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: New 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.
Belgrade Theatre, Coventry: A new production of Molière’s rarely performed romantic comedy, The Sisterhood, runs until Saturday, February 20. Tickets cost from £12 to £27. Call 024 7655 3055 or visit www.belgrade.co.uk to book. .
Talisman Theatre, Kenilworth, 7.30pm: Terence Rattigan’s Separate Tables. It consists of two plays set in the dining-room and lounge of a private genteel Beauregard hotel in Bournemouth during the 1950’s in which the residents are obliged to take meals at individual tables, symbolising the isolation of the individuals. The show runs until Saturday, February 6. Tickets are between £8 and £9. Call 856548 or visit talismantheatre.co.uk to book.
Grange Hall, Southam, Friday February 5 to Sunday February 7: One of William Shakespeare’s most famous works has been given a very different look by becoming a pantomime.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream has been turned into Bottoms Up! and is taking place at The Grange Hall Tickets f are £7 for adults, £5 for concessions and £3.50 for children. For tickets, visit thegrangeplayers.co.uk, www.facebook.com/thegrangeplayers or buy from Café16 on Market Hill, Southam. A few tickets will also be available to buy at the door.
Loft Theatre, Leamington, Wednesday February 10 to Saturday February 20, 7.30pm: The theatre presents Sean O’Casey’s Juno and the Paycock, which has been a hit on stages around the world and was adapted for film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1930. Tickets can be booked online at any time via www.loft-theatre.co.uk, or by calling 0844 493 4938 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.
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Spa Centre, Leamington, 7.30pm: Inspirational adventure films are coming to the Spa Centre with the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Through the big screen, embark on expeditions with some of today’s most remarkable adventurers, experience adrenaline-packed action sports and be inspired by thought-provoking pieces shot in remote corners of the globe. Tickets: £13.50 or £11.50 concessions. Visit www.banff-uk.com for more.
Oak House (former Liberal Club), Upper Holly Walk, Leamington: Sugar Daddies (blues,soul,boogie).
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 6
Southam Sports and Social Club, 9pm: Live music from The Rogues. Free entry.
Stoneleigh Village Hall, 7.30pm: 20th Century Stoneleigh, an illustrated talk by Shirley Ball. Admission £10 including a ploughman’s supper and pudding. Please bring your own drinks. Call 024 7641 5506 or 024 7671 5256. Proceeds to the Church Fabric Fund.
Hill Close Gardens, Warwick, 11am to 4pm: Snowdrop weekend. The restored Victorian gardens and their historic summerhouses, which overlook the racecourse, will be open for the public to welcome the first signs of spring. Many varieties of snowdrop can be seen on the trail around the gardens. Victorian varieties can be seen along with more modern varieties, including the Warwickshire Gemini. There will also be a large landscaped display of many varieties, including the honey scented S ‘Arnott’, set in the warmth of the Visitor Centre. Named snowdrops will be on sale along with other winter plants and bulbs, and refreshments will be available in the cafe Entry is £4 for adults and £1 for children (aged five to 16). Visit www.hillclosegardens.com or call 493339 for more information.
Tudor Stables, Kenilworth Castle: Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker, winners of a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award in 2015, will be playing an intimate show. See www.concertsinthecastle.co.uk for more information or to book tickets.
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Hill Close Gardens, Warwick, 11am to 4pm: Snowdrop weekend. See entry under Saturday February 6 for details.
The Gauntlet, Caesar Road, Kenwilworth, 7.30pm to 10pm: The Dene River Jazzmen play. Free admission.
The Assembly, Spencer Street, Leamington, 11am to 4pm: Travelling vintage marketplace Judy’s returns to Leamington. More than 40 of the nation’s leading vintage traders, including Leamington’s vintage emporium Blighty Bazaar, will be selling their vintage wares. Bid Leamington will be distributing their guide to the best vintage shops in town. Admission: £2.
Oak House (former Liberal Club), Upper Holly Walk, Leamington: Noel’s Knights.
Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, Fosse Way, Leamington: The Model Tractor, Plant & Construction Show. Visitors will be treated to displays featuring scratch-built, customised and converted models, dioramas and machinery including competition entries. Members of the Tamiya Truckin Club will present live action at the show demonstrating and driving their 1/14 and 1/16 scale radio controlled model trucks and construction vehicles. They will also bring their ‘Tamiya Driving Experience’ that visitors can drive at a cost of £1 for three minutes. Admission for adults/senior citizens £7 on the door or £6 in advance via the website. Children under 14 free when accompanied by a paying adult. Visit www.modeltractorshow.co.uk
Spa Centre, Leamington, 2pm: Young Drummer of the Year 2016. Tickets £10 or £8 for concessions. Visit www.royalspacentreandtownhall.co.uk or call 334418 for to book or for more information.
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Radford Road church, Radford Road, Leamington, 7.30pm: Leamington & District Organ & Keyboard Society present an evening of musical entertainment with Claire Greig. Admission £8 on the door. Refreshments available. Call 427493 or email email@example.com for more information.
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 11
County Record Office, Warwick, 1pm to 1.30pm: Show and Tell – Warwick’s Ancient Rivers. A look at how Warwick’s townscape was formed, partly by rivers running across a semi-arid landscape, a quarter of a billion years ago. With rocks and fossils from the museum collections. Free drop in, no need to book.
Kenilworth Methodist chirch, Priory Road, Kenilworth, 7.15pm: County Male Voices, Garry Jones conductor. Music for St Valentine. Tickets £7 or £2 for under-16s from www.oxboffice.com and Presto Classical on 317025.
Friends Meeting House, Warwick, 7.30pm: Warwickshire Gardens Trust hosts a talk about Warwick Castle park. Christine Hodgetts has been studying Warwick Castle park and gardens for more than 20 years. Leading up to the Capability Brown tercentenary in 2016, this talk will look at Warwick, his first commission in private practice, and at how the park and gardens developed after his time. Cost: £4, members £3.
St Francis of Assisi church hall, Kenilworth: Two familiar faces from the BBC are coming to carry out free antiques valuations. The event, organised by Hansons Auctioneers, will raise funds for the NSPCC and features Asian art specialist Lars Tharp, a regular on BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, and silver and jewellery specialist Kate Bliss who appears on Bargain Hunt, Flog it and Put Your Money Where your Mouth Is. No appointments are necessary. Call 01283 733988 for more information.
Lord Leycester Hospital, 7.30pm for 7.45pm: Warwickshire Plant Heritage Group hosts a talk entitled Alpines in the Wild and Cultivation, by Diane Clement, a member of the Alpine Garden Society, who is a keen alpine gardener, seed specialist and exhibitor. All welcome including non-members.
Spa Centre, Leamington, 7.30pm: Comedian and prankster Lee Nelson, who ‘headlined’ Glastonbury with Kanye West and threw money at Sepp Blatter at FIFA’s headquarters. Tickets: £20. Visit www.royalspacentreandtownhall.co.uk or call 334418 to book.
Zephyr Lounge, Spencer Street, Leamington: Indie pop outfit Viola Beach play at the venue. The Warrington four-piece have already been chosen as one of Annie Mac’s New Names for 2016 and bagged a Radio 1 session at the Maida Vale Studios in November. Visit www.gigsandtours.com for tickets.
Dormer Place Conference Centre, Leamington, 7.30pm: Leamington Society hosts Alan Mayes, conservation officer at Warwick District Couil for more than 20 years, who will bespeaking about the architectural delights of Leamington. Admission £2 for everyone. Visitors welcome.
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 12
Spa Centre, Leamington: Join in the musical journey through the life and times of one of the greatest 60s musicians – Gerry Marsden. Gerry & The Pacemakers topped the UK and US charts for much of the 60s. Gerry will be talking about his early beginnings in Liverpool, those heady days of the 60s and up to the present. Hear all Gerry’s greatest hits mixed with stories, jokes and anecdotes from his years at the top. Tickets: £20. Visit www.royalspacentreandtownhall.co.uk or call 334418 to book.
Oak House (former Liberal Club), Upper Holly Walk, Leamington: Music from The Intruders.
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 13
Lillington Free Church, 2pm: The Spa Strummers perform. Admission £5 to include tea and cake.
County Records Office, Warwick, 9.15am to 12.15pm: Death in the Family: family history workshop. What records were left by your ancestors after their deaths? This workshop by Jennifer Cranfield looks at the uses of these records and where to find them. Cost: £12. Call 738959.
St Mary’s church, St Mary’s Road, Leamington, 7.30pm: The Coventry & Warwickshire Youth Orchestra, conducted by Brian Chappell, play a programme including Dvorak’s Symphony No 8, Saint-Saens - Marche Militaire Francaise from Suite Algerienne and a rare performance of Edward Gregson’s Tuba Concerto, in which the soloist will be Colin Sneade. Tickets are £8, available at the door.