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Celebrate Spring in Coventry [Coventry newsletter]

Published: Monday, 22 March 2021

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Spring is fast approaching, bringing with it warmer weather and the hope of better times ahead.

As we emerge from restrictions, audiences around the UK will get their first experience of the UK City of Culture through a major creative partnership with the BBC for its opening event, Coventry Moves, as well as live streaming and other initiatives. 

Earlier this month, the Coventry City of Culture Trust unveiled its 'flexible' festival programme, featuring an array of new events, as well as reaffirmed its commitment to present several major and ambitious undertakings, previously announced last year. View the full list of announced events on the City of Culture website.

We will be providing suggestions and updated information on what is available to you over the coming weeks. Keep an eye out on our social channels for content: TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 update

City of Culture 2021 update

Coventry City of Culture Trust has shared an update on preparations for its year of culture, which starts on Saturday 15 May 2021, and runs for 12 months.

As the first major cultural programme of its scale, breadth and length to commence since the arrival of the pandemic in March 2020, it will start under restricted conditions and phase its events as the relaxing of restrictions in the UK takes place.

View the full list of announced events on the City of Culture website.

Treat yourself this spring

Treat yourself this Spring

Whether it’s cheering yourself up, or showing someone else just how much you appreciate them, food and drink gifts are often the perfect treat.

Coventry’s fabulous food and drink businesses have got you sorted for edible gifts in every form, from tipples to treats, special meals or food-related gifts.

We’ve compiled some lovely ways to treat the food fan in your life, including food gifts from many of our local Coventry businesses on the Visit Coventry website.

FarGo Village announce new food hall 'Factory'

The Factory

A new indoor street food venue, based at FarGo Village, promises to provide "good vibes on an industrial scale" is to open in Coventry permanently.

Tipped as "replacing what is missing in Coventry's dining sector", 'Factory' will be a 340-seat space selling delicious food from around the world. We can expect to see burgers, hand-fired pizzas, brownies, hot drinks and brunch, as well as cocktails and beers in the evening.

Find out more about Factory on the Visit Coventry website

City of Culture launch volunteer programme

City of Culture 'Help your City'

Coventry needs you!” - That’s the message to people of all ages and backgrounds across the city who want to get involved in the historic UK City of Culture year.


Coventry City Culture of Trust, in partnership with EnV and CUSU, is launching the drive to recruit more than 5,000 volunteers to be part of its City Hosts Programme.

City Hosts will perform a variety of roles in Coventry and Warwickshire, which include providing a friendly welcome and supporting visitors and event spectators to navigate around the city.

To take part, sign up on the City of Culture website.

Work begins on Cathedral Unity Lawns

Cathedral Lanes

A new scheme, set to revitalise Coventry Cathedral’s Unity Lawn is underway.


Plans for the area, which have been designed by Studio Morison, will enhance the space, creating a more inviting spot for visitors and residents to enjoy the views of the Cathedral and the surrounding historic architecture.


Find out more about the scheme on the Visit Coventry website.

Community testing continues in Coventry


In order to understand the way COVID-19 is transmitted in communities and reduce its spread, community testing for Coronavirus is available to all Coventry residents, for anyone who is not showing symptoms of the virus.


The locally-led service will test people without COVID-19 symptoms (asymptomatic) in Coventry using lateral flow antigen testing. The aim of testing people who do not have COVID-19 symptoms is to protect those most at risk, using rapid testing to speed up the process. Find your nearest test centre on the Coventry City Council website.


Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, should immediately seek a free test in the normal way by calling 119 or visiting the NHS website

Advice and resources

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