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.
Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum: 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.
Until Saturday March 26, 7.30pm (except Sunday): The Loft Theatre in Leamington presents Christopher Hampton’s ‘bourgeois comedy’ The Philanthropist, an inversion of Moliere’s classic The Misanthrope. Visit www.loft-theatre.co.uk or call 0844 493 4938 to book.
Until June 19, Compton Verney Art Gallery: Commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Shakespeare in Art offers a chance for art and theatre lovers to discover Shakespeare’s works through a unique series of theatrical encounters including painting, photography, projection, sound and light. The exhibition has been designed by the Royal Shakespeare Company’s director of design, Stephen Brimson Lewis. The exhibition focuses on pivotal Shakespeare plays, including The Tempest, Hamlet, Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, all of which have motivated artists across the ages from George Romney, Henry Fuseli, John Singer Sargent and GF Watts to Karl Weschke, Kristin & Davy McGuire and Tom Hunter. Call 645500 or visit www.comptonverney.org.uk for more information.
Hill Close Gardens, Warwick, Saturday March 26 to Monday March 28, 11am to 4pm: In tribute to the Victorian heritage of the gardens, visitors can enjoy a special Victorian Easter. The cafe will be transformed into a Victorian tearoom with staff in Victorian costume, and themed displays in the cafe and around the summerhouses will bring to life the way Victorians celebrated Easter: Floriography (the language of flowers), the emergence of Easter eggs and Easter cards, and the tradition of Simnel cake. On Easter Sunday, children are invited to join in the annual Hill Close Easter Egg hunt and Easter bonnet parade at 3pm, which will be free to any child who attended a special Easter workshop on March 24 and brings their handmade bonnet/basket. Refreshments are served in our cafe overlooking the gardens, and there is a large greenhouse and plant sales area. Visitors will be able to enjoy not only the flowers in the herbaceous borders but also a new exhibition entitled The Language of Flowers. The Victorians used flowers to express specific emotions and this romantic language will be explained for those who would like to use it today. Call 493339 or visit www.hillclosegardens.com for more information.
Bagot’s Castle, Baginton: The 14th century ruined castle, set in 19.5 acres of countryside, holds an Easter egg hunt for children on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The castle has a picnic area, children’s activity packs, three Bagot goats and three Herdwick sheep. Walks around the site take visitors over the buried Medieval Saxon Settlement village, a footpath along the river Sowe and a path around the Fish Ponds. For further information visit www.bagotscastle.org.uk
Deasil Gallery, Oxford Street, Leamington, until March 31: An exhibition with three very different local artists is on display. Anneka Reay works in fine line drawings using biro and watercolour. Anneka’s artwork has been very popular in the past and she will be exhibiting work that is part of a new collection. Stuart Ellis is returning to Deasil Art Gallery with more abstract landscapes. Tony Dobson will be exhibiting his encaustic art, which is created by melting coloured beeswax. The beeswax is so versatile that viewers are invited to touch and interact with the art. Call 290404 or visit www.deasil.co.uk for more information.
Churches in Warwick will join together for a Walk of Witness for a service in Market Place including a dramatisation by Pete Pawson and Peter Burns speaking on “What did Jesus do for us?”.Three processions will start from Castle Hill Baptist church, St Mary Immaculate & St Paul’s, Friar Street and Northgate Methodist church, Barrack Street. Meet at one of these churches at 11.45am. Those uncomfortable walking are welcome to meet in Market Placet at 12 noon for the service at 12.15pm, where there will be a few chairs.
FRIDAY MARCH 25
Leamington Art Gallery and Museum, 11am to 4pm.
Visitors will be encouraged to find four golden eggs hidden around the galleries and then claim a chocolate prize. Children can also have their face painted as fluffy chicks or Easter bunnies. This event will run from 11am - 4pm and is a free, drop in event suitable for the whole family.
SATURDAY MARCH 26
Leamington Art Gallery and Museum, 11am to 4pm.
Visitors will be encouraged to find four golden eggs hidden around the galleries and then claim a chocolate prize. Children can also have their face painted as fluffy chicks or Easter bunniesThis event will run from 11am - 4pm and is a free, drop in event suitable for the whole family.
SUNDAY MARCH 27
Oak House (formerly Liberal Club), Upper Holly Walk, Leamington: Vinyl afternoon.
MONDAY MARCH 28
All Saints# church, Leamington, 11am: Paul Carr organ, director of music St Paul’s church, Birmingham. Refreshments before and after recital. Free admission, retiring collection.
King’s Head, Church Hill, Cubbington, 10.30am: Spring Flower Walk will be led by Cubbington Action Group to show anemones and/or bluebells that group members say will are threatened by the HS2 rail line. Two mile walks, strong shoes or wellington boots advised. Dogs on leads,. No charge. Assemble 1outside the pub. Call 425283 for more information.
TUESDAY MARCH 29
St Mary’s church, Warwick, 7pm: Handel’s Messiah, sung by The Carice Singers, director George Parris, Lottie Bowden soprano, Helen Charlston alto, Joel Williams tenor, Henry Hawkesworth bass with baroque ensemble. ickets £15, £10 concessions, £5 Friends. Call 334418 or visit www.warwickdc.gov.uk to book. In aid of Singing for Syria.
WEDNESDAY MARCH 30
St John’s Museum, Warwick, 11am to 3pm: Mysterious Tudor Medicine. Take your chances with the Tudor Apothecary and spend the day finding out about horrible herbs, reviving remedies and mystical medicines. Create a Tudor hat and make your own Tudor mask, used to hide smallpox. Discover plague cures through the ages and make your own plague boils to wear home and terrify your friends. Cost £2.50 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No need to book, just drop in.
FRIDAY APRIL 1
St John’s Museum, Warwick, 11am to 3pm: Buried Treasure. Discover the precious treasures in the museum’s collections and find out more about the people that buried them. Create your own decoupage treasure box or chest and go on a treasure hunt around the museum. Cost £2.50 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No need to book, just drop in.
Oak House (formerly Liberal Club), Upper Holly Walk, Leamington: Side by Side (band).
SATURDAY APRIL 2
King’s Head, Church Hill, Cubbington, 10.30am: Spring Flower Walk will be led by Cubbington Action Group to show anemones and/or bluebells that group members say will are threatened by the HS2 rail line. Two mile walks, strong shoes or wellington boots advised. Dogs on leads,. No charge. Assemble outside the pub. Call 425283 for more information.
Spa Centre, Leamington, 7.30pm: Rock ’n’ Roll Back the Years Show starring broadcasting veteran ‘Diddy’ David Hamilton, with live band The Fugitives and singers Ash Denver and the Tiffany Girls playing the hits of yesteryear. Tickets: £20. Call 334418 or visit www.royalspacentreandtownhall.co.uk to book.
Oak House (formerly Liberal Club), Upper Holly Walk, Leamington: Roy Dodd, self-professed psychic/medium. Tickets only - see bar staff.
SUNDAY APRIL 3
Oak House (formerly Liberal Club), Upper Holly Walk, Leamington: Justin’s Open Mic.
WEDNESDAY APRIL 6
St James’s church, Southam, 10.30am to 3pm: Holloway’s Auctioneers of Banbury are conducting an antiques valuation day. The public are invited to bring along their treasures for valuation by our experts, at a charge of £2 per item, which will be donated to the church funds.
Wilton House, Senior Citizens Club off Abbey End car park Kenilworth, 7.30pm: The Kenilworth Horticultural Society guest speaker is Timothy Walker on the topic of Oxford Botanical Gardens. There will also be a Spring Show with exhibits from local members. Admission £1 members, £4 for visitors includes tea and cake. All welcome.
Community Centre, Deansway, Warwick, 7.30pm: Woodloes Townswomen Guild is holding its AGM. It will also be holding a bring and buy sale and a ‘knit and natter’ table. All welcome, refreshments available”
Spa Centre, Leamington, 7.30pm: The Mid-Warwickshire Association of the National Trust presents Bring us some Women: the story of the Australian penal settlement of Botany Bay. Speaker: Dianne Mannering. Visitors always welcome. Admission £3 for non-members.
Leamington Art Gallery and Museum, 6pm: Orientalism, a movement popular in Europe reaching back to Napoleon’s Egyptian campaign in 1798, is the focus of Dr Sophie Bostock’s Art Fund talk. She will describe her role in Qatar, working in one of the world’s fastest-acquiring art museums. As curator of drawings, she is charged with the care and development of drawings and prints related to oriental subjects from Dürer to Hockney. She will show some of the exquisite works held by the museum and talk about her role which includes the mammoth task of cataloguing the extensive collection. The lecture is open to the public. Tickets cost £15. Call 01564 773825 to book.
THURSDAY APRIL 7
Spa Centre, Leamington, 7.30pm: Comedian Chris Ramsey, critically acclaimed stand-up comedian, Celebrity Juice regular, star of BBC2’s Hebburn, and the man who once got pizza delivered to a moving train explores getting older, taking responsibility, and all of the other realisations that come with modern adulthood. This show is recommended for ages 16+. Tickets: £17.50. Call 334418 or visit www.royalspacentreandtownhall.co.uk to book.
FRIDAY APRIL 8
The Assembly, Leamington, doors open 7pm: Laurence Jones will be playing with his band in his home town. The young British blues artist has won several major awards, while battling with Crohn’s Disease, a serious inflammatory bowel disease, which means he has to spend a whole day in hospital every eight weeks. Tickets: £12. Visit leamingtonassembly.com to book.
Spa Centre, Leamington, 7.30pm: The world renowned all-singing, all-plucking Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain return with their toe-tapping music and comic chat. Last year they celebrated 30 years of ukulele action. Tickets cost £25 or £23 for concessions. Call 334418 or visit www.royalspacentreandtownhall.co.uk to book.
SATURDAY APRIL 9
Kenilworth Tennis, Squash and Croquet Club, Crackley Lane, 7pm: Lucy Anne Sale, Phil Burnham and Chris Tye, who are all well known on the local pub and club circuit in Coventry and Warwickshire, will perform a variety of music over three sets during the evening. The audience will be treated to original jazz, blues, indie-folk music and acoustic ballads as well as covers of some old favourites. Tickets cost £10 and must be bought in advance.Email email@example.com to book.