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Spring is in the air as Half Term draws to an end. This week sees a particularly cheery mix of roots and reggae, a family rave, pancakes, theatre, music and art. Enjoy.
RSC Writer & Director Talk: Snow in Midsummer, Swan Theatre, Stratford, Wed March 1
Director Justin Audibert (Jew of Malta) and writer Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig will be offering a fascinating insight into the behind-the-scenes creative process of Chinese fable Snow in Midsummer from the rehearsal room to design choices and characterisation.
This year Shrove Tuesday falls on February 28 but if you fancy celebrating Pancake Day a little earlier check out the choice of pancakes at Fargo Village, Coventry’s new creative quarter full of independent food traders, this Saturday, 11am-6pm.
Pancake Party, Fargo Village, Sat Feb 25
Nicky’s Totally Vegan cafe based at Fargo Village, will be serving up traditional Vegan Pancakes with sugar and lemon, or fresh fruit including bananas, blueberries, apples, blackberries and more seasonal fruit from £2.
Who believes in nonsense? Anyone with an absurdist, Monty Python-esque sense of humour – adults and children – will absolutely love this.
Adapted from Edward Lear’s 1871 nonsense poem into a story, by no other than Eric Idle, it’s a whole lotta fun.
The Belgrade’s Artistic Director Hamish Glen brings this zippy new family-friendly musical for ages 6+, to life on the B2 stage for its UK premiere in Coventry – where co-incidentally the Monty Pythons first performed live on stage in 1971 with three sell-out shows.
Blow away the cobwebs with a breath of fresh air, as my mum would say. Here’s my pick of the best local heritage properties, country parks, nature reserves, gardens and grounds.
Half Term Welly Wander, Draycote Water
Pick up a free trail leaflet filled with interesting facts and puzzles to keep kids entertained walking around the 5-mile reservoir before a play in the play area. Then warm up with a hot drink in the Waterside Restaurant with stunning views over Draycote or the lovely Toft Alpaca Coffee Shop (closed Mon & Tue), which serves locally sourced food and drink.
Don’t despair as you’re chasing the kids round the house after your mop. Take a deep breath, grab your iPad/phone and here’s your survival guide…12 cool things to do with the kids this Half Term in Warwickshire and beyond:
1. Sculpting the Museum, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, until March 25
“No don’t climb on it – it’s art!” But it looks so tempting!
Beach holidays in Britain always come with that anxious niggle at the back of your head – will it tank down for the whole week? Well, how about an inland lake or river holiday as an alternative? The Muddy editors who happen go to be landlocked (*sob**) have scoured their counties for some stonking rental properties with their own little piece of liquid heaven to tempt you throughout spring and summer. Tempted?
STAY IN… BERKSHIRE
River Arts Club, Maidenhead
Who needs the coast when you can have the mighty Thames?
Want to get the kids off their devices but stay indoors to keep out of the cold? As trampolining looks like becoming Britain’s new fitness craze more than 120 Trampoline Parks have sprung up across the UK. Here’s 5 of the best from across Warwickshire and the surrounding areas.
Young adrenaline seekers can also let off steam trying to master a new adventure sport at nearby climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, Tamworth’s Snowdome and indoor skate-parks.
The lovely Northampton Muddy ed Anna-Lou enjoyed an overnight ‘Bridget’ mini-break at Forest of Arden Hotel in Meriden en route to Birmingham Airport. Check out her fab review…
Sometimes, the stress of a holiday or the 10 hours stuck in traffic on the way to Cornwall, really do negate any benefits of a trip away; that’s why I’m the new champion of a cheeky break on your own doorstep (or near as damn it)!
London Fashion Week used to be a case of ‘if your name’s not down, you’re not coming in’ but these days the biannual round of fashion shows are a much more democratic affair. While you’re still unlikely to find yourself snuggled up front row next to the editor of French Vogue (wearing sunglasses indoors and a ‘whatever’ expression mandatory), there are plenty of other ways to get involved. With the AW17 collections being showcased in the capital from 17-21 February, Muddy’s Kerry Potter – a glossy mag journo escapee and veteran LFW attendee – has some ideas for soaking up the fashion vibes, even if your FROW ticket got (*cough*) lost in the post.
Half Term’s nearly here…Check out this bumper guide of cool stuff if you’re without kids – oh and don’t forget to stock up on gin.
Motionhouse: Scattered, Bridge House Theatre, Warwick, Thur Feb 16-Fri Feb 17
Leamington Spa-based UK contemporary dance company Motionhouse are touring the world with their 18th show Scattered, part of a trilogy. Choreographer Kevin Finnan’s latest awe-inspiring ‘4D’ spectacle combines digital imagery, their trademark athletic physicality, underwater motifs and performers gliding and flying off a 20ft halfpipe-looking set.
Here’s just the thing to get you out of your winter parka and skipping into a bikini – thanks to mum-of-two Joanne Webster at Travel Counsellors in Rugby. She’s had a very busy January and February, helping families across Warwickshire to book their summer holidays.
Her tips on the top trending destinations for 2017 range from family yoga, turtles and elephant camps in Thailand to an eco-resort in Greece and Dubai’s newly opened £3bn mega theme park, amazing beaches and record-breaking skyscrapers.
Didn’t quite make it to the ski slopes this half term? Nope, me neither! But who cares, for we have delights aplenty in Warwickshire and not just out on our doorstep. Here are great 8 options if you fancy a day trip out:
From the Horrible Histories Maze to The Mighty Trebuchet there’s loads for children to see and do this half-term. They can also dress up as a little princess in The Princess Tower or muster up the courage to enter the scary Castle Dungeon (too scary for me!).