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Your events guide to what's on this weekend in the West Midlands

The weekend is setting up to be a big one, with a range of events taking place across the region.

The story of Shrek, Fiona and Donkey will be told on stage at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre. Photo: Lowry
The story of Shrek, Fiona and Donkey will be told on stage at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre. Photo: Lowry

From theatres in Stafford and Wolverhampton to big arenas on Birmingham and intimate settings in pubs and clubs, there is something for everyone.

Families will be able to visit parks and stately homes in the Black Country to see exhibits and enjoy the hospitality, while there will be comedy nights in clubs and chances to mix with dance legends while enjoying a game of bingo and a rave.

Musically, there is a diverse mixture of events taking place, with country-pop in Dudley, 70s music from tribute acts in Halesowen and Wolverhampton, blues in Stourbridge and a chance to dance to two of the great acts of the 1970s and 80s in Birmingham.

Theatre lovers will be able to watch popular musicals in Wolverhampton with Shrek and Birmingham with Sister Act, while poets will pontificate in a city theatre and Adrian Chiles will talk earnestly about his life in the second city.

For those wanting a night of fun and dancing, Oktoberfest events will hit the halls in Staffordshire and Black Country, bringing the best of Bavarian culture to the region.

It's going to be a fun weekend, so here's some of the ways you can enjoy it:

Friday, October 7

  • Birmingham Rep, 8.30pm: Adrian Chiles: The Good Drinker - Birmingham Literature Festival: Adrian Chiles shares anecdotes about his life and his relationship with alcohol. Tickets £12

  • Aquarius Ballroom, Hednesford, 7pm to 12.30am: Oktoberfest 2022, the biggest Bavarian celebration in Hednesford. Tickets £11.25

  • Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton, 6.15pm: Desi Central Comedy Night - Desi Central returns with another hilarious line up of acts from shows on BBC, Radio 1Xtra and Amazon Prime. Tickets: £18

  • Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton, 7.30pm: Whose Round is it Anyway? - Dave, Steve and Emma, better known as Poets, Prattlers and Pandemonialists, return with an event of rhymes and chat. Tickets: £10

  • Dudley Town Hall, 7.30pm: Nathan Carter and his band - A night of music and chat from Irish Country-Pop Sensation Nathan Carter. Tickets £30

  • Cornbow Hall, Halesowen, 7.30pm: Let's Rock The 70s - The music of the 70s from Disco to Punk but with a fantastic spoonful of rock. Tickets £24

  • Haden Hill House Museum, Cradley Heath, 11.30am: Cosy Corners - Drop in messy play early years activities and warm place. Tickets: Free

  • Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, 7.30pm: That’ll Be The Day - Let the UK’s leading Rock ’n‘ Roll show take you on a journey through the years, as together you celebrate the golden age of Rock ’n’ Roll and Pop. Tickets: £15

Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8

  • Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, 7.30pm: Shrek the Musical - Based on the story and characters from hit animation film, Shrek the Musical at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre is coming to its last dates. Join Shrek and his loyal steed Donkey as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful, yet feisty, Princess Fiona. Tickets: £12.50

  • Factory Works, Birmingham, 6pm: Digbeth Oktoberfest - German beer cocktails, chicken schnitzel, bratwurst, themed food, live bands, DJs, and a 'mass of games' are promised at the Digbeth Oktoberfest on October 7 and 8. Tickets: £15

  • Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton, 1pm: Wolverhampton 70’s Event - A weekend of 70s tribute acts, with Status Quo and the Sweet among the acts paid tribute to on Friday, and a full day of Slade acts on Saturday. Tickets: £23

  • Birmingham Hippodrome: Sister Act - 7.30pm - 2.30pm and 7.30pm on Saturday - Follow everyone's favourite nun as she goes on the run. Tickets: £26.50 on Friday, £32 on Saturday

Saturday, October 8

  • Black Country Living Museum, 10.30am: Black History Month - audio descriptive tour - A tour at the Black Country Living Museum, learning about the lesser-known stories from the Black Country, celebrating Black history month. Tickets: £19.95

  • Patrick Studio, Birmingham Hippodrome, 7.45am: Jumprov! Black History Month - The UK’s first Black and Brown Improv group and get their kicks by performing live comedy, which is completely improvised. Tickets: £5

  • Wightwick Manor, Wolverhampton, 1pm to 3pm: Specialist Talk: Women Artists of the Pre-Raphaelites - Join Helen, the House and Collections Manager, for a relaxed talk followed by a walking tour of the collection, featuring such artists as Evelyn De Morgan, Lizzie Siddal and Lucy Madox Brown. Tickets: £20

  • Perton Library, Wolverhampton, 10am: Perton Library History and Heritage Open Day - As well as looking at what Staffordshire Libraries have to offer for those interested in local and family history there are lots of other exhibitors and plenty of drop-in craft activities and fun for families and children. Tickets: Free

  • Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, 7.30pm: You Win Again - Join us for this breath-taking concert spectacular, taking you on a musical journey through all your favourite songs. Tickets £29

Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9

  • Moseley Old Hall, Featherstone, 10am: Red riding hood basket craft and story trail - Channel your inner woodland explorer and craft your own basket before setting off into the woods to follow the story boards and collect the items to fill your basket. Tickets: £1.50

  • Dudley Town Hall, 7.30pm: Harry Hill: Pedigree Fun! - Harry is back with brand-new amazing jokes in an all-singing, all-dancing one-man spectacular. Tickets: £30

  • Stourbridge Town Hall (Wollaston Studio), 8pm: Catfish Keith - Catfish's innovative style of foot-stomping, deep delta blues and American roots music will have audiences up and dancing. Tickets: £15

  • Forge Mill Farm, West Bromwich, 10am: Pumpkin Picking weekends - Get your wellies on and head down to Forge Mill Farm to pick your own perfect pumpkin. Tickets: Free

  • Bromwich Hall Museum, West Bromwich, 11.30am: The Body Snatchers of Bromwich Hall - Travel back 200 years to the time of the bodysnatchers. Tickets: Free

  • Buzz Bingo Ashmore Park and Slots Room, Wolverhampton, 8.45pm: Bada Bingo Feat. Bez - Three rounds of rave bingo and four hours of guilty pleasure tunes. Tickets: £10

Sunday, October 9

  • The Glee Club, Birmingham, 6pm: COBO: Comedy Shutdown - Black History Month - Comedy Shutdown is bringing four fun and notable comedians to Birmingham: Robbie G (The Real McCoy, Netflix), Eddie Nestor (The Real McCoy, BBC London), Kane Brown (BBC, 1Xtra, Amazon Prime), and Aurie Styla (ITV, C4, Radio 4). Tickets: £18

  • Main House, Birmingham Hippodrome, 7.30pm: FREEDOM: Joe McElderry honours George Michael - FREEDOM- The Music of George Michael pays homage to one of the world’s most iconic music legends. Tickets: £22.50

  • Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, 8.30pm: Pink Martini - The internationally acclaimed band who traverse genres in the name of elegance and taste, will celebrate an incredible 25 years since they first began with a very special Silver Jubilee Tour. Tickets: £35.40

  • Utilita Arena, Birmingham, 7.30pm: The Four Tops & The Temptations - Two of the great names of the 1970s and 80s are coming together for a night of hits. Tickets: £46.50

  • Sandon Hall And Park Enterprises, Stafford, 10am: Minis & milkshakes - This is a Static meet to get mini owners together to enjoy each others cars from the madly modified to the clean classics along with everything in-between. Tickets: Free

All Weekend

  • Wolverhampton Art Gallery, all day: Caribbean Front Room - The exhibition offers a trip down memory lane, staging a typical front room and living room that would have been the hub of many local homes in the later decades of the twentieth century. Tickets: Free

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