Events in Coventry this weekend
by Ben Glass
April 30, 2009

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There’s plenty to do in Coventry over the May Day weekend.

Here’s a selection of events to keep you happy – even if the sun doesn’t put in an appearance.

Days out

Sunday sees a celebration of the Sikh New Year so why not pop down to the War Memorial Park for the Sikh Union Vaisakhi Mela.

Between 10am and 6pm there will be games and stalls.

On Monday it’s definitely worth checking out Earlsdon Festival where there will be stalls on Hearsall Common between 10am and 4pm.

The Transport Museum is hosting a Spring Craft Fair with up to 60 stalls on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. It might be a good idea to tie this in with a visit to the car museum (FREE) or The Doctor Who Exhibition (adults £8, children £5, family £22, under 4s free).

The Herbert Art Gallery has plenty to offer every day. Not only is there slavery art, there’s also an exhibition showcasing Chinese culture. And on Saturday and Sunday families can have a go at making tessellation paper sculptures. Best of all, this is FREE.

For history lovers there’re a couple of options.

Kenilworth Castle celebrates the opening of its Elizabethan garden with falconry demonstrations, plays, music and courtly chivalry on Saturday, Sunday and Monday (Adult: £8.50, Concs £7.50, Child, £5).

On Sunday and Monday there will be a Roman battle simulations, fashion shows, and weapon displays at Lunt Roman Fort in Baginton (Adult £2.50, concs £1.25, family, £7).

And if none of this floats your boat find out about more attractions in Coventry here.

Gigs and Music

Feeling rock and roll?

Calvin Harris play The Kasbah in Primrose Hill Street(£15).
Local bands The Red List perform at Bar 54 (FREE) and The Session play The Beer Engine (FREE).
To see covers band High Life (Queen, Oasis, Tina Turner etc) visit Carey’s in Hertford Place. Make sure you get there before 11pm as after entry jumps from zero to £5.

Danny Schmidt performs at Taylor John's House in Coventry’s picturesque Canal Basin (£8) while The Airborne Toxic Event plus The Senses take on The Kasbah in Primrose Hill Street (£9.50).
Covers band ABBA Reunion play charity gig at Alan Higgs Centre, Allard Way (£6). Fellow covers band Groove Monkeys (Kaiser Chiefs, Chili Peppers, Beatles) play Carey's in Hertford Place (Free B4 11pm, £5 after).

Chase & Status + Doc Scott + Brookes Bros at The Kasbah in Primrose Hill Street (£6)

Reemer + Lets Tea Party at The Kasbah in Primrose Hill Street (£2 B4 11pm, £4 after)


There are two productions on at The Belgrade over the weekend.

Former pop singer Maureen Nolan will star in Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers on Friday, Saturday and Monday. Tickets cost between £16.64 and £31.81.

The theatre will also be showing local play Lost in Paradise. Adults £5, cons £2.

The acclaimed Kneehigh Theatre company will be performing Noel Coward's Brief Encounter at Warwick Arts Centre on Friday and Saturday. Tickets between £16.50 and £27.50.

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