With over 65,000 votes cast in the What’s On Readers’ Awards 2020 - we are delighted to announce your winners... 

Best Midlands Large Theatre
WINNER Birmingham Hippodrome
RUNNER-UP Wolverhampton Grand

Best Touring Musical
WINNER Les Misérables
RUNNER-UP The Rocky Horror Show

Best Touring Play
WINNER The Girl On The Train
RUNNER-UP An Inspector Calls

Best Home-Produced Show In The Midlands 
WINNER The Boy In The Dress - RSC
RUNNER-UP The Snow Queen - The Old Rep, Birmingham

Best Pantomime In The Midlands 2019/20
WINNER Snow White - Birmingham Hippodrome
RUNNER-UP Aladdin - Theatre Severn

Best Pantomime Dame In The Midlands 2019/20
WINNER Andrew Ryan in Snow White at Birmingham Hippodrome
RUNNER-UP Brad Fitt in Aladdin at Theatre Severn

Best Amateur Production

WINNER The Sound Of Music - Get Your Wigle On
RUNNER-UP Shrek The Musical - Coventry Musical Theatre 

Best Kids Show
WINNER Birmingham Stage Company’s Horrible Histories - touring
RUNNER-UP The Tiger Who Came To Tea - touring

Best Classical Production inc Opera
WINNER Birmingham Philharmoic Orchestra: Movie Music
RUNNER-UP Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: The Planets

Best Orchestra/Choir
WINNER Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra
RUNNER-UP CBSO

Best Dance Production 
WINNER Birmingham Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker 
RUNNER-UP Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Beauty and The Beast

Best Midlands Arts/Cultural Festival 

WINNER Birmingham Comedy Festival
RUNNER-UP Shrewsbury International Comedy Festival

Best Exhibition
WINNER Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year - Herbert Art Gallery & Museum and Wolvehrampton Museum & Art Gallery
RUNNER-UP Leonardo da Vinci: A Life In Drawing - Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Best Midlands Live Music Venue 
WINNER Symphony Hall, Birmingham
RUNNER-UP O2 Academy, Birmingham

Best Midlands Music Festival 
WINNER Shrewsbury Folk Festival
RUNNER-UP Birmingham Pride

Best Midlands Street Food Vendor 
WINNER Urban Cheesecake
RUNNER-UP Dick’s Smokehouse

Best Midlands Comedy Night
WINNER Comedy Carousel at The Glee Club, Birmingham
RUNNER-UP Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club

Best Midlands Food Festival 
WINNER Shrewsbury Food Festival
RUNNER-UP Ludlow Food Festival

Best Market in the Midlands 

WINNER The Market Hall, Shrewsbury
RUNNER-UP Bullring Indoor Market, Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM

Best Arts/Theatre Venue

WINNER The Old Rep, Birmingham
RUNNER-UP Midlands Arts Centre

Best Live Music Venue
WINNER Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath    
RUNNER-UP The Jam House

Best Visitor Attraction
WINNER Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
RUNNER-UP Cadbury World

Best Music Festival

WINNER Birmingham Pride
RUNNER-UP Moseley Folk & Arts Festival

Best Arts Festival
WINNER Birmingham Comedy Festival 
RUNNER-UP Birmingham Weekender

Best Food Festival/Event
WINNER Digbeth Dining Club
RUNNER-UP BBC Good Food Show

Best Independent Bar/Pub
WINNER The Old Crown, Digbeth
RUNNER-UP The Jekyll and Hyde

Best Outdoor Event
WINNER Frankfurt Christmas Markets
RUNNER-UP The Legitimate Peaky  Blinders Festival - Digbeth

Best Indoor Event
WINNER BBC Good Food Show
RUNNER-UP MCM Comic Con Birmingham

Best Independent Restaurant


WINNER Purnell’s in Cornwall Street
RUNNER-UP Harborne Kitchen

Best Independent Coffee Shop
WINNER The Edwardian Tearooms at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
RUNNER-UP Cherry Red’s Cafe Bar

Best Gallery Exhibition Venue
WINNER Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
RUNNER-UP Midlands Arts Centre

WARWICKSHIRE

Best Arts/Theatre Venue
WINNER Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
RUNNER-UP Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Best Live Music Venue
WINNER Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry   
RUNNER-UP The Empire, Coventry

Best Visitor Attraction
WINNER Warwick Castle
RUNNER-UP Coventry Transport Museum

Best Event
WINNER The Dragon Slayer at Warwick Castle
RUNNER-UP HSBC Let’s Ride Coventry

Best Gallery/Exhibition Venue
WINNER Herbert Art Gallery & Museum
RUNNER-UP Coventry Music Museum

Best Festival
WINNER Godiva Festival
RUNNER-UP Leamington Food & Drink Festival

Best Food Festival/Event
WINNER Coventry Food & Drink Festival
RUNNER-UP Digbeth Dining Club at Coventry Cathedral

Best Independent Restaurant

WINNER Café Vin Cinq, Rugby
RUNNER-UP My Dhabba, Coventry

WORCESTERSHIRE

Best Arts/Theatre Venue
WINNER Artrix, Bromsgrove
RUNNER-UP The Swan Theatre, Worcester

Best Live Music Venue
WINNER Huntingdon Hall, Worcester   
RUNNER-UP The Queen’s Head, Bromsgrove

Best Visitor Attraction
WINNER Severn Valley Railway
RUNNER-UP West Midland Safari Park

Best Event

WINNER Worcester Festival
RUNNER-UP Worcester Food Festival

Best Music Festival
WINNER Worcester Music Festival
RUNNER-UP Bromsgrove Folk Festival

Best Independent Restaurant

WINNER The Olive Branch Mediterranean Bistro & Wine Bar, Worcester
RUNNER-UP The Old Rectifying House, Worcester

WOLVERHAMPTON & BLACK COUNTRY

Best Arts/Theatre Venue
WINNER Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
RUNNER-UP Dudley Town Hall

Best Live Music Venue
WINNER The Robin 2, Bilston   
RUNNER-UP Dudley Town Hall

Best Visitor Attraction

WINNER Black Country Living Museum
RUNNER-UP Dudley Zoo & Castle

Best Event
WINNER Peaky Blinders Nights at Black Country Living Museum
RUNNER-UP Cosford Air Show

Best Gallery/Exhibition Venue
WINNER Wolverhampton Museum & Art Gallery
RUNNER-UP Dudley Museum at The Archives

Best Independent Restaurant
WINNER The Old Glasshouse, Dudley
RUNNER-UP The Summerhouse, Sedgley

STAFFORDSHIRE

Best Arts/Theatre Venue
WINNER Lichfield Garrick Theatre
RUNNER-UP New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Best Live Music Venue
WINNER Lichfield Guildhall   
RUNNER-UP Victoria Hall, Stoke-on-Trent

Best Music Festival

WINNER Staffs Fest  
RUNNER-UP Lichfield Festival

Best Arts Festival


WINNER Lichfield Festival 
RUNNER-UP The Big Feast, Stoke-on-Trent

Best Food Festival
WINNER Lichfield Food Festival 
RUNNER-UP Stone Food & Drink Festival

Best Visitor Attraction
WINNER Lichfield Cathedral
RUNNER-UP Alton Towers

Best Event
WINNER The Cathedral Illuminated at Lichfield Cathedral
RUNNER-UP Scarefest at Alton Towers

Best Independent Restaurantt
WINNER The Boat Inn, Lichfield
RUNNER-UP 1709 The Brasserie, Lichfield

SHROPSHIRE

Best Arts/Theatre Venue
WINNER Theatre Severn
RUNNER-UP The Place, Telford

Best Live Music Venue
WINNER Albert’s Shed, Shrewsbury   
RUNNER-UP Henry Tudor House, S’bury

Best Visitor Attraction
WINNER Ironbridge Museums
RUNNER-UP Attingham Park

Best Event

WINNER Shrewsbury Flower Show
RUNNER-UP Shrewsbury Wacky Races

Best Food Festival
WINNER Shrewsbury Food Festival
RUNNER-UP Ludlow Food Festival

Best Arts Festival
WINNER Shrewsbury Festival of Literature
RUNNER-UP Ludlow Fringe Festival

Best Music Festival
WINNER Shrewsbury Folk Festival
RUNNER-UP Let’s Rock Shrewsbury

Best Gallery/Exhibition Venue
WINNER Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery
RUNNER-UP Coalbrookdale Gallery, Ironbridge

Best Independent Restaurant

WINNER Dough & Oil, Shrewsbury
RUNNER-UP Hundred House, Telford

Best Independent Coffee Shop

WINNER House Coffee Co, Shrewsbury
RUNNER-UP The Bird’s Nest, Shrewsbury