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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 Summerdaze

The bassline resurgence continues as Coventry's best-known independent venue marks the end of summer with a bass-heavy line-up featuring 1Xtra's DJ Q plus up-and-coming young Londoner Skepsis, Birmingham's Marc Spence, Lazcru and DJ Sleepless. Get Wavy occupies Room Two.

When: Aug 27, 10pm-5am, last adm 2am
Where: Kasbah, Primrose Hill Street, Coventry, Warwickshire. CV1 5LY
Contact: +44 (0)24 7655 4473
More Details: www.facebook.com/coventrykasbah

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2 Atlum Schema

Andy Mort's music project is a stunningly good meditation on human mortality and the important things in life. By day, he's an undertaker, which probably helps him get things in perspective. He has released four albums since 2004 and flies the flag for 'creative introverts and highly sensitive people'. With support from Anne-Marie Sanderson.

When: Sep 1, 7pm
Where: The Big Comfy Bookshop, Unit 2F, Fargo Village, Far Gosford Street, Coventry. CV1 5ED
More Details: www.andymort.com/music

FREE EVENT

3 Fearsome Craftsmen: Discover The Artistry Of The Viking World

The bloody and brutal Viking invasions of Britain still reverberate - and the legacy of these charismatic seafarers can be found in northern Europe, the Mediterranean, the coasts of Africa and even as far away as America. But what drove them 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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4 Summer Holidays: The Vikings Have Landed

Boats, fires, swords galore, dragons, weaving, beards and more - the Vikings have landed and they have brought a boat load of activities with them! Coventry's treasure trove of art and culture, Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, invites you to a summer of historical fun with crafts, combat, mythology and games themed around its ongoing exhibitions.

When: Mon-Sat 10.30am-3.30pm
Where: Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Jordan Well, Coventry, West Midlands. CV1 5QP
Contact: 02476237521
More Details: www.theherbert.org

FREE EVENT

5 Cartists: Reimagining The Car

Art car enthusiasts - also known as cartists - bring artistic expression and engineering together in the form of fabulously decorated vehicles. This exhibition challenges graffiti artists, lighting designers, 3D artists, graphic designers and more to create an extraordinary display of bespoke artworks using cars or their parts.

When: Mon-Sun 10am-5pm, last adm 4.30pm
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/1266/cartists_reimagining_the_car

Coventry Transport Museum.
Photo: Shaun Armstrong.
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6 Creative Car Factory - Family Workshops

If your little auto-mobile enthusiasts are looking for some entertainment during the school holidays then why not take a day trip to Coventry Transport Museum and enjoy themed workshops in which they will have the opportunity to create detailed models, as well as help experts build a full size 'car' inspired by the Cartists exhibition.

When: Mon-Sat 10.30am-3.30pm
Where: Coventry Transport Museum, Millennium Place, Hales Street, Coventry, Warwickshire. CV1 1JD
Contact: 02476234270
More Details: www.transport-museum.com

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7 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

A general view of the Coventry Cathedral ruins. TICKETED

8 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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9 Coventry Canal

The City's longest park, consisting of the last 5.5 miles of the Coventry Canal, contains an art trail, pocket parks, heritage trail and towpath improvements. The Coventry Canal Society led the campaign to put the canal back at the heart of the city and the Canal Basin is now home to shops, small businesses and an art gallery, as well as a cheerful collection of narrowboats.

When: Mon-Sun dawn-dusk
Where: Coventry Canal, Coventry Canal Basin, St. Nicholas Street, Coventry. CV1 4LY
More Details: www.covcanalsoc.org.uk

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10 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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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.