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Things to do

Wolverhampton has plenty of things to do to keep you entertained throughout the year.

Whether you’re simply looking some somewhere to chill and do some shopping, or want to get active, have some fun with your friends, or splash out and see a show. And your entertainment needn’t cost the earth – there are plenty of things to do for free, and for those that aren’t, make sure you check in case you can get a concessionary rate as a student.

Things to do in Wolverhampton

If you’re sick of streaming or feeling Netflix negativity, head to Cineworld at Bentley Bridge retail park for all the cinema screen action, where you can usually get around £2 off your ticket with your student discount: so make sure you’re making the most of your Totum card.

Work, study, life… they can all leave us in need of laughter. So if your commitments are leaving you in need of relief, check out who’s on stage, whether it's a local comedy night or rising star at Wolverhampton Civic and Wulfrun Halls. Even closer to home, our very own Arena Theatre offers great value entertainment on our doorstep.

Alternatively, at Wolverhampton’s Grand Theatre, you can fill up on a satisfying mix of travelling shows including drama, ballet, music, comedy, opera and more. There are big-name shows like Mamma MiaShrek, Sister Act and Everybody's Talking About Jamie alongside touring theatre companies and the best in tribute acts. You’ll also discover a growing list of the latest comedy acts including Ed Gamble, Paul Chowdhry, Harry Hill, Jon Richardson, Dara O Briain and Dave Gorman – so there’s something to suit everyone’s tastes.

A short walk from campus, close to West Park, Newhampton Arts Centre offers an intimate  small-venue space for music, theatre, exhibitions, as well as various classes and family-friendly events. Head there for everything from storytelling and comedy to yoga classes and folk music.

If music is what feeds your soul, Wolverhampton’s pubs and clubs provide a range of live music to suit all tastes. The iconic Wolverhampton Civic and Wulfrun Halls are due to reopen soon following extensive refurbishment. KK’s Steel Mill on Frederick Street is rapidly becoming one of the top venues in the Midlands for live rock, or hop on the bus to Bilston to take in a show at The Robin to see the likes of Newton Faulkner, Wishbone Ash and the best tribute bands on the circuit.

Wolverhampton’s iconic Victorian marvel, West Park, has won a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for five years running – and with good reason. Only a short walk from campus, it offers everything great parks do, with space to relax, play sport, have fun with the kids, and to feed the ducks. If you’re stretched for time, why not pop into Wolverhampton’s Archive Gardens – a hidden gem right next to Molineux stadium? Or walk from Wolverhampton City Campus to Springfield Campus along the canal for a different perspective.

Need a break from your studies? Rest your eyes upon Wolverhampton Art Gallery’s collection (or grab a tasty treat in their café). With a collection spanning 300 years and thousands of individual pieces, you’ll be sure to see something to inspire. If you want to delve into some local history, you can explore Wolverhampton’s rich heritage through documents, photos, maps and more at Wolverhampton City Archives

The City of Wolverhampton has a rich artistic scene, with many independent galleries and artists including the Asylum Art Gallery. For more art, check out what our very own School of Creative Industries has on show in the George Wallis Building’s galleries, as well as our students’ work in the annual degree shows. The School is closely aligned to and celebrates cultural events including Artsfest, Black History Month, LGBT+ Awareness Month and Disability History Month.

The gorgeous Edwardian Bantock House is free to visit and has period furnishings inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement and is set within 43 acres of parkland and surrounded by delightful formal gardens. You can enjoy a meal or drink in their Courtyard Café or have a go at the Pitch and Putt from between April and September.