n Free 32-page festival guide is now available for members of the public to pick up

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A FULL programme of events has been released to the public outlining a guide to Rugby’s first ever Festival of Culture.

The Rugby Festival of Culture will begin on Tuesday, June 30 with a special opening ceremony at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, where a group of young musicians will perform for visitors.

The festivities will continue until July 12 with events including an art trail, promenade theatre performance, street entertainment, cider and beer festival, music workshops, exhibitions, live bands, dance, classical performances, story-telling, poetry, open air readings and walks. Several restaurants will also be getting in on the act by serving up special menus throughout the festival period.

A few key events include Streets are Alive with the Sound of Music on July 1 with folk, jazz and classic tunes filling the streets; Story in the Park on July 3; a Summer Beer Festival from July 4 to 10; Salsa Night on July 7 and Picnic in the Park on July 10.

And for the first time ever part of Rugby will be transformed into a seaside paradise on July 9. A beach party will be held at the Percival Guildhouse Gardens from 10.30am to 3.30pm. Visitors can have fun and relax on the ‘beach’ without even leaving Rugby.

Visitors can bring their buckets and spades, deckchairs and towels to the party where there will be music, fun and entertainment at Rugby’s first urban beach.

The new pilot event, backed by Rugby First, Rugby Borough Council and Warwickshire County Council, will take place at a variety of town centre locations and venues, and the activities have been designed so they are suitable for all ages and interests.

A free festival guide has now been produced by the organisers which is available for people to pick up from the Rugby Visitor Centre at the art gallery and museum. To download a guide visit www.rugbyfestivalofculture.co.uk.

Picture shows one of the pieces of art included in the trail.