Open mic, beer festivals, amateur theatre..

You simply can’t say there isn’t enough going on in our area. In fact, there’s probably more happening in Wolverhampton and our surrounding villages at the moment than there has ever been. This is because, as well as the large amount of small independent businesses willing to try something different and offer residents a new experience, people have decided that they want to make a difference and are going out to get involved in their community on a greater scale than (possibly) ever before.

A popular open mic session at Wild Bytes Cafe

Wild Bytes Cafe on Darlington Street is a good example of a small business striking out and trying new things. From open mic days / evenings to art exhibitions to knitting, writing and gaming nights, Wild Bytes offers something that is needed in a city that has (we have to be honest) struggled in recent years. As Wolverhampton undergoes development, places like Wild Bytes provide a place for people to meet and an outlet for talented local people. We’d imagine that once the grand vision for our city is complete, Wild Bytes will be a strong player taking on the big, established chain cafes and coffee shops.

Something else you’ll see in the suburbs and villages especially is the emergence of amateur theatre. Local groups are putting on some brilliant shows. The Tettenhall Amateur Players with ‘Dinner’ and Codsall Dramatic Society with ‘The Unexpected Guest’ ate just two popular local drama / theatre groups proving incredibly popular.

We often mention how good things are at the moment for beer and cider drinkers in our area. Over coming weekends, we’re spoiled for choice again. There are three beer festivals within a few miles of Wolverhampton city centre. This weekend,Walsall CAMRA’s Walsall Real Ale & Cider festival takes place at Walsall Town Hall. Closer to home we have Cafe Metro in Bilston’s Springfest beer & cider festival from Thursday until Saturday and also, Sacre Brew‘s Brew Studio Bar will be open on Friday (Hootenanny) and Saturday (Soiree)

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