The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Warwickshire Edition

Category: Kid-friendly

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23 Mar 2017

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.

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A Cheeky Weekend Away? Muddy Stays: Ettington Park, Warks

12 Mar 2017

Muddy Northants ed Anna-Lou travels to neighbouring Warwickshire for a mini-break. You can read all about about her adventures at this supposedly haunted four-star hotel near Stratford-upon-Avon…

Since Bridget Jones went on her mini break with Daniel Cleaver, I’ve always loved the allure of a naughty night away (even if nothing naughty happens, its just good to get a break from the old routine)! Not as easy as it once was BC (before children), but nontheless, I still try and make it happen a couple of times a year.

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Beyonce Rises to It!

11 Mar 2017

‘Why Beyonce is a Powerful Role Model for Young Women Today’ explains Justine Themen, Director of RISE, B2, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Mon March 13-Sat March 18 

Some of the Midlands’ brightest young acting talent, aged 9 to 25, are this week staging new all-female production RISE, exploring what it’s like to be a young woman growing up in the 21st century

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12 Brilliant Boutique Glamping Sites in Warwickshire

9 Mar 2017

Does a floating tiny wooden house, reached only by dinghy, float your boat? An idyllic glamping utopia in a Victorian walled garden or back-to-basics camping on a peaceful car-free site? What Warwickshire lack in seaside entertainment and clifftop views it makes up for bucket loads of culture, wildlife and stunning countryside. There’s rivers and lakes for a spot of wild swimming, spades full of historic sites and Shakespeare (his family homes, the RSC and Stratford-upon-Avon).

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So Near Yet So Far-go!

2 Mar 2017

I popped over to have a scout round Coventry’s Fargo Village over the weekend to bring you this little whistle-top tour and a snapshot of what’s to expect this spring…

Located in part of the city that’s still undergoing considerable regeneration, it’s off Far Gosford Street which used to be part of the red-light district when I first moved from Cardiff to neighbouring Stoke in Coventry with my husband many moons ago – pre-children.

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Have a Flipping Fantastic Shrove Tuesday!

27 Feb 2017

Yay, it’s Shrove Tuesday! Today in Warwick, there’ll be Pancake Races between 1pm and 3pm as adult teams and primary school children keep up the tradition in Market Square. The Globe will be supplying hot pancakes; and Wetherspoon’s pub, The Thomas Lloyd, will be brewing hot drinks to keep everyone warm. But if you’re not flipping your own, where can you find the best pancakes in Warwickshire and beyond? Here’s 11 places to choose from…

Coffee Architects, Leamington Spa

How amazing do these blueberry and ricotta pancakes look?

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See This: The Quite Remarkable Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry)

22 Feb 2017

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. 

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Feb Half Term Fun: Indoors & Active

20 Feb 2017

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.

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Muddy Kids: Get Back to Nature

20 Feb 2017

Blow away the cobwebs with a breath of fresh air. 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.

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Summer 2017: 5 Trending Family Holiday Destinations

13 Feb 2017

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.

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The Urban Guide to the Countryside -
Warwickshire Edition