What’s on

We have a programme of events, exhibitions
and workshops at our places throughout the year.
There’s always plenty to see and do.

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

Lady Herbert’s Afternoon Tea
Sundays 26 June, 31 July & 28 Aug

Lady Herbert’s Afternoon Tea

Lady Herbert's Garden , Sundays 26 June, 31 July & 28 Aug | 12 - 4.30pm

Join us for afternoon tea on the lawn in the newly-revived Lady Herbert’s Garden.

Thanks to the success of last year’s event, Lady Herbert’s Afternoon Tea is back by popular demand! The garden has recently undergone a transformation thanks to extensive new planting by Coventry City Council and Historic Coventry Trust. Hidden in plain sight in Coventry’s city centre, the historic garden in now looking lovelier than ever. To mark this new chapter and celebrate the garden’s heritage, we are hosting a series of summer events in the garden.

On select Sunday afternoons we will be dishing out traditional afternoon teas on the main lawn. What better way to spend a summer’s Sunday!

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The Wind in the Willows
Sun 28 Aug 2022

The Wind in the Willows

London Road Cemetery: Paxton's Arboretum, Sun 28 Aug 2022 | Picnic at 1pm, performance at 2pm

Journey into the Wild Wood and join us for a summer picnic followed by some brilliant, family friendly outdoor theatre from award winning Calf 2 Cow.

A not to be missed, rambunctious retelling of Kenneth Grahame’s classic tale ‘The Wind in the Willows’ by Coventry’s own riverside. ‘Poop poop!’

 

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Mostly piano: Da-Hee Kim
Wed 7 Sept 2022

Mostly piano: Da-Hee Kim

Drapers' Hall, Wed 7 Sept 2022 | 1pm

Mostly Piano presents piano led recitals in our grand ballroom.

 

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Heritage Open Days: London Road Cemetery
Sat 10 Sept

Heritage Open Days: London Road Cemetery

The Anglican Chapel - London Road Cemetery, Sat 10 Sept | Drop in, or on the hour tours between 11am - 3pm

Drop into the Anglican Chapel, view this historic building and then explore a self-guided tour of London Road Cemetery: Paxton’s Arboretum. You’ll be able to listen to podcasts specially designed to be listened to in this tranquil space.

Optionally, join us for a walking heritage tour of London Road Cemetery lasting an hour and a half led by the Historic Coventry Trust volunteer research team. The tour starts at the Anglican Chapel, moves through significant spaces and places in the cemetery, shares the stories of characters through time and explores sounds of the cemetery interpreted by local artist Tim Seeley. The tour completes at the Nonconformist Chapel and covers both the built and natural heritage of this fascinating place.

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Heritage Open Days: Charterhouse hard hat tours
Sun 11 Sept 2022

Heritage Open Days: Charterhouse hard hat tours

Charterhouse, Sun 11 Sept 2022 | 11am-4pm

Visit Charterhouse on Sun 11 Sept to see how the restoration of the building is progressing. Due to open in Spring next year, take a hard hat tour to see the craftmanship close up and hear about the opening plans and Charterhouse’s exciting future.

There will also be the first opportunity to see work continuing in the old Coach House, soon to be opened as a restaurant and conference venue.

Due to the construction works, numbers are strictly limited and tours must be booked. Tours will be running at 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.

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Heritage Open Days: Drapers’ Hall
Sun 18 Sept 2022

Heritage Open Days: Drapers’ Hall

Drapers' Hall, Sun 18 Sept 2022 | 11am-4pm

As part of Heritage Open Days, visit Drapers’ Hall on Sun 18 Sept between 11am-4pm to see how the building has been brought back to life.

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Peter Broderick
Sun 25 Sept 2022

Peter Broderick

Drapers' Hall, Sun 25 Sept 2022 | 7.30pm

Multi-instrumentalist and singer Peter Broderick performs at Drapers’ Hall.

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Jeneba Kanneh-Mason
Thurs 29 Sept 2022

Jeneba Kanneh-Mason

Drapers' Hall, Thurs 29 Sept 2022 | 7.30pm

Pianist Jeneba Kanneh-Mason performs at Drapers’ Hall.

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Mostly piano:  Yoanna Prodanova and Nicole Panizza
Wed 05 October 2022

Mostly piano: Yoanna Prodanova and Nicole Panizza

Drapers' Hall, Wed 05 October 2022 | 1pm

Acclaimed duo, Yoanna Prodanova and Nicole Panizza perform an exciting programme of American music for cello and piano, including the sonata by Samuel Barber.

Mostly Piano presents (mostly) piano led recitals in the grand ballroom.

This is a seated show

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Mostly piano:  Ben Holder and Dave Browning
Wed 02 November 2022

Mostly piano: Ben Holder and Dave Browning

Drapers' Hall, Wed 02 November 2022 | 1pm

Virtuoso jazz violinist Ben Holder and stride pianist Dave Browning relive the heady days of early jazz.

Mostly Piano presents (mostly) piano led recitals in the grand ballroom.

This is a seated show

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Mostly piano:  Olga Stezhko
Wed 07 December 2022

Mostly piano: Olga Stezhko

Drapers' Hall, Wed 07 December 2022 | 1pm

Acclaimed by Classical Source as “a supremely delicate master of her instrument”, Olga Stezhko brings together the extraordinary last piano sonatas by Beethoven and Scriabin.

Mostly Piano presents (mostly) piano led recitals in the grand ballroom.

This is a seated show

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Midwinter
Fri 09 December 2022

Midwinter

Drapers' Hall, Fri 09 December 2022 | 7.30pm

Join Orchestra of the Swan for a breathtaking tribute to winter and the festive season featuring music and words from across the centuries – ancient carols, folky fiddling, traditional Christmas songs and classical favourites.

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Podcast Series
Podcast

Podcast Series

Series 1 - London Road Cemetery: Paxton's Arboretum, Podcast | from May 2021

Download and listen in the recently restored London Road Cemetery: Paxton’s Arboretum. Enjoy a gentle meander through the landscape uncovering the fascinating heritage stories.

  • S1E1 Paxton’s Arboretum – In conversation with author Kate Colquhoun and landscape architect Colin Burden about the life and achievements of Sir Joseph Paxton who designed the cemetery.
  • S1E2 Paxton’s Arboretum – Poetry by Emilie Lauren Jones, a new collection inspired by stories of the cemetery.
  • S1E3 Paxton’s Arboretum – Music by Tim Seeley, a new piece of music inspired by nature and the sounds of the cemetery.
  • Download and listen on headphones, enjoy a walk at your leisure.
  • Approx. 20 mins each, wheelchair accessible, outdoors, all weather
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