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discover the top things to see and do in Rugby

In the heart of the Warwickshire countryside, there is plenty to see and do in the historic town of Rugby. It’s the birthplace of Rugby, and as such there are some must-see sporting attractions to see – don’t miss the Webb Ellis Rugby Football Museum, and Rugby School where the game was founded. Rugby can also offer you a great shopping experience, from high street stores to small independent shops - and when you're in need of rest after your retail therapy, you'll find a host of coffee shops, pubs and restaurants in which to relax and unwind.

Best things to do this week in Rugby

A common frog in a garden in Long Eaton, Nottingham after the heavy overnight rain. FREE EVENT

1 Newbold Quarry

The former cement quarry is now a thriving nature reserve of grassland and woodland consisting of a large pool with a vibrant population of native white-clawed crayfish, plus calcareous spoil heaps that support many lime loving plants. There are excellent bird-spotting opportunities, and in spring the pond hosts large numbers of breeding toads

When: Mon-Sun dawn-dusk
Where: Newbold Quarry, Newbold on Avon, Rugby, Warwickshire. CV21 1AY
Contact: +44 (0)2476 302912
More Details: www.warwickshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/reserves/newbold-quarry

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2 Rugby School Tours & Museum

A knowledgeable guide leads a tour of the impressive school buildings and hallowed rugby ground including the Butterfield-designed Main Chapel with its stained glass window, and the former coach house, which recreates the nostalgia of the 18th century with top hats, birching stool and cane. Also learn about famous past pupils such as poet Rupert Brooke and author Lewis Carroll.

When: Sat 2pm, closed Dec 17, 24, 31, Jan 7
Where: Rugby School, Lawrence Sheriff Street, Rugby, Warwickshire. CV22 5EH
Contact: +44 (0)1788 556189
More Details: www.rugbyschool.co.uk/commercial/school-shop-and-tours/tours/

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3 Live Jazz In The Horseshoes Bar

The Horseshoes Bar & Lounge is one of Rugby's oldest neighbourhood pubs, and a good place to relax and unwind to the sound of live jazz performed by saxophonist Ian Hill and guest artists from around the Midlands. The burgers come highly recommended too.

When: Thu 8pm-10.30pm, jam session Sun 4pm-7pm, ongoing
Where: The Rugby Hotel, 22-23 Sheep Street, Rugby, Warwickshire. CV21 3BX
Contact: +44 (0)1788 573244
More Details: www.therugbyhotel.co.uk/bar

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4 Hickory Dickory Murder

A madcap evening of chaos and comedy as members of The Dead Secrets theatre troupe improvise a classic detective story, using audience suggestions to generate a gallery of untrustworthy characters and implausible plot twists. Expect intrigue, deception, betrayal, secret identities and lost gemstones. Or something else entirely. Not suitable for young children.

When: Apr 1, 7pm, doors
Where: The WI Hall, Mill Yard, Dunchurch, Rugby, Warwickshire. CV22 6GH
Contact: +44 (0)1788 811837
More Details: www.thedeadsecrets.com

RUGBY, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17:  A view of the World Rugby Hall of Fame during the World Rugby Hall of Fame Launch at the World Rugby Hall of Fame on November 17, 2016 in Rugby, England.  (Photo by Tony Marshall - World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images) FREE EVENT

5 Pathway Of Fame

The Pathway of Fame, available from the tourist centre, is a unique guide around the town of Rugby, which celebrates the history of the game and commemorates some of its most notable players and events. Plaques along the way celebrate milestones such as the founding of Rugby League and the First Women's Rugby World Cup.

When: visitor centre open Mon-Sat, Bank Hols 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm, closed Dec 25 & 26, Jan 1
Where: Rugby Visitor Centre, Little Elborow Street, Rugby, Warwickshire. CV21 3BZ
Contact: +44 (0)1788 533217
More Details: www.enjoyrugby.co.uk/enjoyrugby/directory_record/46/pathway_of_fame

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6 World Rugby Hall Of Fame

The Hall Of Fame exists to honour Rugby Union players and administrators who have enhanced the game through their exceptional achievements. This new gallery uses the latest interactive technology, video archive and historical memorabilia to explore the moments and personalities that have defined the sport.

When: From Nov 18, Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm, closed Dec 25 & 26, Jan 1, ongoing
Where: Rugby Art Gallery And Museum, Little Elborow Street, Rugby, West Midlands. CV21 3BZ
Contact: +44 (0)1788 533201
More Details: www.therugbytown.co.uk/halloffame

Traditional leather ball stitcher Peter Prince at The Webb Ellis Rugby Football Museum.
Copyright: The Webb Ellis Rugby Football Museum. FREE EVENT

7 The Webb Ellis Rugby Football Museum

Housed inside the former workshop where William Gilbert manufactured the first rugby balls, the museum offers you an insight into the history of the sport with a unique collection of rugby artefacts and memorabilia, charting the history of the game, its players, the ball and its wider development. You also have the opportunity to enjoy an ever-changing program of displays and events.

When: Mon-Sat 9.30am-5pm, closed Dec 25-27, Jan 1 & 2
Where: The Webb Ellis Rugby Football Museum, 5-6 St Matthews Street, Rugby, Warwickshire. CV21 3BY
Contact: +44 (0)1788 567777
More Details: www.enjoyrugby.co.uk/enjoyrugby/info/1/the_birthplace_of_rugby_football/4/the_webb_ellis_rugby_football_museum

13-month-old Charlotte Rose looks at the daffodils in Ruskin park, Herne Hill, London. TICKETED

8 Daffodil Sunday

Every year the Earl and Countess Of Denbigh host an open day on their country estate so that people can enjoy the glorious carpet of daffodils. Other attractions include an owl display, Coventry Model Boat Club, food stalls and refreshments, music from the Dunchurch Band, the Ocho Rios Steel band and local choirs. It's all in aid of Revel Churches.

When: Apr 2, 11am-4pm
Where: Newnham Paddox, Newnham Paddox, Rugby, Warwickshire. CV23 0RX
Contact: +44 (0)1788 833 993
More Details: www.revelgroup.org/daffodil.php

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9 Swift Valley Nature Reserve

This charming nature reserve, adjacent to the River Swift and a disused canal, is ideal for many dragonfly and damselfly species. In summer butterflies are also plentiful in the grassland, especially browns and skippers, and throughout the reserve. Highland cows are also in residence.

When: Mon-Sun dawn-dusk
Where: Swift Valley Nature Reserve, Old Brownsover Lane, Brownsover, Rugby, Warwickshire. CV21 1HU
Contact: +44 (0)2476 302912
More Details: www.warwickshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/reserves/swift-valley-nature-reserve

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10 St Andrew's Church

Located at the heart of the town centre, this picturesque church was designed by the same architect as Rugby School, the Gothic Revivalist William Butterfield. It is renowned for its series of striking stained glass windows and for being the only parish church in Europe with two sets of ringable bells. A volunteer-run cafe serves simple lunches.

When: Mon-Fri 9am-2pm, Sat 10am-2pm, Sun for services
Where: St Andrew's Church, Church Street, Rugby, Warwickshire. CV21 3PT
Contact: +44 (0)1788 565609
More Details: www.standrewrugby.org.uk

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