Autumn leaf at lake in Coombe Country Park

Awesome things to do in Coventry and Warwickshire this Autumn!

Everyone loves taking a wander through their local woods or around Coombe Country park to catch sight of the glorious Autumn colours.

Woodlands at Coombe Country Park in Coventry
Autumn walk through Coombe Country Park, taken by Regan Thacker @duskyblueskies

But, what are the other awesome things to do in Coventry & Warwickshire this Autumn?

Do you know what’s happening in Coventry & Warwickshire?

There are plenty of different things you could do every weekend in Coventry and Warwickshire this Autumn, not convinced yet?
Take a look at this list below.

Here’s a list of awesome things you could do:

22 October: Family fun day at the Belgrade Theatre

The Belgrade Theatre are hosting another Family Fun Day from 10.30am – 4pm. There will be arts and crafts tables, games, storytelling and a dressing-up station with real stage costumes.

Entry is free – just turn up on the day.

Image courtesy of Emily, who is one of our Amazing Authors and blogger at Coventry Life.

25 October: Deer at Dusk

Catch a glimpse of the fallow deer or the bucks bellowing or sparring as part of a guided tour with the Park & Gardens team at Charlecote park. Tickets are £20 each

Charlecote Park in Warwickshire
Stag at Charlecote park captured by Trevor Price

26 October: Coventry Continental Food Market

Join Igers Coventry & Warwickshire for a foodie themed instameet at the Coventry Continental Food Market as part of the Festival Before the Lights.

Coventry BID team are veery kindly providing 30 instagrammers with a complimentary food voucher! Never been to an instameet before? Well now’s your chance. Make sure you book your free ticket via this link to secure your food voucher!

27 October: Pumpkins R Us

Dawn, Life of a Midlander at Pumpkins R Us

If you haven’t picked your Halloween pumpkin by now, you best hurry!
Dawn, who is another one of our Amazing Authors, recommends picking a pumpkin from your local pumpkin farm rather than the supermarket. You will find a much bigger choice of colours and sizes!

31 October: Dead of the Dead Festival and Bonfire party

Umberslade Farm Park are having a Day of the Dead Bonfire Party.
Gates open 4.30pm, Bonfire lit at 6.30pm, Fireworks at 7.30pm

If you go in Fang-tastic Fancy dress you will have the chance to win a Family Farm Pass!

Day of the Dead Bonfire Party

The Day of the Dead Bonfire Party will be a frightful delight for all of the family. There will be Dia de los Muertos Skeletons, fire dancers, their Dead Famous Family Silent Disco and a Live Mariachi band.

Be quick to buy your tickets from the Umberslade Farm Park website
An Advance Family Ticket is £20 + £0.50 booking fee.

2 November: Kenilworth Castle Bonfire Gala

The Fireworks & Bonfire at Kenilworth Castle is organised by the Kenilworth Round Table.

It is one of the largest bonfire & firework displays in the Midlands. This means that there are a lot of people there and it can feel quite crowded. There are a number of food stalls in the grounds, but these can also tend to have long queues.

Check out parking/transport options and make sure you purchase your ticket in advance.

There are also a few vantage points from outside the castle grounds, but these are usually commandeered by photographers with tripods trying to get that perfect shot.

Despite the crowds and issues around limited parking, it is worth noting that in 2018 Visit England listed it as one of their Top 5 firework displays.

If you have never been, it is definitely worth going to see it at least once.

Fireworks at Kenilworth Castle, taken by Regan Thacker in 2017

3 November: Carnival of Lights

The Carnival of Lights is a new event for the calendar this year!

It is a Lantern Procession which starts at Foleshill Community Centre at 5.15pm. The Lantern Procession will head into the City Centre and finish in Broadgate. There will be floats, live performances, and Bollywood dancers with LED umbrellas. It sounds rather fabulous!

This is a free event, and you can watch the procession from various points along the route.

16 November: Fargo Winter Chocolate Festival

The Winter Chocolate Festival at Fargo Village will have plenty of fudge, cake, cookies, and brownies for you to indulge your sweet-tooth and/or start getting ready for Christmas.

Chock Shop captured by Regan Thacker

17 November: Leamington Christmas Light Switch On

The Leamington Christmas lights switch on event takes place along the Leamington Parade on Sunday 17th November 2019 .

There will be a Yuletide market, fun fair rides, a traditional carol service at the Town Hall, and Touch FM stage.

The brand new lights will be switched on at 5.30pm.

Leamington Light Switch On captured by Richard Cunningham

28 November: Warwick Victorian Evening

The Warwick Victorian Evening & light switch on event takes place in Warwick Market Place on Thursday 28th November.

Carousel ride captured by Regan Thacker

There will be Victorian themed market stalls, crafts and Victorian fun fair rides. And, the lights will be switched on at 7pm.

30 November: Wreath Making Workshop

Wreath Making captured by Regan Thacker

The Herbert Art Gallery are hosting a wreath making workshop, you need to book tickets for this event. Tickets cost £26 but the Herbert Art Gallery are providing materials, and you will be able to develop your wreath making skills for every Christmas after.

7 December: The Snowman with Live Orchestra at Coventry Cathedral

The Snowman at Coventry Cathedral captured by Momma Mack in 2017

Who doesn’t love the animated film ‘The Snowman’?

This wonderful family event brings the snowman to life with a live orchestra at Coventry Cathedral.

6, 7 & 8 December: Stratford-Upon-Avon Christmas Market

There’s another festive Victorian Christmas market with a Dickensian theme in Stratford Upon Avon. It will have traditional gifts, street food stalls, vintage fun fair rides, and a variety of entertainment.

Stratford Upon Avon taken by Regan Thacker

14 December: The Snow Queen at the Albany Theatre

The Snow Queen is an epic adventure with spell-binding magic, action-packed excitement and heart-warming friendship.

In the story, Gerda must race through the four seasons to rescue her brother and prevent the Snow Queen’s terrifying plan to plunge the world into eternal winter.

Full Price Tickets: £12.00 – £16.00 and Child tickets: £9.00 – £11.00
Prices vary dependent on date.

Are there any other awesome autumn events or activities happening in Coventry & Warwickshire?

Be sure to share them with us in the comments, we’d love to hear about them!

Written by Regan Thacker
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Gifted; Sunday at the Coombe Weekender

I was really excited to be invited along to Coombe Weekender on Sunday 4th August.

Craig Charles

I had been eying up tickets ever since they announced that Craig Charles would be DJ-ing in the main stage. Followed by TopLoader who are a band who I always enjoyed hearing such hits as Achilles Heal and of course Dancing In the Moonlight which came out the year I was 16! As a Blogger I do pay for things, but decided that if I couldn’t get in for free, then I’d just miss out. Tickets were about £45 each for the Sunday, and I felt the two acts I wanted to see were not worth that amount of money. Continue reading

Igers Coventry and Warwickshire Group photo

Why I love Igers Coventry & Warwickshire, and you should too!

What does Igers mean?

Igers Coventry & Warwickshire logo
Instagramers Community logo

Igers is short for Instagramers. According to the Urban Dictionary, an Instagramer is someone who spends extremely long amounts of time on Instagram. Now, I can’t speak for my fellow admin or our Igers followers, but this could be a fairly accurate description of me. One thing that has always puzzled me though, should it be Instagramers or Instagrammers?

Grammatically and pronunciation-wise, I feel like it should be a double consonant to create a short ‘a’ vowel sound. Most websites and blogs tend to use the word Instagrammers with the double consonant. However, you will notice that all of the Instagram communities are called Instagramers of London or Instagramers of Madrid. I think this lack of a double consonant could be due to the fact that Igers Communities were established in Spain in 2011, where their first language is Spanish. Continue reading