Summer in Coventry
Get ready to explore the heart of Coventry this summer! Coventry City Centre is bursting with excitement and has an array of fantastic things to see and do. From stunning architecture and fascinating cultural sites to mouthwatering food and fantastic shopping, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re a history buff, a shopaholic, or a food lover, Coventry City Centre is the place to be this season. Join us as we uncover the best activities and attractions that will make your summer in Coventry unforgettable!
West Orchards Dinosaurs
Jurassic chaos has erupted! The dinosaurs have escaped and are roaming around Coventry! West Orchards need YOUR help to find them!
Are you up for the challenge? Join West Orchards between Saturday 22nd July and Sunday 10th September, grab a Dino Trail Passport and hunt them down for the chance to be entered into a competition to win £100.
The Dino Trail launches on Saturday 22nd July, the team at West Orchards have some very special guests joining explorers between 11am-2pm so pop down to join in the fun.
Throughout the summer you’ll also find a host of FREE activities in the shopping centre every Wednesday. These can be found below…
Wednesday 26th July – Dinosaur Craft Activities
Wednesday 2nd August – Face painting – 1-4pm
Wednesday 9th August – Dinosaur Craft Activities
Wednesday 16th August – Face Painting – 1-4pm
Wednesday 23rd August – Face Painting – 1-4pm
Wednesday 30th August – Dinosaur Craft Activities – 11am-2pm
Join West Orchards shopping centre for some Roarsome FREE fun this summer! Find out more: https://www.westorchards.co.uk/events/dino-trail/
St Mary’s Guildhall
Join the team for music and merriment during the school summer holidays at St Mary’s Guildhall.
On Wednesdays throughout the holidays children can join Jester School and learn the skills needed to entertain a Tudor King or Queen with hands on activities such as juggling, hula hooping and plate spinning!
Tudor Living History sessions will also be held in the medieval kitchen every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the summer school holidays including music, Tudor games and dancing.
Find out more and book here.
Large in size and keen in nature, Zog is eager to win a golden star at Madam Dragon’s school, where dragons learn all the things that dragons need to know.
Zog tries so very hard, perhaps too hard, and he bumps, burns and roars his way through years one, two and three. Luckily, the plucky Princess Pearl patches him up ready to face his biggest challenge yet… a duel with knight, Sir Gadabout the Great!
The smash-hit stage adaptation from Freckle Productions (the team behind Zog and the Flying Doctors and Stick Man) is back at The Belgrade Theatre and promises to be bigger, brighter and more roar-some than ever before! With lively songs from Joe Stilgoe and directed by Emma Kilbey, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved Zog is a magical production for all ages.
Find out more and book: https://www.belgrade.co.uk/events/zog
There’ll be fun to be had at Belgrade Plaza over the Summer with the team putting on some FREE Children’s Craft Workshops. These will be running on 22nd and 23rd August, so why not drop by anytime between 11am – 4pm (no pre-booking required).
Our Summer HQ will be located in a marquee on the grass area outside the theatre. This summer they’ll be off to the seaside – creating some lovely sea inspired crafts. So, bring your little ones along to join in with the fun!
PLUS, pick up a colouring sheet on the day to enter our competition for a chance to win a tasty food voucher for one of our restaurants.
Dippy at Herbert
Meet Dippy the world-famous dino-star in Coventry as it takes up residence at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum.
Dippy the dinosaur is a life-size replica of a Diplodocus carnegii skeleton – a 26 metre-long dinosaur that lived 155-145 million years ago. For over 100 years, Dippy has been delighting visitors of all ages at the Natural History Museum in London, and now Coventry families have the chance to discover the Jurassic giant on their doorstep.
Dippy in Coventry: The Nation’s Favourite Dinosaur is free to visit – visit now for a roar-some day out!
Find out more and book: https://dippyincoventry.co.uk/
Perfect for the summer season full of sunshine, The Coventry Wave offers a great day out for the whole family, big and small!
From high-speed slides and a fun-packed splash zone to the exhilarating Wave Pool and relaxing Lazy River… There’s something for thrill, spill and chill seekers of all ages to enjoy. Why not cool off on one of the lightning-fast slides or relax and take it easy in the relaxing lazy river! If you’re ready to ride the wave, head to The Wave this Summer.
Find out more and book: https://bookings.thewavecoventry.com/
Sports Fest the FREE six-day event will be back in Broadgate from Tuesday 25 July – Sunday 30 July.
As always, Sports Fest will feature a wide range of sports and wellbeing activities that are suitable for all ages and abilities.
Sports Fest falls perfectly in the summer holidays, with activities running from 10am – 4pm each day in Coventry city centre.
Local sports clubs and organisations will be at the event, showcasing their skills and offering opportunities to get involved along with National Governing Bodies.
Cheerleading, judo, rugby, table tennis and goal ball are all on the sporty schedule for the week.
Created with dedication and passion, Heavenly Desserts menu has been ‘Made with Love’ creating Heavenly moments for all who visit as the UK’s Number One Dessert Restaurant which makes for the perfect stop on your journey across the Coventry City Centre.
Designed to delight your senses, the menu only the finest ingredients. With flavours ranging from classic to contemporary, our desserts deliver a dining experience like no other.
From signature dishes such as the Croffle, to experimental dessert tapas inspired from all corners of the world, Heavenly Desserts offers a winning experience full of deliciously tempting treats for all.
Find out more: https://www.heavenlydesserts.co.uk/stores/coventry
Boom Battle Bar
For the whole family, the Boom Battle Bar’s family games package is the perfect activity to keep everyone entertained throughout august.
Choose your 3 games, from shuffleboard, Augmented Reality Darts, American Pool, Crazier Golf and Pin Pong for hours of fun at the battleground – excluding Axe Throwing – and let the entertainment begin!
Gather the family from July 26th – August 31st 12pm-7pm this Summer and get booked on for a day of thrilling excitement to get your adrenaline pumping.
Find out more and book: https://boombattlebar.com/uk/coventry/social-events/family-boom-package/
Ballroom Climbing Wall
The Ballroom Climbing Wall is a dedicated bouldering centre for all abilities in Coventry, a place where anyone aged 5+ can come and give bouldering a go.
The team take pride in the fact we have over 200 bouldering routes across 700sqm of climbing surface, created by the country’s best climbers and setters.
Climbing is growing in popularity with kids, it is a great way to make family memories, new friends, exercise, gain confidence and generally have a great time.
The Ballroom Climbing Wall offers supervised climbing for kids as young as 5. Anyone under the age of 18 will need to have an adult supervisor (18+).
Find out more and book: https://www.ballroomclimbing.co.uk/
Round up the kids! Grab some popcorn! And get ready to explore new worlds together. You’ll find a film that’s brilliant fun for the whole family at The ODEON Cinema Coventry.
Their great value tickets give you even more reasons to visit your local ODEON. Enjoy great value with Adult and Child tickets, where the adults pay kids prices!
Whether it’s just you and the little one, or the whole family, our great value tickets give you even more reasons to visit the big screen together.
See family films for less on Saturday and Sunday mornings, and every day during school holidays* with ODEON Kids.
Fargo Village – Teach Rex
Teach Rex is coming back to The Box at FarGo Village!
After receiving over 2000 5* reviews for their events and selling out The Box @ Fargo Village three previous times, the award winning Teach Rex team are delighted to be bringing this unique, interactive show back to the families of Coventry on the first week of the summer holidays!
Teach Rex uses life-like dinosaurs to perform their 1-hour show, teaching children about the anatomy and life of one the most mesmerizing creatures that have ever roamed our planet. The show is teamed with effects, music and gives children and their families the chance to get up close and personal with these fantastic, realistic beasts.
Children will be greeted by baby dinosaurs and given a ‘Dino Booklet’ which includes a variety of educational activities. You will also be provided with coloured crayons, all that is included in the price of a ticket, in this educational experience delivered by teachers.
The new show will delve into the jaws of one of the most iconic dinosaurs to ever roam the world, the TREX! Delivered by primary school teachers, the team will take the audience on an interactive, prehistoric journey, pinpointing misconceptions surrounding the velociraptor and the audience will learn how this iconic beast would have actually looked. Meet various TREXS and a velociraptor, giving the audience a realistic insight into these fascinating creatures.
The show is suitable for children of all ages (3+ recommended) and has even proven to be extremely popular with adults. The educational part of the show runs for approximately 45 minutes followed by a dinosaur meet and greet when families can get photographs next to the beasts whilst enjoying a dance.
Find out more and book: TREX show @ Fargo Village,The Box – Coventry – Friday 28th July at The Box At Fargo Village
Lower Precinct Space Science
Join the Lower Precinct in Summer holidays for a Summer of space science fun! Every Saturday throughout August from 11am until 3pm, enjoy a fun-filled day of activities and experiments.
Saturday 5th August – Come along to ‘Professor Zoom’s Laboratory’, where you can be a boffin and explore science fun in a hands-on workshop.
Saturday 12th August – Join us in our eco-friendly science themed workshop, where your little ones can get in tune with their inner artistic self.
Saturday 19th August – Take part in the Lower Precinct food laboratory workshop, where the aim is to extend children’s understanding of kitchen science with fun experiments (whilst of course wearing a lab coat and goggles).
Saturday 26th August – Join Madam Moon in the Star Laboratory, where your little ones can take on star scrabble and a DIY rocket launch, just to name a few.
Just as a parent reminder, some of the activities can be messy!
Star Pupil Awards
The Lower Precinct believe that every school year is filled with extraordinary individuals who deserve to be recognised for their achievements and contributions. The Star Pupil Awards are aimed at honouring those outstanding students who have gone above and beyond during the 2022-2023 academic year.
The categories are:
Top of the Class 22-23 – Do you know a student who shines and sets an example for their peers?
Rising Star Award 22-23 – Have you witnessed someone who has put their heart and soul into achieving something special this year?
Buddy Award 22-23 – Have you come across a student who constantly looks out for others, putting their classmates’ well-being and needs before their own?
Nominate here by filling out the form telling the team why you think your superstar deserves recognition, what’s more, is that if they are successful they will win a back to school bundle just in time for the new school year!
If you’re looking to get ready for Back To School check out all the stores here in the city centre.