It's almost the end of the school holidays but we've still got the bank holiday to look forward. Given the weather that we've had for most of the summer I daren't even look at the forecast but I will definitely have both sun cream and waterproofs at the ready! There's loads going on so I'll start with what's happening in and around the town itself.
The Shakespeare Family Homes have a couple of great family events this weekend. Hall's Croft Garden throws open its gates on Saturday for a family picnic, there will be a variety of entertainment for the whole family as well as BBQ if , like me, you've got picnic sandwich fatigue by now! There's also Tudor storytelling with the Yarnsmith at Anne Hathaway's Cottage on Sunday and Monday. There's more bank holiday fun provided by the RSC where the Dell outdoor stage has performances of 'As You Like It' and 'Twelfth Night' on Saturday & Sunday. There's also Stratford-on-Sea outside the theatre and on Sunday you can catch a circus style performance of 'The Wind and the Sun'. If you're in town on Monday, why not pop over the river and listen to the Cirencester Band who will be playing on the bandstand?
Dont forget the usual weekend entertainment on offer - Stratford-upon-Avon Picturehouse has Charlotte's Web as the Kids' Club Film this Saturday morning and it is also showing Inside Out and Man from U.N.C.L.E., Escape Arts has Youth Radio (recently featured in The Herald) on Saturday afternoon and there's Sk8house rollerdisco at the Leisure Centre later on Saturday.
It's a good weeeknd for animal lovers. First up is Crafty Beasts at Mary Arden's Farm on Sunday and Monday - lots of animal themed entertainment (ferret roulette anyone?), local craft market, tudor music and more. The entertainmnet is included in the standard admission price but, for this event, residents of CV37 have free entry with proof of address. Also, Birthday Boy, Dylan the horse will be celebrating in style with a birthday party at Redwings horse sanctuary on Sunday, and everyone is welcome to pop along and join in the fun! Remember to take some carrot cake with you...
If you like to shop local and see how food is produced try visiting Charlecote Mill on Monday when you can see flour being milled he traditional way, with a water wheel. And if you're visiting Hillers farm shop over the weekend you could take a ride on the miniature railway which is running there every day.
his is definitely festival weekend. Warwick town centre is hosting the Warwick Rocks Food & Film Festival on Saturday and Sunday, with street food galore and free outdoor screenings of Back to the Future, Toy Story, Jurassic Park and Raiders of the Lost Ark what's not to like? The Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon plays host to T Festival from Friday to Monday - a chance to celebrate the T4, with fun for all the family. Another festival, this time a Roman one, at Lunt Fort on Sunday and Monday - enjoy cavalry on horseback, battle re-enactments and costumed characters wandering around. Finally, there's a free jamboree of outdoor performances on Saturday and Sunday at 'Summer in Southside' around and about the Hippodrome Theatre in Birmingham.
Remember to have a look at my Countdown to Summer 2015 round-ups (Holiday Clubs, Every Day Activites, Annual Passes, Playparks, Fun For Free & When The Sun Isn't Shining) for plenty of ideas of things to do throughout the week.
Whatever you do I hope you have a great weekend.