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Events and activities with a difference  


Our fantastic range of events and activities have something for all the family to enjoy. From immersive children’s Knight training workshops to hands on living history days, there is so much to enjoy throughout the year at St Mary’s Guildhall. 

Summer at St Mary’s Guildhall 
20th July – 1st September  


Unlock the Mysteries of Dragons, Birds of Prey, and Tudors this summer at St Mary’s Guildhall! 

Join us for Tudor Tuesdays, featuring two unique sessions that immerse you in the fascinating world of the Tudors. Don’t miss out on these exciting summer experiences!


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Tudor Tuesdays – Tudor Medicine 

Dive into the intriguing practices of Tudor medicine.

  • Learn about the contents and uses of a Tudor herb chest.
  • Enjoy exploring Tudor medicinal practices.
  • Get hands-on with fun and creative crafts.

Dates: 23rd July and 6th & 20th August. 

Come and experience the rich history of the Tudor era through these interactive sessions. Perfect for families and history enthusiasts alike!

Included in the standard visitor entry ticket. *GO CV card holder discount available. 

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Birds of Prey in Tudor England 

On the 2nd of August, don’t miss our special birds of prey. Get up close with 6 magnificent birds of prey in the Great Hall and learn about their historical significance as symbols of power, wealth, and royalty.

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Let there be dragons!  Interactive Dragon Taming experience

Celebrate the bank holiday on Monday, 26th August, with our exciting new immersive dragon experience. Join our valiant Dragon Trainer as they take you on a never-before-seen journey through the Guildhall’s legendary past. Along the way, you’ll hear valiant tales and learn what it takes to become a dragon tamer while also meeting some legendary friends.

All before you come face to face with a full-sized dragon which has nested here in Coventry! Featuring lifelike puppets and an actor-led adventure, explore the Guildhall and hunt for real dragons.

Willow Weaving Workshops

Have you ever fancied having a go at willow weaving? Now is your chance to learn all about the historic art of willow weaving and create your own handcrafted bird feeder and cornucopia (suitable for multiple purpose such as hanging plants)

We will be hosting two willow weaving workshops in the unique historic surroundings of St Mary’s Guildhall in the heart of Coventry.

Get hands on and try out a new craft in our two hour workshop hosted by our two experienced willow weavers who will guide you through every step. All materials and equipment supplied.

This event is recommended for participants aged a minimum of 14 years +.

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Dragon Themed Activities

Throughout the summer holidays, join our family-friendly dragon-themed history tours available on Thursdays and Saturdays at 11 AM and 2.30 PM.

Enjoy dragon-themed crafts and embark on our children’s trail to uncover more hidden treasures.

Included in the standard visitor entry ticket. *GO CV card holder discount available. Subject to availability. 

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Nelly a folk musical – held on 7th September 2024

Do The Write Thing presents, Nelly-A Folk Musical.
 
In Restoration England, Nell Gwynne became the most famous woman alive. Theatre is all about storytelling. Folk music is all about storytelling. And Nell Gwynne-what a story! Born into poverty the young Nelly was a cinder girl, a fish hawker, an orange seller but became the leading comedy actress of her day.
 
She is perhaps best known to history as the mistress of Charles II. But is really known to us because she was funny. Samuel Pepys called her “pretty witty Nell”. Playwrights, poets and politicians – the sharpest minds courted her and were part of her “merry gang”.
This is a colourful story, funny and moving, performed by actors Emily Jane Brooks (Nelly) and Conor Lynam (Charles II and all male roles.) Suitable for 12+ some adult themes and fruity language!
 
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A Tale of Two Tapestries Groups Tour at St Mary’s Guildhall Coventry & Coventry Cathedral. July 8th,  16th September and   7th October 2024

Visitors on this special combined tour will have the chance to marvel at two of Europe’s most remarkable tapestries and uncover centuries of captivating history.

Situated in the vibrant heart of Coventry’s Cathedral Quarter, St Mary’s Guildhall is inviting guests to embark on a journey through seven centuries of rich history with its immersive history-inspired experience – the Tale of Two Tapestries.

The 1 hour and 15 minute guided tour combines a visit to St Mary’s Guildhall Coventry and the world-famous Coventry Cathedral, offering a unique opportunity to discover the rich history of two extraordinary tapestries: the largest tapestry in Europe located in Coventry Cathedral, and the Coventry Tapestry, the oldest tapestry still in its original place after 500 years.

Explore the intricate craftwork and vibrant colours which have stood the test of time, with expert guides revealing enchanting stories woven into the fabric of the two masterpieces, as well as their historical and spiritual significance.

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Scrooge’s Spirit – Daytime show – 4th Dec  & 12 Dec 2024

Join us on Dec 4th and 12th at St Mary’s Guildhall and step into the past this holiday season with Scrooge’s Spirit: A Festive Journey Through Dickensian Coventry 🎩 

Visit St Mary’s Guildhall for a captivating one-man performance of “A Christmas Carol” and Witness Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformation in this 45 minute 1 man show as you immerse yourself in the timeless tale. Plus discover the enchanting world of Charles Dickens and Coventry with historical context to enrich your experience. 
 
A glass of mulled wine and a mince pie is included and perfectly complements your theatrical journey into the festive spirit. Tickets also include 30 minutes after the show for visitors to explore the guildhall. Shows are available at 11 AM and 2 PM.
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Christmas tours & Tudors 11th & 17th December 2024

Step into the enchanting holiday atmosphere at St Mary’s Guildhall, adorned in festive splendour, on December 11th and 17th. Embark on a seasonal, guided tour of this historic 700-year-old building, where knowledgeable guides will regale you with tales of Christmas traditions throughout the ages. Immerse yourself in the Christmas charm of the Guildhall, featuring breathtaking decorations, real trees, twinkling lights, and the invigorating scent of evergreen. 

Don’t miss the chance to witness the Guildhall Tudors in action in the Medieval Kitchen, as they prepare for the 12 days of Christmas giving visitors an insight into seasonal feasts and games from the Tudor period.
 
Tours are at 10 am and 11 am on 11th and 17th December 2024. 
 
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Storytelling with Father Christmas

Join Father Christmas for a seasonal story in the great hall, gingerbread decorating in the medieval kitchen, plus enjoy exploring the specular historical rooms along with a range of children’s crafts at the beautifully festively decorated venue.

Selected Saturday dates in November and December: 30th November, 7th December, 21st December and 23rd December.

This experience will be around an hour long.

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Discover our Christmas Events Calendar

Experience festive fun and winter wamring delights.

Celebrate the festive season and explore the lavishly decorated St Mary’s Guildhall. Marvel at the beautifully bedecked medieval building, enjoy storytelling with Father Christmas and even be transported back in time with our special Victorian Christmas experience complete with Dickensian yuletide cheer.
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Please note: the Guildhall will be closed on 17th July, for a private event. The Tales of Tea restaurant will remain open during this time. Please note on Saturday 13th July we are having a Wedding Open Day and on 18th July we are holding a Corporate Open Day. During these days we are not open for guided tours or the standard visitor entry. Follow the learn more tab to register to attend the Wedding Open Day. On 3rd August the Guildhall & the Tales of Tea restaurant will be closed for a private event.
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