What’s on where around Leamington, Warwick and Kenilworth: listings, February 26 edition

Here’s your guide to what’s on where around Leamington, Warwick and Kenilworth in the coming weeks. Please email news@leamingtoncourier.co.uk with details of your events. We need the information at least a week before the publication date. Thank you.


Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum: New exhibition Through the Shop Window provides a glimpse at shopping in Royal Leamington Spa from the 1880s to the 1980s, including personal stories, photographs and objects from the collection. The exhibition runs until Sunday, April 17.

Deasil Gallery, Oxford Street, Leamington, until Thursday March 10: An exhibition by Leamington photographers Kim and Paul Ingvar taking the elements of Air, Fire, Water and Earth to create a series of unique portraits. Visit www.deasil.co.uk for more information.

Talisman Theatre, Kenilworth, Monday February 29 to Saturday March 5: Dario Fo’s comedy Accidental Death Of An Anarchist. While the play was written in the 1970’s during a time of economic and social crisis throughout Western Europe, it remains relevant, and the play is always performed with the contemporary references re-written. The play is suitable only for audiences aged 15 and above. Performances begin at 7.30pm. Tickets are between £8 and £9. Call 856548 or visit talismantheatre.co.uk to book.

Priory Theatre, Kenilworth, Tuesday March 1 to Saturday March 5: Roald Dahl’s fantasy adventure for children, James and the Giant Peach. For tickets visit www.priorytheatre.co.uk or call 0333 666 3366.


Pump Room, Leamington, 7.30pm: The Signum String Quartet will perform Haydn’s Quartet in Eb Op 20 No 1 and Berg’s Quartet Op 3 in the first half, followed by Brahms’ Quartet in A minor Op 51 No 2. Call 334418 or visit www.royalspacentreandtownhall.co.

uk for tickets or more information.

Oak House (formerly Liberal Club), Upper Holly Walk, Leamington: The Jay Kays.

Eathorpe Village Hall, 5.30pm to 11pm: Eathorpe Beer Festival. Free entry, with 15 beers, two ciders, one perry, soft drinks. Families welcome. Call 632575 for more information.

Unitarian Chapel, High Street, Warwick, 8pm: Songs For The Way Home. Trio concert with Helen Chadwick, Liz Terry and Sophie Greatorex. This comic and moving female trio show is an adaptation of Dalston Songs, which was commissioned by the Royal Opera House. The performance is inspired by interviews with Helen’s neighbours in East London about “home” - telling stories in song around ideas of roots, displacement, and belonging. It includes harmony songs, body percussion and witty choreography. Helen Chadwick Song Theatre perform a wide range of song theatre performances composed by Chadwick, including for the Royal Opera House, Amnesty International’s and Peace Brigades International’s birthday celebrations, as well as international festivals in Europe and Latin America. Helen has also composed songs for the National Theatre, the BBC, and the Royal Shakespeare Company. She runs singing workshops world wide. Tickets: £10. Email bruce@naturalvoice.net or call 778454 to book or for more information.

Leamington Art Gallery and Museum, 1pm: In a Friday Focus talk, doctoral researcher at University of Birmingham Jamie Edwards will give a talk on his investigation into 16th-century Netherlandish art with a particular focus on the art of Pieter Bruegel the Elder. The talk is free and there is no need to book. Visit www.warwickdc.gov.uk/royalpumprooms or call 742700 for details of Friday Focus talks.


Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, Fosse Way, Leamington, 11.30am to 4pm: The annual joint championship show for the Coventry and Leicester Cat Club and the Hertfordshire and Middlesex Cat Club will be held at the venue. Organisers expect over 700 exhibitors and visitors to come along and enjoy the day along with over 500 pedigree and non-pedigree cats within the competition across the 800 classes. Visitors will also be able to purchase supplies and treats for their furry friends from the many suppliers present. Admission costs £3 for adults and £2 for over-60s and children. Visit www.warwickshireexhibitioncentre.co.uk for more information.

Eathorpe Village Hall, 1pm to 11pm: Eathorpe Beer Festival. Free entry, with 15 beers, two ciders, one perry, soft drinks. Families welcome. Call 632575 for more information.

Spa Centre, Leamington, 7.30pm: Warwickshire Symphony Orchestra will be performing an evening of opera. The evening will feature a range of operatic delights from Wagner, Verdi, Puccini, Smetana, Saint-Saens, Woff-Ferrari, Leoncavalio and Rimsky-Korsakov. Featuring soprano Nadine Benjamin, tenor John Hudson and guest conductor Tony Ayres. Tickets: £12 or £5 concessions. Call 334418 or visit www.royalspacentreandtownhall.co.uk for tickets or more information.

Kingsley School, Beauchamp Avenue, Leamington, 7.30pm: Divertimento, Sheila Koch conductor. Birds & Bees – an entertainment with words and music. Tickets £10/£3. Call 778646. children from www.divertimento.org.uk, Presto Classical and 778646.

Spa Centre, Leamington, 7.45pm: Comedian Shazia Mirza performs her show exploration of life, love and Jihadi brides. Tickets: £14 or £12 concessions. Call 334418 or visit www.royalspacentreandtownhall.co.uk for tickets or more information.

Southam Sports & Social Club, 9pm: Live band The Missing Lynx. Free entry

Warwickshire County Record Office, Cape Road, Warwick, 2pm to 4pm: Life in the Madhouse: Warwick County Lunatic Asylum. The history of the Hatton Asylum provides an insight into how the Victorians treated mentally ill people . The Hatton Records include admission notes, case books and photographs.


Galanos House, Banbury Road, Southam, 2.30pm: Rummage sale.

Oak House (formerly Liberal Club), Upper Holly Walk, Leamington: Justin’s Open Mic.


Spa Centre, Leamington, 7.30pm: Young brass quintet Quintabile play a wide-ranging programme, from a lively dance written 400 years ago to a new work from Lucy Pankhurst. Tickets £10, with students able to buy on the doors for £1. Visit www.royalspacentreandtownhall.co.uk or call 01926 334418 to book.

Spa Centre, Leamington: Leamington Decorative and Fine Arts Society hosts a lecture entitled Murders, Magicians, Madmen, and Monarchs –Shakespeare through Artists by the distinguished lecturer, art historian and artist Vivien Heffernan. One hour lecture at 10.55am, repeated at 1.55pm. To attend or for more information email chairman@rlsdefas.org.uk Visitors welcome.


County Record Office, Warwic, 1pm to 1.30pm: Show and Tell free talk: Rings and Things. See examples of jewellery in Warwickshire Museum’s Archaeological collection and some of the work created as part of the Treasure Project, including 3D prints of some of the finds. Free drop-in, no need to book.

Friends’ Meeting House, High Street, Warwick, 7.30pm: Warwick Natural History Society meets. Barry Oxley will be presenting ‘Sri Lankan Serendipity – the Birds and Wildlife of this popular tourist destination’. Visitors welcome. See www.wnhs.info for more details.

Spa Centre, Leamington, 7.30pm:

Writer, broadcaster and entertainer Pam Ayres returns to the Spa Centre. Tickets cost £22.50. Call 334418 to book or for more information.

Kineton Sports and Social Club: The Locust Honey String Band are playing at the club as part of their UK and Ireland tour. The band hail from North Carolina and are led by Chloe Edmonstone and Meredith Watson. They are renowned for their playing of the authentic sound of Appalachian Mountain music. Playing a mix of bluegrass, pre-war blues and original material using fiddle, banjos and guitar, and accompanied with vintage vocal harmonies, the band create a sound that is hard driving, high energy ‘old time’ music. Further details from Alan Hill 01926 641024 or www.kinetonssc.org.uk


Copper Rooms, Warwick University: Peter Hook & The Light perform New Order’s third and fourth albums, Low Life and Brotherhood. Hooky and The Light will be supporting themselves at the concerts performing a selection of Joy Division material. The concerts will include the singles and B-sides from New Order’s most prolific period, from August 1983 up to 1987, taking the audience from Confusion to True Faith, with both Low Life and Brotherhood performed in full alongside all the other tracks including Thieves Like Us, Bizarre Love Triangle, The Perfect Kiss and many more. Tickets cost £22.50 in advance. Call 08444 77 1000 to book.


Wattlewood Room, St John’s Museum, Warwick, 10.30am to 3.30pm: Learn how to make altered books (‘book sculptures’) with a vintage theme with artist Bronia Sawyer. Ideal for weddings, presents or to create a piece of art to take home. Learn how to make paper flowers and other paper techniques. All materials and light refreshments provided. Please bring your own lunch. Cost: £35. Book iby phone or online at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/heritageboxoffice

Warwickshire County Record Office, 3.15pm: Friends of the County Record Ofiice AGM. Dr Barrie Meatyard, Chair of Trustees of The Guy’s Cliffe Walled Garden Trust, will talk about the work it has been doing in researching and restoring this special historic garden. Tickets £3 payable at the door. Light refreshments will be served. AGM starts at 2pm.

Dale Street Methodist Church, Dale Street, Leamington, 7.15pm: Warwickshire Choristers and County Boys, Garry Jones director, Singing for Mum. Tickets £7/£2 under 16s from www.oxboffice.com and Presto Classical on 317025.

St Mary’s church, Warwick: Choirs of St Mary’s Collegiate Church, Thomas Corns director, sing Handel Coronation Anthems. Tickets £13 (£11), accompanied under 16s free from St Mary’s Gift Shop on 403940 and on the door.