Get involved - activities and what's on at Sandwell Museums

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Important visitor information

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. 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 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.

Discover Sandwell and other ways to find out about our activities and events 

You can also find out about our events and activities on the Discover Sandwell Events Pages or on our Face Book page events tab

 

Oak House Museum, Oak Road, West Bromwich - 0121 553 0759

Our site is now open at advertised times, staff are available at other times to take your call but please avoid calling on Mondays.

 

Play area at Oak House

 

 

The Old Shop Exhibition Room - Helen Caddick - A West Bromwich Woman abroad - Begins April and runs until the end of the year, Helen Caddick was from West Bromwich, taught at a local school and travelled all over the world in the 1890s and early 1900s. In this year celebrating 120 years since the Oak House became a museum and commemorating the 100th anniversary of some women getting the vote we celebrate this strong local women who was instrumental in helping to set up the Oak House as a museum in 1898. Learn about Helen and see some of the objects which would have been on display at Oak House when it first opened which she brought back from all over the world.

Halloween Family Fun Day: Tuesday October 30 -11am-3pm. Come along to the Oak House for lots of Halloween fun for all the family. There will be magic and wizardry from Ron Popple, spooky music from Andy Casserley and face painting and glitter tattoos from Brushstrokes and Glitters. There will also be fantastic trails and quizzes available. Why not come in Halloween fancy dress?   Please note that the spooky music and wizardry will be on several times throughout the day. Our tea room will be open courtesy of the ‘Friends of the Oak House Museum’

Pumpkin Carving: Wednesday October 31 – 11am-3pm. Come and join us to carve and decorate your pumpkins in the comfort of the Oak House barns. Pumpkins, stencils and tools provided. £2.50 per pumpkin carved. Booking is essential and timed slots of 50 minutes each will be offered throughout the day. Please call Oak House to book on 0121 553 0759 Tues- Thurs. The Oak House Museum will be open and decorated for Halloween and there will be spooky trails and quizzes available. Tea Room open courtesy of the Friends of the Oak House.

Halloween Creepy Craft Day: Thursday November 1 – 11am-3pm. The Oak House barns will be open to make creepy Halloween crafts today. Prices from 50p- £3.00 The house will be open and decorated for Halloween. Tea room open courtesy of the friends of the Oak House.

Frankenstein at Oak House: Friday November 2 – 6.30pm-8.45pm
Come and watch Dudley born director James Whales’s classic black and white horror film from 1935: The Bride of Frankenstein featuring Boris Karloff.
The ticket price will include a rare chance to see just how scary the Oak House is at night which will be decorated for Halloween.
Cocktails 4U will be here serving up blood curdling cocktails and the tea room will be open if you’re feeling peckish or want a hot drink.
Tickets £5.00 each. Booking is essential. Over 18s only. 

Look out for our fantastic Christmas activities, including carol concerts, candelit Christmas and Santa in his magical grotto. Keep checking this page for more details, coming soon!                                                     

Regular groups 

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.

Find out about general opening times, facilities, directions and other information about Oak House Museum.

 

Haden Hill House Museum, off Barrs Road, Cradley Heath - 01384 569 444

Our site is now open at advertised times, staff are available at other times to take your call but please avoid calling on Mondays.

Museum assistant Anne Willetts and visitor services officer Alison Hyatt prepare for the VE Day 70th anniversary event at Haden Hill House Museum

We are open to the general public until the end of September, we will be open Thursdays and Fridays 10am-5pm, and Saturdays and Sundays 2pm-6pm. Last admission half an hour before the museum closes.

Natty Knitters: 10.30am-12.30 join our knitting group every Wednesday where you can enjoy a natter & a cup of tea, bring your own knitting or craft - £1 per person.

Tea Room Opens: Sunday 27 May, 2pm-4.30pm. Our Friends group will be re-opening the tea room for the summer season; it will be open every Sunday until 30 September.

Exhibition: Hitched at Haden Hill - Enjoy our exhibition of photos of weddings at Haden Hill and see a collection wedding dresses from 1910 onwards to the present day.

Help the Hedgehogs: Sunday 7 October- 11am-3pm. Learn about our spiky friends and how to encourage them to come into our gardens because did you know that hedgehogs are now an endangered species?. Information, quizzes, trails & crafts.

Don’t Go into the Cellar Present-‘The Witching Hour’ Tuesday 16 October- 6pm & 8pm. M R James returns with another selection of unsettling tales of antiquarian terror! Brave the horrors lying in wait within "An Episode of Cathedral History"! Witness the spectral malevolent seeking revenge in "A Warning to the Curious"!
£7 per person, Advance Booking Essential - Sold Out

Pumpkins Galore: Sunday 28 October– 11am-3pm
Join us for an afternoon of pumpkin fun, carve a pumpkin for Halloween, and follow our pumpkin trail, pumpkin recipes & more. Timed sessions available for pumpkin carving (booking essential).  £3 per pumpkin carved including pumpkin.

“Monstrous Mocktails”:Tuesday 30 October- 11am & 2pm. Learn the dark art of making creepy concoctions at our children’s Halloween mocktail making workshop, have some Halloween fun inventing your own “monstrous mocktail” in the creepy surroundings of Haden “Hell” House
 £10 per child Advance Booking Essential

Halloween Family Fun Day: Wednesday 31 October -11am-3pm. Children’s Autumn Half Term Craft Workshops: Thurs 1 & Fri 2 November -11am -3pm
Join in the fun at our autumn themed Drop-in style crafts workshops & trails and make something to take home 50p-£2.50 depending on item made

Gunpowder Plot: Sunday 4 November-11am-3pm Find out about why we celebrate bonfire night, with craft activities, quizzes and trails.
Armistice Day: Sunday 11 November- 11am-3pm. Our musician Andy will be performing World War I tunes and we will be commemorating Armistice day with candles in our windows & next to our mantelpiece photos exhibition.

Don’t Go into the Cellar Present-“Another Christmas Carol” Thursday 22 November- 6pm & 8pm. Enjoy an audience with Charles Dickens as he regales his audience with this hitherto-unknown festive tale. In the style of the public performances the great Victorian writer gave during the nineteenth century, this one-man stage show is the perfect seasonal treat to whet your appetite for the Yuletide celebrations! Expect chills, laughter and sentiment as Mr Dickens presents, for one night
only, Another Christmas Carol! £7 per person Advanced Booking Essential

Look out for our fantastic Christmas activities including a Candelit Christmas on Thursday 6th December, our Christmas family fun day on 16th December, Santa in his magical grotto and more. Keep checking back here for more details,

Find out about general opening times, facilities, directions and other information about Haden Hill House and Old Hall.

 

The Manor House Museum, Hall Green Road, West Bromwich, 0121 588 2985 

Our site is now open at advertised times, staff are available at other times to take your call but please avoid calling on Mondays.

The Manor House is open for advertised events and activities and weekend guided tours. It is not open at other times apart from for pre-booked groups.

St George's Day at the Manor House, April 20 2013

NB: Seeing the whole building! Access to the whole building is 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.

The Manor House Through Time The Manor House is now open every second Sunday of each month from April– September.
Come along for a self-guided tour and explore our old beams at your own pace. Take a walk around our 13th Century Great Hall, visit our 16th Century Kitchen and learn what life would have been like during the years of the 19th Century tenements. Refreshments and cream teas will be available inside our newly decorated Buttery Tearoom.

A psychic evening at The Manor House: Friday 21 September- 7pm (doors open 6:45). The Friends of The Manor House Museum are proud to present their annual psychic evening inside our 13th Century building filled with lots of stories and character. £12.00 tickets include a free tea or coffee and other refreshments will be available- ticketsource.co.uk/thefriendsofthemanorhousemuseum

Fang-tastic Fun Day: Monday 29 October 11am-3pm. Calling all ghouls and monsters! Creep, float or crawl to our day full of spooky fun! Watch a magic show or make some chilling crafts and you can even visit the Manor House psychic… be careful, you may come across some tricks or treats on the way!
£1.00 per child and 50p per accompanying adult.

Gross and Gory Family: Fun Day Thursday 1 November 2018 11AM-3PM. Join us for our fun day full of gop and gunge, slim and snot. Join in with musical fun and learn some slimy tunes and enjoy interactive performances with Mad Science with crafts, trails and fun. £1 entry per child - THIS EVENT HAS BEEN MOVED FROM WEDNESBURY MUSEUM

Horror Film Fest: Saturday 27 October 6:30pm (doors open 6:15). What better place to watch two horror classics than inside our Manor House which is almost 800 years old and said to be haunted with countless stories and many lost souls. Over 15s only. Tickets are £6.00 each or £12.00 to include a small pizza and drink. All tickets must be booked in advance. Call the house on 0121 558 2985 to find out more.

The Summoning: Wednesday 31 October 7pm(sorry 7pm sold out) & 9pm sessions start. Your spirit is summoned for an eerie evening that is not for the faint heart. We finally reveal the true stories and sighting of our 13th century Manor House ghosts, whilst taking an unprecedented tour of the house and grounds. Who knows what might happen… who knows what you might see? Please note: each tour lasts approximately one hour. Over 15s only. £7.00 per ticket to include a tea or coffee- must be booked in advance.

Spooktacular Crafts:  Friday 2 November 11am-3pm
Come along…if you dare! Get creepy and create some chilling crafts inside our spooky great hall, or try some frightful foods inspired by Halloween spooks.  
 
Trailing Poppy Display: Thursday 1 – Monday 26 November 1pm-3pm: Each Monday and Thursday throughout November The Manor House grounds and tea room will be open for viewing of our Trailing Poppy display which has been put together by all our visitors- young, old and in-between who have created their own poppies to show what remembrance means to them. Please Note: we will not be open on Thursday 8th November.

Remembrance Sunday: Sunday 11 November 1pm-3pm. Visit our trailing poppy display outside in our grounds, take a self-guided tour around our Manor House and take a few minutes in our quiet space to commemorate Remembrance Sunday. A craft of the day and cream teas will be available.

Keep checking back here for our season of fantastic Christmas and winter activities including family fun, concerts, crafts and Santa in his magical grotto.

Find out about general opening times, facilities and other information about the Manor House Museum.

 

Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery, Holyhead Road - 0121 556 0683 NB - Wednesbury Museum will be closed for the next couple of weeks from Thursday 18 October,  due to unforseen circumstances. Please check back here, or look on social media for more details.

Ruskin Pottery

Our site is open at advertised times, staff are available at other times to take your call but please avoid calling on Mondays and Fridays.

Cartoons, comics and caricatures : A celebration of the life and work of local Sandwell artist Charlie ‘Chas’ Grigg with a large selection of his cartoons, comics and caricatures on display from his work with The Dandy and The Beano comics. Along with his earlier work with local newspapers The Smethwick telephone, Oldbury Weekly News, Birmingham Gazette, and Topper.  The exhibition runs from 4 April 2018 and throughout the year, when the gallery is open:  Wednesday and Thurs 11:00 – 16:00 and Saturday (sats only until the end of   September) 2pm-5pm. Last admission 30 minutes before closing.  Entry FREE

Creepy Crafts: Wednesday 31 October 11am-3pm. Enjoy spooktastic creepy crafts and trails CANCELLED

Gross and Gory Family: Fun Day Thursday 1 November 2018 11AM-3PM. Join us for our fun day full of gop and gunge, slim and snot. Join in with musical fun and learn some slimy tunes and enjoy interactive performances with Mad Science with crafts, trails and fun. £1 entry per child - THIS EVENT HAS BEEN MOVED TO THE MANOR HOUSE

West Bromwich Rail Model Group Showcase - Saturday 3 November 12pm-4pm. Enjoy some fantastic model railway layouts from the group as they showcase some of their larger layouts. Entry Free all members of the public welcome.

Sandwell Remembers: Community Cinema - Saturday Centenary Cinema - Come and join us every Saturday throughout November at Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery as we pay tribute and respect the centenary of the First World War.  Wednesbury Museum is hosting a community cinema with Black Country Touring in commemorating 100 years since the end of the First World War. £3 Entrance. No need to book - 2pm

Saturday 10th November – Oh What A Lovely War
Saturday 17th November – War Horse
Saturday 24th November – All Quiet on the Western Front

Regular Groups and Activities

Tuesdays - Adult Groups - Ideal for all, mindfulness, knitting groups, and jewellery making, poetry - call for details

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays - Adult Community painting groups (no previous experience needed all welcome but there is sometimes a waiting list to join - call for info)

 

Find out about general opening times, facilities and other information about Wednesbury Museum. 

The Arts Cafe at Central Sixth , West Bromwich

Check back here for more events later in the year or call 0121 556 0683 for details

Galton Valley Canal Museum, Smethwick, B66 1BA

Galton Valley

Galton Valley Pumping station is usualy open on the first Saturday of the month 10am-3pm from april -October 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.

Here are our open days for 2018 at Galton Valley Pumping Station. A chance for you to visit this fascinating building and learn about life on the canals over 100 years ago.

Manned by our brilliant Friends group. Entrance is FREE

14 April
12 May
9 June
14 July (family fun day, with children's entertainment, heritage boats, ukele band, craft activities and trails)
11 August
8 September & 15 September - Heritage Open Days with guided walks to the old Bolton and Watt Engline House at 10am and 12pm
13 October

Opening times are 10am-3pm with a guided walk to the old Engine House at 12pm subject to a volunteer being available.

Call 0121 556 0683 for more information.

Bishop Asbury Cottage

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.

Open to the public for free flow open days- Monday 20th August 11am-2pm and Friday 7th September 10am-12pm and Friday 14th September 10am-12pm. Entry Free. Our next open days will be in the spring and will be at the weekend. Check back here in earlu 2019 for further details.

Join us!

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!

General information for visitors

  • Entrance to our buildings and activities is free unless a ticket price is stated. However there may be a small charge for activities.
  • Booking for activities is not normally required but each listing will state if booking is needed. 
  • We are unable to accommodate pushchairs inside our buildings, due to the size and nature of our sites. 
  • Where an event is advertised as 'booking essential' we cannot guarantee that there will be any places left on the day of the event. Please call the site to find out.
  • We are unable to take bookings via email please phone the relevant site and leave a message. Staff are not available every day to answer the phone but please leave a message and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.
  • Please note there are platform lifts to the first floors at Wednesbury Museum and Haden Hill House. Oak House and the Manor House are not accessible.  
  • Last admission to our sites is 30 minutes before the museum closes.
  • Guide dogs only.
  • For information about parking and getting to our sites etc please follow the links above to each site.
  • Shoes must be worn at ALL times in the Oak House playground.
  • Find out about the accessibility of our sites with our - access statement.
  • If you would like to find out about our normal opening hours for casual visitors follow the links above to the relevant buildings.
  • Our museums are closed for general visitors from December until Easter or 1 April (whichever is first) apart from special activities including Christmas and February half term. Our sites are not open on Good Friday.
  • Staff are available at our sites during the closed period and on days we are not open to general visitors as they will be busy dealing with visiting groups, painting, undertaking maintenance, deep cleaning, organising, undertaking back office activities and admin.
  • Keep checking this what's on page as we add and update exhibitions and activities for the coming year all the time. Most of our events are free unless an entry price is shown.
  • Find out more about each museum and our opening hours.
  • Contacting our sites - please note that staff are not available to take phone calls every day, so please leave a message and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

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