Assembly Festival Garden

ABOUT ASSEMBLY FESTIVAL GARDEN

Open now, Assembly Festival Garden is home to a mouth-watering selection of local food makers, four extraordinary performance spaces and will serve as a social hub for those wishing to make the most of their visit to the UK’s City of Culture.

The Garden has been designed from the ground up to include covid-specific adaptations to ensure events run as smoothly and safely as possible. The Garden and performances spaces will have flexible configurations to align with evolving UK Government guidance. This will be combined with a number of measures, including contactless payments and ticketing, increased ventilation and a robust contact tracing process.

We’re very excited to welcome a brand new performance space into the Assembly Festival family, with the stunning double-decker Queen of Flanders spiegeltent (the largest in the world) serving as the flagship venue. It will be ably supported by the pint-sized Piccolo spiegeltent and our Treehouse performance space to offer a range of flexible spaces to experience what’s on offer.

Most importantly, the Garden offers a long-awaited opportunity for artists to get back on stage and for audiences the chance to experience the magic of live performance again. The first shows in an exciting programme of comedy, circus, cabaret, children’s shows, and more are now on sale.

WHAT'S ON

CHOIR OF MAN

Runaway global sensation of 2018 and 2019, "the ultimate feel-good show of the Fringe," comes to Coventry. Imagine the most incredible pub gig you've ever been to and come ready to drink in the action!

Circolombia

Fresh from Bogotá, one of the world's leading circus companies brings you extraordinary feats and seamless acts, all performed with breathtaking skill.

DINOSAUR WORLD LIVE

A roarsome interactive show for all the family!

Discover a pre-historic world of astonishing (and remarkably life-like) dinosaurs, including every child's favourite flesh-eating giant, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops, Giraffatitan, Microraptor and Segnosaurus!

Don’t miss this dino-mite jurassic adventure, direct from the West End. Book now before tickets become extinct!

Neville Staple - From the Specials

Neville Staple, legendary front man of The Specials, Fun Boy Three and Special Beat, also known as The Original Rude Boy, is a living legend in his home town of Coventry, with a huge legacy in 2-Tone and a celebrated 40-year career in the music business.

Comedy Club 4 Kids

It's a comedy club, right, but for kids. Also any adults who enjoy a swear-free hour with the international circuit's best stand-ups and sketch acts. Non-patronising. Pure awesome.
Suitable for ages 6+.
"The ethos is just right" - The Daily Telegraph

The Importance of Being Earnest

From the creators of The HandleBards comes a fantastically wild(e) new production, ripping up the recipe book and celebrating silliness. Witness the impossible - the entirety of Oscar Wilde’s classic play of manners and handbags being performed by two rather dashing entertainers. With Slapstick Picnic, you can have your cake and eat it.

Triple Threat Comedy Night

Discover some fabulous new talent on the comedy scene on this Sunday night. Introducing... 
Adele Cliff, UK Pun Championship WINNER, heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra
Eryn Tett, seen on BBC Three and Funny Women’s Stage Award Runner-Up Isabelle Farah, British Lebanese actor/comedian and Soho Theatre Comedy Lab alumni

Grace Petrie

Folk superstar Grace Petrie’s unique takes on life, love and politics, and the warmth and wit with which they are delivered, have won over an army of loyal fans across the alternative, folk, political and comedy scenes.

Morgan & West present: The Three Musketeers

Sharpen your swords, lace up your boots, and stick a great big feather in your hat! Morgan & West present a fun for all the family retelling of Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers. A whirlwind of whimsy, wit, and (s)wordplay await!
“Hilarious and good for all ages” – Primary Times

Yours Sincerely

What happens when Will Jackson accidentally steals 300 2nd class stamps from the Post Office? Storytelling and lipsync cabaret collide in this queer coming of age comedy about the complications of 21st-century communication. 
"A Rising Comic Star" -Attitude Magazine
★★★★★ BroadwayBaby
★★★★★ FeministFringeReview
★★★★ The Skinny
★★★★ TheList

Confetti (Work in Progress)

Felix is uptight and unlucky in love. He's the 'mate of honour' for his best friend’s wedding and everything will go perfectly! Unless there are any distractions... 
A queer rom-com from Attitude Magazine’s Rising Comic Star: Will Jackson.
Previous reviews
★★★★★ BroadwayBaby
★★★★★ FeministFringeReview
★★★★ The Skinny

Fashion Spies

Picture the scene: Fashion Week. Deception and divas, catwalk crooks and YOU busting the case wide open.
Mighty Boosh meets Devil Wears Prada in this fabulous and surreal choose-your-own-adventure-comedy. The stakes and the shoulder pads have never been higher...
From Best Ensemble Winners at NSDF’19, Quick Duck Theatre.

Rob Auton: The Time Show

Following on from his critically acclaimed shows about talking, hair, sleep, water, faces, the sky and the colour yellow, “the Fringe’s comedian laureate” (British Comedy Guide) now turns his attention to time. He will be asking questions such as “What time is it?” and “What is it time?”

Frisky & Mannish: Poplab

BBC Radio 1 regulars, stars of BBC Two, BBC Three and ITV and Edinburgh Fringe sell-outs since 2009, the five-star, critically acclaimed pop PhDs Frisky & Mannish are back to put the most explosive elements of music under the microscope.
"Riotous" – The Guardian
"Wildly talented" – The Independent
"Unbelievable" – The Sun

Police Cops: Badass Be Thy Name

Multi-award-winning Police Cops bring you their latest comedy blockbuster. Kitchen sink drama turns into a vampire-slaying horror epic. Complete with a '90s rave soundtrack & supercharged physical comedy.

Captain Breadbeard

An absurd two-hander comedy sketch show about a sailor with a beard made of bread and his sidekick, Davy Scones. Fast-paced bready-brilliant fun for adults and children of all ages!

Loyiso Gola: Pop Culture

Fresh off the release of his Netflix Special 'Unlearning', Loyiso Gola brings his new show 'Pop Culture' to the Festival Garden. As seen on: Netflix, Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week, 8 out of 10 Cats & QI.

The Bubble Show

Join Mr. Bubbles with his extraordinary soap bubbles! Enjoy bouncy bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, smoke bubbles, square bubbles, giant bubbles and even fire bubbles! This is an international award-winning performance which blends magic, storytelling and Bubble-Art!

The Mighty Kids Beatbox Show

Calling kids aged 5 to 100, join our MIGHTY gang! A sensational interactive show with award-winning comedian Jarred Christmas and world champion beatboxer Hobbit. Pick-up beatboxing tips to impress your friends, make mind-blowing music and laugh through your pantaloons.
Best Kids Show nominee – Leicester Comedy Festival.
"Utterly hilarious" – TimeOut

Olga Koch: Homecoming (Work in Progress)

Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated comedian and star of Mock The Week and QI, Olga Koch comes back with a preview of her third show! Olga has also appeared on The Now Show, Hello America, The News Quiz, King Gary, and your little brother's dreams.

 

OUR VENUES

Assembly Festival Garden

Assembly Festival Garden

The Festival Garden

Our new city-centre oasis will be the perfect place to catch up with friends and family in a relaxed outdoor social setting. It will play host to a mouth-watering selection of local food makers alongside an exciting array of drinks options. It’s a chilled family space during the day that transforms into a bustling festival hub when the sun goes down. 

On a select few days, the Garden will transform into a music festival with our headliners playing to the whole Garden on our outdoor main stage.

Piccolo Tent

Piccolo Tent

Piccolo

Our pint-sized Piccolo spiegeltent is our compact custom-built theatre space which is great for comedy, cabaret, children’s shows and more. Featuring raked seating on wood and leather benches arranged in a semi-circular pattern it's the perfect place to discover something new or kick off a family day out.

Piccolo also has level access suitable for wheelchairs.

The Queen of Flanders

The Queen of Flanders

The Queen of Flanders

A spectacular double-decker spiegeltent that has to be seen to be believed. Making its first appearance in the UK, the stunning art deco themed tent is one the largest of its kind in the world. Adorned with ornate stained glass, wood panelling and red velvet seating, the Queen is the perfect space to share a belated hello to the roaring twenties. The name spiegeltent comes from the Dutch for mirror tent and they trace their roots back to Belgium in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century where they served as touring dancehalls and event spaces, a role they still excel at more than 100 years later. The venue has level access suitable for wheelchairs.

The Treehouse

Situated high above the Garden, the Treehouse is an exciting performance and social space which will play host to a selection of intimate shows, events and celebrations. Equipped with relaxed seating and a well-stocked bar, the Treehouse is the perfect place to soak up the festival atmosphere and look out over the Garden.

HOW TO GET HERE

ON FOOT

There are two main entrances to the Garden, one to the west and one to the east. The western entrance is located on Little Park Street, CV1 2LU and at what3words ///like.stage.finely. The eastern entrance is located on Much Park Street, CV1 2PY and at what3words ///gone.unique.drag.

There is signage directing to the Garden across the city centre plus we’re just two minutes’ walk from Coventry Cathedral and the Herbert Art Gallery so just head there and you can’t miss us!

BY BUS

The Garden is located approximately 10 minutes’ walk from Pool Meadow bus station and is also within walking distance of a number of local bus stops. National Express operate the majority of bus services in the city so check out their interactive journey planner to discover the quickest route to the Garden. Alternatively, check out the West Midlands Network’s new journey planner tool.

BY CAR

Parking near the Garden

There are a number of on-street and multi-storey parking options located near the Garden. Explore the local parking map.

Park and Ride

There is a Park and Ride facility at War Memorial Park, Kenilworth Road, CV3 6PT. It is open from 06:00–20:00.

Blue Badge Parking 

Blue Badge holders can park for free in Coventry City Council car parks and bays. There are two disabled parking spaces located on the western side of the Garden on Little Park Street at what3words ///likely.lives.scan. If these spaces are occupied, the nearest alternative is the Salt Lane multi-storey car park which can be accessed from Little Park Street and is located at what3words ///salt.jobs.office.

Map of Coventry City Centre disabled parking bays (PDF)

BY BIKE

There are a number of bike storage racks by the University campus buildings to the east of the Garden by Much Park Street. Explore the University’s bicycle parking guide and map. There is also a West Midlands Cycle Hire docking station located in front of the Herbert Art Gallery on Earl Street at what3words ///rails.tinsel.yarn.

BY TRAIN

We’re less than 15 minutes walk from Coventry railway station which is served by:

  • London Northwestern Railway – stopping services to/from London, Northampton and Birmingham.
  • West Midlands Railway – local services to Rugby, Stafford, Nuneaton and Leamington.
  • Avanti West Coast – intercity services on the West Coast Mainline to Birmingham, London, Preston, Lancaster, Carlisle, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
  • CrossCountry – cross-country intercity services to Manchester, Wolverhampton, Oxford, Southampton and Reading.

Tickets for all railway journeys in the United Kingdom can be purchased from any operator.