Two of the cities major entertainment venues, Wolverhampton Civic Hall and Wulfrun Hall, may be closed for refurbishment, but there are still several great options for you to choose from if you want to see a show, enjoy some sporting action, listen to live music, or laugh until your sides hurt.
Entertainment in Wolverhampton
The Grand Theatre is a stunning Victorian theatre on Lichfield Street which welcomes some of the finest touring companies in the country to the city of Wolverhampton. Take a look at what’s on during your stay; The Grand curates a wonderful programme of drama, musicals, ballet, dance and opera, as well as one of the biggest pantomimes in the country that packs the three-tiered, 1,200 capacity auditorium to the rafters. As well as welcoming companies, The Grand is now also beginning to realise its vision to go back to its roots and create more in-house productions for the people of Wolverhampton.
If you prefer pint-sized productions, then you may want to check out the Arena Theatre on Wulfruna Street, opposite the Wolverhampton Art Gallery one of our favourite activities in Wolverhampton. The 150-capacity theatre may be small, but it packs a punch. It’s one of the longest-running and most successful small theatres in the region; thanks to its wonderful reputation and state-of-the-art facilities it manages to attract some incredible shows, with tickets costing a pittance of what you’d expect to pay for such quality.
Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
Time to talk football and Wolverhampton Wanderers. The city’s one and only professional football team, Wolves play their home games just north of the city centre, on the other side of the ring road, at the Molineux Stadium. If you’re travelling here as an away fan, our Wolverhampton City Centre hotel is your most convenient option. It’s less than a mile and fewer than fifteen minute’s walk away, and there are plenty of great Wolverhampton nightlife options on-route should you fancy drowning your sorrows or celebrating with a shandy after the final whistle. Wolverhampton Wanderers were one of the founding members of the Football League and now ply their trade in the Premier League.
In terms of your other sporting options, if you fancy a day at the races then make your way to Wolverhampton Racecourse. The city has a long history of horse racing; Wolverhampton has had a racecourse ever since 1825, and the current sporting arena is one of the most popular in the country with more than 120,000 visitors each year spread across a calendar of 80 race fixtures. Best of all, if you’re staying at our Wolverhampton North hotel then you’re only ever less than a ten-minute drive away from having a flutter on the horses.
Alternatively, if you’d rather have a punt on the greyhounds, or watch a bit of speedway, you’ll find both at the Monmore Green Stadium, east of the city centre. You’ll have to check online to see if you can watch Wolverhampton Speedway during your stay. Meanwhile, you can go to the greyhounds on Thursdays and Saturdays.
Last but not least, if you’re looking for live music options, then Wolverhampton doesn’t disappoint. The Wolverhampton Civic Hall is the main venue and boasts a prime location right in the heart of the city centre. It’s actually a complex of three venues rolled into one, Civic Hall, Wulfrun Hall and The Slade Rooms. Currently, the Civic Hall and Wulfrun Hall are closed for major refurbishment. However, The Slade Rooms has picked up the mantle and enjoys a jam-packed programme of gigs and comedy events. The monthly Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club is a particular favourite, regularly selling out the 500-capacity venue.
Your other option would be to make the short trip out of town to The Robin 2 in Bilston. It’s a quirky venue capable of housing up to 700 people. In terms of music, it largely caters for fans of rock music, but you can also catch some top-quality tribute bands, as well as lesser-known artists. Tickets are always affordable and the audience is always lively and up for a good night. The best thing about The Robin is that it’s clearly run by music lovers for music lovers, so the sound’s always top notch.