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Rugby

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

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1 Jekyll & Hyde The Musical: Rugby Theatre

A devoted man of science, Dr Henry Jekyll takes the fateful decision to experiment on himself, thereby unleashing an epic struggle of good and evil. Leslie Bricusse's book and lyrics are set to music by Frank Wildhorn, and adapted from RL Stevenson's novella.

When: From Oct 21, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, ends Oct 28
Where: Rugby Theatre, Henry Street, Rugby, Warwickshire. CV21 2QA
Contact: +44 (0)1788 541234
More Details: www.rugbytheatre.co.uk/show/jekyll-and-hyde

FREE EVENT

2 What Do I Need To Do To Make It OK?

This worried question will be all too familiar to many of us. Curator Liz Cooper's touring exhibition uses stitch and other media to explore the themes of damage and repair, disease and medicine, healing and restoration. The five textile artists involved are: Dorothy Caldwell, Freddie Robins, Karina Thompson, Celia Pym and Saidhbhin Gibson.

When: From Sep 16, Tue-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm, ends Nov 4
Where: Rugby Art Gallery And Museum, Little Elborow Street, Rugby, West Midlands. CV21 3BZ
Contact: +44 (0)1788 533201
More Details: www.lizcooper.org/what-do-i-need-to-do-to-make-it-ok

RUGBY, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17:  Ieuan Evans of Wales and Shane Williams of Wales look at the museum during the induction at the launch of the World Rugby Hall of Fame at the Rugby Art Gallery and Museum on November 17, 2016 in Rugby, England.  (Photo by Tom Shaw - World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images) TICKETED

3 World Rugby Hall Of Fame

The exhibition celebrates those that have developed the game from humble origins at Rugby School to the character-building sport it is today. Take a journey through time using the latest interactive technology, video archive and historical memorabilia to learn more about the history and values that unite world rugby. 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.worldrugby.org/halloffame

RUGBY LIBRARY FREE EVENT

4 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

Accordion. FREE EVENT

5 Music In Rugby

A celebration of all things musical in Rugby Borough, the exhibition explores past musicians, choirs and orchestras in the town through photographs, programmes and instruments from the museum's Social History Collections. The Rugby Philharmonic Choir, founded in 1867, is richly represented, as is Barbara King and her accordion.

When: From Jun 24, Tue-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Bank Hol Mons 12noon-4pm, ends Nov 4
Where: Rugby Art Gallery And Museum, Little Elborow Street, Rugby, West Midlands. CV21 3BZ
Contact: +44 (0)1788 533201
More Details: www.rugby.gov.uk/ragm/homepage/93/music_in_rugby

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6 Rugby School Tours & Museum

A one-and-a-half-hour tour includes the Butterfield-designed Main Chapel. There's plenty to recognise from Thomas Hughes's Rugby-set novel Tom Brown's Schooldays including the notorious 'birching tower'. Ancient rugby memorabilia abounds and there are insights into famous past pupils include poet Rupert Brooke and author Lewis Carroll.

When: Sat 2pm, drop-in, but advisable to ring ahead
Where: Rugby School, Lawrence Sheriff Street, Rugby, Warwickshire. CV22 5EH
Contact: +44 (0)1788 556169
More Details: www.rugbyschool.co.uk/commercial/school-shop-and-tours/tours/

FREE EVENT

7 Wappenbury Wood

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust oversees this large patch of semi-natural ancient woodland. Mentioned in the Domesday Book, it was for centuries a source of fuel, building materials and hunting opportunities for the local community. Nowadays a network of grassy rides and glades offer tranquil walks and the chance to become a conservation volunteer.

When: Mon & Tue, Thu & Fri, Sun dawn-dusk
Where: Wappenbury Wood, Princethorpe, Rugby, Warwickshire. CV23 9QA
More Details: www.warwickshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/reserves/wappenbury-wood

FREE EVENT

8 Cock Robin Wood

Managed by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, the site features over nine acres of newly established broadleaf 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

FREE EVENT

9 Draycote Meadows

This species-rich hay meadow, along with the adjoining Dunchurch meadow, is the finest patch of unimproved grassland in Warwickshire. Even the rare moonwort, once believed to have magical properties, is found there and indicates the undisturbed antiquity of the site. The meadow is still managed traditionally, with the hay cut in late July.

When: Mon-Sun dawn-dusk, ongoing
Where: Draycote Meadows, Draycote, Rugby, Warwickshire. CV23 9RB
More Details: www.warwickshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/reserves/draycote-meadows

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10 Wurzel Bush Folk Club: Anna Ryder

A family-run village pub is the location for this very welcome musical initiative, which sees artists performing most Tuesday nights. This week Anna Ryder plays her quirky and original folk songs. She really is a one-off and ought to be famous (in a Jonathan Richman sort of way). There is no charge for admittance but a collection is taken.

When: Oct 24, 8.30pm
Where: Bull's Head, 9 Coventry Road, Brinklow, Rugby, Warwickshire. CV23 0NE
More Details: www.wurzelbush.co.uk

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