What’s on where around Leamington, Warwick and Kenilworth: listings, November 27 edition

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


Until today (Thursday): Art lovers in Leamington have got the chance to view and buy original artwork from future stars of the art world at a special exhibition. Students from Leamington College are selling 10 inch by 10 inch artworks for £10 at the annual 10x10x10 special exhibition. All arts students across a range of courses were invited to take part and have produced work including photography, illustration, printmaking, painting, collage, drawing and textile pieces. A percentage of each sale will go to the School of Arts charity of the year, SSNAP, which supports sick and premature babies in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital. The exhibition is open from 9am to 4pm.Call 318233 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, Wednesday December 2 to 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.


Oddsocks are bringing to life The Legend of King Arthur at the Spa Centre, Leamington at 7.30pm. Prepare for magic, music and mirth as the ‘boy who would be king’ pulls the sword from the stone. Tickets cost £16 or £14 for concessions. Call 334418 or visit www.royalspacentreandtownhall.co.uk to book.

Oak House, Upper Holly Walk, Leamington: Rhythm Street 70s.

Pump Room, Leamington, 7.30pm: Carducci String Quartet with Morgan Szymanski on guitar. Haydn Quartet Op 33 No 6, Shostakovich Quartet No 3, guitar solos, Boccherini Quintet Fandango.

Tickets £20/£16/£13 from 334418 and www.royalspacentreandtownhall.co.uk

Art Market in St Gregory’s church, Offchurch, 5pm to 8pm. The Event will include works by Julie Law, Judith Perry, Jane Archer, Colin Purdy and Eleanor Allitt. There will be mulled wine and nibbles, plus art work and lots of gifts.

Kineton Amateur Dramatics Society stages wartime drama The Accrington Pals by Peter Whelan. The production is dedicated to two men in particular from the village who died at the Battle of the Somme along with 600 men from the Accrington regiment, and organisers hope that money from a collection at the door will be able to go to the restoration and improvement of the Kineton village war memorial. KADS will be performing the play tonight in Kineton Village Hall. Tickets are available on the door.

Spa Centre, Leamington, 7.45pm: Mitch Benn, best known for his comic musical turns on Radio 4, presents his new show Don’t Believe A Word. Tickets: £13 or £11 for concessions. Visit www.royalspacentreandtownhall.co.uk or call 334418 to book.

Pump Room, Leamington, 1pm: Local artist Alfreda McHale, will speak about her Knitting Matters body of work at a free Friday Focus talk. The work is currently on display in the Spotlight area in the main art gallery at Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum. Visitors are invited to sit and knit before and after the talk. See www.warwickdc.gov.uk/royalpumprooms or call 01926 742700 for details of the current programme of Friday Focus talks.


Christmas Fair at Homewood Methodist Home, 41 Kenilworth Rd, Leamington, 12.30pm to 3 pm. Light refreshments, books, cakes, preserves, gifts, pot plants. Entrance 50p.

Priory Theatre, Rosemary Hill, Kenilworth, 11am to 2pm: The Priory Theatre annual craft fayre. Visit the theatre for a mince pie at its annual Christmas Craft fayre, with festive goodies and handmade crafts. There is also a Vintage Clothing and Costume sale, with clothing from different periods suitable for parties or day to day wear.

For more information, see www.facebook.com/PrioryTheatre

Ashorne Village Hall: Acoustic trio Whalebone play a fundraising concert for the hall. Cash bar, raffle and hot dogs for sale. Tickets £8 adult, £5 child from Chris or Jim Thornton on 651436.

St John the Baptist Church in Tachbrook Street, Leamington holds its Christmas fair from 11am to 1pm.

The Sydni Centre in Cottage Square, Sydenham hosts its Christmas fair from 1pm to 4pm. There will be craft stalls, tombola, raffle, live music and Santa’s Grotto with a lucky dip. Entrance is free. Call 422071 for details.

St Mary’s church, Warwick, 7.30pm: The Coventry Philharmonic Choir under the directorship of Matthew Sandy perform Rutter’s Magnificat and Jenkins’ The Armed Man. Featuring Oriflamme Orchestral Ensemble and soloist Debbie Rumsby, mezzo soprano. Tickets £14 available from St Mary’s Church Bookshop,by calling 07437 178877, via choir members or on the door. Alternatively, they can be booked via the website link:


Pump Room, Leamington, 11am to 4pm: Join artist Alfreda McHale for a day of creating small knitted squares in the galleries. The free drop-in workshop is suitable for everyone from first time knitters to experienced craft makers. Call 742700 for details.

Spa Centre, Leamington, 7pm: Branagh Theatre Live: The Winter’s Tale (Recorded). Shakespeare’s timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption is reimagined in a new production co-directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh. The Winter’s Tale stars Judi Dench as Paulina, alongside Tom Bateman (Florizel), Jessie Buckley (Perdita), Hadley Fraser (Polixenes), Miranda Raison (Hermione) and Kenneth Branagh as Leontes. Tickets: £12.50 or £10.50. Visit www.royalspacentreandtownhall.co.uk or call 334418 to book.

Oak House, Upper Holly Walk, Leamington: Quiz night.

St Nicholas church, Warwick, 7.30pm: The Warwick and Kenilworth Choral Society perform Requiem by John Rutter and Dona Nobis Pacem by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Full-price tickets cost £13. Call 317025, 855784 or 499939 to book. Visit wkcs.org.uk for more information.

Southam Sports & Social Club, 8pm: Skittles night.

RNA Club, Adelaide Road, Leamington, 8.15pm to 11pm: Dancing to Richard Tarver.


Warwick Studios Art Lounge, Royal Priors, Leamington, 1pm: The Priors is hosting an art exhibition by Leigh Lambert, an oil painting artist from Newcastle. Besides from viewing his unseen original oil paintings, visitors will have the opportunity to view exclusive and limited editions to be hand finished and personalised by the artist on the day. Leigh Lambert will also be giving short speech and be on and to meet his fans and collectors. Tickets are required for attending the event. Visit www.warwickstudiosfineart.com for details.

Oak House (former Liberal Club), Upper Holly Walk, Leamington: The Quiet Man.


Abbey Hill United Reformed Church, 2pm to 5pm: 100 Nativity Sets exhibition, a collection of Nativity sets from various countries. Refreshments available. Entry free

Leamington Society talk on Leamington’s Water Supply by Jeff Burgess, water engineer from Severn Trent. Starts at 7.30pm in Dormer Place conference centre. Visitors welcome. Admission £2.

Wednesday December 2

Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum will be holding a special Lantern Making, Arty Tots session from 11am to 12 noon and 2pm to 3pm. Some 60 Christmas tree lanterns have been created for children to decorate with glitter, sequins, tissue paper and tinsel. Torches will be available to purchase to light up the creations. The decorated lanterns can then be taken away and can join the Leamington Lantern Parade Festival on Sunday December 6. Call 742700 to book a place. Places are free but limited.

Abbey Hill United Reformed Church, 2pm to 5pm: 100 Nativity Sets exhibition, a collection of Nativity sets from various countries. Refreshments available. Entry free

Kingsley School, Beauchamp Avenue, Leamington, 7.30pm: Mid Warks Association of the National Trust meets. Dr Sylvia Pinches is giving an illustrated lecture on Charles Rennie Mackintosh and 78 Derngate in Northampton. Free to association members, visitors £3.

Woodloes Townswomen Guild meet at Woodloes Community Centre at 7.30pm. Mary Miller will about making a Christmas door hanger, before members have a go themselves. Visitors welcome, £3 including refreshments.

Wellesbourne Flower Club’s Christmas Meeting is at the village hall at 7.30pml, when NAFAS demonstrator Louisa Rigden will present her interpretation for ‘Alternative Christmas Trees’. Visitors are welcome, £6 per person. Festive refreshments available.


Audley Binswood, the retirement village in Leamington, will host its annual Christmas Fair from 12 noon to 7pm.

Show and Tell free talk: Half a Billion Years Ago: Warwickshire’s First Life’. County Record Office, Warwick, 1pm to 1.30pm. Exploring the rock and fossil evidence from quarries near Nuneaton for the first inhabitants of what is now Warwickshire. How the ancient seas that covered Warwickshire during the Cambrian Period harboured ancient sealife.

Free, just drop in.