What’s on

We have a programme of events, exhibitions
and workshops at all our sites throughout the year.
There’s always more to explore and discover.

Discover Charterhouse

Charterhouse will open on Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 July, Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 August

The gardens will be open on Friday 16 & Friday 23 August as part of the National Garden Scheme, with house tours at 1pm on those days.

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There’s always plenty to see and do
at Historic Coventry Trust places.

Tubular Bells + Dark Side of the Moon
Fri 26 July

Tubular Bells + Dark Side of the Moon

London Road Cemetery: Paxton’s Arboretum, Fri 26 July | 7pm - 9.30pm

Two all-time classics of British rock music, Mike Oldfield’s “TUBULAR BELLS” and Pink Floyd’s “DARK SIDE OF THE MOON” just celebrated their 50th anniversary.

Now music technology expert Mark Jenkins performs striking new all-synthesizer arrangements of both albums, accompanied by state of the art computer graphic and AI projections and wonderful vocal performances, in the spectacular setting of London Road Cemetery’s Anglican Chapel.

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The Crew – performance by Fabularium
Fri 26 July

The Crew – performance by Fabularium

London Road Cemetery, Anglican Chapel, Fri 26 July | 2pm - 4pm

The Fabularium are very excited to share their new windy tale of wisdom, woe and wonder, set to reignite humans’ relationship with our waters. Come and join ‘The Crew’ on their debut voyage in this open dress rehearsal before in embarks on a national summer tour!

The performance will be at 3pm in the Dell by the Anglican Chapel in London Road Cemetery and before that, from 2pm – 3pm, there will be a craft session in the Anglican Chapel.

 Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

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Nature Makers at Charterhouse – summer holiday session
Sat 27 July

Nature Makers at Charterhouse – summer holiday session

Charterhouse, Sat 27 July | 10.30 - 11.30am

Nature Makers Coventry will be running a summer holiday craft and play session at Charterhouse on Sat 27July 10.30 – 11.30am – making nature boats, rafts and watery fun!

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Creating colours – summer holiday session
Fri 2 August

Creating colours – summer holiday session

London Road Cemetery, Anglican Chapel, Fri 2 August | 2pm - 4pm

A journey into colour mixing influenced by the amazing variety of hues and shades you find in nature.

Polly Merredew will take you on a journey into colour mixing influenced by the amazing variety of hues and shades you find in nature. You’ll learn how to create a whole spectrum of colours, from earthy tones to bright floral shades, all inspired by the palettes found in the London Road Cemetery.

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

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London Road Cemetery Tours – Anglican Chapel Open Day
Sat 3 August 2024

London Road Cemetery Tours – Anglican Chapel Open Day

Anglican Chapel and London Road Cemetery , Sat 3 August 2024 | 11am - 4pm

Discover the story of Paxton’s Arboretum, stories of women in the cemetery and the symbolism of memorial stones.

Coventry Family History Society will also be in the Anglican Chapel with information about burials in London Road Cemetery – come and see them to find out where your forebears are buried.

And Karen Johnson, artist in residence at London Road Cemetery will be offering activities as part of her textile project this summer.

 

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Storytelling and cyanotypes  – summer holiday session
Fri 9 August

Storytelling and cyanotypes – summer holiday session

London Road Cemetery, Anglican Chapel, Fri 9 August | 2pm - 4pm

Storyteller Peggy King will weave stories and poems  around the crafting session – printing cyanotypes with Ruby Nixon. This is a unique type of photographic print made using sunlight, resulting in stunning blue and white images. In this workshop, you will create personal pieces of art using objects that hold special meaning to you. Peggy’s stories will be about some of the residents of London Road Cemetery and about the craft activities on offer.

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

 

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Charterhouse guided tours
27 & 28 July, 17 & 18 August

Charterhouse guided tours

Charterhouse, 27 & 28 July, 17 & 18 August | 11am

Charterhouse is opening on  27 & 28 July, 17 & 18 August. Guided tours will take place at 11am on these days.

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Charterhouse garden tour and pick a bouquet
Sun 28 July & Sun 18 August

Charterhouse garden tour and pick a bouquet

Charterhouse, Sun 28 July & Sun 18 August | 11am - 12pm

An exclusive opportunity to tour Charterhouse garden and pick a bouquet with Head Gardener Gianni Antoniazzi.

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National Garden Scheme open days at Charterhouse
16 & 23 August

National Garden Scheme open days at Charterhouse

Charterhouse, 16 & 23 August | 11am - 3pm

Charterhouse gardens will be open through the National Garden Scheme on 16 & 23 August – the gardens were last opened through the scheme by Col Wyley in 1930. Bring a picnic and enjoy the scents and textures in our beautiful outdoor space.

There will also be a guided house tour at 1pm.

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Art exhibition at Charterhouse – Rupert Cordeux
Sat 28 July - Fri 23 August

Art exhibition at Charterhouse – Rupert Cordeux

Charterhouse, London Rd, Coventry, CV1 2JR, Sat 28 July - Fri 23 August |

Rupert Cordeux, Coventry artist, will be exhibiting his watercolours of Charterhouse and other historic sites in Coventry. Don’t miss this chance to come and view the paintings where they were created.

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Storytelling and freelensing photography  – summer holiday session
Fri 23 August

Storytelling and freelensing photography – summer holiday session

London Road Cemetery, Anglican Chapel, Fri 23 August | 2pm - 4pm

Freelens photography with Sinéad Patching from Mothers Who Make Coventry. and original storytelling with Peggy King. Try out creative lens techniques in this experimental photography workshop with artist Sinéad Patching.

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

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Thinking space – London Road Cemetery
Fri 26 July - Fri 30 August 2024

Thinking space – London Road Cemetery

London Road Cemetery: Paxton’s Arboretum, Fri 26 July - Fri 30 August 2024 | 2pm – 4pm

On Friday afternoons during the summer  we will be running activities inspired by the inventiveness and creativity of the designer of London Road Cemetery, Joseph Paxton, who also created the gardens at Chatsworth House, the great glasshouse at Crystal Palace and popularised the Cavendish banana! 

In our eclectic programme of activities we promise you challenges, stories, surprises and stuff to make. 

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Pop-Up Parkour with Ascension Dance  – summer holiday session
Fri 30 August

Pop-Up Parkour with Ascension Dance – summer holiday session

London Road Cemetery, Anglican Chapel, Fri 30 August | 2pm - 4pm

Ascension Dance will get participants jumping, climbing, vaulting and rolling in an exploration of parkour, freerunning and movement.

 Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

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Artist residency at London Road Cemetery – Karen Johnson
Fri 19 July - Fri 30 August

Artist residency at London Road Cemetery – Karen Johnson

London Road Cemetery, Fri 19 July - Fri 30 August |

Over the six weeks of the Thinking Space summer programme, we are excited to be hosting a textile residency with local artist, Karen Johnson at London Road Cemetery. A longtime stitcher and maker, Karen’s work explores the structural forms and colourful vitality of the natural world in joyous textile

 

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Kraftwerk – a tribute
Sat 21 September

Kraftwerk – a tribute

London Road Cemetery: Paxton’s Arboretum, Sat 21 September | 7pm - 9.30pm

KRAFTWERK INVENTED TECHNO-POP – 

And by extension, all of modern dance music.

Now for the 50th anniversary of the band’s international breakthrough album “Autobahn”, music technology expert MARK JENKINS (“Tubular Bells for the Moog Synthesizer”, ”Dark Side of the Moon for the Moog Synthesizer”) presents a striking live solo performance of the band’s hits, experimental music they never play, and music they might have played in some alternate future reality ruled by computer graphics, vocoder vocals and artificial intelligence imagery…

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Dead Good Death Café
Sat 5 Oct

Dead Good Death Café

Anglican Chapel, London Road Cemetery: Paxton's Arboretum, Sat 5 Oct | 10am - 12pm

Come to a safe space where people talk about anything and everything to do with death. By talking openly about death, it helps to remove some of the fear factor, but also help up to open our eyes about choices, different cultural ways of dealing with death, but then ultimately to enhance life.

Everyone welcome regardless of age, religion, non religion, gender or background.

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