Wolverhampton: leisure is our business
Wolverhampton has an internationally-acclaimed Art Gallery, popular theatres, cinema screens, live music venues, modern leisure centres, green spaces, nature reserves and country parks.
But this wide-ranging leisure and cultural offer doesn’t just make the city a more attractive place to live - it makes a valuable contribution to our local economy in its own right.
The Civic Halls are the largest entertainment, events and leisure venue in the Black Country and a major hub for live entertainment. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre draws 300,000 visitors a year to the city and offers a wide range of major touring productions including drama, musicals, ballet, dance, opera, variety, concerts, children's shows and one of the biggest pantomimes in the UK.
To put things in perspective, the Civic Halls generate £4.3 million of GVA for the local economy while the Grand Theatre generates a further £3.6 million of GVA.
Wolverhampton’s Grand Theatre and Civic Halls draw visitors from across the West Midlands and beyond. Together, they generate £17.3 million annually and supports 637 local jobs. The venues are set to benefit from a £10.4 million programme of refurbishment and improvement.
The project plays a key part in the regeneration of the city and contributes to the £868 million of public and private investment being ploughed into the city centre helping to stimulate economic growth.
For lovers of arts and heritage, the city offers four contrasting venues. Among a fine selection of works covering the past 300 years, the Art Gallery has one of the most prized collections of Pop Art in Europe.
If your interest in the arts is more hands-on, Bilston Craft Gallery offers immersive family workshops. You can also step back 100 years in time at Bantock House Museum, or find out more about the city’s rich history at the City Archives.
The city is something of a sporting capital, too. Wolverhampton is home to Molineux Stadium and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC. Wolves have given the city one of its most popular brands - and one that’s recognised throughout the world.
Wolverhampton Racecourse attracts visitors from around the world - and its all-weather track was the first in Britain to be floodlit.
Monmore Green Stadium is home greyhound racing and to Black Country Speedway, the second most popular spectator sport in the city.