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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

Bubble Schmeisis.
Photo: Philip Kleinfeld. TICKETED

1 Bubble Schmeisis

Inspired by stories of the Canning Town Schvitz, East London's last authentic bath house, the actor Nick Cassenbaum and his klezmer musicians schlap through summer camps, barber shops and Spurs games, to find out where he belongs. It's a very funny show about British Jewish identity and what is in danger of being lost. Directed by Danny Braverman.

When: Jun 26, 6pm, doors 5.30pm
Where: MacReady Theatre, 10 Little Church Street, Rugby, Warwickshire. CV21 3AW
Contact: +44 (0)1788 556281
More Details: www.nickcassenbaum.com/bubble-schmeisis

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2 Oxana Shevchenko

The pianist, a graduate of the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory and the Royal School Of Music in London, studied with Elena Kuznetsova and Sergey Kuznetsov, and is currently studying with Benedetto Lupo at the Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia in Rome. She has won various international prizes and performs music from Beethoven to Stravinsky.

When: Jun 27, 6pm, doors 5.30pm
Where: The Close, Rugby School, Barby Road, Rugby, Warwickshire. CV22 5DR
More Details: www.oxanashevchenko.com

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3 Motionhouse: Captive

Inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke's poem The Panther, this highly charged, 28-minute performance explores themes of captivity inside a set that consists of a large cage. Motionhouse have pioneered outdoor dance and this piece, conceived and directed by Kevin Finnan, combines inventive physicality with very simple staging.

When: Jun 27, 7pm, doors 6.30pm
Where: The Close, Rugby School, Barby Road, Rugby, Warwickshire. CV22 5DR
More Details: www.motionhouse.co.uk/production/captive

Laura Mvula performing during a concert hosted by Prince Harry's charity Sentebale in Kensington Palace Gardens, London.
Photo: Dominic Lipinski.
Copyright: PA/Press Association Images. TICKETED

4 Laura Mvula

The innovative British singer-songwriter, a two-time Mercury Prize nominee and two-time MOBO Award-winner, explores identity, personal dilemmas and social issues in her jazz, soul and gospel-influenced music. With support from pop band Passport To Stockholm and MC Zani.

When: Jun 29, 8pm, doors 7.30pm
Where: The Close, Rugby School, Barby Road, Rugby, Warwickshire. CV22 5DR
More Details: www.lauramvula.com

RUGBY LIBRARY FREE EVENT

5 Guided Walking Tours

The Rugby Town Guides lead a journey of discovery through the town centre, revealing fascinating facts about the history of the borough. The free tours start at Rugby Visitor Centre and take in the Webb Ellis Football Museum, the Webb Ellis Statue and The Queen's Gates at Rugby School's The Close, as well as Regent Street and the High Street.

When: Wed 2pm, Sat 11am
Where: Rugby Visitor Centre, Little Elborow Street, Rugby, Warwickshire. CV21 3BZ
Contact: +44 (0)1788 533217
More Details: www.therugbytown.co.uk/info/5/discovering/10011/rugby_town_guides_walking_tours

FREE EVENT

6 Cock Robin Wood

Managed by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, the site features over nine acres of newly established mixed woodland and shrubs around a large pond which is home to many species of birds and aquatic life. Wandering along the grassy paths, you meet with sculptures designed by schoolchildren.

When: Mon-Sun dawn-dusk
Where: Cock Robin Wood, Rugby Road, Dunchurch, Rugby, Warwickshire. CV22 6PP
Contact: +44 (0)2476 302912
More Details: www.warwickshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/reserves/cock-robin-wood

RUGBY LIBRARY TICKETED

7 Rugby Art Gallery And Museum

Displays charting the history of the picturesque market town and the sport which shares its name including objects and photographs donated by local people, a permanent collection of 20th century British art, and artefacts from the small Roman town of Tripontium situated approximately four miles east of Rugby. There is also an exciting program of talks and changing exhibitions, as well as activities for younger visitors.

When: Tue-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Bank Hols 12noon-4pm, closed Dec 25, 26, Jan 1
Where: Rugby Art Gallery And Museum, Little Elborow Street, Rugby, West Midlands. CV21 3BZ
Contact: +44 (0)1788 533201
More Details: www.ragm.org.uk

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8 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. Guided tours are available daily.

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

FREE EVENT

9 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

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

10 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.rugbytowncentre.co.uk/directory/out-about/item/the-james-gilbert-rugby-football-museum

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