Coventry UK City of Culture 2021

Family events

Folklorica - free digital installation

Folklorica - free digital installation

Wednesday 19 May 2021 – Friday 31 December 2021

Location: Warwick Arts Centre Gibbet Hill Road, Coventry, CV4 7AL

Folklorica is a new augmented reality experience for visitors to Warwick Arts Centre, created by Coventry-based artist Edie Jo Murray.

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Rivers of the World

Rivers of the World

Wednesday 1 September 2021 – Saturday 1 January 2022

Location: Coventry

Since its creation in 2005, Rivers of the World has been delivered in thirty-five countries around the world.

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Saturday Nature Club @ Brandon Marsh

Saturday Nature Club @ Brandon Marsh

Saturday 18 September 2021 – Saturday 18 December 2021

Location: Brandon Marsh Nature Centre Brandon Lane, Coventry, CV3 3GW.

Nature Club @ Brandon Marsh is a fun outdoor session for children with additional needs including social, emotional and mental health needs.

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Family Friendly Art Talks

Family Friendly Art Talks

Saturday 30 October 2021 – Saturday 29 January 2022

Location: Herbert Art Gallery & Museum Jordan Well, Coventry, CV1 5QP

Each month we will explore a different gallery space or series of artworks. Bringing them to life through animated talks, using child-friendly language and encouraging children to share their views.

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Santa's Grotto and Magical train ride

Santa's Grotto and Magical train ride

Thursday 4 November 2021 – Friday 24 December 2021

Location: Heart of England Conference and Events Centre Meriden Rd, Fillongley, Coventry CV7 8DX

Join in the fun in our big marquee departure lounge which is full of games and activities for all to enjoy.

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Go Ape Sundown Sessions

Go Ape Sundown Sessions

Friday 5 November 2021 – Sunday 13 February 2022

Location: GoApe Coventry Coombe Country Park, Brinklow Road, Brinklow, Coventry CV3 2AB

Zip through the trees on our kids and adult high ropes courses in the evening dusk on Saturday & Sunday nights.

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Luminate Coombe

Luminate Coombe

Thursday 18 November 2021 – Friday 24 December 2021

Location: Coombe Country Park Brinklow Rd, Binley, Coventry, CV3 2AB

A spectacular, illuminated trail, full of wonder and intrigue, to delight and enthral your senses.

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Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

Wednesday 24 November 2021 – Saturday 8 January 2022

Location: Belgrade Theatre Belgrade Square Corporation St Coventry CV1 1GS

This Christmas the Belgrade’s legendary LIVE pantomime is back and it promises to be a Beauty of a show!

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Coventry Christmas Market

Coventry Christmas Market

Thursday 25 November 2021 – Friday 24 December 2021

Location: Broadgate Broadgate Coventry City Centre CV1 1NF

Coventry city centre will be transformed into a winter wonderland thanks to an array of Christmas cabins packed with food, drink and gifts arriving in time for the festive season.

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Coventry Glides

Coventry Glides

Friday 26 November 2021 – Sunday 9 January 2022

Location: Coventry Cathedral Priory Street Coventry CV1 5FB

Back by popular demand!

Get your skates on and glide into the festive season as Coventry Glides returns

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The Vintage Sleigh Ride - CTM

The Vintage Sleigh Ride - CTM

Saturday 4 December 2021 – Thursday 23 December 2021

Location: Coventry Transport Museum Millennium Place, Hales Street, Coventry, CV1 1JD

Wander through a magical winter wonderland of festive activities and snowy scenes before taking a ride on an enchanting vintage sleigh, pulled by two trusty reindeer. Your next stop? Lapland.

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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Saturday 4 December 2021 – Sunday 26 December 2021

Location: Albany Theatre Albany Rd Coventry CV5 6JQ

The Albany Theatre presents A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Directed by Kevin Shaw.

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Coventry Phoenix Christmas Display

Coventry Phoenix Christmas Display

Monday 6 December 2021 – Saturday 11 December 2021

Location: Coventry

Coventry Phoenix Gymnastics Club - Christmas Performances

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Sensory Stories & Rhymes – Christmas Story Special

Sensory Stories & Rhymes – Christmas Story Special

Tuesday 7 December 2021

Location: Herbert Art Gallery & Museum Jordan Well, Coventry, CV1 5QP

Join us for an extra special Sensory Stories & Rhymes session, as we retell the classic story ‘The Night Before Christmas’ for our under 5’s audience.

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Santa’s Magical Mystery Guest

Santa’s Magical Mystery Guest

Thursday 9 December 2021 – Friday 24 December 2021

Location: Belgrade Theatre Belgrade Square Corporation St Coventry CV1 1GS

Santa, Ellie and Rudolph are getting ready for the big night.

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Theater Next Door - The Magic Elves

Theater Next Door - The Magic Elves

Saturday 11 December 2021

Location: Coventry

The Christmas countdown has started, and everywhere elves are busy preparing and wrapping presents.

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Cosy Cinema Club – Elf

Cosy Cinema Club – Elf

Tuesday 14 December 2021 – Monday 20 December 2021

Location: Rialto Plaza 85 Moseley Ave, Coundon, Coventry CV6 1HR

Buddy, a human, is raised amongst elves at the North Pole. When he discovers that he is not an elf, he travels to New York to search for his biological father.

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Sensory Stories & Rhymes – Santa Sing-Along Special

Sensory Stories & Rhymes – Santa Sing-Along Special

Tuesday 14 December 2021

Location: Herbert Art Gallery & Museum Jordan Well, Coventry, CV1 5QP

Join us for our favourite Sensory Stories & Rhymes session of the year, as we welcome a very special visitor from the North Pole!

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Cosy Cinema Club – Home Alone

Cosy Cinema Club – Home Alone

Wednesday 15 December 2021

Location: Rialto Plaza 85 Moseley Ave, Coundon, Coventry CV6 1HR

When bratty 8-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) acts out the night before a family trip to Paris, his mother (Catherine O’Hara) makes him sleep in the attic.

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Cosy Cinema Club – The Grinch

Cosy Cinema Club – The Grinch

Friday 17 December 2021

Location: Rialto Plaza 85 Moseley Ave, Coundon, Coventry CV6 1HR

The Grinch grows increasingly annoyed with the ever-growing festive cheer that engulfs the village of Whoville. So, he teams up with his dog to ruin the festive spirit by being a spoilsport.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Christmas Show

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Christmas Show

Saturday 18 December 2021 – Friday 24 December 2021

Location: Warwick Arts Centre Gibbet Hill Road, Coventry, CV4 7AL

Four timeless stories brought to life in one delightful show.

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Dabbers Christmas Family Brunch Bingo!

Dabbers Christmas Family Brunch Bingo!

Sunday 19 December 2021

Location: Fargo Village Far Gosford Street, Coventry, CV1 5ED.

Dabbers Social Bingo presents an afternoon of fun entertainment designed specifically for a family audience.

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Cosy Cinema Club – Polar Express

Cosy Cinema Club – Polar Express

Sunday 19 December 2021

Location: Rialto Plaza 85 Moseley Ave, Coundon, Coventry CV6 1HR

Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis (“Forrest Gump”; “Cast Away”) reunite for “Polar Express,” an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg.

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Cosy Cinema Club – The Santa Clause

Cosy Cinema Club – The Santa Clause

Monday 20 December 2021

Location: Rialto Plaza 85 Moseley Ave, Coundon, Coventry CV6 1HR

Divorced dad Scott (Tim Allen) has custody of his son (Eric Lloyd) on Christmas Eve.

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Afternoon Tea with Santa!

Afternoon Tea with Santa!

Monday 20 December 2021 – Friday 24 December 2021

Location: Rialto Plaza 85 Moseley Ave, Coundon, Coventry CV6 1HR

Looking to make this Christmas extra special for your little ones?! Well look no further, this Christmas we’re doing a super special afternoon tea with Santa!

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A Christmas Adventure!

A Christmas Adventure!

Tuesday 21 December 2021

Location: Rialto Plaza 85 Moseley Ave, Coundon, Coventry CV6 1HR

From the company that bought you the Magical Doorstep Elf visits.

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‘The Snowman’ Tour at Coventry Cathedral

‘The Snowman’ Tour at Coventry Cathedral

Thursday 23 December 2021

Location: Coventry Cathedral Priory Street Coventry CV1 5FB

Make it a Christmas to remember, with a special screening of family favourite The Snowman accompanied by a magnificent live orchestra.

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Christmas Pantomime

Christmas Pantomime

Thursday 23 December 2021 – Friday 24 December 2021

Location: Rialto Plaza 85 Moseley Ave, Coundon, Coventry CV6 1HR

The Infamous Rialto Plaza Christmas Pantomime returns – this year’s offering of Little Red Riding Hood is sure to sell out!

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Make and Play Engineers: Winter Magic

Make and Play Engineers: Winter Magic

Monday 27 December 2021 – Wednesday 29 December 2021

Location: Coventry Transport Museum Millennium Place, Hales Street, Coventry, CV1 1JD

Join Coventry Transports Museums playful winter activities and raise snowball fighting to a new level.

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Christmas Holidays: Winter Origami

Christmas Holidays: Winter Origami

Tuesday 28 December 2021 – Thursday 30 December 2021

Location: Herbert Art Gallery & Museum Jordan Well, Coventry, CV1 5QP

​Join us for some seasonal celebrations as we craft handmade three-dimensional sculptures from origami paper.

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‘The Future is Bright’ – Glittertastic NYE Family Rave

‘The Future is Bright’ – Glittertastic NYE Family Rave

Friday 31 December 2021

Location: Coventry Cathedral Priory Street Coventry CV1 5FB

For a third year running, the sell out New Year’s Eve Big Fish Little Fish family rave is BACK at Coventry Cathedral with legendary DJ Glenn Aston ). This year’s theme is Glittertastic!

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Mini Makers – Messy Play

Mini Makers – Messy Play

Thursday 6 January 2022

Location: Herbert Art Gallery & Museum Jordan Well, Coventry, CV1 5QP

Expose little ones to early mark making, enabling them to develop good concentration, muscle control and encourage their imaginations. Be prepared to get messy!

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Coventry Food Festival

Coventry Food Festival

Friday 22 July 2022 – Sunday 24 July 2022

Location: Coventry City Centre

Cooking up a storm: Coventry Food Festival set to return this July with TV celeb chefs.

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