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Hot tickets! Here's CATHERINE VONLEDEBUR'S top 10 unmissable events coming up in Coventry, Warwickshire and beyond.


Dan Pearson 1The William Morris Wild Flower Meadow, The Arts and Crafts House: Then and Now and The Hart Silversmiths: A Living Tradition WHERE: Compton Verney, near Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire. WHEN: Tomorrow until September 13. WHAT: This weekend sees the opening of two new exhibitions tracing the origins, legacy and enduring appeal of the Arts and Crafts movement and silversmithing. Top landscape designer and gardening columnist at The Guardian Dan Pearson has also designed a field based on William Morris wallpaper outdoors at this stunning family-friendly art gallery.

HOW MUCH: From PS13.60 for adults, PS3 for children and under-threes free.

DETAILS: Five and 2 S Club 7 at Coventry Airport's open-air concert WHEN: Tomorrow.

WHERE: Coventry Airport. Reach for the stars with 90s pop sensations S Club 7 and three original members of boyband Five - Sean Conloin, Ritchie Neville and Scott Robinson. Also performing will be X-Factor finalists Rough Copy, Space Cowboy and Britain's Got Talent finalists Old Men Grooving. Gates will open at 5pm, with the music starting at 7pm.

HOW MUCH: Advance tickets are PS25 per person, saving you PS5 on the at the gate price.

DETAILS: Carr: 3Jimmy Funny Business WHERE: Butterworth Hall, Warwick Arts Centre.

WHEN: Tonight, 8 -10.30pm WHAT: Sharp, edgy one-liner merchant and TV regular Jimmy Carr is back on the road with more witty musings on the human condition. One of the hardest working comedians in the country, Jimmy returns after selling out Warwick Arts Centre with his Gagging Order show a record five times.

HOW MUCH: PS26 DETAILS: Coventry's first 4 Pride event WHERE: Fargo Village, Far Gosford Street, Coventry.

WHEN: Tomorrow and Sunday. WHAT: Two days of fabulousness at the city's very first Pride. Highlights include awardwinning artist and performer Rosie Garland who will be giving a free reading from Vixen and The Palace of Curiosities at the lovely Big Comfy Bookshop and Coventry's own transgender performance artist Kate O'Donnell. There will be stalls, activities and family-friendly fun which will continue after 6pm at Urban Coffee.

Rugby Festival 5 of Culture WHEN: Today until July 12. WHAT: On Sunday the band formerly known as The Beautiful South will be performing hits including Rotterdam, Good as Gold and Song for Whoever at The Benn Hall at 7pm. Other highlights this week incude the real Hyacinth Bucket, Patricia Routledge, star of BBC sitcom Keeping Up Appearances, in conversation at Rugby Theatre (Sunday, 3pm) historian David Starkey on the Magna Cartna (Rugby Theatre, July 3, 7.30pm), The Merchants Inn Cider Festival (Monday until July 5); a micro-film festival, a comedy night and Heartbreak Productions' Mr Stink (July 3, Caldecott Park, 6.30 - 9.30pm).

HOW MUCH: PS28 for The South, ring 01788 533719 or go to; PS18 to see Patricia Routledge ( DETAILS: for full line-up and ticket details 6 Warwickshire Open Studios WHERE: Across the towns and villages of Warwickshire. WHEN: Tomorrow until July 12. WHAT: An art exhibition around every corner. Visit the home and studios of more than 239 artists and designers. They include wildlife and countryside artist Sarais Crawshaw, a winner at the 2015 annual exhibition of The Wildlife Art Society International. She will be opening her Studio at Appletrees in Willey, near Rugby, on Saturday, Sunday, July 4, 5, 11 anf 12 from 10am-4pm.

2015 is the 15th anniversary of Warwickshire Open Studios.

HOW MUCH: Entry is free DETAILS: to see where your nearest artist studio is.

7Ruder Than U WHERE: Ego Arts Venue, Silver/Cook Street, Coventry CV1 1JN.

WHEN: Tonight. WHAT: The cast of Bob Eaton's hit musical Three Minute Heroes at Coventry's Belgrade Theatre will be taking over Ego Arts Venue for two skanktastic nights to celebrate the launch of their debut EP. Doors open at 8pm HOW MUCH: PS10 in advance or PS15 on the door DETAILS: glorious gardens 813 opening in Berkswell WHEN: Sunday, 11am-5pm.

WHAT: Berkswell was awarded Gold & Best Large Heart of England Village in the RHS' Britain in Bloom 2014.

Enjoy imaginatively planted herbaceous borders, productive vegetable plots, wildlife-friendly gardens and a 66-year-old Christmas tree. Also an art exhibition at Fern Cottage by artist Jean Mauger, plant sale, book stall, Alzheimer's Research stand, and home-made ice cream.

The National Garden Scheme is the main fundraiser for palliative cancer care charities, raising PS2.5million in 2014.

Homemade teas and home baking at Yew Tree Barn, Holly Oak, The Tower House and Eardley Cottage.

HOW MUCH: PS5 combined admission for all gardens. Go to for further details Ayckbourn's 9Alan Snake in the Grass WHERE: The Criterion Theatre, Earlsdon, Coventry.

WHEN: Tomorrow until July 4. WHAT: Ayckbourn's plays are universally popular and this one is no exception, delivering the playwright's usual acerbic wit and comic insight on the lives of the seemingly ordinary. A ghostly family reunion of the most twisted kind. Directed by Debra Relton-Elves and starring Nicole Firth, Nicol Cortese and Jan Nightingale. DETAILS: or ring 024 7667 4719.

Cocktail 10 Masterclass at the RSC WHERE: The RSC theatre's Rooftop Restaurant bar, Stratford-on-Avon WHEN: Every Friday until August 28 WHAT: The Royal Shakespeare Company is hosting new 45-minute cocktail masterclasses at its bar. Learn how to mix the perfect drink and the history behind cocktail making.

DETAILS: Ring 01789 403449.


S Club 7 (left) and |(below) Ritchie Neville with other members of boyband Five will be performing at Coventry Airport's open-air concert

|Comic Jimmy Carr (above) is at Warwick |Arts Centre tonight and (left) actress Patricia Routledge is in conversation at Rugby Theatre, as part of the Rugby Festival of Culture |Comic Jimmy Carr (above) is at Warwick |Arts Centre tonight and (left) actress Patricia Routledge is in conversation at Rugby Theatre, as part of the Rugby Festival of Culture

| Two new exhibitions open at Compton Verney Art Gallery |including Dan Pearson William Morris Meadow 2015 (top); a piece of work by artist Sarais Crawshaw (centre), part of Warwickshire Open Studios and (above) the cast of musical Three Minute Heroes will be taking over Ego Arts Venue for two skanktastic nights to celebrate the launch of their debut EP
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Date:Jun 26, 2015
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