About 4 miles north of the city is the Elizabethan farmhouse of Moseley now a National Trust property. King Charles II is said to have hidden here after the battle of Worcester in 1651 during the English Civil War. The house is open at weekends and limited days during the week. During the winter the house is open on Sundays only.
About 6 miles west of the city in the village of Wombourne are the Bratch Locks. An impressive set of three locks on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal complete with toll house that was opened in 1772. It's a popular spot with walkers, fishermen and familys at weekends.
As I said earlier the purpose of our trip was to see a New Order gig here. It's an excellent place to watch live music, there's plenty of standing room and just a small balcony with seats, I'll stand every time, not so many places allow it now though - why is that?
The Wolverhampton City Show which is held once a year in the West Park is now one of the most popular summertime events in the Midlands. It was my first visit to the Park since I was a little girl even though I don't live too far away, so it was a very nostalgic and enjoyable day out for me. The main acts of the day were Monster Trucks, Gerard Naprouse & the Devils Horsemen Stunt Team, The Royal Artillery Display Troop, James Dylans Stunt Team all of who put on a fantastic show. For those not interested in the acts in the main arena you could browse around the many Marquees, including the Annual Flower and vegetable show, the West Midlands Fuchsia Society, The national Farmers Union Marquee, where you could see the baby farm animals, dog show. Billy Kinghorn a sheap shearing legend presented 3 shows, which I found fascinating to watch. The weekend ends with display from the Black Knights (Parachute Display Team). All in all a fun day out
The West park in Wolverhampton has been named as one of the best in the country in the first ever guide to the United Kingdoms most impressive green spaces and the Royal Horticultural Society Good Parks Guide states it is on the finest Victorian parks in England. The book is full of information giving opening times, how to get there, facilities etc. It also highlights some of the parks best features including the bandstand, clock tower, conservatory where you can see a collection of plants from all over the world and all of which are listed buildings. When I was a young girl I used to spend a lot of time in the park with my parents and brothers and sister, taking a boat out on the Lake where you can see a collection of waterfowl. fishing etc and used to enjoy many a picnic on a sunday afternoon, listening to the music coming from the bandstand. The Park is also used for venues such as the City Show, Bonfire nights and musical events centred around the bandstand
The Cosford Air show is an event that happens every June and is well worth the visit if you are interested. It is known to be one of the most popular and successful events in the British aviation calendar. There is lots going on during the day and something for everyone to enjoy, with displays from the Royal Navy and Army Air Corps, together with the overseas visitors and civilian display teams. There is also a wide range of activities that take place in and around the main hangars. This year they celebrated the 70th anniversary of the inaugural flight of the Spitfire and everything it represents. The aircraft symbolises the bravery, tenacity and sacrifice of everyone who lived through second world war and especially the Battle of Britain. Not only did the British Memorial Flight provide a flying display they were also on the ground giving people the opportunity to have a chat with the aircrew who fly not only the spitfire but also the Hurricane and Lancaster Bomber. The programme started off with Model aircraft display and the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team. We then had flying displays from Tornado GR4, , Hawk, Sea King, Hercules, Black Cats, Chinook, the Battle of Britain flight Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane to name a few. The show ended in style with a fantastic display from the Red Arrows
Gives visiters an idea about how people in the black country lived in the past. As you walk round you go into a house and it is like going into someones home. There is someone there baking or cleaning or just having a drink. As soon as you step into the museum you step back in time.