With the sun making a regular appearance and schools broken up, you may be wondering what to do this half term and beyond. Here are some of things I am looking forward to taking my kids to or, if I can, visit with a friend or two!
The Herbert Art Gallery
28th May 10am – 22nd August 4pm 2021
A major exhibition exploring natural history and climate change curated by Invisible Dust.
Presented in a newly refurbished contemporary gallery this exhibition forms part of the launch for Coventry UK City of Culture 2021.
The café at the Herbert Art Gallery is a great place for all, with a range of cold and hot food available and a play area for the little ones.
2 Tone: Lives & Legacies
The Herbert Art Gallery
28th May 10am – 12th September 4pm 2021.
The first-ever major exhibition in the UK devoted to the 2 Tone music sensation.
Booking required : https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/2-tone-lives-legacies-tickets-152711515253
The Self-Portrait Prize 2021 by the Ruth Borchard Collection
17th May – 28th June 2021
The exhibition, set in the Cathedral, will be something I know my children will enjoy. They are always wowed by the magnitude of the Cathedral building and it will be an opportunity for them to see a range of portraits and we can wonder about the artist and the person pictured.
Booking required: https://coventry2021.theticketfactory.com/tickets/events/coventry-cathedral-admission/?fbclid=IwAR1N4msDP7dUJFwOqcjdXysM25fQipcidNIm848Fc0un4DnbaoOwS1zwpcI&_ga=2.171045282.387308347.1621161258-1295868278.1621161258
‘Do the Little Things’ by Jake Lever
Chapel of Gethsemane, Coventry Cathedral
22nd May – 28th June
Whilst we are at the Cathedral, there is also an installation of tiny boats made from wire, gold leaf and tissue paper.
I have also been keeping an eye on the City of Culture website as there is currently a wide range of events including free and paid events. See here for more information: https://coventry2021.co.uk/
If we happen to be stuck inside anytime soon, the Library Service run online free events:
Every Wednesday at 10am
Sing along at home with your baby or toddler
Every Thursday at 2pm
Join us for talks from Eleanor Nesbitt, Coventry Digital, Lancaster Interactive Archive Team and more.
Access these events here: https://www.coventry.gov.uk/onlinelibraryevents
Beyond our local library service, there is also:
National Shelf Service: a daily YouTube broadcast (11am Monday to Friday) featuring book recommendations from library staff aimed at helping children and families discover new diverse reading experiences.