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  • GeoffNorfolk
    Norfolk, UK96 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Was given this trip as a Christmas present.
    The museum is superbly run and we had a very enjoyable day looking at the aircraft and the various exhibits.
    This venue is well worth visiting.
    Written 28 February 2024
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  • sam w
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing place and a great find. All staff went above and beyond. The bird show was out of this world. Looking forward to going back in the summer to the other show. Great value for money. Only downside not many options for food so take a pack lunch! 😊
    Written 22 February 2024
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  • Jessica S
    Wolverhampton, UK16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wightwick Manor and gardens is a great family day out for all ages. The volunteers are so friendly and helpful here. The house is absolutely beautiful and full of history and so are the gardens and walks around the Manor. There are plenty of picturesque places for a picnic in better weather or they have a lovely cafe if the weather not as good! I particularly love coming here with my daughter to do the family activities such as pumpkin hunt in October or egg hunt in Easter. Would love to come and join in with the outdoor kids activities in the future as I haven't had chance this half term! We've visited a few times now and look forward to our future visits.
    Written 14 February 2024
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  • Laura H
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We visited Mosley Hall after going to Boscobel house following the story of King Charles II. We went on the guided tour with Peter and he was very good, extremely informative and we came away knowing alot. With a visit!
    Written 11 February 2024
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  • sassy
    Shrewsbury, UK26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We met up with family to have lunch together at David Austin Roses. The restaurant is excellent, the staff very pleasant and willing to help. The food was outstanding and always is, this is not the first time of visiting, we have been many times and we have always had excellent food and service. In the summer we can enjoy the roses which is a lovely bonus. Thank you for another successful trip
    Written 1 December 2023
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  • Coffeedrinker1000
    27 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visiting the art gallery was an enjoyable experience. The refurbishment looks good - this is not a tired municipal gallery, like so many. Arts Council England has got on board with trying to regenerate Wolverhampton and the West Midlands. It is great to see investment and one can only hope a good ‘chain of pearls’ effect might come of that for the wider city, should the Council, and local organisations experienced in regeneration, seize the opportunity.

    I get the impression the art gallery (and mayb the theatre, which I didn’t visit) is the only feature of the city that might put visitors at ease. Yet it cannot reasonably sustain interest without other excellent amenities nearby. Judging by my long walk across Wolverhampton, I suspect it will take time for these to develop around the gallery. At present, there are virtually no conspicuously good restaurants that would indicate a developing cultural quarter, but mostly greasy fayre diners which any international tourist would likely avoid. There is of course the art gallery’s cafe, Glaze, if you like cake, and very nice it is too. If it diversified its menu it could be a welcome lunch destination for tourists.

    Wolverhampton’s art collection is strong and features nationally important works - the unique selling points being its British, and select international, works of Pop art, and Black art, including from the Midlands’ seminal Blk Art Group of the late Seventies and early Eighties. Aside from the Ulster Museum’s own definitive collection, Wolverhampton also has very strong coverage of art documenting the Troubles in Northern Ireland (although it is not immediately obvious as to why!).

    The temporary exhibition space - a suite of rooms - is extensive and beautifully designed, and the Derek Boshier exhibition, put on by an external guest curator, offered a coherent career retrospective with a great selection of loaned in works. It was a bit baffling, though, that the display’s wall graphics were printed onto ordinary paper, black text onto white, and pinned up with magnets as if place holders for the decal graphics or graphics panels presumably on order. As wall graphics are not especially costly, I doubt this had to do with running out of budget - therefore, it might have been a good idea to put a notice up to explain that they were a work in progress for the recently opened exhibition. A nicely produced book-cum-catalogue for the exhibition was expensive, at around £35 for a fairly slim volume; the price point was too high, especially for a lesser-known Pop pioneer and for an anthology-style publication of short essays, as opposed to a name most audiences would know well, befitting a detailed monograph. I would expect a Marco Livingstone Hockney monograph to suit that price point.

    The wider Pop room was a nice summing up of developments with one wall given over to regular rehangs - a great idea for keeping the curatorial effort and overheads manageable while providing good coverage of this nationally esteemed collection.

    The modern and contemporary displays tend to be more confidently and fluently curated than the 18th and 19th century collections which slightly jostle for space and seem more like didactic social history specimens befitting a general museum, as opposed to aesthetic spectacles for art gallery engagement. The visual enjoyment factor needed greater attention. This alerted me to the issue of period specialisms waning for earlier art in favour of modern and contemporary and the importance of regional galleries’ need for specialists from both fields. I appreciate that is not easy to strike that balance, and with collections that have notable gaps - for example, the Victorian art collection is composed mostly of unremarkable rustic genre works, with few examples of Pre-Raphaelitism and aestheticism, which I expect would make it a challenge to develop a wholly stunning Victorian Room. Still, the collection does boast enough good 18th century portraits to develop a more coherent visual draw than that dedicated room achieved. And the room could have done with some wall colour and the removal of what appeared to be large office tables and conference equipment - a big monitor screen seemed to be a permanent wall fixture, which I thought was a shame. The room appeared to be for hire, presumably by local businesses or council personnel, when instead there might have been a discrete space developed for such activity as part of the capital works.

    To achieve a greater balance of collection coverage in the permanent display rooms, I would suggest curating the periods not necessarily in discrete rooms but across all the rooms, and therefore starting with early works and continuing to contemporary in one long run - late 18th century works might feature next to 19th century, and late 19th next to early 20th century. This might make greater use of key collection works, encouraging a sense of art historical continuity and change, without being constrained by room theme and over-emphasising weaker aspects of the collection.

    Great care has been taken by the curators to write captions thoughtfully and intelligently. It would seem that the tradition of expertise at Wolverhampton Art Gallery - stretching back to the late Sixties - has so far been maintained, which, again, we rarely see these days in many hard-stretched regionals, as roles are increasingly eroded and diluted with local authority funding cuts. This gallery, in contrast with others (BMAG?), serves to remind us that a museum is only as good as its curation, and when the curation is good funding for a capital redevelopment is deserved.

    I enjoyed my visit and would return if I could combine a trip with another destination (ICON? East Side Projects?). I wish that Wolverhampton, the city, could be as enjoyable as the gallery, but I felt I was missing the vital ingredients of attractiveness, culture and cosmopolitanism. I suppose I had hoped there would be less of a contrast between life and art, which was rather abrupt but not necessarily because of the hard times we live through. My impression of the people of Wolverhampton was that they are not necessarily struggling more than many Londoners do (statistically, a greater percentage of Londoners are on Universal Credit, with a much higher cost of living), and I noticed that some seemed happy enough to spend money socialising in large groups outside pubs on a Monday late afternoon. It seems that in the Midlands disposable incomes are perhaps not quite as tight as in many boroughs of London, where pubs are largely empty even on Friday and Saturday nights. Therefore, I can think of few reasons why a cultural quarter development would especially alienate the locals, and if money from visitors could aid the local economy, all the better. I hope that the dots will be joined so that the art gallery becomes less an island and more a galvaniser.
    Written 5 November 2023
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  • L R
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I went with my mom to see Stewart Lee (best show I’ve ever seen and he’s always brilliant!) and we had a wonderful time.

    We splashed out a bit and had a private booth. Neither of us drink alcohol and so we went for the Silver Experience, in the past we’ve found that sometimes staff at other venues have focused on customers who are drinking alcohol -understandable as if you’re buying champagne you want it fizzy and your glass topped up (frequently!) but we’ve felt a bit neglected on those occasions. We didn’t feel that way at the Grand.

    The booth attendants, Dawn and Grace, were absolutely amazing and very attentive without being at all intrusive, even though I could see they also had committments to other guests who looked equally well-catered to. It was nice to be able to also buy any extra items from the bar without queuing via these very helpful ladies. There also seemed to be really diverse choice of alcoholic drinks and there was a great atmosphere in the Arthur’s bar.

    Security very kindly radioed through as soon as we arrived and Grace came down, greeted us and escorted us to the booth (great, seamless system!) Dawn then introduced herself to take not only our orders for pre-show refreshments but also for the interval. This was fantastic because my (still completely fizzy!) lemonade was waiting for me when I came back from watching the first half, the replenished snacks were also lovely and I couldn’t believe there was no extra charge for all the bowls of popcorn I ate! Dawn even got us some refeshment in paper cups to take into the auditorium and both she and Grace were both so friendly and personable and really lovely to talk to. Dawn even escorted us to our seats for both the first and second half.

    All the staff at the venue were fantastic. I wish I’d got their names, the two gentlemen from security were great. They were friendly and polite but totally professional. I really appreciated the way they facilitated Stewart Lee signing merch after the show. We were lucky enough to be the first in the queue - and there was a proper queuing area! At other venues things can get a little chaotic because it isn’t clear when/where the line begins and it can be confusing! The gentlemen from security not only put up clear signs and cordons but also directed customers where to go. They also managed to ensure the area didn’t become too crowded whilst remaining very polite and approachable - not taking the shine off anyone’s night and actually allowing people to get their merchandise signed without anyone feeling rushed. They also allowed us to queue for a second time which I am so grateful for as I forgot to purchase something I really wanted signed the first time.

    Again, I unfortunately didn’t get her name, but the lady we spoke to at the Box Office on Friday was also very kind and helpful. We purchased tickets months ago but were so keen to sit near the front we hadn’t noticed our tickets were listening only (even though it was clearly stated when booking and on the tickets!) She very kindly exchanged these for some of the same price further back but with a much better view (I think they must have been returns because they were brilliant seats). I am so grateful to her for rectifying what was (after all) entirely our error and for her reassuring and friendly telephone manner.

    We are actually from Telford so haven’t been to the Grand since the pandemic began but will definitely return! We even emailed the Head of Customer Services (Mr Anthony Wingrove) to commend the staff and really hope that our (exclusively extremely positive) feedback is passed on. We wouldn’t normally do this but the night was exceptional and the team deserve recognition.

    Our thanks go to everyone we interacted with. I’ve been going through a difficult time having been very unwell and under a lot of pressure recently and the staff were so reassuring, professional, and helpful. This is my first night out in some time and it was so lovely. It was a really enjoyable, stress free and relaxing evening and offered some much needed respite. Very much appreciated and we will definitely be returning.
    Written 29 January 2024
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  • Ryan C
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Went to the museum and then onto the stadium tour and had an amazing day.
    My dad has been a Wolves fan since the fifties and we went together to celebrate his 92nd birthday, it was great seeing the old days in the museum along with the modern times. The stadium tour was brilliant with a very knowledgeable lady named Claire who was our guide which made it such a special day.
    My dad said it was his best birthday ever
    Thank you
    Written 28 February 2024
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  • Steve A
    Wolverhampton, England, United Kingdom18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A really interesting old house with a great historical story . We chose this as a wedding venue 5 years ago and still visit now . Beautifull gardens in summer and well looked after in winter with ample parking and good cafe for a snack
    Written 3 February 2024
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  • Raj Bhai
    Wolverhampton, UK6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It’s a beautiful park, there is a lake in the middle with a lot of wildlife, I was feeding the ducks off the bridge, when I noticed a distinctive green coloured bird, and there they were, the Indian ring necked parakeets, they do live and breed in this park, you have to listen out for there distinctive call, amazing birds which have climatizad to the British weather.
    Written 23 September 2023
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  • EET55
    United Kingdom6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I booked a tour of Molineux stadium for four - my dad, two children and myself. We had the most excellent tour guide in Claire who was both incredibly knowledgeable about the history of Wolverhampton Wanderers and the stadium itself. It was a lovely experience for our family, which was made special by our guide - thank you Claire!
    After the tour of the stadium we visited the Wolves museum, this was a real treat. There is so much rich history and a range of memorabilia to match, particularly the lucky ‘kicking box’ which we remembered from a visit to Molineux stadium in the 90s when Johnathan Haywood showed us around.
    We finished our visit with a trip to the club shop for some replica kits.
    Thank you to everyone for being so welcoming, we had a great visit.
    Written 28 December 2023
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  • Kevin F
    Staffordshire, UK51 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quiet area away from hustle and bustle. Good basic food.Opportunity to sit in or out. Walk nearby. Farm animals to look at.
    Written 27 April 2022
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