What's on where around Leamington, Warwick and Kenilworth: listings, April 1 edition

Here's your guide to what's on where around Leamington, Warwick and Kenilworth in the coming weeks. Please email [email protected] with details of your events. We need the information at least a week before the publication date. Thank you.

Friday, 1st April 2016, 7:30 am
Updated Friday, 1st April 2016, 9:21 am
What's On


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 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.


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).


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 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.

Oak House (formerly Liberal Club), Upper Holly Walk, Leamington: Roy Dodd, self-professed psychic/medium. Tickets only - see bar staff.


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

Guy’s Cliffe Walled Garden, 11am to 3.30pm: The first of a series of monthly public visitor days, which will be on the first Sunday of every month up until October. A volunteer team will be on hand to provide information. All visitors are welcome. The garden is accessed through Hintons Nursery in Coventry Road, Warwick, where parking is available. The monthly Sunday visitor days are in addition to a programme of full Open Days. Visit www.guyscliffewalledgarden.org.uk for more information.


Kenilworth Jazz Club, Kenilworth Rugby Club, Glasshouse Lane, Kenilworth: A celebration of the tenor saxophone, featuring Mike Hall with the Mitch Perrin’s Trio. Doors open at 7pm, music at 8pm. Admission £7.50 on the door


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.

Brunswick Healthy Living Centre, Shrubland Street, Leamington, 7pm: Bounce Back Breast Cancer Support Group meets. Just pop along or call 770628 for more information.

Spa Centre, Leamington: RLS Decorative and Fine Arts Society lecture entitled ‘Joseph Wright of Derby and the Men of the Lunar Society’ by the distinguished lecturer and art historian Leslie Primo. Daytime one-hour lecture at 11am, repeated at 2pm. Email [email protected] for more information. Visitors welcome.

Quaker Meeting House, High Street, Warwick, 7.30 pm: Warwickshire Gardens Trust: Talk: Shakespeare and Gardens, Paula Henderson. Shakespeare wove plants and flowers into his plays, as well as using the idea of the garden as a metaphor. The group will consider the gardens that Shakespeare might have known in Warwickshire and London, and will look briefly at Shakespeare’s impact on gardens in the centuries since his death. Members £3, non-members £4.

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’s 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.


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.


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.

Cubbington Village Hall, Broadway, Cubbington, 7pm to 9pm: Girlguiding Senior Section Fun Night for existing or interested members in the Leamington, Southam, Warwick and Kenilworth areas. Fun activities in celebration of Girlguiding’s Senior Section Centenary and welcoming the arrival of the Centenary relay baton brought on foot by Kenilworth Senior Section members. This is for all girls and young women approaching 14 and up to 25, even if they are not past or present members of Girlguiding. Taster activities include mini book making, toasting marshmallows, tent pitching, fruit and veg pals, newspaper hockey, creating a happy thoughts jar, plus refreshments. Free admission. Anyone attending can email

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.

Spa Centre Studio, 7.45pm: Andrew Lawrence’s tenth show features his most honest, fearless and uncompromising stand-up show to date. No joke is unacceptable and no subject off-limits. Tickets: £13 or £11 for concessions. Call 334418 or visit www.royalspacentreandtownhall.co.uk to book.


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 protected] to book.

Leamington Art Gallery & Museum, 11am to 4pm: Join freelance artist Lisa Broughton for a colourful textile applique canvas workshop. Participants will be using an owl template as inspiration for their textile design, and will get to choose from a selection of fabrics to construct and fuse their artwork. Visitors will be shown how to decorate their designs by hand sewing trimmings and embellishments to their designs. Tickets are £20 per person. Tickets are limited so book by calling 742700. Payment is required to confirm booking.

Spa Centre Studio, 7.45pm: Following his sell-out Edinburgh 2015 run, political comedian Matt Forde returns with a new show tackling some of the many great questions facing our country. As seen on Mock the Week (BBC Two), Have I Got News For You (BBC One) Rory Bremner’s Coalition Report (BBC Two) and Question Time (BBC One). Tickets: £10. Call 334418 or visit www.royalspacentreandtownhall.co.uk to book.

Sunday April 10

Kineton Sports and Social Club, 7.30pm: The club presents comedy Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Kepow Theatre. Tickets: £8.50 and £7. Call 641024 or visit Lewis’ the Butchers in Kineton to book.