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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


1 The Toll

Luke Wright is this month's guest at Twisted Words, Rugby's open-mic poetry night. Join him as he reads from his latest collection, The Toll, which deals in doubt, duty, and a hundred lonely evenings spent shouting at Question Time. It's visceral, inventive verse that sweats, bleeds and sings - and it's from a word artist at the top of his game.

When: Feb 26, 7pm-9.30pm
Where: The Squirrel, Church Street, Rugby, Warwickshire. CV21 3PU
Contact: +44 (0)1788 544154
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2 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
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3 Belgian Beer Festival

The real-ale pub stages an imaginative week-long celebration of Belgian beer and cheese. There are tastings, a Belgian pub quiz, live music from the Ouse Valley Singles Club and Pete The Human Jukebox, and Cafe Belgique nights. This is all rounded off by a Belgium-ispired Sunday Roast.

When: Feb 27 & 28, Mar 1-5, times vary
Where: The Merchants Inn, 5-7 Little Church Street, Rugby, Warwickshire. CV21 3AN
Contact: +44 (0)1788 571119
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4 Michael Shaw: Sculpting The Museum

In a fun response to the architecture and collections of Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, sculptor Michael Shaw has created a giant inflatable that writhes around the gallery. He has also selected objects from the collection and made his own micro-sculptures in a variety of materials to be displayed next to them.

When: From Jan 28, Tue-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm, ends Mar 25
Where: Rugby Art Gallery And Museum, Little Elborow Street, Rugby, West Midlands. CV21 3BZ
Contact: +44 (0)1788 533201
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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
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6 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
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7 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
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8 The Toft Alpaca Shop

A luxury British DIY knitwear and wool company, offering alpaca and wool knitting yarns and knitting and crochet patterns. There is a wide-ranging programme of different craft workshops to suit all skill levels throughout the year, as well as a real commitment to getting people knitting.

When: Wed-Sun 10am-5pm, Dec 24, 10am-2pm, closed Dec 25-31, Jan 1-3, ongoing
Where: Toft Alpacas, Toft, Dunchurch, Rugby, Warwickshire. CV22 6NR
Contact: +44 (0)1788 810626
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Later winter sunrise in woods near Portsmouth, Hampshire FREE EVENT

9 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 winter walks.

When: Mon & Tue, Thu & Fri, Sun dawn-dusk, ends Dec 31 2017
Where: Wappenbury Wood, Princethorpe, Rugby, Warwickshire. CV23 9QA
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10 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 - check out the great crested grebes in their winter plumage.

When: Mon-Sun dawn-dusk
Where: Newbold Quarry, Newbold on Avon, Rugby, Warwickshire. CV21 1AY
Contact: +44 (0)2476 302912
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