Here’s your guide to what’s on where around Leamington, Warwick and Kenilworth in the coming weeks. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with details of your events. We need the information at least a week before the publication date. Thank you.
Until Sunday July 10, Leamington Art Gallery and Museum: Simon Lewty’s exhibition The SIGNificance of Writing. Lewty’s work combines evocative images with text generated from his imagination and dreams. Visit www.warwickdc.gov.uk/royalpumprooms for more information.
Until Thursday July 14, Leamington Art Gallery & Museum: Mid Warwickshire Mencap 50 Year Anniversary exhibition. Mid Warwickshire Mencap are celebrating their 50 year anniversary since its founding as a charity in 1966. To mark this milestone, Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum are displaying an exhibition of how Mid Warwickshire Mencap has developed, from young mothers coming together to support their children with learning difficulties, to becoming an award winning local charity with significant achievement over the 50 years. Alongside the exhibition, The Way Ahead group, part of Mid Warwickshire Mencap, and learning and engagement officer Penelope Thomas will be running art workshops to create new work to be displayed in the Hammam. They will be using photographs they have taken around Leamington, and painting and collaging techniques, to create a mixed media sculpture. On Friday June 24, Derek Harvey, chief executive of Mid Warwickshire Mencap, will be giving a Friday Focus presentation about the history of the organisation and the work that they do. This is a free talk, no need to book.
Until Saturday July 16, Priory Theatre, Kenilworth: Agatha Christie’s The Hollow . Visit www.priorytheatre.co.uk or call 0333 666 3366 to book.
Friday July 8, 7.30pm and Saturday July 9, 3pm and 7.30pm, Jephson Gardens, Leamington: Dr Jephson’s Players will present a dramatized version of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Free admission.
Saturday July 9 and Sunday July 10, Paddocks Farm, Birdingbury, 10am to 5pm: Birdingbury Country Show. Displays of Vintage Vehicles including steam engines, classic cars and military vehicles. Ring events, children’s activities, trade/craft/charity stalls. Supporting Acorns Children’s Hospice plus other good causes. See www.birdingburycountryshow.com. Admission: Adults £6, OAPs £4, Children (aged 5 and over) £3, under fives free.
Saturday July 9 and Sunday July 10, Hill Close Gardens, Warwick, 11am to 5pm: Find out how the unique gardens were nearly lost forever and discover the history of the owners and tenants. Extra gardens will be opened up for use by the public for the weekend. Meanwhile, the piggery will be brought back to life with live animals. Refreshments are available. Call 493339 for more information.
Saturday July 9 to Sunday October 2, Compton Verney art gallery: Compton Verney is staging two new exhibitions celebrating an optimistic time of Britain’s future and laughter by the BBC. Britain in the Fifties: Design and Aspiration reflects on how design shaped people’s lives, while BBC Faces of Comedy – opening on Tuesday July 19 presents the seminal comedy faces of Joyce Grenfell, Tommy Handley, Frankie Howerd, Tony Hancock, Morecambe and Wise, and The Goons, plus stars from sitcoms. For more information and tickets, visit www.comptonverney.org.uk.
Monday July 11 to Saturday July 16, Talisman Theatre, Kenilworth, 7.30pm: Kander, Ebb and Holmes’s musical whodunnit Curtains. Tickets cost between £8.50 and £9.50. Call 856548 or visit talismantheatre.co.uk to book.
Wednesday July 13 to Saturday July 23, Loft Theatre, Leamington, 7.30pm (except Sunday): Stephen Sondheim’s classic dark musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Call 0844 493 4938 to book.
FRIDAY JULY 8
Oak House (formerly Liberal Club), Upper Holly Walk, Leamington: Muve On.
SATURDAY JULY 9
All Saints’ church, Leamington Hastings, 7.30pm: Music At Leamington Hastings. Busch Piano Trio play Haydn Trio in Eb minor XV:31 Jacob’s Dream, Shostakovich Trio in E minor Op 67 No 2 and Schubert Trio in Eb Op 100. For Ticket details see www.musicatleamingtonhastings.co.uk or call 07966 584328.
Napton Village Hall grounds, 2pm to 6pm: The Napton Festival takes place with tribute acts Take That Live and Total Stone Roses headlining. See www.naptonfestival.co.uk for more.
Royal Naval Association Club, Adelaide Road, Leamington, 8pm to 11pm: Dancing to Ron Allen Duo.
Spa Centre, Leamington: In The Moment presents Jazz On A Summer’s Day, an event combining the best of jazz on film with live music. Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the day. Call 334418 or visit tinyurl.com/hbpaozq for more.
Chedham’s Yard, Church Walk, Wellesbourne, 10am to 2pm: Visit the Yard (winner of the BBC’s 2006 Restoration Village programme) for guided tours of restored wheelwright’s and blacksmith’s workshops. This will also be Flower Festival day, with displays arranged by local people who will be on hand to give you tips and advice on creating your own displays. There is indoor and outdoor seating, and light refreshments, cards and booklets are on sale. Free admission. Last entry 1pm. No need to book. Visit www.chedhamsyard.org.uk for more information.
Warwick Books, Market Place, Warwick, 6pm: A free walking our of Warwick with Chris Pickford, who updated the Warwickshire Pevsner guide, giving a chance to learn more about the buildings of Warwick. Booking advisable. Call499939 or email email@example.com
St Mary Immaculate Church Hall, 45 West Street, Warwick, 7.30pm: Warwick Books presents Meet the Author - Chris Pickford, who has updated the Warwickshire Pevsner. Free admission. Call 499939 for details.
Leamington Art Gallery & Museum, 2pm to 4pm: Warwick District U3A knitting group The Woolpack will be giving knitting workshops. Throughout the sessions, the public will be invited to create knitted graffiti artwork for two of the Royal Pump Rooms columns. The columns will be ‘yarn bombed’ and camouflaged to celebrate Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum’s upcoming exhibition Concealment and Deception: The Art of the Camoufleurs of Leamington Spa in World War 2. Call 742700 for details.
All Saints’ church, Leamington Hastings, 7.30pm: Busch Piano Trio. Haydn Trio in Eb minor XV:31 Jacob’s Dream, Shostakovich Trio in E minor Op 67 No 2 and Schubert Trio in Eb Op 100. See www.musicatleamingtonhastings.co.uk or call 07966 584328 to book.
SUNDAY JULY 10
Leamington Art Gallery & Museum, 2pm to 4pm: Craft club, organised by sustainability group Action 21. Admission is free and no ticket is required. Helpers are on hand and sewing machines are available. Call 339077 for more.
The Dell, Warwick Place, Leamington, 1pm to 7pm: Music festival featuring Copperhead Road, Tan.Trum, Trinity School, the Empire, Grassroutes, Chasing Deer and the Recruits. Plus acoustic soloists and a poet or two. Catering by Coffee Architects, the Star & Garter, the Fat Pug and Ice Dreams Experience. Entrance free. Everybody welcome. Call 07773 787297 for more.
Oak House (formerly Liberal Club), Upper Holly Walk, Leamington: Jon and Leslie.
Guy’s Cliffe, Warwick, 2.30pm and 6pm: The Slaughterhouse Players present The Warwick Play in trademark tongue-in-cheek style. Guy of Warwick is a legendary English hero who travels far and wide to fight with dragons, giants, a Dun Cow and more so that he can become a knight and marry his love, the fair lady Phyllis, heiress of Rohand, Earl of Warwick. The story will be told at Guy’s Cliffe where it is said that Guy retired, residing in a cave that bears his name to this day. Members of the audience are being encouraged to arrive early to the performance so that they may have a look around Guy’s Cliffe, and make a purchase from the bar. Tickets cost £10 and include the tour. The play contains adult humour. Visit The Old Post Office, 7 Square or email firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets.
MONDAY JULY 11
New Hall, Whitnash Sports & Social Club, Heathcote Road, Whitnash: Whitnash Society AGM. The meeting will be followed by a brief talk by Cllr. Judy Falp on her mayoral year, quiz, raffle and membership renewal. All welcome. Call 330038 for more.
WEDNESDAY JULY 13
Senior Citizens’ Club, Abbey End, Kenilworth, 7.30pm: Kenilworth History Society welcomes Dr Colin Chapman who will talk about The Ecclesiastical Courts – Sin, Sex and Probate. Followed by summer refreshments. Non-members welcome. Contact 511969.
Sydni Centre, Cottage Square, Sydenham, 4pm: Elation Dance Group from the USA perform. Entrance is free.
THURSDAY JULY 14
Leamington Art Gallery and Museum, 6pm: The Imperial War Museums and Leamington Art Gallery & Museum are working together to screen the film The Battle of the Somme. Shot and screened in August 1916, it was the first feature length documentary about war and changed the way cinema was perceived by the public. In the year of its release around 20 million people, almost half the population of Britain at the time, watched The Battle of the Somme. Admission is free but places are limited. Call 742700 to book.
Punch Bowl, The Butts, Warwick: The Concrete Boots Band.
FRIDAY JULY 15
Oak House (formerly Liberal Club), Upper Holly Walk, Leamington:Jay Kays
Holy Trinity Church, Beauchamp Avenue, Leamington, 1.15pm to 1.45pm: Rebecca Schneider, soprano with Gabrielle Toy, piano. Programme includes French and English songs celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Free admission
SATURDAY JULY 16
Southam Rugby Club, 3.30pm: Party on the Pitch, to raise money for Simon Adams’ MNDA charity fund and Myton Hospice, featuring six local bands and artists from Southam and the surrounding area. Headlining will be a ten-piece ska band with a full guest appearance by original Specials guitarist Roddy Radiation. See www.partyonthepitch.org.uk for more details.
Chedham’s Yard, Church Walk, Wellesbourne, 10am to 2pm: See ‘time capsule’ workshops where five generations of the Chedham family worked for over 150 years. Find out about the life and work of this heritage blacksmith’s and wheelwright’s yard by joining a guided tour. This is also ‘Poems and Paints’ day when children can have creative fun while parents enjoy the serenity of the yard. Refreshments and a selection of booklets and cards are available in the Visitor Centre. Free admission. Last entry 1pm. No need to book. Visit www.chedhamsyard.org.uk for more information.
Oak House (formerly Liberal Club), Upper Holly Walk, Leamington: Quiz Night