Get involved - activities and what's on at Sandwell Museums
Important visitor information
Our sites are now closed until 1st April (or the nearest advertised open day) for conservation work, deep cleaning, redisplay and planning activities.
From February however we are open for pre-booked and regular community groups and schools, February half-term and special events and activities (see below). Staff are available on site to answer any queries.
- Scroll down the page to find out what activities are available at our different sites. Please note that our sites are open at advertised times below and also for general casual visitors. For these general opening hours click the links to the site page. We will be updating our events throughout the year for the coming season so keep coming back to see what's on next.
- Entrance to our sites is FREE unless an admission charge is stated for specific activities and there is no need to book unless it states booking is required. To book, phone the relevant site or pop in - cash or cheque only.
- Please note that staff are not available to take phone calls every day. Please leave a message and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. Please avoid calling on Mondays.
- Follow the links below to the site pages to find out about opening times, accessibility and facilities
We are unable to accommodate pushchairs inside our buildings due to the size and nature of our sites.
Assistance dogs only on site please.
February half-term at Sandwell Museums
Although it is our closed season we are open for one week only for half-term family activities. As this is our season of cleaning and painting and putting up new displays please note you may not be able to access the whole site. If you are coming to look around then why not come back in April when we formally re-open for the new season with our new displays.
Our site is open at advertised times below and during our general opening hours found on the Oak House page, staff are available at other times to take your call but please avoid calling on Mondays. Oak House is open April-September, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays 1pm-4pm (Site, visitor centre, playground and Old barn opens 1pm and the house opens at 2pm) and October and November Tues, Weds and Thurs 1pm-4pm (Site, visitor centre, old barn and playground open at 1pm, house opens at 2pm). Entrance Free. We also have a lively programme of Christmas activities in December. Open at other times for special events and activities throughout the year as advertised below.
Cosy Crafts with Go Play: Tuesday 19, February, 11am-3pm, Go Play will be in the Oak House barns today with printing and collage workshops for you to enjoy! The Oak House will be open and trails and quizzes will be available. The tea room will be open courtesy of the Friends of the Oak House Museum. Free Event.
Pick and Mix Cosy Crafts: Wednesday 20, February, 11am-3pm, Come and get cosy in the Oak House barn classroom today and choose from a wide range of crafts to make and take home. The Oak House will be open and trails and quizzes will be available. The tea room will be open courtesy of the Friends of the Oak House Museum. Crafts from 50p.
Pick and Mix Cosy Crafts: Thursday 21, February, 11am-3pm, Come and get cosy in the Oak House barn classroom today and choose from a wide range of crafts to make and take home. The Oak House will be open and trails and quizzes will be available. The tea room will be open courtesy of the Friends of the Oak House Museum. Crafts from 50p.
Some of our larger events in spring/ summer 2019
Green Man Festival: 12th May 12pm-4pm. Enjoy our springtime event with Morris dancers, the historical blacksmith, bouncy castle and children's entertainment and much much more. entry free
Gardening Group - Join our volunteer group and help us to garden the grounds for wildlife and in a 1600s style removing inappropriate planting and planting plants, herbs and seeds you may have found around Oak House in the 1600s. Tuesdays 10am-1pm.
Nifty Knitters, knitting group 11am-1pm £1 - Every Friday - Come along bring along your knitting or other craft activity of your choice, get advice off other group members and have a natter. Everyone is welcome.
Our site open at advertised times, staff are available at other times to take your call but please avoid calling on Mondays. Open to general visitors April - September Thursdays, Fridays 10am-5pm and Saturdays and Sundays 2pm-6pm. Then October and November Thursdays and Fridays 12pm-4pm and Sunday 11am-3pm. The site is open at other times for special events and activities throughout the year as below including a lively Christmas programme. Entrance Free
Go Play: Wednesday 20 February, 11am-3pm, For our first opening of the new year we are inviting Go Play to the museum. Come along and do some arts and crafts with us! Crafts are free.
RSP-B-here: Thursday 21 February, 11am-3pm, We are playing host to some wonderful people from the RSPB, come along and join in their fun craft activities, while also learning about nature and the environment! Crafts are free.
Jan’s Crafts: Friday 22nd February 11am-3pm. Our resident “knatty knitter” Jan will be here doing all things woollen, come & join her and make some lovely crafts with wool.
Children & Adults welcome. £1 per person taking part
Some of our larger events in spring/ summer 2019
Fabulous Forties, WWII day on May Day - Monday 6th May, 12pm-4pm. costumed characters, live music, historic vehicles, entertainment and much more, Entry free
Don't Go into the Cellar -26th May - family theatre performance with a bit of spookiness out in the park, call for ticket information and prices nearer the time
Music Event: 9th June & 7 July, 12pm-4pm - Live Music in the park
Natty Knitters: 10.30am-12.30 join our knitting group every Wednesday from February onwards where you can enjoy a natter & a cup of tea, bring your own knitting or craft - £1 per person.
Our site open at advertised times, staff are available at other times to take your call. The Manor House is open for advertised events and activities and weekend guided tours as advertised below. It is not open at other times apart from for pre-booked groups.
NB: Seeing the whole building: Access to the whole building is sometimes not possible on event and activity days - look out for our free guided tours or self guided tours which will be advertised below if you would like to see as much of the house as possible and learn more about the history. However groups can book private guided tours with the site which attracts a cost.
Jumbled Crafts: Monday 18 and Thursday 21 February, 11am-3pm-
Feeling crafty? Then pop in to have a go at our array of different seasonal crafts, we’re sure you’ll find something to keep you crafting all year round!
An Afternoon with Mum: Sunday 31 March, 11am start-
Treat your Mum to an extra special Mother’s Day by booking on to our Guided tour, and then indulging in one of our luxury cream teas.
Booking is necessary. Cream teas are £5 per person or 2 for £8- to include a pot of tea, classic scones and a selection of sweet treats.
Some of our larger events in spring/ summer 2019
Robin Hood Day: 24 April, Join us for a day of family fun, entertainement and activities. times tbc
Shakespeare in Sandwell: 27 May evening - The festival players return once more to perform the Bard's work out in the grounds of the Manor House. This year the play is Much Ado about Nothing. Call 0121 588 5985 nearer the time for ticket prices and information. bring youyr own seating and a picnic!
Dinosaur Day - Saturday 1 June. Join us for our fabulous Jurassic family fun day with loads of entertainment and activities and meet Pete the dinosaur. times tbc
Garden Maintenance Group: The 1st Wednesday of every month starting April, 10am-1pm, Could you spare a few hours a month towards the upkeep of the Manor House grounds?
Our 13th Century grounds require on-going care to keep them at a high standard so they can be enjoyed by all of our many visitors, and we need your help to do this!
Come and help and become part of a passionate and friendly team! All basic tools will be provided as well as light refreshments. Areas of maintenance will include: - The Moat - Car Park, - Pathways - Herb Garden, Call us on 0121 588 2985 to register your interest.
Happy Crafters: Every Tuesday from April, 10am-1pm- The Manor House Museum, Are you a crafty person who loves meeting new people? Are you a sewer, a knitter or an embroiderer, a felter, or general crafter? Perhaps you make jewellery, enjoy felting or simply appreciate a good scrapbook. You've heard of knitter natter groups well this is craft and chatter! Whatever your talent, sit within our social circle and become a Happy Crafter at The Manor House Museum, getting together with likeminded people, completing activities you’ll love! £1.00 per person, includes light refreshments. This is a self-led community group and all materials and equipment should be provided by yourself.
A small amount of sewing machines will be available from us on site.Call us on 0121 588 2985 to register your interest.
After we had a flood at the end of October after a severe storm we are busy re-decorating, cleaning, tidying and re-displaying the museum ready for a brand new season in April. We are really excited about opening the museum once again. From the beginning of April, Wednesbury Museum will be open on Wednesdays and Thursdays 11am-4pm and on Saturdays 2pm-5pm, Entrance is Free. Staff are available Tuesday-Thursday to take your call and answer any queries.
We are open for February Half Term -
Pick and Mix week – Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 February; 11am-3pm. We’ve been delving into the depths of our cupboards so you can enjoy a variety of craft activities, trails and games at Wednesbury Museum.
Go-Play Sandwell - Wednesday 20; 11am-3pm. On Wednesday 20th you can also join us for free half term activities, and games with Go-Play Sandwell.
Community Painting Groups - Our three art groups meet on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday at the museum from 10am and a member of museum staff facilitates the groups. These aren't taught groups but our knowledgeable member of staff is on hand to help and give advice. There is also the opportunity to go on trips or try your hand at new artistic techniques or styles. call 0121 556 0683 for details and information.
Tuesday Groups - Tuesdays are our community groups days - call the museum to find out more.
Check back here for more events later in the year or call 0121 556 0683 for details.
Galton Valley Pumping station is open on the second Saturday of the month 10am-3pm starting 9th March Entry FREE - Dog Friendly
Housed in the New Smethwick Pumping Station the canal museum tells the story of the Galton Valley canal system and the people that lived and worked on it. Entry to the museum is free and there are light refreshments available. Sorry there are no toilet facilities.
Manned by our brilliant Friends group. Entrance is FREE - Call 0121 556 0683 for more information.
Bishop Asbury Cottage normally hosts several public open days per year FREE. keep checking back here for details
Alternatively you can book in a group visit for a small charge per person by calling 0121 553 0759.
You can also 'join us' and discover there are 'More to Museums' - find out what regular groups or activities adults can get involved with from gardening or knitting, fund raising, volunteering or dressing up!