New boutique hotel opens its doors in Coventry

New boutique hotel opens its doors in Coventry

Hotel Indigo, Coventry

Hotel Indigo Coventry has opened its doors after the completion of a multi-million-pound project which took just 19 months to complete. 

The stunning, boutique new-build property reflects the unique ethos of Hotel Indigo, part of the IHG Luxury & Lifestyle portfolio, by creating an immersive hospitality experience that draws on the history, rhythm, and pulse of Coventry’s vibrant city, for both leisure and business guests.

The hotel features ‘Cogs Restaurant & Bar’ which celebrates the amazing growers’ and producers in Warwickshire and the British Isles. The kitchen is open and fully integrated, allowing the Chefs to be a part of the diner’s experience. The Bar, with 100 seats, is both stylish and captivating, creating the perfect atmosphere for pre- and post-dinner drinks. The hotel also boasts a Fitness Suite, a Wine Wall, and an intimate Meeting Room for up to 12 people.

Hotel Indigo, Coventry

Just as no two neighbourhoods are alike, no two Hotel Indigo properties are alike. Each is designed to uniquely reflect the local culture, character, and history of the surrounding area. Comprising of 101 stylish bedrooms, the rooms are designed around three themes reflecting the vibrance and style of Coventry’s historic neighbourhood – The Spinning Wheel, Motor City and Re-imagining & Regeneration. All rooms are equipped with Hypnos beds with Egyptian cotton linen, spa-inspired bathrooms, Nespresso coffee machines in the Suites and Premium rooms, high speed Wi-Fi and a variety of channels on a 40” flat screen TV.

The hotel is situated next to Coventry Railway Station, a short walk from the city’s cultural attractions including Coventry Cathedral, Coventry Transport Museum, and the Herbert Art Gallery, offering the perfect location for visitors to discover all that Coventry has to offer. The hotel is part of a wider Friargate regeneration project that is set to transform this area of the city into a bustling hub of activity.

Hotel Indigo, Coventry

Michael Lyons, General Manager at Hotel Indigo Coventry said: “We are delighted to open Hotel Indigo Coventry which is the newest and most exciting hotel in the West Midlands.  Coventry has something for everyone, whether you’re a sports enthusiast, a lover of the arts, or someone who enjoys exploring nature. We love to deliver locally inspired and innovative restaurant and bar concepts and this hotel is a prime example of how Hotel Indigo draws on the local neighbourhood to inspire every aspect of the hotel. We look forward to welcoming guests to this beautiful new hotel where history meets contemporary elegance”.

Hotel Indigo is part of IHG Hotels and Resorts portfolio with 145 locations open worldwide and a quality global pipeline of 128 hotels. Hotel Indigo Coventry will be managed by Castlebridge Hospitality who already manage three UK Hotel Indigo hotels: Hotel Indigo Bath, Hotel Indigo Chester, and Hotel Indigo Stratford upon Avon. Guests will also have access to a best-in-class loyalty program, IHG One Rewards, which is centred around its guests – giving them richer benefits and more ways to earn than ever before, all powered by leading technology on its new mobile app.

Hotel Indigo Coventry is situated at Friargate, Coventry. For more information, please visit here

Read more about Cogs Restaurant here

Britain’s Got Talent’s BIG Sing to headline at charity gala concert in Rugby

Britain’s Got Talent’s BIG Sing to headline at charity gala concert in Rugby

BGT, Rugby Dunsmore Gala Concert

]Community choir The BIG Sing, which shot to fame on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, are set to headline at this year’s Gala Charity Concert, in Rugby.

The concert, organised by Rugby Dunsmore Rotary Club and Friends of The Hospital of St Cross, returns on March 10th, for the first time since the pandemic brought the curtain down on their 2021 plans.

Proceeds from the night, which is being sponsored by F Geo Robinson Ltd of Coventry and McCarthy Stone, will go to support three local charities – The Friends of the Hospital of St Cross, Shine A Light and New Directions Rugby.

BGT, The BIG Sing, Rugby Dunsmore Rotary
Big Sing Directors Gemma & Howard Francis

The Friends of St Cross donates equipment and supports projects which improve the experience of patients attending the hospital. Visit here.

President of The Friends, Willy Goldschmidt, said: “We are most grateful for the support we have received from Rugby Dunsmore Rotary over the last 10 years.  Thanks to them and the community in Rugby we were able to spend £167,000 last year buying equipment which improved the experience of patients or brought NHS hospital services closer to the town.”

Rugby Dunsmore Rotary Club’s Mike Folly said: “It is great to be back in partnership supporting The Friends of St Cross and our other charities by organising this evening.

BGT, The BIG Sing, Rugby Dunsmore Rotary

“We believe everyone has missed the excitement of these mass band and choir events and to be back raising the roof of this iconic venue at Rugby School will stir hearts and create a real feel-good factor for the people of Rugby. Just one of the things we like to do in Rugby Dunsmore Rotary Club.”

Rugby-based The BIG Sing are joined by The Band of Central England – formerly the Jaguar Land Rover Band – for the fourth curtain-raiser – at which they’ll perform a range of pop, gospel, soul and inspirational songs.

The choir, which has members aged between three and 83, won four ‘yesses’ from the judges following their televised audition on at the Britain’s Got Talent quarter-finals last year. They have also performed alongside such names as Mica Paris, David Grant and Ellie Goulding and have toured with Leona Lewis.

BGT, The BIG Sing, Rugby Dunsmore Rotary

Big Sing manager Bernie Dawson explained: “Uniting communities with uplifting and motivating music, inspired by gospel music and teaching, The BIG Sing is more than a choir; we are a ‘family’. So many members have found the choir to help them through loneliness, depression, grief, illness and have given them two hours a week to find ‘them’ again. The choirs have been growing from strength to strength in number and ability, showing the members that together we CAN achieve greatness.

“The choir is working hard to show community singing at its best. The members are people from the local community who have a desire to sing. The BIG Sing gives them the opportunity to be taught by expert tutors, turning the choir into an amazing sound and giving them unique performance opportunities.”

Shine A Light, in Rugby, delivers valuable support services and a community for children and young people with cancer, up to the age of 24, and their families in Coventry and Warwickshire. Visit here.

BGT, The BIG Sing, Rugby Dunsmore Rotary

New Directions Rugby supports people with learning disabilities and their families and carers to lead a full and valued life and works in a real partnership with them. Visit here

Paul Tolley, CEO of New Directions, said: “As a local charity supporting over 100 vulnerable adults on a daily basis to live life to the full, it is fantastic to receive support and recognition from fundraising events such as this which help us to raise our profile, increase the number of people we support and reach a greater number of families.”

This year’s charity gala takes place at The Temple Speech Room, in Rugby, from 7.30pm. Bar and doors open at 7pm. Tickets cost £16 and are available to purchase by visiting here. Any remaining tickets will be available for £18 on the door.


Rotary is a worldwide association of local clubs, for men and women in business or the professions who: provide service to the community at local, national and international level; encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and work for goodwill and peace in the world.

More about the sponsors

F Geo Robinson Ltd is a business trading in new and replacement roof windows in Coventry and the surrounding areas. They are partnered with VELUX and ROTO Frank roof. They chose to sponsor the concert in support of the NHS and as part of their celebrations of 100 years since the company was founded.

 McCarthy Stone have recently opened a superb Retirement Living PLUS development in attractive Bilton road, Rugby which includes 27 one bedroom and 35 two-bedroom retirement apartments for sale – exclusively for the over 70s, and all sharing communal facilities within a gated community.

£60k for 60th birthday on Coast to Coast challenge

£60k for 60th birthday on Coast to Coast challenge

Zambia, Feed The Hungry UK

A Coventry man is marking a milestone birthday year by walking coast to coast in support of a project to build classrooms in Zambia.

Canon Gavin Kibble MBE hopes to raise £60k for Feed The Hungry UK as he completes the 200-mile trek across England, in May.

The route, between St Bees Head in Lancashire and Robin Hood Bay in Yorkshire, traverses three national parks and is expected to take 13 days.

Feed The Hungry UK, Gavin Kibble, Coast to Coast Walk
Canon Gavin Kibble MBE

It will be a particularly significant challenge for Gavin who, two years ago, suffered a heart attack while shopping in his local supermarket.

He said: “The shopping had not been a particularly pleasant experience because I found myself stopping at the end of each aisle trying to catch my breath. I got home and my wife said are you OK? I said I probably just need to go to bed because I’m exhausted and she wanted to call 111. When they heard the symptoms they said I needed to get straight to the hospital. Within an hour I was on an ECG and it transpired I was having a heart attack which took me by surprise.”

Since his recovery he has been following a new diet and fitness regime as part of a Coventry University Research Study Group, which, he says, has left him ‘feeling about ten years younger.’

Gavin, who founded Coventry Foodbank 13 years ago, became Projects Director of Feed The Hungry when the two charities merged in 2021.

He said: “There’s something about turning sixty this month that is quite difficult to articulate. Last year my wife Vivienne and I decided that we would try and do 60 significant things around our 60th birthdays and the Coast to Coast walk has always been high on my ‘to-do’ list.”

Feed The Hungry UK, Gavin Kibble, Coast to Coast Walk
Children in Mazabuka

“In 2019 I visited a school in Mazabuka in Zambia, which caters for children orphaned by the impact of the AIDS pandemic. Feed The Hungry provides regular meals for these children but that’s not enough. They need an education and to do that we need classrooms. The charity has been supporting the school since 2016, helping to pay for teaching staff, equipment and food.

“They also require a functioning IT suite to provide IT lessons for their children. It’s a lot of money to ask for from the local community, so the money raised from my walk will contribute in part to supporting them to pay for building new classrooms as well as desks, chairs and computer equipment.”

Children in Mazabuka
Gavin is walking to help build new classrooms in Mazabuka.

“So I’ve set myself a challenge that this year I will try and raise £60,000 to help change the lives of these children by walking across England. Please partner with me on this amazing adventure by sponsoring each mile or each leg of this walk.”

Corporate sponsors have been promised plenty of exposure, including the addition of their company logo on a sponsorship plaque on the new building.

For more information or to get in touch about sponsoring a section of the walk, email or call 01455 618 455.

For more information visit here

ALSO24 Festival early line-up announcement for Warwickshire

ALSO24 Festival early line-up announcement for Warwickshire

ALSO24 Festival, Compton Verney

Leading lights in the worlds of music, comedy, wellness and food and nature, are among those this week announced as part of Warwickshire’s ALSO24 Festival – celebrating this year’s theme of Heavenly Bodies.

Indie folk band Stornoway and comedian Sara Pascoe, head the impressive line-up  for the UK’s most inspirational summer festival, once again taking place at Compton Verney.

Marking its eleventh year, ALSO24, on the weekend of July 12-14th, brings together performers and musicians, best-selling authors, celebrated scientists and experts in a variety of fields to create a much-anticipated ‘magical and immersive experience.’

ALSO24 Festival, Compton Verney

Set in 50 acres of Capability Brown-landscaped and lakeside gardens, the event is billed as ‘a unique opportunity to reconnect with yourself and the world around you.’

Among those helping Stornoway set the stellar soundtrack for the summer are hotly-tipped Welsh singer-songwriter Edie Bens; experimental musician Jessica Winter; hip-hop funk and soul band Miya the Sun; Birmingham-based indie rock band Jet Black Orange; multi-instrumentalist James Walker and Latin and Brazilian-influenced soul and funk collective The Fontanas.

Dishing out the laughs alongside Sara Pascoe will be BAFTA-winning, best-selling writer and comedian Adam Kay; writer, broadcaster and satirist Nels Abbey; poet and novelist Salena Godden; TikTok sensation Marcel Lucont; and Rob Deering who puts some of the comedians on the spot in his live music-based comedy pop quiz – Beat This!

ALSO24 Festival, Compton Verney

As always, ALSO24 gives festival-goers the opportunity to embark on weird and wonderful adventures, from sound baths and lantern making workshops to the Venus and Adonis ‘Love is Love’ procession. Or join leading vocal coach Juliet Russell (ITV’s The Voice) ahead of the Saturday Night Spectacular.

Be at one with nature or join in with a huge programme of wellness activities such as laughter therapy, fitness workshops, a Zen Ten Spa, fire yoga, moon yoga or floating SUP yoga, go wild swimming, paddleboarding, try painting meditation, sauna. Or journey through nature on a Bat Walk or delve into the mysteries of the cosmos at Astrology in the Orrery.

While families can choose from den building, a mini big safari, rocket workshop, raft building, messy play, circus school and character comedy workshop. And, for the first time, mum and dad can even take full advantage of their time there courtesy of a new Festival Nanny service!

Hear from No. 1 Sunday Times Bestselling psychotherapist Philippa Perry – in her only UK festival appearance this summer – and rock-star classicist and bestselling writer Natalie Haynes who re-introduces us to the stories of Greek Goddesses the way they were intended.

Glimpse the divine beauty of space with quantum theorist Professor David Tong; scream into the void with behavioural economist Dr Pragya Agarwal; or learn how hip-hop artists rewrote the rules of business with former banker–turned–hip-hop journalist Nels Abbey.

ALSO24 Festival, Compton Verney

Discover the ways that astronomy has shaped civilisation with cosmologist Roberto Trotta, consider the next frontier (politics in space) with journalist Tim Marshall or explore the world of spirituality with bestselling author and journalist Catherine Nixey. Learn the science behind being social with award-winning journalist and author David Robson or make waves with a detailed look at longevity with Professor Sir Michael Marmot.

 Be inspired by nature writer and New York Times bestseller Charles Foster, social philosopher Roman Krznaric, lexicographer Sarah Ogilvie, champion swimmer Rebecca Achieng Ajulu-Bushell and best-selling children’s author Andy Stanton on his collaboration with AI.

When you’ve satisfied your appetite for knowledge there’s plenty to entice foodies too under the auspices of award-winning resident chef James Wheltor. He will be cooking up feasts and set lunches, featuring exclusive menus over the festival weekend.

ALSO24 Festival, Compton Verney

ALSO Festival’s Founder and Artistic Director, Helen Bagnall said: “Coming together to go wild in the wild each summer is what we humans are built to do and an essential part of a year lived well.

“ALSO is the next generation of festivals; highly immersive and truly experiential, with ideas threading through everything that we do.

“We make it effortless for our guests to engage with big, life-enhancing ideas and live a wild summer weekend in an extraordinary festival. So we are leaning in hard to the beauty in ourselves, in others, in the joy of festivals, the beauty of the site with our 2024 theme of ‘Heavenly Bodies’.”

Tier 1 Weekend Tickets (priced £137.50 for adults, £60 for children) and Day Tickets (from £20-£65) are now available here

Under 5s go free and there are concessions for those under 30 as well as family tickets.

Parking at ALSO is free but there are also a limited number of car passes available which allow vehicle access to the campsite. Campervan passes and Glamping options are also available.

ALSO24 Festival, Compton Verney

About ALSO Festival

ALSO is the annual festival where ideas run wild. An immersive escape set in divine surroundings, ALSO-land features eccentric, playful, thought-provoking programming. It’s a place to get involved, reflect, be inspired and experience ideas through creating, experiencing and experimenting.

Perfect for friends and family alike, ALSO is the place for a transformative weekend filled with quality time, wining and dining in nature with the promise of experiencing something new.

ALSO appears like a magical mirage for one July weekend only in a site borrowed from nature, fauna, beasts, birds, mini-beasts and trees who call it home year-round before disappearing. Everything is built to be designed for the longtime – sustainability is our middle name.

Plus ALSO is an escape from retail, you don’t need to buy things but to experience things we offer only things to do and experiences to book, we love to work and support any businesses or founders or companies that have similar ethics.

Warm gesture helps freezing cold fundraisers on The Big Sleepout

Warm gesture helps freezing cold fundraisers on The Big Sleepout

We Love Pizza, Leamington, Helping Hands
Geanina Lacraru of WLP presents the pizzas to Rob Langley-Swain of Helping Hands.

Warm-hearted restaurateurs in Leamington Spa cooked up a storm when they turned up at a charity sleepout to feed cold and hungry fundraisers.

Geanina Lacraru, who runs We Love Pizza in Regents Place with her partner Jose Ribeiro, handed out pizzas to more than 50 kind-hearted volunteers who took part in the Helping Hands Community Project’s Big Sleepout, on Friday. (Feb 9th)

The giveaway was the latest in a series of gestures by the restaurant to support the charity over the years since it opened in 2020.

Geanina said: “The date coincided with National Pizza Day and what better opportunity to share a ‘Random Act of Pizza’ with the ones that need the most and most times are forgotten, even when they are all around us in our daily life.

“The event aims to raise awareness of homelessness and some of its causes, issues which face so many in our community in Leamington.

“In the winter months with longer, darker and colder nights, charities such as Helping Hands are more in demand than ever. This is just the right time to give these organisations the boost they need. Homeless people are not only missing a home, they also miss social interaction, people that understand them and some comfort.

“We hope our freshly baked, hot pizzas brought them some comforting moments. We wanted to share it with them as a way of saying, we are in this together.
We can’t find you a home, just yet, but we understand and support you!

The event, which is in its ninth year, was held at All Saints Parish Church and raises vital funds for Helping Hands, a charity which raises awareness of the causes and effects of homelessness within the local community.

We Love Pizza, Leamington, Helping Hands

Spokesperson for the charity, Kerry Steward, said: “The pizza was devoured and enjoyed by all 50 attendees of the event as well as volunteers and staff team, adding a bit of extra cheer to what was a very cold and wet night!”

She added: “We Love Pizza have been a wonderful support to us over the years, most recently gifting pizzas to us to celebrate with our volunteers who were awarded the Kings Award for Voluntary Services back in November last year.

“They have also delivered pizzas on nights sponsored by local corporate groups and included extras to our evening soup kitchens where we provide up to 50 meals a night to some of the most vulnerable people within our community.”

Geanina and Jose reopened their doors to diners with a new look restaurant more than three years after the pandemic forced it to pivot into takeaway food.

They unveiled the two-storey dining space above the take-out business, in Regents Place, in response to customer demand.

The couple pride themselves on delivering ‘affordable quality’ to their customers by using only the best and most nutritious flour combinations and implementing exact temperature control and longer fermentation periods for the sourdough. Fresh ingredients are sourced directly from Italy – including tomatoes from the volcanic soils of Mount Versuvius – as well as locally.

Helping Hands Community Project

Helping Hands extend compassionate and practical support to those struggling with the causes and effects of homelessness and trauma, including domestic abuse, addiction, isolation, poverty and mental health challenges.

The charity offers a listening ear and qualified counselling from experienced advisors, but believes very much in providing a ‘hand-up’ not just a ‘hand out.’ Their mission is to empower everyone who comes to them to realise their full potential and create a brighter future.

Since the charity was established in 2015, it has created a safe space and practical support to thousands of vulnerable people, driven by volunteers and powered by the generosity of the local business community.