The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Warwickshire Edition

Category: Activities

Parklife! Compton Verney, Sun June 25

23 Mar 2017

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.  

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The Bumper What’s On Guide!

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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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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The Muddy Guide – Thurs March 2-Wed March 8

2 Mar 2017

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.

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7 Fun Things to Do This Weekend

23 Feb 2017

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.

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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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Half Term Survival Kit: Part 1

16 Feb 2017

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!

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Half Term Muddy Guide: The Best 8 Day Trips

13 Feb 2017

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:

Warwick Castle

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!).

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Early-bird summer festival guide 2017: Don’t miss out!

13 Feb 2017

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.  

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The Urban Guide to the Countryside -
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