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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 Dick Whittington

A young man and his loyal cat embark on a quest for fame and fortune. This traditional pantomime has all the ingredients you have come to expect - thrilling adventure, songs, dance routines, comedy and audience participation. Rugby Theatre pitches the bar high for amateur theatre across the Midlands.

When: From Jan 13, Mon, Wed-Fri 7.30pm, Sat & Sun 1.30pm & 5.30pm, ends Jan 22
Where: Rugby Theatre, Henry Street, Rugby, Warwickshire. CV21 2QA
Contact: +44 (0)1788 541234
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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
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Traditional leather ball stitcher Peter Prince at The Webb Ellis Rugby Football Museum.
Copyright: The Webb Ellis Rugby Football Museum. FREE EVENT

3 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
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4 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

5 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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6 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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