Made in Burton Green

Warwickshire Open Studios marks its 14th Anniversary this year, with a series of events from 28 June to Sunday 13 July, the nearest of which takes place in Burton Green next weekend (from Saturday 28th to Sunday 29th June 2014).  It has grown to become the biggest exhibition of unique and original art and craft with over 320 artists and makers in 144 venues in and around the towns and villages of our leafy county.


From painting to printmaking and photography, there’s lots on offer for every taste and budget. Entry is free to all venues. You can speak to artists and makers to find out more about their craft with many offering demonstrations and workshops.


‘Made in Burton Green 2014’ is a community arts project that celebrates arts and crafts in the local community and showcases the creative talents of residents, with the outdoor exhibits remaining in situ until 13 July.


This year’s event will incorporate an exhibition, a scarecrow competition and yarn-bombing, and visitors can enjoy them all with a short circular walk taking in the Kenilworth Greenway and the National Grid Wood.


The exhibition at Burton Green Village Hall will feature photography, painting, ceramics, jewellery and textiles, with craft demonstrations and opportunities to purchase works and to talk to the artists.


Opening times:

• 2pm to 6pm on Saturday 28th

• 10am to 5pm on Sunday 29th


Refreshments and home-baked cakes will be available, as well as a licenced bar.


The Village Choir will be taking part at 4pm on the Sunday 29th


New this year is the “yarn-bombing” community art project exhibited in the woodland alongside the footpath between Hodgetts Lane and the sub-station gate onto the Greeenway. Also known as “guerrilla knitting”, this is a fast-growing community art form which inspires and delights all those involved and those who come to view it.  Local community groups and schools have also contributed to this community project so come and see what’s going on in the woods!


For more information about Made in Burton Green and other events please visit the Warwickshire Open Studios website




Centre Stage recruiting for next production

Not quite a Jaguar – scene from the Madness-inspired ‘Our House’ musical – summer 2013

Balsall Common’s Centre Stage are holding a presentation for their next production Cinderella and the Magic Beanstalk this Thursday evening at the Heart of England School. The New Year pantomime – written by Centre Stage’s own Yasmin Zahran, writer of last summer’s ‘Gimme Gimme Gimme and idea!’ and Co-director of this summer’s hugely successful interpretation of Madness-inspired West End musical ‘Our House’ – is open to new faces both back and front of house.


This Thursday’s presentation will discuss the storyline, characters, job roles needed, read through the script and explain the audition process, as Chairman Carl Hemming explains:

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Creative Heart of England pupil brings hit TV show to stage


The 14 year old dynamo broadcaster behind Berkswell Windmill Radio (BWR) has turned his creative forces to theatre by writing his own version of the US TV hit comedy Golden Girls, a production that will raise money for charity and run from 10th to 12th July at the Heart of England School.


Liam has taken the critically acclaimed American sitcom which aired on NBC from 1985 to 1992 and reshaped it for the stage, in what Liam believes to be the first ever stage version of the show.


Golden Girls at Heart of England School


Venue: Heart of England School, Gypsy Lane, Balsall Common
Dates: 10th – 12th July 2013
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets: £3.50 adults; £2.50 children aged 16 or under (advanced reservations required)
Enquiries/bookings: Email


Liam is also happy to be contacted about the show via Facebook.




Tickets still available for Aladdin panto in Balsall Common

Centre Stage star Ken Dickens

Balsall Common’s Centre Stage still have tickets available for their hilarious Aladdin pantomime at the Heart of England School for shows running from Friday 25th January through to Sunday 27th January 2013.


The increasingly talented and professionally run group – now well into their third decade – return to one of their more traditional family-friendly events, following a sequence of challenging and highly acclaimed productions.

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