Go CV latest news - May 2021

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Latest news and offers - May 2021

Go CV system upgrade

System upgrade

In case you missed it, the Go CV system had an upgrade earlier this week. The new features include:

  • Ability to see your virtual card on a mobile device
  • Automatically generates a card number for those without a number and removes the need to collect a physical card
  • See at a glance your Go CV discount level
  • See all members in your family group.

Log in to your account to check all your details are up to date so you don't miss out on offers and discounts.  Find out if you are eligible for Go CV+.

You can read in full the details about the upgrade.

Go CV supports Sports Fest 2021

Sports Fest 21

Once again, Go CV will be supporting Sports Fest this summer. 

The annual event will take place in Coventry city centre from 27 July to 1 August, hosting free activities from a variety of local clubs and organisations.

There are opportunities for clubs and organisations to deliver activities during the event too. Register your interest by 6 June at 9am via the online registration form and Coventry Sport will be in-touch. 

More information on Sports Fest can be found on the news page.

Exclusive Go CV offer with CityFibre


Register and win a £500 techno bundle

You’ve heard about full fibre right? But do you really know why it is better than much of the broadband technology being used in Coventry right now? No? Then read on.   

Full fibre brings you unparalleled digital connectivity both in terms of speed and reliability. It will mean an end to dropped calls and the dreaded buffer symbol. It will mean you and everyone else in your home can work, game and stream all at the same time.   

The great news for Coventry is that CityFibre are working hard to bring full fibre connectivity to every data-hungry home and business in Coventry.   

If they’ve not reached your area yet don’t worry…rolling out the technology of the future doesn’t happen overnight. But, by registering your details with CityFibre (takes less than a minute), they’ll let you know when you can expect them. 

Enter your details, using this unique link for Go CV cardholders only, to be in with a chance of winning the fantastic tech bundle worth £500. 

Register now and good luck!

Full terms and conditions. The main things you need to know are that you must be aged 18+; you must have a Go CV account, the competition is strictly one entry per household and the winner must consent to publicity – that’s only because we want to show you that competitions like this have real winners. 

Coventry Music Museum - now open

Ghost Town

Ghost Town 2 Host Town

The Coventry Music Museum is home to the original Ghost Town car (as seen in the chart-topping video for the song) and the very organ Jerry Dammers wrote and recorded the Ghost Town song on. Plus, hundreds of other unique 2-Tone items and showcases of many other musical giants that have come out of this UK City of Culture.

2021 will be the 40th anniversary of probably the most famous song to come out of the city, namely ‘Ghost Town’.

This exciting new “Ghost Town 2 Host Town” exhibition will track the city and its boom time in its post-Second World War days.  The display will feature a very special character well known to Ska fans, who will be there to air his opinions at all times (not to be missed).

£3 admission fee for ALL Go CV cardholders.  


After a sell-out re-opening weekend, The Wave is back, with sessions in full swing.  

Family Fun, Parent and Toddler and General Admissions sessions are all available every week. 

Don't forget, Coventry residents can use their Go CV membership to receive a discounted day out at The Wave waterpark.

Head to The Wave’s website to book your tickets for the half term holidays. 

Coventry Poet Laureates – could it be you?


The search begins for Coventry's first poet Laureate and Young Poet Laureate.  As part of the BBC Contains Strong Language Festival, Coventry 2021, Coventry Libraries and Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 are recruiting for these two exciting roles. 

Find out more and be inspired to write and apply at free workshops:

  • Coventry Young Poet Laureate: with Liz Berry: Saturday 29 May
  • Coventry Poet Laureate: with Roy McFarlane: Saturday 12 June

More information, to register for a workshop and apply for Coventry Poet Laureate or Coventry Young Poet Laureate.

Library doors are now open for you to visit your local library for 45 mins PC use, 30 mins book browsing and/or to collect a book bundle. Please check the website for full details and opening hours.   

Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens now open

CBHG Blossom

Ten acres of beautiful formal 400-year old gardens give a taste of a baroque country estate in a 21st century city. A place to breathe deeply, escape and relax in orchards, a maze, gentle walks and wild areas. Plenty to help the soul and stretch your limbs.

Hot drinks and snacks can be bought as a takeaway from the Ticket Office. Families, dogs on short leads and picnics all welcome.

Open Wednesday to Sunday only, please make sure you book your day tickets in advance (open Bank Holiday Mondays).

Discounts on admission fees for all Go CV cardholders and under 5s go free.

Where are Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens? 

Book your Day Tickets 2021 Concession.

Herbert Art Gallery & Museum - 2 FREE exhibitions

Herbert - two tone

2 Tone: Lives and Legacies

28 May – 12 September 2021

The first ever major exhibition in the UK devoted solely to the 2 Tone music sensation opens this week!

This unmissable, immersive experience focuses on bands, such as The Specials, The Selecter, Madness, The Beat and The Bodysnatchers, as well as looking at 2 Tone’s continuing influence on music, fashion, politics and culture.

Book your FREE tickets now.

Image: © Toni Tye

Herbert - unnatural

UnNatural History

28 May – 22 August 2021

Connect to the past, present, and future of our relationship to nature.

Unnatural History, curated by art and environment organisation Invisible Dust, explores how artists have enabled us to learn about nature, ecology, extinction, and more.

It's FREE admission and you can find out more.

Raqs Media Collective, However Incongruous, 2011. Courtesy of the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London, Photo Credit: Jonty Wilde.

Coventry Sports Challenge - applications close 30 May

Sports Challenge

Cash For Kids, the charity of the radio stations Free Radio and Greatest Hits Radio, has joined forces with the Council to bring back the Coventry Sports Challenge.

The fundraising challenge aims to increase access to sporting activities for local children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

In 2019 the Coventry Sports Challenge raised over £35,000, helping to ensure hundreds of children from across the city were given opportunities that, due to their circumstances, were ordinarily not available to them.

Sports clubs and groups from within the CV1-CV6 postcode areas are invited to apply to take part in the Challenge. Finalists are given four weeks to fundraise in the most creative, innovative, and safe ways as they can. 

In addition to the funds they’ve raised, the top three fundraising finalists will win extra funding of £3,000, £2,000 and £1,000 respectively. Further prizes are awarded for best use of social media and the most creative fundraising idea.

Details on how to join this session, along with all the Sports Challenge application details.

Adult Education take musical interests further

Adulted Music

Beginners' and Improvers' saxophone and guitar online lessons are now available to book.

You can view the detailed list of all courses in the Summer 2021 Choice Magazine,  including an array of dance classes taught online via Zoom - includes ballet, belly dancing, modern jazz, line dancing, zumba, tap dancing and more. 

Good value and excellent tuition with fee reductions for those eligible for Go CV+ and people aged over 60.

Book now via the website.  You can also email them or give them a call on 024 7697 5200.

Bike Week - starts 30 May

bike week

CTC Coventry are running events for new riders including rides of 5-10 miles, family rides, women only rides and longer rides. See the list of rides and email to book a place

There are prizes to be won as part of national Bike Week, including the seven days of cycling challenge and World's Biggest Bike Ride on 30 May. 

bike month


Bike Month is a celebration of biking that aims to encourage and support you and your friends, family and community to get out and ride. By logging your rides on the Love to Ride website, you get all the benefits of riding your bike and go into the draw for some amazing prizes!

Register now for the Bike Month Challenge and let’s ride into summer.

And finally, Free cycle training for adults (16+) is available if you live work or study in Coventry from 12 June. Learn to Ride sessions are available for people with little or no experience. Book a Learn to Ride session for adults online.

British Cycling's Learn to Ride sessions for children will resume in the summer holidays. 

Let's all continue to stay safe


If you're planning on visiting an indoor or outdoor hospitality venue, please remember to follow the rules put in place by that venue and don't forget the basics: hands, face, space.

Remember, everyone who lives, works and studies in Coventry can now collect COVID home testing kits and make sure they are doing all they can to keep themselves and others safe.

You can find all the latest information on the Government website

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