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Formed in 1893, Bilton Silver (Rugby) Band is a friendly, successful community-based brass band in the village of Bilton, Rugby, in Warwickshire, England. The band is a traditional contesting brass band, placed in the First Section of the National Brass Band Championships, having been Midlands Regional Second Section Champions for both 2012 and 2013.
The band perform at many concerts throughout the year, varying from “Last Night of the Proms”, Summer fetes, Weddings, Christmas concerts and Carol services.
Throughout its hundred and several years of existence, Bilton Silver (Rugby) Band’s mission has been to serve its community — in the first instance, since its formation in 1893 amidst the days of fervent social reform, to act as a ‘magnet’ to redirect local youngsters from the streets and pubs and into more edifying pursuits, and in more recent times, as a form of entertainment through formal concerts, church services, parades, fetes and private functions.
The main band maintains its reputation through a varied membership, continuing to nurture players with individual memberships of over fifty years, through to the attraction and welcoming of high quality musicians as the need arises, ensuring a healthy mix of knowledge, skill and raw talent across a broad range of experiences – this, together with the band’s policy of introducing less experienced players from the Training Band as soon as they are ready.
Jephson Gardens is a beautiful formal Victorian park in the centre of Leamington Spa. It's the perfect place for a relaxing stroll or family picnic. Lots of colourful flowerbeds and interesting sculptures make for a great day out.
The gardens are open every day from 8am. Closing times vary between 4pm and 9pm depending on the time of year. See entrance gates for current closing times.
There are multiple car parks nearby, some of which are free and other are pay and display.
as well as the bandstand, facilities in the gardens include...
Glasshouse - interesting tropical plants, goldfish pond and observation beehive
The Aviary Café – beautiful Victorian tea pavilion
Jephson's event venue – weddings, conferences and celebrations
Leam Boat Centre - boating in Mill Gardens
The Sensory Garden - taste garden, mirrored arch and colourful planting
East Lodge - art studio run by Leamington Studio Artists
East Lodge Garden - beehive with insect-friendly planting and gazebo from Chelsea Flower Show
Trees – around 140 species of native and non-native trees
Formal flowerbeds - colourful summer and winter bedding displays
Explore the sculpture collection and find the rhino, dragon and hedgehog
Watch ducks and geese on the lake
Play area in Mill Gardens
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