from a major project between The Ashmolean Museum, the British Museum and Oxford Uni, with amazing objects created when the iconography of each of the major religions was still being developed…

An Introduction to Virtual Reality Arts, Warwick Arts Centre, Tue Jan 30 –  Sun Feb 4

Audiences  are invited to step into a range of boundary-pushing virtual reality experiences during Limina Immersive’s  week-long festival  which includes screenings of Metro-Boulot-Dodo’s Empire Soldiers telling stories of the forgotten Caribbean Soldiers of World War 1, and two immersive experiences travelling through the surreal landscapes of artists Hieronymus Bosch and René Magritte, made by VR pioneers BDH immersive curated by Catherine Allen, a University of Warwick graduate – one of the UK’s leading technology influencers.

Performances take place every 30 minutes, with small groups of just 6 people, using VR headsets. All post-show talks are free, warwickartscentre

A Christmas Carol, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, until Feb 4 2018 


Bah humbug! The RSC’s new eagerly-awaited stage adaptation by David Edgar of Charles Dickens’ seasonal classic starring the excellent PoldarkSherlock and Quadrophenia actor Phil Davis as Scrooge. Directed by Rachel Kavanaugh, who brought The Wind in the Willows to the London Palladium earlier this year, starring Rufus Hound as Toad. Review here.

Book here.

Imagine Children’s Festival, Southbank Centre, Weds 7 Feb – Sun 18 Feb

12 days of jam-packed half-term fun in this brilliant annual festival by kids for kids. Aimed at 0-12 year olds, there’s a mind-boggling array of activities and events, including a whole clutch of free possibilities in The Clore Ballroom, Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes, dance-theatre Tidy Up, Fun DMC, Bedtime stories, plus debut authors comedian Harry Hill and Radio One’s Greg James.

Penguins, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham, Thurs Feb 1 – Sat Feb 10

A new heart-warming show for children telling the true story of two male Chinstrap penguins who decide to try and hatch a rock in place of an egg and they find themselves on an adventure that could mean raising a chick for real. A captivating mix of dance, music, and storytelling about friendship, fun, identity and the ever-changing meaning of family directed by award-winning children’s director Paul Bosco Mc Eneaney and choreographed by Carlos Pons Guerra. Penguins features 3 outstanding dancers – Corey Annand, Osian Meilir and Jack Webb.

Ends This Week! Imperium Part I: Conspirator & Imperium Part II: Dictator, The Swan, Stratford-upon-Avon, now – Feb 10 2018

Imperium Part I: Conspirator production photos, 2017. L-R – Jade Croot as Tullia and Siobhan Redmond playing Terentia, Photo: Ikin Yum, (c) RSC

RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran directs Richard McCabe in the title role of Robert Harris’ best-selling Cicero trilogy along with Siobhan Redmond. It follows playwright Mike Poulton’s highly successful RSC adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies. A critically-acclaimed two-part, seven hour epic


Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella, Birmingham Hippodrome Tue Feb 6 – Sat Feb 10

Matthew Bourne’s productions are always stunning and this is no exception. He transposes the story of Cinderella to London during the Blitz, rebooting it as a wartime romance between our heroine and an RAF pilot. The reviews have been of the rave variety, with Lez Brotherston’s sumptuous costumes and sets winning Olivier Award.


Laura Marling, St Giles-in-the Fields Church, London, Sat Feb 17

Semper Femina is one of 2017’s Best Folk Albums.  All proceeds from Laura’s #BRITsWeek show at St. Giles In The Church,  go to War Child UK. Head to for more info.

Chasing Deer Live at Slate Art Gallery, Leamington Spa, Thur Feb 8


Up-and-coming Warwickshire band Chasing Deer who are now living, performing and writing music full-time in London – are back performing in Leamington. Limited tickets available: £8 in advance £10 on the door. The band will start at 7:30pm and play two sets.
Book here.
Dane Baptiste: G.O.D (Gold, Oil, Drugs), Royal Spa Centre, Leamington Spa, Fri Feb 9

Fresh from hosting Live at the Apollo and another total sell out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, Dane Baptiste brings his third smash hit show on national tour. Original, provocative and exceptionally crafted, G.O.D. (Gold. Oil. Drugs) explores our worldwide pursuit of wealth, power and pleasure. As seen on 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4), Mock the Week (BBC Two), Chris Ramseyfs Stand Up Central (Comedy Central) Tonight at the London Palladium (ITV1) and Live from the BBC (BBC Two).

Book here.

An Audience with Wildlife Presenter and Author Nick Baker, Royal Spa Centre, Leamington, Feb 10

Share a part autobiographical, part hard hitting call to action talk. Expect a journey that spans the last 44 years and zings all over the planet from familiar UK habitats to stories from more exotic shores. Nick touches on subjects as broad as how keeping caterpillars in a jam jar lead to working with Britain’s rarest butterfly, how playing with grass-snakes helped Nick tackle a cobra, the similarities between Badgers and Black Rhino. There’s also the opportunity to meet Nick afterwards at a book signing. Proceeds go to Warwickshire Wildlife Trust.


Lesley Ann French Ceramic Workshop, Rugby Art Gallery, Sat Feb 17

‘Made in the Middle’ ceramic artist Aimee Bollu, who graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a first class honours degree in Decorative Arts.

Create your very own ‘Made In The Middle’ ceramic masterpiece. Make vessels in clay and bring them to life with imaginative and inventive surface decoration with guidance from local ceramic artist Lesley-Ann French. Experiment with a variety of hand-building techniques including press-moulding, slab-work and extruded cylinders. £45 (incl materials)10am – 4pm

Book now or Tel the Visitor Centre: 01788 533217

Special Valentine  Screening Romeo & Juliet, Royal Spa Centre, Leamington Spa, Wed Feb 14

From the director of Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby, Baz Luhrmann’s still fresh, modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy is showing on the big screen. £9.50, including a glass of Prosecco or a soft drink.

First of 4 Indoor Antiques Fairs, British Motor Museum, Gaydon, Warks, Sat Feb 10 & Sun Feb 11

After the success of last years 3 ‘Field Dog’ Antiques Fairs which saw the BBC Bargain Hunt film 4 episodes for the popular TV programme, the British Motor Museum has announced their return in 2018 on 4 weekends – Feb 10 & 11,  then April 7 & 8 (with the BBC filming for Bargain Hunt on April 7), and the 7 & 8 July and a special festive antiques and gift fair on Nov 24 & 25.

britishmotormuseumfielddogfairs or email Tel: 07772 349431

Valentine’s Dinner, RSC’s Rooftop Restaurant, Stratford, Wed Feb 14 – Sat Feb 17 

If music be the food of love, play on…See Shakespeare’s romantic tragi-comedy Twelfth Night’s and treat someone special to a pre-show Valentine’s dinner finishing off with a chocolate truffle mousse in the shape of love-heart! The RSC’s Rooftop Restaurant has super-duper views across the river Avon. Check out the menu and book here.

Bryony Kimmings’ A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Feb 14- Sat Feb 17

Bryony Kimmings’ innovative musical is back and fully reimagined for a brand new tour. Drawing on real-life stories and experiences – including those of her producer, Judith Dimant, and her co-star, Lara Veitch – this unique collaboration with Complicité and the National Theatre challenges the conventional dichotomy of fight or fail, tragedy or inspirational recovery, with a moving exploration of newfound friendships, pain and death, mundane treatment cycles, hairlessness, scars – plus a whole load of fantastic songs! Get ready for a whole new way to think about illness. Award-winning director, writer and dramaturg Kirsty Housley  returns to Coventry where she studied Theatre and Performance at the University of Warwick

Age recommendation 14+. belgrade

Celebrate Valentine’s Week at Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust, Stratford-upon-Avon, Feb 7 – 14


Feeling romantic? Why not take a stroll through Hall’s Croft’s magical walled garden and add your Valentine’s message to the tree of love in the parlour. At Shakespeare’s Birthplace, visitors can delight in live performances from in house acting troupe Shakespeare Aloud! Join Shakespeare Aloud! As they perform Romeo and Juliet, the most romantic of Shakespeare’s plays. Walk to picture-box perfect Anne Hathaway’s Cottage following in Shakespeare’s footsteps as he went wooing his bride-to-be   and post your Valentine’s message in the Love Post Box. The most romantic messages will be posted on twitter and displayed in the cottages visitor centre.

Choke by Chris O’Connell, Shop Front Theatre, Coventry, Tues Feb 6 – Sat Feb 17

Pic credit: Andrew Moore

Check out the future City of Culture’s  underground arts scene at the latest in Theatre Absolute’s innovative Are We Where We Are? two-year theatre project which has so far seen 6 new commissions, each exploring where we are now both personally and politically. Choke tells the story of lifelong friends Rob and Stu, each staring into the gap between who they thought they were, and who they are now. Choke is written and directed by Chris O’Connell, co-founder, writer and artistic director of Theatre Absolute with debut performances by Graeme Rose and Matthew Wait. A post-show discussion: Altruism in the Age of Neoliberalism chaired by David McKeegan takes place on Thurs Feb 8.

Matinee and evening performances. Tickets are £8 (full price) & £6 (concessions) via brownpapertickets

Noel Coward’s Brief Encounter, Birmingham Rep, Fri Feb 2 – Sat Feb 17

Directed by Emma Rice, former artistic director at Shakespeare’s Globe, London, this heart-pounding Kneehigh production returns to Birmingham after 10 years combining the romance of the cinema with all that live theatre can offer.

Box Office: 0121 236 4455 Online Booking:

Knights Banquet & Medieval Banquet at,  Coombe Abbey, Binley, Coventry, Fri Feb 16 & Sat Feb 17

It is the year 1265, and the country is blighted by civil war. Simon de Montfort has brought his army to Coombe Abbey ready to do battle tomorrow. Join the Knights for a last night of merriment and revelry before marching to war, £49 per person. Or enjoy a Medieval Banquet – a  4-course feast fit for a King and Queen, an arrival drink of mead, wine and ale with the meal, a full stage show and a post-banquet disco, £44.95 per person. Suitable for ages 16+.

Son of a Preacher Man, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Wed Feb 13 – Sat Feb 17

Directed and choreographed by Strictly’s Craig Revel Horwood, no less darling! Featuring a soundtrack packed with hits of the legendary Dusty Springfield, the show follows the story of three strangers inexplicably drawn to the site of a 1960s nightclub, once famed for its wild nights out and for the romantic advice dispensed by its owner, the Preacher Man himself.


Talton Mill Roast Beef Sharing Board Supper, Talton Mill,  Newbold On Stour,  nr Stratford, Fri Feb 16

Home reared beef roasting joint, carved and brought to your table on a sharing board and accompanied by fresh locally sourced vegetables, roasted potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and gravy.  Hot chocolate brownies and salted caramel sauce. Coffee and a sweet treat. All boards serve either 2, 4 or 6. Bring your own alcohol. £22.50 per head.

Online booking here

Speakers, by Nicolas Party, Modern Art Oxford, until Sat Feb 18 2018 

This exhibition at Modern Art Oxford has been running since late November but if you’re yet to catch it now’s your chance. The Swiss artist Nicolas Party (formerly a graffiti specialist)  has produced Speakers, a theatrical selection of five five foot female heads, complete with two hour looped soundscape that seems to speak to you as you brush past. The work is a response to the masculine architecture and institutions of Oxford, particularly the Emperors’ Heads outside the Sheldonian Theatre. Weird, and kind of wonderful.

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