This year's What's On Readers' Awards has seen Wolverhampton Art Gallery win Best Exhibition Venue in Wolverhampton & Black Country.

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The gallery hosted the Natural History Museum's 52nd Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, which has also scooped the Best Midlands Exhibition prize.

The city's Civic Halls have won the Best Music Venue Wolverhampton & Black Country honour.

It is the result of more than 50,000 votes cast online from readers of the 6 What's On titles - Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy, Councillor John Reynolds, said: "We work hard across the city to provide fantastic arts and entertainment for residents and visitors.

"The Art Gallery and the Civic Halls are great venues and we are delighted to have picked up these 3 awards."

Wolverhampton Art Gallery boasts more than 300 years of art with fantastic changing exhibitions and permanent galleries featuring work by English landscape and portrait genius Gainsborough.

Visitors can enjoy a packed programme of activities for all ages and regular world-class touring exhibitions.

There is also a café nestled on the first floor of the gallery that features everything from an early morning slice of toast through to fantastic cakes; perfect for an afternoon treat along with a range of speciality loose leaf teas and fresh Illy coffees. Lunchtime offers delicious Asian, quiche and salad platters, a range of sandwiches, paninis and jacket potatoes.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that has showcased the natural world's most astonishing and challenging sights for more than 50 years. It attracted thousands of visitors to the gallery.

The Civic Halls, located on North Street, has been providing the city with music and comedy for 80 years. The building is currently closed for refurbishment and there is an exciting programme of events re-located at various venues across the city. For more information, please visit Type=links;Linkid=1949;Title=wolvescivic;Target=_blank;.  

  • released: Wednesday 21 March, 2018