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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

Soweto Kinch performing at the Caribbean Showcase, Hyde Park, central London. TICKETED

1 Soweto Kinch: The Legend Of Mike Smith

Uprize presents a ground-breaking work of music theatre which blends the lyricism of jazz with the energy of British hip-hop dance. Based around alto-saxophonist Soweto Kinch's double album of the same name, and choreographed by Jonzi D, the show tells the story of a young artist-everyman tempted by the Seven Sins. Kinch plays live with his band.

When: Apr 27-29, 8pm, mat Apr 28, 2.30pm
Where: Belgrade Theatre, Belgrade Square, Coventry, Warwickshire. CV1 1GS
Contact: +44 (0)2476 553055
More Details: www.soweto-kinch.com/the-legend-of-mike-smith

T.Rextasy. TICKETED

2 T-Rextasy: T-Rex Tribute

Considered to be the world's number one tribute to the classic rock collective T-Rex fronted by Mark Bolan, T-Rextasy pay affectionate homage to the musician and his glam rock band, known for the hits Get It On, Ride A White Swan, We Love To Boogie and 20th Century Boy.

When: Apr 29, 7.45pm
Where: Belgrade Theatre, Belgrade Square, Coventry, Warwickshire. CV1 1GS
Contact: +44 (0)2476 553055
More Details: www.trextasy.com

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3 Richard Herring: The Best

The comic has come a long way since the early days of his partnership with Stewart Lee and is now a critically acclaimed stand-up in his own right. Here he takes a look back and hand picks his favourite routines from his 12 one-man shows, including Christ On A Bike, Meaning Of Life and Happy Now?

When: Apr 29, 8pm
Where: Warwick Arts Centre, University Of Warwick, Gibbet Hill Road, Coventry, West Midlands. CV4 7AL
Contact: +44 (0)2476 524524
More Details: www.richardherring.com

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4 Shirley Collins

Nestling unobtrusively in the Warwick Arts Centre listings is an extraordinary event: a live performance by a reclusive but revered folk singer who abandoned the limelight after being diagnosed with dysphonia, a form of muteness, in the late 1970s. She roared back into contention last year with the release of the starkly beautiful album Lodestar.

When: Apr 29, 7.30pm
Where: Warwick Arts Centre, University Of Warwick, Gibbet Hill Road, Coventry, West Midlands. CV4 7AL
Contact: +44 (0)2476 524524
More Details: www.shirleycollins.co.uk

FREE EVENT

5 Hot Rods & Kool Kustoms

Fire up your engines and step back in time as the Transport Museum celebrates the glamour and excitement of these bad-boy machines. Exhibits include the classic '32 Ford Roadster and the '57 Ford Pop as well as examples of low-slung customs and cool chopped designs from the 50s, 60s and 70s.

When: From Jan 28, Jan 28-May 14, 10am-5pm, last adm 4.30pm, ends May 14
Where: Coventry Transport Museum, Millennium Place, Hales Street, Coventry, Warwickshire. CV1 1JD
Contact: +44 (0)24 7623 4270
More Details: www.transport-museum.com/events/1198/new_exhibition_hot_rods__kool_kustoms

FREE EVENT

6 Face To Face: Portraits Through Time

Why do we make portraits? What hidden messages are they trying to convey? A selection of paintings, photographs and sculpture in which snapshots of ordinary people sit alongside images of Marilyn Monroe, David Bowie and Henry VIII. Works have been loaned by The National Portrait Gallery, The Arts Council, The Courtauld and Photo Archive Miners.

When: From Feb 3, Mon-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12noon-4pm, ends Jun 4
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/100/face_to_face_portraits_through_time

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7 The Coventry Music Museum

The museum invites you to celebrate in the city's musical heritage from the Roman occupation to the present day including sections devoted to 1950s rock'n'roll, the enduring influence of Coventry-born Delia Derbyshire, the 1960s Beat scene replete with the Lennon Bench, and homegrown 1980s acts including Hazel O'Connor, The Primitives and King.

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

Coombe Abbey Hotel and Country Park.
Copyright: Coombe Abbey Hotel and Country Park. TICKETED

8 Coombe Country Park

Over 500 acres of landscaped gardens, parkland and woodland developed from the grounds of a 12th-century Cistercian abbey. Lancelot 'Capability' Brown's serpentine lake is a focal point for walks, birdwatching and fishing, while children can enjoy the climbing forest and play areas. There is also a visitor centre where you can learn more about the history of the park.

When: Mon-Sun 8am-7.30pm (visitor centre 10am-4pm)
Where: Coombe Country Park, Binley, Brinklow Road, Coventry, Warwickshire. CV3 2AB
Contact: +44 (0)24 7645 3720
More Details: www.coventry.gov.uk/info/136/coombe_country_park/498/coombe_country_park

A general view of the Coventry Cathedral ruins. TICKETED

9 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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10 Gecko: The Wedding

We are all married to someone or something, even if it's only an idea. Amit Lahav's physical theatre company combines movement, imagery and provocative narratives to create performances inspired by the complexity of human nature. This show looks at the contract we make with society and whether it's too late to stop, fall in love and start again.

When: May 4-6, 7.30pm
Where: Warwick Arts Centre, University Of Warwick, Gibbet Hill Road, Coventry, West Midlands. CV4 7AL
Contact: +44 (0)2476 524524
More Details: www.geckotheatre.com/the-wedding

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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.