What's on where around Leamington, Warwick and Kenilworth: listings, March 11 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, 11th March 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.

Spa Centre, Leamington, until Saturday March 12: Youngsters from across Warwickshire present the WAGS Gang Show. Call 334418 for tickets.

Friday March 11 to Sunday March 13: Stoneleigh Park hosts the Edible Garden Show One, will be bursting with innovative products, top exhibitors, home-grown produce, food, livestock and a new celebrity line-up of experts. There will also be a chance to attend a broadcast of BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time on the Saturday. Call 0844 338 8001 for more information.

Saturday March 12 and Sunday March 13: Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, Fosse Way, hosts the Midlands Garden Rail Show. The exhibition will showcase 13 layouts, many of which are new to the exhibition. The Gauge One Association will have a coal-fired Flying Scotsman on the Saturday and a spirit-fired Flying Scotsman loco on Sunday running on their layout. Entry costs £8.50 for adults and £3 for children aged five to 14 and under-fives free. Visit www.largescalemodelrail.co.uk for more information.

Sunday March 13 to Wednesday March 16: St Patrick’s Irish Club hosts new musical Good Business, which has been written by Warwick University students. The show is set in 1930s Chicago and focuses on two rival mobster gangs in the Great Depression. Tickets cost £5 plus booking fee. Visit https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/goodbusiness to book.

Wednesday March 16 to Saturday March 26, 7.30pm (except Sunday): The Loft Theatre in Leamington presents Christopher Hampton’s ‘bourgeois comedy’ The Philanthropist, an inversion of Moliere’s classic The Misanthrope. Visit www.loft-theatre.co.uk or call 0844 493 4938 to book.


Warwickshire County Record Office, Warwick, 9.15am to 12.15pm: Family Historian Jennifer Cranfield explores a range of useful websites for the family historian at this hands-on workshop, including some of the more unusual. Cost: £12, call 738959 to book.

Castle Galleries, Regent Street, Leamington, 1pm to 4pm: Critically acclaimed artist Richard Rowan will be making a guest appearance to unveil a newly curated exhibition of his work. Rowan’s latest collection ‘New Horizons’ captures landscape settings on a ‘canvas’ of glass – the artist’s preferred material. Visit www.castlegalleries.com for more information.

Ufton Village Hall, 11am to 12.30pm: Table top sale and coffee morning, selling children’s toys and clothes, cakes and preserves greetings cards, gifts, books, bric a brac. Adults £1.50 including coffee, children no charge.

Kingsley School Hall, Beauchamp Avenue, Leamington, 7.30pm: Leamington Sinfonia, Yu Fen Li piano, Thomas Payne conductor. Sibelius Karelia Suite, Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Nielsen Symphony No.1. Tickets £10 or £8, £5 for students over 16, accompanied under-16s free, available from Presto Classical in Leamington and by calling 01789 731966.

Zephyr Lounge, Spencer Street, Leamington, 7pm: The Spitfires (from Watford) are regarded as being at the forefront of the New Mod movement that is taking off around the country. They have sold out shows all over the UK and played several prestigious festivals in Europe plus high profile support slots for Paul Weller and The Specials. Support comes from up & coming Coventry band The Commonjets and special guests The Exports. Tickets £8 in advance.

Oak House (formerly Liberal Club), Upper Holly Walk, Leamington: Guitar Monkey


Leamington Art Gallery and Museum, 2pm to 4pm: This month’s Craft Club, run by Action 21, will be looking forward to spring with items for the home and garden. Sewing machines are available. Admission is free and no ticket is required. Call 339077 for more information.

Leamington town hall, 3pm: Leamington Chamber Orchestra, David Whittaker cello, Richard Laing conductor. Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet Suites 1 and 2, Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations, Shostakovich Hamlet – music for the film. Tickets £12, £10 for concessions or £2 for children, from Presto Classical, 317025 and www.oxboffice.com

Oak House (formerly Liberal Club), Upper Holly Walk, Leamington: Martin’s Easy Listening


Galanos House, Banbury Road, Southam, 7.30pm: Easter bingo. Call 812185 for details.

New Hall, Whitnash Sports & Social Club, Heathcote Road, Whitnash, 7.45pm: The Whitnash Society hosts talk by David Stocks on his holidays spent in the USA focussing on The Canyons. The Whitnash Society meets on the second Monday of the month. Visitors welcome, cost £2 per meeting. Call 336393 for more information.


Warwickshire County Record Office, Warwick, 1pm to 1.30pm: Show and Tell: Warwickshire’s World War Two A look at some Second World War-related records at Warwickshire County Record Office. Free drop in, no need to book.

St Mary’s Church, Warwick, 7.30pm: Gothic Voices. A Burgundian Ritual – anonymous early fifteenth century mass Missa Caput, interspersed with songs, rondeaux, virelais and ballades by Guillaume Dufay, Blondel de Nesle and Guilbert Kaukesal. Tickets £20, £18, £15, £12 and £1 from 01926 334418 or www.leamingtonmusic.org


Leamington Rugby Club, Moorefields, Kenilworth Road, Leamington, 8pm: Leam Jazz present saxophonist Tony Kofi, who has won BBC and Parliamentary jazz awards and been nominated for a MOBO. He has played alongside the likes of Courtney Pine, Jazz Jamaica All Stars, Claude Deppa and Billy Higgins. An aficionado of Thelonius Monk, Tony is renowned for his work in bringing Monk’s complete works to new audiences. The support act is the Ullenhall Jazz Workshop band known as the Jazz Assassins, directed by Adrian Litvinoff. Admission £8.

St Peter’s church hall, Dormer Place, Leamington, 7pm for 7.30pm: Royal Leamington Spa Horticultural Society presents John Matthews, who will be giving a talk on the history of vintage tools. Everyone welcome, non-members £3 on the door including coffee and biscuits.


Dormer Place Conference Centre, Leamington, 7.30pm: Leamington Society talk, Ricardo of Radford Semele. Two engineers are wo;; talk about this internationally important local company, founded in 1915 by a man obsessed with “all things propulsive” and still thriving. Their inventions have propelled First World War tanks, London buses and Formula 1 cars. Admission £2. Visitors welcome.

RNA Club, Adelaide Road, Leamington, 7pm for 7.15pm: The Royal Leamington Spa Flower Club will meet for a floral art demonstration by Shirley Henderson, NAFAS demonstrator. . Pay at the door. Admission £5.

Court House, Jury Street, Warwick, 7.30pm: Armonico Consort and Baroque Players, Gillian Keith soprano, Christopher Monks director. J S Bach ‘The Wedding Cantata’ and other great soprano cantatas. Tickets £21.50 plus booking fee from 0844 5810750 or www.armonico.org.uk


Netherfield House, Pound Lane, Lillington, 11am to 4pm: Easter fair. Call 338330 for more information.

Pump Room, Leamington, 7.30pm: Piatti String Quartet. Haydn Quartet in C Op 76 No 3 Emperor, Bartok Quartet No.5, Beethoven Quartet in F Op 59 No 1 Razumovsky. Tickets £20, £16, £13, £1 from 334418 or www.leamingtonmusic.org (Leamington Music)


Eathorpe Village Hall, 8pm: The internationally renowned classical pianist, Andrean Lazarov, is coming from Bulgaria to play pieces by Rachmaninoff, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and several others, including, for the first time, a couple of his own compositions. Tickets £13.50 or £12, including glass of wine or soft drink and canapés after the performance during a reception with Andrean. Call 632575 or 632664 or email [email protected] for more information.

St Mary’s church, Warwick, 7.30pm: Collegium Choir Warwick. Programme includes John Rutter’s Requiem and Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs. Tickets £13, under-16s free.

All Saints’ church, Leamington, 7.30pm: Bach St. John Passion (sung in German), presented by Royal Leamington Spa Bach Choir, The Musical & Amicable Orchestra, Sarah-Ann Cromwell soprano, Helen Anne Gregory contralto, Nathan Vale tenor (Evangelist), Bozidar Smiljanic bass, Colin Druce organ continuo, Nigel Stark conductor. Tickets £14 or £12 in advance, £5 students, £15 on door from www.rlsbc.org and Presto Classical on 317025.

Oak House (formerly Liberal Club), Upper Holly Walk, Leamington: The Kontikis.

Leamington Art Gallery and Museum, 11am to 4pm: Couture milliner and designer Bobbi Heath will be giving a Fabulous Fascinators workshop. Bobbi will help participants craft their own chic creation using materials provided. Some sewing skills will be required for this workshop. Cost: £20 per person. Tickets are limited. Call 742700 to book.

Kingsley School Hall, Beauchamp Avenue, Leamington, 7.30pm: Handel’s Semele, presented by Warwick & Kenilworth Choral Society and Beauchamp Sinfonietta with soloists, Benedict Wilson conductor. Tickets £13, £5 students and £2 children from Presto Classical, Kenilworth Books, Warwick Books and 01676 534944.


RNA Club, Adelaide Road, Leamington, 10.30am: The club’s AGM.

St Nicholas church, Warwick, 3pm: Pergolesi’ Stabat Mater, with sSoloists Wendy Whyte & Rose Rowley. Admission free, refreshments available.

Eathorpe Village Hall, 4.30pm: The internationally renowned classical pianist, Andrean Lazarov, is coming from Bulgaria to perform the Top 20 Piano Encores. Tickets £13.50 or £12, including glass of wine or soft drink. Call 632575 or 632664 or email [email protected] for more.