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 June 19, Compton Verney Art Gallery: Shakespeare in Art exhibition. Call 645500 or visit www.comptonverney.org.uk for more.
Until June 19, Park Farm, Compton Verney: The Also Festival, with talks, activities, music and food. Tickets cost from £75. Visit www.also-festival.com for more.
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.
Saturday June 18 and Sunday June 19, Pump Room Gardens: Leamington Peace Festival, which aims to promote awareness of world and local issues and fair trade practices and encourages local crafts, artists, traders, organisations and entertainers to share their skills and talk about their causes. Visit peacefestival.org.uk for more.
Saturday June 18 to Sunday July 3, St Gregory’s church, Offchurch: Visit Offchurch and see woolly creepy crawlies, fluffy flowers, terrific trees and hairy horses in a display of ‘yarn-bombing’. Open every day, 10am to 4pm. Teas 11am to 4pm weekends, 2pm to 4pm weekdays. In support of Acorns Children’s Hospice and St Gregory’s Toilet Fund.
Saturday June to Sunday July 3: Over 250 Coventry and Warwickshire artists will be opening their doors and inviting you in to enjoy the county’s friendliest free visual arts event. Visit www.warwickshireopenstudios.org for details.
FRIDAY JUNE 17
Oak House (formerly Liberal Club), Upper Holly Walk, Leamington: Fusion (band).
The Folly Inn, Folly Lane, Napton, 8.30pm: Relaxed acoustic music from the Canal Boat Crew, who have been touring the area by boat. Call 815185 for more.
SATURDAY JUNE 18
Warwick Books, Market Place, Warwick, 2pm to 3pm: Create your own comic character and get the chance to have it published. This event, in collaboration with Phoenix Comics (David Fickling Comics), inspires young people to become published comic creators. For ages eight to 12. Admission free but booking required. Call 499939 for more.
St John’s Museum, Warwick, 11am to 12.30pm: Make your own salves using infused herbal oils. Discover the treasures hiding in your garden and the surrounding countryside. This workshop run by Little Bird Soaps will help you safely identify plants that can be used to make salves for your skincare. Visitor will look at the whole process, from foraging the plants to learning how to prepare them, make infused oils and then create salves. It is simple but powerful herb kitchen medicine and a real joy to learn. Cost: £18. Book in advance by calling 01926 412132 or online at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/heritageboxoffice
St James Church, Southam, 10am to 12.30pm: Summer fete, with books, bottle tombola, bric-a-brac, cakes, crafts, jigsaws, plants, raffle, refreshments and toys. Free admission.
St Mary’s church, Warwick, 7.30pm: Brass and Voice in Harmony with the Cubbington Silver Band and Collegium Choir. Tickets £13 (accompanied under-16s free of charge) at the door or from members.
Hill Close Gardens, 6pm to 9.30pm: Midsummer Jazz in the Gardens’, a jazz performance by the Roy Forbes Quintet. Picnic in the gardens from 6pm and live jazz from 7.30pm. Tickets: Adults £13, concessions £10.50 (over 60s and children up to 17)
Old Leamingtonians, Bericote Lane, Blackdown, Leamington, 1.30pm to 4.30pm: Charity Summer Fayre for Friendship Project, featuring steel band, magician/Punch & Judy, Playbox circus skills, Aubrey Allen BBQ, giant bouncy castle, inflatable slide, games, face painting, cake, plant and book stalls, tombola, raffle and more. Free parking and free entrance.
Oak House (formerly Liberal Club), Upper Holly Walk, Leamington: Kontikis.
Cubbington Sports & Social Club: Music from local covers band Frozen Toad.
All Saints’ church, Leamington, 7.30pm: Warwick Lions will be hosting the Caerphilly Male Voice Choir for an evening of entertainment Their repertoire includes not only traditional Welsh choral music but also operatic pieces and show-stopping songs from popular musicals. The evening will raise funds for Northleigh House School based in Hatton. Tickets are £15 per person and available from the Tourist information Centre in Jury Street, Warwick; Presto Classical, 7 Park Street, Leamington Spa; online at www.warwicklions.co.uk or by calling 01749 813899.
Chedham’s Yard, Church Walk, Wellesbourne, 10am to 2pm: See blacksmiths working at the forge . Hear about blacksmithing customs and the mysteries of hot metal working. Join a guided tour or simply enjoy tea and cake in the Visitor Centre. Last entry 1pm. No need to book. Visit www.chedhamsyard.org.uk for more information.
SUNDAY JUNE 19
Oak House (formerly Liberal Club), Upper Holly Walk, Leamington: Vinyl session.
Zephyr Lounge, Leamington, 7.30pm: CW Stoneking, who draws influences from old calypso, early rock ’n’ roll, ’60s girl groups, late-’50s R’n’B and gospel, among many others, plays at the venue. Stoneking likes to cloak his personal insights in larger-than-life stories. Tickets: £16.50. Visit www.seetickets.com to book.
Leamington Town Hall, 3pm: The Beauchamp Sinfonietta invites you to join them for an extravaganza of irresistible melodies for a summer’s afternoon by the ever-popular Strauss family of Vienna and their contemporaries, including Radetzky March, Blue Danube Waltzes, Thunder and Lightning Polka amongst many others. On this occasion, Claire Johnson steps out from her usual place in the first violins to join the orchestra as soprano soloist in some of the best-loved songs of the Viennese period, including The Laughing Song from Die Fledermaus and Vilia from The Merry Widow. Tickets £15 (£12 concessions, £3 children and students) - including summer strawberry refreshments served during the interval - can be bought on the door or in advance by calling 024 7661 2688 or emailing email@example.com
St Nicholas church, Warwick, 3pm: Musical Mayhem, a concert by Victoria Wilson with Raphaella Philcox, George Southcott and Iain Jackson. Admission free. Refreshments available.
MONDAY JUNE 20
Warwickshire County Record Office, Warwick, 10.30am to 12 noon: Behind the Scenes at the Archives. Learn how to use the record office, tour the strongrooms, view original records and discover how staff care for Warwickshire’s records. Cost: £5, call 738959 to book.
TUESDAY JUNE 21
Methodist Church Hall, Barrack Street, Warwick: Warwick Horticultural Society meets for An Introduction to Organic Gardening, a talk by Pauline Pears explaining the practical approach to gardening without pesticides. Pauline worked at Garden Organic, the UK charity for organic growing. She has written and edited many books on the subject and also appeared in the TV series All Muck and Magic.
Compton Verney Art Gallery, 2.30pm: The Rocco Singers present 18th Century Pop: Handel, Mozart, Haydn. Celebrate ‘Capability’ Browns tercentenary with the acclaimed Rocco Singers as present a selection of popular music of his day, in the newly restored chapel. Tickets: adults £25, concessions £23.50, Booking required. Call 645500.
WEDNESDAY JUNE 22
Zephyr Lounge, Leamington: The Augustines, who are currently on Radio 2’s playlist with the song When Things Fall Apart. Tickets cost £14.85. Visit www.seetickets.com to book.
THURSDAY JUNE 23
Warwick Courts and Judges House,
Northgate Street, Warwick, 3pm, 4.15pm and 5.30pm: Tour of the Judges House and the historic Warwick Courts. Explore the Victorian courtroom, cells and prison. Venue is not suitable for pushchairs or people with mobility issues. Not suitable for children under eight. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: £5, tickets must be booked in advance on 01926 738959.
The Punch Bowl, The Butts, Warwick: The Bearcats Blues Band.
The Globe, Theatre Street, Warwick, 8pm: Upstairs at The Globe: ‘Play On!’ Shakespeare-inspired folk music evening hosted by Jan Lucas and Ewan Cameron.
FRIDAY JUNE 24
Harbury Village Hall, 7.30pm: First day of the ACT One-Act Play Festival, with performances from Caramba Theatre Company and Harbury Theatre Group. Call 01789 868225 or visit warwickshireact.yolasite.com for more.
Oak House (formerly Liberal Club), Upper Holly Walk, Leamington: The Royals
St Mary’s church, Warwick, 7pm: Sonnet Slam for teenagers. Call 403940 for more information.