Fantastic things to do for the whole family in Coventry, UK City of Culture 2021, this summer - The Coventry Observer

Fantastic things to do for the whole family in Coventry, UK City of Culture 2021, this summer

Coventry Editorial 30th Jul, 2021   0

COVENTRY City of Culture’s festival hub, Assembly Festival Garden continues to host a range of events for the whole family from July through to September.

The full summer of events is listed below.


  • Fri 2 Jul – Sat 31 Jul.
  • Tickets from £15.

Circolumbia transport’s its audience from Coventry to Columbia by showcasing one of the world’s leading circuses.

Fresh from Bogotá, one of the world’s leading circus companies brings you extraordinary feats and seamless acts, all performed with breath-taking skill.

Comedy Club 4 Kids.

  • Sat 03 Jul – Wed 04 Sep.
  • Tickets from £12.

The Piccolo will host Comedy Club 4 Kids this summer as light relief for families to enjoy together.

Visitors can expect stand-ups and sketches from international acts for audiences aged 6+.

Dinosaur World Live.

  • Thu 15 Jul – 01 Aug.
  • Tickets from £13.

Dinosaur World Live is a perfect event for the whole family.

Visitors will be able to discover pre-historic lands on stage and view life like the dinosaurs that used to walk the earth.

Visitors are able to plan in advance by booking now.

With the exception of children aged 18 months and under, each attendee will require their own ticket.

The Bubble Show.

  • 14 – 29 Aug.
  • Tickets from £10.

Actor, storyteller and Guinness World Record Holder, The Highland Joker, is one of the world’s top Bubble artists, coming to Coventry this summer with his international award-winning performance.

The Bubble Show, at The Piccolo, will include  soap bubbles in all shapes and sizes.

Visitors can enjoy a range of experiments with bubbles which include a unique blend of magic and storytelling, for audiences aged 5+.

Basil Brush Family Fun Show.

  • Sat 11 Sep.
  • Tickets from £13.

The Piccolo will host Basil Brush Family Fun Show, which will engage families across the region, targeted towards audiences of ages 5+.

Visitors can join Basil Brush through storytelling and song in a show for all the family to enjoy, specially written for the live stage and packed with fun and excitement.

Observations on Being.

  • Fri 16 Jul – Sun 15 Aug 2021.
  • Tickets from £12.
  • London Road Cemetery.

Observations on Being invites audiences to follow an expansive journey through the invisible natural world.

The works will be located across London Road Cemetary.

Exploring ideas from science, art and philosophy, this immersive experience is a great way to feed inquiring minds and look at life on earth in a new way, with exciting technology-based installations set in nature.

Observations on Being was commissioned by Coventry City of Culture Trust and produced in partnership with York Mediale, working closely with the Friends of London Road Cemetery.

It is presented in partnership with Historic Coventry Trust, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and Coventry City Council.

Our Future Moves.

  • Sat 17 Jul – 31 Oct.
  • Museum admission from £7.
  • Coventry Transport Museum.

Coventry Transport Museum presents a year-long showcase – which takes place alongside Coventry being UK City of Culture – which launches with the major exhibition Our Future Moves, running from 17 July until 31 October.

It will feature a diverse range of exhibits that highlight the region’s pioneering work in transport innovation – from autonomous vehicles to one person submarines.

This interactive exhibition will tell the stories of the objects on display by envisioning how future cities may look and exploring how pioneering developments in transport and technology could affect the environment and the way we live.

Paines Plough Roundabout.

  • Tues 27 Jul – Sun 8 Aug.
  • Moat House Leisure and Neighbourhood Centre.

A Belgrade Theatre Coventry and Paines Plough production as part of the Belgrade Theatre’s Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 programme.

Situated in the grounds of Moat House Leisure and Neighbourhood Centre in the Wood End area of the city, this unique venue will host a festival of  plays plus exciting projects and activities for the local community to enjoy together.

Shows to look forward to include May Queen, Really Big and Really Loud, Hungry and Black Love.

Really Big and Really Loud.

  • Tickets from £5.

A show for all the family from award-winning playwright Phoebe Eclair-Powell.

It’s about losing your voice and going on a big adventure to find it again.

It features a rageful rhino, a very helpful fly called Stephen and some really good songs about chips.

Small Bells Ring.

  • Wed 28 Jul – Sun 12 Sep 2021 and the event is free.

Small Bells Ring will invite visitors to indulge in the UK’s largest collection of short stories, whilst floating along the scenic route of Coventry Canal.

Set aboard a fully-functioning narrow boat, the artist-designed floating library will be mooring at three locations along the Coventry canal on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

There will also be bookable activities as part of the event hosted on a Thursday, Saturday and Sunday that will also be free and open to all.

These include Thursday library walks, Saturday Salon with families and a Sunday Cruise, with tea and stories for 2 groups of up to 6 people.

Small Bells Ring is a Studio Morrison project, co-commissioned with Super Slow Way in collaboration with Coventry Libraries & Lancashire Libraries supported by Canal & River Trust, BBC CWR & Coventry City Council.

Open Air Screening: The Italian Job.

  • Sat 7 Aug at 19:00.
  • Tickets from £3.50.
  • Coventry Cathedral Ruins.

Coventry Cathedral Ruins is the iconic setting for a special opening air screening, bringing The Italian Job back to screen over 50 years later.

Key scenes from the film were filmed in the city, and this special event is a great chance to revisit the classic British crime caper, or to see it for the first time.

The screening is presented by CineCov in partnership with MotoFest Coventry.

Go Ape Coventry

  • Coombe Country Park, Brinklow Road, Binley, Coventry, CV3 2AB.
  • Admission from £15.

Opened in Spring 2019, Go Ape Coventry offers the best of high rope antics.

With a Treetop Challenge, Treetop Adventure Plus and Treetop Adventure, this location has something for thrill-seeking adults and fun-seeking children.

The Ballroom Climbing Wall.

  • Ironmonger Row CV1 1LZ.
  • Admission from  £6.50.

The Ballroom’s mission is to introduce as many people of all ages and backgrounds to climbing as they can.

They have dedicated their centre to bouldering, a form of low to the ground climbing that tests you mentally as well as physically, all while having fun with your friends.

The Wave.

  • New Union Street.
  • Admission from £11.
  • Monday – Sunday 10am – 6pm throughout the school holidays

Open across the whole of summer, The Wave welcomes families and friends to visit their multi-faceted water park.


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