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.
Saturday May 28 to Monday May 30, St Mary’s church, Warwick: Good Queen Bess Fest in partnership with the Lord Leycester Hospital, Kenilworth Castle and Charlecote Park, with free shuttle bus service between the venues, following the route taken by Queen Elizabeth I. Good Queen Bess and her entourage will process from The Globe,Theatre St, Warwick to St Mary’s at 11 am on Saturday and Monday and at 1pm on Sunday. Join the procession then enjoy tea, coffee and home-made cakes at St Mary’s pop-up café, open until 4pm all weekend. Admission to St Mary’s costs £3.50 for adults, £2.50 for concessions and nothing for under-16s. Call 403940.
Saturday May 28 to Monday May 30, Cask and Bottle, Kennedy Square, Leamington: Cider festival, with ten real ciders and barbecue.
Until Saturday May 28, Priory Theatre, Kenilworth: The Lion in Winter, a modern classic comedy drama based on the live of Henry II, comes to the Priory Theatre. The play centres on the personal and political conflicts of Henry II of England, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, their children and guests during Christmas at Chinon in 1183. Tickets start at £8. Visit www.priorytheatre.co.uk or call 0333 666 3366 to book.
Sunday May 29 to Monday May 30, Kenilworth Castle: An Elizabethan Day Out, with horsemen, falconry, a jester, fireworks, food from the period and a visit from ‘Queen Elizabeth’ herself. Visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/kenilworth for details.
Wednesday June 1 and Thursday June 2, Jephson Gardens, Leamington, 6.30pm: Heartbreak Productions, present Ratburger, based on the bestselling children’s book by David Walliams. Standard tickets £15 (bring your own chair, sit in the open air), premium tickets £18 (chair provided under a canopy). Recommended for ages seven and above. Visit www.heartbreakproductions.co.uk
Until Saturday June 4, Loft Theatre, Leamington, 7.30pm (except Sunday): Agatha Christie’s best-selling crime thriller And Then There Were None comes to life at the venue. Visit www.loft-theatre.co.uk or call 0844 493 4938 to book.
Until Sunday June 12, East Lodge, Jephson Gardens, Leamington: Kim and Paul Ingvar will be showing pieces from their Of This Earth exhibition. The project combines the four elements of air, earth, fire and water with portraits of local people.
Until June 19, Compton Verney Art Gallery: Shakespeare in Art exhibition. Call 645500 or visit www.comptonverney.org.uk 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.
FRIDAY MAY 27
Zephyr Lounge, Leamington, doors open 7pm: The Cuban prog five-piece Anima Mundi will be supported by Beardfish’s Rikard Sjöblom. Tickets: £16.59. Call 311311 to book.
Spa Centre cinema, 7.30pm: Teatro Alla Scala: The Temple Of Wonders is the story of one of the world’s most exclusive music and performing arts venues. Tickets: £10. Call 334418 or visit www.royalspacentreandtownhall.co.uk to book.
Oak Hall (formerly Liberal Club), Upper Holly Walk, Leamington: Jay Kays.
SATURDAY MAY 28
Leamington Library, 10am, 12 noon and 2pm: The Book Pirates is a new, interactive journey of intrigue, thrills and spills. The free performances are suitable for all the family. The show is produced by acclaimed visual artists Vortex Creates and performance artists Highly Sprung. Call 0300 555 8171 for more information.
Punch Bowl, The Butts, Warwick: Music from King Biscuit Boys, Good Time, Back Porch Country Blues and Hokum.
Chedham’s Yard, Church Walk, Wellesbourne, 10am to 2pm: Find out about the life and work of this heritage blacksmith’s and wheelwright’s yard by joining a guided tour. The Yard won the BBC’s Restoration Village programme ten years ago and offers a rare glimpse of rural life and crafts during the time that five generations of the Chedham’s family ran the Yard. This will be a ‘bicycle theme day’ with a local bike club member on site to talk to enthusiasts . Also on offer, courtesy of the Police and Neighbourhood Watch, is the opportunity for free security marking for your bike or small hand tools. 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.
Leamington Art Gallery & Museum,1pm to 3pm:, Art Cart Family Fun session, relating to the current temporary exhibition - Simon Lewty: The SIGNificance of Writing. Families are invited to recreate characters from Simon Lewty’s drawings as a 3D puppet to take home. This is a free, drop in event suitable for all ages.
All Saints’ church, Leamington, doors open 7.30pm, film starts 8.15pm: The church is screening the Monty Python film Life of Brian. Tickets cost £10. Half of the profit form ticket sales is going towards the upkeep of the church. Visit leamingtonundergroundcinema.wordpress.com for more.
SUNDAY MAY 29
Loft Theatre, Leamington, 8pm: Stand-up comedian Damian Kingsley is walking penniless from Land’s End to Edinburgh on a 120-gig tour to raise money for the homelessness charity Shelter. Tickets cost £7.50. Visit, www.loft-theatre.co.uk for more.
Wasperton, noon until 6pm: Open gardens, with seven gardens open. Teas, cakes and Ploughman’s lunches, music in church, parking and children free. Tickets £5.
Oak Hall (formerly Liberal Club), Upper Holly Walk, Leamington: James’s Open Mic.
MONDAY MAY 30
All Saints’ church, Leamington, 11am: Organ recital by James Scott including pieces by Bach, Buxtehude, Bossi, Vierne and the popular Sortie in Eb by Lefébure-Wély. Tea/coffee & cake available from 10.30am and after the recital., Admission free.
Heartbreak Productions, Spencer Yard, Leamington, 8.15pm to 10.15pm: Matting of The Harmoneers, a community choir who meet every Monday. The choir sing modern and classic rock/pop songs with a choral twist. Everyone welcome, £4 per session. Call 07881 922555 for more.
Wild Boar, Lakin Road, Warwick: Stand-up comedian Damian Kingsley is walking penniless from Land’s End to Edinburgh on a 120-gig tour to raise money for the homeless charity Shelter. Call 499968 for more information.
TUESDAY MAY 31
Sydni Centre, Cottage Square (off Marloes Walk), Sydenham, 7.30pm: The Sydenham History Group will meet at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Allan Jennings whose talk is entitled The Bonniksens of Harbury Lane Airfield. Admission £2 including refreshments. All will be made welcome.
WEDNESDAY JUNE 1
St John’s Museum, Warwick, 1.30pm to 3.30pm: Arty Tots - Brilliant Bug. Get crafty and make some flying bugs, sing songs and listen to stories all about bugs. Cost: £2.50 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No need to book, just drop in. Suitable for under fives.
Spa Centre, Leamington: Royal Leamington Spa Decorative and Fine Arts Society meet for a lecture entitled Discover the Paintings You Own - The Public Catalogue Foundation and Your Paintings Project by Mary Rose Rivett-Carnac who will explain how the Public Catalogue listing over 200,000 paintings, with photographs, came to be established. Daytime one-hour lecture at 10.55am, repeated at 1.55pm. Visitors welcome. Email email@example.com for more.
Woodloes Community Centre, Deansway, Warwick, 7.30pm: Gillian White will give a talk to Woodloes Townswomen’s Guild about the Great Fire of Warwick. Visitors welcome, £3 to include refreshments.
THURSDAY JUNE 2
St John’s Museum, Warwick, 11am to 3pm: Junk Model Musical Instruments. Join the St John’s Junk Model Band and make your own junk model musical instrument to take home., Create your own elastic band guitar or yoghurt pot drum kit and find out about the musical instruments in our collections. Cost: £2.50 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No need to book, just drop in.
The Punch Bowl, The Butts, Warwick: Rosetta Fire & The Moans of England.
Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Museum (Royal Warwickshire), First Floor of St John’s House, Warwick, 2pm to 4pm: Family activity - make a mobile to hang in your room. Drop-in event, £2 per child. Call 491653 or visit www.warwickfusiliers.co.uk for more.
FRIDAY JUNE 3
St Mary’s Church Hall, St Mary’s Road, Leamington, 7pm:, Leamington & District Embroiderers’ Guild meet for a talk by Cas Holmes on, Stitch Stories. Call 338987 for more information.
St Mary’s church, Warwick, 1.15pm to 2pm: Organ recital by Mark Swinton. Free admission, retiring collection. Call 403940 for more information.
Holy Trinity Church, Beauchamp Avenue, Leamington, 1.15pm to 1.45pm:
Louise Fairbrother recorders. Free admission.
SATURDAY JUNE 4
St Mary’s church, Warwick, 7.30pm: Local a cappela choir Da Capo are performing in Warwick as part of the St Mary’s Shakespeare 400 season. Their programme Such Stuff As Dreams is exclusively based on the words of William Shakespeare. Da Capo will be joined by actors Amanda Root (Persuasion, The Iron Lady) and Anton Lesser (The Hollow Crown, Wolf Hall, Game of Thrones, Dickensian), who will provide the spoken word in passages taken from the King James Bible and the Shakespeare First Folio, both on display in St Mary’s. Tickets are £17.50/£15/£12.50 (£5.00 for children) including a glass of wine or soft drink. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 403940.
White Hart, Ufton, 2pm to 4pm: Ufton Village Fete. Cream teas, plants, cakes & produce, children’s books & toys, bric a brac, tombola, raffle, children’s fancy dress competition. Entertainment by inspire dance and tap and groove. Admission £1, children under 16 free. Proceeds to Ufton church.