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					Coventry Days Out Guide Spring 2008

What can you do in a day?

Whether you’re a resident of Coventry or visiting with
friends, family or as part of a group, Coventry has a wealth
of first class attractions, sports, leisure and entertainment
venues. No matter what ‘floats your boat’, you’ll find plenty
to do in Coventry. But with so much to choose from, the
question is “what can you do in a day?”

Why not take a walk through Britain’s transport heritage,
play a relaxing round of golf and enjoy an evening of
entertainment at one of the region’s most prestigious
entertainment complexes. Alternatively, you may wish to
immerse yourself in the Cathedral Quarter’s stunning
mediaeval architecture, take a behind-the-scenes tour of the
impressive Ricoh Arena and finish your day skating with

Still undecided? Need some help? Fear not, as the Coventry
Days Out guide will point you in the right direction. This
spring, the Coventry Days Out guide is showcasing ten of
Coventry’s key leisure attractions and entertainment venues
to help you make the most of your day out in this fantastic

In this guide you will find all you need for planning your day
out, including forthcoming events, opening times, admission
charges and more importantly special offers and discounts.
Contact details for each venue are also supplied should you
need further information or have any special requirements;
alternatively, check out the Coventry Days Out website at for the very latest days out
Coventry Cathedral

Priory Street, Coventry CV1 5ES
T: 024 7652 1257 E:

More than just a tour! Atmospheric medieval ruins alongside
awe-inspiring modern architecture, a tower to climb for
great views of Coventry (over 180 steps!), ‘time travel’ to
the 1940s and the beginning of a unique reconciliation
ministry, one of the countries’ best collections of retro
artworks, a good value restaurant and a shop offering
unique souvenirs, beautiful gifts and Christian books and
CDs. We’ve got it all at Coventry Cathedral!

Whether coming with friends and family for a day out or
bringing a group to Coventry, we recommend you book one
of our range of guided tours to enhance your visit. Guided
tours cost from £4.50 per person, and that includes a
souvenir map for each visitor. Please contact our Bookings
Officer on 024 7652 1257 for details and a booking form.

Opening Times:

Cathedral: Daily, 9.00am–5.00pm, events and services
permitting. Visitors are requested to make a donation of

Tower climb: Daily, 10.00am–4.00pm, weather permitting
Adults £2.50 Children £1.00 (no unaccompanied under 16s)

Blitz Experience Museum: Open most Wednesdays and
Saturdays from Easter and at other times by arrangement
(entry charges may apply)

You’ll find Coventry’s Visitor Information Centre at the
bottom of the Cathedral Tower
Holy Week & Easter Services:

Palm Sunday 16 March 10.30am: Palm Sunday Procession
(from the Cathedral Ruins to worship in Methodist Central

Holy Week Mon 17–Wed 19 March 7.30pm: Compline with

Maundy Thursday 20 March:
10.30am: Chrism Eucharist (with the blessing of holy oils)
7.30pm: Liturgy for Maundy Thursday (followed by vigil
until midnight)

Good Friday 21March 9.00am: Liturgy for Good Friday

Easter Eve Saturday 22 March 8.00pm: The Easter Liturgy,
Confirmation and the First Eucharist of Easter

Easter Sunday 23 March:
6.00am:Dawn Eucharist
10.30am: The Cathedral Easter Day Eucharist
4.00pm: Choral Evensong & Procession

Friday 4 April: The All Angels on Tour - Tickets available
from or call 0871 271 5151

SPECIAL OFFER: 1-in-10 go free!
Book 9 guided tours and get the tenth one FREE! Any group
leader and their coach driver always get in free too! Please
mention this offer when speaking to our Bookings Officer,
and attach this voucher to your booking form. No hotocopies
will be accepted. Offer valid for any guided tour booking
made before 31st May 2008 (excluding schools tours).
Call 024 7652 1257 or email
to book.
Coventry Transport Museum

Hales St, Coventry CV1 1JD
T: 024 7623 4270 E:

Looking for a great day out? Come along to Coventry
Transport Museum and experience the journey of a lifetime.
Located in the birthplace of Britain’s car and cycle industry,
this is one of the country’s best transport attractions and
the world’s largest display of British road transport.

Whether you’re looking for inspiration, thrills or nostalgia
you’ll experience a fascinating journey from bone rattling
cycles to mind-blowing speed records as you explore over
150 years of unique history. Where else can you see the
earliest British cars and cycles, Royal Cars, a De Lorean ‘back
from the future’ and Thrust 2 and Thrust SSC Land Speed
record holders – all under one roof? The museum is not just
a place for the past – you can design your own car, feel what
its like to break the sound barrier at 763 miles an hour, and
even travel into the future.

That’s why the Museum is one of the most popular days out
in the Midlands. Admission is free for everyone and the
Museum is open every day of the week – so there really is
no excuse not to visit.

March – June 2008:

19th March-11th June:
Special exhibition ‘Over the Hill’, a celebration of cycling and
motoring birthdays. Free admission.

22nd March-1st April:
Eggcellent Easter Craft Activities. Drop-in sessions 10.00am
- 4.30pm. From £1 per child.
May Half Term:
Children’s Activities throughout the holidays 10.00am –
4.30pm. From £1 per child.

Watch out for …

June: Art, Design and Technology Month at the Museum.

Summer Holidays:
‘Are we nearly there yet…?’
Themed family activities throughout the summer holidays.

For all events see website for further details: or tel: 024 7623 4270.
The Herbert

Jordan Well, Coventry, CV1 5QP
T: 024 7683 2386 E:

During 2008 The Herbert’s £20M physical transformation
will be completed with the opening of new temporary
exhibition galleries, a new History Centre, new visual arts,
natural history and history exhibitions, a new studio space
for performance and events and new activity and meetings

The first phase of the redevelopment is already open and
includes creative media studios, an exhibition space,
education facilities, a café and shop and later in the year the
stunning new wing of the building facing Coventry
Cathedral and University Square will be opened together
with the refurbished galleries in the original building. Keep
an eye on the website for details.

Saturday 15th March-Sunday 27th April: Monday-Saturday
10.00am – 5.30pm and Sunday 12.00pm – 5.00pm

Contemporary craft from 37 cutting edge designer-makers
with a connection to the West Midlands.

The wealth of creativity on display includes ceramics, glass,
jewellery, metalwork, textiles and furniture from both recent
graduates and makers with international reputations. Learn
more about the makers’ skills and get interactive with
handling objects, sound boxes, video and family activity

The exhibition is free and suitable for all, providing a great
opportunity to purchase and commission work from some of
the best designer-makers in the region.
For details regarding events surrounding the exhibition
please visit The Herbert website for more information
Ricoh Arena

Phoenix Way, Foleshill, Coventry, CV6 6GE
T: 0844 873 6500 W:

March 29th CCFC V’s Plymouth Argyle

Fabulous Family Fun Day
  • 4 tickets (2 adults 2 juniors)
  • Meal deal includes 4 pies 2 beers and 2 cokes
  • Enjoy pre match entertainment in the Jaguar Hall
    between 1.30pm and 2.30pm which will include face
    painting, music, and The EA Games Hub
  • Half time entertainment

Family ticket offer £59 for a family of four.

To book tickets please contact the ticket office on 0870 421

Ricoh Arena Experience

Offer for every Saturday in March
  • Meal for two in Farraddays Restaurant at the Isle
  • Entertainment in the casino
  • Overnight stay in 71 Rooms and Silk Suites (Pitch view
  • Work out at the Arena Health Club
  • Sunday brunch in Singers Bar and Bistro
  • Finish with a tour of the Ricoh

Ricoh Arena Experience Offer £100 per couple

For bookings please telephone 0844 873 6500
The Belgrade Theatre

Belgrade Square, Coventry, CV1 1GS
T: 024 7655 3055 E:

“Something extraordinary is happening at the Belgrade,
which is suddenly challenging the Royal Shakespeare
Company as the West Midlands’ most creative theatre.”
Birmingham Post.

The newly invigorated Belgrade Theatre continues its
exciting programme of work this spring with a huge range
of entertainment on offer.

Following the sell-out success of the Belgrade production,
Scenes from a Marriage, another highlight of the season is
One Night in November, which runs in B2 from 8th to 29th
March. This brand new play follows one family’s harrowing
experience of the Coventry Blitz.      Did Churchill have
advance warning of the attack? Was Coventry sacrificed for
the greater good or to provoke America into the war? This
gripping war-time love story promises to be an unmissable
night of theatre.

Elsewhere in the season there’s comedy with Abigail’s Party
and The 39 Steps and music with Oh! What a Night and
Thriller Live; dance with The Big Ballet as well as great
family entertainment with the visually spectacular show
Elephant and Jacqueline Wilson’s Secrets.

For full details of all forthcoming events at the Belgrade
Theatre pick up a brochure, call the box office on 024 7555
3055 or visit

Plus complete your visit with some delicious food from our
restaurant (special Mother’s Day menu available), bookings
024 7684 6762.
Planet Ice Arena

Planet Ice Arena, Croft Road, Coventry, CV1 3AZ
T: 024 7663 0674 E:

Located in city centre, Coventry’s Planet Ice Arena has
plenty to offer visitors of all ages. Whether you’re a novice
or a seasoned skater, Planet Ice has a session to suit you.
The Planet Ice Arena is also host to regular events and is the
home venue for Coventry’s Elite League ice hockey team,
the Cassidy Coventry Blaze.

For up to date information on forthcoming events and
Coventry Blaze home fixtures contact the Planet Ice Arena
on 024 7663 0674.

After School Skate:
Special session for parents with kids every Wednesday and
Friday, 4.15pm – 6.15pm. Special price of £4.20 per
person (not including skate hire).

Learn to skate with Galaxy Gliders:
Galaxy Gliders is one of the most enjoyable learn to skate
programmes in the UK today. Each week you will receive
expert tuition which starts you off from your very first
tentative steps onto the ice up to completing the whole
course with your first single jump! Contact Planet Ice on
024 7663 0674 for more information.

Public skating sessions:
Sun:     11.00am–4.00pm
Mon:     10.00am–11.45am, 1.00pm–4.00pm, 8.00pm-
Tue:     1.00pm–3.00pm
Wed:     1.00pm–3.00pm, 4.15pm–6.15pm, 8.00pm–
Thu:     1.00pm–4.00pm
Fri:    1.00pm–4.00pm, 4.15pm–6.15pm, 7.30pm–
Sat:    11.00am–4.00pm, 8.00pm–10.00pm

Admission charges range between £4.20 - £6.20 per person
dependant on session day/time (not including skate hire).

Skate hire: £1.50 per person.

Family saver: peak £20.00, off peak £16.00 (excluding
skate hire). Contact Planet Ice Arena on 024 7663 0674 for
full terms and conditions.
St Mary’s Guildhall

St. Mary's Guildhall, Bayley Lane, Coventry, CV1 5RR
T: 024 7683 3325

Coventry's Best Kept Medieval Secret

On Easter Sunday, 23rd March St. Mary's Guildhall opens for
the 2008 season, and to mark the occasion, the 1605 Living
History Society will be demonstrating aspects of everyday
life in the early 17th century. With workshops ranging from
cookery and medicine to grisly surgery, there will also be a
chance to learn more about Coventry's role in the
Gunpowder Plot

Located in the historic heart of Coventry, the majestic rooms
of St Mary’s Guildhall provide a fascinating visitor
experience for all ages, with precious collections and over
650 years worth of stories and ghostly legends, brought to
life by our knowledgeable guides.

Open Sunday to Thursday, 10:00am to 4:00pm, 23rd March
to 28th September


Don't miss Godiva’s in the14th century undercroft, offering
liquid refreshment, hot and cold snacks and delicious
pastries. Open year-round, Monday to Friday 10:00am-
Coventry Sports Foundation

Alan Higgs Centre, Allard Way, Coventry, CV3 1HW
T: 024 7630 8244 W:

‘School’s Out’
Out of School Activities this Easter at The Midland Sports
Centre, Centre AT7 and The Alan Higgs Centre.

Easter Holidays! Children bored with nothing to do?

Then why not take advantage of our extensive out of school
activity programme!

Leave your children with us and they can enjoy fully
supervised sessions every day. Activities include football,
swimming ,team games, cookery, arts and craft, dance ,
outdoor challenges, trips out ,and much much more!

Places limited for all activities so booking is required.

For more information or to obtain a copy of our ‘Schools
Out’ Brochure Contact:
  • Midland Sports Centre – Rich Donnelly
  • Centre AT7 – Kayle Burgham
  • Alan Higgs Centre – Scott Riddell
  • Or Phone 024 7630 8244
  • Or view our website

The University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL
T. 024 7652 4524 E.

Situated at the heart of The University of Warwick in
Coventry, for thirty years Warwick Arts Centre has been
at the cutting edge of artistic endeavour, whether it be
drama, dance or music, the visual arts or film. For families
this Easter, visit the FREE sculpture trail (ask at Box
Office for a guide) – a great way to explore the beautiful
campus with its lakes, woods, extensive green spaces and
buildings of architectural interest.

Highlights this Spring:


The Shared Experience/National Theatre production of
War & Peace

Thu 13 – Sun 16 Mar Tickets: £18.50 - £22.50

Originally staged at the National Theatre, this is a thrilling
production of Tolstoy’s literary masterpiece. Painted on a
vast canvas of locations, characters and experiences, this
stirring and human play in two parts is an intricate saga
of families, love and friendship against a backdrop of war.

“Sensational… This superb production combines Tolstoy’s
epic scenes with tender and revealing human detail. I left
the theatre breathless with admiration.” The Daily

Arctic Tale U
Fri 21 – Mon 24 Apr

For families, a real adventure in the coolest place on earth.
Set in the vast snow kingdom at the top of the world,
Arctic Tale is a real-life adventure from the people who
brought us March of the Penguins. Join narrator Queen
Latifah as she follows two very different Arctic creatures,
Nanu, a polar bear cub, and Seela, the walrus pup. Armed
only with their natural instincts and mothers’ guidance,
these inspiring animals face countless challenges in a
beautiful icebound world that is rapidly melting.

Brandon Wood Golf Course, Brandon Lane, Coventry, CV8
T: 024 7654 3141 E:

Would you like to try golf but don’t know where to start? If
so Brandon Wood Golf Course is the place to go.

Our PGA Qualified Golf Professional can offer complete
novices an introduction to the game or an improvement plan
for players who already have some experience of golf.

You don’t need to spend lots of money to see if you enjoy
the experience, your equipment can be hired on site at a
very reasonable cost.

There is a comprehensive range of five and seven day
memberships which offer great value with access to the
floodlit Driving Range and Pitching Area. There is a fully
functional licensed Club House, Golf Reception and Shop.


Lord Mayors Trophy 22nd June 2008
Create your own individual Society or Corporate Event Day

  • Discounted Packages mid week
  • Free places for organisers of large groups
  • 10% off any full five or seven day membership
Spring Events Calendar

Here are just some of the events and activities taking place
between March and May. For more information contact
individual venues for visit

March 22nd
Coventry Transport Museum - Easter Task Trail

March 23rd
Coventry Transport Museum – ‘Eggcellent Eggs’

March 24th
The Herbert (Lunt event) - ‘Dies Ludi Romani’

March 25th
Coventry Transport Museum - ‘Potty Pots’

March 26th
Coventry Transport Museum - Glass Painting

March 26th
Ricoh Arena - Arena Health and Fitness FREE open day

March 26th
Ricoh Arena - Blackjack Tournament at the Isle Casino

March 26th
The Herbert – ‘Transformations’

March 26th-29th
Belgrade Theatre – ‘Abigails Party’

March 27th
Coventry Transport Museum - Bedroom Door Signs

March 27th
The Herbert – ‘Crafty Creatures’
March 28th
Coventry Transport Museum - Bird House or Feeder

March 29th
The Herbert – ‘Dragons and Knights’

March 29th
Butts Park Arena – Coventry vs Pertemps Bees

March 29th
Ricoh Arena - Coventry City vs Plymouth Argyle

March 30th
Ricoh Arena - GREEK NIGHT at the Isle Casino

March 31st
Coventry Transport Museum - Mini-me T-shirts

April 1st
Coventry Transport Museum - Ceramic Mug Painting

Apr 2nd
Ricoh Arena - Blackjack Tournament at the Isle Casino

April 2nd-5th
Belgrade Theatre – ‘Oh! what a night’

April 4th
Coventry Cathedral - All Angels Acoustic Concert

April 5th
Butts Park Arena – Coventry vs Northampton Saints

April 5th-6th
Ricoh Arena - The Enemy

April 6th
Coventry Cathedral - Coventry Praise
April 7th-12th
Belgrade Theatre – ‘Elephant’

April 11th-12th
Sky Dome - Elite League Playoffs

April 12th
Liberty Stadium - Cassidy Jets vs Valencia Firebats

April 12th
Ricoh Arena - Coventry City vs Stoke City

April 14th-19th
Belgrade Theatre – ‘The 39 Steps’

April 22nd
Belgrade Theatre – ‘The Big Ballet’

April 23rd
Warwick Arts Centre - The Ipanemas

April 24th
Belgrade Theatre - The Bootleg Sixties

April 24th-May 3rd
Warwick Arts Centre – ‘Black Watch’

April 26th
Butts Park Arena - Coventry vs Nottingham

April 26th
Ricoh Arena - Coventry City vs Wolves

April 26th-27th
Coventry Sports & Leisure Centre
City of Coventry Swimming Club Gala
Apr 29th-May 3rd
Belgrade Theatre – ‘Thriller Live’

May 3rd
Warwick Arts Centre - Jenny Éclair

May 3rd-4th
Coventry Sports & Leisure Centre
Midland Youth Swimming Championships

May 4th
War Memorial Park - Vaisakhi Festival

May 6th
Warwick Arts Centre - Russian State Symphony Orchestra

May 6th-10th
Belgrade Theatre – ‘Mum’s The Word’

May 8th
The Herbert – ‘Spiral’

May 22nd-26th
Belgrade Theatre - Coventry Jazz Festival 2008

May 29th-June 7th
Hearsall Common - Coventry Great Fair