Here’s your guide to what’s on where around Leamington, Warwick and Kenilworth in the coming week. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with details of your events at least a week before publication date. Thank you.
Spa Centre, Leamington, tomorrow (Saturday) until January 2: The family pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk, starring many familiar faces . Tickets start at £12.50. For more information or to book tickets, visit www.royalspacentreandtownhall.co.uk or call 334418.
Visitors to Compton Verney Art Gallery can enjoy two festive weekends on December 5 and 6 and 12 and 13. On each of the days there are a variety of different Christmas themed activities to enjoy including indoor creative crafts, live seasonal music, storytelling and outside welly wanders. Family visitors of all ages will be able to enjoy colouring, cutting and 3D star making in The Studio, drop-in welly wanders with a prize for those who can find the hidden clues and solve the puzzle plus storytelling for younger children. The full programme for each day can be found on the website or by calling 01926 645 500.
The White Room gallery at HM Graphics in Regent Street, Leamington hosts an exhibition of street art until January 31. Call 888086 for more information.
Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum, until December 6: A celebration of the 10th anniversary of Leamington Football Club reaching the first round proper of the FA Cup. As well as memorabilia, those who wish to relive the football matches can watch a film documenting the cup run on the TV screen in the museum. There will also be a place for people to share their memories of the day.
Periodic Tales: The Art of the Elements
exhibition runs at Compton Verney until December 13. The exhibition is based on the best-selling book, Periodic Tales: The Curious Lives of the Elements by Hugh Aldersey-Williams. It features work by Joseph Beuys, Tim Etchells, Antony Gormley, Thomas Heatherwick, Eduardo Paolozzi, Cornelia Parker RA and others. Visit www.comptonverney.org.uk for details.
Until January 9: The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, hosts its pantomime, Beauty and the Beast. Tickets cost £13.75 to £22.25. Visit www.belgrade.co.uk or call 024 7655 3055 to book.
Loft Theatre, Leamington,until Saturday December 12: Little Shop of Horrors, based on Roger Corman’s cult 1960s film. Call 0844 493 4938 or visit www.lofttheatre.co.uk to book.
FRIDAY DECEMBER 4
Oak House (former Liberal Club), Upper Holly Walk, Leamington: Back to Back (classic ‘60s)
The vocal sextet Amici Cantantes give a seasonal concert at St Mark’s Church in Rugby Road, Leamington at 7.30pm. They will sing traditional carols from various parts of the British Isles and France as well as an Appalachian carol and a spiritual from America. Tickets cost £12.50 which includes a mince pie and mulled wine. Visit www.royalspacentreandtownhall.co.uk or call 334418 to book.
Abbey Hill United Reformed Church, Kenilworth, 2pm to 5pm: 100 Nativity Sets exhibition, a collection of Nativity sets from many different countries. Refreshments available. Entry free.
In the first part of a Mods and Rockers weekend, rockers The Bonnevilles perform at the Zephyr Lounge in Spencer Street, Leamington. Doors open 7pm. Tickets cost £10. Visit www.
seetickets.com to book.
SATURDAY DECEMBER 5
St Mary’s church, Warwick, 7pm: Carols by Candlelight concert in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. Join in with traditional carols and enjoy live performances and some special guests. Tickets £10 adult, £15 combined ticket, (person with dementia and carer), £5 children under ten. Call 403940 for more information.
Leamington library, 12 noon: Enjoy the seasonal singing of the local Rock Choir. To carry on the seasonal mood there are many Christmas-themed books to borrow for both children and adults. Call 0300 555 8171 for more information.
St James’s church, Southam, 10am to 12.30pm: Christmas Fayre. Books, bottle tombola, bric-a-brac, cakes, chocolate tombola, crafts, raffle, refreshments, toys. Free admission.
Oak House (former Liberal Club), Upper Holly Walk, Leamington: The Warnings (previously The Breaks).
County Record Office, Warwick, 9.15am to 12.15pm: Is it time to start writing up your family story? This session by family historian Jennifer Cranfield discusses ways of presenting your research. Cost: £12. Call 738959 to book a place.
Holy Trinity church, Beauchamp Avenue, Leamington, 7.30pm: Leamington Sinfonia will perform a stellar programme of music. Under the baton of Thomas Payne, the orchestra will open the concert with Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, with accomplished clarinettist Anton Clarke as soloist.Bruckner Symphony No. 9 follows in the second half of the concert. Bruckner’s Aequali for three trombones, plus a surprise Bruckner offering from the orchestra, will also feature in the concert. Tickets are available from Presto Classical in Park Street, Leamington, or on the door, priced at £10 for adults, £8 for concessions and £5 for students aged 16 and over. Visit www.leamingtonsinfonia.org.uk for more information.
Dream Factory, Playbox Theatre, Shelley Avenue, Warwick, 4pm and 7pm: Kenilworth-raised playwright Mairin O’Hagan brings her new play Marge and Jules to the venue. The play is about Margery Kempe, the first autobiographer in the English language, and Julian of Norwich, the anchorite and theologian. Call 419555 or visit www.playboxtheatre.com/ to book or for more information.
Hilltop Farm, Fosse Way, Hunningham, Hunningham, from 6pm: Jamie Knight & the Manuka Band, performing Christmas hits and the best of swing, soul, pop and rock‘n’roll. Christmas food, guest winter ales, mulled cider and Christmas cocktails will accompany the live music, followed by a DJ until midnight. Tickets cost £10. For more information and to book, visit Hilltop Farm, on the Fosse Way, or call 632978.
Abbey Hill United Reformed Church, Kenilworth, 10am to 5pm: 100 Nativity Sets exhibition. Free entry.
Cancer Research UK Annual Christmas Concert at St Nicholas church, Warwick, 7.30pm. An evening of musical entertainment. Tickets £10 include a glass of wine and mince pie. Call 831848 to book.
All Saints’ church, Leamington, 6.30pm: The choir sing a Carols by Candlelight concert raising money for Myton Hospice, including many favourite Christmas carols with the opportunity for the audience to join in. here is a children’s play area available for young ones to use. Mince pies and mulled wine also available. Tickets £5 for individuals, £10 for families. Visit www.allsaintschurchleamington.org.uk or call 429169 for details.
In the second part of a Mods and Rockers weekend, mods The Spitfires perform at the venue. They are four-piece from Watford who have just finished supporting Paul Weller and The Specials. Doors open 7pm. Tickets cost £10. Visit www.seetickets.com to book.
Napton Village Hall hosts The Session, Jessica Rhodes and Robinson Stone Brothers on from 7.30pm. Admission by advance ticket only. Tickets cost £7.50 and are available from naptonfestival.co.uk or Napton post office.
Leamington Art Gallery & Museum, 11am to 4pm: Wreath-making workshop. Participants will explore ways of decorating a Christmas wreath, working with textiles and clay to make attractive and durable decorations. Guests will be able to take their finished wreaths home to enjoy.
RNA Club, Adelaide Road, Leamington, 8.15pm to 11pm: Dancing to Karisma
SUNDAY DECEMBER 6
Oak House (former Liberal Club), Upper Holly Walk, Leamington: Vinyl session.
Last chance to see the 100 Nativity Sets Exhibition at Abbey Hill Church, Kenilworth, 2pm to 5 pm. Free entry.
Hill Close Gardens, Warwick, 2pm to 4.30pm: Children can enjoy Christmas crafts and a visit to Santa. Two choirs singing carols, plus mulled wine and mince pies, tombola, Christmas raffle and lights in the gardens. Admission £4 children, £2.50 adults. Visit www.hillclosegardens.com or call 493339 for details.
Kenilworth Jazz Club, Kenilworth Rugby Club, Glasshouse Lane, 7pm: Sam Quintana’s Wandering Monster, featuring Andy French (tenor sax), Calvin Travers (guitar), Aleks Podraza (keyboard) and Tom Higham (drums). Admission £7.50 on the door.
TUESDAY DECEMBER 8
The York Waits, give a concert of Christmas music in St Mary’s Church, starting at 7 30pm. Visit www.leamingtonmusic.org or call 334418.
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 9
Leamington Spa College, Warwick New Road, 5pm to 7.30pm: Exhibition of work by photography students with the theme of ‘Warwickshire’, including books, postcards and prints will be on sale. Guests will also be able to enjoy drinks and canapes prepared and served by the catering students and bistro staff. Call 0300 456 0049 for more information.
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 10
St Francis of Assisi church hall, Warwick Road, Kenilworth, 10am to 4pm: Experts from Hansons are holding a vaulation day for coins, medals and militaria. Call 07802 839915 for details.
Sydenham History Group meets at the Sydni Centre, Cottage Square at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Jane Arnold whose talk is entitled ‘A Wartime Christmas’ and will include a demonstration of food from the Second World War. Admission £2 including refreshments.
The Royal Leamington Spa Flower Club will meet at the Royal Naval Association Club, Adelaide Road for a floral art demonstration by Zoe Podmore, NAFAS demonstrator. All visitors welcome at 7pm for 7.30pm. Cost £5. Please pay at the door.
John Roberts will be entertaining members of Warwick Natural History Society with a talk on ‘Scintillating Sicily’ at the Friends’ Meeting House in High Street, Warwick at 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome. See www.wnhs.info for more details.
Warwickshire Plant Heritage Group will be holding its AGM at the Great Hall, Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick. 7.30pm for 7.45pm start. This will be followed by Gary Leaver, head gardener at Hill Close Gardens, Warwick, giving a talk entitled ‘A Year At Hill Close Gardens’. Non-members very welcome.