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
The countdown is on to Mother’s Day on Sunday March 26 and if you haven’t organised anything yet, allow me to me lend a hand — lest you end up in Burger King. I’ve pulled together a selection of 11 fab places across the county for a laid-back brunch or Sunday lunch guaranteed to keep you in her good books (no cooking or washing up required!).
The Bell in Alderminster
This award-wining gastropub in the centre of picturesque Alderminster, close to Stratford-upon-Avon, is part of the historic Alscot Estate.Read more
Treat your mum to a lavish spread at one of these top hotels or a quirky cuppa in a vintage Warwickshire tea room.
Hampton Manor, Hampton in Arden, near Solihull
Award-winning afternoon tea is served in the Manor’s pastel clad Parlour, a theatrical lounge where a tea sommelier explains specialist teas crafted in single-batch from various artisan family-run gardens. The Lailani & Co teas fuse the traditional with a modern twist and afternoon tea includes seasonal fresh produce with an innovative edge.Read more
‘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.Read more
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.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
Never mind the 2017 Oscars, we’re talking about the Midlands’ rural Oscars! The winners of the 2016 Countryside Alliance Awards were announced earlier this week.
Napton Village Stores, Post Office and Cafe in the village of Napton-on-the-Hill, near Southam won Midlands Champion in the Village shop/Post Office category.Read more
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?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