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May Bank Holiday

Published: Friday, 03 May 2019

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We’re already in the month of May and to help us get over the shock, we have a bank holiday to look forward to.

With an extra day free to do something a little different, explore the city and have a story or two to share back at work, we’ve put together a little list for you to fill your extra-long weekend in Coventry.

Coventry Comedy Festival - Friday 3 May – Sunday 12 May

The Coventry Comedy Festival is kicking off this weekend. With famous faces such as Tom Allen, Lisa Curry and Rob Deering lighting up the stage to name but a few, alongside brilliant new talent, a whole week and two days of hilarious entertainment – it’s not one to miss.

Cheese & Chutney Festival at FarGo Village - Saturday 4 May

The Cheese & Chutney Festival is one of FarGo Village’s most popular events of the year, and with all of the tasty treats on offer, it’s not hard to see why. From cheeses, chutney, preserves, charcuterie and more - all the essentials you need to enjoy cheese to the full will be there. There will be plenty for you to shop from FarGo’s artisan traders and take home so you can keep the good tastes going long after the weekend is over – or however long you can resist tucking in! Residents like ‘Not Just Jams’ and ‘Gourmet Food Kitchen’ will be taking up a stall and bringing you some great tasting products, as well as local independent artisans. 

R.E.S.P.E.C.T to Aretha at the Belgrade Theatre – Saturday 4 May

Grab a ticket and witness life-long Aretha Franklin fan and power-house vocalist, Letitia George star in this heartfelt and uplifting dedication to the Queen of Soul at the Belgrade Theatre. Aretha Franklin’s extraordinary career as a singer and songwriter spanned over sixty years. She rose from church gospel singer to international stardom at a young age and is widely accepted as the finest female soul singer of our time. Her talent has always been unequalled. Read more and get tickets here.

Open Day – A Medieval May at the Weaver’s House - Sunday 5 May

Guests Coventry Militia will be bringing history to life on site at The Weaver’s House. They will be dressing in period costume and demonstrating armour and arms of the Wars of the Roses. It’s a rare Sunday opening for this little medieval house and a must visit whilst you can. Visitors will also have the chance to take part in some late medieval table top games and hear about Coventry's importance in this period when it was where the royal court was held. 

Wildlife Photographer of the Year until June at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

The acclaimed wildlife photography exhibition from the Natural History Museum is back with 100 stunning images at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum. From breath-taking animal portraits and dramatic landscapes, to bizarre species and endangered habitats, this exhibition showcases the most arresting and spectacular images of our natural world. The competition celebrates biodiversity, promotes conservation and champions ethical photography. Whether young, old, professional or amateur, the photographers featured raise awareness of the beauty and fragility of the world around us. Chosen from over 45,000 entries by expert judges, the images were awarded for their creativity, originality and technical excellence. 

Experience Go Ape at Coombe Abbey

Go Ape’s treetop adventure is ready and waiting for all big and little monkeys to have a great day out with the family. Set in 500 acres of beautiful, historic woodlands, this course is packed with plenty of exciting challenges and thrills. Get ready to test your nerve as you swing through the trees, zoom down zip wires and test your nerve on The Plummet. Once your pulley is over the wire and safety lines connected, grab life by the ropes and enjoy the rush. Laughs (and screams) guaranteed. You won’t leave this course disappointed. Read more here.