Check Out The Hall Of Fame


Open at 2-Tone Village, Walsgrave Road, Coventry, the Hall Of Fame Sporting and Musical Memorabilia Shop.

Open all week 10am to 4.30pm, comprising a whole host of sporting and musical memorabilia including a number of Coventry City items.

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Coventry – One Of Eleven In For City Of Culture Bid

Coventry, Hereford, Paisley, Perth, Portsmouth, St David’s and the Hundred of Dewisland, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland, Swansea, Warrington and Wells have all formally entered the competition for the third UK City of Culture.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has today committed £3 million to the holder of the UK City of Culture title from 2021 onwards to boost local heritage.

To unlock the funds the successful bidder will need to demonstrate that their programme is underpinned by heritage and builds on existing investment by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital and Culture, said:

UK City of Culture is a fantastic opportunity for towns and cities to celebrate their creativity and use culture as a catalyst for economic growth.

I am delighted to see so many bids from across the country, showing how many areas recognise the important role culture can play in the development and regeneration of communities.

UK City of Culture helps boost tourism and raises the profile of arts and culture. The exciting funding commitment from the Heritage Lottery Fund today is yet another incentive for towns to secure this prestigious title.

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said:

This list shows there is clearly a great deal of enthusiasm among the UK’s cities for celebrating their unique culture. Heritage, much of which has benefitted over the past 23 years from National Lottery funding, is so important to a city’s identity, as well as making a huge contribution to tourism, jobs and the local economy. Building on the support we have given to Hull 2017, this funding will allow the UK City of Culture 2021 to showcase its heritage to the world.

Hull is the second city to host the title. Its programme includes 365 days of cultural events and, to date, more than 340,000 people have attended the In With A Bang fireworks event and Made In Hull programme. It is estimated that being the UK City of Culture 2017 will deliver a £60 million boost to Hull’s economy this year. The city has also seen a £1 billion investment since winning the title in 2013.

A shortlist of the bidding areas will be announced in the summer before the winning area is announced in December.

Tomorrow Evening – An Evening With Hazel O’Connor

A very special evening with award-winning singer songwriter Hazel O’Connor, joined here by Clare Hirst (Bellestars, Communards, David Bowie) on sax and Sarah Fisher (Eurythmics) on keyboards.

The superb blend of the three voices and stunning musicianship adds a sweet touch of class to their vibrant performance. Live onstage, her unforgettable songs from the iconic film Breaking Glass, which recently celebrated its 35th anniversary, including Eighth Day, Will You, Big Brother, If Only and more seem even more relevant in our present times.

Expect a soulful introspective dip into Hazel’s stunning portfolio, the old and the new. A sumptuous night of some of the greatest songs of the 20th Century delivered with passion and fire.

With a special Meet & Greet immediately after the show you’re in for a treat. Unmissable, book early!

Saturday 4 March 2017

A Fortnight Until The Coventry Beer Festival

The Coventry Beer Festival will be held again this this year at Coventry Rugby Club, the Butts Arena in Spon End. The event, organised by the Coventry & District  branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), has been hosted at this venue since 2006.

The Festival will be held on 17-18th March, generally held in April it had to be brought forward as the venue was not available at a suitable date that month.

Many styles of British traditional ales on offer, ranging from pale bitters to black stouts and porters. All the draught beers for sale will be made from natural ingredients with no artificial additives and some will be vegan friendly.

The organisers are particularly pleased to have persuaded Coventry’s three breweries to brew new beers especially for the Festival:- Twisted

Barrel are supplying the only cask which will ever be produced of their 8.5% Double IPA – their first ever canned beer that will never be available in cask again; Dhillons are providing Red IPA (6.2%); and Byatts are sending Blackfriars Porter and a brand new Munich Pale Ale.

In total, 84 different beers will be on sale, including some from parts of the country from which we rarely see beers in Coventry. This year for the first-time beers have been obtained from artisanal breweries from the north east and the Edinburgh area. Additionally, beers will be available from the south east and south west. There will also be over a dozen beers from highly regarded nationally known

breweries such as Thornbridge and Oakham, and a range of beers from up and coming South Wales breweries e.g. Borough of Neath, Hopcraft and Mantle.

A variety of farmhouse ciders, perries, and fruit wines will be available as well as a selection of foreign bottled beers supplied by the Beer Gonzo off-licence in Earlsdon

Opening times are 12 noon-4pm and 6pmm 11pm on Friday and for the first time ever the Festival will be open all day on Saturday from 12 noon to 11pm .

The Festival supports a different charity each year and this year’s chosen charity is RNLI.

Updates nearer the Festival will be posted on the branch website at and on twitter:@covcamra

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Visit The Coventry Music Museum


Unit 7,
The Courtyard Rear of 74-80 Walsgrave Road

We are open Thursday to Sunday-10.00am to 4.00pm, we are also open on Bank Holiday Mondays.

Admission is £3.00 Adults and £2.00 Children between the ages of 5-15

On a direct bus route to the Ricoh Arena

Coventry famously gave 2-Tone music to the world. Spawning bands like The Specials, The Selecter, Madness and The Beat. 2-Tone music, as influential as it was, is only a small reflection of the vast musical talents that Coventry can lay claim to.

At the Coventry Music Museum, we tell the real story of our musical heritage, going right back to the Roman occupation. We stop along the way at Music Hall, 50’s Rock’ N’ Roll, the 60’s Beat scene and we even have the Lennon Bench, commemorating the famous ‘Acorns for Peace’ event.

There’s the 70’s, when Coventry ruled the charts on both sides of the Atlantic. Our 80’s area celebrates Hazel O’Connor, The Primitives and of course, King.

In the 90’s we go all Bhangra, then we celebrate Dave Willetts in Phantom of the Opera (we even have his original Phantom mask).

Now it’s The Enemy‘s time, with many unique items from Coventry’s hit-makers here on display. Not forgetting new talent, with our Artist of The Month!

Bar and cafe available.

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