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We're pleased to announce our full programme of art, craft and sports activities!

Search the listing below or download a map and schedule. You can also pick up a free map from our Information Point on the day.




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CArnival of the Animals

Carnival of the Animals presented by Fingers and Thumb Theatre

11am & 1pm
Helen Martin Studio, Warwick Arts Centre
£12.25 (£10.25)
Age suitability: 4+

Using the music that Camille Saint-Saëns composed, Drew Colby (in a collaboration with concert pianist Sarah Kershaw) takes the composer’s musings one step further and imagines what the animals would look like if they were created using just two hands and a light. The Carnival of the Animals has captivated audiences young and old across the UK, and in Israel, Turkey and Germany since its premiere in Yorkshire in 2016.

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Films

Family Films

Various times (see below)
Cinema, Warwick Arts Centre
FREE. Drop-in
Age suitability: All

We're screening FREE family films throughout the day in our cinema. There's no need to book, just turn up!

Lost and Found + Shaun the Sheep: Shaun the Farmer episode

  • 10-10.30am
  • 11.30am-12pm
  • 1-1.30pm
  • 2.30-3pm

Wallace and Gromit: A Grand Day Out +
Shaun the Sheep: Sheep on the Loose episode

  • 10.35-11.05am
  • 12.05-12.35pm
  • 1.35-2.05pm
  • 3.05-3.35pm

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John Piper

John Piper Exhibition

10am - 9pm
Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre
FREE entry
Age suitability: All

John Piper was a major contributor to the changing cultural landscape of twentieth century Coventry. This free exhibition presents a range of his life’s work, including paintings, drawing and three dimensional objects.

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Cricketers

The Cricketers

11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm
Various sites across campus.
FREE
Age suitability: All

Join The Cricketers as they prepare for a spot of top-notch urban sporting activity. Expect Googlies and the odd LBW, possibly a Dibbly Dobbly and almost certainly a Sticky Wicket once the authorities get involved. Rain will most certainly not stop play.

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Egg

Professors Egg & Egg

10am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm
Tour starts at the Information Desk
FREE. Drop-in
Age suitability: All

BREAKING NEWS… Just when we thought it was safe to brave the crafty crafts, the gluey fingers and intriguing performances that welcome you at Warwick Arts Centre's Family Day - a new and shocking discovery has been made which could change everything!

A never before discovered archaeological site has been uncovered right under our feet. A strange and intriguing egg has been unearthed and no one has any idea how it got there or what was inside. But what we do know is that it's alive and on the loose!

There’s only one thing to do and that’s to call… (no, not the ghostbusters!) Professors Egg & Egg, the world’s most knowledgeable and heroic dinosaur egg-sperts! Join the pair on their strange journey to discover more about Warwick’s very own dinosaur, how it came to be here and what to look out for on the search to find it.

Professors Egg & Egg will be onsite answering big questions about the past, helping us understanding the ins and outs of palaeontology and the lessons that can be learnt from fossils from times gone by. With egg puns a plenty and loads of chances to get hands on, it's going to be truly egg-cellent.

So come along if you dare, see the rarest living fossil ever found and try to catch a glimpse of the Conchovenasinoraptor itself!

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Music Stage

11am - 5pm
Arts Centre Plaza
FREE
Age suitability: All

Our Music Stage will play host to local bands and acts throughout the day, including Rock Choir, The Hudson Dukes, Phase One Steel Band and Feeling Saxy.

Here's the schedule:

11am-11.45am: Rock Choir
12pm-12.40pm: The Hudson Dukes Trio Set 1
1pm-1.45pm: Phase One Steel Band Set 1
1.50pm-2.30pm: The Hudson Dukes Trio Set 2
2.35pm-3.15pm: Phase One Steel Band Set 2
3.30pm-4pm: Feeling Saxy (student band)
4.10pm-4.50pm: The Hudson Dukes TrioSet 3

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IMC Machine Hall Tour

10am, 10.30am, 11am, 11.30am, 12pm, 12.30pm, 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm (20 minute sessions)
Machine Hall, WMG
FREE: Book your space on the tour at WMG's Reception Desk
Age suitability: 5+

Come and see how products are made out of a range of materials including metal, plastic and composite materials. Visit the undergraduate student projects area to see current projects (Warwick Racing, Mobile Robotics, etc), see an industrial metal milling machine in action, and visit the scanning electron microscope to see bugs in close up.

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Sim

Simulator Demos

12pm, 12.20pm & 12.40pm
IMC Workshop, WMG
FREE. Book your session via WMG Receptions Desk
Age suitability: 10+

Go on a virtual tour of campus in the full size vehicle simulator. The simulator enables the safe testing of autonomous vehicles.

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sub

Warwick Sub

10am-3pm
Sports Centre car park
FREE. Drop-in
Age suitability: All

The team are undergraduate engineering students and the challenge is to design and build a human powered submarine. Find out more about their project, and explore why buoyancy and the shape of the sub are so important when travelling through water.

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Visualisation Suite: Power Wall & Dodo

12pm, 1pm, 2pm (15 minute session)
Visualisation Area, WMG
FREE: Book your session via WMG's Reception
Age suitability: 5+

More information to follow

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I Spy a Bug's Eye!

10am-3pm (15 minute session)
Buehler Lab, WMG
FREE. Drop-in
Age suitability: 5+

Take a closer look at insects using powerful desktop scanning electron microscopes!

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Treasure Hunt

10am-5pm
Collect you treasure hunt map from the Family Day Information Desk.
FREE
Age suitability: All

Can you find the colours in our Family Day venues to tranform your picture - and win a lollipop!

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Sketching

 Sketching in the Mead Gallery

12pm-5pm
Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre
FREE. Drop-in
Age suitability: 3+

Chill out in the gallery and do some sketching.

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Giant Beach Collage

Giant Beach Collage

10am-5pm
Oculus Field
FREE. Drop-in
Age suitability: 3+

Help us create a large scale beach collage using materials you would find at the seaside. Be inspired by John Piper's collages in the Mead Gallery.

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Stained Glass

Stained Glass Window Workshop

10am-5pm
Upper Foyer, Warwick Arts Centre
FREE. Drop-in
Age suitability: 3+

Help us to make a stained glass window, inspired by the John Piper exhibition.

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The Goose Nest Experience

Backstage Theatre Experience presented by Warwick Arts Centre's Technical Team

11.15am-12pm, 1.15-2pm & 3.15-4pm
The Goose Nest, Warwick Arts Centre
FREE
Age suitability: 4+

Join Warwick Arts Centre's technical team and see how lighting, sound and other effects can make the four seasons come alive on stage.



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Puppet Studio 

10am-5pm
Pit Stop Cafe, WMG
FREE. Drop-in
Age suitability: 3-12

Whether you’ve been inspired by ‘Carnival of the Animals’ or simply the great outdoors around campus, come and create and perform with your own puppet in Warwick Arts Centre’s crafting activity, based in the WMG's IMC building. There will be a variety of materials and different types of puppetry on offer, from finger puppets to more complex mechanisms or you could even try your hand at shadow puppetry.

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Infuse

Dance>Create>Capture

10-11am Workshop 1
11.30am-12.30pm Workshop 2
1.30-2.30pm Workshop 3
3-4pm Workshop 4
Studio, Sports Centre
FREE. Sign up at the Family Day Information Desk
Age suitability: 6+

Get the whole family moving with a dance warm up followed by the chance to create their own unique dance photo, given to you as a Polaroid keepsake to take away at the end of the workshop. Images created will also be printed to form part of a gallery within the arts centre. Each workshop will last for one hour and consist of a dance warm up followed by creative dance photography work.

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face painting

Face Painting 

10am-5pm
Oculus
3 per face
Age suitability: 3+

Join our Face Painters in the Oculus to transform yourself into wild and fantastic creatures. Available throughout the day!

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Cupcake

 Decorate a Cupcake

10am-5pm
Lower Foyer, Arts Centre
£2.50 per cake. Includes finger puppet
Age suitability: tbc

Design (and eat!) your own cupcake inspired by the Carnival of Animals theatre show - and take away a felt finger puppet.

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Pond Slime Making Workshop

10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm (30 minute sessions)
IMC Student Area, Ground Floor, WMG
FREE. Drop-in
Age suitability: 4+. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

More information to follow!

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CAD

Design Your Own Ice Cream / Boat using CAD

10am-12.30pm & 1pm-3.30pm
IMC Phase 3 Area, WMG
FREE. Drop-in
Age suitability: 8+

Design your own ice cream, lolly or boat using computer aided design.

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Egg Drop

Egg Drop

10.30am, 11am, 11.30am, 12pm, 12.30pm, 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm
Reception, WMG
FREE. Drop-in
Age suitability: 7-12

Will Eggbert survive the dreaded egg drop (eggsecution?). Create a crash structure to protect your egg. Crash structures saves lives, modern cars are designed with crash zones to absorb energy helping to ensure people can survive car accidents.

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rocket

Build a Rocket

10am-3pm

Outside, WMG
FREE. Drop-in
Age suitability: 5+

Design, build and launch your own rocket!

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Sound Capture Workshop

10am-5pm
OC0.04 FREE.
FREE. Drop-in
Age suitability: 3-12

Join sound artist Dave Holland to create a Family Day soundscape. You will be able to go out and about collecting sounds and then join us throughout the day to hear what Family Day sounds like on an interactive map.


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Play

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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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Tennis

Tennis

10am - 2pm
Piazza
FREE. Drop-in
Age suitability: 3+

Test out your serve, forehand and backhand on our outdoor court. Challenge your kids or parents to a friendly game, or see how long you can keep a rally going.

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Archery

Archery

10am - 5pm
Oculus Field
FREE. Drop-in
Age suitability: 3+

Pick up a bow an arrow and test your skills in our free archery sessions.

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Climbing

Climbing

2 - 5pm (30 minute session)
Climbing Centre, Warwick Sport
FREE. Book sessions at the Sports Centre’s Reception
Age suitability: 7+

Scale our mountain and reach dizzying heights! The sessions will be run by our fully qualified Bear Cub Club instructors. Our Bear Cubs Club offers a great pathway for budding mountaineers to continue to have fun, build their flexibility, overall balance and coordination skills as well as learn the importance of practicing safe climbing.

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Crazy Catch and Activate Challenges

10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm (30 minute sessions)
Sports Hall, Sports Centre
FREE. Drop-in
Age suitability: 3+

If playing just one sport or activity isn’t your thing and you would like a real pick and mix of fabulous activities to try, join us. Our unique sessions have been specifically designed to ensure that we activate your body and inspire your mind, whilst having lots of fun and getting truly creative too!

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Dodge Ball

Dodgeball

10.30am & 2.30pm (30 minute sessions)
Sports Hall, Sports Centre
FREE. Book sessions at the Sports Centre’s Reception
Age suitability: 5+

Enjoy a classic game of dodgeball against your friends and family and knock all of your opponents "out" of the game without being eliminated yourself.

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Cricket

Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy Session

11.30am & 3.30pm (30 minute sessions)
Sports Hall, Sports Centre
FREE. Book sessions at the Sports Centre’s Reception
Age suitability: 5-16 year olds

AFCA is for boys and girls aged between 5-16 years old. Whether it’s your first experiences of cricket or you are a representative player, you will have fun, improve and be challenged on the day. 

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NBF

Netball Fever

12.30pm & 4.30pm (30 minute sessions)
Sports Hall, Sports Centre
FREE. Book sessions at the Sports Centre’s Reception
Age suitability: 5+

Whether you are new and want to enjoy your first experiences of netball or have played a level of netball before, this session is designed for all children to benefit, enjoy and develop their game in a fun and safe learning environment.

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Hockey Masterclass

1.30pm (30 minute session)
Sports Hall, Sports Centre
FREE. Book sessions at the Sports Centre’s Reception
Age suitability: 5+

Whether you are new and want to enjoy your first hockey experiences or have played before, our coaching programme is designed for everyone to benefit, enjoy and develop their game in a fun and safe learning environment.

The HMC coaching programme has been designed to ensure that all ages and abilities will have fun and learn through fun skills and games. Our experienced and NGB qualified coaches deliver the exciting programme in a fun and safe environment.

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Sensory

Roxy & Rita's Rural Emporium (Sensory Space)

10am - 5pm
National Grid Room (NGR), Warwick Arts Centre
FREE. Drop-in
Age suitability: under 6s

A sensory space for babies and others who need a quieter time.

Roll up, roll up for all the sounds, sights and sensory delights of Britain's beautiful countryside! Join Roxy and Rita for a dawdling whistle-stop tour of our rolling hills and brilliant beaches: duck into a calming cave, listen to the waves lapping on the salt-sea shore or roll around in a meadow full of flowers, in this gentle, immersive chill-out space for 0-6s. Cloud Cuckoo Land creates participatory theatre and installations which put children at the heart of the story. Find out more at www.cloudcuckooclub.com.

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Oobleck

Oobleck Workshop

10am-5pm
IMC Student Area, WMG

FREE. Drop-in
Age suitability: All

Is it liquid or solid? Explore the unusual properties of Oobleck. In a container it flows, but when hit – it becomes solid and breaks into pieces!

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Robot

Custard and Cream, Atlas & Balancing Robots

11am-12pm & 1pm-3pm
Reception, WMG
FREE. Drop-in
Age suitability: All

Come and meet the talented robots at Warwick Mobile Robotics. Their urban search and rescue robots are designed to locate survivors in hazardous environments, such as earthquake disaster zones.

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Games room

Games Room

10am - 5pm
OC1.08, Oculus
FREE. Drop-in
Age suitability: All

Challenge friends and family to a range of classic board games

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Lego

Lego EV3 Mindstorm and Maze

11am-1pm (15 minute sessions)
Student Amenity Area, WMG
FREE. Book your space on the session at WMG's Reception Desk
Age suitability: All

From start to finish - will your autonomous robot stay on track to get to the finish line?

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VR

Virtual Reality

10am-2pm (10 minute session)
IMC Auditorium 002, First Floor Room, WMG
FREE. Book your session at WMG's Reception Desk
Age suitability: 5+

Explore virtual worlds!

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Race Car Simulator

10am-3pm
Reception, WMG
FREE. Drop-in
Age suitability: All

Check-out our F3 racing simulator! How fast can you drive around the racetrack?

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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.

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Cafe Oculus

10am - 3pm
Oculus
Various. Please note: this cafe is a cashless environment for a speedy service

An open and spacious cafe in the centre of The Oculus atrium. There is a seating area in front of large glass frontage with other seating options throughout the atrium. Coffee is served by barista trained staff and there is a good selection of vegetarian and vegan food, snacks and other items - as well as a selection of tempting cakes, healthy snacks, fruit and porridge.

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