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Free days out this weekend

When we asked over on our Facebook page what everyone was up to over the bank holiday weekend it sparked quite a heated debate about WV11 and what it has to offer. Now I know we don’t have anything like Alton Towers on our doorstep, but I pointed out on Facebook what we do have in the way of parks and public facilities – however what I’d forgotten to point out was how well placed we are to attend events in other areas.

We are serviced by a fairly regular and reliable bus service, and with it only taking 25 mins at most during the rush hour to get into the City centre it’s easy to get around using public transport, or otherwise.

So with this in mind why don’t you take advantage of some of the FREE  Heritage Open Days being organised in and around Wolverhampton this weekend?

Information on all events organised can be found on their website, but here are just a few that I thought may be interesting (please be aware some events may require pre booking):

Baker’s Boot Factory: 22 Cleveland Road, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV2 1BH

Saturday: 11:00 – 16:00

Grade II large Victorian factory complex of 1868 in ‘Venetian Gothic’ style by unknown architect – central courtyard only open.

Special Activities for Children/Families Details: Family craft event planned, if wet relocated to The Workspace

Craftsense: Bilston Craft Gallery, Mount Pleasant, Bilston, West Midlands, WV14 7LU.

Thursday: 1000-1600
Friday: 1000-1300
Saturday: 1100-1600

Discover the links between eighteenth century local industry and contemporary craft. Craftsense features over one hundred pieces of the world renowned Bilston enamels, many of which have received conservation and restoration work from Jackfield Conservation Studios, to preserve our local heritage.

Grand Theatre: Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV1 1DE

Saturday tours: 14:00. 15:00 & 16:00

The Grade II listed Grand Theatre will be lifting more than just the curtains with back stage tours taking place throughout the day. Admire the period features of this Wolverhampton landmark and appreciate its character with the new ‘Grand Memories’ exhibits

Pre booking is required. To register your interest in attending call 01902 551069 or email heritageopendays@wolverhampton.gov.uk

Molineux Hotel: Whitmore Hill, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV1 1SF

Saturday 10:00 – 16:00

A fully-restored, Grade II* listed Georgian property, and now home to the city’s Archives & Local Studies Service. Come along and view some of the restored historic interiors, as well as the public reading rooms. Take a look behind the scenes in the newly-built storage repository, which houses 500 years of Wolverhampton’s history!

Moseley Old Hall: Moseley Old Hall Lane, Fordhouses, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV10 7HY

An Elizabethan farmhouse with many fascinating stories to tell, the most famous of all is about the fugitive King Charles II, who hid here after the Battle of Worcester in 1651. There are rooms with beautiful wood panelling and fascinating items, as well as a secret priest hole in which Charles II actually hid. The garden has been reconstructed in a 17th century style with a beautiful ‘Knot’ garden and plants that would have existed there in the 17th century.

Special Activities for Children/Families Details: Hands on with history – special handling collection for children to experience.

Remember these are just some of the events taking place, So for full details on these and others visit the Heritage website.

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