Launched 5 years ago in September 2014, FarGo Village is an exciting development in Coventry City Centre, adjoining Coventry University. We are an independently run creative arts quarter; an exciting new location for small, start-up businesses, designers, makers, artists, creativity, street food, coffee shop and micro-brewery.
FarGo Village has brought a whole new dimension to the city of Coventry by supporting new businesses to set up, thrive and survive in a community of like-minded individuals. And everyone really is individual! We have a wide range of tenants, from a Victorian barber to furniture upholsterers, crafters to animation artists (https://www.fargovillage.co.uk/whos-at-fargo/).
The FarGo Village also hosts a wide ranging, exciting and unique events and creative arts programme. This programme currently covers things such as regular markets and fairs, street festivals, live music, film screenings, street theatre, dance, art exhibitions, and community led festivals.
We are looking for someone dynamic and enthusiastic, capable of using their own initiative, working hard and at times working on their own. We are a small team with big ambitions, learning and developing FarGo as we go. We are all passionate about supporting independent businesses and are looking for the newest member of our team to join us as we move towards being UK City of Culture in 2021!
For more information, please visit our application form, and return it to us by 5pm on January 5th 2020. Email completed application forms to email@example.com.
THE BEST CHRISTMAS FILMS, SEASONAL CULT CLASSICS AND FESTIVE FAMILY FAVOURITES THIS DECEMBER AT THE WINTER SCREENS CHRISTMAS CINEMA
Winter Screens is the new indoor cinema experience from the team at Summer Screens. During the colder, darker months, Winter Screens will be converting some spectacular spaces into amazing movie theatres, to offer guests the definitive popup cinema experience, and first up, it’s Christmas.
This December Winter Screens will have a season of classic festive movies, as the company converts two fantastic venues at Fargo Village in Coventry, and St Lawrence’s Church in Reading into the Winter Screens Christmas Cinema!
Guests can snuggle down on giant bean bags with blankets, tuck into mince pies and mulled wine, and enjoy all of their favourite festive films on the giant retro screen in the Winter Screens cinema lounge, complete with Christmas trees and a virtual log fire.
The films will be shown in full 2k HD with state-of-the-art audio and include all the best Christmas movies, seasonal cult classics and festive family favourites such as Home Alone, Elf, The Polar Express, Gremlins, The Holiday, It’s A Wonderful Life, Miracle On 34th Street, Love Actually and Die Hard.
Ticket Types & Prices
Tickets start at £9.50 children aged 4-17 and £15.00 for adults. Seating is a choice of bean bag wedges or director chairs. For those wanting the premium Winter Screens, there is the option of the giant bean bag chairs which are located in a prime position in the center of the cinema, which come complete with a complimentary drink, popcorn, and either chocolate or a mince pie. Premium tickets are £19.50 for children and £25.00 for adults.
On Friday 12 July 2019, Members of Wildcard Strength and Conditioning, a CrossFit gym based at FarGo Creative Village in Coventry, will take part in The Longest Day. From 6pm Friday to 6pm Saturday, Wildcard Athletes will complete a gruelling workout every hour, on the hour, for 24 hours to raise money for The Not Forgotten Association.
The 24 individual workouts are likely to involve a mixture of Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, running, rowing, cycling, functional bodybuilding and core conditioning that will test Member’s strength, speed, endurance and agility.
CrossFit workouts are never easy and are often very high intensity. Adding lack of sleep and muscle fatigue into the mix, these Athletes will be tested to their physical limits to raise money for this important cause.
Alex Burrell and James Przybek, owners of Wildcard, have both served as Royal Marines and have selected The Not Forgotten Association as it is a charity very close to their hearts. Alex has been a recipient of support from The Not Forgotten Association after being medically discharged from the Royal Marines.
Alex says ‘My final deployment was pretty tough and will be something that will stick with me for the rest of my life. We were a 5-man team deployed on a rescue vessel to the sea between Turkey and Greece just as the “Migrant Crisis” started.
We saw some of the best and worst in humanity over that time and I have been left with lasting scars mentally after some of the horrific things we had to deal with.’
Through social activities and challenges, The Not Forgotten Association combat the causes of isolation and loneliness; a blight that adversely affects so many vulnerable wounded, injured and sick service personnel and disabled members of the Armed Forces community.
They help to restore confidence, enhance wellbeing, boost morale and improve the chances of service men and women, providing fun, laughter and friendship to those who have served their country and now suffer.
Brigadier James Stopford CBE, Chief Executive of The Not Forgotten says ‘This challenge is going to be tough, but it’s an example to all of how no one should be defined or limited by their injury or illness. The Wildcard Longest Day Challenge epitomises what The Not Forgotten is all about – finding comradeship through challenge and we wish Alex and the team all the very best.’
James, co-owner of Wildcard, says ‘We have 30 of our committed Members taking part in the fundraiser including Students, Teachers, Doctors and members of the UK City of Culture 2021 team. It will be an extremely difficult challenge, with 24 different workouts and very little opportunity to grab a few minutes sleep. After three tours of Afghanistan with a high level of sleep deprivation, I could not be more proud of the Wildcard members embracing this challenge.’
A fundraising page has been set up to support Alex, James and the Members of Wildcard https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/WildcardLongestDay. Although The LongestDay will be an extreme test of fitness and stamina for established Members, Wildcard’s doors are open to those will all levels of fitness, with workouts scaled to suit each Member individually during small, coached, classes seven days a week.
Let me launch right in by writing about some of the amazing small businesses that I met at FarGo Village last weekend. FarGo hosted their bi-annual vegan fair which is always a massive favourite of mine – I make a point of going there to support the tenants and FarGo themselves as much as possible.
Stands with Something to Say that Stood Out to Me
What I LOVED about Sunny Soul Up was their ethos – 100% recycled clothing which helped to save turtles. Literally, what’s not to love? These t-shirts are made up of 40% recycled plastic bottles, and 60% organic cotton. What fascinated me is that each shirt contained between 2 and 12 bottles and they were SO SOFT.
The lady from Ethical and Unique told me started crafting with plastics years ago, and then realised what a mistake she’d made! She immediately started changing to completely natural, ethical and cruelty free sources to create her beautiful necklaces and jewellery. Ethical and Unique jewellery reminded me of buried coins from Roman times – they were all so traditionally created. Some even reminded me of warriors’ shields!
Robbie at Cow Eggs was ever so sweet, and SO talented! I absolutely loved her watercolour renditions of pets – they had so much character, I just had to buy a card and a notebook! I might have to get a portrait done of my hamster…
Sophie (of Sophie Vujko Illustrations) was ever so lovely! She started off illustrating and then moved onto supporting animal rights within her up-cycled denim jacket designs – they were so sweet and all had vegan slogans on… I especially loved the pig in a teacup that said “Too Sweet to Eat!”
Honourable mentions include Sophie Hyam who put on a fabulous vegan food demonstration for us; Tropic who helped me find a moisturiser to suit my skin that was sustainable and smelt amazing and Chaaboo who make beautiful handmade tea scented soaps that also smelt incredible – I had to buy a Chai Tea one!
Now for what you’re all waiting for… THE FOOD!
The choice of food available at FarGo’s Vegan Fair was so vast that I ended up having a double-lunch plus tons more sweet things! I couldn’t help but want to try everything! It made me happy to know that it was guilt-free dining!
The first stall I’d like to shout about is LoveKimchi – they had some of the BEST Korean food I’ve ever tasted (all pictured above). I took one mouthful of their kimchi ramen and I HAD to buy myself some! The flavours were incredible and I loved this couple’s passion for their food!
There were SO many choices for sweet treats at the vegan fair – some of which you’d be so surprised to know are vegan! The cakes were so well presented, there were donuts the size of honeydew melons which I bought from The Doughnut Pod, and crepes made by the wonderfully named Bloods and Crepes lads who were great fun to chat with!
Treat yourself Vegan at FarGo Every Day
Let’s not forget the permanent tenants of FarGo – these guys are there all week and are the beating heart of FarGo itself. Many of them offer vegan options all year round so there’s no excuse for not visiting any day of the week if you’re looking for vegan choices.
BackHaus a huge selection of vegan cakes and food
Rock’n’Roller Parlour use MUK vegan hair products and dyes
Bubble Boba can make almost all of their drinks vegan
Choc ‘n’ Roll offer vegan gourmet chocolate options
Olivia’s Handmade bath bombs are Vegan friendly and Cruelty Free
Twisted Barrel are a fully vegan brewery
Container No.8 have their own vegan cheese making kits
There’s also FarGo’s very own vegan store – The Green Unicorn!
Overall FarGo’s Vegan festival had a really nice balance of food to eat there, food to take away and trinkets and goodies to buy for yourself or as gifts. It gave small businesses a much-needed voice and face-to-face presence and there were so many passionate people there with the same ethos – cruelty free and ethical living!
SAMSUNG BRINGS A MOMENT OF MINDFULNESS TO COVENTRY’S CREATIVE QUARTER
Samsung partners with Suhaiyla Shakuwra to host exclusive workshops in FarGo village
COVENTRY, UK – April 24, 2019 – Samsung is collaborating with renowned jewellery designer and Well Being Expert, Suhaiyla Shakuwra, to host free wellness workshops in Coventry this Saturday (27th April).
This will be the first in a series of ten intimate, local workshops which Samsung is hosting across the nation this summer, powered by the new Galaxy S10 and captured on its best-in-class camera.
Each event will tap into a range of passions, with the kick-off event combining wellness and craft.
Guests attending this weekend’s workshop can expect to experience a ‘moment of mindfulness’ with cleansing teas, crystal meditation and bespoke jewelry making, all of which will be captured on the S10.
The impressive Scene Optimiser function recognises photo surroundings and automatically enhances the quality of images – perhaps Coventry’s most Instaworthy weekend to date?
Celebrating a decade since the launch of the first Galaxy S, Samsung has introduced a new line of premium smartphones: Galaxy S10. The range boasts four unique devices with innovations in the categories consumers care about most: display, camera and performance.
A testament to a decade of revolutions, the Galaxy S10 is designed for those who want a first-class smartphone and sets the stage for the upcoming generation of mobile experiences.
For those looking for a supercharged device, Galaxy S10+ takes every spec to the next level. The Galaxy S10e is built for those who want all the premium essentials in a compact package on a flat screen. Finally, Galaxy S10 5G is created for those who desire the fastest available speeds and most powerful features. Featuring the all-new Dynamic AMOLED display, next-generation camera, and intelligent performance, the Galaxy S10 line offers more choices and sets a new standard for the smartphone.
For more information on Galaxy S10 devices please visit Samsung Newsroom UK here.
About Suhaiyla Shakuwra
Suhaiyla produces handcrafted pieces of wearable art; working specifically with the vibrational properties of crystals and natural metals, creating jewellery which promotes positive healing for her clients. The elaborate adornment and practises of the ancestors have been an inspiration to Suhaiyla alongside astrology and mysticism. Her Work is rooted in Afro-futurism and has been featured in a range of publications including The Guardian, Elle, Stylist, GQ and i-D.
This year on International Womens Day, we wanted to focus on the women of FarGo Village, who are working hard to create thriving independent businesses and share their creativity with Coventry. Our newest tenant, Claudia Rose Carter from The Photography Initiative, took a close up look at our fab FarGo women- thank you Claudia for the beautiful photographs and the strong words.
“In May of 2016 I sat in a brewery in Hackney Wick with The Gentlewoman magazine to escape from the pouring rain and reading these words resulted in a slight epiphany. “Women, in all fields – whether mothers or not – still encounter an extraordinary number of obstacles. They have to hold too many things together and often sacrifice their aspirations in the name of affections. To give an outlet to their creativity is thus especially arduous. It requires a great deal of motivation, strict discipline and many compromises. Above all, it entails quite a few feelings of guilt. And in order not to cut out a large part of one’s private life, the creative work should not swallow up every other form of self-expression. But that is the most complicated thing.”
Elena Ferrante (pseudonym) understood me. She made me feel as though I wasn’t alone. She confirmed that the depths of my anxiety were, in fact, entirely justified. That it IS a struggle for us to balance all of these different sub-sections of our life and that it’s absolutely fine for us to speak loud about it without feeling shame.
These portraits were taken on International Women’s Day 2018. They feature some of the other incredible women that offer their creativity and passion from a base at FarGo Village. I stand by you all. ”
Santa’s Little Makers Market are our answer to Christmas shopping this year! Show someone how much you care, by shopping independent and buying something handcrafted with love for your friends and family this year! With so many traders to choose from, you’re sure to tick of your shopping list before you know it!
The first market is on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24thNovember, and we have a fabulous array of gifts on offer, as well as a collaboration with FarGo StrEat to bring you the best street food to fuel that shopping spree! Join us on Friday evening, and all day Saturday for your one stop Christmas shop.
FarGo Village has become the “go to” area of Coventry for independent business and creatives over the past few years. Most weekends there is an event, a market or something interesting going on. The creative quarter is set inside re-purposed industrial buildings close to Gosford Green on the East of the City center.
FarGo Village embraces its urban setting by showcasing local street artist, and every service reflects the colour, diversity and history of the city. I’m sure there will be plenty of further developments as Coventry has won the honor of being City of Culture 2021.
This was the first Coffee Festival in Coventry, and I sure given the popularity of the event, I’m sure won’t be the last. The Box, FarGo was a good venue for the event, though it felt like there should have been a few more companies that could have been fitted in.
As for me, I had a special interest in the event. I am very passionate about my coffee, and even worked as a barista, cafe manager, and a chef in the past. I have been on the other side of the machine and I understand the intricacies, the precision, and the long journey involved in creating that perfect cup of coffee. I enjoy the differences and the nuances within flavours that make the difference between a good and a great coffee. I love the fact that the way milk is managed can make or break a cup of coffee, and that it is such a fine balance between quality, skill and equipment to create the black magic that is coffee. I love coffee, it is one of my passions, so I went into this with verve and enthusiasum, and I was not disappointed!
There was a crowd around the Java Lounge stall at the entrance to the room, as the barista was demonstrating latte art. Their latte art is showcased on instagram, and they seem to specialise in adding colourings into their milk to create weird and wonderful art on top of their coffees. They have a strong following on Instagram because of their unusual images. Java lounge were one of the sponsors for the event, so a big thank you to them. But there coffee itself is not to be ignored beneath the fluff of the milk foam.
The two house blends were also being showcased, as filter coffee, and I got to sample them while chatting to one of the barista.
There wasn’t just standard coffee and cows milk on offer. I was glad to see that Minor figures, an Oat milk and coffee artisan held up the ethical side of the areas. Within FarGo, there is a vegan cafe ( Totally Vegan), and Backhaus who ethically source their supplies.
I generally hate cold brew. Most coffee shops offer mediocre rubbish and charge a fortune for this latest fad. But the latest trend is to stock cans of great quality tasty nitro cold brew. This is the best one I’ve had. It is smooth, creamy and the flavour packs a punch! Even better I found the Cafe W inside Waterstones in Coventry stocks it! Made by Minor Figures, they also have a latte and mocha in the range. (Both which contain oat milk).
In addition, Minor Figures also make oatmilk based products, and have a dairy disloyalty card in coffee shops to celebrate world plant milk day. This is about changing the way people think about the dairy industry, and change their regular habits. It s also a great incentive for coffee shops to offer British made milks rather then the standard soya milk, which in itself also has a wide environmental impact.
The awesome bakers at Backhaus, always do stunning cakes, but this one maybe my favourite yet! This Orange chai cake was so packed with flavour! The icing was light and fluffy, as the surprise curd in the middle really added an extra zing! A perfect accomplishment to their Quarter Horse coffee! Based FarGo Village itself, The bake house is a cafe, bar, venue and has recently opened a cookery school. I personally love this place, the staff are fab, the food is stunning, and the social values of the enterprise are fabulous.
Backhaus also provided the entertainment for the day with their live stage which included several local acts. Here are some links if you fancy checking out some midlands base talent: Elk, Trees and Queens, Stylusboy, Mixtape Saints.
One of my favourite coffees of the festival was the house espresso blend from New Era Coffee. This new rooster based in Birmingham have branded their coffee around their love of ska music, and are more then happy in Coventry where The Specials originated!
The espresso is gutsy and sweet, with a beautiful lingering after taste. It was the nicest milk free coffee of the day. Very impressive for a company that has only been going since January!
Another new start up that attended the Coffee Festival, was Kaffee Haus. With only a few months under their belts, these guys are hitting the ground running with three coffees. One which is a good decaffeinated blend, which had had the caffeine removed using the Swiss water method, meaning that no unnecessary chemicals have been used. With big plans for the future, I’m keeping an eye on this company!
If coffee wasn’t to everyone’s taste, there was also Born Wild Tea, and Queen of Camellias offiering ethical sourced teas, herbs and compost able packaging.
I was upset That local family run coffee house Bean and Leaf had to drop out at the last minute, as this is one of my favourite central Coventry cafes. They offer Guest coffee which changes seasonally to give you fantastic filter options like V60, Kalita, Aeropress and Clever Dripper, as well as their regular roasts from Caravan Coffee roaster. Hopefully they will be able to attend the next one!
All in all, the event was lively, friendly and very delicious! I came away feeling satisfied, happy and of course Caffeinated!
A little over 18 months ago, we received an email from a guy called James with a surname we couldn’t pronounce.
He was enquiring about ‘warehouse space’ at the Village. It’s not something we have a lot of at FarGo and, historically, when people have enquired about this type of space it’s been for storage purposes or something equally uninspiring, so when I opened the email to read the word (words? Is it even in the dictionary??) CrossFit I was more than a little excited.
In fact, in checking back through my emails today, I saw that I had immediately forwarded James’ message on to my husband with the words “LOL! YAY!” (He had been going to Unit C: CrossFit Solihull for a while and was enjoying it. I had been struggling to get back to Solihull from work in time to join him, was attending sporadically and, if I’m honest, was struggling to get to know anyone there. So, this email was great news for me).
After a lot of to-ing and fro-over over how much space was too much space, would repeatedly chucking 9kg balls at the wall damage the structural integrity of the building, would it be a problem that the brewery was moving in next door and that when they’re brewing, you can sometimes smell the hops (all very important life questions of course) James and the Wildcard Team were signed up.
Waiting for them to open was like waiting for Christmas. And that’s an odd thing for me to say. I have never been into sport. Never really been that into exercise to be honest. Having hip dysplasia as a child had given me some problems with my knees and feet, which I then hid behind because I dreaded Games and P.E. lessons at school, and the thought of taking part in any form of competitive activity scared me. A lot.
But. Having seen how much my husband was enjoying Unit C, and having felt like I was struggling to integrate myself with a pre-formed community there, all of whom were significantly stronger, faster, fitter than me (they called themselves athletes… eek!), I had already decided that I would be the first person to join Wildcard. My thinking being that we would all be learning and getting to know each other at the same time. (P.S. I needn’t have worried about this…)
I’d been talking about this for WEEKS so by the time James was about ready to go, I’d rounded up (worn down?) all my Far Gosford Street friends and booked us onto a free taster class…
Loved it. Signed up. The end.
No but seriously. I loved it. And have continued to love it for the last 9 months. So, back to the point of this piece. Why am I so happy to have CrossFit at FarGo?
– I’ve met a whole load of new people who genuinely like each other. And we all have something in common. In fact, we have many things in common because basically, if you like training here, you also LOVE eating and drinking (my fave pastime… CrossFit has not overtaken that just yet) and you LOVE buying new gym garms. This is great news for other on-site businesses like Positive Outlook who have worked with Wildcard to design and produce their branded apparel, and Twisted Barrel (the wonderful next door, sometimes hops smelling, onsite brewery and tap house)…
– …and great news for our events, because we have a ready-made group of people who all want to do a halloweeny-Dia-de-los-Muertos-style workout and then fill their bellies with Tacos and Tequila!
– I don’t think it’s like any other form of training. The community you get with CrossFit is what makes it. It’s that community that makes it the perfect fit for a place like FarGo Village. And the team spirit at Wildcard is always on point. As I said earlier, I needn’t have worried about being the first to join, because I would challenge anyone to walk in there now for the first time, as a seasoned pro or a complete novice, and not find a friendly face. And if you’re keen to try it but don’t believe me, let me know, I will come with you and we can be friends (that was meant to be sweet, not creepy…)
– It’s pushed me to try new things. Back in April I took part in my first ever competitive sporting activity: a ‘Quad Squad’ team comp. Again, I can’t stress enough how fun it is training as a group; as a community; as part of a team. We came last (sorry team…) but I loved it. Look at this cute pic.
– It’s meant my friends can now do pull-ups for the first time ever (I can’t yet… but it’s cool, I’m not jealous, I’ll get there… eventually…)
– Anyone can do it. I PROMISE. Everyone is good at something. You won’t be the best at everything, but that’s ok because I 100% guarantee you’ll have at least one thing that you can do that will surprise you. And other people will be genuinely pleased for you and fist bump you for it (yeah get ready for lots of fist bumps).
– It’s got my Mum (yep I’ve even roped my Mum in, like I said everyone can do it!) training legs again for the first time after a knee injury and op.
– It’s made my bum look better in my jeans.
– And finally. This video. I love this video for two reasons. Firstly, because it’s my first three figure lift, and I was (and still am) absolutely buzzing to be able to lift 100kg. But more importantly, I love it because to begin with, it looks like it’s just me, training on my own, chilling with the barbell. But as soon as I’ve hit that lift, you see the others – the team, the community – who were cheering me on. Those three strong, fit, women who wanted me to succeed and were excited for me when I did. We all absolutely need more of this in life.
So, that’s it. Those are all the reasons why I’m so happy to have CrossFit at FarGo. You must try it. You will love it. You will love the way it makes you feel. And you will love us (that part isn’t strictly mandatory).
A month ago, the first FarGo Makers Market was wrapping up- and what a weekend!Thousands joined us to welcome Spring in with some true FarGo artisanal style- and the sun almost came out too!
Shoppers were greeted at the Spring Makers Market with live music, cakes, and all the colours of Spring! We had some of the best makers, designers and artists from the local area, ready to welcome people to FarGo. With everything from artisan jewellery, ceramics, artworks, woodwork, and everything in between, it was an independent shoppers dream. It was all accompanied by Adam Kibble, and The Gloria Sunset Duo, playing everything from pop classics to rock’n’roll.
The streetfood was delicious! Cornography made everyones favourite corn on the cob, corn dog bites, and amazing nachos. We also had some fantastic vegan desserts from Cake Doctor– just what you need after a long morning shopping!
All the stalls were so good it’s hard to pick favourites. Some of the highlights had to include Seasonal Souls with her beautiful Spring inspired artwork, the fab fun jewellery from Frilly Industries, the amazingly delicate ceramics from Rolling Roses, and the most adorable tiny plants from The Cluttery– not forgetting the amazing psychedelic llama from Andrew J Mason, and the cutest pet rocks from Pie Art!
The Summer Makers Market is coming!
We’re very excited to announce the Summer Makers Market is coming! We’ve got the Summer edition coming up on Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July- and we’re so excited! We’ve got more fab traders lined up. Some are returning for another fun weekend, and some brand new to FarGo, so make sure you follow the Facebook event for more details about traders, streetfood and performers!
For a sneak peak, we can reveal we have some fab fudge, concrete jewellery, tiny clay animals and much more from our talented traders, and even more great food from our friends Cornography! Keep you eyes peeled and stay up to date!