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Wilde Creatures presented by Tall Stories

11am & 2pm
Theatre, Warwick Arts Centre
£15.50 (£13.50)
Age suitability: 5+

From the company that brought you The Gruffalo, a motley crew of storytelling musicians bring Oscar Wilde’s classic fairy tales to life in Tall Stories’ magical new show, direct from London’s West End. Characters from The Happy Prince and other stories spring to life as the pompous mayor, the petulant princess and the love-sick student compete to become the new town statue.

Hauntingly beautiful tales for everyone aged 5 – 105, told with original live music and a generous dash of comedy.

“Tall Stories hits the spot with this lively and entertaining show.” ★★★★★ The List

“Richly entertaining and heartening” ★★★★ The Times

“A delight – one of the best Christmas kids’ shows I have seen.” ★★★★ Theatre Cat

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Strut

Lords of Strut: Absolute Legends

12.30pm & 3.30pm
Studio, Warwick Arts Centre
£12 (£10) Under 26s £9
Age suitability: 9+

All their lives they wanted to be famous. To get there they need to make the perfect dance routine, but they need your help.

In this dance fantasy adventure brothers Sean and Seamus rock out some banging moves, run into trouble, have a few tantrums, cause a teensy bit of mayhem and find out if fame is really what they’re looking for after all.

Street Performance World Champions and semi-finalists on Britain’s Got Talent, Lords of Strut deliver a high octane performance, combining dance and athletics and lots of jokes along the way. A rip-roaringly funny family show with lots of audience participation and pantomime moments!

Rip-roaringly funny, fantastically bizarre, and absolute legends!

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Dreams and Visions

Dreams and Visions

4pm
Butterworth, Warwick Arts Centre
£10 (£8)
Age suitability: TBC
Duration: 120mins


Mussorgsky
Pictures at an Exhibition
Handel Messiah

Handel’s Messiah needs little introduction. British classical music audiences have had a love affair with this celebrated oratorio since its premiere in 1742. In this performance, we’ll bring you many of the highlights of this epic work.

The performance will also feature Mussorgsky’s magnificent Pictures at an Exhibition, originally written as a musical memorial to his friend, the artist Viktor Hartmann. Originally a piano piece which has been arranged numerous times, The University of Warwick Symphony Orchestra will play the most famous arrangement by master orchestrator Maurice Ravel.

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trail

Art and Nature Trail

10am - 5pm
Pick up a map at Warwick Arts Centre's Foyer.
FREE
Age suitability: All

Pick up your FREE map from Warwick Art Centre's Foyer and explore campus, looking for sculptures and nature as you go!

You can find out more here.

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Mr Cool 2

Mr Cool

11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm
Arts Centre Plaza
FREE
Age suitability: All

He'll weeble, he'll wobble, but he won't fall down, no matter how many snowballs you throw at him.

Meet Mr Cool, or Dave as he likes to be called, a fun but very insecure giant snowman. He loves to entertain new friends but is prone to having the occasional wobble. Mr Cool is a dynamic and unique addition for any event and is sure to bring a smile to all who meet him.

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Stilts 2

Christmas Stilt Walkers

12pm, 1.30pm, 3pm
Various locations outside
FREE
Age suitability: All

A present, a cracker and a smile! Tinsel and Cracker, the jolly Christmas themed stilt walkers have a big helping of festive fun and are ready to help you get Christmas all wrapped up

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Ding Dong

Dickensian Ding Dong

11am, 12.30pm, 2pm
Various locations outside
FREE
Age suitability: All

A virtuoso strolling musical performance from a giant old-fashioned pram decked in seasonal holly and ivy. Bring on the trumpets! The Jelly Roller toasts in the bleak mid-winter with roaring renditions of your favourite old chestnuts.

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story

Storytelling

11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm (30 minute sessions)
Bookshop (access via Piazza)
FREE. Drop-in
Age suitability: All

Come and join Sue from The Story Museum in Oxford for heart-warming stories from snowy climes, including ‘Nanook the Polar Bear’ and ‘The Snow Queen.’ You can also discover what magic might be hidden inside in her red velvet ‘Once Upon A Time’ sacks.

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football

Football

12pm - 5pm
Fusion
FREE
Age suitability: tbc

Worried about missing the big game? We're screening three matches live in Fusion

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VR1

Virtual Reality Experience: An Introduction to Synthetic Biology

10am-5pm
OC0.01, Oculus
FREE
Age suitability: 7+

What is Synthetic Biology and what can it do for our futures? Come and meet our scientist who will help you explore the world of Synthetic Biology with enlightening end results!

While you are here, find out how scientists reprogramme cells to change their function!

Please note that this activity includes 5 minutes use of VR technology - as regular and sustained use of VR isn’t recommended for children under 13. Participation is at parents discretion.

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bagpipes

Bagpipe Music

10.30am - 10.50am, 12.30pm - 12.50pm & 2.15pm- 2.35pm
Outside (various)
FREE
Age suitability: All

Enjoy a selection of traditional bagpipe tunes throughout the day, performed by George Prentis, a piper from Windsor, currently studying Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick. George has played at events attended by figures such as the Duke of Edinburgh, the current Chancellor of the Exchequer and Sir Cliff Richard and was taught by a former Queen’s Piper.

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acapella

Warwick A Capella

11.45am - 12.15pm & 1.30pm - 2pm
Foyer, Arts Centre
FREE
Age suitability: All

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hub

VIP Tour of Sports Hub

11am - 11.45am & 2pm - 2.45pm
Cryfield village/ Access via Leighfield Road. Sports Hub
FREE. Pre booked tickets only. Book here
Age suitability: 6+

Take an exclusive VIP tour of the new Sport & Wellness Hub before it opens in April 2019, as part of a £49 million investment. You will be issued with a hard hat and hi-vis vest, before a member of the Sports Team will introduce you to the new sports facility that opens its doors to the local community in spring next year.

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mtw

Music Theatre Warwick (MTW)

11am - 11.30am, 1pm - 1.30pm & 2.45pm - 3.15pm
Foyer, Arts Centre
FREE
Age suitability: All

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Star Craft

10am - 1pm & 2pm - 5pm
Fusion, Rootes Building
FREE. Drop-in
Age suitability: All

Join us for some child led crafting activity on the theme of stars. Work with our artists to create something you are proud to take home. We will also have some starry play opportunities for our smallest visitors to enjoy.


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Crystals

Crystal Making

10am - 5pm
Room OC0.01, Oculus
FREE. Drop-in
Age suitability: 4+

Learn how to make your own crystal structures with help from Researchers from our Physics department – and find out why crystals are important for their work.

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land art

Winter Wonderland: Land Art

10am - 3pm
Clay Croft Field 2
FREE
Age suitability: All
Duration: Drop-in

Join the Mead Gallery Team and make your own land art using sticks, twigs, leaves, and other found objects.

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Ginger

Decorate a Gingerbread Man

10am - 5pm
Theatre Bar, Arts Centre (upstairs)
£2.50 each
Age suitability: All
Duration: Drop-in

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face

Face Painters

10am - 1pm & 1.30pm - 5pm

Theatre Bar, Arts Centre (upstairs)

Main Hall, Sports Centre

Foyer, Oculus

Suggested donation: £2

Age suitability: 3+

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Make your own Graduation Cap

10.30am - 1pm & 2.30pm - 5pm
OC0.01, Oculus
FREE. Drop-in
Age suitability: All

A visit to the University campus wouldn’t be complete without your own graduation cap. Join students from the Centre for Lifelong Learning and make a festive themed cap to wear on the day and take home! Grown-ups interested in returning to study can find out about courses and opportunities available at the University for those without formal qualifications.


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PLAY Winter

swimming

Swimming

10am - 5pm
Swimming Pool, Sport Centre
Adults £4, Juniors £2.60
Age suitability: 0+. Children under 12 must be under parental supervision.

Fun splash sessions in the pool with floats and toys.

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Climbing

Climbing

2 - 5pm (30 minute session)
Climbing Centre, Warwick Sport
FREE. Drop-in
Age suitability: 7+

Limited to 8 places per session.

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Games room

Games Room

10am - 5pm
Oculus Building, Room OC0.02
FREE. Drop-in
Age suitability: All

Challenge friends and family to a range of classic board games

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Sensory room

Sensory Room

10am - 5pm
Creative Learning Space, Arts Centre
FREE. Drop-in
Age suitability: 6 months - 8 years. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.

Arty Splats will be bringing tons of messy(ish) Christmas fun for your little ones! We'll have Christmas Playdough, trees to decorate, mix up some magical Reindeer Food (environmentally friendly) and get stuck into our Snow Blizzards and much more!

Lots of festive messy play fun for your little ones. We will definitely be having a White Christmas! Did you know that messy play is fun AND educational for your little ones?

Come and check us out. We'll also have a baby sensory zone, feeding areas and everything to suit the young family.


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celeidh

Cèilidh

12pm - 1pm & 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Helen Martin Studio, Arts Centre
FREE. Book 12pm session here in advance OR pick up tickets for the 2.30pm session from the Information Point from 1pm on the day
Age suitability: 4+

A cèilidh, barn dance or country dance (different names for the same thing) is a great fun way to meet people and even helps to keep you fit. No prior dancing experience is necessary as all the dances are called, and the caller will explain all the dances in detail, and ensure that everyone has great fun no matter how many right and left feet you may have!

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Claycroft

Claycroft Activity Zone

10am - 5pm
Claycroft Field
FREE. Drop-in
Age suitability: All

Looking to burn off some energy? Take a short walk to Claycroft fields and explore the free Activity Zone, kitted out with swings, mini trampolines and a basketball court.

Find out more


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traditional

Traditional Games

10am - 5pm
Main Hall, Sports Centre
FREE. Drop-in
Age suitability: All

Enjoy a selection of traditional family games, including giant noughts and crosses, Jenga, hopscotch, dominoes, snakes and ladders, draughts and Connect 4!

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active

Active Zone

10am - 5pm
Main Hall, Sports Centre
FREE. Drop-in
Age suitability: All

Take part in a range of Christmas games and challenges led by Warwick Sport’s Active Team.

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Wasps Rugby

10am - 5pm
Main Hall, Sports Centre
FREE. Drop-in
Age suitability: All

Join members of the Wasps Rugby Team for a series of rugby related challenges!

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EAT Winter

 


Eat

Food Market

10am - 5pm
Piazza
Various

More information to follow

Cafe Bar

10am - 5pm
Warwick Arts Centre
Various

A cafe right at the heart of one of the largest multi-artform venues in the UK. With plenty of seating, it's a great place to watch the world go by or meet with friends to enjoy a drink or snack. Cafe Bar is renowned for its selection of tempting cakes and pastries. They also serve sandwiches, sushi and hot food, including jacket potatoes, soup and curry style dishes. To accompany your food you can choose from a selection of cold beverages, premium teas and hand crafted barista coffee. Find out more

Fusion

tbc
Fusion, Rootes Building
Various

Fusion will be serving a kids menu throughout the day. Full details to follow.

Find out more

Rootes Grocery Store

11am - 5pm
Rootes Grocery Store

A convenience store offering choice and quality, right in the heart of campus. Stocking a have a huge range of lunchtime options including sandwiches, hot grab-and-go food and a range of snacks.

Find out more here.

Indoor Picnic Area

10am - 5pm
Theatre Bar, Arts Centre (upstairs)

Bring your own packed lunches and enjoy them in our dedicated indoor picnic area.