Spring in Your Step? Great Days Out in Wolverhampton

Beautiful Places – Amazing Spaces

It’s that time of year again! The clocks have sprung forward, Easter has hatched and (allegedly) the sun has his hat on! We always find the extra hour of daylight makes a big difference to our mood, sleep patterns and overall physical and mental health. It just feels good to have fun in the sun.

Now that we’re all more inclined to stay outdoors a little bit longer, we thought we’d highlight a handful of great places in and around Wolverhampton to help you make the most of British Summer Time. From parks to museums, here are six of the top-rated places to visit near TheStudios.

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1.West Park

Park Road West, Wolverhampton WV1 4PS

Just a 5-minute walk from TheStudios, on the other side of the ring road, lies one of Wolverhampton’s beautiful parks. With a vast 43 acres of beautiful green space and a lake at its northern end, West Park is considered to be one of the best unspoiled Victorian parks left in England. It is the perfect spot for a picnic or a walk after work, and with tennis courts, a tearoom and a beautiful Victorian Conservatory there’s every reason to visit. Look out for occasional visits from the fairground too!

The park opens daily at 7:30am and closes at 8pm in April, 8:30pm in May and 9pm through June, July and August. There’s a parkrun every Saturday morning at 9am, more details are available here.

2. David Austen Rose Gardens

Bowling Green Lane Albrighton, Wolverhampton WV7 3HB

Just a 20-minute drive northwest from TheStudios, over the border into Shropshire, lies the magnificent David Austin Rose Gardens in Albrighton. A pleasant day out that’s sure to please all the senses, the David Austin Rose Gardens have been breeding and showcasing some of the nation’s finest roses since 1961. It’s free to walk around the six themed gardens, which between them feature over 700 flourishing rose varieties, and with a gift shop, plant centre and restaurant on site too, you have everything you need for a slower paced, mindful and unforgettable day in the sun.

David Austin Rose Gardens is open daily from 9am to 5pm. If you’re very quick, you can book afternoon tea on Wednesdays to Saturdays inclusive until the 27th April.

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3. Smestow Valley Local Nature Reserve

Meadow View Terrace, WV6 8NX

If you fancy a long walk or cycle ride, the Black Country Blue Network is a great place to start. Connecting the city centre to two nature reserves, the picturesque scenery on the way is sure to please. The nearest part of the network to TheStudios is Smestow Valley Local Nature Reserve. The reserve is directly adjacent to the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal and is a mere 10-minute cycle or 30-minute walk from the city centre. From here, you can also access National Cycle Route 81 which begins in Smethwick and runs all the way to Aberystwyth in Wales.

With 120 acres of meadows and woodland, the network also includes the Wyrley and Essington canal and a former railway track bed – perfect to extend your bike ride along.

 

4. Wightwick Manor and Gardens

Bridgnorth Road, Wightwick Bank, WV6 8BN

If you’re looking for something a little more historical, Wightwick Manor and Gardens are just a 10-minute drive or 20-minute cycle from the city centre. A perfect example of Arts and Crafts-era design, the manor (which was just 50 years old at the time) was gifted in 1937 to the National Trust, by local politician and paint manufacturer Geoffrey Mander. Geoffrey was the first to donate property and continue to live in it while open to the public.

Avid about art, Geoffrey also collected objects associated with William Morris and Pre-Raphaelite paintings which are still on display today. Check opening times and ticket prices online here.

 

5. Northycote Farm and Country Park

Underhill Lane, Bushbury, WV10 7JF

Featuring a Tudor farmhouse and a host of wildlife in their natural habitats, Northycote Farm is a short 10-minute drive or 20-minute cycle away. The farm and country park are both havens for wildlife photographers with turkeys, geese, pigs and sheep roaming free. They also host regular events including Easter Egg trails, May Day celebrations, live music and the Town and Country show.

Grab your picnic basket and while away the daylight hours at this free to visit park.

 

6. Tettenhall Green and Paddling Pool

Stockwell Road, Tettenhall, WV6 8HT

We’ve listed a few public green spaces for you to visit in our list of great days out in Wolverhampton, but some suburban parks are worth a visit too. What could be better on a warm day than a huge, outdoor paddling pool to dip your toes in? Tettenhall Green has all this plus some great cafés and shops too. The outdoor pool generally reopens for the season in late May, so when the really hot days arrive, why not take a walk, grab an ice cream and cool off?

Keep an eye on the council website and social media for news on when the pool is ready to use.

 

All This and Much More

 

We hope we’ve inspired you to explore a little bit more of what’s right on your doorstep around TheStudios. Sporting fans, remember that Wolverhampton Cricket Club is nearby just next to Tettenhall Park, and Molineux Stadium, the home of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, is just a 5-minute walk away from our front door. If you’ve found any nearby places of interest, please let us know and we’ll be sure to shout about them to the whole building in future blog posts!

 

 

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