Five of the best things to do in and around Rugby in the next seven days

Some of the objects included in the Cabinet of Curiosities, including an Advertiser yo-yo
Some of the objects included in the Cabinet of Curiosities, including an Advertiser yo-yo

From a night of laughs to a cabinet of curiosities, there's lots to enjoy...

Hamplified Comedy Night and Grand Auction, Rugby St Andrew’s RFC, Ashlawn Road, Rugby, November 24
Comedians Wes Zaharuk, John Hastings and Tony Cowards join forces for the fundraising event, all held together by MC Rob Coleman. The event raises money and awareness for The Matt Hampson Foundation, which strives to support young people seriously injured through sport.

Cabinet of Curiosities, Rugby Art Gallery & Museum, November 28 to March 10
The Cabinet of Curiosities opens at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum next week.
It’s inspired by the German forerunner of the modern-day museum, Wunderkammer – the cabinets of wonder. Rugby’s version showcases a treasure trove of objects plucked from the museum’s social history and archaeology collections. Curios on display include animal bones excavated from the Roman settlement of Tripontium, Liassic tree fragments discovered in the 1970s during the construction of the link between the M1 and the M6, and a silver medieval ring unearthed in King’s Newnham. Other objects featured in the exhibition include a decorative toilet bowl from Rugby Club, a gentleman’s club in North Street in the 1880s, a tonsil guillotine operated by surgeons at the Hospital of St Cross in the early 19th century, and a pair of scissors belonging to the barber of jet engine inventor Sir Frank Whittle.

Jethro, Benn Hall, Rugby, November 23, 7.30pm
The Cornish comedy favourite performs. Jethro has relentlessly toured
the length and breadth of the land, earning legions of loyal fans along the way. Having begun his career in the pubs of Cornwall where he sang and joked, he went on to release his first tour video in 1993, and in 2015 celebrated the 40th anniversary of the start of his career in comedy.

Christmas lectures, Warwick Arts Centre, starting November 27
Exploding ping pong balls and a generous helping of fireworks are among the spectacles promised at this year’s Christmas Lectures at the University of Warwick.
The annual science extravaganza will cover the topics of ‘energy’ and ‘colour’ and will feature live experiments and explosions performed by a cast of experts from across the university. The first of this year’s events, entitled Pop, Fizz, Bang, takes place on Monday, November 27, where the presenters will investigate energy. Organiser Ally Caldecote said: “Energy is a true superpower – it can’t be created or destroyed, only transferred. We’ll be attempting to show this by experimenting with what happens when you detonate 1,000 ping pong balls using liquid nitrogen.”

Cinderella, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, until January 13
This year’s festive extravaganza is set to be double the fun, with two dames sharing the stage in the role of the Ugly Sisters. Greg Powrie joins Iain Lauchlan in donning their tartan frocks and entertaining hundreds of families.