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Coventry

discover the top things to see and do in Coventry

Surrounded by the Warwickshire countryside in the heart of England, the cathedral city of Coventry is home to a unique selection of internationally renowned attractions, museums, shopping centres, and quirky restaurants. This heritage city is best known for historic sites like the Coventry Cathedral, the Lady Godiva statue, and St Mary’s Guildhall.

Best things to do this week in Coventry

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1 Doing Things The Delian Way...

Sound artist Delia Derbyshire, who worked at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop from 1962 to 1973, was a highly influential pioneer of electronic music both at the time and during the resurgence of interest in her compositions during the 1990s. This permanent display includes her reel-to-reel tape recorder and her personal copy of the original Dr Who theme.

When: Thu-Sun, Bank Hol Mons 10am-4pm
Where: The Coventry Music Museum, Village Courtyard, rear of 74-80 Walsgrave Road, Coventry, Warwickshire. CV2 4ED
Contact: +44 (0)7971 171441
More Details: www.covmm.co.uk/2016/delia-derbyshire

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2 War Memorial Park

The 48.5-hectare site is a tribute to local soldiers who died fighting in the First World War. English Heritage has now awarded both the park and the 1920s memorial Grade II Listed status. There are playing fields, a golf course, pitch and putt, a fitness trail, splash'n'play and children's play areas, plus a pleasant 1.6 mile circular footpath.

When: park Mon-Sun dawn-dusk, visitor centre Mon-Sun 9am-4pm
Where: War Memorial Park, Kenilworth Road, Coventry, Warwickshire. CV3 6PT
Contact: +44 (0)24 7678 6280
More Details: www.coventry.gov.uk/warmemorialpark

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3 Coventry Cathedral

Designed by celebrated architect Sir Basil Spence in the aftermath of the bombing of the city in 1940, the new cathedral was officially opened in 1962 and contains striking examples of 1950s and 1960s art. The ruins of the old cathedral are open daily and for a small additional charge, you can climb the cathedral tower for breathtaking panoramic views of Coventry.

When: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, last adm 4pm, Sun 12noon-4pm, last adm 3pm, cathedral ruins open Mon-Sun 9am-5pm
Where: Coventry Cathedral, 1 Hill Top, Coventry. CV1 5AB
Contact: +44 (0)24 7652 1200
More Details: www.coventrycathedral.org.uk

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4 St Mary's Guildhall

Located in the city's Cathedral Quarter, magnificent medieval interiors and fine artworks offer a window into Coventry's glorious past. Mary Queen of Scots was detained here and Shakespeare performed. Don't miss the Great Hall, with its stained glass, a ceiling of carved angels and one of the rarest and most important tapestries in the country.

When: From Mar 19, Mon-Thu, Sun 10am-4pm, there are occasional closures for civic and private events, phone for details, ends Oct 8
Where: St Mary's Guildhall, Bayley Lane, Coventry, Warwickshire. CV1 5RN
Contact: +44 (0)24 7683 3328
More Details: www.stmarysguildhall.co.uk

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5 Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve

Set in 220 acres, the headquarters of the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust is a nature reserve plus visitor centre with changing displays and activities, which was opened by Sir David Attenborough. There are eight bird hides throughout the reserve where you can observe the wildlife against a stunning backdrop of reed beds, grassland and woodland.

When: Jan-Mar, Oct-Dec, Mon-Fri 9.30am-4pm, Sat & Sun 10am-4pm, Apr-Sep, Mon-Fri 9.30am-5pm, Sat & Sun 10am-5pm
Where: Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve, Brandon Lane, Coventry, Warwickshire. CV3 3GW
Contact: +44 (0)24 7630 2912
More Details: www.warwickshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/reserves/brandon-marsh

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6 Iconic: The Show

Lead vocalist and creative force behind the hugely successful Vampires Rock, Steve Steinman's all-new hit show delivers the best of the best soundtracks from some of the coolest and most iconic movies of all time, featuring songs by David Bowie, Tina Turner, AC/DC, Prince, Elvis and Paul McCartney.

When: Jun 27, 7.45pm
Where: Belgrade Theatre, Belgrade Square, Coventry, Warwickshire. CV1 1GS
Contact: +44 (0)2476 553055
More Details: www.iconictheshow.com

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7 Mirror Mirror: Oily Cart Theatre (Ages 3-19)

This immersive adventure, set in a beauty parlour, is for children and young people with complex disabilities. Be pampered and get involved in messy play, whilst exploring themes such as mirroring and echoing, stillness and movement, music and silence. A handbook and resources for carers are both available from the theatre company's website.

When: Jun 27 & 28, 10.30am & 1.30pm
Where: Warwick Arts Centre, University Of Warwick, Gibbet Hill Road, Coventry, West Midlands. CV4 7AL
Contact: +44 (0)2476 524524
More Details: www.oilycart.org.uk

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8 Disorder Contained: A Theatrical Examination Of Madness, Prison And Solitary Confinement

Concerns about the detrimental impact of the prison system on the mental health of inmates are mounting, putting pressure on prison staff, and prompting governmental enquiries and calls for change. But this isn't today - it's the 1850s. This well-researched and thought-provoking show by Talking Birds investigates a bizarre 19th-century penal policy.

When: Jun 29-Jul 1, 7.30pm, Jun 30 & Jul 1, 2.30pm
Where: The Shop Front Theatre, Theatre Absolute, 38 City Arcade, Coventry, Warwickshire. CV1 3HW
Contact: 08456801926
More Details: www.talkingbirds.co.uk

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9 The Scarecrows' Wedding: Scamp Theatre (Over 3s)

Happily engaged scarecrow couple Betty O'Barley and Harry O'Hay's wedding planning begins to fall apart when wicked Reginald Rake tries to spoil their celebrations. This heart-warming adaptation of the best-selling book by children's literature heroes Julie Donaldson and Axel Scheffler is directed by Eva Sampson.

When: Jun 30, 1.30pm, 4.30pm
Where: Warwick Arts Centre, University Of Warwick, Gibbet Hill Road, Coventry, West Midlands. CV4 7AL
Contact: +44 (0)2476 524524
More Details: www.scamptheatre.com

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10 Fearsome Craftsmen: Discover The Artistry Of The Viking World

The bloody and brutal Viking invasions of Britain still reverberate - and the legacy of these glamorous seafarers can be found in northern Europe, the Mediterranean, the coasts of Africa and even as far away as America. But what drove these people to build their vast empire? Learn more at this touring exhibition presented by Jorvik Viking Centre.

When: Mon-Sat, Bank Hol Mons 10am-4pm, Sun 12noon-4pm
Where: Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Jordan Well, Coventry, West Midlands. CV1 5QP
Contact: +44 (0)24 7623 7521
More Details: www.theherbert.org/whats_on/1156/fearsome_craftsmen_dscover_the_artistry_of_the_viking_world

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Surrounded by the Warwickshire countryside in the heart of England, the cathedral city of Coventry is home to a unique selection of internationally renowned attractions, museums, shopping centres, and quirky restaurants. This heritage city is best known for historic sites like the Coventry Cathedral, the Lady Godiva statue, and St Mary’s Guildhall.