King John adds an outer circuit of stone walls and a dam to hold back a great lake, during a campaign to strengthen England’s major royal castles

With many of the old favourites returning for another year, we are also pleased to bring you many new attractions and stands. The Kenilworth & District Agricultural Society extends its gratitude and appreciation to Stoneleigh Park, Sponsors, Members, Exhibitors and Stallholders and for their generous support, without which we would not be able to stage the Show.

The castle is the favoured residence of the Lancastrian kings, drawn by the excellent hunting. Henry V builds the 'Pleasance in the Marsh' at the far end of the lake.

Kenilworth is notable for the extensive ruins of Kenilworth Castle. Other local sights include the ruins of Kenilworth Abbey in Abbey Fields park, St Nicholas' Parish Church and Kenilworth Clock.

After the Civil War, the castle's fortifications are dismantled. Colonel Joseph Hawkesworth buys Kenilworth on behalf of a group of Parliamentarian soldiers.

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Henry III gives Kenilworth to his sister Eleanor and her husband, Simon de Montfort, who probably create the outwork known as the Brays.

Kenilworth is home to "The Cross", a pub restaurant which received a Michelin star in 2014.

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English Heritage takes over management. The Elizabethan garden is recreated in 2009.

The town's growth occasioned the addition of a second Church of England parish church, St. John's, which is on Warwick Road in Knights Meadow. It was designed by Ewan Christian and built in 1851–52.[13] It is a Gothic Revival building with a southwest bell tower and broach spire.[13]

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Kenilworth RFC[21] is the town's rugby union club. It fields three senior sides and hosts a large minis, juniors and colts section. The ground is also located on Glasshouse Lane.

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Kenilworth Wardens FC[19] is based at Kenilworth Wardens,[20] a Community Amateur Sports Club located on Glasshouse Lane to the east of the town.

Car manufacturer Sir John Siddeley buys Kenilworth and gives the Ministry of Works a large sum of money to fund repairs and open it to visitors.

Due to illegal camping at the castle we are unable to allow large vehicles such as caravans, motorhomes, transit vans or similar vehicles into the castle car park and grounds between 19 - 27 Sept. Additional car parking is available in Kenilworth town centre. Please ring the castle for further information on 01926 852078.

Warwick District Council owns and manages land across the Coventry Road at Tainter's Hill. This area of public open space was designated "for the poor of the parish" under an inclosure act in 1756 and is now registered as common land. Around this time in 1778 Kenilworth windmill was built, which was later made the town's water tower. It is now a private home, minus its sails.

In 1884 St Nicholas' Parish Church established a mission room in an upstairs room above the Co-Op in Park Road.[15] It attracted a congregation of 150 people and in 1885 moved to new premises.[15] In 1905 the congregation moved to a new "tin tabernacle" iron building that had been newly erected in Albion Street and consecrated as Saint Barnabas' Mission Church,[15] a daughter church of St. Nicholas'.

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There is so much to see such as the Atkinson Action Horses, The Sheep Show, Heavy Horses, The Grand Parade of Livestock, The Countryside Arena, Farm Machinery and much much more!

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Kenilworth Tennis, Squash and Croquet Club,[22] at the north of the town on Crackley Lane, has nine tennis courts, five squash and racketball courts and two croquet lawns.

Elizabeth I visited Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester at Kenilworth Castle several times, the last of which was in 1575. Dudley entertained the Queen with pageants and banquets that cost some £1,000 per day, presenting diversions and pageants surpassing anything ever before seen in England.[6][7] These included fireworks.[8]

Castle Farm Recreation Centre has a four court badminton hall which can accommodate basketball, volleyball, netball, table tennis, short mat bowls and children's parties. The hall is available for casual use by members of the public in addition to sports clubs who have block bookings throughout the year.

Elizabeth I grants the castle to her favourite, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. He converts it into a great house for her entertainment, embellishes the park and lays out a garden for her private use.

Octavian Droobers is the local orienteering club, using its maps of Abbey Fields and Kenilworth Common on which to stage events.

Kenilworth Golf Club[28] is located on the north east side of the town and features a mature 18 hole parkland course, plus a small six hole par 3 course.

In 2016 Kenilworth commemorates the 750th Anniversary of The Siege of Kenilworth with a programme of exhibitions, activities and special events including a spectacular recreation of the siege at Kenilworth Castle.

The Kenilworth has been named in the top 50 UK destinations by The Independent and awarded 2nd place in Imbibe magazine's 'Best Hotel Bar'.

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Kenilworth Wheelers,[26] meets every Saturday and Sunday morning throughout the year for a road ride. During the summer months regular evening training rides catering for all abilities from novice to racer take place.

Kenilworth has two cricket clubs. Kenilworth Wardens[23] plays at Glasshouse Lane and fields five senior teams and a juniors section starting from seven years old. Kenilworth Cricket Club[24] fields three senior teams and plays at the Warwick Road pitch south of the town.

Since 2010, Kenilworth has been part of the Kenilworth and Southam constituency.

Kenilworth (pronounced /ˈkɛnᵻlwərθ/) is a town and civil parish in Warwickshire, England, approximately 5 miles (8 km) south-west of the centre of Coventry, 5 miles (8 km) north of Warwick and 90 miles (140 km) northwest of London. The town is on Finham Brook, a tributary of the River Sowe, which joins the River Avon about 2 miles (3 km) north-east of the centre of the town. The 2011 Census recorded a parish population of 22,413.[1]

Henry I grants land to his chamberlain, Geoffrey de Clinton. De Clinton builds most of the Norman keep and founds the nearby priory.

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There is a regular bus service to Coventry and Leamington Spa railway stations, and Warwick Parkway is less than 10 minutes' drive away. In June 2013 it was announced that the government would grant £5 million for the reopening of Kenilworth Station, around half of the proposed total cost.[17]