Rugby event information: Godiva Awakes

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IMAGINEER Production’s 21st Century six-metre high Godiva puppet will awake in Coventry.

Powered by 100 cyclists, Godiva will then journey to London to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games.

Her first stop is at Rugby on Monday (July 30) and the town will celebrate her arrival with music, dance and performances in front of the Art Gallery and Museum.

A Victorian theme, linking to origins of the games, the Baron Pierre de Coubertin’s (inventor of the modern Olympics) visit to Rugby School and Tom Browns school days, will set the tone.

Godiva will parade through the town centre (high street and sheep street) as part of her journey greeting the public. A special dance commission inspired by the sport of the town will be performed to welcome Godiva and a unique gift of a Rugby Ball will be presented.

The event space will be decorated with elaborate bunting handmade by Rugby school children and residents to create a party atmosphere.

Godiva will then make her way to Rugby School for a rest. She will awake for an evening event with music and dance, and you will have the exciting opportunity to see Godiva raised 10 metres high on her horse.

Please note - Tickets for the evening event have all been issued. You do not need a ticket for the afternoon event.


Event area in front of Rugby Art Gallery and Museum

From 1:00 - 4:30pm

Art Workshops

Victorian Street performers

Victorian Gymnasts

Street dancing



Art gallery and Museum workshop

Bouncing castle

Face painters

And much more

1:30pm - Godiva parade around the town (High Street and Sheep Street)

To interact with the public

Performances from 2:10 - 4:00pm

2:10 - 2:30 Rugby Community Choir

2:30 - Godiva arrives in front of the gallery

2:30 - 2:45 Dance commission ‘ tackled in time’ performance and Handing over of a hand made ball

2:45 - 3:00 Mayor’s speech

3:05 - 3:15 Gymnasts performance

3:20 - 3:40 Drumming music

3:40 - 3:50 Drumming and Mass participation dance

3:50 - Godiva prepares to leave.

Rugby School Evening event - ticketed event

Godiva enjoys performances from Samba drummers, Victorian dancers, and mounts her horse to be raised to 10 metres.

Please note - There are no more tickets available for the evening event.

For more information:

Visitor Centre 01788 533217 or email or Rugby Art Gallery and Museum on 01788 533201

Rugby Art Gallery and Museum

Little Elborow Street


CV21 3BZ

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