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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 The Ultimate Wall Decoration: Tapestries Of The Courts Of Europe Ancient And Modern: Talk

Susan Kay-Williams, Chief Executive of the Royal School Of Needlework, shares insights from her distinguished career as an expert on the history of dyes in textiles. Now she heads up an organisation which continues to enjoy royal patronage, and was part of the team that worked on the embroidery for the Duchess Of Cambridge's wedding dress.

When: Apr 27, 7.30pm, doors 7pm
Where: The Benn Hall, Newbold Road, Rugby, Warwickshire. CV21 2LN
Contact: +44 (0)1788 533 719
More Details: www.westmidlands.nadfas.net/sites/westmidlands.nadfas.net/files/2017%20Programme%20Card.pdf

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2 Sonia Sabri Company: Salaam

The Birmingham-based company presents a double-bill in which a fusion of modern and classical styles forms a celebration of Persian and Indian artistry, expressed through the intricate language of Kathak and solo Tabla dance. The musicians include Sarvar Sabri, whose musical lineage stretches back 10 generations to the court of the Mughal Emperors.

When: Apr 28, 7.30pm, doors 7pm
Where: Monks Kirkby Village Hall, Brockhurst Lane, Monks Kirby, Rugby, Warwickshire. CV23 0RA
Contact: +44 (0)7870 261058
More Details: www.ssco.org.uk

FREE EVENT

3 British Thomson Houston And Whittle

In April 1937 Frank Whittle tested the first jet engine at the BTH works in Leicester Road, Rugby. The Museum marks 80 years since this historic event with a display from the museum's social history collection relating to the company and how its products influenced everyday life, allowing us to fly in a jet plane, power a ship or start a car.

When: From Apr 14, Tue-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Bank Hols 12noon-4pm, ends Jun 3
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/91/british_thomson_houston_and_whittle

FREE EVENT

4 The Rugby Collection

Selected works from the borough of Rugby's collection of 20th-century and contemporary British art, which includes pieces by LS Lowry, Barbara Hepworth and Stanley Spencer plus lesser known artists and recent acquisitions such as William Gear's Black Diamonds On Yellow January 1968 (detail pictured).

When: From Apr 13, Tue-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Bank Hols 12noon-4pm, ends Jun 3
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/90/the_rugby_collection

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5 Live Jazz In The Horseshoes Bar

The Horseshoes Bar & Lounge is one of Rugby's oldest neighbourhood pubs, and a good place to relax and unwind to the sound of live jazz performed by saxophonist Ian Hill and guest artists from around the Midlands. The burgers come highly recommended too.

When: Thu 8pm-10.30pm, jam session Sun 4pm-7pm, ongoing
Where: The Rugby Hotel, 22-23 Sheep Street, Rugby, Warwickshire. CV21 3BX
Contact: +44 (0)1788 573244
More Details: www.therugbyhotel.co.uk/bar

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6 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.

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.therugbytown.co.uk/halloffame

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7 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 Dec 17, 24, 31, Jan 7
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

8 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

FREE EVENT

9 Swift Valley Nature Reserve

This charming nature reserve, adjacent to the River Swift and a disused canal, is ideal for many dragonfly and damselfly species. In summer butterflies are also plentiful in the grassland, especially browns and skippers, and throughout the reserve. Highland cows are also in residence.

When: Mon-Sun dawn-dusk
Where: Swift Valley Nature Reserve, Old Brownsover Lane, Brownsover, Rugby, Warwickshire. CV21 1HU
Contact: +44 (0)2476 302912
More Details: www.warwickshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/reserves/swift-valley-nature-reserve

Bluebells bloom late in West Wood near Marlborough, Wiltshire, after drought conditions across the country. FREE EVENT

10 Wappenbury Wood

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust oversees this large patch of semi-natural ancient woodland. Mentioned in the Domesday Book, it was for centuries a source of fuel, building materials and hunting opportunities for the local community. Nowadays a network of grassy rides and glades offer tranquil walks and an abundance of spring flowers.

When: Mon & Tue, Thu & Fri, Sun dawn-dusk
Where: Wappenbury Wood, Princethorpe, Rugby, Warwickshire. CV23 9QA
More Details: www.warwickshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/reserves/wappenbury-wood

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