Whether it's culture you're after, or a good night out, there’s plenty to keep you entertained in Wolverhampton.
From gigs, theatre and arts, there's plenty to choose from, while the city centre is just a
stone's throw from some great country walks.
Read on and let us show you
around the Millennium City.
At a loose end in the city centre? Head over to Wolverhampton Art Gallery and watch the time fly by.
No, really. The gallery has a collection that
spans over 300 years of art, featuring permanent collections such as the Pop
Art Gallery, Georgian Gallery, and Victorian Gallery. All are housed in this
stunning Grade II Listed building, right next to St Peter’s Church in the centre
Sniff, smell and keep an ear to the ground in
the Sensing Sculpture exhibition, and if your tastebuds need a workout too,
there’s a delicious menu at the gallery café.
Looking for a bit of
light entertainment? Head over to the Black Country's only indy cinema, the
Situated near the train and
bus stations in the stunning old Chubb Lockworks building, the Light House has
two cinema screens and shows only the best movies.
Between the two or three
new films each week and the occasional 'back by popular demand' screenings,
you'll have plenty to choose from. There are even live screenings from the
National Theatre, RSC, and Royal Opera House.
It's not all popcorn and
Oscars though - there are plenty of other events to keep you coming back.
Practice your foreign tongues at a language cafe - French, German, Italian,
Spanish or Japanese. Spin your own vinyl at a monthly 'All Hands on
Decks' event, or take to the stage at a 'Live Lounge' open mic
night. Or, if you just want to chill, then you can kick back with a drink in
the licensed Lock Works cafe bar.
The 120-year-old Grand Theatre is a real
jewel in Wolverhampton’s crown.
One of only two Midlands venues which receive touring shows from the West End and RSC, the Grand has played host to an impressive array of stars, including Charlie Chaplin, Sean Connery, and Michael Caine, to name but a few…
There are musicals, dramas, ballets, operas, concerts and family shows including one of the country's biggest annual pantomimes.
Fancy the theatre, but
want something cosier than the Grand?
University arts theatre The
Arena is the place for you.
Showcasing professional and student productions alike, the Arena is a 150-seat venue and sees over 200 public performances a year. Pick up a programme and see what jumps out.
The Civic Hall, or the 'Home of Rock' as it's known around here, is where you'll catch some
of the biggest names in music and comedy.
Grab yourself a Red Stripe
and sing your heart out to your favourite band, or laugh yourself silly through
a stand-up set by one of TVs favourite comedians.
If nothing takes your fancy
at the Civic, check what's on at the Wulfrun Hall, the Civic's sister venue and
situated right next-door.
Perhaps you want something more intimate than the 3,000 capacity Civic or 1,134 capacity Wulfrun?
Then check out the Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton’s busiest new music and stand-up comedy venue. You'll find it easily - just two minutes' walk from the train and bus stations.
Ever wondered what life was like here 100 years ago? Come and find out at Bantock House Museum.
Bantock gives visitors the chance to find out about the people and the industries that shaped Wolverhampton.
The house is named after Baldwin and Kitty
Bantock, who lived there 100 years ago. You can see how they lived, flip
through their family albums, and find out how they decorated in the days before IKEA (gasp!)
Temporary exhibitions mean there is always something new to see, and make sure you don’t miss the delightful Dutch Garden. There’s pitch and putt in the surrounding 43 acres of parkland, and the
serves great homemade food and ice creams, to cool you
down on those long sunny afternoons.
We didn't think we were the competitive types... but then we found
ourselves at Wolverhampton Racecourse screaming for horses we'd never even heard of!
Whether you're an expert or a novice - the
atmosphere at Wolverhampton Racecourse won't fail to get your adrenaline
You can watch all the action with your friends
and family in the Grandstand, and on Saturday evenings there’s the option to stay on for live entertainment…
If elegance is more your thing, the Private
Hospitality Suites are available… but we prefer the atmosphere
outside, down in the crowds with a half pint and a cone of chips!
Seeing a bit of
Victorian Britain here in Wolverhampton is a walk in the park - literally!
Just a 10 minute stroll
from the city centre, West Park is one of the best Victorian parks in the
Originally created for
leisure-makers to play at bowls, practice archery, and play cricket, the park
has retained its original character, complete with a boating lake, chalet
tearooms, and a picturesque Victorian bandstand.
Think you're the next
Bear Grylls? Reckon you could survive in the wild?
Get closer to Mother Nature
at the Smestow Valley Nature Reserve. There are 120 acres of meadows,
scrubland, and woodland, all of which are open 24-7 365.
The long-since removed railway track makes for a great cycle ride or walk, or you can head out into the 'bush' to find some of those grubs your inner Bear is craving.
If you get peckish but want
something a bit less wriggly, then take yourself to Cupcake Lane, a boutique
in the old railway station building.
"Come on, babe, why
don't we paint the town..."
Come and find out where 'all that jazz' has been hiding, at The Royal Exchange in Bilston
(more commonly known as 'the Trumpet')
They've been hosting live
jazz here since the 50s - it was even Slade's favourite haunt back in the day.
With live performances every night and on Sunday afternoons, there's plenty of opportunity to come and lose those blues.
Get behind our team with a visit to see Wolverhampton Wanderers in action.
Wander over to the Molineux Stadium on match day and you'll see just how proud we are of our football team here.
The stands are a real landmark in Wolverhampton. Why not see what's inside, by picking up a ticket to see the Wolves play?
Birmingham may have the largest public pre-Raphaelite collection in the
world, but you can whet your appetite here in Wolverhampton too.
Wightwick Manor has a unique history. Geoffrey Mander MP managed to convince the National Trust to take on the house and gardens just 50 years after it was built.
house interior is stunning: its owners took inspiration from Oscar Wilde's
lecture on 'the House Beautiful' and created a series of rooms which are
perfect examples of the Aesthetic movement.
are pre-Raphaelite paintings on display by Rossetti, Burne-Jones and their
Make sure you take the formal gardens for a spin, then afterwards you can get a bit of R&R in the tea-room, where they serve food grown on site.
Swot up for your next pub quiz with a tour of
We didn't know the first thing about beermaking
until we made a trip to Banks's, home of the fastest-selling cask ale in the
Now we're experts on mashing and fermentation, we know the ingredients which have remained unchanged at Banks's for centuries, and we can tell you the difference between cask and keg ales - but you've got to go and find out for yourself!
Tours are offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Pints are offered at their on-site pub every day of the week!
Duck, duck, goose! And
turkeys, chickens, Shropshire sheep, Hereford cattle... the list goes on.
Take your kids over to Northycote Farm and Country Park for a woodland walk and a chance to meet the animals.
You'll want to keep coming
back all year round - for the bluebells in the spring, snow (fingers crossed)
in winter, or perhaps for one of their seasonal events like an Easter Egg Trail
or the Harvest Festival.
There's also a charming
Tudor farmhouse - go and take a tour!
Isn't it unfair that
kids have all the fun? No responsibilities, no bills - not a care in the world.
Luckily there's somewhere you can go to unleash your inner child - Go Kidz Go is an indoor play area which you can book in the evenings for grown-ups.
The Christmas office party has never been such a laugh!
Oh, and we nearly forgot - kids can go too. Playtime for kids is during the day, and you can also book it for birthday parties.