Visitor Week 2016 will see a wider programme of activities as it takes over the reins from the City Show this year.

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The annual show has seen decreasing attendances over recent years.

As a result of this, the traditional City Show will be rested and a longer programme of activities is being put together in its place.

Keren Jones, City of Wolverhampton Council Service Director for City Economy, said: "From the feedback we have received we are aware that many local people want something different.

"People's habits are changing and we feel putting our energies into enhancing a series of events offers more diversity, choice, and better value for money to the public."

Instead, this summer there will be a programme of events that will run from Friday 1 July to Sunday 10 July at venues across the city.

Wolverhampton Visitor Week is shaping up into an exciting programme, with something on offer for all the family.

Local partners are working with the City of Wolverhampton Council to develop a wide ranging programme.

Events in the pipeline include an extended family fun fair at West Park, and the popular Wolvestock Country Music Festival will be returning to Wolverhampton Racecourse.  Music fans can also head to Bantock Park to enjoy a folk festival.

Bantock House will provide the backdrop for a host of vintage vehicles and engines from yesteryear as part of an Engineering and Careers event supported by the Armed Forces.

If the weather is poor people can enjoy the best of the city indoors with free entry to the Wolves Museum at Molineux Stadium, special screenings at the Light House Media Centre, and talks in the Mayor's Parlour to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Queen Victoria visiting Wolverhampton.

Wolverhampton Art Gallery will be running a family drawing day and competition, and will begin operating its new Sunday opening times.

More events are to be added to the full Visitor Week programme, with a comprehensive schedule to be confirmed in May.

  • released: Monday 11 April, 2016