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Rugby

discover the top things to see and do in Rugby

In the heart of the Warwickshire countryside, there is plenty to see and do in the historic town of Rugby. It’s the birthplace of Rugby, and as such there are some must-see sporting attractions to see – don’t miss the Webb Ellis Rugby Football Museum, and Rugby School where the game was founded. Rugby can also offer you a great shopping experience, from high street stores to small independent shops - and when you're in need of rest after your retail therapy, you'll find a host of coffee shops, pubs and restaurants in which to relax and unwind.

Best things to do this week in Rugby

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1 Down On The Close

This family-friendly music festival squeezes four high-profile acts into one exhilarating night. Imelda May performs autobiographical songs in the blues and soul tradition, former Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson delivers down-to-earth rhythm'n'blues, and the evening opens with UK folk band The Roving Crows followed by indie-rockers Toploader.

When: Aug 26, 4pm-11pm
Where: The Close, Rugby School, Barby Road, Rugby, Warwickshire. CV22 5DR
More Details: www.downontheclose.co.uk

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2 Tanks, Trucks & Firepower

On your feet, soldier! This annual show, put together by the Alvis Fighting Vehicle Society, just gets bigger and better. Attractions include gun-firing demonstrations, tank-driving and firing demonstrations, pyrotechnics, car crushing and an armoury where you can handle guns under supervision. Food and beer tents keep body and soul together.

When: Aug 26-28, 10am-5pm
Where: Dunchurch Showground, Toft, Dunchurch, Rugby, Warwickshire. CV22 6NR
More Details: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tanks-trucks-firepower-show-august-bank-holiday-2017-tickets-28390397443

Accordion. FREE EVENT

3 Music In Rugby

A celebration of all things musical in Rugby Borough, the exhibition explores past musicians, choirs and orchestras in the town through photographs, programmes and instruments from the museum's Social History Collections. The Rugby Philharmonic Choir, founded in 1867, is richly represented, as is Barbara King and her accordion.

When: From Jun 24, Tue-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Bank Hol Mons 12noon-4pm, ends Nov 4
Where: Rugby Art Gallery And Museum, Little Elborow Street, Rugby, West Midlands. CV21 3BZ
Contact: +44 (0)1788 533201
More Details: www.rugby.gov.uk/ragm/homepage/93/music_in_rugby

Hazel Tindall from Aith in Shetland winner of the World Championship speed knitting competition that was held at the Knitting and Stitching show at Alexandra Palace in London. Hazel did 255 stitches in 180 seconds to beat the record by 10 stitches, she is hoping to raise  500 for the Shetland Textile Working Museum. FREE EVENT

4 Units Of Possibility

'Re-knitting' - they knew all about it in the austerity days of clothes coupons but now the art of repairing and reworking existing items of knitwear to make a new garment is officially a thing. Knitting expert Twigger Holroyd uses her first solo exhibition to share techniques, and unveils her Cathedral Cardigans range of reknitted cast-offs.

When: From Jun 24, Tue-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Bank Hol Mons 12noon-4pm, ends Sep 2
Where: Rugby Art Gallery And Museum, Little Elborow Street, Rugby, West Midlands. CV21 3BZ
Contact: +44 (0)1788 533201
More Details: www.rugby.gov.uk/ragm/homepage/92/units_of_possibility

RUGBY LIBRARY FREE EVENT

5 Guided Walking Tours

The Rugby Town Guides lead a journey of discovery through the town centre, revealing fascinating facts about the history of the borough. The free tours start at Rugby Visitor Centre and take in the Webb Ellis Football Museum, the Webb Ellis Statue and The Queen's Gates at Rugby School's The Close, as well as Regent Street and the High Street.

When: Wed 2pm, Sat 11am
Where: Rugby Visitor Centre, Little Elborow Street, Rugby, Warwickshire. CV21 3BZ
Contact: +44 (0)1788 533217
More Details: www.therugbytown.co.uk/info/5/discovering/10011/rugby_town_guides_walking_tours

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6 Rugby School Tours & Museum

A knowledgeable guide leads a tour of the impressive school buildings and hallowed rugby ground including the Butterfield-designed Main Chapel with its stained glass window, and the former coach house, which recreates the nostalgia of the 18th century with top hats, birching stool and cane. Also learn about famous past pupils such as poet Rupert Brooke and author Lewis Carroll.

When: Sat 2pm, closed Aug 12 & 26
Where: Rugby School, Lawrence Sheriff Street, Rugby, Warwickshire. CV22 5EH
Contact: +44 (0)1788 556169
More Details: www.rugbyschool.co.uk/commercial/school-shop-and-tours/tours/

RUGBY, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17:  A view of the World Rugby Hall of Fame during the World Rugby Hall of Fame Launch at the World Rugby Hall of Fame on November 17, 2016 in Rugby, England.  (Photo by Tony Marshall - World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images) FREE EVENT

7 Pathway Of Fame

The Pathway of Fame, available from the tourist centre, is a unique guide around the town of Rugby, which celebrates the history of the game and commemorates some of its most notable players and events. Plaques along the way celebrate milestones such as the founding of Rugby League and the First Women's Rugby World Cup.

When: visitor centre open Mon-Sat, Bank Hols 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm, closed Dec 25 & 26, Jan 1
Where: Rugby Visitor Centre, Little Elborow Street, Rugby, Warwickshire. CV21 3BZ
Contact: +44 (0)1788 533217
More Details: www.enjoyrugby.co.uk/enjoyrugby/directory_record/46/pathway_of_fame

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8 World Rugby Hall Of Fame

The Hall Of Fame exists to honour Rugby Union players and administrators who have enhanced the game through their exceptional achievements. This new gallery uses the latest interactive technology, video archive and historical memorabilia to explore the moments and personalities that have defined the sport. Guided tours are available daily.

When: From Nov 18, Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm, closed Dec 25 & 26, Jan 1, ongoing
Where: Rugby Art Gallery And Museum, Little Elborow Street, Rugby, West Midlands. CV21 3BZ
Contact: +44 (0)1788 533201
More Details: www.worldrugby.org/halloffame

Cropped by Liz Ryan, PA FREE EVENT

9 Draycote Water

The family-friendly country park boasts plenty of space for picnics and games plus a children's play area, perfect for family days out. The sailing club and trout fishery cater to visitors who prefer outdoor pursuits and the Look Out hide is the ideal place to spot one of the many water birds that make Draycote Water their home.

When: Jan-Mar, Oct-Dec, Mon-Sun 7.30am-dusk, Apr-Sep, Mon-Sun 7.30am-8pm, closed Dec 25
Where: Draycote Water, Draycote Water, Kites Hardwick, Rugby, Warwickshire. CV23 8AB
Contact: +44 (0)1788 811107
More Details: www.stwater.co.uk/leisure-and-learning/reservoir-locations/draycote-water/

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10 Marton Museum Of Country Bygones

Officially opened in 1964, the museum houses items reflecting Warwickshire rural life, allowing you to immerse yourself in 200 years of agricultural history through an idiosyncratic collection. The items were amassed by Marton resident, George Tims - the building and collection are now managed by volunteers from the village.

When: Jun-Aug, Sun 2pm-4pm
Where: Marton Museum Of Country Bygones, 4 Louisa Ward Close, Marton, Rugby, Warwickshire. CV23 9SA
Contact: +44 (0)1926 632936
More Details: www.martonmuseum.co.uk

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