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.
Vamos Theatre brings their poignant and funny show to the stage.
Inspired by the traditions of Shogatsu (Japanese New Year celebrations), Birmingham Hippodrome and A Thousand Cranes theatre company will take families on a high-flying adventure through the snowy mountains of Hokkaido, to the hustle and bustle of Tokyo in the delightful new children’s show featuring ‘origami’ puppets, animation and music. Suitable for ages 4-7 and takes place in the 200-seat Patrick Studio.
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.
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.
Winnie The Pooh: Exploring a classic, V&A museum, London, until Sun Feb 25
AA Milne’s enduring bear is the subject of this charming exhibition (the V&A’s first ever family show), which features letters, sketches, ceramic, photographs and fashion. There’s a free pop-up interactive performance each day at 11am, 1pm and 3pm includes role-play and story-telling. Children are encouraged to dress up as their favourite character or bring their favourite cuddly toy.
Chocolate workshop at Henley Chocolates, Thurs 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, Wed 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 & Elizabethan Gardens, Kenilworth Mon Feb 19 –Fri Feb 23
Kids can transform themselves into a Lord or Lady with tips on everything mediaeval from curtsies to combat at this scenic English Heritage landmark.
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, until Sun Feb 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, Thurs 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.
Younger children aged 5 and under can get creative in Arty Tots at Market Hall Museum, Tue Feb 20 (£2.50 per child) Look behind the scenes at the Warwickshire Museum store at Montague Road on Wed 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 Thurs 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.
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; 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
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 until April 15
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.
Barbara Hepworth: Finding Form, River & Rowing Museum, Henley, until June 3
I love Barbara Hepworth’s work – if you’re ever in St Ives, be sure to visit her gorgeous house/studio, with its striking sculptures dotted all around the pretty garden. So I’m very excited about this – and what a coup for Henley’s little museum. This retrospective covers the sculptor’s work from the 1930s to the 1960s, borrowing pieces from the Tate and National Portrait Gallery. A must-see. rrm.co.uk
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.
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
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.
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… ashmolean.org