What’s on where around Leamington, Kenilworth and Warwick: listings, June 5 edition

Lucy Beaumont is coming to the Spa Centre
Lucy Beaumont is coming to the Spa Centre

Here’s your guide to what’s on where around Leamington, Warwick and Kenilworth in the coming week. Please email news@leamingtoncourier.co.uk with details of your event at least a week before the edition in which you’d like it to appear is published.


Lighthorne Village Hall, 7.30pm: Lighthorne Festival of One-act Plays. As in previous years, groups will be competing for a £500 cash prize plus the right to donate an equal sum to a charity of their choice. Tonight’s performers are Parlour Hen Theatre Company, Kenilworth, Armistice Theatre, Kenilworth and Priory Theatre, Kenilworth. Tickets can be bought by emailing lighthornefestival@gmail.com, via the festival website on lighthornefestival.org.uk or by calling 01926 651239. Tickets are £12 each including hot food.

Spa Centre, Leamington, 8pm: Lucy Beaumont, Foster’s Best Newcomer nominee 2014, winner of The BBC New Comedy award, star of BBC 3’s Live at the Electric and Chortle Best Newcomer will be presenting her hugely anticipated debut show. Spend an hour in Lucy’s universe on the North-East coast with her unique blend of surreal, offbeat humour and big belly laughs. Tickets: £12. Visit www.royalspacentreandtownhall or call 01926 334418 for tickets and details.

Seasons Restaurant, Warwick Street, Leamington, 10am: Service of Holy Communion. Stay on and chat over a cup of tea.

Pump Room, Leamington, 1pm: Friday Focus talk. Join Janine Fox, an Oxford Brookes University Anthropology student, exploring museum ethnography and world culture collections in Midland’s museums.

This talk will be giving an overview of a collaborative project that is looking at ways in which museums are making, and could be making, ethnography and world culture collections accessible. Free admission.

Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick, 7.30pm: Engel’s England. England, says Matthew Engel, is the most complicated place in the world. And, as he travels through each of the historic English counties, he discovers that’s just the start of it. Every county is fascinating, the product of a millennium or more of history: still a unique slice of a nation that has not quite lost its ancient diversity. He finds the well-dressers of Derbyshire and the pyromaniacs of Sussex; the Hindus and huntsmen of Leicestershire; the goddess-worshippers of Somerset. He tracks down the real Lancashire, hedonistic Essex, and the most mysterious house in Middlesex. In Durham he goes straight from choral evensong to the dog track. As he seeks out the essence of each county - from Yorkshire’s broad acres to the microdot of Rutland - Engel always finds the unexpected. Engel’s England is a totally original look at a confused country. It is always quirky, sometimes poignant and often extremely funny. Tickets cost £12. Call 01926 334418.

Hilltop Farm, Fosseway, Hunningham: Hilltop Farm will be holding its second annual Beer and Cider Festival which will feature a wide range of local beers, ciders and perries - and for those that aren’t into beers and ciders, there will also be a selection of wine and cocktails. There will be live music throughout the weekend from a number of local bands including The Peas, Doc Emmett Brown & the Hill Valley Band, Wired and The Pips. We also have Andy Saunders on the decks and solo acoustic sets across the weekend. Delicious local food will be available all weekend, along with lots of fun activities for all the family. The festival starts on Friday evening and camping is available on both Friday and Saturday night. Find out more using #HilltopBeerFest. Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/hilltopshop and the Facebook Event page is at:https://www.facebook.com/events/813470315406418/


St Nicholas Church, Church Lane, Radford Semele, 7.30pm: The Majesty of Baroque, featuring Warwickshire Singers with Anita Shergill and Niall Doherty. A selection of choral classics from Bach to Purcell. Tickets £8 and children free. Call (01926) 614359.

Long Itchington Community Centre, part of Long Itchington Primary School, 10am to 12noon: Charity coffee and cake morning to raise money for Mid-Warwickshire Cats Protection. Craft stalls with handmade greeting cards, Forever Living products, jewellery and scarves, teacup candles and canvas shopping bags.

Southam Sports and Social Club, 8pm:

Karaoke and disco. Free entry.

Pump Room Gardens, Leamington, 10am to 3pm: Plant Heritage Plant Fair. There will be 18 plant nurseries and specialist stalls. Free entry.

The Old Vicarage, Southam Road, Offchurch, 2-4pm: Ufton Village Church Fete. A traditional English fete with an

‘Alice in Wonderland’ theme and children’s ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ fancy dress competition. Grand raffle, tombolas, plants, home-made cakes/produce,gifts, quality clothing and bric a brac,skittles, ice cream and cream teas. Admission £1, children under 16 free.

Spa Centre, Leamington, 12noon: The Just Dance Company present ‘Dance Like No One’s Watching’, their biannual show from their pupils to showcase their talents and hard work. Tickets cost £10. Call 01926 334418.

Hilltop Farm, Fosseway, Hunningham: Hilltop Farm will be holding its second annual Beer and Cider Festival. See entry on Friday June 5 for details.


St Johns House Museum, Warwick, 7pm: Love’s Labour’s Lost - a Heartbreak Production. Set in the Roaring 20s at a prestigious Oxford college, Heartbreak Productions’ musical adaptation promises to be a fun frolic through the life and loves of three young men. Initially forgoing food, sleep and their hectic social life to enhance their pursuit of knowledge, all good intentions dissolve and distractions arise with the arrival of three delightful young ladies. As worthy principles crumble and relationships develop, who will come on top in this light-hearted battle of the sexes?

Laugh along with the jokes and japes; and enter into their world of tortured love set against the frenetic and frivolous backdrop of Oxonian decadence.

Free tickets available from Market Hall and St Johns House Museum, Warwick or over the telephone by calling 01926 412132. Alternatively buy online at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/heartbreak.

The Gauntlet, Caesar Road, Kenilworth, 7.30 to 10pm: Dene River Jazzmen. Free admission, good food, good jazz, friendly atmosphere, good parking.


New Hall, Whitnash Sports & Social Club, Heathcote Road, Whitnash, 7.45pm: The Whitnash Society meets with a talk and presentation by Paul Wilkinson of the Canal & River Trust titled “Our Reptiles and Amphibians of the UK.” The Whitnash Society meet at 7.45 p.m. at the on the second Monday of the month. Visitors are most welcome for whom there is a small charge of £2 per meeting. For further details please contact Dave Stocks on 01926 336393 or Elizabeth Trafford on 01926 330038.

Hilltop Farm, Fosseway, Hunningham: Hilltop Farm will be holding its second annual Beer and Cider Festival. See entry on Friday June 5 for details.


Radford Road Church, Leamington, 7.30pm: An evening of musical entertainment with John Romero on the accordion. £8 on the door. Call 01926 427493 for details.

Senior Citizens’ Club, Abbey End, Kenilworth, 7.30pm: Kenilworth Family History Society meets. Gillian White will present a talk on Robert Dudley, Queen Elizabeth and the Kenilworth Entertainment of 1575. Non-members welcome. Call 511969.


Warwickshire Museum Collections Centre, Montague Rd, Warwick, 2pm to 3.30pm: Tour of Geology collections

An opportunity to see fossil, mineral and rock collections ‘behind the scenes’ with Curator of Natural Sciences Jon Radley. Cost: £5, call 01926 738959.

St Francis of Assisi Church Hall, Warwick Road, Kenilworth, 10am to 4pm: Hansons Auctioneers and Valuers a welcome their coin and militaria expert Don Collins who will be joining Charles Hanson and his team of Valuers to their Kenilworth Free Valuation day. Mr Collins is an expert in all things coin and medal related and is seeking entries for his next specialist auction on 24th August. He will be looking for early hammered coinage, gold coins, coin sets and possibly even a 1933 one penny which can be worth in excess of £25,000. Medals are also sought and being the 200th anniversary of Waterloo he hopes to find some Waterloo medals (one sold in his last sale for £1,600). From Victorian campaign medals to the First World War and of course the Second World War seventy years on, all medals and relating to these historic events are keenly sought. The event will also cover general valuations of all manner of jewellery, watches, silver, toys, books, antiques and collectables. Come along and find out if you are sitting on a fortune. The valuation day is free with donations to the NSPCC. Please contact Hansons for further details on 01283 733988.


Holy Trinity Church, Beauchamp Avenue, 1.15pm to 1.45pm: Chris Farr plays the harpsichord. Free admission.

Stratford ArtsHouse, Rother Street, Stratford, 8pm: Orchestra of the Swan with guitarist Craig Ogden, violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen and conductor David Curtis, perfoming the world premiere of William Lovelady’s concerto for guitar and violin, plus Vivaldi’s Concerto for Guitar, Albeniz’s Suite Espanola, Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas Brasilieras No.9. Tickets £23.50. Call (01789) 207100.

Pump Room, Leamington, 1pm: Friday Focus talk. Artist Mary Riley will be talking about the techniques of still life drawing, in response to music and displaying some photographs of her students’ work. Free admission.