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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. 
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May Half Term- Green Men and Garlands at the Guildhall – From 25 May 2024 until — 2 Jun 2024

Celebrate May the Tudor way!

Experience Tudor May Day merriment by joining us to celebrate the end of winter and welcoming the renewal of new life and the return of warmth and sunlight (hopefully!)

May day was an important festival for the Tudors, rooted in tradition, it was seen as the first day of summer and was a time to make merry with much feasting and dancing. Nature was celebrated with flowers collected and garlands made symbolising fertility and rebirth.

Join the Guildhall Tudor’s in our Medieval Kitchen from Monday 27th May- Friday 31st May to find out all about the Tudor May Day celebrations and make your own willow crown to mark the joy of the new season.

Throughout the week there will also be a trail to discover the green men throughout the building, decipher their meaning and collect a prize! There will also be an opportunity to make your own pipe cleaner flower bouquets and green men masks for the perfect family friendly day out.

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Candlelight Spring: A Tribute to Coldplay – on Thursday 23rd May. 

🌷 Candlelight concerts bring the magic of a live, multi-sensory musical experience to awe-inspiring locations like never seen before in Coventry. Get your tickets now to discover the music of Coldplay at St Mary’s Guildhall bathed in a lush, floral display dedicated to spring.


📍 Venue: St Mary’s Guildhall
📅 Dates and times: on 23rd May at 5.30pm or 7.30pm. 
⏳ Duration: 60 minutes (doors open 45 mins prior to the start time and late entry is not permitted)
👤 Age requirement: 8 years old or older. Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult
♿ Accessibility: this venue is wheelchair accessible
❓ View the FAQs for this event here

Programme – Clocks, Shiver, Speed of Sound, Trouble, Fix You, Paradise, Something Just Like This, Yellow, My Universe, The Scientist & A Sky Full of Stars. 

Performers – String Quartet – to be announced!

Visit the Candlelight website to book tickets. 

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Candlelight Spring: A Tribute to Taylor Swift

Get your tickets now to discover the music of Taylor Swift at St Mary’s Guildhall bathed in a lush, floral display dedicated to spring.

📅 13th June at 9.30 pm. ⏳ Duration: 60 minutes (doors open 45 mins prior to the start time and late entry is not permitted)

Programme: Love Story, Cardigan, Blank Space, Enchanted, Anti-Hero, Lavender Haze, Fortnight (ft. Post Malone), All Too Well, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, Cruel Summer, But Daddy I Love Him, You Belong With Me, Shake It Off. 

Please visit the Candlelight webpage to find out more. 

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Candlelight Spring: a Tribute to Queen (13th June 2024) 

🌷 Candlelight concerts bring the magic of a live, multi-sensory musical experience to awe-inspiring locations like never seen before in Coventry. Get your tickets now to discover the music of Queen at St Mary´s Guildhall bathed in a lush, floral display dedicated to spring.

📍 Venue: St Mary’s Guildhall
📅 Dates and times: on 13th June at 5.30 pm and 7.30pm. 
⏳ Duration: 60 minutes (doors open 45 mins prior to the start time and late entry is not permitted)
👤 Age requirement: 8 years old or older. Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult
♿ Accessibility: this venue is wheelchair accessible
❓ View the FAQs for this event here

Programme – Somebody to Love, Bohemian Rhapsody, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Killer Queen, Love of My Life, Another One Bites the Dust, I Want to Break Free, We Are the Champions, We Will Rock You, Don’t Stop Me Now, Bicycle Race, Who Wants to Live Forever & The Show Must Go On.

Performers – String quartet – to be announced!

Visit the Candlelight website to book your tickets. 

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Gin tasting event – Friday 21st June at 7pm

Attendees will have the pleasure of meeting a knowledgeable gin enthusiast from ‘The Warwickshire Gin Company’, who will guide them through the intricate botanical profiles of the shop’s gin varieties. Guests will have the delightful opportunity to sample these exquisite selections and savor their distinct flavors. Adding to the charm of the evening, there will be live musical entertainment, and the bar will remain open, offering a variety of drinks for purchase in the inviting atmosphere of the undercroft.

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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 close early at 2pm on 13th June. Additionally, it will be closed all day on Monday 3rd June and Friday 7th June, for private events. The Tales of Tea restaurant will remain open during these times. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Kilo Sale due to take place this Sunday, 26th May, at the Guildhall has now been cancelled. Therefore the Guildhall will be open as usual. We are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused.
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