Wolverhampton is a city in the Midlands which is filled with curious facts which make the history of the city so intriguing. About 4 miles north of the city is the Elizabethan farmhouse of Moseley. Now a National Trust property, the richly panelled walls of Moseley Old Hall conceal ingenious secret hiding places, designed for Catholic priests. One of these cramped priest holes saved King Charles II when he hid here after the Battle of Worcester in 1651, and the bed where he slept is on view. An exhibition in the barn retells the story of the King's dramatic escape from Cromwell and his troops. The garden, recreated in 17th-century style with a formal knot garden, arbour and nut walk, has appropriate varieties of herbs and plants. The house is open at weekends and limited days during the week. During the winter the house is open on Sundays. About 6 miles west of the city in the village of Wombourne are the Bratch Locks. It is an impressive set of three locks on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, complete with a toll house that was opened in 1772. It's a popular spot with walkers, fishermen and families at weekends. The Wolverhampton City Show which is held once a year in the West Park is now one of the most popular summertime events in the Midlands. The main acts that attended last year were Monster Trucks, Gerard Naprouse & the Devil's Horsemen Stunt Team, The Royal Artillery Display Troops and James Dylan's Stunt Team, all of whom put on a fantastic show. For those not interested in the acts in the main arena, you could browse around the many marquees, including the Annual Flower and Vegetable Show, the West Midlands Fuchsia Society or The National Farmers Union Marquee. The weekend culminated with a display from the Black Knights (Parachute Display Team). All in all, it's a fun day out if you're in Wolverhampton at the right time of year. Shopaholics will have their needs met at the two indoor shopping centres, the Mander Centre and the Wulfrun Centre. There are also pedestrianized shopping zones, with a mix of national stores and quality independent retailers. The vibrant Indoor and Outdoor Market operates on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, while Craft and Farmers Markets enhance Dudley Street the first Friday of every month. The Civic and Wulfrun Halls in North Street and the Slade Rooms in Broad Street host a mix of up-and-coming, as well as world renowned bands, comedy acts, classical music and sporting events. Check their calendar to see what's on while you are there. Foodies should take a tour of Bank's Brewery, where the Black Country's finest ales have been brewed since 1875, and see how traditional brewing methods have evolved. Of course, you'll need to drink a couple of pints to see whether the ales pass the taste test.