There are a range of events taking place across Warwickshire in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games. 

Talking Birds – Come Bowl With Me  

16 – 17 July 2022

Pump Room Gardens, Leamington Spa  

Come Bowl With Me is a funny and interactive outdoor performance by acclaimed Coventry theatre company Talking Birds, celebrating the popular and accessible sport of Lawn Bowls, which is being hosted in Leamington Spa. Audiences are invited to join Lorna Bowles, Dwaine Hardball and Roger Rinkwell as they coach you through the gentle joys and fierce competition of this much-loved game. Tensions may rise in the Strictly Come Bowling arena as players compete for the Glitter Bowl Trophy. After a round of Crazy Bowls, the crowd will be amazed by the antics of Cirque du Boules and their terrifying Great Bowls of Fire!  

More information about Talking Birds event.

Warwick District Council Culturefest 2022  

16 July – 21 August 2022

Royal Leamington Spa, Warwick, Kenilworth and Whitnash  

Warwick district is excited to host the Lawn Bowls, Para Lawn Bowls and the start and finish of the Road Race Cycling event as part of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games in July and August 2022. In response to this once in a lifetime opportunity, Warwick District Council, with the support of its partners, will showcase and celebrate the incredible arts and heritage venues, artists, and creatives in the area in a month-long CultureFest, with events and activities taking place across Royal Leamington Spa, Warwick, Kenilworth and Whitnash. CultureFest encourages the people who live, work, and visit the area to discover or rediscover world-class venues and artists across our four towns and find new stories and experiences by young people and emerging talent.  

Tickets can be bought on the Culturefest website.

The Canal & River Trust Showcase  

The beautiful and historic waterways of the West Midlands. You can follow the Festival strands of past:present, Artismo and Sustain at locations across the region taking in heritage boats, walking tours, podcast trails, street art trails and their amazing community Orchard.

More information on the canal & river trust website.

Artismo Art and Our Waterways  

April to September 2022 

Artismo celebrates art on the canals, from traditional canal art created on boats of the past to immersive experiences and beautiful street art. 


Celebrating History, People, Stories 

April To September 2022 

From the Canal & River Trust’s roots in the industrial revolution to their modern day use of canals for wellbeing, leisure and activities, Past:Present celebrates the heritage of the waterways through a series of cultural projects. 

Sustain Caring For Our Environment  

April To September 2022 

Sustain will look at how we look after our canals through cultural, creative and educational perspectives. We all know about the detrimental impact of plastics on our environment. Working with young people, Sustain is a showcase of how we can make our blue waterways greener, take care of rare species and protect our environment. 

Further work to be announced in April 2022: 

  • Shakespeare Express 
  • Vintage Trains Charitable Trust 

More information on the Birmingham 2022 event schedule