Rich in culture and history, Coventry is also home to many internationally-renowned attractions, including top theatres, museums and sporting venues.
Organised by Coventry City Council and its partners, Coventry Godiva Festival in the War Memorial Park on Kenilworth Road is the UK’s biggest free family music festival. The family-friendly event celebrates its 20th year with three days of electrifying performances, entertainment, fun fair thrills, a craft village and food and drink. On August 31, the Main Stage welcomes indie folk and country singer-songwriter Jake Bugg (pictured) while the line-up on September 1 includes Jonas Blue, Gabrielle, Professor Green, Little Comets and Blood Red Shoes. On September 2, life will be a rollercoaster as Ronan Keating entertains fans with his hits.
The city’s first coffee festival will be grinding the finest beans at FarGo Village on September 13, plus there is a tempting array of specialty teas, cakes and other moreish delights. Live music accompanies the expert advice and a chance to peruse and shop some of the best coffee machines.
What else is happening in Coventry?
St Mary's Guildhall
The medieval interiors and fine artworks of the Guildhall offer a window into Coventry's past, which has included visits from Mary, Queen Of Scots and William Shakespeare.
Ticket To Ride
An exhibition which focuses on the transport memories of local people, with a vintage Daimler double decker bus taking pride of place. There are also activity packs and STEM activities.
Festival Of Imagineers: Motionhouse: Block
Created in collaboration with NoFit State Circus, Kevin Finnan's choreography fuses dance and circus to create a spectacular piece inspired by life in the city. Circus direction is by Paul Evans.
- Physical Theatre
Festival Of Imagineers: Collectif Coin: Child Hood
The French company transforms a city street with a cloud of luminous balloons accompanied by a sound and light show.
Hymns For Robots
Noctium presents a biographical musical inspired by the life of Delia Derbyshire, exploring the story of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and of its unaccredited pioneer of electronic sound. Not suitable for under 14s.
Festival Of Imagineers: Rear View
IOU Theatre's part-performance and part-sound installation takes place on a converted double decker bus driving through the streets of the city. Created by Cecilia Knapp and Jemima Foxtrot.
The Coventry Music Museum
A museum celebrating the city's musical heritage from the Roman occupation to the present day including sections devoted to 1950s rock'n'roll, the 1960s Beat scene, and Coventry native Delia Derbyshire.
Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve
Set in 220 acres, the headquarters of the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust is a nature reserve plus a visitor centre with displays and activities. The Badgers Tearoom is open throughout the year.
- Nature Reserve
Designed by architect Sir Basil Spence following the bombing of the city in 1940, Coventry Cathedral was opened in 1962 and contains striking examples of 1950s and 1960s art and architecture.