Organisers announce Rugby Festival of Culture line-up and events in free guide

Scouting for Girls will perform at the Benn Hall on July 5
Scouting for Girls will perform at the Benn Hall on July 5

Platinum-album artists, award-winning plays and culinary delights from around the world are just some of the treats on offer at this year’s Festival of Culture.

The popular community event, supported by Rugby First and Rugby Borough Council, returns to the town from June 26 to July 12.

It continues to provide a wonderful showcase for the rich and diverse range of cultural activities

Aftab Gaffar, managing director of Rugby First

Scouting for Girls will be entertaining crowds at the Benn Hall on July 5. Tickets are on sale now from the Benn Hall.

Rugby Art Gallery and Museum will host special exhibitions during the festival, including Bathing Beauties - a series of miniature models showcasing bech hut designs - and Clare Pentlow’s collection of cut paper work.

Light-hearted play Couplets and Codpieces will be performed at Rugby Theatre and offers witty humour for a more mature audience.

The South will taking to the Benn Hall stage on June 28 and performing hits such as ‘Rotterdam’ and ‘Good as Gold’. Tickets are on sale from the Benn Hall now.

Three guided walking tours will be available throughout the duration of the festival, showcasing the town’s history and sporting heritage. The free tours will start at the Visitor Centre.

The popular Food Fayre will be back on July 9, offering tasty treats to sample and buy.

More than 100 traditional ciders and perrys will be on offer at the Cider Festival hosted by the Merchants Inn from June 29 to July 5.

A free festival guide is available from the Visitor Centre.

Aftab Gaffar, managing director of Rugby First, said: “We hope you enjoy your read and journey through this beautifully designed guide. Take the opportunity to immerse yourself in a variety of events over the two weeks with friends and family and help us celebrate the very best of Rugby, in what is a very significant and special year for the town and borough.

“Each year the festival continues to grow and gain in popularity. It is packed full of superb events that will bring a lot of people into the town centre. Based on previous years’ experience please make sure you book early (where applicable) for events to avoid disappointment as many sell out quickly.”

“It’s amazing to see how in such a short space of time the festival has grown and gained in popularity. It continues to provide a wonderful showcase for the rich and diverse range of cultural activities within the borough and of course a brilliant platform for the local and wonderfully talented creative individuals and groups that continue to support the festival.

“These along with the businesses are the face and life-blood of the event and make it extra special – something we all should be very proud of within the borough. A heart felt thank you to all those involved along with our advertisers and sponsors.”

Film makers will have the chance to watch their masterpieces on the big screen at the Micro Film Festival at Rugby Theatre on June 29.

The Yiddish Folksong Project will see three world-class musicians perform for free at St Andrew’s Church on June 30.

Classical music enthusiasts will be treated to a performance from The Academy of Ancient Music on June 30 at the Temple Speech Room. Last Night of The Proms will also be held at the venue on July 1.

Special guest Jimm Zorn will be performing at Cafe vin Cinq’s acoustic night on July 2 along with a collection of Rugby singers.

Never Mind the Buzzcocks star Phil Nichol will be entertaining crowds the Benn Hallcomedy night on July 2. He will be joined by Joel Domment, Katie Mulgrew and Carey Marx.

Watch the colourful characters of David Walliams’ story Mr Stink come to life in Caldecott Park on July 3. The production is sponsored by the three Rotary Clubs of Rugby.

Go to for more information or pick up a free guide from the Visitor Centre.