What's on where around Leamington, Warwick and Kenilworth: listings, April 8 edition

Here's your guide to what's on where around Leamington, Warwick and Kenilworth in the coming weeks. Please email [email protected] with details of your events. We need the information at least a week before the publication date. Thank you.

Friday, 8th April 2016, 7:30 am
What's On


Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum: Exhibition Through the Shop Window provides a glimpse at shopping in Royal Leamington Spa from the 1880s to the 1980s, including personal stories, photographs and objects from the collection. The exhibition runs until Sunday, April 17.

Saturday April 9 to Saturday April 16, Loft Theatre, Leamington: Moonlight and Magnolias, a play about the tribulations of bringing Gone With the Wind to the screen. Call www.loft­theatre.co.uk call 0844 493 4938 to book.

Tuesday April 12 to Saturday April 12, Spa Centre, Leamington: Leamington & Warwick Musical Society present Singin’ in the Rain. Call 334418 ofr visit www.warwickdc.gov.uk/

royalspacentre to book.

Wednesday April 13 to Saturday April 23, Priory Theatre, Kenilworth: The theatre presents the Michael Cooney farce Cash on Delivery. Visit www.priorytheatre.co.uk or call 0333 666 3366 to book.

Until June 19, Compton Verney Art Gallery: Commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Shakespeare in Art offers a chance for art and theatre lovers to discover Shakespeare’s works through a unique series of theatrical encounters including painting, photography, projection, sound and light. The exhibition has been designed by the Royal Shakespeare Company’s director of design, Stephen Brimson Lewis. The exhibition focuses on pivotal Shakespeare plays, including The Tempest, Hamlet, Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, all of which have motivated artists across the ages from George Romney, Henry Fuseli, John Singer Sargent and GF Watts to Karl Weschke, Kristin & Davy McGuire and Tom Hunter. Call 645500 or visit www.comptonverney.org.uk for more information.


The Assembly, Leamington, doors open 7pm: Laurence Jones will be playing with his band in his home town. The young British blues artist has won several major awards, while battling with Crohn’s Disease, a serious inflammatory bowel disease, which means he has to spend a whole day in hospital every eight weeks. Tickets: £12. Visit leamingtonassembly.com to book.

Holy Trinity Church, Beauchamp Avenue,Leamington, 1.15pm to 1.45pm: Anne Lewis voice, Bill Taylor harp. Programme to include Scottish songs and airs. Free admission.

Cubbington Village Hall, Broadway, Cubbington, 7pm to 9pm: Girlguiding Senior Section Fun Night for existing or interested members in the Leamington, Southam, Warwick and Kenilworth areas. Fun activities in celebration of Girlguiding’s Senior Section Centenary and welcoming the arrival of the Centenary relay baton brought on foot by Kenilworth Senior Section members. This is for all girls and young women approaching 14 and up to 25, even if they are not past or present members of Girlguiding. Taster activities include mini book making, toasting marshmallows, tent pitching, fruit and veg pals, newspaper hockey, creating a happy thoughts jar, plus refreshments. Free admission. Anyone attending can email

Spa Centre, Leamington, 7.30pm: The world renowned all-singing, all-plucking Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain return with their toe-tapping music and comic chat. Last year they celebrated 30 years of ukulele action. Tickets cost £25 or £23 for concessions. Call 334418 or visit www.royalspacentreandtownhall.co.uk to book.

Spa Centre Studio, 7.45pm: Andrew Lawrence’s tenth show features his most honest, fearless and uncompromising stand-up show to date. No joke is unacceptable and no subject off-limits. Tickets: £13 or £11 for concessions. Call 334418 or visit www.royalspacentreandtownhall.co.uk to book.


Kenilworth Tennis, Squash and Croquet Club, Crackley Lane, 7pm: Lucy Anne Sale, Phil Burnham and Chris Tye, who are all well known on the local pub and club circuit in Coventry and Warwickshire, will perform a variety of music over three sets during the evening. The audience will be treated to original jazz, blues, indie-folk music and acoustic ballads as well as covers of some old favourites. Tickets cost £10 and must be bought in advance. Email [email protected] to book.

Leamington Art Gallery & Museum, 11am to 4pm: Join freelance artist Lisa Broughton for a colourful textile applique canvas workshop. Participants will be using an owl template as inspiration for their textile design, and will get to choose from a selection of fabrics to construct and fuse their artwork. Visitors will be shown how to decorate their designs by hand sewing trimmings and embellishments to their designs. Tickets are £20 per person. Tickets are limited so book by calling 742700. Payment is required to confirm booking.

Spa Centre Studio, 7.45pm: Following his sell-out Edinburgh 2015 run, political comedian Matt Forde returns with a new show tackling some of the many great questions facing our country. As seen on Mock the Week (BBC Two), Have I Got News For You (BBC One) Rory Bremner’s Coalition Report (BBC Two) and Question Time (BBC One). Tickets: £10. Call 334418 or visit www.royalspacentreandtownhall.co.uk to book.

Leamington Tennis and Squash Club, Guys Cliffe Avenue, Leamington: Spicy Jazz perform. Bob Jackson and Zoltan Sagi formed Spicy Jazz in Leamington in the early 1980s, and went on to have a residency for many years at the ‘Cork and Fork’ at the Regent Hotel in Leamington. Spicy Jazz disbanded in 2008 when reed player Zoltan Sagi was invited to join the Big Chris Barber Band, and Bob Jackson was working for part of the time in Scandinavia. The band re-formed in 2010 after Zoltan left Chris Barber as a full-time musician. Zoltan now plays with the Stars of British Jazz but still plays with Spicy Jazz when not touring. Tickets cost £8 and are available from Leamington Tennis and Squash Club clubhouse bar.

Castle Gallery, Regent Street, Leamington, 1pm to 4pm: Critically acclaimed artist Emma Grzonkowski will be making a guest appearance to unveil a newly curated exhibition of her work. Emma has built up an extensive portfolio of large scale works, capturing myriad emotions through the portrayal of strong, powerful and beautiful women. Visit www.castlegalleries.com for more information.

Warwickshire County Record Office, Warwick, 9.15am to 12.15pm: Was your ancestor a criminal or a victim of crime? This session with family historian Jennifer Cranfield gives an overview of Victorian crime, the Courts and the punishments meted out and where to find these records.Cost: £12.

Sunday April 10

Kineton Sports and Social Club, 7.30pm: The club presents comedy Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Kepow Theatre. Tickets: £8.50 and £7. Call 641024 or visit Lewis’ the Butchers in Kineton to book.

St John’s Museum, Warwick, 11am to 4pm: Vintage Fair. There will be vintage stalls throughout the museum. Get a free makeover at a Pop up Parlour, enjoy the vintage cafe and see a collection of Warwick Healey Motor Company cars. Free entry.

Dale Street Methodist Church, Dale Street, Leamington, 3pm: Diatonic, Robert Forbes tenor, David Borsada bass, Edward Jenkins organ, Bernard Sutton conductor, perform Stainer Crucifixion. Tickets £8 from 882898 or Presto Classical.

Leamington Art Gallery & Museum, 2pm to 4pm: Action 21 runs its monthly Craft Club on the theme of ‘Spring into Summer. Sewing machones are available. Admission is free. Call 339077 or visit www.action21.co.uk for more information.

King’s Head, Church Hill, Cubbington, 10.30am: Spring Flower Walk will be led by Cubbington Action Group to show anemones and/or bluebells that group members say are threatened by the HS2 rail line. Two mile walks, strong shoes or wellington boots advised. Dogs on leads. No charge. Assemble outside the pub. Call 425283 for more information.


New Hall, Whitnash Sports & Social Club, Heathcote Road, Whitnash: The Whitnash Society welcomes David Blower, Bees Abroad project leader and local bee keeper, who will be talking about his recent visit to Tanzania and bee keeping with the Maasai. The Whitnash Society meets on the second Monday of the month at 7.45pm. Visitors are welcome, with a charge of £2 per meeting. Call 336393 for more information.


The Courthouse Ballroom, Warwick, 7pm: Meet the author event – John Connolly, A Time of Torment, described as part of “the finest crime series currently in existence” by the Independent on Sunday. Tickets cost £10, redeemable against the purchase of a book on the night.


St Francis of Assisi Church Hall, Warwick Road, Kenilworth, 10am to 4pm: Hansons Auctioneers hold a specialist textile valuation event, together with general valuers, in aid of the NSPCC. Call 07802 839915 or email [email protected] for more information.

Warwickshire County Record Office, Warwick, 1pm to 1.30pm: Show and Tell: Warwick’s Swifts. The swifts will be returning to the town this summer so take this chance to learn something about these amazing little birds that fly thousands of miles every year and only land to breed. Free drop in, no need to book.


All Saints’ church, Leamington, 7pm: Leamington Underground Cinema is teaming up with the friends of All Saints Parish Church to screen The musical comedy The Blues Brothers. Starring Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as the eponymous musicians, The Blues Brothers is a mix of outrageous car chases, classic comedy and musical cameos from the likes of James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles. The screening will be preceded by a short blues set from ‘Kentucky’ James Knight. Tickets cisr £10 in advance or on the door. Half of the profits from ticket sales is going towards the continued upkeep and maintenance of the church. Visit leamingtonundergroundcinema.wordpress.com or the cafe in the church to book.


Tree House Bookshop, The Square, Kenilworth, 11.30am: Popular Kenilworth band Romany Pie, who formed in 1977, are launching their first album. They will be playing songs and signing copies of the CD. For more information on forthcoming events search Romany Pie on Facebook.

St Mary’s church, Warwick, 7pm: Oriflamme Ensemble with Croft Preparatory School Junior Choir, Wendy Whyte soprano, Patrick Hinks bassoon, Antoine Mitchell conductor. Warwick Mayor’s Charity Concert. Rameau excerpts from Castor et Pollux, Brahms Volkskinderlieder WoO 31, Elgar Romance for bassoon and orchestra, Berlioz Les Nuits d’Été. Tickets £10 from 411694 and 492212.


St Nicholas church, Warwick, 3pm: Solstice wind quintet playing Rossini and Rimsky-Korsakov. Admission free, refreshments available.