What’s on where around Leamington, Warwick and Kenilworth: listings, July 1 edition

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Here’s your guide to what’s on where around Leamington, Warwick and Kenilworth in the coming weeks. Please email news@leamingtoncourier.co.uk with details of your events. We need the information at least a week before the publication date. Thank you.


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 Thursday July 14, Leamington Art Gallery & Museum: Mid Warwickshire Mencap 50 Year Anniversary exhibition. Mid Warwickshire Mencap are celebrating their 50 year anniversary since its founding as a charity in 1966. To mark this milestone, Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum are displaying an exhibition of how Mid Warwickshire Mencap has developed, from young mothers coming together to support their children with learning difficulties, to becoming an award winning local charity with significant achievement over the 50 years. Alongside the exhibition, The Way Ahead group, part of Mid Warwickshire Mencap, and learning and engagement officer Penelope Thomas will be running art workshops to create new work to be displayed in the Hammam. They will be using photographs they have taken around Leamington, and painting and collaging techniques, to create a mixed media sculpture. On Friday June 24, Derek Harvey, chief executive of Mid Warwickshire Mencap, will be giving a Friday Focus presentation about the history of the organisation and the work that they do. This is a free talk, no need to book.

Until Sunday July 3, St Gregory’s church, Offchurch: Visit Offchurch and see woolly creepy crawlies, fluffy flowers, terrific trees and hairy horses in a display of ‘yarn-bombing’. Open every day, 10am to 4pm. Teas 11am to 4pm weekends, 2pm to 4pm weekdays. In support of Acorns Children’s Hospice and St Gregory’s Toilet Fund.

Until Sunday July 3: Over 250 Coventry and Warwickshire artists will be opening their doors and inviting you in to enjoy the county’s friendliest free visual arts event. Visit www.warwickshireopenstudios.org for details.

Wednesday July 6 to Saturday July 16, Priory Theatre, Kenilworth: Agatha Christie’s The Hollow . Visit www.priorytheatre.co.uk or call 0333 666 3366 to book.

Saturday July 9 and Sunday July 10, Paddocks Farm, Birdingbury, 10am to 5pm: Birdingbury Country Show. Displays of Vintage Vehicles including steam engines, classic cars and military vehicles. Ring events, children’s activities, trade/craft/charity stalls. Supporting Acorns Children’s Hospice plus other good causes. See www.birdingburycountryshow.com. Admission: Adults £6, OAPs £4, Children (aged 5 and over) £3, under fives free.


St Mary’s church, Warwick, 1.15pm to 2pm: Summer organ recital by William Parkinson. Free admission, retiring collection. Details from 403940.


Warwickshire County Record Office, 3pm to 5pm: Stereo Photography in Warwickshire - from the 1850s to Today. The County Record Office’s over 600 Victorian, photographic stereo cards dating from the 1850s are being digitised and restored. Dr Bob Pryce will present short 3D audio visual shows of the restored images images alongside current stereoscopic views of these Warwickshire scenes. There will be a chance to view some of the collection through a Victorian stereoscope. Additionally, one or two recently completed 3D AV shows of Warwickshire butterfly and moth life cycles will be presented and (time permitting) a show relating to Coventry’s Cathedral Precinct. Cost: £5. Book by calling 738959 or online at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/heritageboxoffice

Lillington Free Church, Cubbington Road, 2pm to 4pm: Summer fayre with creamed teas and various stalls. Free admission.

Royal Naval Association Club, Adelaide Road, Leamington, 8pm to 11pm: Dancing to John Harrison.

Kenilworth Methodist Church, Priory Road, 7.30pm: Summertime in America –concert in aid of Kenilworth Uyogo FriendshipLink. Warwickshire Singers, Niall Doherty conductor. Classical, jazz and popular music from ‘across the pond’. Tickets £7 (under 12s free) from 024 7642 1560.

St Mary’s church, Warwick, 7.30pm: Choirs of St Mary’s hurch, Thomas Corns director. Music of the Spheres: Sounds of Shakespeare’s England. Tickets £15(£12) unreserved from 0844 338 0338 and www.theticketfactory.com (Music at St Mary’s)

All Saints’ church, Victoria Terrace, Leamington, 7.30pm: Warwickshire Symphony Orchestra, Roger Coull conductor. Baltic Scenes. Nielsen Helios Overture, Tchaikovsky Symphony No 2 The Little Russian, Sibelius Symphony No 5. Tickets £12/£5 children & students from boxoffice@wso.org.uk and 850385.

Chedham’s Yard, Church Walk, Wellesbourne, 10am to 2pm: Walk back in time with a guided tour of this preserved wheelwright’s workshop and and blacksmith’s forge. Or simply relax in the garden and enjoy light refreshments from the visitor ventre where booklets, cards and souvenirs are also available. Today, the Yard will be supporting the Work Aid Charity and will be collecting any unwanted tools to be sent on to Third World countries. Free admission. Last entry 1pm. No need to book. Visit www.chedhamsyard.org.uk for more information.

Oak House (formerly Liberal Club), Upper Holly Walk, Leamington: Daytime: BBQ, face painting, bouncy Castle. Afterwards: Martin’s free and easy.

Leamington Art Gallery & Museum, 2pm to 4pm: Warwick District U3A knitting group The Woolpack will be giving knitting workshops. Throughout the sessions, the public will be invited to create knitted graffiti artwork for two of the Royal Pump Rooms columns. The columns will be ‘yarn bombed’ and camouflaged to celebrate Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum’s upcoming exhibition Concealment and Deception: The Art of the Camoufleurs of Leamington Spa in World War 2. Call 742700 for details.


Leamington Rugby Club, Moorefields, Kenilworth Road, Leamington, 2pm to 7pm: Leam-Jazz teams up with Kenilworth Jazz to stage the South Warwickshire Jazz Festival. It will feature five of non-stop live jazz starring two top vocal acts, Sheila Waterfield and Roy Forbes, two highly talented instrumental bands in the shape of Sam Quintana’s Wandering Monster and the Calvin Travers Trio and the opening act will be a tribute to the jazz-funk of the ‘70s and ‘80s brought to you by Funkster. Bar food will be available as well as the usual well-stocked rugby club bar. Entrance costs £9.


Wilton House, Senior Citizens Club off Abbey End Car Park, 7.30pm: The Kenilworth Horticultural Society guest speaker is a specialist grower, Helen Picton, on the topic of Asters (Michaelmas Daisies). Helen runs Old Court Nurseries at Malvern and the Picton Gardens which displays a National Collection of Michaelmas Daisies. She will be bringing plants to sell. There will also be a summer flowers show by local members. Admission £1 members, £4 for visitors, includes tea and cake.

Spa Centre, Leamington, 11.15am: RLS Decorative and Fine Arts Society. Lecture entitled Marc Chagall and the Supremacy of Blue by the distinguished lecturer, art historian and practising artist Hilary Guise. Email chairman@rlsdfas.org.uk to attend or for more information. Visitors welcome.

Deansway Community Centre, Warwick, 7.30pm: Woodloes Townswomen Guild will be having a social evening, with a cream tea and a bring and buy stall. Visitors welcome, £3.

Warwick Library, 10.30am to 12 noon: Coffee morning with Caroline Lea, author of When The Sky Fell Apart. Part historical novel and part love story, the book novel tells the story of four islanders living in the midst of the Nazi occupation of The Channel Islands – the only British territories to be occupied during the Second World War. Free admission. Call bevcox@warwickshire.gov.uk or call 412176 for more information.

Compton Verney Art Gallery, 2pm: Talk and book signing – Lancelot Brown and the Capability Men. This book by David Brown and Tom Williamson investigates ‘Capability’ Brown’s business and draws comparisons with similar figures such as the Adam brothers, Thomas Chippingdale and Josiah Wedgewood. Tickets: Adults £19.50, concessions £18.50.


The Court House, Jury Street, Warwick, 7.45pm: Heroes and Villains. An entertainment exploring human nature – for better or for worse. Tickets £10/£3 children from www.divertimento.org.uk, 492212 or 778646.

Spa Centre, 7.30pm: Multi-award-winning Gordon Hendricks presents The Spirit of Elvis in Concert. Tickets: £21 or £20. Call 334418 or visit www.royalspacentreandtownhall.co.uk to book.

Spa Centre, 7.15pm: The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s production of Romeo and Juliet is being screened live. Kenneth Branagh directs Richard Madden and Lily James as Romeo and Juliet and Sir Derek Jacobi as Mercutio. Tickets cost £12.50 or £10.50. See www.royalspacentreandtownhall.co.uk to book.


Oak House (formerly Liberal Club), Upper Holly Walk, Leamington: Muve On.


All Saints’ church, Leamington Hastings, 7.30pm: Music At Leamington Hastings. Busch Piano Trio play Haydn Trio in Eb minor XV:31 Jacob’s Dream, Shostakovich Trio in E minor Op 67 No 2 and Schubert Trio in Eb Op 100. For Ticket details see www.musicatleamingtonhastings.co.uk or call 07966 584328.

Royal Naval Association Club, Adelaide Road, Leamington, 8pm to 11pm: Dancing to Ron Allen Duo.

Spa Centre, Leamington: In The Moment presents Jazz On A Summer’s Day, an event combining the best of jazz on film with live music. Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the day. Call 334418 or visit tinyurl.com/hbpaozq for more.