As the daylight is fading and the leaves are turning brown, Autumn is settling in and the warm evenings of mojitos and shades are truly behind us for the year! But for those that like to wrap up warm and embrace this crisp, nostalgic season, it’s a time when the simplest pleasures seem to bring the most joy. And with TheStudios being flats in Wolverhampton, slap-bang in the heart of the city, our residents are never stuck for something to do- whatever the weather! Here’s a handful of offerings within walking distance of TheStudios.
76 Park Rd West
Just a stones-throw away up Chapel Ash is the luscious greenery of West Park. Open to the public since 1881, the area is particularly beautiful when viewed through the kaleidoscopic haze of Autumn. Whether it’s a crisp & frosty walk around the park’s ornamental lakes (geese permitting), or a spot of lunch sat amongst the centre’s technicolour flower beds, the park is delightful this time of the year. Sometimes the best things in life are free!
When the fresh Autumn air gets a little too cold for comfort, why not duck inside and seek out something new with friends? Located on Lichfield Street, this Grade II listed building has been providing an eclectic programme of entertainment for 125 years! Staging everything from panto to comedy to drama, The Grand Theatre is a true jewel in Wolverhampton’s crown as it brings talent from far and wide to the city for all to enjoy.
The Chubb Building, Fryer Street
Tucked away in The Chubb Buildings is one of the city’s best arts venues and the Black Country’s only independent cinema. But it’s not simply a silver-screen on offer here- between the Lock Works Café and the galleries, The Lighthouse is a wonderfully creative hub that consistently hosts fantastic material from local artists and beyond. A registered charity, be sure to check what’s on and swing by to support one of the best community-centric enterprises this city has to offer.
Lichfield St./14 Broad St.
If you’re seeking warmth and comfort, look no further than the authentic Indian cuisine of Zuri Coffee- also on Lichfield Street. Whether it’s breakfast or lunch you’re in need of, the menu is inspired- with prontinis, curries and biriyanis all being the perfect antidote for soggy, British-afternoon-blues. The family-ran café caters for vegans and veggies too and adds a dash of colour to Wolverhampton’s culinary scene!
And if you need some food-for-thought for those post-theatre musings, Jivan’s is undoubtedly the best-value curry house in the city, with the modest décor and seating space belying the bold and irresistible dishes on offer.
2-3 King St.
Why not finish off the night with something a little different? The Grain Store is Wolverhampton’s premier Gin Emporium- serving up an astonishing selection of the spirit in servings that are sure to excite even the most avid of cocktail fans! Creative concoctions such as the ‘Blood Orange Flower Part’ are mixed & garnished with love and care to make each offering something special. So, dip in and sample their ‘Ginventory’ before heading home- you may end up staying longer than originally intended!