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.

Elliot Bibby: Magic in a Jiffy

Share Elliot’s joy as he shops online for magical props.


A fast-moving show of laughs and surprises - that reveals the magic in the everyday.


“The finale piece is so breathtakingly brilliant” – The Wee Review

Simon Munnery

Multi award-winning comedian Simon Munnery reprises his notorious alter ego, the bedsit anarchist Alan Parker Urban Warrior.

Once the most radical, now the only radical, Alan returns with the old gold, the old truths, and some new truths (based on the old truths).

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.

Rich Hall

Award-winning Montana native is renowned for his expertly crafted tirades, quick-fire banter with audiences and delightful musical sequences. Rich, winner of Perrier Award (Edinburgh Festival Fringe) and Barry Award, (Melbourne International Comedy Festival) has been described as a transatlantic messenger, lampooning each country he visits with his laser-guided observations.

Shlomo's Beatbox Adventure for Kids

World record-breaking beatboxer SK Shlomo makes mad music with his mouth. Become one of this sonic superhero’s sidekicks in a world of funny sounds, brilliant noises and cool music, whether you're aged 1 or 101!

"Mesmerising!" – ★★★★★ Primary Times
"A perfect show... sets young imaginations alight" – ★★★★ The Times

Stella Graham

Coventry's own Stella Graham is back in the sky blue city with an hour of banging stand-up!

“If you're a TV executive, drop what you're doing and go see her now” - The Skinny

If she doesn't get lost on the Ring Road...seriously.

Mark Thomas

Mark uses his trademark style of storytelling, stand-up, subversion and really, really, well researched material to try and find out how the hell we ended up in the middle of this s*** show. This is a show about songs, gongs, loot, tradition, wigs, nicking, statues, art and identity.

Hazel O'Connor - Coming Home

Coventry treasure Hazel O'Connor journeys home to perform her only show this year.

Joined by Coventry powerhouse band The Subterraneans alongside Clare Hirst (sax) and Sarah Fisher (keyboards) expect an unforgettable evening of hallelujah moments and evergreen favourites.

Yes there will be Will You. Yes there will be Decadent Days and Big Brother and yes there will be love. Book early!

Georgie Morrell and Jo Coffey (Work in Progress)

Jo is the comedy circuit's fourth shortest comedian, at 4ft 2 tall this funny lady discusses the pressures on her to fit into a certain category. Georgie is a regular on the UK stand up circuit. Known for her own brand of gossipy humour mixed with disabled banter.

Jake Lambert (Work in Progress)

Jake Lambert fell into a career as a stand up after gaining a following on Twitter under the pseudonym @LittleLostLad and deciding to put down his iPhone and pick up a microphone.

Wind in the Willows

Bored of being stuck inside, Mole throws open his doors and joins good friends Ratty, Badger and Toad on a rollicking adventure along the riverbank in Paperback Theatre’s charming open-air adaptation of The Wind in the Willows.

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.

Scaredy Kat aka Alex Cubb

RuPaul's Drag Race UK’s Scaredy Kat (aka Alex Cubb) is ready to grace the stage with his UNBEARABLY impressive talents.

It’s basically just the ramblings of an eccentric icon. Original musical comedy, poetry, freaky dance moves and skit after skit after skit. Oh and campery, loads of campery.

“The multi-talented Scaredy Kat is a star in the making” – Harry Hill

Jess Fostekew (Work in Progress)

A new show about what it really means to be a really good person, actually. You’ve seen Jess on BBC’s Live at the Apollo, on Channel 4’s Harry Hill’s Clubnite amongst other telly shows. She’s a regular co-host of The Guilty Feminist Podcast, the host and creator of The Hoovering Podcast and you hear her regularly on BBC Radio 4.

Creative Freedom (Battle of Ideas)

Battle of Ideas is a panel debate featuring experts and critics from the cultural world and beyond. After each panellist gives some short introductory remarks, at least half the session is given over to debate with questions and points from the audience.

This event has been produced by Academy of Ideas and forms part of Battle of Ideas Festival 2021.

 

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.