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Be Inventive At the Heart Film Star Discover – Attractions Inspire – Days Out Passion – Shopping Desire – Eating Out Sparkle – Nights Out Dreamy – Accommodation Tourist Information Events City Centre Map Regional Map Travel Services Future Coventry Olympics Business Tourism Prize Draw Entry Form Index

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Coventry and Warwickshire – At the Heart of Invention Welcome to Coventry and Warwickshire, a diverse, cultural and contrasting destination. From the modern to the historic and encompassing a wealth of world class facilities, award winning restaurants, cafes, bars, superior hotels and guest accommodation. This spectacular region plays host to fascinating and breathtaking attractions that are easily accessible and are situated right in the heart of the UK. As a region rich in imagination and invention, the city of Coventry is renowned for its enterprising history from James Starley’s innovative bicycle and Frank Whittle’s pioneering jet engine to world class advancement in geothermal and medical technologies. ‘Be inventive’ is a unique and exciting initiative that will spearhead this diverse city and put Coventry on the map as a city of invention! We’re giving you the chance to win over £2000 worth of prizes around Coventry and Warwickshire, and all you need to do to enter is tell us your thoughts by completing the form on page 94, or input the code CWCV1 online by visiting www.visitcoventryandwarwickshire.co.uk

Why not be inventive with your stay and try something new today! www.visitcoventryandwarwickshire.co.uk

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Frank Whittle – Jet Engine

The Specials – Ska music

Courtaulds – Fabrics

Jaguar Factory – Automotive

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Webb Ellis – Rugby

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FILM LOCATION

Did you know the famous tunnel chase scenes from cult classic The Italian Job were filmed in the sewers around Stoke Aldermoor in Coventry in 1969? Spring 2009 saw the city centre become over-run by hoards of schoolchildren complete with camels to boot for the shooting of the Christmas blockbuster – Nativity! Hyacinth Bucket and her hen pecked husband lived on Blossom Avenue, which was in fact Heather Road in Binley Woods, Coventry for Keeping up Appearances.

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In the original The Haunting the external shots of Hill House were that of the Ettington Park Hotel in Stratford upon Avon, infra red film was used to emphasize the striations of the stone and make it look more menacing.

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Coventry and Warwickshire provides the perfect film location, the region boasts unique and inimitable contrasts between sharp modern skylines to historic rolling countryside with everything in between. Add this to the central UK location with excellent accessibility from both road and rail links. So if you get a sudden feeling of déjà vu whilst exploring Coventry and Warwickshire it may well be that you’ve seen it before on screen. If you are thinking about filming in Coventry, why not contact us at filming@cvone.co.uk and we will be happy to help.


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Coventry Transport Museum This fascinating, exhilarating museum displays the largest collection of British road transport in the world. With over 240 cars, commercial vehicles and buses, 100 motorcycles, over 200 cycles and around a million archive pieces and ephemera items, this is definitely one of the best trips through time you will ever encounter.

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Embark on an adventure, lose yourself exploring the area and find out that there’s more to Coventry and Warwickshire than meets the eye. For all featured highlights, see appropriate listings over the page for more information.

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Welcome to Stoneleigh Abbey, a true gem hidden away in the Warwickshire countryside. Nestled in 690 acres of parkland, overlooking the River Avon, Stoneleigh Abbey is a beautiful place to visit. Win tickets to the exciting Jane Austen and Dark Deeds Tours. To enter turn to page 94 or go online.

Castle Tour by Helicopter When it comes to unforgettable experiences, this is it. A high flying adventure over two of the most spectacular castles in the region, Warwick and Kenilworth, during this action packed thrill ride. To enter turn to page 94 or go online.

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Astley Book Farm An unusual day out for book worms and casual readers alike. Astley Book Farm stands on the estate on which author George Eliot was born. The book farm is the largest second-hand book shop in the Midlands and boasts a stock of over 75,000 second-hand, rare and out-of-print books.

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Coventry Cathedral

Creaky Cauldron

Coventry Cathedral holds a special place in the hearts of both visitors and residents alike. As a lasting memorial to the courage and fortitude of Coventry locals during WWII and with the new building famous for Hutton’s great glass screen, Piper’s baptistery window, Graham Sutherland’s marvellous tapestry and the statue of St Michael and the Devil by Epstein, Coventry wouldn’t be the same without this majestic building.

Step into the Wizarding World of Dr Thaddeus Bombay at the Creaky Cauldron, an award winning museum just three doors away from William Shakespeare’s birthplace. Spread over the upper floors in one of Stratford’s most historically important buildings the attraction is one of the town’s “must see” experiences and is without doubt the most magical museum in Warwickshire.

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Take your family to one of England’s most spectacular castle ruins in Warwickshire, and discover links to some major historical figures – including ‘Bad’ King John, Henry V, and Henry VIII. Kenilworth is most famously associated with Robert Dudley and Queen Elizabeth I. The beautifully restored Elizabethan Gardens are simply stunning and the castle holds regular events over school holidays.

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Hatton Country World Hatton Farm Village is a perfect family friendly day out. Hatton is home to both big and small farmyard animals with regular demonstrations and shows. There is also a selection of funfair rides and adventure play areas. Handily located next door is the popular Hatton Shopping Village, perfect for a mid morning coffee or spot of retail therapy.

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Compton Verney Compton Verney is an award winning art gallery in Warwickshire. It offers a unique opportunity to view art in the setting of a Grade 1 listed Robert Adam mansion located in 120 acres of spectacular parkland. Compton Verney houses six permanent collections and has a programme of exhibitions.

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Ace KArting

Leathermills Lane, Hartshill, Nuneaton CV10 0RX

01827 719852

www.acekarting.co.uk acekarting@btconnect.com

Ace Karting provides unique adventures for any occasion. There are a number of custom packages available from arrive and drive to tailor made events. Ideal for birthday parties, celebrations, corporate entertainment, team building events and stag/hen parties. You will be fitted with helmets, gloves, and race suits, and receive a printed certificate upon completion. Catering facilities available. Fully licensed, with parking adjacent to building.

Astley Book FArm

Located within the modern Priory Place development in Coventry city centre, the BBC’s media centre for Coventry and Warwickshire is open to the public. See how the BBC’s local radio station broadcasts live to the region; take part in a multitude of events all year round. Call to book a tour of the station.

Belgrade TheaTre

Astley Lane, Soar End, Bedworth CV12 0NE

024 7649 0235

www.astleybookfarm.com

Astley Book Farm is located 2 miles outside the North Warwickshire town of Bedworth, and just 8 miles from Coventry, 10 minutes from junction 3 of the M6 motorway. It is situated on the Arbury Estate, the birth place of Victorian novelist George Eliot. We stock a range of her novels and related literature, with over 75,000 books in stock. We also have children’s Hayloft, Science Fiction and Fantasy Barn. Open every day including Bank holidays 10.00am - 5.30pm.

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Priory Place, Coventry CV1 5SQ

024 7655 1000

www.bbc.co.uk/coventry coventry@bbc.co.uk

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Belgrade Square, Coventry CV1 1GS

024 7655 3055

www.belgrade.co.uk boxoffice@belgrade.co.uk The Belgrade Theatre features an 850 seat air-conditioned main auditorium that plays host to a fantastic programme of acclaimed touring productions and shows throughout the year. A newly created second space, B2, can seat 250-300 and allows

the Belgrade to showcase some of the most original and ground-breaking touring companies in the country. With a recently established permanent exhibition space, on-site bar and conference facilities to cater for meetings from the small and intimate to 850, The Belgrade Theatre is the ultimate venue whether you’re visiting Coventry for business or pleasure. For more information visit our website: www.belgrade.co.uk


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Coombe Country Park Brinklow Road, Binley, Coventry CV3 2AB

024 7645 3720

www.coventry.gov.uk/coombe coombe.countrypark@coventry.gov.uk Coombe is the perfect place for a relaxing stroll in the countryside or an enjoyable family day out. It is home to 500 acres of beautiful woodlands, historic parkland, formal gardens and lake.

Coventry transport MuseuM Millennium Place, Hales Street, Coventry CV1 1JD

024 7623 4270

www.transport-museum.com enquiries@transport-museum.com Coventry is the birthplace of the British cycle and motor industry and this fascinating, exhilarating museum displays the largest collection of British road transport in the world. With

Whatever your interest there really is something for everyone. Why not challenge the family on the climbing forest or admire the magnificent herons at home on Warwickshire’s largest heronry? The park also boasts a variety of quality facilities including a Visitor Centre with Café, Discovery Centre and History Room, a woodturning training workshop, numerous picnic benches and a fully accessible bird hide.

over 240 cars, commercial vehicles and buses, 100 motorcycles, over 200 cycles and around a million archive pieces and ephemera items, this is definitely one of the best trips through time you will ever encounter. Whether it’s inspiration thrills or nostalgia you’re looking for, Coventry Transport Museum has it all! Cafe and shop on-site, free admission. Open every day 10am-5pm.

Coventry Cathedral Priory Street, Coventry CV1 5AB

024 7652 1200

www.coventrycathedral.org.uk information@coventrycathedral.org.uk

consecrated in 1962, and is noted for Hutton’s great glass screen, Piper’s baptistery window, Graham Sutherland’s great tapestry and the statue of St Michael and the Devil by Epstein. St Michaels Tower is open to the public.

Designed by Sir Basil Spence and voted the nations favourite 20th century building, the modern church of St Michael rests majestically next to the blitzed ruins of its 12th century predecessor, both serving as part of Coventry’s famous three spires. As an international symbol of peace and reconciliation, the Cathedral was

Mon-Sat: 9am – 5pm (last entry 4.30pm) Sundays Free: 8.00am-12.00 Morning Services 12.00 - 4.30pm

G Casino

One Amazing Venue – One Great Night Out! The G Casino Coventry is situated at the Ricoh Arena, a short drive from the city centre. Offering the best in free live entertainment, great bars, the superb Mahir’s Experience restaurant, poker and exciting casino games, The G Casino is everything you need for your night out! Free entry to over 18’s – I.D. may be required.

Ricoh Arena, Phoenix Way, Foleshill, Coventry CV6 6GE

024 7668 4747

www.gcasino.co.uk/coventry

Admission Fees: Adult: £4.50 Concessions: £3.50 Children under 7: Free

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Herbert Art GAllery And MuseuM Jordan Well, Coventry CV1 5QP

024 7683 2386

www.theherbert.org info@theherbert.org The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum is located in the cultural heart of Coventry city centre, next to the historic Cathedral. Having undergone a £20 million redevelopment there’s now eight permanent galleries

displaying our collections. The Herbert is also home to the History Centre, media suites, a shop, café and four temporary galleries, displaying largescale touring exhibitions from around the world that change on a regular basis. Entrance and the majority of events and activities are completely FREE. Check the website for details and special events.

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castle tearoom and beautiful walks to our exciting events programme. Your trip to Kenilworth Castle is not complete without experiencing our authentically re-created Elizabethan Garden – come to the castle in May 2010 to celebrate the garden’s one year anniversary and soak up the scents, sounds and sights of this stunning masterpiece as Queen Elizabeth I would have done more than 400 hundred years ago.

Priory Visitors Centre and UnderCrofts

5a Priory Row, Coventry CV1 5EX

024 7622 0418

www.holytyrinitycoventry.org.uk HToffice@holytrinitycoventry.org.uk Holy Trinity offers you a warm welcome; a peaceful place to pray and contemplate; a beautiful inspiring building and free admission. Five services on a Sunday and 1.00pm Tuesday, 10.30am Wednesday, 1.00pm Thursday. The structure is mainly

14th & 15th century and is one of the largest medieval churches in England. It survived the Blitz and the interior includes 14th century misericords; 15th century font and pulpit; well preserved Medieval Doom Painting (1435); 19th century pews and two superb 1950s stained glass windows. Open 9.30am to 4.00pm Monday to Saturday and service times on Sunday.

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Kenilworth Castle & elizabethan garden

Castle Green, Kenilworth CV8 1NE

01926 852078

www.english-heritage.org.uk/ kenilworthcastle Travel back in time at Kenilworth Castle and tread the floors where kings and queens once danced and dined at this beautiful castle ruin. We have something for the whole family to enjoy, from exhibitions, a delightful

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Priory Visitors Centre, Priory Row CV1 5EX

024 7655 2242

www.prioryvisitorscentre.org priory.visitorscentre@btconnect.com In 1999 the site of Coventry’s first Cathedral was excavated; archaeologists found the remains of many medieval buildings which had remained concealed for hundreds of

years. Some of these ruins have been reburied, whilst others are now housed within the Priory Visitor Centre to help tell this amazing part of Coventry’s history. Also discovered were the Priory Undercrofts; stone rooms, doorways and passages which are now open for visitors to experience by guided tour. Tours cost £1 per-person.

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Monday - Saturday: 10.00am – 5pm Sunday: 12 Noon – 4pm Admission: FREE, Tours £1 per person


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A great day out for everyone! Coventry Transport Museum is no ordinary transport museum - discover the fascinating story behind the development of road transport, from the earliest cycles to land speed record breakers. With thrills, nostalgia, inspiration and a little bit of education, Coventry Transport Museum will take you on an exciting journey through history and the people who made it happen.

• City centre location with other attractions within walking distance • Gift shop and cafe • Special events and activities throughout the year

Open every day 10am - 5pm See the website for further information on events and visiting the museum:

www.transport-museum.com

Coventry Transport Museum, Millennium Place, Hales Street, Coventry CV1 1JD The museum is closed on 24, 25, 26 Dec & 1 Jan.

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Ricoh ARenA

71 Phoenix Way, Coventry CV6 6GE

0844 873 6500

www.ricoharena.com A visit to Coventry would not be complete without visiting the home of the Sky Blues, the Ricoh Arena. This state-of-the art 32,000 seat stadium, set on a 40 acre site is unlike any other development of its kind anywhere in the UK. With conference facilities, banqueting, exhibition space, hotel

and sports centre, this multi-purpose complex has won several awards and hundreds of recommendations for its high level of service and attention to detail. Easily accessible from the main motorway links, the Ricoh Arena is a superb day out.

St Mary’S Guildhall Bayley Lane, Coventry CV1 5RN

024 7683 3325

www.coventry.gov.uk/stmarys mark.twissell@coventry.gov.uk Death, intrigue, scandal and spilt custard...are not compulsory when you visit St. Mary’s Guildhall, but can be discovered in more than 600 years worth of stories from the finest medieval guildhall in the country. Located in the city’s historic Cathedral

Quarter, the magnificent medieval interiors and fine artworks will offer a window into Coventry’s glorious past, letting you experience the city’s historic wealth, whilst costing you nothing. Mary, Queen of Scots, and Shakespeare have both passed through our doors, how about you? Sunday 14th March to Sunday 3rd October 2010 Sunday to Thursday (closed Fridays and Saturdays) 10:00am to 4:00pm Admission Free

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Stoneleigh Abbey Kenilworth CV8 2LF

01926 858535

www.stoneleighabbey.org enquire@stoneleighabbey.org Sitting in 690 acres of parkland with the River Avon flowing through, Stoneleigh Abbey is a beautiful place to visit. With more than 800 years of history the Abbey has many interesting tales to tell.

For lovers of Jane Austen, Stoneleigh offers the chance to walk in her footsteps and see portraits of her ancestors. Her fascination with Stoneleigh is revealed during the Jane Austen Tour. Stoneleigh is a five minute drive from the A46, ten minutes from the M40.

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WarWick racecourse

Hampton Street, Warwick CV34 6HN

01926 491553

www.warwickracecourse.co.uk warwick@jockeyclubracecourses.com Nestled next to Warwick Castle, Warwick Racecourse is one of the oldest in the country and races all year round with 22 fixtures under both codes of Flat and Jumps. With many of Warwick’s fixtures falling on weekends, Bank Holidays and evenings there are

some great days and nights out to be had whether it be through business or with family and friends. Main Enclosure: Mon – Fri: £15 Weekends, Bank Holidays and New Year’s Eve: £18 Course Enclosure (open Bank Holidays only): £8 Children aged 17 and under are FREE. Opening times: Gates open two hours before first race, please check website for timings. Racecourse office opens Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm.


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AlAn Higgs Centre

Arbury HAll

024 7630 8244

024 7638 2804

The Alan Higgs Centre is an £8million leisure centre that has been built to provide much needed sports and leisure facilities for people living in the South East of Coventry. The centre opened in October 2004 and boasts some of the most modern facilities within Coventry such as Indoor and Outdoor 3G football pitches, 4 court sports hall, netball courts, fitness suite, health suite, dance studio and function rooms. The centre has become the home to the Coventry City Football Club Academy as well as the Warwickshire Netball Academy.

This beautiful Elizabethan house, built on the site of a 12th century Augustinian Priory has been the home of the Newdegate family for over 400 years. Transformed in the 18th century to become the finest example of Gothic Revival architecture in the country, the house contains fine collections of antique furniture, pictures, glass and china and many of the splendid rooms of the house are on view to the public.

Baddesley Clinton

Bonds Hospital

01564 783294

024 7622 0418

Atmospheric house dates from 15th century. Interiors reflect the house’s heyday in the Elizabethan era. Discover the priest’s holes used to hide persecuted Jesuit priests in the 1590s. Enchanting gardens with stewpond, lakeside walk and nature trail. Exquisite 19th-century Catholic chapel.

Once an 18th century charity school for girls, this present building, renovated at the Millennium, is built over the ruins of Coventry’s original Cathedral and is now the Holy Trinity Church Centre. Look out for it on your tour of the Priory area.

Brandon Marsh nature Centre

CharleCote Park

Allard Way, Binley, Coventry CV3 1HW

Rising Lane, Baddesley Clinton, Warwickshire B93 0DQ

Brandon Lane, Coventry CV3 3GW

024 7630 2912 Two hundred acres of lakes, marshes and woodland to explore, support hundreds of varying species of wildlife. Nature trails, visitor centre, tea room, shop, guided walks, pond-dipping and exhibitions are all on display. Contact us for the latest admission prices and opening times.

Arbury, Nuneaton CV10 7PT

Old Blue Coates School, 5a Priory Row, Coventry

Charlecote, Warwick CV35 9ER

01789 470277 The Tudor home of the Lucy family for more than 700 years, the mellow stonework and ornate chimneys of Charlecote sum up the very essence of Tudor England. There are strong associations with both Queen Elizabeth I and William Shakespeare. Perfect for those pleasant walks in the country.

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Compton Verney Warwick CV35 9HZ

01926 645500 An innovative award-winning art gallery offering interesting and enjoyable ways to experience art. Housed in a Grade 1 listed Robert Adam Mansion set in Capability Brown landscaped parkland and home to a growing collection of art from around the world.

Coventry SportS Centre Fairfax Street, Coventry CV1 5GA

024 7625 2525

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Facilities include a 50m Olympic pool, leisure pool with flume, rapids, slide, baby beach area, Wellness gym and health membership. There is also state of the art fitness equipment, sauna, steam and spa area. Crèche on site. Squash courts, indoor football, badminton fully supported. Booking recommended for certain activities.

Creaky Cauldron Stratford

01789 290969 The Wyrd Museum & The Henley Street Theatre situated over three floors in one of the most haunted buildings in Britain (The Creaky Cauldron). The Wyrd Museum & The Henley Street Theatre is Stratford’s premier scare attraction and has something for everyone. If you’re even slightly afraid of ghostly goings on, then think twice about entering this scary building.

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Coughton Court

Throckmorton Estates, Coughton Court, Alcester, Warwickshire B49 5JA

01789 400 777 The house stands in 25 acres of grounds containing some of the most breathtaking gardens in the country. It was Clare McLaren-Throckmorton’s intention to create a garden that complements the beautiful house, and to give it the setting it deserves. She also wanted to create a wide variety of gardens: formal and informal, traditional and innovative. Created over the last 15 years, the gardens are now mature and varied and are solely managed by the Throckmorton family.

Coventry WatChmakers museum Court 7, Spon Street, Coventry

024 7640 2331 The Watch Museum Project tries to preserve artefacts and buildings and to carry out historical research. The group’s long term aim is to see a working museum established where watches and tools would be displayed together with photographs of people, buildings and maps of the area in which the work took place.

Draycote Water country Park

Kites Hardwick, Rugby CV23 8AB

01788 811107 Twenty one acres of beautiful lakes and rolling hills, this tranquil setting is perfect for walks, cycling, kite flying and bird watching. Modern visitor centre onsite, as well as an adventure playground and picnic area. An all year round program of events includes sailing activities. Contact the visitor centre for more details. Free admission to the park, car parking charges will apply.


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Admission Fees: Adult: £4.50 Concessions: £3.50 Children under 7 Free

Coventry’s most prestigious landmark! Voted the nations favourite 20th century building, the modern church of St Michael rests majestically next to the blitzed ruins of its 12th century predecessor, both serving as part of Coventry’s famous three spires.

As an international symbol of peace and reconciliation, and noted for Hutton’s great glass screen, Piper’s baptistery window, Graham Sutherland’s great tapestry and the statue of St Michael and the Devil by Epstein, Coventry Cathedral is the perfect destination for visitors and residents alike. St Michaels Tower is open to the public through the local Tourist Information Centre.

Opening Hours: Open Daily Mon - Sat 09.00 – 17.00 (Last Entry 16.30) Sunday (Free) Morning Service 08.00 – 12.00 Visitors 12.00 – 16.30

Coventry Cathedral, 1 Hill Top, Coventry CV1 5AB

Tel: +0044 24 7652 1200 Fax: +0044 24 7652 1220 www.coventrycathedral.org.uk

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Drayton Manor theMe Park Drayton Manor Drive, Tamworth B78 3TJ

Livingstone Road, Foleshill, Coventry CV6 5AR

01827 287979

024 7666 7121

Everyone’s favourite theme park and Zoo, packed with a host of great rides and attractions and set in 280 acres of lakes and parkland. Drayton Manor features some of the biggest, wettest and scariest rides around. Apocalypse is the world’s first stand up tower drop; Shockwave is Europe’s only stand up rollercoaster and Maelstrom is the only gyro swing to make you face outwards! It’s a fantastic fun-filled day for everyone!

Foleshill Sports Centre is part of the Coventry Sports Trust and has two pools which offer fitness and fun swimming. Featuring family entertainment and activities for children of all ages, the centre also offers a crèche run by qualified and experienced staff.

Hatton Country World

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Dark Lane, Hatton, Warwick CV35 8XA

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Foleshill sports and leisure Centre

Hatton Farm Village is perfect for a family day out with farmyard animals, demonstrations, shows, fun fair rides and adventure play areas. Next door is Hatton Shopping Village with over twenty speciality gift shops, antiques and interiors centres, outlet clothes store, a restaurant and café; all housed in Victorian farm buildings.

Heart of england adventure Park

Meriden Road, Near Meriden, Warwickshire CV7 8DX

01676 540333 Heart of England Adventure Park and Beach Resort is the product of the vision of Stephen Hammon, Managing Director and owner of the site. The site offers a beautiful, clean lake for paddling, tonnes of soft sand (for castle building and sun bathing) – fresh air, open spaces and medieval woodlands. Heart Park is the perfect solution for families who want to spend a day together at the beach – without the four hour round trip to the seaside.

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Hatton’s flight of 21 locks provides an excellent example of how our canal heritage has been adapted to meet the needs of a changing society. From a highway of the Industrial Revolution it has become a much valued recreational resource and a vital green corridor for wildlife. Today, this stretch of waterway is part of the Grand Union Canal, opened in December 1799 this fantastic heritage site is the perfect place for a lazy afternoon walk.

Heritage Motor Centre Banbury Road, Gaydon, Nr Warwick

01926 641188 Home to the world’s largest collection of historic British cars, visitors can uncover the story of the British Motor industry with fun and interactive exhibitions that are fun for all the family. With free guided tours, an onsite Café, gift shop and a selection of outdoor activities including a children’s play area, picnic site, 4x4 Experience and Go-Karts, this is a brilliant adventure for little kids and big kids.


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Jaguar Heritage trust MuseuM Browns Lane, Allesley, Coventry CV5 9DR

024 7620 3322 More than 140 historic vehicles from the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Collection. Many are original, just as they left the factory, and fully operational. In a controlled atmosphere, for maximum preservation, each vehicle on display is a living icon of a by-gone era. Each symbolises a significant milestone in the continuing development and growth of Jaguar Cars and its associated companies.

Lord Leycester HospitaL 60 High Street, Warwick CV34 4BH

This 14th century building is an historic group of timber framed buildings clustered around the Norman gateway into Warwick, with its 12th century Chantry Chapel residing above. Hidden behind the ancient buildings is the tiny but delightful Masters Garden.

Midland air MuseuM Baginton, Coventry CV8 3AZ

024 7630 1033 Display of civil and military aircraft spanning more than seventy years of aviation development. Exhibits range from the magnificent Avro Vulcan bomber, through to more than 30 other historic aircraft, both civil and military. Also on display are aero engines, a wide range of memorabilia and a collection of material relating to Sir Frank Whittle, the Coventry-born engineer who designed the jet engine which made modern high speed aircraft and economical air travel possible.

Lady Herbert’s Garden Hales Street, Coventry, City Centre

Lady Herbert’s Garden and Garden of International Friendship lies adjacent to one another and, despite the contrasting differences in style, they complement each other providing a restful place to sit and watch the world go by. As one of the most famous landmarks in Coventry, this garden generates significant international interest for its associated stories and legends.

Lunt Roman FoRt Baginton CV8 3AJ

024 7678 6142 The Lunt, a partial reconstruction of a first century roman fort, dates from AD60 and is closely connected with the legendary Boudicca. In AD64, it was adapted to become a cavalry training centre and is unique in Britain as it is the only fort with a Gyrus, a wooden ring for training horses.

NatioNal Motorcycle MuseuM Coventry Road, Bickenhill, Solihull, West Midlands B92 0EJ

01675 443311 The National Motorcycle Museum is recognised as the finest and largest motorcycle museum in the world. It is a place where ‘Legends Live On’ and is a tribute to and a living record of this once great British Industry. It is a place where an older generation can once again view with nostalgia the machines they rode in days gone by, and younger generations can study the development of the motorcycle from its earlier days in 1930s-60s.

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Planet Ice arena

Nuneaton Rd, Mancetter, Nr Atherstone CV9 1RF

024 7623 9247

01827 713438

Centrally situated at Skydome, which is home to Coventry Blaze Ice Hockey team. Skate hire, family tickets, student and other special nights. The Coventry Blaze is Coventry’s Elite League Ice Hockey team. If you’re looking for an action packed evening full of thrills, and family orientated sporting entertainment come along to the Blaze at the Arena.

This visitor attraction is a natural extension to Dobbies Garden World. The futuristic Plantasia is an exciting, interactive experience which reveals the mystery of plants, and their powerful affects on the environment. Lakeside walks, treetop trails, garden centre and restaurant will ensure that this will grow on you fast.

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Royal HencHmen medieval Banquets

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Ragley Hall is a well preserved example of a Palladian House designed in 1680 and set in 400 acres of parkland. Gardens include a Rose Garden, Winter Garden and Frumpary. Other attractions include the Stables, which houses a collection of Carriages and the Woodland Walk which offers excellent views of Ragley and the surrounding countryside.

Royal PumP Rooms

The Parade, Royal Leamington Spa, CV32 4AB

01926 742700 The historic Royal Pump Room is a cultural complex worthy of the 21st Century. The multi-million pound restoration houses the Art Gallery Museum, Assembly Rooms, Tea Rooms, Tourist Information Centre and Library. Perfect if you’re passing through the area, this fascinating building will delight and amaze.

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Coombe Abbey Hotel, Brinklow Road, Binley, Coventry CV3 2AB

024 7645 0450

banquets@coombeabbey.com The year is 1539, and the calm of Coombe Abbey is about to be shattered forever. As the feast progresses, the guests are entertained throughout. The de Clapper Family has a vast repertoire of ‘Bawdy Ballads’. After the final course, they are joined by the Ladyes of the Courte for a fine programme of songs, aires and melodies. A night filled with fun, feast, wines, colour and music.

Royal ShakeSpeaRe Company

The Courtyard Theatre, Southern Lane Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6BB

01789 403444 The aim of the RSC is to keep modern audiences in touch with Shakespeare as our contemporary. That means that as well as the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, our repertoire includes classic plays by international dramatists and work by living writers.


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Ryton GaRden oRGanic Ryton Gardens, Wolston Lane, near Coventry CV8 3LG

024 7630 3517 Ryton Gardens is the home of leading charity, Garden Organic. Set in ten acres of Warwickshire countryside, there are 30 gardens for visitors to discover, all organic. Organic café and garden centre also on site. Open 9am – 5pm 7 days a week. Restricted Christmas opening times. Entry admission applies. Garden Organic members get in free.

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Croft Road, Coventry CV1 3AZ

08712 244007 What a better way to finish off the perfect day than by exploring what this entertainment centre has to offer. With the ODEON cinema, the newest bars and pulsating nightlife, this is the perfect spot for a chilled out, relaxing and totally refreshing experience.

ShakeSpeare’S houSeS and GardenS

Henley Street, Stratford, Warwickshire CV37 6QW

01789 204016 Discover the exciting story of William Shakespeare’s early years, and see where he spent the first five years of his life. Stroll around the house where Shakespeare was born and where he grew up. Welcoming people for over 250 years, this fantastic site will excite and enthral in equal measure.

St John the BaptiSt ChurCh Fleet Street, Coventry

024 7655 2691 Situated on the very edge of Coventry city centre’s Spon Street, St John is a Grade 1 listed medieval masterpiece, carved from rose sandstone, and considered one of the most beautiful churches in England. During the civil war, the church was used to imprison Scottish Royalists soldiers. There is so much to discover at this historical site, so make sure that you stop by and take it all in.

Stonebridge golf CourSe

Stratford Butterfly farm

01676 522442

01789 299288

Stonebridge is a beautiful open acre parkland and golf course located in the heart of England. Just 2 miles from the NEC, this vista of secluded woodland and rolling putting greens is the perfect relaxation spot for sporting enthusiasts and visitors looking for that peaceful weekend break. The PGA Europro Tour has also been held here.

Rain or shine, discover many of the world’s most beautiful butterflies in an exotic environment of tropical blossom with splashing waterfalls and fish-filled pools. Great for the kids and for families looking for a day out with a difference.

Somers Road, Meriden, Coventry CV7 7PL

Tramway Walk, Swans Nest Lane, Stratford CV37 7LS

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Take a Walk on The Dark SiDe

Talisman TheaTre and arTs CenTre

07788 437 392

01926 856548

Take a Walk on the Dark Side is the premier Dark History Tour company in the West Midlands. Experiences include historians, paranormal investigators, ghost hunters, mediums and a wealth of local knowledge. Tours are designed to give you the true history of Warwick, Stratford and Kenilworth.

The Talisman Theatre is a member of The Little Theatre Guild offering the highest standards the company has a history dating back to 1942, boasting over 300 main productions. With so much variety on show, it’s incredible to think what you might find at this cracking little venue.

The FalsTaFF’s experience

Twycross Zoo

26 Kettlewell Close, Warwick CV34 5XE

40 Sheep Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6EE

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Welcome to TUDOR WORLD at the Falstaff Experience, a Godiva Awards multi-award winning top 10 “must see” attraction in Stratford-upon-Avon which recreates the atmosphere, sights and sounds of sixteen century England in authentic settings. Tudor World and the Tudor World gift shop are set within Stratford’s most historical building, including the only surviving Tudor alleyway and cobblestone carriageway Shakespeare himself has walked upon.

Upton HoUse and Gardens

Foxbury, Upton, Banbury OX15 6HT

01295 670266

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/uptonhouse uptonhouse@nationaltrust.org.uk Join the House Party as visitors are invited to touch, delve and discover the life and passions of a 1930s millionaire. See the stunning art collection, and stroll though the beautiful gardens with terraced borders, ponds and kitchen garden. National Trust Members FREE. Reduced rate for winter opening. Contact for prices and further details.

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Barrow Road, Kenilworth CV8 1EG

3 Burton Road, Twycross, Atherstone CV9 3PR

01827 880 250 Twycross Zoo is home to over 1000 animals, most of which are endangered species. Its world famous primate collection ranges from tiny Pygmy Marmosets to the impressive silverback Western Lowland Gorillas. Twycross is the only UK zoo to house ‘our closest relative’, the Bonobo. The zoo also includes Pet’s Corner, exhibitions, Children’s adventure playground, zoo shops, picnic areas, cafes, toilets and most of the animal houses are accessible to wheelchairs. No dogs allowed.

War MeMorial Park

Kenilworth Road, Coventry CV3 6PT Coventry’s premier city park and play area. This sprawling 120 acre site is open to the public every day of the week, and has water play areas; 18 hole pitch and putt, tennis courts, bowls and skate parks. This is also home to the Midlands award winning, free family festival, The Godiva Festival.


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WarWick arts centre

WarWick castle

024 7652 4524

0871 265 2000

Warwick Arts Centre is the largest arts centre in the Midlands, attracting 280,000 visitors a year to individual events embracing music, drama, comedy, literature, film and visual art. Warwick Arts Centre is situated at the heart of the University of Warwick in Coventry and is integral to the cultural life of the University who own the Arts Centre.

Imagine a totally electrifying, full day out at Britain’s ultimate Castle. Immerse yourself in a thousand years of jaw-dropping history, where ancient myths and spell-binding tales will set your imagination alight. Where princesses are pampered and maidens are wooed. Experience the heat of battle at such close quarters you’ll almost smell the fear, as winners become true heroes and losers are confined to dark, dank dungeons, forgotten for eternity.

University of Warwick, Gibbet Hill Road, Coventry CV4 7AL

West Midlands safari Park Spring Grove, Bewdley, Worcestershire DY12 1LF

01299 402114 We have four fantastic miles of safari trail with close encounters galore. Have you ever seen a rare White Lion? Probably not as they are virtually extinct in the wild and we have the only pride in the UK. The adventure continues – track down Elephant, Rhino, Tiger, Lion, Wolf and Buffalo to name but a few. Home to over 600 animals and covering a vast area of 100 acres, this is a self-drive safari in your own vehicle and you get the chance to feed some of the animals too.

Two Tone Trail in Coventry

Warwick Castle, Warwick, Warwickshire CV34 4QU

Coventry’s Walk of Fame, celebrating extraordinary achievement in the fields of industry, politics, sport and the arts. The Walk of Fame celebrates people who have brought Coventry recognition at national or international level. 20 bronze plaques have so far been unveiled on a walkway that runs diagonally across Priory Place in Coventry city www.coventry-walk-of-fame.co.uk centre. If you find yourself visiting Priory Undercrofts, Coventry Transport Museum or any of the restaurants or bars in this modern part of town, make sure you stop by and take a look. Pete Waterman OBE – Pop Impresario

Devised by Coventry Music Historian Pete Chambers in 2005 with a book to accompany it, the Two Tone Trail features over twenty sites that will not only be remembered by those involved in The Specials and The Selecter but many Coventry residents and followers as well. Guiding you on an epic journey through time, reminiscing on the days when some of the band members used to live, sing, dance and play in local bars, clubs, University buildings, residential properties and cinemas , it’s certainly a Coventry experience not to be missed. For more information visit www.2-toneat30.info

Jimmy Hill OBE – Coventry City Manager and Football Innovator

one Band The Specials – 2-T

Sir William Lyons – Founder of Jaguar Cars

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www.coventry.gov.uk/stmarys Discover more than 600 years worth of stories in the finest medieval guildhall in the country, with magnificent historic interiors, rare artworks and resident ghosts. Take a break in Godiva's café-restaurant in the Guildhall's vaulted Undercroft. Open March to October – Sunday to Thursday 10.00am-4.00pm

Stoneleigh Abbey Warwickshire’s hidden jewel • Jane Austen Tours • Grand State Rooms • Riverside Gardens

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Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2LF – 10 minutes J15 / M40

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Initially a comparatively modest collection, Twycross Zoo has grown into one of the major zoos in the UK, attracting over 450,000 visitors a year. It is famous for its collection of primates. This prize experience offers a family of two adults, three children the chance to visit the zoo for a fantastic day out!. To enter turn to page 94 or go online.

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Heart Of England Adventure Park Season Pass Heart of England Adventure Park and Beach Resort offers beautiful clean lakes, tonnes of soft sand, fresh air, open spaces and medieval woodland making it the perfect day out for family and with friends. Win a Season Pass to this fantastic attraction. To enter turn to page 94 or go online.

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Climb all 181 spiralling steps of St Michael’s Tower in the Cathedral Ruins to be rewarded with some breathtaking views across Coventry and Warwickshire. Warwick Castle also offers some of the best views around with stunning vistas of the rolling Warwickshire countryside. On a sunny summer’s afternoon you can’t beat leisurely rowing along the Avon and soaking up the views.

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Come Fly with Me A must see attraction in Coventry is the superb Midlands Air Museum, located on Baginton Road, near Coventry Airport. Exhibits range from the magnificent Avro Vulcan bomber to more than 30 other historic aircraft, both civil and military, aero engines and other artefacts, to a wide range of memorabilia.

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Warwick has an ever-growing reputation for the variety of its cafes, restaurants and independent boutiques; including Castle China, a unique and specialist fine Disney collectables store on Warwick High Street. The Market Square also plays host to numerous events throughout the year and is the home of the Charter Market.

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Unspoilt, rolling hills – that’s what you will discover at Burton Dassett. Whether you are walking, flying a kite or just sitting in your car, the magnificent views from these hills are breathtaking. The site comprises a series of rugged hilltops affording spectacular views in all directions and Fox Covert, a small woodland with a surfaced footpath.

Coventry has a long and diverse list of super sensations, musical legends and screen stars. Make sure you stop by Priory Place , Coventry city centre to experience our tribute to some of the greats of this proud city. www.coventry-walk-of-fame.co.uk

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What better way to start off your day than by relaxing with a nice hot mug of coffee, delicious hot chocolate or freshly brewed tea. There are plenty of divine cafes in Coventry, such as Costa Coffee in the city centre, Starbucks; Browns independent bar and BB’s in West Orchards Food Court, each offering their own individual flavours to get you ready for the day ahead!

10.30am Why not move over to Coventry Cathedral, which is located just over the road from this superb museum, and uncover the city’s most famous landmark. From the mighty flagstones of Coventry’s magnificent Cathedral Ruins, to the visually stunning scenes from the top of St Michaels Tower. This is a blast from the past for many visitors, and will educate and enthral all at the same time.

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10.00am After a refreshing start, head on over to the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, where you can find an exciting programme of events and exhibitions all year round, incorporating elements of this City’s rich history and future plans. The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum is an ideal place to chill out with friends and family. Alternatively why not go for a swim or work out at Coventry Sports and Leisure Centre on Fairfax Street.

11.30am After you have explored the many secrets of the Cathedral and its grounds, discover the Priory Undercrofts, where you will be amazed to find another Cathedral/Monastery underground, where fun facts and exciting trivia will amuse and bemuse at every turn. Alternatively visit St Mary’s Guildhall in Bayley Lane, where Kings and Queens of old once resided.


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12.45pm I think it’s time for a spot of lunch and what better way than spending it in style by visiting Dogma Bar in the modern Priory Place. A tranquil and secluded spot right next to the famous Whittle Arches in Coventry city centre and the Walk Of Fame. You also have Nando’s just around the corner, and a wide variety of restaurants and eating spots back inside West Orchards Shopping Centre.

4.30pm After spending a few hours looking around the Museum’s fabulous exhibits, why not venture over to Coventry’s main shopping streets and centres. With a varying mix of national chains and independent boutiques, you really are spoilt for choice. Stop off for a well deserved drink at one of the many handy bars and cafes, and then head back to your hotel for a quick change into your night’s attire.

2.00pm Right, back on the road. After a promising morning exploring some of Coventry’s main attractions, why not continue the trend by visiting the fantastic and free Coventry Transport Museum off Hales Street, once again situated by the mighty Whittle Arches. The Museum is a haven for historic cars and bikes, exciting galleries and exhibitions, gift shops and cafes. With a whole days worth of things to see and do here, it’s no wonder it’s one of the best museums in the UK!

6.00pm I think its time for dinner, don’t you? Why not try some of Coventry’s divine restaurants, such as Cosmo, Pizza Express, Bella Italia, Old Orleans, China Red, Etna’s, Eden Restaurant or Turmeric Gold. Each offers a unique and diverse flavour to finish off that perfect stay.

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8.00pm Time to see a show, so head on over to the ODEON at the Skydome Arena for the very latest movies on release, or try out Belgrade Theatre in the town for exciting performances that will leave the whole family entertained for hours at a time. If you’re feeling really adventurous, why not head out of town to one of the many entertainment centres around Coventry, such as G Casino at the Ricoh Arena, off Junction 3 of the M6, or Warwick Arts Centre on the University of Warwick Campus.

There is so much to see and do in Coventry, make sure you take a look at www.visitcoventryandwarwickshire.co.uk before heading out for all the latest information and advice.

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Make sure you have a hearty breakfast before you kick start your day, it’s important to feel your best as there is so much to do, so bacon and egg at the ready, with a splash of warm tea and toast on the side. After you have had your fill, prepare for a day exploring the natural beauty and historical legends of Warwickshire.

2.00pm After visiting these major attractions, you may like to take it a little easier, so why not take a delightfully charming boat ride up the River Avon in Shakespeare’s Stratford, or cruise along the many canals and tow paths during a warm sunny day. You can even browse through some of the locally situated marketplaces, stalls and independent shops in Warwick, Stratford and Leamington. Make sure you cool down with a locally produced beer, or bottle of wine, and for the drivers out there, you can always sip on a nice sumptuous milkshake or refreshing juice drink.

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Warwickshire, stunning, serene countryside and magnificent attractions. Be inspired by our itinerary tracker for an enjoyable day ahead…

10.00am Two of the main attractions in Warwickshire, Warwick Castle and Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Gardens, could quite easily both take a whole day each to fully explore. However, with just a few short hours you can still find plenty to do in these mighty, medieval masterpieces. With yearly events and themed displays, beautiful scenery and pleasant picnic spots, this must be the first thing you do during your stay.

4.30pm By now you may be getting a little hungry, so why not try one of the hundreds of restaurants in the area, from The Saxon Mill Warwick, Thai Boathouse Stratford, Seasons Restaurant, Wildes and Five Rivers in Leamington, there really is so much to explore. Check out our Desire section for more information.


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Evening entertainment in Warwickshire is not a problem, with a wide variety of things to see and do, you really will be amazed. From funky clubs and bars, to local pubs and cosy taverns, you will be sure to find and unwind with our handy Sparkle section in this very guide.

With a full tummy, sore feet and shopping bags galore, why not pop back to your hotel or guest accommodation and flop down in one of the many spa’s, swimming pools, cocktail bars or fabulous graded accommodation rooms in the region. Take a load off your feet and sink down into a hot, steaming bubble bath, unwinding after a super busy day with a glass of plonk and comfy bed.

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Blue Badge guided Tours Roger Bailey

024 7669 1212

www.bluebadgetouristguide.co.uk bluebadgecov@aol.com Roger Bailey is a regional Blue Badge and Coventry Green Badge Tourist Guide plus author, offering guided walking and coach tours of Coventry, day or evening. Hear about Lady Godiva, William Shakespeare,

George Eliot, Time Team and more. Also Stratford upon Avon, Royal Leamington Spa, Rugby, Warwick, Kenilworth, The Cotswolds, Birmingham and the Heart of England. Plus conference support, meet & greet, employee familiarisation plus transfers from airports and hotels. 2010 guide costs – Coventry 1.5 hour walking tour £60, Coventry 1.5 hour coach/walking tour £75, half day tours £95, full day tours £150. POA for other tours and talks.

Godiva associates:

the ages. The Ultimate Coventry Ghost Tour is eerily tangible and tells tales of history, mystery and legend.

024 7659 8901 07973 654 569

the original Godiva Heritage tour £4.50 concessions £3.75 children £3.00 the Ultimate coventry Ghost tour £7.50 concessions £6.75 children £6.00

delivering tailor made, inspirational entertainment.

www.godivainspires.co.uk godiva@associate.co.uk Pru Porretta MBE, is Coventry’s official modern day Lady Godiva. The Original Heritage Tour of Coventry offering unsurpassed history, in-depth knowledge of Lady Godiva and the amazing story of Coventry through

special rates for large groups 25 persons max for walking tours Walking tours approx 1-11/2 hrs Corporate Entertainment, Conference support, After dinner speaker, employee familiarisation, Story telling, Educational Workshops, Product launches POA

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Coventry Market

£400 Debenhams Coventry Vouchers The leading department store in West Orchards Coventry, Debenhams offers a diverse and colourful range of fashion, a variety of home ware and special gifts for all ages and styles. This is your chance to win £400 in vouchers for Debenhams products. To enter turn to page 94 or go online.

Aston Martin Experience

The Aston Martin V8 Vantage is an awesome car to drive. The luxury is unrivalled, the looks and drive ability of the car have to be experienced to be believed. Includes full session driving an Aston Martin V8/DB9 in Kenilworth. Passenger ride with an Instructor included. De-briefing session, presentation of certificate and driver analysis form provided. To enter turn to page 94 or go online.

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The Ardencote Spa offers a wide range of holistic, therapeutic and stress-relieving treatments designed to restore a sense of well-being and to re-invigorate the spirits. Set in 82 acres of landscaped gardens in the Heart of Warwickshire, far from the rigours of modern life, the Ardencote Spa experience will leave you feeling relaxed and re-energised. To enter turn to page 94 or go online.

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As well as being a craft, antique and garden centre, Hoar Park is a working farm covering 143 acres. Set in the beautiful North Warwickshire countryside. Hoar Park dates back to the 1430’s with existing house and buildings dating back to 1730. These traditional farm buildings form the centre of the park and have been converted to contain the village. It is the ideal place to find something that little bit different from the high street.

Nothing quite beats home cooked food, apart from home cooked food using fresh, locally sourced produce. Each town in Warwickshire hosts its own regular market. Stratford’s is on the first and third Saturday of each month, Coventry’s is on the second Thursday, Warwick’s is on the third Friday, Leamington’s is on the fourth Saturday; and Rugby has a market every second and last Thursday of the month. Expect to find a variety of fresh bread, meat, vegetables, juices, pickles, honey, eggs, cider and much more.


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AbbeygAte Shopping Centre

Cathedral lanes shopping Centre

024 7637 1800

024 7663 2532

Abbeygate Shopping Centre is located in the heart of the historic market town of Nuneaton. Abbeygate prides itself on offering a variety of quality products and unique experiences. Treat yourself to some time out from shopping and visit one of the centre’s many cafes and eateries, indulge in some pampering in one of the elegant beauty salons or simply get away from it all in the lively amusement arcade.

Cathedral Lanes Shopping Centre is a popular shopping destination for both locals and visitors alike and is situated in a unique position. Behind, is the famous Coventry Cathedral, at the front, is the outstanding statue of Lady Godiva. The shops themselves range from hardware, sporting goods, jewellery, books, garden & home furnishings as well as an award winning cafe.

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Coventry Market

024 7683 4988

024 7622 4927

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Nothing beats cooking at home using fresh, locally sourced produce, which is why the monthly Farmers’ Market is such a popular addition to the City centre. Held on the second Thursday of each month, shoppers can expect to pick up high quality seasonal goods direct from the local farmers and producers whilst learning more about the origins and cultivation of their food.

Coventry’s famous indoor market is packed full of independent retailers with all kinds of everything from every day essential items to unique and specialist goods and ingredients. Open 6 days a week the popular market is home to a vast range of traders and produce including: a fresh fish market, florists, butchers, international food stalls including Chinese, Caribbean and American, clothing, hardware, collectables and music memorabilia.

Greyfriars Walk

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Newgate Street, Nuneaton CV11 4EL www.abbeygatecentre.co.uk enquiries@abbeygatecentre.co.uk

Market Way, Coventry CV1 1DX

City Arcade, Shelton Square and the Bull Yard, Coventry City Centre

024 7660 7003

www.greyfriarswalk.co.uk A collection of independent retailers on the Southside of Coventry City Centre offering an extensive range of independently run shops with an inimitable choice of unusual and exciting goods along with the personal touch from retailers that care about their customers. Make sure you experience the difference at Greyfriars Walk.

Broadgate, Coventry CV1 1LL www.cathedrallanes.net shopping@cathedrallanes.net

Retail Market, Queen Victoria Road, Coventry CV1 3HT

2 Croft Road, Coventry CV1 3AZ

0845 355 2150

www.ikea.com/gb/en/store/coventry IKEA Coventry features a complete range of well designed, functional, home furnishing products, readily available at affordable prices. With over 50 fully furnished rooms there are plenty of great tips, ideas and inspiration in-store.

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Medieval Spon Street

024 7663 4710

This award winning shopping centre is located in the heart of the city and is home to some of Coventry’s biggest name brands, unique independent boutiques and popular eateries. Current fashion retailers include, Dorothy Perkins, Faith, New Look, West One, H&M Hennes, Next and Two Seasons. Other retailers include, Craft Culture, TJ Hughes, Sony Centre, H Samuel, Waterstones and Boots. 750 parking spaces available.

The beautifully reconstructed Spon Street is home to more than 24 shops and businesses which occupy a range of historic renovated medieval buildings. Better known as Medieval Spon Street, this street contains a unique selection of quality and niche shops including hair and beauty salons and boutiques. It’s a great spot to visit by night or day and is guaranteed to take you back in time as you learn about the city’s past though the elaborate murals dotted along the street.

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Lower Precinct, Coventry CV1 1NQ www.lowerprecinct.com

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Take in the stunning scenery of the Frank Whittle statue beneath the landmark millennium arches as you wander up to one of Coventry’s best kept secrets, the independent retailers. With designer labels and obscure uber cool fashions, choose from alternative looks in Bubble to more mainstream indie in Hannigans, Kong and Renegade. Why not soak up the cosmopolitan atmosphere in one of the bohemian bars and restaurants in contemporary Priory Place.

Broadgate/Upper Precinct Coventry City Centre

024 7660 7003 This busy and vibrant area of the city is home to some retail giants including Topshop, a flagship Primark store, Starbucks, River Island and much more. The infamous Lady Godiva Statue makes a perfect meeting point and look out for the Godiva clock with its quirky chimes on the hour, every hour. The circular fountain is the ideal place to sit and watch the world go by whilst enjoying a tasty snack from one of the popular street trading units.

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Spon Street, Coventry CV1 3BB www.sponstreetcoventry.co.uk

The Parade, Royal Priors, Leamington Spa CV32 4XT

01926 450150

www.royalpriors.com The Centre for Quality Shopping. Located in the picturesque town of Leamington Spa, Royal Priors provides a relaxed shopping environment. Choose from a splendid mix of high street stores and individual boutiques or while away the afternoon with an indulgent coffee and a cake in one of the laid back cafes.

West Orchards shOpping centre

Smithford Way, Coventry CV1 1QX

024 7623 1133

www.westorchards.co.uk info@westorchards.co.uk Great brands at a great centre. The West Orchards has everything all under one roof from chiropractors to department stores with everything in between. Don’t forget to take a break in the popular food court which offers a huge variety of choice including fast food favourites, traditional hearty English cuisine and French inspired fayre. The centre also hosts 650 easily accessible parking spaces.


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Between Abbey Fields and the High Street, The Almanack is a modern British gastropub in the heart of Kenilworth. As you enter, you’re greeted by a huge island bar built of warm brick, where we serve awardwinning bitter made down the road in Stratford-upon-Avon. With homemade cakes and our comfortable retro furniture this is already Kenilworth’s favourite morning coffee spot. Beyond the bar is a stylish eatery decorated with a stunning back-lit wall of curved teak panels, overlooking the chefs working in the Almanack’s open kitchen. There is also a private dining room that seats up to 24, with a laptop-compatible flat screen TV and free Wi-Fi. To enter turn to page 94 or go online.

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Oscars Leamington

A little corner of France in the heart of Leamington. This independent, unassuming French restaurant won the coveted Michelin Bib Gourmand award in 2008. The menu is an authentic reflection of simple French dishes from the saucisson and olive nibbles, to the award winning steak frites, and a french cheese board to rival any. The restaurant hosts regular regional French evenings throughout the year as well as weekly ‘auberge’ nights.


The Saxon Mill Warwick The menu is simple but up-to-theminute with lots of comfort appeal, think home cooking inspired dishes in addition to some more global cuisine to keep things lively, such as the mouthwatering sake cured salmon with pickled ginger and wasabi crème fraiche. The pub itself is in a gorgeous riverside setting. We know you’ll love the open plan, stylish interior, featuring open kitchens, stone fired ovens and log burning fires, offset by beautifully landscaped decking for alfresco dining.

Turmeric Gold Coventry An award winning Indian restaurant located in the picturesque setting of medieval Spon Street. The cuisine is out of this world and the service is second to none. The jewel in the crown is definitely the Maharajah and Maharani dining rooms, these cosy little tents offer the ultimate in intimate dining and are perfect for when you want to make a big impression.

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Zorbaz Coventry Zorbaz is a family business which serves the finest quality Greek cuisine, cooked in a traditional manner. As well as exceptional food we also have live entertainment and everything you need for a great Greek themed night: plenty of fun and ‘kefi’ (atmosphere).

7 Wildes Leamington This family run restaurant has built up its strong reputation on 3 main values, good food, good wine and good company. Wildes endeavours to provide locally sourced free range and organic produce. Their seasonal a la carte menu is complemented and supplemented with daily specials. The cosy basement bar and restaurant adds to the ambience and the French fusion inspired cuisine is cooked with passion.

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Zizzi Kenilworth The Zizzi brand of restaurants are run the Italian way – passionate and homely with a little flair. Each one’s a bit different in character, architecture, age and feel; think Robert De Niro with a regional accent. You are always guaranteed a warm welcome at Zizzis and the food will have you coming back time after time.

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The Orange Tree The atmosphere at The Orange Tree is relaxed, friendly and informal, while the overall impression is of a pub which is comfortable, light and open. The attention to detail and high level of service ensures your whole dining experience will be truly memorable. With its unique ambience and visual appeal it adds more bite to business lunches and more enjoyment to evenings out. The wide-ranging menu features prime steaks, classic salads and succulent seafood. It’s an exquisite choice, supplemented by fabulous lunchtime specials, providing great value eating.

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AgrA PAlAce NuNeAtoN

12 Abbey Green, Nuneaton CV11 5DR

024 7635 0515 Agra Palace is the oldest established Indian restaurant in Nuneaton. An extensive menu boasts traditional dishes from the regional cuisines of India and Bangladesh. Dishes including Murgh Manchurian, Machli Malabar and Sabjee Hindustani are very popular with guests.

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1A Clarendon Avenue, Leamington Spa CV32 5QU

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ASK Restaurants Ltd is a leading name in the UK casual dining market. With nearly 120 restaurants across the UK, ASK is the perfect place to relax and enjoy mouth-watering risottos, an extended range of hearty al forno dishes and all your favourite pastas, pizzas and salads. Our restaurants are situated in prime positions. Each restaurant has a unique design to suit the character of the building and we take particular pleasure in restoring listed buildings or buildings of local interest.

Basement RestauRant Leamington 1 Spencer Street, Leamington Spa Warwickshire CV31 3NE

01926 887288 Basement offers a fantastic and diverse menu including a la carte. Conveniently located in the heart of Leamington Spa; the perfect wine and dine experience to accompany any day or night with friends. Please call to make a reservation or to discuss your requirements. Large Parties catered for.

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AquA Food And Mood Coventry

117 Gosford Street, Coventry CV1 5DL

024 7622 9551 Quoted as one of the best designed restaurants in the area. Aqua Food and Mood is proud to provide a unique Halal Italian and Lebanese restaurant and lounge, which emphasises healthy eating along with service excellence and ambience. With beautiful exotic water features, mixing traditions of east and west, enjoy the regular weekend belly dancing performances and traditional Shisha pipes in our heated garden.

Baraset Barn stratford Pimlico Lane, Alveston, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire CV37 7RJ

01789 295510 The Baraset Barn is a unique venue in its own right. A light, modern pub, influenced by continental style, while retaining a traditional air in its atmosphere and warm welcome. There is a continental style patio garden, an ideal spot for sipping summer drinks, and a luxurious lounge area where sumptuous sofas offer comfort for those enjoying morning coffee or a quiet drink.

Bella ItalIa Belgrade Plaza

Belgrade Plaza, 4 Belgrade Plaza, Upper Well Street, Coventry City Centre CV1 4BF

024 7622 6811 Whether you’re looking for a great venue for parties, celebrations, or thinking of treating the family to lunch Italian style, everything you need is right here. Conveniently located in Belgrade Plaza, the new development in Coventry city centre, right next door to the Belgrade Theatre, this fabulous restaurant is a great addition to the city’s eatery scene.


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Café Rouge Leamington

China ExprEss CovEntry

01926 330565

024 7655 9988

With a combination of delicious food, great wines and a real ambience, Café Rouge has embodied the style and je ne sais quoi of French dining since it opened way back in 1989. Just the place to mull over the morning papers with a cafe au lait and a croissant, pop in for a spot of lunch, share a postwork drink or relax over an evening meal. Our menu covers a range of French classics from croques and baguettes, ideal for a quick and easy snack, to more substantial fare such as steak frites and boeuf bourguignon.

China Express offers a traditional Asian buffet selection, complimented by popular flavours and spicy snacks. Guests can try their hand at some karaoke with three private karaoke dining rooms – along with in its main room which can sit 100 people, so there’s no excuse not to pop in and try out what this exotic venue has to offer.

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CoConut Lagoon Stratford

95-99 Regent Street, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV32 4NT

58 Hertford St, Coventry City Centre CV1 1LB

024 7622 9333 This 80 seater Chinese restaurant offers authentic a’ la carte dishes seven days a week from noon in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. You can also choose from a delicious all you can eat lunchtime buffet and indulge in the traditional Chinese beers and even Sake for the more adventurous.

Cosmo Coventry

36-42 Corporation Street, Coventry City Centre CV1 1GF

024 7655 3366 Cosmo brings opulence and decadent dining to Coventry with the group’s largest venture – a 350 seater restaurant in the heart of the city. Taking its inspiration from some of Asia’s finest hotels, Cosmo Coventry brings stunning design to casual dining. Customers can enjoy as much as they like from over 120 authentic dishes, from 9 countries in the Far East and India – for just one price, all freshly prepared by our award winning chefs.

1 Priory Place, Fairfax Street, Coventry City Centre CV1 5SQ

21 Sheep St, Stratford upon Avon CV37 6EF

01789 293546 The Coconut Lagoon brings you the truly outstanding and varied cuisines of Kerala, Goa, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh under one roof. The cuisines of these Southern Indian states present you with a scintillating oasis, a delicious legacy from a melting pot of diverse, historic European influences and Portuguese, French and Dutch flavours.

Costa Coffee Coventry Located inside Waterstones and High Street Coventry

When you walk into a Costa store you’ll notice it’s different to other coffee shops. First of all, there’s the warm and welcoming atmosphere. Then the great range of authentic coffee drinks. Next the Ferrari of coffee machines. And finally, the most passionate and well trained baristas around. It’s this unique combination that makes us stand out from the others, and we’re incredibly proud of it.

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Crossed KhuKris gurKha

Druckers coventry

024 7634 4488

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The Crossed Khurkris Gurkha Restaurant offers cultural flavours from Nepal and has provided ample space for the growth of a number of cuisines based on the ethnic groups and the geographical features of this nation. The Menu balances flavour, texture and colour integral to the Restaurant – touching a high note in your symphony of senses.

In our haven of self-indulgence, you will discover hand-made cakes and patisserie, continental breakfasts, lunches, the finest teas and coffees and an atmosphere that is unique to each Druckers cafe.

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Etna’s CovEntry

115 Abbey Street, Nuneaton, Warwickshire CV11 5BX

Millennium Place, Hales Street, Coventry City Centre CV1 1JD

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Our offer is a rich blend of ambience, total customer service and top quality products that appeals to people from all walks of life, young and old alike. Located inside the popular Coventry Transport Museum on Hales Street, this superb little refreshment centre is the perfect way to refuel after a walk around its neighbouring attraction.

Five RiveRs Leamington

20-22 Victoria Terrace, Leamington Spa CV31 3AB

01926 431999 A vibrant, classy atmosphere and a menu big enough to justify the name, Five Rivers blends an exotic mix of Northern and Southern cuisine with first class service and high quality attention to detail. The restaurant has a reputation for showcasing the range of flavours associated with the very different styles of curry dishes across the Indian continent. They also have a fantastic 1000 strong cocktail menu.

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66 Hertford Street, Coventry City Centre CV1 1LB

55-57 Hertford Street, Coventry City Centre

024 7622 3183 Popular Coventry Italian restaurant serving the finest delicacies in a cosy and heart warming environment. With famous boxer portraits lining the walls to add some character to this charming venue, and a unique and admirable passion for serving high quality cuisine, Etna’s is bursting with flavours for every taste.

Flames Coventry

Bull Yard, Coventry CV1 1LH

024 7655 9555 Top quality traditional and cosmopolitan café bar cuisine is served daily at Flames including jacket potatoes, chicken dishes, curries and full English breakfasts. Indoor and outdoor dining with a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.


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Frankie and Benny’s Coventry

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2110 Warwick Road, Knowle, Solihull B93 0EE

024 7660 4900

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Frankie & Benny’s brings together the best of classic American and Italian in both style and cuisine. We specialise in home-style cooking “just like Mamma used to make it!” In typical stateside fashion, service at Frankie & Benny’s is second to none! Nothing is too much trouble for our obliging and friendly staff. So you can relax, settle into your booth and relish the wonderful feeling of a very satisfied appetite...

Of all the pubs in Knowle, The Herons Nest is one of the best places to enjoy the crackle of a real fire, a fulfilling winter meal and the treasured company of family and friends. Soak up the warmest of welcomes and explore some of the most popular pub food menus in Warwickshire. Try one of our satisfying seasonal dishes with a glass of fine wine or sample a rewarding pint of our regularly changing cask-conditioned real ales.

KaKooti Coventry

La Casa LoCo Rugby

16 Spon St, Coventry CV1 3BA

Churchside Arcade, Little Church Street Rugby CV21 3AW

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Located in the beautifully historic Spon Street, Kakooti offers an intimate dining experience with the finest traditional Italian Cuisine. This restaurant prides itself on trading on an ethical, organic or fair trade basis to produce its fantastic range of meat, seafood and vegetarian dishes. Your taste buds will be singing after trying the lemon sole, kiln roasted salmon or Marsala.

La Casa Loco is a privately owned restaurant in the heart of Rugby. It offers fine home-cooked Mexican and Cajun cuisine. We pride ourselves on the varied and exciting menu and will always endeavour to cater for your individual dietary requirements.

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12 Sheep Street, Stratford upon Avon CV37 6EF

G Casino, Ricoh Arena, Phoenix Way, Foleshill, Coventry CV6 6GE

01789 292554 Situated in a beautifully restored listed building in the middle of Stratford, this restaurant offers fine food in a cosy atmosphere. Lamb’s is a firm favourite for pre-theatre diners so booking is essential. The environment is medieval with the half timbered building surprisingly light and airy. A perfect bistro for those pleasant dining experiences.

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Now part of the Green King group, this out of town pub serves up some of the finest English food in the area, as well as a selection of oriental and flavoured curries. With daily specials, live entertainment, hundreds of beers, wines and ales this is the perfect location to relax.

With their open kitchen and buffet style dining you can eat as much as you like from the wide variety of authentic Indian, Chinese, Mediterranean and Thai inspired cuisine. All food is freshly prepared on the premises by top chefs from around the world.

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024 7663 4992

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Nando’s is the home of the legendary Portuguese flame grilled peri peri chicken. All food served in this restaurant comes with a choice of delicious peri peri marinade, ranging from lemon and herb and extra hot. All meat is halal and is flame grilled to order fresh in our kitchen. Bottled beers and spicy snacks, succulent savouries and ice cold puddings are also available.

The Old Mill is a destination food house in the small village of Baginton. Excavation of a Roman fort beside the pub has revealed pottery dating back 1,750 years and the pub itself is entered in the Doomsday Book. The pub has a beautiful setting with a riverside patio where you can eat al fresco during the summer. Inside you can relax and unwind in this fully refurbished venue.

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Oscars LeamingtOn

024 7663 1760

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Taste the delights of the ‘Deep South’ in this fantastic themed American restaurant. Old Orleans is truly a culinary explosion, blending popular cuisines of the American South with Creole and Cajun cultures. Tuck into juicy steaks or BBQ ribs and finish off with waffles or pecan pie. Fantastic selection of beers and cocktails await.

Awarded the coveted Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2008, – a credit to our fine produce, sympathetically prepared by our chefs. Oscars is a place for food lovers who enjoy dining in a relaxed atmosphere. The menu is an authentic reflection of simple French dishes from the saucisson and olive nibbles, to the award winning steak frites, and a French cheese board to rival any.

Hinckley Road, Walsgrave, Coventry, Warwickshire CV2 2EU

1-6 Ribbon Factory, Coventry City Centre CV1 1FE

Skydome, Croft Road, Coventry City Centre CV1 3AZ

The Old Firestation, Hales Street, Coventry CV1 1JA

The Old Mill Inn, Mill Hill, Baginton, Coventry CV8 3AH

39 Chandos Street, Leamington Spa CV32 4RL

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Petit Gourmand Kenilworth

101-103 Warwick Road, Kenilworth CV8 1HL

01926 864567 Welcome to Petit Gourmand, Kenilworth’s double award-winning French restaurant. We pride ourselves on providing excellent food at great value in a relaxed and friendly yet truly individual atmosphere. Our seasonal menus have been developed by Head Chef Iain Miller and Executive Chef Patrick Robiquet (Midlands Chef of the Year 2003) who take great pride in serving food made from the finest ingredients.

Pizza ExPrEss BElgradE Plaza

Units 3/4, Belgrade Plaza, Coventry CV1 4AJ and 10A Hay Lane, Coventry CV1 5RF

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A charming restaurant set in the new Belgrade Plaza development, right next door to the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry city centre. As a market leader for freshly prepared pizzas and delicacy breads, this exciting and fresh restaurant has opened its doors to a new audience in Coventry this year. A second Pizza Express is also located on Hay Lane Coventry city centre, right off the main High Street.

Piccolino’s leamington 9 Spencer Street, Leamington Spa CV31 3NE

01926 422988 Italian family run restaurant since 1979, serving a wide variety of pizzas and specialty dishes that will get your mouth watering in an instant. Perfect for any pizza enthusiast looking for unique flavours and a mixture of fine wine and beers.

Pizza Hut Lower Precinct

Coventry City Centre CV1 1DX

024 7655 5523 A National chain with a fantastic level of service and a welcome smile, this conveniently located hut provides all the very latest pizzas and pasta dishes and fresh mouth watering salads at a very reasonable price. Great for treating the family, and perfect for having a laugh with friends.

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RestauRant CalabRia

024 7623 1441

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A lively and popular city centre bistro, open seven days a week, offering superb quality food and fantastic wines, beers and spirits. With an exciting menu, comfortable seating, air conditioned restaurant area and cosy, quaint interior, Playwrights is an ideal stop off during your visit.

Why not try a taste of southern Italy in Coventry city centre, as Restaurant Calabria serves up some of the finest ingredients and beverages in this spacious and unique 120 seater restaurant. Experience first hand Chefs spinning dough, our fantastic live music programs and our exquisite wood-burning ovens, serving you a delicious and mouth watering treat for all the family. With a wide selection of spirits, beers and fine wines, plus a diverse and sumptuous list of popular Italian dishes.

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Saffron Balti Coventry 25 Cross Cheaping, Coventry CV1 1HF

024 7622 2397 Traditional Indian cuisine with a perfect combination of cooling beers and spicy snacks. With such a sumptuous menu on offer, this oriental utopia will get your mouth watering with all of its Eastern spices and freshly prepared mains.

Coventry Road, Warwick, Warwickshire CV34 5YN

01926 492255 Nestled in beautiful Warwickshire countryside, The Saxon Mill offers a delightful menu that appeals to all tastes, with superior, comfortable surroundings and homely additions, as well as a selection of global dishes to help keep things lively. There are many ‘lighter’ and ‘smaller’ dishes to choose from when you only desire a snack or juicy starter meal. Our wine list contains a wide range of New and Old world wines that suit all occasions and styles, ranging from traditional Clarets to Pink Pinot Grigio.

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01926 424340

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Seasons is a relaxing family run restaurant serving up the finest in traditional and modern cuisine, all set in a fully air conditioned extended restaurant. With fine wine and sublime dine; this delicious, easily accessible eatery is the perfect place to unwind after a hard day’s shop.

Easily accessible in the heart of the city centre, Starbucks offers that perfect excuse to stop and take a load off, as you sit back and unwind with one of many various coffees and cake combinations. With a welcoming smile and spacious seating, this is an ideal location for anyone looking for that well earned break.

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115 Warwick Street, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV32 4QA

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Coventry Taybarns, Cross Point Business Park, Gielgud Way, Coventry CV2 2SZ

0870 111 2816 Taybarns is for all the people out there who want something fresh, fun and different. Something for family and friends. Something they can afford, on a regular basis. We all love good food and a bit of a bargain. Taybarns combines these two things to offer that certain something everybody wants – a place to get everybody talking!

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50-52 Broadgate, Coventry City Centre CV1 1NF

Rugby Road, Coventry CV3 2TA

0844 372 7907 A fantastic American dining experience, serving some of the most sumptuous, spicy, mouth wateringly tasty burgers and spare ribs, fajitas, salads, chicken dishes and much much more. Your weekend hasn’t started until you’ve visited TGI Fridays!


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Thai BoaThouse sTraTford

Thai ElEphanT lEamingTon

01789 297733

01926 886882

In addition to the highest possible quality of cuisine served, the success of our restaurants owes much to the meticulous authenticity of the total experience enjoyed by our clientele, epitomised by our courteous and enthusiastic staff who, dressed in traditional Thai silk, are always pleased to serve in the true traditions of Thai culture.

With over 20 years of family experience in the restaurant business, the Thai Elephant restaurant of Leamington spa always strives to provide the finest culinary experience. Using only the freshest traditional ingredients combined with our chef’s exceptional cooking skills, you can be sure that the taste of our food is always second to none.

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Swans Nest Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7LS

Birmingham Road, Hatton, Warwickshire CV35 7HA

01926 484281 Located in the picturesque village of Hatton within easy reach of the historic town of Warwick and Birmingham’s NEC, The Falcon is the perfect place for both diners and drinkers to enjoy the fabulous relaxed surroundings. Whether it be our fabulous Sunday lunch, family celebrations, socialising with friends or a traditional pint over the daily newspapers, your time spent with us will be an enjoyable one.

The Orange Tree

Chadwick End, Warwick Road End, Warwickshire B93 0BN

01564 785364 We know you’ll love the interior, featuring open kitchens, stone fired ovens and log burning fires, offset by beautifully landscaped gardens for alfresco dining. The menu is simple but up-to-the-minute, with lots of comfort appeal, with homely things like pizza, steaks and pasta as well as contemporary, global touches to keep things lively.

20 Regent Street, Leamington Spa CV32 5HQ

Green Lane, Church Lawford, nr. Rugby Warwickshire CV23 9EF

024 7654 2333 This century’s old former farmhouse has a cosy beer garden, ideal for those warm sunny days. The pub serves a fine range of delicious dishes which can be chosen from our tempting menu. We also offer 6 real ales which are served to perfection. We are the best pub in the area for a quality range of ales. We have traditional comforts with a log fire and games room.

The PaPrika Club leamingTon

22 Regent Street, Leamington Spa CV32 5EH

01926 428272 This popular restaurant offers Asian cuisine from a combination of subtle tastes, fragrant spices of India and a delicate blend of herbs to create mouth watering dishes for everyone.

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Toby Carvery CovenTry 2 Brinklow Road, Binley, Coventry

024 7645 8456 Tender cuts of freshly roasted meat, a healthy choice of fresh seasonal vegetables and a good old-fashioned British welcome every time...In a Toby Carvery restaurant, we go out of our way to make sure every day feels like the best ever Sunday – so you and your family enjoy great carvery and pub food, have a drink and relish some relaxed, quality time.

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Turmeric Gold covenTry

166 Spon Street, Coventry CV1 3BB

024 7622 6603 One of Coventry’s award winning restaurants, Turmeric Gold offers a taste of the exotic with recipes including specialist oils, herbs, colouring and salts to bring out the flavour. Each dish is carefully prepared to ensure that the maximum taste is exposed. Mouth watering variety and seasonal spices create a heated night out for any diner!

Wing Wah Chinese RestauRant

583 Fletchamstead Highway, Coventry CV4 9EL

Wildes is an independent, family run business which has occupied the same Regency basement since 1976. With good wine, with over 60 to choose from, delightful food and a fabulous setting, Wildes is the place to be.

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Visit Wing Wah – The genuine authentic tastes of Far East Asia. The Wing Wah Chinese Restaurant is owned and run by master chefs from some of the most prestigious restaurants in London. The Coventry restaurant excels in high quality service and delicious food, all served up in hot buffet style. With over 200 different variations; Wing Wah will heighten your senses and leave you wanting more.

01926 852980

87-89 Radford Road, Coventry CV6 3BP

We love simple Italian cookery – there’s nothing tricksy about it – pizza, pasta, salads, risotto, carne, pesce (that’s meat and fish). It starts with the ingredients – fresh, in season and well prepared. We have signature dishes that have become much-loved classics, but we’re also constantly dreaming up new ones.

Zorbaz is a family business which serves the finest quality Greek cuisine, cooked in a traditional Greek manner by our own Greek chef. As well as exceptional food we also have live entertainment and everything you need for a great Greek night: plenty of fun and ‘kefi’ (atmosphere).

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Get ready to taste the thrill of G Casino at the Ricoh Arena Coventry. With incredible gaming, amazing entertainment, fantastic food and two great late bars to choose from, it’s more than just a night out, it’s an experience!

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Priory Place, Coventry This cosmopolitan area tucked away in the city centre truly is one of the city’s hidden gems. The modern setting contrasts brilliantly against the backdrop of Holy Trinity Church. Priory Place hosts some of the city’s finest chic bars such as Bar number 3, Dogma and the recently opened Bar Maison.

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Spon Street, Coventry Meander your way down Medieval Spon Street in Coventry. The picturesque street is home to a variety of bars and pubs, from the bohemian Tin Angel through to the edgy Rising Sun and over to the traditional Shakespeare Inn. Finish off your night out at the city’s super club, Lava and Ignite.

Red Lion Hunningham The Red Lion at Hunningham is a traditional 17th Century pub adjacent to a 14th Century bridge crossing the River Leam. Since undergoing a root and branch refurbishment, it has been returned to its former glory. This is a proper country pub, staffed by people who love country pubs, with stone and wooden floors, quaint old furniture, open fires and a friendly atmosphere.

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5 5 The Assembly, Leamington Spa Opened in 1926 and originally called the “Bath Assembly Hall”, the building is typical of the 1920s Art Deco style. The Assembly opened its doors in 2008 as a brand new music venue in Leamington Spa. Recent acts in addition to their regular club nights include: Razorlight, Russell Howard, The Kooks, The Enemy, Pendulum, Reverend & The Makers, De La Soul and The Doves.

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Carey’s, Coventry There really is something for everyone at Carey’s. Tuesdays is student night, the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month welcomes the ever popular Comedy night, Fridays goes back in time for an 80s revival and Saturday sees both guest and resident DJs turn up the volume for funky electro.

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The Dirty Duck, Stratford Located next to the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, The Dirty Duck is world famous in Theatre circles. The 15th Century building full of history is perfect for post show refreshments and is a popular haunt with passing celebrities.

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The Black Swan, Rugby Famed for its fantastic terrace garden, which is arguably the best in Rugby. The Terrace has its own bar with full table service. Add in a state of the art lighting and sound system which really adds to the unique atmosphere both by day and by night you can see why this little gem of a pub is one of Rugby’s best kept secrets!

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1450 Café Bar

21 Spon Street, Coventry CV1 3BA

024 7622 9274 1450 Cafe Bar offers an intimate, vibrant and relaxed wining and dining experience nestled in the heart of Coventry’s gorgeous medieval Spon Street. The Cafe Bar is situated on medieval Spon Street, ideally located near the Skydome, with access to all the city’s amenities and just a short walk from the Belgrade Theatre. 1450 Café Bar prides itself on homemade a la carte dishes and a staggering selection of beers and wines from all over the world.

Bar EdEn CovEntry

1 – 3 Ryley Street, Coventry CV1 4AJ

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Set in the finest example of an 18th Century cottage, Eden restaurant has an excellent mix of traditional architecture blended with a modern contemporary theme. Bar Eden offers a warm friendly laid back atmosphere with a contemporary layout, heated marquee and courtyard it’s the perfect place to begin your evening out.

Bank sTREET BaR anD REsTaURanT 12 Bank Street, Rugby CV21 2QE

01788 536317 Bank Street bar and restaurant is the site of a former run-down old cinema in the 1920’s, re-invented and transformed, into a unique eating, drinking and live entertainment venue which is situated close to Rugby Theatre, the statue of Rupert Brooke, and the vibrant town centre. The Bank bar and restaurant is ideally placed for either a good night out on the town, or as a place of refreshment and rest during a busy day’s sightseeing.

Bar No 3 CoveNtry

Unit 2 Priory Place, Fairfax Street, Coventry CV1 5SQ

024 7623 0088 This recently opened bar celebrates its first anniversary this year. Bar Number 3 holds regular themed nights complete with special offers. The atmosphere evolves throughout the day, making it the ideal place to go for a world famous PieMinister pie for lunch in the afternoon. Come the evening the lights go down, the DJ’s come out and the tempo rises to create the ideal setting for your night on the tiles.

Browns Café Bar Coventry

Carey’s NightClub CoveNtry

024 7622 1100

024 7622 7397

Browns is a family owned and run bar, open 7 days a week with a laid back bohemian atmosphere. They truly are a Coventry institution who are praised for their wide variety of meat, fish, poultry, vegetarian and vegan dishes, stress free atmosphere and helpful staff. The independent bar and restaurant holds monthly Sunday Flea Markets with ‘Heaven Vintage’. The event is held upstairs and sells vintage clothing, jewellery, handmade crafts and lots of other retro and pre-loved goods.

Carey’s is one of Coventry’s Premier Nightclubs proving hugely popular with everyone from fresh faced students to the children of the 80s. It’s an independently owned venue on the fringes of Coventry City Centre and has been serving up nights to remember since 1994. Carey’s has without a doubt, always set the tone for clubbing in Coventry. There is something for everyone at Carey’s ranging from regular comedy nights, student nights, 80s nights and big weekenders.

Earl Street, Coventry CV1 5RU

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ChiCago RoCk Café CoventRy Croft Road, Coventry CV1 3AZ

024 7622 7034 Chicago Rock Café is the ultimate party venue. A relaxed Café by day and the place to party by night! Whether you’re looking for a relaxed meal with a glass of wine, or live entertainment from some of the UK’s hottest acts, you can find it at Chicago’s. There are 3 key words that sum up a night at Chicago Rock Café – Music, Party and Entertainment!

Denbigh Arms monks kirby Main Street, Monks Kirby, Warwickshire CV23 0QX

01788 832303 The Denbigh Arms at Monks Kirby is a traditional 17th century inn located in the picturesque village of Monks Kirby. The Pub is popular with locals and visitors alike due to its friendly staff, fine selection of draught ales and hearty pub food. Cosy up next to one of the roaring log fires in winter and make the most of the stunning countryside views from their beer garden by summer.

Club Heat Coventry

7 City Arcade, Coventry CV1 3HX

024 7622 7751 Coventry’s only gentlemen’s club promises 2 floors of scorching excitement and offers its visitors the very best in adult entertainment. With relaxing surroundings and stunning dancers, Club Heat is the only place to visit for a sizzling night out. The ground floor Lounge offers full waitress service, the lounge is home to two poles where the dancers will delight and entertain you throughout the evening. The club also provides one 2 one dances, VIP rooms and stage shows.

Dogma Coventry

Fairfax Street, Coventry CV1 5RZ

024 7623 0088 There’s a little of Starck’s designer St Martin’s Lane about Dogma – but with a warmth that comes from the wonderfully retro neon warmth of the lighting, fabulously debauch leather sofas and designer bistro style seating in both the main restaurant and cafe areas. Add a combination of live performance space, club, acid jazz inspired and focused music and you get close to understanding what the fuss is all about. Dogma compliments its contemporary surroundings in the chic Priory Place.

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024 7643 3990

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This Lloyds No.1 pub takes its name from Leofric, Earl of Mercia, who founded St Mary’s Priory, Coventry’s first cathedral. A larger-than-life statue of Leofric and his wife, Countess Godiva, can be seen above the main entrance to the council house, opposite the pub. The Wetherspoon brand has established itself at the forefront of outstanding value for money, offering customers a huge selection of beers, wines and spirits at exceptionally low prices.

Escape everyday life at Coventry’s hub for the very best in live entertainment, cocktails, music and good times. Escape bar is a popular venue for private parties and a range of entertainment options are available including food, taster salsa classes, Latin or popular music DJs, and a selection of live and acoustic bands.

18 High Street, Coventry CV1 5RE

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Flying Standard Coventry

Gatehouse tavern Coventry

024 7655 5723

024 7625 6769

The name of this Wetherspoon pub recalls the fondly remembered motor car, part of a range of models made in Coventry, from 1903 until the 1960s. Standard’s first car, the Motor Victoria, was built by Reginald Maudslay, in Much Park Street, in 1903. The ‘Flying Standard’ was launched in 1936. This popular pub is always busy and has a great selection of international beers, comprehensive food menu and fantastic offers.

The Gatehouse Tavern, in the heart of Coventry, is a traditional family pub, with arguably the best beer garden in the city. Come to the Gatehouse for a quiet tipple from the wide selection of beers and ciders and why not treat yourself to a meal from the extensive traditional pub menu. The Gatehouse Tavern is in the original gatehouse of the North Warwickshire Weaving and Spinning, Worsted and Woollen & Co factory which closed in 1963. These days it is better known for its live sports, guest ales and warm welcome.

Glasshouse Coventry

Golden Cross Coventry

024 7625 2259

024 7622 2311

Sexy and stylish modern bar, in the heart of Coventry but tucked away enough to keep it for those that are in the know! Includes large terrace area, perfect for the summer nights! Music policy is soulful house and beyond. The second floor is home to GH2 which is home to regular specialist nights.

The Golden Cross is one of the oldest pubs in Coventry, West Midlands, and one of the longest alcohol-serving venues in England. Built around 1583, the Golden Cross is located on Hay Lane, near the Cathedral, and is one of the oldest surviving medieval timber framed buildings in Coventry. It is located in the medieval heart of the city. The pub hosts regular gigs featuring some of the the best local bands from Coventry & Warwickshire.

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2-10 Trinity Street, Coventry CV1 1FL

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Spon Street, Coventry

07849 089 293 Iglu Retro Bar & Nightclub is a specialist venue catering for the more discerning customer, focusing exclusively on 70s 80s and 90s music with a strict over 24’s door policy. Located on the medieval Spon Street, Coventry it oozes class and sophistication. The recently refurbished nightspot has a Cocktail Bar, Champagne Bar & dance floor all spread over 2 silky smooth levels. Open from 8:30pm - 3am on both Friday & Saturday nights.

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8 Hay Lane, Coventry CV1 5RF

The Burges, Coventry

07763 915 045 The recently refurbished club in the Burges is open both by day and night, in the daytime it’s the perfect place to indulge in a spot of karaoke and by night it makes the ideal venue to really let your hair down and party into the small hours. Regular club nights with resident DJ’s and drinks promotions make this the place to see and be seen at the weekends.


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InspIre Café Bar Coventry

Christchurch Spire, New Union Street, Coventry CV1 2PS

024 7655 3355 Inspire is the kind of bar that you can really lose track of time in. Set inside the impressive Christchurch Spire this is a bar with a difference. The almost gothic stone walled interior contrasts with the laid back outdoor terrace. Inspire serves a wide range of continental and rare beers. Pop in for one of their famous paninis at lunchtime or while away the evening on the terrace whilst you soak up the soothing beats from the bohemian outdoor decks at the weekends.

Kasbah Coventry

Primrose Hill Street, Coventry CV1 5LY

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After well over a decade of providing the best and most exciting club nights and best live music acts from all over the globe, the Kasbah has cemented itself as one the best independent nightclubs in the UK. The Kasbah is dedicated to providing memorable nights out for all its patrons. Since the name change and massive makeover from the Colloseum, the venue has continued to go from strength to strength. Could it be the lavish interior décor, the Moroccan themed garden, the regular club and acoustic nights or the top class acts?

JJ’s Coventry

Croft Road, Coventry, Warwickshire CV1 3AZ

024 7655 5913 “The Best Party in Town” Jumpin Jaks or JJ’s as it is known locally provides a memorable experience with a selection of entertainment and live music for everyone. JJ’s is a Multi regional award winning club. It may be cheese on a stick – but it’s the best cheese you can get. Good fun, fabulous atmosphere, and numerous chances to embarrass yourself by dancing (or singing) on the stage. You couldn’t write a script for how this club manages to achieve all that it does.

Lava and IgnIte Coventry

Croft Road, Coventry CV1 3AZ

024 7655 5911 Lava and Ignite offers a range of nights from house to soul classics, it has a modern and funky design with a high tech sound and lighting. There is a large dance floor area and specialist lighting effects with 3 lasers. There are comfy booths dotted around the club which are perfect for when you fancy a break from dancing.

Litten tree Coventry

Maison BaR CoventRy

024 7623 4940

024 7623 9300

The Litten tree is renowned for being an expert chameleon pub. During the day, the Litten Tree acts as a bar and restaurant, selling a large variety of food, from all day breakfasts to pasta dishes and has something for everyone. Come nightfall, the Litten Tree becomes a popular hotspot where many a social drinker can venture and dance the night away with friends. The array of Plasma Screen Televisions ensures that if you’re at the bar, sat down, or in the beer garden, you won’t miss the current sports event.

Manhattan style nightlife comes to Coventry! An elegant, decadent space with real hipster appeal, this stylish lounge with bespoke French armchairs and crystal chandeliers merges late night sophistication with current and trend breaking entertainment. Offering cocktails to die for and oven baked pizzas, Maison is chilled by day and buzzing by night.

1a Warwick Row, Coventry CV1 1EX

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MortiMer’s Coventry

Oak Inn COventry

024 7663 4859

024 7625 7799

Why club it when you can pub it? Mortimer’s caters for everyone and provides you with a comfy and relaxing environment, good traditional food, Sky Sports, and late night entertainment! Open from 11am Monday - Saturday, and from midday on Sundays. Mortimer’s also shows all LIVE sports from premiership football to Test Match Cricket. Friday and Saturday Nights provide DJ entertainment which is complemented by a large dance floor and quite possibly one of the biggest disco balls you will ever see!

The Oak is somewhat of a Mecca for those who want a late drink but don’t fancy the idea of hitting a club. The relaxed and friendly vibe oozes from this traditional looking pub. The bar is well stocked and specializes in obscure yet tasty cocktails along with great value food and drink offers. This pub is a big hit with the student population due to its pool table, juke box, regular quiz and karaoke nights, inflatable smoking shelter and on site burger van, what more could you ask for?

Old Windmill COventry

Phoenix Coventry

024 7625 2183

024 7652 0387

One of the oldest pubs in Coventry, located in the heart of medieval Spon Street. The original bar has been converted in to a small snug room. A room at the back known as the brew house still retains the old brewing vessel as a main feature. The flagstone floor between the bar and the toilets is all that remains of an old courtyard. The Old Windmill is a famous pub throughout the city, known for its good selection of real ales.

Looking for a pub in Coventry where chilling out with friends and enjoying the good things in life like Beer & Burgers are the order of the day? Well congratulations... you’ve come to the right place. Part of the ‘It’s a scream’ chain of bars The Phoenix is very student orientated with weekly promotional offers, pool tables and upstairs bar and dance floor.

Red Lion HunningHam

Rising sun CoventRy

01926 632715

024 7655 3453

The Red Lion is a lovely country pub in rural Warwickshire between Leamington, Rugby and Coventry. They serve locally sourced food, cooked simply and honestly and around fifty wines, most of which are available by the glass as well as kept cask ales and over 30 single malts. The décor is simple and cosy. Three, ever blazing, real fires are linked by stone & timber. There’s plenty of car parking and there is disabled access too, not to mention a huge beer garden that leads down to a 14th century bridge.

The Rising Sun, Spon Street, in Coventry bills itself as Coventry’s Only Rock and Metal Pub. It serves real ales, has one of the largest beer gardens in the city and is child friendly ‘til the early evening. It has live music on Fridays and Saturdays, featuring some of Coventry’s finest and top covers bands.

Croft Road, Coventry CV1 3AZ

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Rosie Malone’s iRish BaR CoventRy 44 Jordan Well, Coventry CV1 5RW

024 7655 4473 Rosie Malone’s is the official pre club bar for the Kasbah. The bar offers a reward card system to customers, which gives them free entry to the Kasbah on regular club nights. There is live music from local acts and artists every Wednesday and Thursday. The downstairs cellar has a capacity of 200 and is the perfect place to start your night out. The bar serves food and snacks throughout the day and has regular drinks promotions.

ShakeSpeare Inn

18 Spon Street, Coventry CV1 3BA

024 7663 4087 Located on historic Spon Street, The Shakespeare is a lively pub that is open late on the weekends, often accompanied by a karaoke and disco. The pub also has a big screen TV where you can catch all the latest action of all major sporting events. Due to its location the Shakespeare is a great place to start or finish your Spon Street pub crawl.

Squirrel Coventry Greyfriars Lane, Coventry, West Midlands CV1 2GY

024 7622 6661 The recently refurbished Squirrel is absolutely stunning. It looks and feels like a modern establishment whilst retaining the charm and appeal of a traditional pub. With stylish décor and a new arrangement, The Squirrel is somewhere to relax, wine and dine on any day of the week. The food menu is ever evolving so be sure to sample the new creations. The lunchtime trade has established itself amongst locals and visitors alike, providing freshly brewed coffee, tasty lunches and impeccable service.

ScholarS Nightclub coveNtry 147 Far Gosford Street, Coventry CV1 5DY

024 7663 3101 A number of factors need to be considered as to why Scholars boasts such a strong regular client base. The intimate atmosphere, friendly door staff and discounted entry for students, are all possible answers. The music is primarily indie and regularly includes tracks from The Stone Roses, The Clash and Kasabian on the playlists. The outside beer garden complete with its own balcony and bar is always popular and is the ideal place to strike up a conversation with likeminded people.

Crosby’s Coventry The Sky Dome, Croft Road, Coventry CV1 3AZ

024 7622 7603 Crosby’s is not just a bar for sports. Crosby’s is a chameleon venue where you can enjoy coffee, muffins and free wi-fi in the day and then marvel at a fantastic range of beers, superb cocktails and great party atmosphere at night. Housing live DJs at the weekend with free admission and a late licence this really is the place to start and end your night.

The AlmAnAck

Abbey End North, Kenilworth

01926 353637

www.thealmanack-kenilworth.co.uk The Almanack is a modern British gastro pub situated in the heart of Kenilworth. Serving high quality fresh seasonal food, great beers, wines and spirits all at pub prices. Open all day, seven days a week, serving breakfast, coffee & cake, lunch, drinks & dinner the Almanack’s strategy is simple, the customer experience comes first, making it Kenilworth’s favourite “local”.

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Tin Angel CovenTry Spon Street, Coventry CV1 3AX

024 7655 9958 The Tin Angel is an integral part of Coventry’s cultural fabric as it is renowned for its live musical gigs, and has been host to a wide variety of artists and musicians over the past years. The bohemian bar is popular with many visitors due to its unique ambience and selection of niche beverages. The cosy and intimate venue is also home to Tin Angel Records, a label and mini record shop.

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Bond Street, Coventry CV1 4AH

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The Town Wall is a haven for those who want to escape from the hustle and bustle of the recent wave of gastropubs and over the top bars. This traditional and authentic old fashioned pub is tucked away on Bond Street right next to the new Belgrade Plaza development. One of first things you’ll notice as you step back in time through the doors of the Tavern is the ‘Snug’ or ‘Donkey Box’ which is reputedly the smallest room with its own servery in Britain – definitely standing room only!

White Lion PaiLton

Coventry Road, Pailton, Rugby, Warwickshire CV23 0QD

01788 832359 The White Lion Inn is a 17th Century coaching inn nestled in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside. The pub has been recently modernised but still retains all the olde world atmosphere and charm, including a roaring log fire and quaint memorabilia. Renowned throughout Warwickshire and beyond for its excellent food and service, the inn offers restaurant quality and service at pub prices. The staff are always friendly and helpful and the Sunday carvery is out of this world.

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Town Crier CovenTry Queen Victoria Road, Coventry CV1 3PB

024 7663 2050 This large pub is renowned for its great food and friendly atmosphere and is a great stop-off point on your way to the Skydome Arena. The perfect venue to catch up with mates, and easy accessible, right next door to IKEA Coventry.

Varsity CoVentry

7 Little Park Street, Coventry CV1 2UR

024 7663 0862 Varsity Coventry is situated in the city centre close to the Cathedral and University. The venue is spread across 2 floors; both have outside seating areas which means there is plenty of space to relax and enjoy good food and is perfect for larger groups to socialise together. Varsity Coventry will ensure that you experience quality products, a friendly atmosphere, great service and a fantastic night out!

Whitefriars Old ale hOuse COventry

Gosford Street, Coventry CV1 5DL

024 7625 1655 This building is one of the few surviving medieval timber framed structures which once crowded the ancient City of Coventry. Whitefriars is a real ale pub in the centre of Coventry. They have a wide selection of ales, bitters, continental lagers, wines and soft drinks. Pub food is available at lunchtimes throughout the week and on Sundays you can tuck into a traditional roast lunch. Their Beer Festivals are certainly worth experiencing.


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Visit Kenilworth Castle & Elizabethan Garden

Upton House & Gardens, near Banbury Join in the 1930s party atmosphere! You can delve into papers, listen to the radio, have a tinkle on the piano or pot some balls on the snooker table. Step outside to the stunning terraced gardens and then enjoy a spot of afternoon tea in the Pavilion restaurant.

Open: 13 Mar - 31 Oct, daily (excl. Thurs) Call 01295 670266 for winter opening times and admission prices.

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The UK’s Largest Tropical Butterfly Paradise! A truly spectacular day out for all the family. Discover many of the worlds’ most beautiful butterflies in an exotic environment of splashing waterfalls and fish-filled pools.

25 years 1985-2010 www.butterflyfarm.co.uk Swans Nest Lane Stratford-upon-Avon Warwickshire CV37 7LS

01789 299288

DISCOVER one of the most spectacular castle ruins in England; a vast medieval fortress which later became an Elizabethan palace EXPLORE our magnificent newly re-created Elizabethan garden complete with arbours and obelisks, colourful planting, an 18-foot high marble fountain and bejewelled aviary STEP BACK through 900 years of grandeur, royalty and romance and re-live the past as you explore our two major exhibitions in Leicester’s recently restored Gatehouse Open daily from 10am In Kenilworth off A46 For more information call 01926 852078 or visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/kenilworth

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CITY OF INVENTION – THE FIRST THOUSAND YEARS

THE FIRST THOUSAND YEARS

1043 – Godiva and Leofric’s church begins to turn scattered dwellings into a town.

1273 – First record of wool

1405 – A Coventry school of 1860s – James Starley and 1900 – For the first time, a glass painters produces city-born John Thornton, who designs the Great East Window in York Minster, the greatest work in medieval English stained glass.

the Coventry Machinists’ Company begin making improvements to bicycles imported from France.

motor car is used for a wedding and for a funeral in Coventry, creating a national trend.

1520 – The Mayor orders

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into business on his own and makes so many innovations in cycle manufacture, notably the differential gear, that he is regarded as the Father of the Cycle Industry.

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industry produces a high quality dye, much in demand, that gives rise to the expression ‘True as Coventry Blue’.

1345 – Coventry’s new

municipal charter is the first of its kind in England.

1360 – Coventry’s new

town wall, begun five years earlier, appears on the first modern map of England.

1377 – Coventry is said to be the third richest city in England, with a major export trade in wool through the Hanseatic League.

a detailed count to be taken of the city’s population, the earliest surviving urban census in England.

1627 – A silk weavers’

company is founded in Coventry, the first mention of this new trade.

1650s – Clock-making

1885 – Starley’s nephew,

John Kemp Starley, invents the Rover safety cycle, the ancestor of all modern bicycles.

is first mentioned in Coventry. With Shoreditch in London and Prescott near Liverpool, the city later becomes one of the principal centres of the watch trade in Britain.

1894 – An electric car

1700 – A ribbon-weaving

the British motor industry in a former cotton mill in Coventry.

works is founded in the city, creating a trade that will become its staple industry for 150 years.

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appears on the streets of Coventry for the first time.

1896 – Harry Lawson founds

Coventry invents artificial silk.

1912 – Coventry engineer Charles Humpherson invents traffic indicators to be fixed on cars.

1930 – Coventry-born Frank Whittle patents the jet engine while living in the city.


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Coombe Abbey Hotel Set against a backdrop of the rolling Warwickshire countryside, Coombe Abbey Hotel transports you back in time, every time. Each of the 119 rooms is filled with historical artefacts and special touches! The Grand Feature rooms make a special stay extra special, win dinner, bed and breakfast at the Gunpowder Banquet. To enter turn to page 94 or go online.

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Billesley Manor Hotel

Ettington Park Hotel

The Barceló Billesley Manor hotel and its surrounding area of Stratfordupon-Avon, brings to life almost a thousand years of history, drama and theatre. The Stuart Restaurant has been awarded 2 AA Rosettes for fine cuisine, a luxurious environment with an emphasis on pairing the right wines with bespoke menus.

The imposing facade and arched windows look out onto the 12th century church built on the same site as the Saxon church mentioned in the Doomsday Book. In total, there are forty eight luxurious, individually styled rooms including eleven suites. No matter which room you choose you’ll enjoy the highest possible levels of comfort and service.

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Nuthurst Grange

Ramada Hotel

Nuthurst Grange hotel is approached by way of a long tree lined avenue. Nestling in 7.5 acres of landscaped gardens and woodland, these salubrious surroundings create the perfect setting for any occasion. The nineteen luxuriously appointed bedrooms are furnished and decorated in soft country house style. Each has superb rural views through traditional leaded windows overlooking the gardens and surrounding countryside.

A stunning 4 star contemporary hotel in the centre of historic Coventry. The impressive hotel has a mix of modern bedrooms and one bedroom apartment suites/corporate housing, a Mediterranean style restaurant and bar which is also open to non residents. The panoramic views from the top floor penthouse suites are second to none.

71 Rooms and Silk Suites The 71 Rooms & Silk Suites boutique hotel is situated in the heart of the Ricoh Arena, a multi-purpose exhibition and conference centre in Coventry. The 46 Pitch View Rooms overlooking the stadium bowl are a must for any football fan. Quirky and fun with top class service, we highly recommend!

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Stylish bedrooms, state of the art facilities, a fantastic restaurant, great pub, a coffee shop and the notorious Village live party nights. Enjoy the best night’s sleep ever on one of the fantastic Sealy ZZZ beds which are exclusive to Village. Treat yourself to the rejuvenating spa experience in healthworks, the onsite spa.

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Nailcote Hall The most idyllic Jacobean 4 Star Country House Hotel for breaks in Warwickshire countryside. Ideally located for business conferences, weddings & civil ceremonies, just 10 minutes from Birmingham International Airport and the NEC. Fine dining restaurant, Championship Par 3 golf course, holiday breaks, leisure & spa to suit everyone.

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Travelodge Coventry Conveniently located in the centre of town, this recently opened hotel celebrates its first anniversary in the city centre. The location makes it an ideal place to check into if you’re planning a big night out in Coventry. The rates are affordable and they regularly run discounted promotions and offers.

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Nailcote Hall

Nailcote Lane, Berkswell, Nr Coventry CV7 7DE

024 7646 6174

www.nailcotehall.co.uk info@nailcotehall.co.uk Nailcote Hall is a 17th Century house, set in 15 acres of peaceful Warwickshire countryside, with an excellent leisure club and golf course. The Oak Room at Nailcote is ready to welcome you to one of the most delightful and intimate dining rooms

in the Heart of England. Chosen by AA as one of Great Britain’s and Ireland’s most romantic hotels. The Oakroom restaurant is perfect for every occasion. For lunch or dinner, the table d’hote menus of the day offers a well balanced selection of the best of modern international cuisine, with vegetarian selections and specialist grills also available. Rick’s is also a great night out, set within the leisure centre complex; it provides an exciting programme of live entertainment and party nights to suit all tastes.

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A 12th Century Cistercian Abbey set in acres of Parkland, surrounded by a moat and gardens. Our 119 bedchambers are individually designed with fabrics and furniture creating a luxurious and dramatic interior. Coombe Abbey Hotel is the ideal backdrop for a celebration or special, relaxing weekend.

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Coombe Abbey Hotel Brinklow Road, Binley, Coventry CV3 2AB

024 7645 0450

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The Butts, Earlsdon, Coventry CV1 3GG

024 7623 8110

www.ramadacoventry.co.uk info@ramadacoventry.co.uk The award winning Ramada Hotel and Suites Coventry City Centre – Best Hotel Coventry and Warwickshire, was opened in September 2005. The building was completely renovated and refurbished creating an elegant 17 storey contemporary, fully

Tamworth Road, Keresley, Coventry CV7 8JG

024 7633 4171

www.britanniahotels.com Res710@britanniahotels.com The Manor House, built in 1894 for the car manufacturer, William Hillman, over the years has been tastefully extended into a modern country house hotel with 211 en suite bedrooms. The Britannia Royal Court

air-conditioned four star hotel in the city centre of historic Coventry. The hotel has a mix of modern bedrooms and suites, a Mediterranean style restaurant and bar and four conference rooms accommodating up to 70 delegates. The hotel is conveniently located off Junction 7 from the ring road – on the doorstep to Coventry City Centre, Coventry Rail Station and Central Six Retail Park, Ikea and Coventry Transport Museum. Our six storey secured car park is directly accessible from the hotel.

also has comprehensive conference and meeting rooms, equipped to cater for any event from 2 to 600 persons. Guests can also take advantage of the leisure centre which includes an 18 metre indoor heated pool and fully equipped gymnasium. The hotel is situated in a village location amidst 11 acres of landscaped gardens and parkland. 2 miles from the centre of Coventry, and easily accessible from all major motorways and rail networks in the region.


Experience more... • Fantastic value nights out • Great ticket deals • Award-winning catering • Highest quality – lowest prices confirming a reputation for the highest quality at the lowest prices, The Belgrade Theatre coventry aims to provide the best possible experience. Whether you’re visiting to see a show, relaxing over a coffee or meal or are joining us for a workshop or conference, we aim to provide a great atmosphere and an efficient service.

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NAILCOTE HALL HOTEL, GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

Relax in Style... The most idyllic Jacobean 4 Star Country House Hotel for those perfect breaks nestled in beautiful Warwickshire countryside. 17th Century traditions and elegance combine with those modern luxuries and hotel facilities that

you come to expect that will make your stay a relaxing and enjoyable one. Ideally located for business conferences, weddings & civil ceremonies, just 10 minutes from Birmingham International

Airport and the NEC. Fine dining restaurant on site, Championship Par 3 golf course, perfect holiday breaks, leisure & spa facilities to suit everyone.

T: 024 7646 6174

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Holiday inn M6 Junction 2

Hinckley Road, Walsgrave, Coventry CV2 2HP

0871 942 9021

www.holidayinn.com/coventrym6 Reservations-coventrym6@IHG.com Located in the heart of England the Holiday Inn M6 Junction 2 Coventry is a spacious purpose built, air conditioned, 158 bedroom hotel. It enjoys a prime location benefiting

from motorway networks of the M6, the M1 and the M69. 30 minutes away from Birmingham International Airport, 20 minutes from the NEC and 8 minutes from the Ricoh, this 3 star hotel is a perfect base for your stay. With so much to see in Coventry, including Coventry Cathedral and the Motor Museum, why not take a much needed rest back in the hotel; treat yourself to a relaxing spa at the Spirit Health Club, or dine in Traders restaurant.

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free WIFI throughout the hotel. After a long day, unwind in the hotel’s steam room & sauna. Guests can also enjoy a relaxing drink and a hearty meal at the Regency Bar and Restaurant located on the premises. With 4 meeting rooms holding up to 150 people the hotel is capable of accommodating intimate meetings and large conferences. This Allesley property provides easy access to all major local attractions including Warwick Castle, Coventry Cathedral, Warwick University and Coventry University. 80 Bedrooms in total.

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Quality Hotel

Birmingham Road, Allesley, Coventry CV5 9BA

024 7640 3835

www.princehotels.co.uk enquiries@qualityhotelcoventry.co.uk The Quality Hotel Coventry is located in a beautiful rural setting on the edge of Coventry and just six miles from the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) and a short drive to Birmingham International Airport. This traditional property offers free car parking and

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Wilson’s Lane, Longford, Coventry CV6 6HL

024 7636 5000 www.novotel.com H0506@accor.com

Novotel Coventry M6/J3 is an AA rated hotel within walking distance of Ricoh Arena and 10 minutes from Coventry City Centre, Birmingham Airport (BHX) and NEC. Newly refurbished hotel with Superior rooms available.

Abbey Road (off Leaf Lane), Coventry CV3 4BJ

024 7663 9922

www.ibishotel.com H2094@accor.com

All rooms have tea and coffee making facilities, iron and ironing board and hairdryer. Ideal for business trips with 8 meeting rooms for conferences or family holiday to Stratford upon Avon or Warwick Castle. Guests can enjoy our Elements restaurant and bar. All 98 rooms have TV system with internet access, movies on demand. Licensed for Civil Ceremonies. The hotel enjoys extensive garden to the rear, ideal for wedding photographs or maybe a teambuilding event. On Site parking. Well behaved dogs are welcome in the hotel at a supplement.

Located in the south of Coventry, Ibis South offers 51 en-suite rooms and a meeting room, with rates from £43-£53. Ideal location for visiting Coventry Cathedral, Stoneleigh Park, Warwick Castle and Stratford upon Avon. This budget hotel has a bar, restaurant, 24/7 snacks & hot breakfast buffet.


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IbIs Coventry Centre Mile Lane, Coventry CV1 2LN

024 7625 0500

www.ibishotel.com

The hotel is ideally located in the historic centre of Coventry, a short stroll from the busy shopping districts. 5 Minutes on foot from the train station and 20 minutes by train or car from the NEC. The hotel has 89 rooms with air-conditioning, including 5 accessible rooms. It has a restaurant, a bar offering snacks 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Wi-Fi and free parking.

Premier inn City Centre Bond Street, Coventry, West Midlands CV1 4AH

0870 111 2838

www.premierinn.com

Close to all the free attractions in Coventry - Coventry Cathedral, Transport Museum & Herbert Art Gallery & Museum are in easy walking distance. The City centre retail complex is just around the corner with all the nationally known names with Primark & IKEA in key positions.

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Village Hotel and leisure Club

Dolomite Avenue, Coventry Business Park, Coventry CV4 9GZ

024 7671 9000

www.village-hotels.co.uk village.coventry@village-hotels.com Whether your stay is for business or for leisure welcome to more than just a hotel. Welcome to VILLAGE Coventry. Stylish bedrooms – state of the art Health and Fitness Club – fantastic

restaurant – great pub – a coffee shop – The Hub dedicated meeting and conference centre – VILLAGE live party nights and a Velocity Fitness Shop. Throw in free Wi Fi throughout the hotel and over 300 free car parking spaces – no other hotel offers you more than VILLAGE hotels. All 146 stylish bedrooms are equipped with flat screen televisions with Sky Sports and other satellite entertainment channels. The Sealy ZZZ bed is exclusive to VILLAGE and is a guaranteed perfect nights sleep.

71 Rooms and silk suites 71 Phoenix Way, Foleshill, Coventry CV6 6GE

0844 4127271

www.71rooms.com reservations@ricoharena.com The 71 bedroom hotel which is incorporated within the award winning Ricoh Arena really does have to be seen to be believed. Offering a range of accommodation from pitch facing rooms to luxurious suites.

There is no other hotel of such high quality, located inside a sports stadium in the country and it has raised the levels of service and standard for accommodation not only in Coventry but the West Midlands. Whether you are visiting the area on business or leisure purposes, the Boutique Hotel will enhance your stay. With various on site restaurants serving a wide variety of menu choices, conference facilities and exhibition centres, this really is a top quality destination. Prices range from £50-£325 prpn.

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Britannia Coventry

Fairfax Street, Coventry CV1 5RP

024 7663 3733

www.britanniahotels.com Res709@britanniahotels.com Right at the heart of the city, the Britannia Hotel adjoins the historically famous Coventry Cathedral, a popular tourist favourite. The city’s shopping centre and department stores are just on the doorstep. The hotels Bar-rogue and Bentley’s Restaurant open onto

the Cathedral Square and prove popular with locals and residents alike. Catering for technology-dependent travellers and corporate meeting planners, the wireless LAN offers users quick and easy Internet services without the need for cables and wires. Conveniently located, just eleven miles from the NEC.

Britannia Coventry Hill

A45 between Solihull & Coventry. This family managed hotel offers all of what you would expect from a luxury hotel whether you are a business guest or a local visitor to the hotel’s golf and leisure facilities you’ll receive the same first class welcome. We pride ourselves on our facilities, personal service and attention to detail.

Days Inn Corley

Ryehill, Birmingham Road, Coventry CV5 9PH

024 7640 2151

www.britanniahotels.com Res708@britanniahotels.com The hotel has 192 well furnished en suite bedrooms featuring all modern conveniences and accessed by 3 guest lifts. Season’s restaurant offers delicious contemporary English cuisine in a light and refreshing

atmosphere, while the large comfortable lounge and Windmill Bar provide an extremely friendly and relaxed environment for informal refreshments or light meals. High speed wireless Internet, and an accessible location to major motorway networks, six miles from Birmingham International Airport and the NEC, the Coventry Hill Hotel is the perfect place to stay.

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Windmill village hotel golf and leisure club

Birmingham Road, Coventry, CV5 9AL

024 7640 4040

www.windmillvillagehotel.co.uk sales@windmillvillagehotel.co.uk A local luxury hotel with excellent facilities within easy reach of Birmingham International Airport, International Railway Station and just minutes from the Midlands motorway network and ideally located on the

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Junction 3-4 M6 North Bound Corley, CV7 8NR

01676 543800

corley.hotel@welcomebreak.co.uk

The Days Inn Corley is ideally located on the Junction 3-4 of the M6 and within minutes from Birmingham Airport, Ricoh Arena and NEC. The hotel offers an excellent contemporary style of accommodation which makes it ideal for commuters, exhibitors, families and concert goers.


Taylor John's House, Coventry Canal Basin Tel : 02476559958 www.thetinangel.co.uk www.wegottickets.com www.TheTinAngel.co.uk

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024 7655 9958

Godiva Award winner – 'Best Bar & Café Culture' 2004' & 'Best Café/Bar' 2009

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Taylor John's House Live LiveMusic Music Performance Performancevenue venue~~ Private PrivateParties Parties~~Film FilmLocation Location

Speciality Teas & Coffees ~ Organic Beers Live Music ~ Rehearsal Rooms ~ Music Tuition

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Taylor John's House Godiva Award Winner – 'Best Live Performance Venue' 2007

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Hilton Coventry

Paradise Way, Walsgrave Triangle Coventry CV2 3ST

024 7660 3000

www.hilton.co.uk/coventry Reservations.coventry@hilton.com

This modern hotel features 172 rooms. All rooms have air cooling, multi channel TV, high speed internet access and pay movies. The hotel also has its own LivingWell Health Club featuring indoor heated pool, spa pool, sauna and steam room. Hilton Coventry is located at M6 junction 2 with the M69. The NEC is approximately 20 minutes drive away, with Warwick and Stratford also within easy travelling distance.

Travelodge HoTel

A top quality farmhouse Bed and Breakfast full of 16th century character. Set in a relaxing rural location just 15 minutes from Coventry city centre. A warm, friendly welcome is assured.

AcAciA Guest House

Broadgate, Coventry, West Midlands CV1 1LZ

0871 984 6385

www.travelodge.co.uk

Offering great value, quality budget hotel accommodation in the heart of Coventry, Travelodge Coventry has 21 family rooms (sleeping up to two adults and two children under 16; or three adults) and 97 double rooms (sleeping two adults). All rooms have an en-suite bathroom, remote-control TV, tea and coffee-making facilities and comfortable king sized beds. Bar Cafe also available on site, serving breakfast, evening meals, and drinks from the bar.

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Barnacle Hall Shilton Lane, Shilton, Nr Coventry CV7 9LH

024 7661 2629

www.barnaclehall.co.uk rose@barnaclehall.co.uk

All rooms are spacious doubles with king-size beds in them. Double rooms are available at £65 or £75 per night which includes breakfast. Single and family room rates on request. Visit Britain Gold Award.

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11 Park Road, Coventry CV1 2LE

024 7663 3622

acaciaguesthouse@hotmail.com Hotel quality with guest house charm. Visit Britain and AA Four Star guest accommodation, the Acacia Guest House is located just a short walk from the heart of Coventry city centre. Acacia is a family run business, providing modern comforts expected by both business and leisure travellers.

All rooms have either en suite or private bathroom facilities. Disabled adapted rooms available. Licenced bar. All the amenities and attractions of the city centre are within a ten minute walk, making Acacia the ideal location for leisure visitors. Located on Park Road, Acacia is only 2 minutes from the station, 15 minutes to Birmingham International and NEC by train, 30 minutes by car.


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BuBBenhall house

Paget’s Lane, Bubbenhall CV8 3BJ

024 7630 2409 07746 282 541

www.bubbenhallhouse.com wharrison@bubbenhallhouse. freeserve.co.uk Restored hunting lodge set within 4 acres of gardens and woodland, tastefully decorated and extremely comfortable. In addition to the beautiful woodland

setting, Bubbenhall House offers a championship surface hard tennis court and parking for plenty of vehicles. Located between Leamington Spa and Coventry, we are an ideal venue to visit Warwick, Kenilworth, NEC, Stoneleigh Park and NPIA. Please contact us for latest room rates and availability.

Ashdowns Guest house 12 Regent Street, Coventry CV1 3EP

024 7622 9280 Comfortable, family-run guest house located close to the heart of Coventry’s city centre. Clean, well maintained ensuite rooms offering all the comforts expected by visitors. Breakfast included in room charge. Own private parking for guests. All the amenities and attractions of the city centre are within ten minutes walking distance, making

Ashdowns Guest House the ideal location for both business and leisure visitors. Located on Regent Street, Ashdowns is only minutes away from Coventry’s main line station, providing easy access to other major cities both in and beyond the West Midlands. Birmingham International and the NEC are only 15 minutes away by train.

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Ashleigh guest house 17 Park Road, Coventry CV1 2LE

024 7622 3804

ashleighhouse@gmx.com

Experience a warm welcome from friendly helpful staff. Well maintained and equipped en suite guest accommodation we are located just a short walk from the train station and Coventry’s city centre. 10 en suite rooms in total. Single Room Double / Twin Room Family Room

£27 - £37 £40 - £50 £45 - £60

Bede Guest House 250 Radford Road, Radford, Coventry CV6 3BU

024 7659 7837

bedehouse@aol.com Bede Guest House is based near the city centre. All rooms have en suite facilities, including TV’s and tea and coffee services. All rooms are changed on a daily basis and the guests have added peace of mind of secure parking. Bede Guest House is

a quality assured guest house having been awarded three stars. It is a clean and friendly environment with welcoming hosts. Checking in time is until 10pm. We have full compatible wireless Internet access and freeview channels, plus CCTV for extra security. Bede Guest House is less than 2 miles from Coventry’s main train station, providing easy access to other major cities. Birmingham International and the NEC are 15 minutes away by train. Contact us for latest prices and availability.

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Cambridge Villa Hotel

20A Emscote Road, Warwick CV34 4PP

01926 491169 A well-kept Victorian house, recently refurbished with comfortable ensuite rooms. All rooms have colour TV and hot drinking facilities. Your host, Bruna and family look forward to welcoming you into their home. Choice of English, continental, vegetarian and special diet breakfasts. Home cooked evening meals available on request.

Licenced bar. Free car parking. Use of patio for guests. We also offer complementary car service for bus/ train stations nearby. Also available is a double en suite four poster bedroom, possibly suitable as honeymoon suite, charming décor with hand carved furniture.

HigHcroft guest House

A super double room with double Jacuzzi is also available. This room also features comfortable sofas and an open fireplace. A must if you like to treat yourself for any special occasion. All rooms include flat screen TV’s and Wi-Fi is present along with lots of extras to make your stay more comfortable. The Merlyn Guest House also provides an excellent breakfast service that includes three courses to set you up for the day. Within reach of the M6, M42, M1, NEC, NAC, Train Station, Ricoh Arena and Birmingham International.

Mount Guest House

65 Barras Lane, Coundon, Coventry CV1 4AQ

024 7622 8157

Family run business with individual charm and style, offering high standard accommodation and excellent value. All the amenities and attractions of the city centre are within 10 minute walking distance, making Highcroft perfect for your stay. With easy access to the main train station and bus depot, and with Birmingham International and the NEC just 15 minutes away by train, we really are easily accessible. Secure onsite parking available if required.

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Merlyn Guest House 105 Holyhead Road, Coundon, Coventry CV1 3AD

024 7622 2800

www.merlynguesthouse.co.uk info@merlynguesthouse.co.uk Merlyn Guest House in Coventry offers competitively priced, comfortable 3 star accommodations and is situated in the heart of the city. Selections of eight rooms offering further choices of either en suite or standard, depending on budget.

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9 Coundon Road, Coventry CV1 4AR

024 7622 5998

www.guesthousecoventry.com enquiries@guesthousecoventry.com

We offer 3 star accommodations on a budget and are walking distance to City Centre, Cathedrals, Sky Dome, restaurants and local pubs.10 minute drive to Birmingham Airport and NEC. Free WiFi.


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Spire View

36 Park Road, Coventry CV1 2LD

024 7625 1602 www.spireviewguesthouse.co.uk bookings@spireviewguesthouse.co.uk

A warm welcome awaits you at this cheerful and cosy family run guest house, situated within walking distance of the city centre and all of its attractions, including the Cathedral and Motor Museum. It’s also just 3 miles to the Ricoh Arena.

The Oak aT BaginTOn Coventry Road, Baginton, Coventry CV8 3AU

024 7651 8855

www.theoak.greatpubs.net thebagintonoak@aol.com Welcome to The Oak in Baginton, a village pub situated on the outskirts of Coventry. Ideally located and very close to Coventry Airport. 10 minute drive to the town centre with ample places to eat and drink. 5 minute drive to the Air Museum. Pleasant walks.

All our rooms are well equipped and en suite, some rooms have disabled access. We offer a nice relaxed environment with log fires, table service, traditional ales and good quality home cooked food. Our facilities include large bar area with comfy leather sofas, good sized garden and quiet location. 13 Rooms. Free parking for guests and free wifi access in the bar. We are a No-Smoking property. Dogs allowed, may incur additional charge. Contact for more information.

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Home from Home Accom. services

OFFICE: The Old Granary, Fillongley, CV1 4RB Nr Coventry

01676 541896

www.homefromhome-uk.com info@homefromhome-uk.com

Private House B&B’s. Self-Cater or Evening Meals. Lovely hosts and accommodation throughout Coventry and Warwickshire. Low weekly rate for long-stays: contract workers, business people, overseas employees etc. RATES: (Weekly rate: £85 - £140 week) £13 - £20+ per night.

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The Saddlery

Manor Farm Barns, Brooks Close, Willoughby, Rugby CV23 8BY

01788 890256

www.thesaddlery.org.uk office@thesaddlery.org.uk A luxuriously converted barn on a working farm in a quiet village, this super self catering setting has the perfect, high standards accommodation. Two bedrooms, (one double one twin), sleeps 4.

In courtyard setting. Situated just off the A45, Willoughby is on the border of both Warwickshire and Northamptonshire. The historic town of Rugby is just 6 miles away with the tourist attractions connected with the famous school. We are conveniently close to other areas such as Stratford, Warwick, Leamington, Cotswolds, Althorpe and Silverstone. NEC is less than 45 minutes away and countryside walks are in abundance.


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Bianca and Whitley elm cottages

Case Lane, Mousley End, Rowington, Warwickshire CV35 7JE

01926 484577

www.whitleyelmcottages.com enquiries@whitleyelmcottages.com Situated in picturesque open countryside and approached along a quiet country lane, 4 tastefully furnished, fully equipped two bed cottages converted from the barns

of our Tudor Manor House. Private patios, shared lawns, laundry facilities, with many of the original features maintained. Tastefully furnished and fully equipped, including TV/ DVD, radio and extra bed linen. Patio includes garden furniture. Ample parking, with village pub serving real ales down the road. Accessible from NEC, NAC, Warwick, Stratford and Coventry.

St IveS Lodge

St Ives Cottage, Church Lane, Corley, Nr Coventry CV7 8BA

01676 542994

www.st-ives-lodge.co.uk info@st.ives-lodge.co.uk If you are seeking a quiet, beautiful and relaxing place to stay in Warwickshire, then look no further. St Ives Lodge is a well proportioned, self contained cottage set in 6 acres of beautiful Warwickshire countryside.

Whether for business or pleasure, St Ives Lodge is the perfect choice. Within easy reach of the NEC, Birmingham International Airport, Coventry and Shakespeare’s Stratford. St Ives Lodge can accommodate up to 4 people with 1 double room and 1 twin room with ensuite showers and toilet. Tastefully furnished, this property will appeal to both the business executive and family group.

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Home from Home Self Catering ServiCe Head Office, The Old Granary, Fillongley, Nr Coventry CV7 8PB

0845 260 4434

www.homefromhome-uk.com info@homefromhome-uk.com

A wide range of fully furnished self catering properties. Bookings arranged for stays of 3 or more weeks at a time. We act as a booking service for private property owners and personally inspect and grade most accommodation to ensure high standards. Please call us for details on properties available in the area, or alternatively visit our website for more information.

The number of stars gives you an indication of accommodation standard, cleanliness, ambience, hospitality, service and food. Generally, the more stars the higher the level of quality.

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CITY OF INVENTION – THE FIRST THOUSAND YEARS

THE FIRST THOUSAND YEARS

1941 – In the wake of the

Blitz, city councillors approve by a huge majority Donald Gibson’s radical plans for a new Coventry.

1944 – Coventry sets up a friendship link with Stalingrad, pioneering town twinning in Europe.

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1948 – Work starts on

Coventry’s traffic-free shopping centre, the first in Europe.

1954 – The Standard Motor Company unveils the first dieselengine private car.

1962 – Consecration of the

city’s new Cathedral, a symbol of Britain’s recovery from World War Two and an unrivalled showcase of post-war British art.

1964 – The innovative

Belgrade Theatre pioneers the Theatre in Education movement in Britain.

1973 – People, the

forerunner of the Green Party in the UK, is founded in Coventry by political activists Tony and Lesley Whittaker.

1978 – Global pressure

group the International Lesbian and Gay Association founded in Coventry during a conference of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality.

1979 – 2-Tone music from Coventry, spearheaded by The Specials and Selecter, takes the national scene by storm.

1981 – Coventry company

DVW designs and manufactures the world’s first rugged handheld computer.

1997 – A consortium of

Coventry engineering companies makes a key contribution to Thrust SSC, the supersonic car that smashes the World Land Speed Record.

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1999 – Coventry Cathedral

is voted the nation’s favourite 20th century building in a national poll.

2003 – A Demos/RICS study

2008 – Swedish

telecommunications giant Ericsson begins work on a new global research centre at Ansty on the edge of Coventry.

ranks Coventry 6th among 40 British cities for the number of patent applications per head of population.

2008 – Masterplanners Jerde

2005 – Growing Business

2010 – Britain’s only virtual

2007 – The Serious Games

to be continued....

magazine rates Coventry the 5th best place to do business in Britain.

Institute opens at Coventry University, the only one of its kind in the UK.

unveil their ideas for a second reinvention of Coventry’s retail heart.

training centre for the construction industry opens in Coventry.


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• 50 bedrooms • Family rooms available • AA approved • Executive rooms available • Pet Friendly • Continental Breakfast • Smoking rooms available

• Wifi Access • Dry Cleaning service available • Wheelchair accessibility • Flat screen Televisions • Complimentary Tea and Coffee • 24 hour reception • Free Parking

Tel: 01676 543800 Located on the M6 Northbound, between Junctions 3-4

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COVENTRY VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE

at your Want to find out more about Coventry from the people in the know? Need to find somewhere to stay tonight? Looking to buy tickets for concerts, coach trips or even a football match? What can Coventry Visitor Information Centre offer YOU?

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Coventry’s Visitor Information Centre is located within the city’s breathtaking Cathedral Ruins and offers visitors the chance to climb the 181 steps to the top of the Cathedral Tower for a bird’s eye view of the city. If heights aren’t your thing then the cosy ground floor Information Centre is the place to be. Chat to the friendly and knowledgeable staff and you’ll find that they can provide you with the kind of advice and ‘insider’ information about their city that no guidebook can.

- A free accommodation booking service for Coventry and the surrounding area - Tickets for a range of venues and events - Sightseeing tips and city maps - A unique and varied selection of gifts and souvenirs - A wide range of literature; local, regional and national Coventry has something for everyone – so whether you’re here for business or leisure make sure you pop into the Visitor Centre for all the information you’ll need to make the most of your visit. Coventry Visitor Information Centre St Michael’s Tower, Cathedral Ruins off Cuckoo Lane/Bayley Lane Coventry CV1 5RN 024 7622 5616/1413 tic@cvone.co.uk

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EVENTS

What an place

Coventry and Warwickshire has it all from the Midlands biggest free family music festival, to the historically themed Heritage Open Day weekend. Here’s our pick of the highlights of our event calendar. Log onto www.visitcoventryandwarwickshire.co.uk/events for full listings.

Coventry’s Rhythm Weekend, May 2010 www.visitcoventryandwarwickshire.co.uk ‘This exciting new event on the Coventry calendar incorporates a diverse and varied mix of musical genres, all staged right at the heart of Coventry city centre. With elements of Jazz, Folk, World, Blues and Soul, this is one extraordinary event you won’t want to miss! Coventry Half Marathon, 23rd May 2010 www.coventryhalf.com The Coventry Half Marathon is all about achieving a personal goal and is open to absolutely anyone aged 17 years or over on the day. There is also the Coventry Mile fun run of just over 1 mile which is open to people of all ages and is a great option for those wishing to walk, run or jog a shorter distance or take part with their children. Leamington Peace Festival,19th – 20th June 2010 www.peacefestival.org.uk The Leamington Peace Festival aims to promote peace and equality between people and nations while living in harmony with the environment. The Festival is an opportunity for local artists, campaigners, community groups and Leamington people to come together to share two days of inspiration and celebration. Pink Funhouse Summer Carnival Tour at Ricoh Arena, 24th June 2010 www.ricoharena.com Her record-breaking 2 million plus ticket selling ‘Funhouse Tour’ will be transformed into a carnival-style outdoor spectacular.

Godiva Festival, 2nd – 4th July 2010 www.godivafestival.com 2009 saw the festival scoop the top prize at the Heart of England Excellence in Tourism Award for the Best One Off or Annual Event. Over the first weekend in July, Coventry’s War Memorial Park will host the 13th Godiva Festival, the UK’s biggest and best free and ticketless family festival. With over 85,000 in attendance over the 3 days plans are already afoot to make 2010 even more successful! Expect live music from both international and local acts, traditional festival fayre, hand made crafts, local community groups, funfairs and entertainment and much more! Coventry Festival of Motoring, 4th – 5th September 2010 www.festival-of-motoring.co.uk Coventry Festival of Motoring is a fun-packed weekend of entertainment and car runs celebrating Coventry’s unique motoring heritage. Last year’s event attracted over 600 vehicles from all over the UK and beyond. Thousands attended the events in Millennium Place and War Memorial Park, making the 2009 Festival quite possibly the biggest and best so far. Let’s hope that 2010 is even better! Heritage Open Days, 9th – 12th September 2010 www.heritageopendays.org.uk Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. Every year for four days in September, buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors, ranging from castles to factories, town halls to tithe barns and parish churches to religious temples. It is a once-a-year chance to discover hidden architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities which bring to life local history and culture. Godiva Awards, October 2010 www.godiva-awards.com

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PARKING INFORMATION

SHORT STAY CAR PARKING (REVISED 1ST APRIL 2009)

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WHITE STREET CAR PARK RESERVED FOR PASSHOLDERS ONLY MONDAY TO FRIDAY 0700HRS TO 1900HRS Please visit www.visitcoventryandwarwickshire.co.uk for the latest tarrifs

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GROVE ST./GOSFORD ST./GROSVENOR RD./LOWER FORD ST/ WHITEFRIARS SATURDAY 0800 TO 1800 Please visit www.visitcoventryandwarwickshire.co.uk for the latest tarrifs All of our car parks are open 24/7/365 with the exceptions of: Christchurch Basement/White Street are open from 08:00 Saturdays-08:00 Monday mornings. New Union Street is open Monday to Saturday 07:00-20:00. Closed Sundays. The Lower Precinct is open Monday to Saturday 07:00-19:00, Sunday 09:30-19:30. West Orchards is open Monday to Saturday 08:00-18:00, Sunday 10:00-17:00.

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The city of Coventry and its surrounding region of Warwickshire are conveniently located in the heart of England which is served by second to none travel links. Off the rails / Hit the tracks Coventry Station is just a 5 minute walk away from the city centre and is served by 3 of the main rail operators, Virgin Trains, London Midland and Cross Country Trains. The station is also served by regular buses and taxis which ensure your journey runs smoothly. There are on site facilities such as Fast Ticket machines, ATMs, Shops, cafes, free Wifi and a first class departure lounge. National Rail Enquiries: 0845 748 4950 Travel Coventry: 024 7681 700

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Hustle and Bus-tle National Express operates regular services to the region from across the country. Timetables and local bus services, including the popular park and ride facilities in operation, for Coventry and Warwickshire are all available from Visitor Information Centres and local bus stations around the area. National Express: 0870 580 8080 Traveline: 0870 608 2608 Stagecoach Warwickshire: 01788 535 555 Harry Shaw: 024 7645 5544

Take the Wheel and Drive There are 5 main national motorway links which serve the region, enabling easy access from all over the country. In addition there are an abundance of well maintained arterial routes which will make your navigation of the rolling Warwickshire countryside a breeze. National Car Rental: 024 7667 7042 Allen’s Taxis: 024 7655 5555 Central Taxis: 024 7633 3333 City Cabs: 024 7622 2222 Lewis Taxis: 024 7666 6666 Flying High Birmingham International Airport, the UK’s 6th largest airport, third largest for charter traffic has the highest proportion of business traffic second only to Heathrow. Birmingham International is just 11miles from Coventry city centre making it the region’s closest terminal. The airport has its own Air-Rail Link and station with Coventry being the next stop along. Birmingham International Airport: 0844 576 6000 For further information logon on to www.visitcoventryandwarwickshire.co.uk

Travel de Courcey Rowley Drive Coventry CV3 4FG 024 7630 2656 contactus@traveldecourcey.com We provide bus services in and around Coventry and in some of its surrounding areas such as Nuneaton and Rugby. We are the perfect solution for all coach hire purposes from weddings/ civil partnerships to large international events. We also have wheelchair accessible coaches which enables up to 8 wheelchair passengers to travel. In addition, a specialised lift to make access in and out of the coach as easy as possible. All of our coach fleet is fully DDA compliant.

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FUTURE OF COVENTRY

a future Coventry Coventry has benefited from multi million pound investments from developers, stakeholders, regional and European agencies to become a leading city that’s building a brighter future over the next ten years. The whole city is gearing up for the Jerde masterplan which is set to completely transform the city and bring it into the 21st Century leaving behind the image of hastily built post war architecture.

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A wealth of big named businesses are cashing in on Coventry’s bright future; QCDA has relocated offices from London and Severn Trent have based their head office here.

Far Gosford Street Far Gosford Street will be transformed into a vibrant cultural quarter, covering over six-hectares. The area’s redevelopment will create something truly unique, as it centres on the re-establishment of the street’s remarkable 15th century buildings. And progress is already well under way.

The city has a range of world class business facilities from state of the art conferencing facilities to picturesque venues nestled in the heart of the country. Friargate Friargate Coventry LLP has been granted outline planning approval for the redevelopment of the 15-hectare site next to the city’s train station. The 10-15 year project will transform the area from an under utilised location at the heart of the city into a commerciallyfocused, mixed-use hive of activity, capable of attracting previously unattainable levels of inward investment into the area.

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Belgrade Plaza Work continues on the 1.4-hectare mixed-use Belgrade Plaza scheme, which fought off competition from projects around the country to scoop the coveted Premier Guarantee Excellence Award for best mixed-use development in 2009. Following on from the opening of the Premier Inn, 2009 saw the completion and opening of the development’s new public square.


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As we continue on our Journey to London 2012, Coventry and Warwickshire is engaging in the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games like no other City or region outside of London. Our vision is to provide everyone in our subregion with their own Olympic moment, enabling them to join in and truly be a part of London 2012. Through our innovative projects such as the Festival of Sport, Godiva Awakes and our new London 2012 Live Site, 2010 will mark the two year countdown to the Games by involving more people in our six local projects and increasing the awareness and excitement of this once in a life time opportunity. For further information about our three levels of 2012 engagement please visit www.cswp.org.uk/london2012

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BUSINESS TOURISM

Coventry and Warwickshire is the perfect place for many diverse and unique leisurely pursuits, however, it also has a very strong business tourism presence. With World Famous sites and World Class venues, set in a dynamic, vibrant region; this convenient, accessible location is perfect for all your conferencing, meetings and events needs. Coventry & Warwickshire Convention Bureau provides a dedicated team of support service specialists to help with venue finding, conference organisation, delegate accommodation and event management. Our main office is located at the world class venue, the Ricoh Arena, home of Coventry City Football Club. Why not pop in and take away some information on the region and what we can do for you during your visit.

Coventry Silvercraft 6 Lamb Street, Coventry, CV1 4AD Tel: 024 7622 3374 / 024 7622 5056 Fax: 024 7622 7166 sales@coventry-silvercraft.co.uk www.coventry-silvercraft.com Suppliers of conference and presentation gifts and awards for all occasions, including pens, pencils, conference folders, notepads, glassware, badges, key rings, medals and corporate jewellery to suit all budgets. Signs and labels for hotels and offices. All items can be personalised with your own logo or message by either printing or engraving. Large range of gifts suitable for table presents or souvenirs. Free design service. Please see our new website for further details.

Why not pop in for some information and free advice to find out what we can offer you. Contact the Convention Bureau Team on: (+44) 0844 873 6397 cw-cb@conventionbureau.co.uk 8 Hay Lane, Coventry, CV1 5RF 024 7660 7010 Alternatively visit our website www.cw-conventionbureau.co.uk for all the latest information

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Accommodation ratings Note: all ratings published within this guide were accurate at time of going to press; ratings may change/expire at any time and customers should satisfy themselves of an establishment’s valid rating prior to booking. For more information on quality ratings and/or complaints procedures contact the relevant assessing body: For Enjoy England ratings: Quality in Tourism, Farncombe House, Broadway, Worcestershire WR12 7LJ For AA ratings: The AA, 15th Floor Fanum House, Basing View, Basingstoke RG21 4EA

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Ace Karting Alan Higgs Centre Arbury Hall Astley Book Farm Baddesley Clinton BBC Coventry and Warwickshire Belgrade Theatre Bonds Hospital Brandon Marsh Nature Centre Charlecote Park Compton Verney Coombe Country Park Coughton Court Coventry Cathedral Coventry Sports Centre Coventry Transport Museum Coventry Watchmakers Museum Creaky Cauldron Draycote Water and Country Park Drayton Manor Theme Park Foleshill Sports and Leisure Centre G Casino Hatton Country World Hatton Locks and Grand Union Canal Walks Heart of England Adventure Park Herbert Art Gallery and Museum Heritage Motor Centre Holy Trinity Church Jaguar Heritage Trust Museum Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden Lady Herbert’s Garden Lord Leycester Hospital Lunt Roman Fort Midland Air Museum National Motorcycle Museum Planet Ice Arena Plantasia Priory Visitors Centre and Undercroft Ragley Hall Ricoh Arena Royal Henchmen Medieval Banquets Royal Pump Rooms Royal Shakespeare Company Ryton Organic Gardens Shakespeare’s Houses and Garden Skydome Arena

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St John the Baptist Church Stonebridge Golf Course Stratford Butterfly Farm St Mary’s Guildhall Stoneleigh Abbey Take a Walk on the Dark Side Talisman Theatre and Arts Centre The Falstaff’s Experience Twycross Zoo Upton House and Gardens War Memorial Park Warwick Arts Centre Warwick Castle West Midlands Safari Park Warwick Racecourse

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Cosmo Costa Crossed Kukris Gurkha Druckers Esquires Etnas Five Rivers Flames Frankie and Benny’s Herons Nest Kakooti La Casa Loco Lambs Mahir Mount Pleasant MYO Nandos Old Mill Old Orleans Oscars Petit Gourmand Piccollinos Pizza Express Pizza Hut Playwrights Restaurant Calabria Saffron Balti Saxon Mill Seasons Starbucks Taybarns TGI Fridays Thai Boathouse Thai Elephant The Falcon Inn The Old Smithy The Orange Tree The Paprika Club Toby Carvery Turmeric Gold Wildes Wing Wah Zizzis Zorbas

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1450 Café Bar Bank Street Bar and Restaurant Bar Eden Coventry Bar Number Three Browns Café Bar Carey’s Nightclub Chicago Rock Café Club Heat Denbigh Arms Dogma Earl of Mercia Escape Bar Flying Standard Gatehouse Tavern Glasshouse Golden Cross IGLU Nightclub Impulse Coventry Inspire Café Bar JJ’s Coventry Kasbah Lava and Ignite Litten Tree Maison Bar Mortimers Oak Inn Old Windmill Phoenix Red Lion Rising Sun Rosie Malones Scholars Shakespeare Inn Crosby’s Coventry Squirrel The Almanack Tin Angel Town Crier Town Wall Tavern Varsity White Lion White Friars Old Ale House

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The Assembly, Spencer St, Leamington Spa, CV31 3NF

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It has now become an important feature of the local cultural landscape by offering the opportunity to see huge, current and legendary acts in an intimate setting. Recent shows include Razorlight, Russell Howard, The Kooks, The Enemy, Lee Mack, The Cribs, Pendulum, Peter Doherty, Russell Kane, The Buzzcocks, Reverend & The Makers, De La Soul, Steve Winwood, Lucinda Williams and Gong to name just a few. There are also regular club events such as ‘Cortina Nights’ and the monthly ‘Joy Comedy Club’. To be the first to know about the high-profile shows at The Assembly, simply join the mailing list at www.leamingtonassembly.com.

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