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.
The Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon hosts a week of family fun workshops to tell your own car storiesuntil November 1. The programme includes Popbang Colour workshops, a chance for visitors to create their own car story comic and the return of the Large Model Aircraft Show. All activities are free of charge but normal museum entry fees apply. For more information, visit www.heritage-motor-centre.co.uk or call 01926 641188.
Chekhov’s Three Sisters at The Loft Theatre in Victoria Colonnade, Leamington runs until Saturday October 31. The play, written more than 100 years ago, is set in pre-Revolutionary Russia and follows the life of a family ‘exiled’ in a provincial town and longing to return to Moscow.Visit www.loft-theatre.co.uk call 0844 493 4938 to book.
Until Friday, November 6: The Priory Theatre, Kenilworth presents Alan Ayckbourn’s rip-roaring 1980’s comedy A Chorus of Disapproval. Visit www.
priorytheatre.co.uk to book.
The RSC in Stratford is holding a range of activities until Saturday. Highlights include a chance to make and decorate your own Halloween inspired biscuit, joining Peter Pan’s friends, the Lost Boys and Tink, to help them find their toys as part of a free trail around the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, and learning a range of East Asian paper making-skills and techniques as part of a new workshop. Call 01789 403493 to book.
The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry presents Terence Rattigan’s poignant play Flare Path from Tuesday November 3 to Saturday November 7. It stars Philip Franks, Olivia Hallinan, Leon Ockenden and Alastair Whatley. Based on Rattigan’s experiences as a tail gunner during World War II, Flare Path paints an evocative portrait of life in wartime Britain for the life-and-death existence of the RAF bomber crews, and their wives and sweethearts who were left waiting their return. Visit www.belgrade.co.uk for tickets.
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.
Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum, until December 6: A celebration of the tenth 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.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 30
Have a pamper and start the Christmas shopping early at the Kenilworth Centre, Abbey End car park, Kenilworth. There will be stalls with gift ideas for Christmas and treatments for all the family, to help you relax after all the shopping, along with a bouncy castle and free soft play area plus creative crafts. Proceeds go to SWFT Maternity Partnership. Tickets are £5 per family.
Fallen Voices: Echoes from the First World War, Spa Centre, Leamington, 7.45pm to 8.45pm. Experience the sights, sounds, stories and emotions of those living during the First World War, as they are re-told and performed by local performers. Presenting actual records held by Heritage and Culture Warwickshire, this evening mixes a range of well-known war poems with excerpts from original letters, postcards, diaries, newspapers, hospital records and other written material from Warwickshire’s archives, accompanied by a backdrop of stunning First World War photographs. This event is suitable for adults and a young adult audience. Cost: £7.50. Call 01926 334418 or visit www.warwickdc.gov.uk/royalspacentre/events/full to book.
Court House, Jury Street, Warwick, 7pm: An evening with Sir John Egan, who will be giving highlights from his new book, Saving Jaguar, covering one of the most crucial periods for the car manufacturer. Doors open at 6.30pm with a glass of prosecco or juice. Tickets are available in advance, costing £10, and will be redeemable against the purchase of a book on the night. Call 499939 to book.
Foundry Wood, Leamington, 10.30am to 12.30pm: Make candles in the wood with volunteer Jill Davies. All ages welcome. Candles £3 each.
St John’s Museum by Torchlight, 5pm to 9pm. Explore the museum by torchlight and follow aspooky trail. There will be showings of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb at 5pm and 7pm. Spaces limited for film showings, collect a timed ticket upon arrival. Bring your own torch. Free entry, donations welcome. A joint event with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (Royal Warwickshire) Museum. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Electro-dub pioneers Dreadzone play at the Copper Rooms at Warwick Univerity following the recent re-release of their landmark album Sound. Visit www.warwicksu.com to book.
Spa Centre, Leamington, 10pm: The Milkshake! Live ‘Party Party’ comes to the veue. The show’s stellar line up includes Little Princess, Bananas in Pyjamas, Noddy and Tessie Pip from Pip Ahoy! Bello from Jelly Jamm, Chloe from Chloe’s Closet, Tommy and Tallulah from Tickety Toc, Toby and Dolores from Toby’s Travelling Circus and Milkshake’s very own Milkshake Monkey.The show will feature Milkshake! presenters. Tickets cost £12.50 or £10.50. Visit www.royalspacentreandtownhall.co.uk or call 334418 for tickets.
Oak Hall (formerly Liberal Club), Upper Holly Walk, Leamington: music from Spen & Dave.
Award winning Jazz and Big Band Singer and BBC Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal has always championed the music of the most popular female singers of the 20th Century. In 2014 she turned her attention to one of the world’s greatest musical stars who was celebrating her 90th birthday, Doris Day. She performs her tribute to Doris Day at Stratford Arts House at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £22 or £20. Call 01789 207100 to book.
Merchants Wine Bar & Brasserie, Warwick: The charity is hosting a charity music night headlines by Tom Barnwell, a contestant from The Voice. The proceeds go to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research in support of Daniel Martin, who recently lost his wife to cancer, leaving him with a two-year-old boy. Visit https://leukaemialymphomaresearch.org.uk/people/dans-london-paris-challenge-2015 for more details about Dan’s fundraising.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 31
Foundry Wood, Leamington, 2pm to 6pm: Free Halloween party. Bring and share food for a winter picnic. Make hot soup, baked potatoes and hot drinks at the site. Activities include making a witch’s broomstick, decorating a cupcake, creating a pine-cone firefighter and watching a pole-lathe demonstration. There will also be music and singing round the fire from 5pm, with the Kale-y Collective.
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Visit Leamington Art Gallery & Museum after hours, for an event to celebrate the Festival of Museums, Museums at Night: Halloween. At 6pm and 7pm visit the gallery for a family-friendly evening. Visitors should bring along their torches as they will have the chance to explore the galleries after dark and listen to spooky tales. The event is free, but tickets are limited. It is recommended for children aged six and above. Call 01926 742700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
Spa Centre, Leamington, 7.30pm: Warwick District Remembers. The venue hosts a concert and drum head service featuring the Band of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, the Royal Naval Association Male Voice Choir, Shirley Pipe and Drum Band, Amy Thomas and Maddie Kerr. Tickets cost £15. Call 334418 to book.
The Grange, Southam, 7.30pm until midnight: DSI Monsters Ball. Fancy dress optional. Proceeds go to Myton Hospice. Tickets cost £10, including food. Call 813980.
RNA Club, Adelaide Road, Leamington: 8.15pm to 11pm: Dancing to Strict Tempo.
Southam Sports & Social Club, 9pm: Halloween night with The Lost Boys.
The Assembly, Leamington hosts a gig by songwriter and broadcaster Tom Robinson. Tom’s career started in 1975 and he enjoyed chart success fronting his own Tom Robinson Band (TRB) with hits such as Glad To Be Gay, 2-4-6-8 Motorway and Up Against The Wall. After releasing a further ten albums, he began hosting radio programmes on all the BBC’s major networks – where over the past 13 years he’s become a staunch champion of independent bands and emerging artists. Tickets cost £20. Call 0871 220 0260 to book.
Oak Hall (formerly Liberal Club), Upper Holly Walk, Leamington: Billy Mac (soloist).
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 1
Dene Rover Jazzmen play at The Gauntlet, Ceasar Road, Kenilworth from 7.30pm to 10pm. Free admission.
Loft Theatre, Leamington, 8pm: Seeing 2 Sound presents The Horror Show, described as an “immersive collage of hauntings, lycanthropes, Frankenstein’s iconic ‘Creature’, witches, a raven and more”. Tickets cost £10 or £8 for concessions. Visit www.loft-theatre.co.uk to book.
Celebrated lyricist and writer Tim Rice appears in conversation at Stratford Literary Festival. Tickets can be booked in person at Stratford Artshouse or by calling 01789 207100.
MONDAY NOVEMBER 2
Kenilworth Jazz Club hosts the Kristian Borring Quartet. Now based in London, Kristin studied jazz guitar at Conservatorium Van Amsterdam in the Netherlands and Guildhall School of Music in London. The event is held at Kenilworth Rugby Club in Glasshouse Lane.
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 4
How to Read Old Handwriting for Beginners, County Record Office, Warwick, 10am to 1pm. A look at some 17th and 18th-century original documents and some practice in reading them.
Cost: £12. Call 01926 738959 to book.
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 5
Show and Tell: The Sheldon Tapestry, County Record Office, 1pm to 1.30pm. Find out how and why this tapestry map of Warwickshire was made, and how it was conserved. Free entry.
Roger Crowley gives a talk on on“Portugal: The first global empire” Join historian Roger Crowley at the Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick at 7pm, when he will give an illustrated talk on their largely forgotten contribution to world history, based on his new book .Tickets cost £10 and will be redeemable against the purchase of a book on the night.