Events Diary

What’s On in Warwick – at a Glance

There’s always plenty to do in Warwick, with a wide range of events throughout the year. This handy long-term calendar is a guide to some of the most interesting, with links or contacts for more information. If you are organising an event which you think will be of interest to visitors or local people, email the details well in advance to whatson@unlockingwarwick.org  It’s updated each month. 

Please see below featured events in Warwick. Please contact info@visitwarwick.co.uk if you would like your event to be listed.

Charity Christmas Cards

From 23/10/2018 to 19/12/2018

Image result for cards for good causes logoCharity Christmas cards are on sale at Warwick Visitor Information Centre. Based in the Court House in Jury Street,  please come along and support your favorite charity. At least 70p in each pound goes direct to charity.

CARDS AND GIFTS SELLING VERY QUICKLY DO NOT MISS OUT


Warwick Castle Medieval Dinner

From 10/11/2018 to 13/07/2019

 

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It is the year 1471 and you have been summoned to dine with the infamous Kingmaker, Richard Neville Earl of Warwick, for an unforgettable evening of wining, dining and mediaeval revelry.

You are invited to enjoy an unrivalled atmosphere and travel back to a time where war raged outside the Castle walls.
Package Includes:

  • Cash bar on arrival served in the Coach House
  • A walk through the Kingmaker attraction
  • Dine in unique surroundings
  • Three course dinner
  • Your choice of lager or wine served with each course and unlimited soft drinks
  • Live entertainment and music throughout the evening
  • Disco until midnight

2019
26th January
23rd February
30th March
27th April
18th May
15th June
13th July

Address
Warwick Castle, Warwick, CV34 4QU
Telephone
+44 (0) 1926 406 660

Smart Talks

From 15/11/2018 to 21/03/2019

“Smart Talks” at the Lord Leycester Hospital, Brethren’s Kitchen

Welcome to Smart Talks – a series of Talks by learned academics, non-academics, and smart people in the five-hundred year old, Brethren’s Kitchen!

Food is prepared by Nick Doherty of Ni Cuisine. The bar is help yourself and stocks red/white wine and beers. All of

this for the cost of £22 per person per evening – a portion of which will go to the conservation projects at the Lord Leycester. (If you come to all Smart Talks we will give you the twelfth event free! Just keep your receipts.)

The talks will always be held on the third Thursday of the month at 7 PM. So…..same time, same place just a different topic, different month. Here are the schedule talks presented over the next few months:

2018

15 Nov   – The Verdict is YoursGraham Sutherland –a murder trial at Warwick Assizes in the 1780s. It was the culmination of a Georgian scandal which had begun in Bath and moved to just outside Rugby. The defendant, John Donnellan was the illegitimate son of an Irish lord who eloped with a potential heiress and came back to live with them at Boughton Hall near Rugby. His brother-in-law died in suspicious circumstances and Donnellan was charged with his murder. The audience is asked to act as the jury and see if they agree with the verdict then and maybe reach a different verdict today.

Dec  –  Christmas Break no talk

2019

17 Jan “From the Pillory to the Prison Cell” – Ginny Davis, a barrister turned writer and performer for theatre and a regular speaker to WIs, U3A and other community groups.

A lighthearted, fascinating history of criminal punishment from the 16th to the 21st century. The following and many more questions will be answered. What was a “common scold” and how was she punished? Why were first time felons branded in open court?

When and why did transportation to North America end? What replaced it?

Why were there cries of “hats off” at public executions? What is the difference between the long and short drop method of hanging? Where do the terms “toe the line” and “money for old rope” originate? Why are prison officers called “screws”?

21 Feb  2019 The Battle of Evesham 1255, Alan Bailey. Was it a big family “fall out” or the beginning of Democracy?  The presentation explores the context of the Battle, the main players, the fragility of loyalty to the king or one’s peers and the beginnings of power sharing through a Parliament.

21 March 2019, ‘Old Mettle’, Stephen Wass. BEd (Hons) MA (Leicester). MCIfA

William Castle, nick-named ‘Old Mettle’, was a remarkable character in early nineteenth-century Banbury. Notable for being the fool for a number of teams of morris dancers he was also a match-seller, grave-digger, child-carer, crook, beggar and professional idiot. As someone who lived on the margins of society it is unusual to have so many good sources

Please go to our website for updates on speakers and topics by month.

You can pay at the venue or call 01926 491422 or email and book your place.

Telephone
01926 491422
7 pm
Admission – £22 including food and drink!

Trivia Trails around Warwick

From 25/11/2018 to 26/12/2018

 

Trivia Trails around Warwick are scheduled for

Sunday 12.30 on 25th November
Wednesday 11.30 26th December


WARWICK RACES 2018

From 29/11/2018 to 31/12/2018

Winter Warmer

Wednesday 21st November

Light Up Warwick Raceday

Thursday 29th November

Eventmasters Christmas at the Races

Thursday 13th December

New Year’s Eve Raceday

Monday 31st December

warwick.thejockeyclub.co.uk


Slaughterhouse players Christmas Pantomime Toad In The Great Hall

From 14/12/2018 to 14/12/2018

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Tickets on sale beforehand (Warwick Books, Old Post Office, Slaughterhouse Players)


Da Capo a Cappella Chamber Choir with Charles Matthews – Wassail

From 18/12/2018 to 18/12/2018

Tuesday 18th December 2018, 7.30 pm

Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick

With virtuoso Charles Matthews at the piano, Da Capo presents a programme of Christmas musical revels, with opportunities for you to sing carols of your choice.

The beautiful church will be arranged with table seating, and you will be served with interval food and mulled wine for that unique Da Capo Christmas experience. Seats at the sides of the nave are also available, and include a glass of mulled wine.

Ticket price includes refreshments and programme, with proceeds going towards St Mary’s tower restoration fund.

Tickets

£10 (family £28) for table seating with food, available by email to dacapo.warwick@gmail.com;£7.50 non-table side seating by email or from St Mary’s Shop.

 

 

 


Santa Visits St Mary’s

From 18/12/2018 to 18/12/2018

Children’s Events Christmas Tree Festival

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Santa will be visiting the Christmas Tree Festival at 11 am, come along and join him as he looks at the beautiful trees and stops off before continuing his journey towards Christmas. Bring your letter or write one at St Mary’s to post in the special postbox.

Free admission


Carols By Candlelight

From 20/12/2018 to 20/12/2018

Amonico Consort and Orchestra                    .Carols By Candlelight at St Mary's Church

Join us for our annual Christmas celebration, a stunning venue, beautiful atmosphere, traditional carols, new carols, candlelit warmth, the perfect end to the year, and surely no better way to begin your Christmas…….7.30pm

 (0) 844 581 0750
7.30 pm

Carols at the Castle

From 22/12/2018 to 22/12/2018

Carols_-_Banner_2 Carols at the Castle in aid of local charities. 7.30 pm – 9 pm. Adults £6.50. Children £2.

Tickets available online at;

www.warwick-castle.com/events/carols-at-warwick-tle.aspx


Tea Dance & Dance Lessons Court House Ballroom

From 08/01/2019 to 08/01/2019

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                 Coaching by-   professional dancers

Just turn up

           Tea & Cake £2.50

   01926 411411694


 


Warwick Racecourse’s fixtures for 2019

From 12/01/2019 to 31/12/2019
Warwick Racecourse’s fixtures for 2019

Saturday, January 12 – afternoon

Monday, January 21 – afternoon

Saturday, February 9 – afternoon

Friday, February 22 – afternoon

Sunday, March 10 – afternoon

Thursday, March 28 – afternoon

Wednesday, April 10 – afternoon

Thursday, April 25 – afternoon

Monday, May 6 – afternoon

Saturday, May 11 – evening

Wednesday, May 22 – afternoon

Wednesday, May 29 – evening

Monday, September 23 – afternoon

Tuesday, September 24 – afternoon

Thursday, October 3 – afternoon

Friday, November 11 – afternoon

Wednesday, November 20 – afternoon

Thursday, December 12 – afternoon

Tuesday, December 31 – afternoon

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The Musicke Companye – A Venetian Carnival

From 29/01/2019 to 29/01/2019

Masked figures, courtesans, the wedding of the Doge to the Sea, the exuberance of Carnivale, tales of lust, betrayal and murder. As the weeks of Carnavale approach, imagine time in La Serenissima, and listen to the glorious music of Cavalli, Galuppi, Handel, Lotti, Marcello, Monteverdi, Stradella, Strozzi and Vivaldi.

“One of the most gifted of all the early music groups currently before the public” (Musical Opinion)

7.30pm

Tickets available at Warwick Visitor Information Centre Box Office

Telephone sales; 01926 334418

Buy tickets online 

Roderick Williams – baritone and Christopher Glynn – piano

From 07/02/2019 to 07/02/2019

Schubert Winter Journey = Roderick Williams and Christopher Glynn perform Schubert’s winter song cycle in English, echoing their critically acclaimed CD release of the work earlier this year. This concert forms part of Roderick’s Schubert Project in which he has sung Schubert’s three mighty song cycles all over the world alongside work in schools to teach youngsters how to sing the music of the great composer.

7.30pm

Tickets available at Warwick Visitor Information Centre Box Office

Telephone sales; 01926 334418

Buy tickets online 

Warwick Beer Festival

From 15/02/2019 to 16/02/2019

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There will be 20+beers to try plus 7 plus ciders. Entry includes a commemorative glass. Hot food available both days. All money raised goes towards the ongoing restoration cost of this iconic building. Admission £5

Tickets available now 11th DECEMBER 2018

Warwick Visitor Centre Jury Street Warwick

Great Christmas Present


Warwick Pancake Race

From 05/03/2019 to 05/03/2019

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Organised by the Rotary Club

1.30 PM – 3.30 pm, £10.00  per team

Contact Jackie Crampton;  01926  492496


Warwick Food Festival

From 26/05/2019 to 26/05/2019

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Food Fit For a King

On Sunday 26th May 10am – 7pm,  there will be an amazing opportunity for visitors and residents in Warwick to learn and enjoy all aspects of food and drink.

Warwick’s newest Food & Drink Festival will be a celebration of the town’s fantastic restaurants, bars, and cafes, as well as some of the finest regional food & drink producers.

Come and join us for a day of great food, cooking demonstrations and entertainment.

Also enjoy the special offers from local pubs & restaurants in and around the Town.


Two Castles Run

From 09/06/2019 to 09/06/2019

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The 2019 Two Castles Run will be held on Sunday 9th June. Online registration will open at Midday on Friday 1st March. The Two Castles Run is organised by the Rotary Club of Kenilworth and Leamington Spa Cycling and Athletic Club, entirely by unpaid volunteers, with all proceeds being donated to charitable causes.

There are three public car parks, which are 20 minutes from the Start, at Warwick Castle, which participants can use.  There is minimal on-street parking near the Start.

Alternatively, participants can be dropped off at Warwick Castle’s Stratford Road car park.

Aim to arrive at the start by 7.30 am at the latest. The Run will start at 9.00 am.  Access from Warwick Castle’s Stratford Road car park to the Castle grounds will be closed at 8.45 am. If you arrive after 8.45 am, you will not be permitted to join the Run.


Warwickshire Open Studios

From 15/06/2019 to 30/06/2019

 

Warwickshire Open Studios

Since 2002, Warwickshire Open Studios has grown to become the county’s biggest annual exhibition of visual art, with over 270 artists in 138 venues in and around Leamington Spa, Warwick, Stratford-upon-Avon, Kenilworth, Rugby, Evesham, Shipston-on-Stour and Coventry.

From painting, photography and printmaking to ceramics, glass and textiles, there’s lots on offer for every taste and budget.

Entry is free to all our venues. You can chat to the artists and find out more about their craft, with many offering demonstrations and workshops.

What’s more, there will be lots of unique and original art for sale. It’s all commission free, so it’s cheaper for you to buy.


Warwick Folk Festival

From 25/07/2019 to 28/07/2019

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Singers and musicians, street entertainers and Morris dancers – it seems that anybody and everybody who enjoys folk music heads for Warwick in July each year.
Since its humble beginnings in 1979, the annual Warwick Folk Festival has developed into one of the most highly regarded folk events on the national and international scene, attracting fans from all over Britain and as far afield as the USA and Australia.
2019 is our 40th festival! If you’ve not been for years, come and see what’s changed. If you’ve never been to Warwick Folk Festival, come and see what you’re missing!
Warwick Folk Festival has become a major highlight on the British music calendar attracting people from all over the country and beyond. One of the attractions of the Festival is the live music and dance which is programmed around the town centre including hotels and public houses.
The festival takes place at Warwick School and offers a fantastic family day out with workshops, storytelling, theatre, music and dance, as well as a real ale & cider festival, wine bar and craft market. There is also a free concert and dancing in the Market Place.


Smith Street Party

From 27/07/2019 to 27/07/2019

Smith Street Party

Smith Street Party to celebrate the Warwick Folk Festival.

A great day out  10 am-10 pm


The Myton Hospices Cycle Challenge 2019

From 04/08/2019 to 04/08/2019

                                    We have three different routes designed for cyclists of all levelsRelated image.  Pick your distance and join #Team Myton while cycling  through the pretty villages of Warwickshire and the Cotswolds.

50 KM ROUTE (£30)
This achievable route has been thoughtfully planned for all levels, there   will be a few moderate inclines to offer you a challenge and gain a real sense of achievement!

100 KM ROUTE (£40)
For more experienced cyclists this route offers a bigger challenge in      Distance and some steeper inclines, including the option to take part in the return of our timed “King of the Mytons” hill climb.

Setting off in waves from 8 am depending on distance and entrants.
£30 – 50 km £40 – 100 km
Myton Road, Myton Lane, Warwick, Warwickshire CV34 6PX
 
Contact telephone: 01926 838891

Retro and Classic Car Show

From 11/08/2019 to 11/08/2019

RetroWarwick Classic Car Show

Bring along your pre-1990 classic car, retro, commercial, scooter, bike or hot rod.
Park up in Warwick’s the picturesque Market Place and enjoy the cars. pubs, cafes, attractions and many interesting shops.

From 10 am on wards. It’s Free and no booking required!


Warwick Regatta.

From 17/08/2019 to 17/08/2019

Warwick Regatta

This year on 17th August, Warwick Boat Club hosts the 31st Anniversary Warwick Regatta.The event has been held by Warwick Boat Club on the River Avon, with the picturesque setting of Warwick Castle as the backdrop, every year since 1988 following the reformation of the Rowing section in 1987 and attracts hundreds of crews from around the country.Novices, juniors, seniors and veterans race along the 500m sprint course through St Nicholas Park and Myton fields, with special races designed for beginner crews too.

The event is free to watch, attracting hundreds of spectators each year.


Warwick Horticultural Show

From 24/08/2019 to 26/08/2019

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Something for all – there are 76 Classes which include (apart from The Obvious) handicrafts, paintings, & Photographs. 34 cups & trophies up For grabs including the prestigious RHS Banksian Medal & Certificate awarded to the most prolific points

Entries into the show will be received between 8 am & 2 pm on Saturday 24th August 2019 and judging will take place at 2:30 pm.

Entry fee – All Classes – 25 p per class for WHAS members, 30 p for non-members, and u 16s free.

The Ballroom at The Court House and Pageant Garden – Warwick Horticultural & Allotment Society Annual Show is back in town.

Address
The Ballroom at The Court House and Pageant Garden, Warwick, CV34 4EW
Telephone
+44 (0) 1926 492954
24th – 26th August 2019
Times
10am – 5pm
Admission
Members Free £2 for Guests

Party in the Park

From 26/08/2019 to 26/08/2019

 

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Join in the fun at this FREE family fun day in St Nicholas’ Park, Warwick.

There will be so much to see and do. Come down to Party in the Park where you and your family can enjoy a day out –

Stalls – Charities – Food – Drink – Entertainment – Bouncy Castles & Much More!   10am – 5pm  Admission Free

warwickspartyinthepark.org.uk


Saltisford Canal Trust Open Days

From 07/09/2019 to 08/09/2019

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Canal Fun Weekend 

Following on from the success of last year’s  Saltisford Canal Fun Weekend, we are again planning an exciting programme of events for this September.

The event has the flavor of a large village fete, with lots of activity happening around the site. Tony Grattan and Jacky Priest are leading the organizing committee.

We are hoping the event will be bigger and better than in 2017, with the following attractions:

• Live Folk Music
• Visiting Historic Boats
• Model Boat Display
• Craft Tent
• Boat Trips aboard Saltie II
• Children’s entertainment
• Canal Societies
• “Fun” Activities
• Refreshments
• Tombola and Raffle
• Self Guided Tours
• Meet the Pygmy goats

Free entry to the event, (some activities are by donation), please bring the family and tell your friends.


From 30/09/2019 to 06/10/2019
Dates to be confirmed in July 2019
Telephone
01926 334418

Warwick Words 2019

From 30/09/2019 to 06/10/2019
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Dates to be confirmed in July 2019
Telephone
01926 334418

Warwick Town Fireworks

From 02/11/2019 to 02/11/2019

 

Warwick Bonfire and Fireworks Display

All proceeds to local charities.

Warwick Racecourse
Gate 5.15 pm Display at 6.30 pm