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Hilltop Farm Pop-up Pizza Night with Haddie and Trilby, Hunningham, near Leamington Spa, Sat May 26

Why not head out to our Muddy Award-winning family run farm shop, restaurant and glamping site for their first Sat eve summer pop-up? Leamington’s fab ‘real bakery’ Haddie & Trilby will be cooking up delicious  hand stretched sourdough pizzas on a wood fired oven to order, sit back have a drink from the licenced bar and enjoy the glorious Warwickshire countryside views! Eat in or alfresco 6pm – 9pm.

Call Haddie & Trilby 01926 632978, haddieandtrilby or in person at the bakery & Hilltop Farm, hilltopfarmshop


In Conversation with artists Lubaina Himid and Claudette Johnson, Rugby Art Gallery, Fri May 25

Man in Paper Drawer, Man in Pencil Drawer, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, Copyright Lubaina Himid

2017 Turner Prize Winner Lubaina Himid and Claudette Johnson, whose both have artworks in the gallery’s excellent portraiture About Face exhibition, offer insights into their work and inspirations and members of the audience will be invited to ask questions and discover more about these two, very current prominent artists. Art Talks with Art Fund is a national programme of artist talks around contemporary art in museums across the UK.



A Heart At Sea, Helen Martin Studio, Warwick Arts Studio, Wed 23 May – Sat May 26

Be enthralled by this 50-minute epic musical folk tale told on a miniature scale for ages 7+. The haunting live music tells the story of a boy who bottles up his heart and throws it into the sea. Original song-writing, intricate puppets and a heart-warming tale of whales, tiny boats, sea captains and beards. An intimate gig that will resonate with all ages. Post Show Talk: Wed May 23.



Wars of the Roses Live & the UK’s first family Escape Room, Warwick Castle, Sat May 26 – Sun June 3

Picture by Shaun Fellows / Shine Pix An Epic Battle

May half-term sees the return of this jousting spectacle with a new challenge –and the launch of the UK’s first family Escape Room set in a medieval jail. Set in the underground prison, the challenge provides a thrilling live actor-led experience for visitors as they battle the clock to set a knight free in time to return to the arena and join the famous Lancaster versus York battles. Available in timed sessions, £5 per person when booked online in adv. plus admission fee.



BBC Radio 2 & Radio 3’s  The Biggest Weekend: Coventry, Sun May 27 & Mon May 28

War Memorial Park is the venue for two days of performances by Liam Gallagher, Stereophonics, Paloma Faith, Billy Ocean, Jamie Cullum, Snow Patrol, UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey and Coventry’s own 2-tone legends, The Selecter. On Monday the BBC Concert Orchestraa, Dinosaur, Eliza Carthy and the Wayward Band, GoGo Penguin, Milos, Angelique Kidjo and Nigel Kennedy will be entertaining the crowds. Sold out on Sun! Tickets for Mon available here



Warwick Food Festival, Sun May 27

This lively family-friendly festival returns for its fourth year celebrating the wonderfully diverse locally-produced food and drink from across Warwick District and beyond including more than 60 food, drink & local producers, live entertainment and cookery demo theatres.

Market Place, Warwick, Warwickshire, CV34 4SA, 10am – 6pm, localfoodfestivals


Open Air Cinema, Castle at Edgehill, Edge Hill, near Banbury, Bank Holiday Sunday, May 27

Salvage Cinema is back to host an open cinema night is back for the third time. Enjoy some Sunday chilling, popcorn, food cooked on the
wood fired ovens, or a late Sunday lunch before the showing at this scenic 4 star pub inside an historic hilltop tower famous for its views of the Battle of Edgehill.

Tickets are £12 each and can be bought in advance on 01295670255 or emailing


Romeo & Juliet, RST, Stratford, April 21 – Sept 21/ Live in Cinemas: Jul 18

Photo by Topher McGrillis © RSC

Check out the RSC’s youthful, gender-fluid revival with Coventry’s Bally Gill and Glaswegian actress Karen Fishwick as the doomed teen lovers. Erica Whyman examines Generation Z, grime culture and the destructiveness of knife crime in this present-day production.




Warwick  Festival – The Legend of Guy of Warwick, Sat May 26 – Mon May 28 

This is a new festival – which coincides with Warwick Food Festival on Sun May 27 – celebrates the legend of Guy of Warwick. It includes historic tours, banquets (see below), exhibitions, Guy of Warwick crafts, town stalls and a parade from Warwick Racecourse into the town on Mon May 28. You can also climb the iconic tower at St Mary’s and kids can make their own superhero mask at Market Hall Museum on Sat (10am-12noon, £1).



Medieval Banquet, The Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick, Sat May 26

Food, drink and entertainment from the Middle Ages to celebrate Warwick Festival’s The Legend of Guy of Warwick at 7pm in the Courtyard followed by dinner in the Great Medieval Hall until midnight. Tickets are no longer available for this event but on Sun May 27 the venue is also hosting a Medieval Courtyard Party, 12 – 4pm, with food, music, knights, falcons and er, ferret racing and tickets are £6.50 on the door.


The Victor Ludorum Tournament, Dallas Burston Polo Club, Southam, CV47 2DL, Sun May 27

Sip champagne from the Colonial Clubhouse front terrace while enjoying the action of The Stoneythorpe Final at this prestigious Polo tournament. It  runs over a fortnight and welcomes players from all over the world. The event is free to visit. Straight afterwards join  the VIPs at the Opening Season Party with a welcome drink, live entertainment, canapés and a DJ Disco. Tix: £17.50.




Brum’s Big Fat Pizza Festival, Level Digbeth, Birmingham, Sat May 26

Now in its third year a whole festival dedicated to Margherita’s, Meat Feast’s, Hot and Spicy and even Chocolate Nutella Marshmallow Pizza (think I’ll give that one a miss!). Twelve of the UK’s top pizzerias will be battling it out to find out whose crust is King or Queen, six street-food traders will be providing epic sides and outstanding puddings across the day and bars will be serving craft beer, Prosecco, cocktails and more. There’ll also be 80s kid’s film screenings, free face-painting and retro games. Local artists and top clubbing DJ’s will be spinning tunes day-to-night.

 68 Bradford Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B12 0QY, 12pm til 10pm, last food orders 8pm. Book here.

Macbeth, RST, Stratford, March 13 – September 18

Photo by Richard-Davenport-

This compelling contemporary version of Shakespeare’s darkest psychological thriller with the fantastic Christopher Eccleston, brilliant in BBC 1’s The A Word, and revered Irish actor Niamh Cusack as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Directed by Polly Findlay has the eerie feel of a modern horror film. Brilliant for students studying Macbeth on their GCSE or A level syllabus!

Book here.


Miniature Railway at Hillers Farm Shop near Alcester, Sat May 26 & Sun May 27

Pop into the farm shop, enjoy an afternoon tea at the cafe-restaurant and take the kids on the miniature railway (90p per head). There will be children’s activities running in half-term until Fri June 1 including birds of prey displays at 12noon and 2pm daily, pony rides (Tue, Wed & Thurs, 10.30am – 3pm) and seed planting.



BAFTA-winning TV choirmaster Gareth Malone, Warwick Arts Centre, Sun May 27 

Fresh from a run of critically-acclaimed shows, the BAFTA-winning TV choirmaster returns to Coventry’s Warwick Arts Centre joined by close harmony singers The Swingles (one of the leading choral groups in the world).



The Duchess of Malfi, The Swan, Stratford-upon-Avon, now until Aug 3

Pic credit: Helen Maybanks

After her inventive and critically-acclaimed production of Doctor Faustus in 2016, Maria Aberg returns to the RSC to direct a critically-acclaimed modern dress, blood-soaked version of The Duchess of Malfi in her own distinct style. Topically it’s all about gender politics and toxic masculinity.  Joan Iyiola stars as The Duchess, her twin brother Ferdinand is played by Alexander Cobb – Indian Summers (Channel 4) and Ripper Street (BBC) – and The Cardinal is Chris New, who was Glen in 2011 film, Weekend. Read Muddy’s Q & A with Joan here.

Tel: 01789 403493, rsc


Ginger Johnson: Glamorous Gran and Other Tall Stories, Symphony Hall Level 3 Foyer,  Birmingham, Sun May 27

Glamorous Gran and Other Tall Stories is a lively collection of original children’s stories inspired by the lives of LGBTQIA+ people and their experience of the world; ordinary people living extraordinary lives.  Written and performed by nightmare in nylons and drag superstar Ginger Johnson, they are gutsy, hilarious stories for switched-on kids, that just so happen to feature queer characters. Free. For ages 7+



The Fantastic Follies of Mrs RichSwan Theatre, Stratford, until June 14

Aretha Ayeh and Sophie Stanton as Lucinda and Mrs Rich. Photo by Helen Maybanks

A critical hit, this comedy of distinctly female wit has been described as like ‘a Restoration Ab-Fab’. Unlike Aphra Behn, a fellow female playwright from the late 1600’s, Mary Pix has been almost lost to history. But like Behn’s The Rover, an RSC hit early last year, Pix’s comedy of manners combines mind-bending plot twists and mischief.  Sophie’s also been in Ink (Almeida and West End), Made in Dagenham (West End), ITV’s The Halcyon, E4’s My Mad Fat Diary and the BBC’s New Tricks.

Book here


Echo and the Bunnymen, Symphony Hall, Sat May 26

Post-punk The Doors/The Velvets-inspired Liverpool band, still lead by the indominable Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant, released a new studio album  this year. They return to Symphony Hall as part of a national tour. Their new album revisits some of their greatest songs rearranged with co-producer Andy Wright with strings and things. Hit TV-series Stranger Things featured the song Nocturnal Me whilst t 13 Reasons Why has used The Killing Moon, famously featured in the 2001 cult film, Donnie Darko. They’ve had 20 top 20 hits and nine top 20 albums in the UK in their 40 year career.



The Motor Show, Ragley Hall, Alcester, Sun May 27 & Mon May 28

See 600 vintage and classic cars, American, kit & custom, motorcycles and commercial vehicles plus club stands, trade and auto-jumble stands. The judges will select the concourse winners with an award ceremony plus there is an interactive arena, vintage rides for children and live music.

Tix for adults: £10 & children (4-16 years) £5, ragley


Medieval Festival & Creepy Crawly Castle, Kenilworth Castle, Sun May 27 – Mon May 28

Over the Bank Holiday travel back in time to experience some hands-on medieval fun and visit the living history encampment. Transform yourself into a courtly Lord or Lady with tips on everything from curtsies to combat. Visit travelling knights to have a closer look at the armour and even try some on! Be put through your paces by Griffin Historical on a junior jousting tilt and challenge all the family in the mini melee. Play some medieval games; Raphael Historic Falconry will show off some of their birds of prey in the ‘mews’ and listen to the medieval music of Myal Pyper, 11am – 5pm.



An Exhibition by Eve Parnell, Hall’s Croft, Stratford-upon-Avon, May 4 – Nov 4

Escape the hustle and bustle of town and visit the lovely oasis of Hall’s Croft where you can enjoy a coffee and cake or a light lunch while admiring new exhibition, ‘Truth hath a quiet breast’ (Richard II Act I Sc III),  a series of drawings inspired by Hall’s Croft and Shakespeare.
Old Town, Stratford upon Avon, CV37 6BG, shakespeare

Ravilious & Co: The Pattern of Friendship. English Artist Designers 1922-1942, Compton Verney, Sat March 17 – June 10 

Eric Ravilious, The Westbury Horse, 1939. Towner A, Eastbourne

Ravilious & Co will tell a story that has never been told before. This exhibition of the prolific artist and designer Eric Ravilious (1903-1942) also coincides with the 75th anniversary of his death in Iceland during the Second World War; while Created in Conflict: British Soldier Art from the Crimean War to Today will explore creativity in conflict with a focus on artwork made by British Armed Forces personnel.



All Points East Festival, London, May 25 – June 3 

A brand new 10-day event in East London’s beautiful Victoria Park encompassing a three day music festival, community focused programme of midweek entertainment and three huge headline shows with a glittering array of artists including Bjork, Beck, LCD Soundsystem, The xx, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Patti Smith and her band, St Vincent, Courtney Barnett, The National and Catfish and the Bottlemen.



Xscape, Milton Keynes, Sat May 26 – Sun June 2

How cool is this? Muddy’s head ed Hero has already had a test of the new Rush VR (virtual reality) immersive experience and reports  it’s totally awesome! Nothing like fighting zombies building castles or wandering through a Mayan maze after a few coffees. If you’re heading up to Xscape, you can also check out Hollywood Bowl – it’s putting on activities between 4 and 6pm with pink pin games, treasure hunts and face painting. Boom – a day of half-term sorted.


Gifford’s Circus, Daylesford Organic Farm near Kingham, Glos, Thu May 24 – Mon June 4

two women red velvet hats and jackets

Photography by Gemma Hall

The annual outing of England’s most glamorous and wonderfully quirky circus has come round again. A spanking new big top has been rolled out with sumptuous red velvet and chandelier interiors. The theme this year is My Beautiful Circus to celebrate 250 years since the very first circus near Westminster Bridge in London started the magic in 1768

See full list of dates here.


BOOK NOW: Rugby and Coventry Bikeathon, Draycote Water, Kites Hardwick, Sat June 3

Book here.

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