Visited for the first time. The venue is growing into an excellent venue. There are a wide variety of events to suit all. We saw Henning Wehn in the main arena, 95% sold out and an excellent evening. If I have a criticism the exits to the arena are all at the back and patience is required when it is full. This is not the Hippodrome or a West End theatre and does not pretend to be. It was nice to support a local venue. Will certainly visit again
In March 2020, SolihullRichard said:
We were here for the Henning Wehn show which was pretty much a sellout. He was certainly cracking jokes about the out of town location and the aircraft hanger appearance of the studio but the seats are comfortable with a good view. There is a room set up as a bar but they were nearly out of stock and encouraged people to go to trestle tables in another room - the latter was the only one open at the interval. The bell goes early thankfully as the entrance and exit to the room are very slow - I’ve been in football stadia with 40,000 attendance that you get out of more quickly than the banked seats at the back here which we thought could be a concern in an emergency. Ample free parking which clears quickly after the show
In February 2020, Luke Moseley said:
It’s an okay place. Looks okay... not the best place ever but it’s okay. It’s in a good area. I would recommend this place I guess
In January 2020, Wendy M said:
Very Impressed With This Venue, Didn't Know It Existed Until I Searched On-Line For Drifters Tickets, Had A Great Night Out, The Venue Is Spacious, Great Sound System & Lighting System, I would Not Hesitate To Return For Anything Of Interest - Top Marks To Walsall MBC For Developing A Great Venue.
In December 2019, anitawilliams250 said:
Fantastic. Never thought of going to a pantomime here but will definitely recommend going. Laughed so much. Better value than Wolverhampton grand and better funny gags.
In October 2019, Malcolm S said:
Went to the Forest Art Centre to see the Doren Tipton farce play, The Black Widow. An excellent night, very entertaining lots of laughs. Some excellent shows are due over the next few months, we've purchased our family tickets for this years Panto, mother Goose. Can't wait.
In August 2019, Brendan P said:
Went to a show which was very good indeed the staff were very helpful and all went according to plan. Could do with a slightly better staff arrangement at the break but apart form that it was excellent. They put on some excellent shows so take a look at the website and book your self a night out. Well worth a visit and needs to be supported. many different types of shows and bands etc so take a look. Plenty of free parking and large clean toilets so every thing you need. easy access for wheels chairs etc so all good.
In April 2019, MissMercury_1 said:
I visited this venue for the first time just over a week ago to watch Supreme Queen. From the outside the building looks like a school, which I later found out had previously been the case. Not having been there before, it wasn't obvious to me that I was in the right place. I saw some members of staff who took me through a door marked 'Forest Arts Centre.' I was actually looking for the Walsall A3 Arena which I thought was a separate building entirely. This is not a conventional theatre and in fact has multiple uses including cinema screenings, dance classes and a recording studio to name a few I noticed!
The box office is very tiny. There are plenty of places to sit in the very long foyer. The building seems huge with corridors and stairs leading everywhere. The toilets in the foyer are very clearly marked and were very clean.
There are in fact three auditoriums here. The concert was in Auditorium 3, which although signposted was difficult to find. A number of people were asking the woman in the box office where to go and even when following her directions people were still becoming confused and queuing in the wrong place. The signage really needs to be improved to prevent that happening in the future.
There is no bar in this venue and I don't think any hot drinks were being served. If you want a hot drink, you have to use the vending machines down the corridor to the left of the box office. The staff call it a bar but it is in fact a few members of council staff standing behind trestle tables in Auditorium 2 selling bottles of alcohol.
To get to Auditorium 3, you have to go just inside Auditorium 2 and then go through the first door on your left. There is no signage at all once you leave the foyer. It really is this complicated! You then have to follow a long corridor down to the auditorium. There are more toilets at the beginning of the corridor which are very useful as you don't need to walk all the way back to the foyer to use them there, however there may be more toilets that I am not aware of.
I have now been in a number of venues over the years and judge this particular auditorium to be excellent. Every seat has a perfect view of the stage and if you sit in the front row as I did, then you will be very close to the artists! The acoustics are superb. It proved to be a perfect venue for live music. The seats are very comfortable and there seems to be ample legroom between the rows.
I would definitely visit this venue again and now that I know where to find Auditorium 3, I won't get lost next time. Newcomers to the venue were getting lost however, so this needs to be rectified very quickly so that it doesn't spoil peoples theatre going experience.
In December 2018, Cheryl A said:
Love it here such a good range of shows a real hidden gem. Love the orchestra, recently went to the panto for 3rd year and again was great also seen differeny shows in the year and really liked them worth a visit and seeing what on!
In November 2018, Henrietta G said:
Fabulous plays are put on which are very well acted, entertaining and inspiring. Have interlude drinks and their own parking
In October 2018, hunterwood825 said:
me and my wife went to see omid djalili .brilliant show .but bar facilities are joke .and my wife tried to book two tickets for a show in november the woman on reception has no idea of customer relations she let people jump the line in front of my wife and then asked if she could serve some other people first because she was dealing with the nights show first .so my wife gave up .if they want the venue to be more attractive perhaps more experienced staff would be advantageous
In July 2018, LuckySpade1983 said:
I visited the Forest Arts Centre for the first time last night. It is very close to the 301 and 302 bus routes and is a few minutes away from Walsall centre. The venue is nice and clean with lots going on for the community, they have a cinema which does not charge the earth and the bar is very reasonably priced! I will be taking my children to the cinema there.
In April 2018, 339334 said:
The way that this building has developed shows some vision and an appetite to develop the arts in walsall. They do some great Schools concerts here - hopefully more people will find out about it,.