Walsall is in the heart of the Midlands but when planning a day out can often be overshadowed by neighbouring Birmingham. Our list of things to do will change your mind as Walsall offers plenty of choice for visitors and residents alike, with lots of options for the budget conscious too.
Play some boardgames at Asgard Games
Set up over a decade ago this community hub is home to over 500 board games so there is certain to be something to appeal. There is a café on site (freshly baked donuts anyone?) and what makes them stand out is their quirkiness and inclusivity. They run an autism friendly café, host ‘The Mind Kind’ men’s wellness project each week and the Walsall Warmasters (for those steampunk fans amongst us!)
Unit 3, Digbeth, Walsall WS1 1QU
Check out the Transport Museum
This museum is a little further out of Walsall but well worth the visit. It is one of those museums that sum up British eccentricity and we love it. Home to numerous buses and vehicles waiting for you to explore, the museum is accessible by car, bus, or rail. Family tickets are £11 and on event days you can park free or often there is a free bus to hop on.
Shenstone Drive, Aldridge, Walsall, WS9 8TP
Get outdoors and enjoy some green space in Walsall's unique community garden
Sometimes all you need is a picnic, fresh air, and breathe – and this community garden hits the spot. A calm oasis just outside the town centre, the garden provides opportunities for people with disabilities, alongside residents and community groups and schools. The site offers education in food production and the natural environment as well as a Farm Shop, putting green, wildflower meadow and a woodland walk. All in all, a lovely day out.
Goscate Greenacres, Goscote Lane, Walsall, WS3 1SJ
Enjoy some music and art at One Love
One Love is a Community Interest Company who aims to tackle, social isolation loneliness, anxiety, depression, and issues that lead to poor mental health. The centre offers a vast range of activities and workshops. However, if you just want to dip your toe in gently their Coffee Shop (Expressions) provides an informal avenue for people to start to engage, a place of safety and a place to make new friends.
202-206 High Street Walsall WS3 3LA
Make a visit and do some shopping at the Walsall Leather Museum
If you have every wondered why Walsall became Britain’s centre for the leather industry in the 19th century (or didn’t know it was!) this museum is for you. There are lots of hands-on activities on offer including making a leather keyring plus special and seasonal events. Entrance is free, there is a gorgeous little coffee shop alongside picnic tables if you fancy bringing your own lunch.
Littleton Street West, Walsall WS2 8EW
Discover the Walsall makers at Urban Hax
This really is a day (or month!) out with a difference. Urban Hax is aimed at all you makers out there. A non-profit makerspace its mission is to build a community of makers, tinkerers, innovators, and hobbyists who come together to share their knowledge, skills, and crafts with other members of the community (young and old). Day or monthly passes are available.
The Stables, Victoria Corn Mills, Long Acre Street, Walsall WS2 8HP
For kids - take a trip to Little Hooligans
An ultra-friendly and ultra clean, soft family run play area in the centre of Walsall. Little Hooligans are community champions too working with schools to help vulnerable, local families. They host seasonal activities and have toys and crafts suitable for the youngest family members. You never know, you may even get time for a coffee!
8a The Quarter, Lower Hall Lane, WS1 1LY
Go on safari on the Hidden Hippo Trail
Walsall. Hippos. Should not go together but they do. “Meet me at the hippo” is a Walsall tradition and this trail takes you around the town finding its more elusive cousins. A great digital trail which is fun for all the family and gets all those steps in without you realising.
Walsall town centre (various locations)
Find it all in one place at The Hub
Every town needs a place for exhibitions, sports, and clubs. Walsall has The Hub a £11 million venue that hosts activities throughout the year. Looking for an affordable gym or a relaxing restaurant to dine with friends? Then look no further than The Hub.
Littleton Street West, Walsall WS2 8ES
Visit the New Art Gallery Walsall
This amazing gallery opened in 2000 and is the permanent home to over 1,500 sculptures, paintings, and prints. With free admission, it hosts events and workshops throughout the year fully supporting its ‘purpose is to provide a cultural and educational service of the very highest quality and to act as a focus for civic pride and community identity for the people of Walsall and the region.’ The gallery provides a full day out – there really is something for everyone here.
Take a stroll through the trees at Walsall Arboretum
This site which opened in 1874 is a rural retreat at the heart of Walsall town centre. The park covers 170 acres and includes gardens, green spaces, play areas, and sports facilities. You can choose, like our Victorian ancestors, to take a gentle stroll or take part in something more ‘modern’ like a 5K park run or hire a pedalo.
Lichfield Road, Walsall WS4 2BU