Bank holiday events in Coventry
by Ben Glass
May 22, 2009

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Don't be bored in Coventry this weekend.

There's loads to do in and around the city:

Special events

BMX stunts, penny farthing demonstrations and rickshaw rides at the Transport Museum on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

The three day festival – to celebrate Coventry being the founding place of the modern bicycle – will have events between 10am and 4pm each day.

Record breaking cyclist Eileen Sheridan will also be signing copies of her autobiography Wonder Wheels and on Saturday and Sunday at 7.30pm there will be a free showing of the film Breaking Away.

Now you has jazz …. dozens of artists set to appear at venues across the city.
Friday: Portico Quartet at Taylor John’s House in The Canal Basin (10pm, £10) and Jacqui Dankworth is performing at The Belgrade (7.45pm, £12).
Saturday: Si Hayden at The Tin Angel (1pm, free); Art Themen Quartet at The Belgrade (2pm, £8); Travis & Fripp at Coventry Cathedral (4pm, £12); Don Weller Big Band at The Belgrade (£7.45pm, £14); Lushlife at Taylor John’s House (8pm, FREE), Empirical at Taylor John’s House (10pm, £10); Gary Husband – Drive Quartet at The Belgrade (10pm, £8).
Sunday : Neil Cowley Trio at The Belgrade (2pm, £8); Tim Garland Acoustic Trio at St Mary’s Guildhall (6pm, £8); Maceo Parker at The Belgrade (7.45pm, £16); Mônica Vasconcelos at The Belgrade (10pm, £8).
Monday: Michael Roach & Johnny Mars plus Abie Budgen at St Mary’s Guildhall (6pm, £8).

Rides everyday at The Coventry Great Fair on Hearsall Common

Take a racquet and a picnic down to War Memorial Park between 11pm and 4pm on Monday for this free family event.

Peruse prickly succulents as Coventry Cactus Society show plants at Coombe Country Park on Monday between 10am and 4.30pm .

At The Old Windmill in Spon Street between 4pm and 10pm on Monday in aid of The Coventry Foyer.

Gigs and Music

Don’t fancy jazz?

The Satin Dolls + Nomad 67 + Mutabilis at The Kasbah in Primrose Hill Street (6.30pm, £5) followed by Happy Club + Sixtyfivemiles (£3 B4 11pm, £4 after).
Tribute bands Limehouse Lizzy (Thin Lizzy) and Hot Fuss (The Killers) at The Copper Rooms, Warwick University (7.30pm, £12, 02476 452425).
Covers band Recovered (The Who, The Jam, The Beatles, Oasis, Duffy) at Carey's in Hertford Place (Free B4 11pm, £5 after).

Covers band Front Row (The Kinks, T-Rex, Oasis, Kaiser Chiefs) at Carey's in Hertford Place (Free B4 11pm, £5 after).
Just Morale + The Crimes + Damp Matress at The Kasbah in Primrose Hill Street (£4 B4 11pm , £5 after)

Open mic night at The Golden Cross, Hay Lane, city centre and The Tin Angel in Spon Street

Isolated Atoms + Strawhouses at The Kasbah in Primrose Hill Street (£2 B4 11pm, £4 after)


On Friday and Saturday students will be performing Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical Company at Warwick Arts Centre (7.45pm nightly, £7.50).

Meet the middle-aged, middle-class of New York through a dreamlike suspension of reality: Robert, - a bemused and emotionally detached bachelor- his married friends and his eccentric girlfriends.

This fast-paced, colourful, witty show is as funny as it is poignant. Its dysfunctional, eclectic cast of characters and astute and ironic songs show that it's the trials and tribulations of relationships that keep them going.

Boat still not afloat?

Still can't decide what to do?

Why not check out The It's all About Coventry guides to shopping, eating, drinking, clubbing and city attractions?

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