What's on where around Leamington, Warwick and Kenilworth: listings, May 6 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, 6th May 2016, 9:56 am
Updated Friday, 6th May 2016, 10:57 am
What's On


Until Saturday May 7: From Syria With Love, an exhibition of art work by Syrian children at the ArtsTrail Gallery, 4 Windsor Street, Leamington. Free Entry, all welcome. Gallery open 11am-5pm. Open Bank Holiday Monday. Private viewing and talk on the artwork and the situation in Syria by Baraa Ehssan Kouja, curator. On Sunday April 24 from 2pm to 5pm. Visit http://bit.ly/1qLoAX9 or call/text 07834 167 498 for more information.

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 June 19, Compton Verney Art Gallery: Shakespeare in Art exhibition. Call 645500 or visit www.comptonverney.org.uk for more.


Oak House (former Liberal Club), Upper Holly Walk, Leamington: Brown Eyed Handsome Boys.

Foundry Wood, Leamington, doors open 7.15pm, film starts 8.30pm: Leamington Underground Cinema is screening The Blair Witch Project, the film purportedly made from the documentary footage shot by three student filmmakers who disappeared in the woods near Burkittsville, Maryland in 1994. The organisers will have expert guides on hand to explain the little-known occult history of the Foundry Wood site and the dark spirits that are said to lurk in the wood to this day. Visit www.wegottickets.com/event/351678 to book.

Holy Trinity church, Beauchamp Avenue, Leamington, 1.15pm to 1.45pm: David Borsada baritone, Linda Carr piano. Vaughan Williams Songs of Travel. Free admission.


Ryton Pools Country Park, 6.30pm to 8.30pm: Have you ever wanted to enjoy the sound of birdsong but have been put off by the early start? From early spring through to summer as the sun sets, songbirds fill the air with music. Get the chance to see specimens from Heritage and Culture Warwickshire’s Natural History Collections first, then enjoy the natural spectacle first hand. Please wear suitable clothing and bring binoculars. Meet at the visitor centre. Cost: adults £4.50, concessions £3, family £12, includes drink and biscuits. Booking essential – call 024 7630 5592.

Cask and Bottle, Kennedy Square, Leamington, 8.30pm: Music from Copperhead Road. Free entry.

Kineton Village Hall, 10am to 5pm: Kineton Art Group holds its Open Art Exhibition and sale of paintings. Refreshments including cakes will be available throughout. The group will be sponsoring Painting For Pleasure, a not for profit organisation for disabled people and those living with or recovering from illness including respite for carers. Adults 50p, children free.

Leamington Art Gallery & Museum, 2pm to 4pm: The museum is running free drop-in knitting workshops on the lead up to the ‘Concealment and Deception: The Art of the Camoufleurs of Leamington Spa in World War 2’ exhibition. Leamington University of the 3rd Age Knitting Group - The Woolpack will be giving the knitting workshops. The public will be invited to create knitted graffiti artwork for two of the Royal Pump Room’s columns. The columns will be ‘yarn bombed’ and camouflaged. One column will be yarn bombed with white, blue and grey shades to represent water - the North Atlantic and ship camouflage, as well as signifying the River Leam. The other column will be camouflaged in earthy tones. The session is free- just drop in. Visit leamington-camo.co.uk for more information.

St Mary’s church, Stoneleigh, 7.30pm: Warwick-based choir Immanuel’s Ground will take a look, in a concert of music and words, at the times of George III, as seen through the eyes of some of the then residents of Stoneleigh. The event is being jointly hosted by the church and Stoneleigh History Society, with all proceeds going to the church fabric fund. Tickets: £10. Call 024 7641 5506 or email [email protected] to book.

Southam Sports and Social Club, 8pm: Charity race night in aid of Children’s Air Ambulance and local primary school.

Foundry Wood, Leamington, doors open 7.15pm, film starts 8.30pm: Neil Marshall’s soldiers-v-werewolves horror/action flick Dog Soldiers will be screened. On arrival at the perimeter holding area, audience members will be briefed by military personnel who will then escort them safely in teams to the viewing arena, ensuring that no unpleasant lycanthropic episodes take place. The organisers warn that a mysterious presence has recently been noticed in the woods – so stay on the path at all times. Food and drink will be on sale at both events. Seating will be provided but guests are welcome to bring their own. Tickets cost £12. Visit http://www.wegottickets.com/event/351679 to book.

The Grange Hall, Coventry Road, Southam, 2.30pn and 7.30pm: Coventry Savoy Opera Society, Patricia Pritchard musical director. Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore. Tickets matinee £8/£1 under 15s, evening £10/£1 under 15s. Call 07581 012773 to book.


Leamington Art Gallery and Museum, 2pm to 4pm: Craft Club, run by environmental group Action 21. ‘Skills sharers’ are on hand and sewing machines are available. Admission is free. Call 339077 or visit www.action21.co.uk for more information.

Oak House (former Liberal Club), Upper Holly Walk, Leamington: Noel’s Knights.

Kineton Village Hall, 10am to 5pm: Kineton Art Group holds its Open Art Exhibition and sale of paintings. Refreshments including cakes will be available throughout. The group will be sponsoring Painting For Pleasure, a not for profit organisation for disabled people and those living with or recovering from illness including respite for carers. Adults 50p, children free.

Kingsley School Hall, Beauchamp Rd, Leamington, 3pm: Leamington Chamber Orchestra, Eleanor Robson violin, Angela Dickson viola, Richard Laing conductor. Beethoven Overture Egmont, Mozart Sinfonia Concertante, Schönberg Verklärte Nacht, Brahms Variations on a Theme of Haydn. Tickets £12 (£10), £2 children from Presto Classical 317025 and www.oxboffice.com


Kenilworth Jazz Club, Kenilworth Rugby Club, Glasshouse Lane, Kenilworth: Fender Rhodes driven funk band Resolution 88, who recently played a sell-out gig at the Pizza Express club in London, perform at the monthly jazz session. Call 07951 446938 for more information.

New Hall, Whitnash Sports & Social Club, Heathcote Road, Whitnash, 7.45pm: The Whitnash Society meets. Talk and presentation by Sue Moore of the Loft Theatre titled The Importance of being Earnest - The History of the Loft Theatre. Visitors welcome, admission £2 per meeting. Call 336393 for more information.


Meet outside King’s Head, Church Hill, Cubbington, 10.30am: Free guided Spring Flower Walk will be led by Cubbington Action Group Against HS2 to see woodland anemones or bluebells and the Wild Pear tree. Easy two mile walk lasts one-and-a-half to two hours. Strong shoes or wellies essential. Dogs allowed on leads. Donations welcomed. Call 336838 for more information.

St. Nicholas Church, St Nicholas Church Street, Warwick, 7.30pm: Warwick School Brass Concert. Free admission. Details from 776400.


St Mary’s church, Warwick, 7.30pm to 9.30pm: Guest lecturer, Alison Weir, the biggest-selling female historian in the UK who has published 23 titles and sold more than 2.7 million books, will talk about Richard III: The Man and the Myth’ showing that truth is far stranger than fiction. Part of the church’s Shakespeare 400: History, Heritage and Faith exhibition. Email [email protected] or call 403940.

Kenilworth Family History Society, Senior Citizens’ Club, Abbey End, 7.30pm: Having done some family history research, what do you do with it? Mike Sharpe will talk about Writing Your Family History and should offer some guidance on how to do it. Non-members welcome. Contact 511969.


St Francis of Assisi Church Hall, Warwick Road, Kenilworth, 10am to 4pm: Kate Bliss, a regular antiques expert for the BBC on Bargain Hunt and Flog It! will be joining the Hansons Auctioneers team, to advise clients on all manner of jewellery and associated items. Refreshments will be available and donations will be in aid of the NSPCC. Call 07802 839915 or email [email protected] for more information.

Spa Centre Studio, Leamington, 8pm: Comedian Carl Hutchinson contemplates what exactly he’s brought to the table of life and why he’s even asking such questions at the age of 27. Carl explains his love of wrestling and how it’s remained the one constant from childhood to adulthood. Tickets: £12. Call 334418 or visit www.royalspacentreandtownhall.co.uk to book.

Warwickshire County Record Office, Warwick, 1pm to 1.30pm: Show and Tell talk: Coins and Hoarding. What can coins tell us about people’s lives in the past? Why did people hide away their money in hoards? Sara Wear, curator of human history, looks at the coins in the Warwickshire Museum collections and the stories they tell. Free drop-in, no need to book.


Unitarian Chapel, High Street, Warwick, 7.30pm: Marmen String Quartet. Haydn String Quartet in C Op 20 No 2, Mozart String Quartet in G K387, Haydn Quartet in Bb Op 103, Beethoven Quartet in F minor Op 95. Tickets £15 (£1 students) from 497000 or [email protected]

Oak House (former Liberal Club), Upper Holly Walk, Leamington: The Sugar Daddies.

St John’s Museum, Warwick, 5pm to 9pm: Museums at Night: Games and Toys Night. Discover games from the past and have fun playing some yourself. Plenty to do – from space hoppers to ludo and Scrabble. Free event, no need to book. Bar available. Adults only.

Spa Centre, Leamington, 7.30pm: Observer restaurant critic Jay Rayner examines our love affair with lousy reviews, reads from accounts of some of the most excruciating nights out he’s ever had and looks at the worst reviews his own work has ever received. Tickets: £17.50 or £15.50. Call 334418 to book.


New House Farm, Knightcote, CV47 2EQ, 9am to 4pm: The Midlands Meeting of The Lifeboats Enthusiasts Society. Radio-controlled model lifeboats, from 3000mm long to 200mm long, will be displayed on shore and on the water, with talks on the Dungeness Lifeboat Station and the ex-lifeboat ‘Marie Gabriel’ (in the Chatham Lifeboat Collection) will be given. All proceeds are in aid of the RNLI. There will be light refreshments available and free access to the Leamington Spa Model Engineering and Model Railway Club with LBES and RNLI fundraising stands. Free entry and free parking. Call 640045 or 01604 846461. Only Assistance Dogs are allowed, as the site is a working farm.