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A Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea, Sun March 11

Afternoon Tea at Ettington Park Hotel near Stratford

Treat your mum or be treated yourself to a fabulous afternoon tea. Seeking inspiration? Let us help out with a few ideas in Warwickshire and further afield.

Free Mother’s Day entry for Mums  & Grandmas, Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall, Stratford-upon-Avon, Sun March 11

Have a lesson on one of the graffiti desks in the atmospheric room at King Edward VI School where it all began for Shakespeare as a schoolboy.

Lady Bird, in cinemas now

Finger’s crossed for Greta Gerwig’s mum-and-daughter coming-of-age story in The 90th Oscar’s on Sunday March 4. Essential offbeat  Mother’s Day viewing!

The Duchess of Malfi, The Swan, Stratford-upon-Avon, Thurs March 1 – Aug 3

The company in rehearsal baring those biceps. Photo by Helen Maybanks

After her inventive and critically-acclaimed production of Doctor Faustus in 2016, Maria Aberg returns to the RSC to direct a modern dress version of The Duchess of Malfi in her own distinct style. Topically it’s all about gender politics and toxic masculinity! Stunning Cambridge graduate 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 the critically-acclaimed 2011 film, Weekend. Read Muddy’s Q & A with Joan here.

Tel: 01789 403493, rsc

Women of the World Festival, Southbank Centre, London, Wed March 7 – Sun March 11 

The Southbank’s 8th WOW Women of the World festival is, as you’d expect, thought-provoking, eclectic and celebratory in turns. Loads of events to choose from including a panel on equality in the creative industries, a portrait project supporting those against genital mutilation, Joan (drag king comedy last seen locally at Cornerstone Arts) and Yap Yap Yap, a hilariously irreverent and teary recreation of women’s speeches throughout history.

Banff Mountain Film Festival, Royal Spa Centre, Leamington Spa, Tue March 6 & April 28

This UK tour features two different collections of high adrenaline new adventure films, starring the world’s top explorers on mind-blowing journeys in wild and remote parts of the globe. Highlights include The Frozen Road – Yorkshireman Ben Page’s solo bike-packing journey in the Canadian Arctic and Into Twin Galaxies – A Greenland Epic – where top adventurers Ben Stookesberry, Sarah McNair-Landry and Erik Boomer’s go on an extreme mission in Greenland. Using kite skis, the trio tow their white-water kayaks 1,000km over the Greenland Ice Cap to reach the northernmost river ever paddled. Prepared to be blown away!


The RSC’s Hamlet on tour, London’s Hackney Empire, Tue March 6-March 31 

Photo by Manuel-Harlan, RSC

The RSC has been on a UK tour since Jan with its raved about West African production of Hamlet, originally seen in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2016, starring the excellent Paapa Essiedu, described as “one of the most captivating Hamlets of the decade” by The Telegraph. It will then be heading over to the US capital, Washington. If you haven’t seen it


Cocktails at the Museum! Market Hall Museum, Fri March 9

Sip cocktails and take part in some fun museum activities while helping raise funds to run a summer holiday club for Warwick children in need Enjoy a relaxed, informal evening with Sneddons Mixology, 7pm – 9pm. Tickets cost £10 and include a Time Traveller cocktail. Availability limited, booking advised on 01926 412500.

Nina – A Story about me and Nina Simone, Birmingham Repertory Theatre from Tue March 6 – Sat March 10

The story of a legendary singer-songwriter and activist comes to life in this critically-acclaimed show, a searing mix of storytelling and Nina’s songs starring the Olivier award-nominated, Josette Bushell-Mingo, and accompanied by a live band. The show draws together tales from the life of Nina Simone and Josette’s own extraordinary career. Having played to packed out audiences at London’s Young Vic and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival the show now comes to Birmingham as part of a UK tour, 7.45pm.

The STUDIO, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EP. Tickets from £15, Box Office: 0121 236 4455, Birmingham

Free Mother’s Day entry for mums and grandmas, the grounds of Compton Verney, Sun March 11

Although Compton Verney’s art galleries are not open until later this month, you can enjoy walks in the stunning Capability Brown grounds.


Quartet, Birmingham Repertory Theatre from Tue March 6–Sat March 10 

Former 1980s hearthrob and Just Good Friends/EastEnders star Paul Nicholas, Wendi Peters, Sue Holderness and Jeff Rawle star in a new stage version of the bitter-sweet comedy and 2013 film with Maggie Smith – the tale of four ageing opera singers forced to face their mortality.

Box Office: 0121 236 4455,

Thriller Live, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry Tues March 6 – Sat March 10

Fresh from a record-breaking 10-year run in London’s West End, the two-hour smash-hit Michael Jackson musical Thriller Live moonwalks into the main stage.

Book here.

Mothering Sunday Paper Flowers and Poetry, Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Stratford & Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Shottery, Stratford, Sun March 11

Take inspiration from the stunning gardens at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage children can make their mum a special handmade paper flower creation in the family activity tent, and at Shakespeare’s Birthplace where they can also write a sonnet for mum, 12-4pm.

Reopening of Mary Arden Farm, Wilmcote, nr Stratford, Sat March 10

Taking the kids for a walk at Mary Ardens Farm, Wilmcote.

The award-winning Tudor farm and childhood home of Shakespeare’s mother re-opens this weekend. Located in the picturesque Warwickshire village of Wilmcote, new additions include a new outdoor play area, craft den, woodland trail and Tudor crop field. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of an organic working Tudor farm, meet the gorgeous new arrivals on this Rare Breed accredited farm including the incredibly cute Mangalitza piglets, fluffy goat kids and Cotswold, Portland and Norfolk Horn lambs bounce their way through the 23 acre farm. The café has received a Gold standard Food for Life Award from the Soil Association.

Book online to save 10% plan your visit here, shakespeare

Mother’s Day Arts & Crafts, The Globe, Warwick & Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum, Sat March 10

Take children to The Globe in Warwick on Saturday to make their Mother’s Day cards. Paper, colours and glitter are all supplied and the event is open to anybody. Alternatively kids can be creative at an Art Cart Family Fun Mother’s Day Special at Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum from 1pm – 3.30pm making their own flowers and pom poms. Free, drop in.

After Hours: A walk in the dark at Shakespeare’s New Place, Sat March 10

Explore the stunning art installations in the gardens of Shakespeare’s New Place in Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust’s special after dark tour. Let expert guides take you on a journey of discovery through the gardens where Shakespeare’s family home once stood.  See the glorious gardens lit up and view the sparkling new works by award-winning artists and a dynamic exhibition showcasing Shakespeare the writer, family man and businessman as never seen before. Other after-hours events include Life on a Tudor Farm on May 12 at The Shakespeare Centre & Photography Skills at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage on June 9.


The Wailers, O2 Institute, Birmingham, Sat March 10

Bob Marley’s original Jamaican band’ll be performing their iconic Legend album in its entirety, so don’t miss out.

Tickets can be booked here.

The Overtones, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, Sat March 10

This five-piece doo-wop boyband of painters and decorators have now sold well over a million records, and they show no sign of slowing with 4 consecutive Top 10 UK albums behind them, their most recent release is the Happy Days EP, featuring the themes to TV series Happy Days, The Littlest Hobo (Maybe Tomorrow), Cheers, and The Golden Girls (Thank You For Being A Friend), plus the title track from Disney’s Beauty And The Beast, a capella. Treat your mum to a ticket, or yourself!

Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL,  warwickartscentre, Box Office: 024 7652 4524

Wilderness, The New Art Gallery, Walsall until May 6


A group of artists whose works engage with the natural world and our innate need for solitude, peace and open space. View the truly wild places on our planet through paintings, drawings, photographs and film. Filmmaker Ester Johnson’s Hinterland (2002) will be shown on Thurs March 15, 6.30 – 8pm followed by a panel discussion.


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 


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.

The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park, Wed March 7 – Sun March 11 

What to do if you’re art mad but can’t afford to splurge? The Affordable Art Fair is back this month to tempt you with work from over 100 galleries, including former Muddy Award winning best gallery Carina Haslam (go check out the Great Missenden-based gallery at E5 and Craig Mooney’s work, featured above). Tickets £10-15, and children are freeeeee.

Legoland Opens, Windsor, Fri March 9

OMG. Protect your credit card, it’s gonna get a hammering. 2018 marks 60 years of the brick and to celebrate there are a horde of new attractions including ‘Mini Land’ replicating world-famous landmarks and LEGO® Reef where you can build your very own digital fish. Watch out for the gift shop at the end – it’s a killer.

Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography, National Portrait Gallery, London, Thurs March 1 until May 20

A major new exhibition brings together, for the first time, the works of four of the most celebrated figures in art photography, Lewis Carroll (1832–98), Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–79), Oscar Rejlander (1813–75) and Clementina Hawarden (1822-65). These four artists would come to embody the very best in photography of the Victorian era and have influenced photographers ever since. Featuring striking portraits of sitters such as Charles Darwin, Alice Liddell, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Thomas Carlyle, George Frederick Watts, Ellen Terry and Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

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. cotswoldfarmpark

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 28 – May 27

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.

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