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The Cavern Beatles

Tributes to the stars at The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury

Promotional Feature: There’s plenty of musical entertainment at The Roses Theatre this month, including tributes to The Kinks, Abba and The Beatles.

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The Granary, National Garden Scheme

A garden to visit this August Bank Holiday

The Granary, an enchantiny secret garden alongside the Oxford Canal is opening to the public this August Bank Holiday

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Heart of England Mencap will be at the Stratford Homes and Garden Show at Alscot Park

Schools urged to nominate ‘Children of Courage’

Schools across Warwickshire and Worcestershire are being urged to nominate ‘children of courage’ to be celebrated at an awards ceremony later this year.

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The Secret Garden / Picture by Emma Lazauski

The Secret Garden blossoms at the Playbox Theatre in Warwick

The Secret Garden is set to make a summer debut at Playbox Theatre’s Dream Factory in August as the first in a planned three-year project to stage great musicals in Warwick during the summer months.

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The Cheltenham Dance Festival

Five things to do this weekend (August 9-10)

Not much planned this weekend? Here are our five suggestions for what you could get up to in and around the resplendent region of the Cotswolds

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Leamington Baths, by J Fuller, 1816

Royal ‘Lemonton’ Spa

While investigating the town’s apparent fondness for lemons, Tracy Spiers discovers Royal Leamington Spa’s beauty, charm, architectural treasures… and sulphurous waters

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Five Star Swing

Coming up at The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury

Hankering for a hootenanny or a little Shakespeare? Here’s what’s coming up at The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury

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An aerial shot of the sheep-shaped maze

Maize Maze opens at Hilltop Farm in Hunningham

The Warwickshire countryside has a new attraction - an ‘a-Maizing’ maze!

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Richard Thompson, who will be headlining the festival / Photo: Pamela Littky

Warwick Folk Festival returns for its 35th year

The Warwick Folk Festival, which will celebrate its 35th year, takes place from July 24-27 at Warwick School.

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Court House garden

Visit the Court House garden in Stretton-on-Fosse

As part of the National Gardens Scheme, Stretton-on-Fosse opens a 4-acre garden at Court House, and neighbouring picture-book cottage Old Beams.

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Lord Leycester Hospital Garden

Discover the gardens of Shakespeare’s England

There are a host of outdoor events this summer across the many grand gardens of Warwickshire...

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Heart of England Mencap will be at the Stratford Homes and Garden Show at Alscot Park

Heart of England Mencap to set up stall at Alscot Park

The services of Heart of England Mencap will be showcased at a gala night raising funds for the charity.

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United Theatre

A united performance

Local ladies Cherry and Emma went to see a production by United Theatre, a newly established theatre company touring venues across Warwickshire.

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The ACP festival

Five things to do this weekend (July 12-13)

The weekend is imminent, but there’s still time to make plans. Here are five suggestions of what to do this weekend in and around the Cotswolds

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The Roses secures Arts Council Funding

The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury has announced it will continue to be part of the Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Funding Programme, with a new award worth £256,479 over the next three years.

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Nicola Benedetti (Universal/Simon Fowler)

Nicola Benedetti at Cheltenham Music Festival

World-renowned Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti is artist-in-residence at the 70th Cheltenham Music Festival, which runs until July 13. Nicola, who is both performing and holding master-classes, answered questions at a special music-festival lunch at Ellenborough Park last week.

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The Eynsham Shirt Race / Photo: Ian White

Five things to do this weekend in the Cotswolds (July 5-6)

It’s almost the weekend, but what to do? Here are five suggestions from us to you

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Warwickshire Open Studios

County-wide art exhibition with Warwickshire Open Studios

Warwickshire Open Studios has grown to become one of Britain’s largest exhibitions of unique and original art and craft.

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Eduardo Niebla / Photo: Alan D Smith

July at The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury

From flamenco guitar to Cornish comedy, there’s plenty on at The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury this July

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Ragley Food Festival

Ragley Hall to host Great British Food Festival

Ragley Hall will be full of food lovers, chefs and artisan cooks for the first ever Great British Food Festival in Warwickshire, which takes place on September 13-14.

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Best Heritage Picnic Spot Competition

Vote for your favourite UK picnic site

Hudson’s Heritage Awards are urging the public to help them find the best heritage picnic site in the UK.

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And Finally... Phil Collins

What’s on at The Roses Theatre

Upcoming shows at The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury

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Tracy and Jan have cream tea on The Rita Ellen

Stratford: Boating with the Bard

Tracy Spiers experiences Stratford-upon-Avon from a different perspective, 
as she takes to the water

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Sing-A-Long-A-Dirty Dancing

This June at The Roses Theatre

There’s all sorts on at The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury this June

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Winston Churchill

70 years ago today: June 6th 1944

On 6 June 1944, Winston Churchill announced the landings in France – news of the biggest invasion and largest military campaign the world had seen thus far

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Banbury Run

600 Vintage bikes to ride en masse for Banbury Run!

Almost 600 Veteran and Vintage motorcycles will ride en masse when the Heritage Motor Centre hosts the nostalgic Vintage Motor Cycle Club Banbury Run

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Vortex, by Guy Stevens

Please DO touch: on form at Asthall Manor

The biennial on form exhibition looks forward to welcoming visitors to the beautiful surroundings of Asthall Manor and some of the finest stone sculptors in the world

Words by Candia McKormack

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Giffords Circus - The First Ten Years, by Nell Gifford

GIFFORDS CIRCUS: The greatest show on earth

Every summer since 2000, Giffords Circus has brought its glamorous 1930s-style entertainment to villages across the South West, says Candia McKormack

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Wychwood Festival in Cheltenham is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year

Five things to do this weekend (May 30-June 1)

The end of the week is nigh, but there’s still time to make plans. Here are five suggestions for how to spend your weekend, from us to you

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Wellesbourne Airfield Open Day

Wellesbourne Airfield open day

Organisers of the annual Wellesbourne Airfield open day last Sunday hailed the day as a resounding success with thousands of visitors arriving throughout the day.

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Morecambe played by Bob Golding

June at The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury

Promotional feature: This June, The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury is welcoming jazz singer Jacqui Dankworth, a Rock ‘n’ Roll spactacular, Beauty and The Beast and a play about one of Britain’s best loved entertainers - Eric Morecambe

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The Tetbury Woolsack Race

Five things to do this Spring Bank Holiday weekend (May 24-26)

Three days off without a thing to do? Here are five suggestions for what to get up to in the Cotswolds this weekend

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St Peter's Church, Wootton Wawen, Warwickshire's oldest church

From Saxon origins to village festival venue

St Peter’s Church, Wootton Wawen, is Warwickshire’s oldest church - and also the setting for the village’s 2014 music festival with four concerts from June 9-14 themed as the Essence of England.

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Battle Proms, Blenheim Palace

Battle Proms concert returns to Ragley Hall

Ragley is to host its fourth Battle Proms open air concert on Saturday August 16.

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A mousebird / Photo: Douglas Janson

Mousebirds join the butterflies in Stratford

Ten new mousebirds with their characteristic spiky hair are the latest addition to the Stratford Butterfly Farm.

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The Simon and Garfunkel Story

The Simon and Garfunkel Story at The Roses Theatre

Promotional feature: The Simon and Garfunkel story, a celebration of the lives and career of Simon and Garfunkel, will be coming to Tewkesbury’s Roses Theatre on May 24

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Cinderella at The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury

Vienna Festival Ballet’s Cinderella in Tewkesbury

Residents of Tewkesbury are cordially invited to attend Vienna Festival Ballet’s Cinderella at The Roses Theatre

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Sally Magnusson

Sally Magnusson: Holding on to memories

Sally Magnusson’s deeply affectionate book about her mother, Mamie, is a wonderfully personal account about the effects of dementia on someone we love. Words by Katie Jarvis

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RAF Gaydon from air / Photo: Rachel McCombie

Notes from a Warwickshire Pilot: RAF Gaydon

Warwickshire pilot Rachel McCombie had a great view of Gaydon on her first hot air balloon flight...

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Harry Baston, 1917

Witney at war

This year marks the 100th anniversary of World War 1. Shirley Lock recollects her father Harry Baston’s involvement in the war, from the Somme to Ireland - and home to Witney, Oxfordshire.

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