Experience the hustle and bustle of an outdoor market. Let your senses wander from the sounds of the traders, the vibrant colours of the purpose built cabins and the great bargains to be had from our long-serving market.
The Wolverhampton Market had traditionally been located indoors for over 40 years. However, with all the exciting redevelopment happening in the city, the market traders can now be found on School street offering a host of local produce, ingredients, clothing, trinkets and everyday items.
The market truly is a delightful environment to take a wander through. The 46 purpose built market cabins are brightly coloured and complement the vibrant buzz that fills the air. The market is currently open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8.30am to 4.30pm.
Fancy something more rural? On the first Friday of every month, you can stroll down Dudley Street and take in the Wolverhampton Farmers’ Market from 9am to 4pm.
Have you ever noticed the wolf in sheep’s clothing looming above your head as you walk past the Wolverhampton Art Gallery? Every hour on the hour ‘Baa-bara’ appears from the balcony, bleating and moving its legs to the crowd below. Then a big bad wolf bursts out of the sheep with an ominous howl.
Tom Jenkins, Friends of Wolverhampton Art Gallery chairman, says: “The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing is an iconic sculpture which represents an image the city’s football fans relate to.
The art was commissioned from ex-Wolverhampton School of Art student Andy Plant in 1999 as part of the Millennium celebrations, and was inspired by the city’s role in the wool trade, which is represented in the crest of the old borough. The wolf acts as a counterpoint and as well as being the nickname of the city’s football team, ties in with the old saying ‘a wolf in sheep’s clothing’.
It even comes with its own sound effects with the bleating of lambs and the howl of wolf ringing out from the gallery balcony every hour.
The wolf used to be introduced with an eerie plume of smoke but frequent calls to the fire service by concerned passers-by put an end to that.
The piece had to be designed so that it was not too heavy or large for the balcony, could not open at the wrong moment and damage the balustrade, be weather-proof, and sensitive to high winds that might blow back the steel sides. It also needed to be able to go off regularly, but not through the night and have synchronised smoke and animal noises. A ram’s head indicator is situated on the wall in the foyer, to mark the time until the next showing.
Designed to survive the elements, Baa-bara can withstand gusts of wind up to 100mph before the mechanism will automatically cut out.
Source: Express & Star