Park Life! returns for the third year this summer in the beautiful grounds of Compton Verney on Sun June 25, 10.30am-5pm. This one-day family-friendly festival condenses a smorgasbord of entertainment, contemporary crafts and artisan products, including delicious food and drink, all into one day. And folk music fans are in for a real treat as headliners on the music stage are the award-winning Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, supported by Folklore and Blondes with Beards.Read more
What a feeling! Sara Cox has so far raised £1,071,264 after completing her epic 24 hour Sounds of the 80s Danceathon for Red Nose Day. Congratulations Cox-y. It’s a busy week; not only is it Comic Relief on Friday but Mother’s Day on Sunday and OMG we can all celebrate as the clocks go forward too…summers on the way. Yay!
Comic Relief 2017: Red Nose African Convoy, BBC 1, Thurs March 23
Ahead of the main Red Nose shenanigans on Fri March 24, this film aims to show the serious side of fundraising but it remains true to its comic roots by sending a road crew – Michaela Coel, David Baddiel, Russell Kane, Hugh Dennis, Katy Brand and Reggie Yates – to join a Comic Relief convoy from Kenya, to Uganda delivering crucial supplies and negotiating heavy terrain with a light touch, 9pm.Read more
Feel like exploring somewhere new? Muddy tenticles cover the South of England and who better to know the cool stuff that’s hard to unearth than our brilliant regional Muddy editors (all national journalists in their own right) who are constantly scouring their counties for the best arts and cultural highlights? Whether you’re day tripping or planning for longer, here are some of the treats in store for you.
Meet Louis Sidoli, Castle Fine Art Windsor, Sun 20 Mar
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If you like comics, photography, music, art and theatre there’s masses going on across Warwickshire this week…
Newsflash! Festival on the Close, Rugby School, Sat June 25-Thurs June 29
There’s an impressive line-up for this new arts and music festival celebrating the 450th Anniversary year of the founding of Rugby School. It includes Birmingham’s Mercury Music Award nominated singer-songwriter Laura Mvula, Leamington-based UK contemporary dance company Motionhouse, G4 & Lesley Garrett, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin author Louis De Bernieres performing with the Bookshop Band & Caribbean poet John Agard.Read more
Music is definitely in the air this week with tributes to two amazingly talented late artists, Amy Winehouse and Bob Marley, as well as some Cuban jazz, gorgeous folk vocals and iconic superhero film scores.
Amy film screening with live set from Amy tribute Laura Jane, Mockingbird Cinema & Kitchen, Birmingham Fri March 10
Tickets are going really fast for the film screening of this ‘piercingly sad’ documentary at Birmingham’s new indy cinema in The Custard Factory.Read more
Do you have a ‘spring’ in your step? There’s fun to be had across Warwickshire and rural West Mids and I know exactly where and when. In this week’s guide there’s a world premiere at the RSC, lots of books, comedy, art, The XX and, um, wine-tasting. Let’s, March to it…
World Book Day events: Warwick Books & Warwick Castle, Thurs March 2-Sat March 4
There’s lots going on across Warwickshire.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Glastonbury 2017 sold out within an hour last October and tickets for many of the other big ones are already selling like hotcakes. You must book super early these days if you don’t want to miss out. It may be depressingly chilly and damp now but before you know it the festival season will be upon us. Yay!
No longer about hedonism and staying up all night, now it’s about entertaining the kids and the option of a luxury tent.Read more
‘If music be the food of love, play on.’ Play on indeed…Now they’ve left the White House, Michelle and Barack can enjoy more time together. So, what do the Obamas do on their famous date nights?
Like most of us they find a romantic dinner spot, enjoy some food and head off to see a Broadway show. Even if it does involve flying to New York on a Gulfstream 500 jet, boarding a Marine One fleet helicopter to Manhattan and then into a motorcade.Read more