What’s on in… the West of England
Chris Ramsey

Choosing something to keep you all entertained can be a difficult process, especially if you’ve got a really eclectic range of interests. One of you might be into football, another ballet, maybe even going to the theatre, but one thing is for certain – there’s always something on somewhere near you.

To make things a little easier for you, here’s a brief guide to just some of the exciting events happening around the west of England in the coming weeks.

Chris Ramsey
Chris Ramsey is at Warwick Arts Centre on Sunday

Comedy

There are several great acts hitting the West Midlands in the next few weeks…

Local comedian – Greg Davies, famous for his roll as the headteacher in The Inbetweeners – performs at the Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury on Sunday (25 Nov).

Up and coming Geordie comic Chris Ramsey performs at the Warwick Arts Centre on Sunday (25 Nov), while a more established act, one Jimmy Carr, entertains the crowd at the same venue on 30th November.

Welsh funny man Rhod Gilbert continues his tour of the UK in Wolverhampton, appearing at the Civic Hall on 7th December.

Music

There are loads of great acts on tour at the moment, coming to a venue near you…

Elbow are at the National Indoor Arena on 28th November, The Vaccines play the O2 Academy on the 29th or for a bit more “up tempo” dance music, Chase and Status are playing a DJ set at Kasbah in Coventry on 5th December.

Pop star-turned-reality TV regular Peter Andre continues his Up Close and Personal Tour at the NIA on 6th December, and on the same night Band of Skulls are at the HMV Institute in Birmingham.

Mumford and Sons are back and touring, playing at the LG Arena on Friday 7th December.

Days Out

If sitting in an audience or jumping around at a gig aren’t your kind of thing – or maybe you just fancy a change – there are tons of great locations around the West Midlands to go and see.

For thrill-seekers among you, there’s Alton Towers in Staffordshire. A theme park known for it’s adrenaline-pumping rides and scary rollercoasters, Alton Towers is one of the most famous parks in the UK.

For something a little more subdued and educational, the Black Country Museum is always a great option, providing you all with a look back in time to see how we all once lived.

For the sporty people looking for a new day out, what about Cheltenham Racecourse. Horse Racing is one of the most popular sports in the UK with thousands of people attending race meetings, getting dressed for the occasion and feeling the buzz as your favourite comes across the line.

Family

You might be looking for something you can do as a family, getting away from the television on a cold, wet weekend and doing something you can remember for a long time to come.

For the chocolate lovers among you – Cadbury World in Birmingham is a must. Given the opportunity to explore the Purple Planet – an interactive exhibition – you can see yourself moulded in chocolate, showered with chocolate buttons and much more; while Essence reveals some of the great secrets of the Cadbury brand.