July – Kenilworth Carnival
The procession, headed by the Carnival Queen boasts floats from town schools, sports groups, charities, pubs and theatres and sets off from the castle on its traditional route through the streets. There is plenty of fun and games waiting at the end of the route in Abbey Fields. Charity and craft stalls vie for business while in the main ring, dance and music groups keep the crowds entertained.
Annually, usually around first Saturday in July
From Kenilworth Castle to the Abbey Fields
June - Kenilworth Show
The event is now the most prestigious country event in Warwickshire and includes attractions like racing terriers, modern and vintage farming machinery displays, along with horse, cattle and sheep competitions. There is also plenty of children’s activities to enjoy along with a host of trade stands and food and drink outlets.
A free bus service is usually available from Kenilworth town centre.
Annually, usually around the beginning of June
2013 – June 1
Saturday: from 9:00 am
Under Age 16 Free
Stoneleigh Park, CV8 2LG
June – Lions Grand Show
The Kenilworth Lions Grand Show, the annual event to raise money for charity this year took place on Saturday June 11. This year the highlight of the show was a swordfight by The Knights of Middle England.
Other attractions included a contemporary art exhibition by BRINK, zumba dancing, flyball (dog agility), Spa Brass, Clinton Steel PanAcademy, Daniel’s Dancing Academy, Mark Andrews Punch & Judy, Explorer Scouts, Kenilworth School Sports College and the Jaguar Owners club
Annually, usually around second Saturday in June
Saturday: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Kenilworth Abbey Fields
They could build a whole tourist industy on this..
Considering some of the rather tenuous titles that some places award themselves to try and the tourists it seems surprising that Kennilworth has not made more of a connection with the humble potato.
It is said that Sir Walter Rayleigh brought the first potato to european shores in Elizabethan times. Queen Liz herself was being royally entertained by the Earl of Derby at Kennilworth Castle. Good Queen bess may have been a good Queen, but she also knew a free meal ticket when she saw one. Her stay at the castle nearly bankruped the Earl. In an effort to keep her amused she was offered the aforementioned potato. As the worthy inventions of crisps, chips or potatoe Dauphoinoise lay some years off - she attempted to eat it raw. In disgust, she threw the spud out of the window. Some passing local picked it up, planted it and hence was became solely responsible for chronic levels of heart disease in the UK and the Irish Potato famine.
Kennilworth - home of the Potato !