When it comes to entertainment options in Kidderminster, we’re devout believers in the importance of quality over quantity. You may not have a vast amount to choose from, but those that are on offer consistently provide excellent value. So see a show, watch the Harriers, catch a gig, or laugh until your sides hurt; the choice is yours.
Entertainment in Wigan
Wigan Little Theatre
Theatregoers visiting Wigan aren’t spoilt for choices, admittedly, but this doesn’t mean they can’t find an excellent show while in the area. Wigan Little Theatre is an amateur venue with a lot to shout about. Located on Crompton Street in the town centre, the venue’s 70-ish years of existence has allowed it to become an entertainment institution in Wigan. The volunteers who keep the place alive offer a fantastic range of plays, some of which you don’t often see in amateur theatre. There is also a nice little bar inside the venue for pre-theatre drinks.
Music in Wigan
Rugby League in Wigan
Wigan is a town with a great sporting tradition, with two big clubs in football and rugby league sharing one modern stadium in the heart of the town centre. Wigan Athletic are the local football team, with a rich history dating back to 1932. They currently play in English football’s second tier, the Championship, but have previously played in the Premier League between 2005 and 2013. Perhaps their biggest achievement to date came in 2013, when they won the FA Cup.
The football season runs from August to May each year, and the ‘Latics’ usually play on Saturday afternoons, with the occasional midweek evening fixture. Tickets are some of the most affordable in the league, with discounts available for concessions, under 21s and children.
If you prefer rugby over football, then you are bound to be more interested in Wigan Warriors, the town’s top-flight rugby league team. Competing in the European Super League, this club outdates its footballing sibling by 60 years, forming in 1872. The club has a trophy cabinet as big as any, with 21 League Championships, 19 Challenge Cups and four World Club Challenges to their name, making them England’s most successful league club.
Fixtures across multiple competitions come thick and fast throughout the year, usually played on Fridays and Saturdays. Ticket prices are generally around £22 for adults, with cheaper options for concessions and juniors, and free entry for under 5s.
Both Wigan Athletic and Wigan Warriors play their home matches at the DW Stadium, a 25,138-seater venue located next to Robin Park, a retail and leisure facility. It is easily accessible from any of our Wigan hotels, but is most convenient for those staying at our Wigan Town Centre hotel, which less than two miles away.
If you are a live music fan looking to get your fix in Wigan, look no further. While you’re probably not going to see world famous bands and artists gracing the stages of this north-west town, there are plenty of places to go to find some great up-and-coming music acts. The Old Courts on Crawford Street is a vibrant multi-arts centre, housed inside a renovated police station court. This place has two intimate and quirky music venues, and plays host to a variety of bands and musicians.
Next up on our gig guide is The Boulevard, located in the town centre on Wallgate. It has all the charm and friendliness of your local pub, but comes with a serious reputation for live music. You are more likely to see a tribute band than a chart-topper here, but it is well worth a visit for the atmosphere alone.
Our final recommendation is Indiependance on King Street West. This bar-come-nightclub is an energetic venue which occasionally hosts gigs and open mic nights. If you fancy staying out after an evening of live music, this is the place for you.