Festival of Culture is here

Brothers Giles, Neal & Ralph Broadbent visited Rugby Town Centre today (Friday), to perform to visitors to the town centre, ahead of their Temple Speech Room performance on Sunday 10th July, as part of the Rugby Festival of Culture.
Brothers Giles, Neal & Ralph Broadbent visited Rugby Town Centre today (Friday), to perform to visitors to the town centre, ahead of their Temple Speech Room performance on Sunday 10th July, as part of the Rugby Festival of Culture.

Rugby’s vibrant two week long Festival of Culture gets underway tomorrow with several events taking place in the town centre.

They are the first seven of more than 100 that are taking place throughout the festival, which caters for all ages and budgets. Tomorrow, real ale fans can drop into Rugby Tap (near the Webb Ellis statue) between 2pm and 5pm to learn about locally brewed ales while children can turn up at a free arts and craft event at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum between 1.30pm and 2.30pm.

In the evening crime writer Stephen Booth will be in Rugby Library between 7pm and 8.30pm to discuss his work. Elsewhere there’s a jazz band at Summersault and Rugby Operatic Society perform at St Andrew’s church.

This Saturday Mobo-nominated Ayanna Witter-Johnson brings her cello to Arnold House and there’s loads more musicians performing elsewhere on the day and a book signing by local author Samantha Hayes at Hunts Bookshop between 11am and 1pm.

On Sunday there’s an ideal chance to buy gifts at a huge arts and crafts fair at Caldecott Park between 11am and 4pm.

The festival is supported by town centre management company Rugby First and Rugby Borough Council and benefits from the help of many others across Rugby who have helped establish it as one of the best cultural festivals of its type in the region.

The only way to make sure you don’t miss out on an event you’d enjoy is to pick up a free guide from Rugby Visitors Centre in Rugby library or log on to rugbyfestivalofculture.co.uk.

People are advised to book early when necessary to avoid disappointment.