The Urban Guide to the Countryside

12 Cool Things for Grown-ups over Easter

9 Apr 2017

It’s not all about the little people this holiday, here are some top suggestions on cool stuff to do with your mates, significant other, or even solo (chocolate and gin included)!

Easter Sunday Pop-up Gin Bar, The Star and Garter, Leamington Spa

It’s back by popular demand… All the gins, all the garnishes it’s going to be GIN-TASTIC. Mix and match to find your favourite. They’re open for breakfast from 9am and Sunday Best menu including roast dinners from 12noon. Book online

Richard Ashcroft supported by Black Grape, Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, Thurs April 20

Former Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft will be flying over to Birmingham after dates in the US and Canada. Unfortunately, he had to cancel gigs in San Francisco and Toronto on April 5 & 7 on doctors’ orders, so let’s hope he’s back in good health! The award-winning artist will be performing tracks from his latest album, These People, released earlier this year alongside his back catalogue of solo work and with The Verve.

Mark Murphy’s Out of This World, Warwick Arts Centre, Tue April 25 & Wed April 26

Out Of This World is set in the mind of a woman in a medically induced coma. Within a world of projected film and animation, it combines stunning aerial choreography, explosive special effects and edge of the seat storytelling to create a show that is both psychological thriller and heart-rending, medical drama. The cast includes Sarah Swire, Catherine Cusack, Itxaso Moreno and Anwar Russel. Created by writer, director, designer, filmmaker and choreographer Mark Murphy. it’s been researched with a Consultant Neurosurgeon, a Consultant Anaesthetist and the clinical lead for the West Midlands Air Ambulance., Box Office: 024 7652 4524

Coffee, Chilli & Chocolate event, Talton Mill, Newbold on Stour, near Stratford-upon-Avon, Sat April 15

At this Latin American themed evening, you can learn all about coffee from bean to cup from local Stratford-upon-Avon supplier Monsoon Coffee, enjoy a spicy chilli supper & scrumptious homemade chocolate dessert. Coffee tasting too. £20, 7.30pm

Talton MillNewbold on Stour, Stratford upon Avon, CV37 8UG, 01789459140

The Shires, Butterworth Hall, Warwick Arts Centre, Tue April 25

2016 Glastonbury headliners and UK country music duo The Shires will be performing songs from their new album My Universe which was the fastest-selling UK country album of all time., Box Office: 024 7652 4524

Rob Auton, The Sleep Show, Studio, Warwick Arts Centre, Sun April 23

This show is about sleep by award-winning writer and performer Rob Auton. It’s suitable for those who have slept. If you’re one of the many sleep-deprived just hope you don’t nod off…, Box Office: 024 7652 4524

The Legend of Mike Smith in B2 The Belgrade Weds April 26 -Sat April 29 

UPRIZE presents an incredible staged performance of award-winning jazz and hip hop star Soweto Kinch’s album The Legend of Mike Smith. With jazz improvisation, a driving hip hop score and choreography from a pioneer of British Hip Hop culture, Jonzi D. Inspired by The Seven Deadly Sins and Dante’s Inferno, Soweto performs the story of Mike Smith, a young, aspiring MC caught in a world of temptation where the boundaries of reality and fantasy collide. Suitable for ages 13+

NEW TV SERIES! Guerrilla, Sky Atlantic, Thurs April 13

I’ve been looking forward to this new serial about the fictional activities of a London black power cell in the early 1970s. In theory, it sounds really interesting and has an impressive cast with Freida Pinto, Babou Ceesay and Idris Elba but will it live up to expectations? I hope so…

Pasha: Let’s Dance the Night Away, Royal Spa Centre, Leamington Spa, Thurs April 13

Strictly Come Dancing’s Pasha Kovalev invites you to join him as he leads you in dance through his incredible journey from snowy Siberian beginnings to the sparkle of the Strictly Ballroom with special guests including Anya Garnis, 7.30pm.

The Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival, Sun April 23- Sun April 30

Celebrating its 10th year, expect an exciting mixture of debate, ideas, celebrity author events, workshops and humour. This festival attracts some big political, academic & literary hard-hitters. Andrew Marr has already sold out. Girl with a Pearl Earring author Tracy Chevalier, historian Alison Weir, Mary Berry and Guardian journalist Gary Younge are among the guest speakers. They join the likes of Lord Roy Hattersley, Terry Waite and Ken Livingstone. I like the sound of Salon London’s 300 Books You Won’t Need to Read– a serious short cut to the most important books you can’t find the time to read. There’s also a brilliant Children’s Day on Sun April 30 with literary themed workshops, a Big Draw Challenge with top illustrators, authors and children’s show Elmer the Patchwork Elephant.

Gardening for the Soul – Alys Fowler, Allan Jenkins and Hollie Newton, Stratford Artshouse, Mon April 24 

 It’s been proven that weeding and propagating is good for our physical health, but how can we make it work for our well-being? Alys Fowler who writes the gardening column for Guardian Weekend, Allan Jenkins, editor of Observer Food Monthly, and Hollie Newton, advertising industry award winner who turned to a window box to escape the pressures of her job, talk about how they came to gardening and how we can make soil nurture the soul,4.30pm (£9). Part of Stratford Literary Festival., Tel 01789 207100

The Mill Garden Warwick, now open

Famed for quality of its planting and magical setting on the River Avon with dramatic views of Warwick Castle, Mill Gardens are now open daily, 9am – 6pm. Admission is £2; accompanied young children free. In 2016 the garden won first prize in the Warwick in Bloom competition for best garden open to the public. It’s unsuitable for electric wheelchairs.

Mill Street, Warwick, CV34 4HB, Tel: 01926 492877


Poet, comedian, rock star & BBC 6 music DJ John Cooper Clarke, Assembly, Leamington Tue May 9

Salford-born John Cooper Clarke shot to prominence in the 1970s as the original ‘people’s poet’. His poetry is now included on the national curriculum syllabus and his effect on modern music is huge. His influence can be heard within the keen social observations of the Arctic Monkeys and Plan B. The Arctic Monkeys even put one of John’s best loved poems, I Wanna Be Yours, to music on their critically acclaimed A:M Album. Age 14+;

Kirstie’s Allsopp’s Handmade Fair, Ragley Hall, Alcester, Fri May 12- Sun May 14

This is the ultimate creative day out for anyone interested in upcycling and learning new skills from modern watercolour botanicals to upholstery. Take part in hands-on workshops, learn from the experts, eat from delicious street food vendors, and buy tools, materials, and beautiful products from 150 handpicked sellers. Guest speakers include Liz Earle and Savile Row fashion designer Patrick Kent.


Obsession with Jude Law, Barbican, London, Wed April 19 – Sat May 20

Jude Law plays the handsome, down-at-heel Gino in a new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film directed by Ivo van Hove. Drifter Gino encounters Giuseppe and his much younger, trapped wife Hanna (played by Halina Reijn) at their roadside restaurant and petrol station. He and Hanna are so irresistibly attracted to one another they begin an affair while plotting to murder her husband.

Cardboard Citizens: Home Truths@The Bunker (Waterloo), London, April 17-May 13

Nine short plays by some of the UK’s most exciting playwrights including Coventry’s award-winning Chris O’ Connell – co-founder of the city’s Theatre Absolute –  will be premiering in Home Truths. Cardboard Citizen performers will squat in London’s The Bunker to present an incomplete history of housing in 9 plays – a playful exploration of housing from the slums of Victorian London to the madness of London today. Cardboard Citizens has been making lifechanging theatre with and for homeless people for 25 years.


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