Events at Sandwell Museums

There will be lots of events and activities at Sandwell Museums in 2015, keep checking this events page as we add events, exhibitions and activities for the coming year all the time. Most of our events are free unless an entry price is shown.

Please note that our sites are closed to casual visitors in January, February and March - we are open in February and March for special events and activities, pre-booked groups, schools and weddings.

Find out more about each museum and our opening hours.

Phoning 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.

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!  

Summer 2015 at Sandwell Museums

Scroll down the page to find out what's on this summer at your favourite venue.

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

Please note that entrance to the Oak House Museum is via the Barns Visitor Centre.  The Tea Room at the Oak House will be available at events, with thanks to the Friends of the Oak House Museum.

Oak House Friends: why not Joins us! Become a friend of the Oak House Museum, volunteer your time and help to run our tearoom, help out at our events and activities etc, meet new people and gain new skills. Why not get involved! 

Summer Holiday Opening - Oak House and grounds will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the school summer holidays from 12pm-5pm (last admission at 4:30pm)

Meet the Tudors and Stuarts – every Sunday until the end of September, 2pm-5pm – Discover different aspects of Tudor and Stuart life every Sunday afternoon including making food, playing games and working and household chores at Oak House.

Craft Wednesdays: 22 and 29 July, 12pm- 4pm, Get crafty and come and play games every Wednesday at the Oak House. Suitable for all ages, 50p - £2.50 depending on what you make.

Summer Games Day: Tuesday 28 July, 12pm – 4pm, Celebrate the summer holidays with the Oak House summer games day! Have a go on the inflatable human football table in addition to many other fun games for all the family.

Meet the Wise Woman: Tuesday 4 August 12pm – 4pm, See Oak House come alive in a family fun look at life long ago. Meet the wise woman who will reveal all about life in the Tudor times and cure any ailments you might have.

Craft Wednesdays:  5/12/19/26 August, 12pm- 4pm, Get crafty and come and play games every Wednesday at the Oak House. Suitable for all ages, 50p - £2.50 depending on what you make.

Music on the Terrace with Ian Casey: Sunday 9 August, 2pm – 5pm, Bring a picnic and spend the afternoon with Ian Casey, entertaining with songs and tunes you'll know and love from all genres.

Recycled Music Workshops: Tuesday 11 August, 12pm – 4pm, Come and make some noise and have fun making musical instruments.

Dressing the lady: Thursday 20 August, 12pm – 4pm, Discover the differences between dressing in Tudor Times and dressing today. See the Oak House come alive with characters and enjoy our interactive and fun activities.

Exhibitions

Local wildlife - April onward – enjoy our fabulous local wildlife exhibition in the old shop with photographs of familiar wildlife you can see in your own back garden and in the Oak House grounds.

Weekly groups

1600s Gardening Group -  Join our volunteer group and help us to garden the grounds for wildlife and in a 1600s style. Tuesdays 10am-1pm.

Nifty Knitters, knitting group 11am-1pm £1 - Every Friday (apart from Good 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.

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

Summer Sundays

Hawks & More 9 August 2-4pm , enjoy the birds of prey display

Craft stalls & tearoom  16 August 2-4.30pm Our tearoom will be open for Afternoon tea; there will also be a couple of craft stalls here to browse around.

Peg doll making workshop 23 Aug Pop in to make a peg doll, £1.50 per doll made.

Crafts, Afternoon tea & Hawks&more 30 August 2-4.30pm. Our tearoom will be open for Afternoon tea; there will also be a few of craft stalls here to browse around. Our regular birds of prey experts will also be here again.

Holiday Activities Children’s Craft Club 29 July, 5, 12 & 19 August 11am-3pm. Come and learn how to knit or if you need help with any other handicrafts, bring them along too £1 per child

Bee themed activity days 30 & 31 July 11-3. Workshops, quizzes & trails 50p-£2 per item made

Popple Party Days 6 & 27 August 11-3. Our ever popular Childrens entertainer Ron Popple will be here, doing magic shows, balloon modelling, there will quizzes & trails to enjoy too.

Artist in Residence 9 & 23 August 2-4.30 Local artist Ray Lockey will be in residence during these afternoon as part of his summer exhibition which is currently on display in our tearoom

The Story Players 7 & 28 August 11-12 & 2-3   join the story players for a “surprise” interactive drama story session performance for children £1 admission per child

Children's Activity Days 13 & 20 August 11am-3pm Workshops, quizzes & trails for you to drop in & enjoy
50p- £2 per item made

Book/Library days 14 & 21 August 11am-3pm. A rare chance to step inside our library and to slip the other side of the red ropes and examine what is inside with our artist curator as part of our new Heritage Lottery and the Friends of Haden Hill Estate funded project “Bests Angels”.

Bank Holiday Monday 31 August 1pm-5pm. Ron Popple returns for more fun & games for all the family.

Proms in the Park 13 Sept 2-6pm. Enjoy musical entertainment, with jazz from the Martinique Jazz Band, easy listening songs with Ian Casey during the afternoon & early evening, then rousing tunes from Halesowen Brass Band in true flag waving proms style to end the evening. Bring your flags & your picnics and stay.

Macmillan Biggest Coffee Morning & Sale, Fri 25 Sept 11am-3pm
Sat 26 & Sun 27 Sept 2pm-4.30pm. Come & join us for coffee, cake, and browse through our selection of items for sale. All proceeds go to Macmillan

Exhibitions

See our summer exhibition in the Haden Hill House tearoom with scenic paintings by artist Ray Lockey.

Bees - May, June, July – an interesting look at bees and bee keeping
Silver Jubilee Celebrations - August–November – Items from our collection to celebrate 25 years of house

Santa's Grotto - November-December

Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery, Holyhead Road - 0121 556 0683


Museum Take Over Exhibitions, Thursday to Saturday every week, 2-5pm
Community Groups are taking over Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery! Visit the Museum to see what they have created! From 16th July you can see an exhibition being created by Sandwell Adult and Family Learners which takes inspiration from our Ruskin Pottery Collections. Then from the 3rd September  you can watch the Sandwell Museums Painting Groups create a Parisian Café and exhibition! Finally in the autumn local schools take over the gallery to create their own exhibition. Keep in touch with what’s happening by searching for Sandwell Museums on Facebook.

Coffee Morning Talk: ‘The Origins of Pub Names’ by Anthony Poulton-Smith, Friday 31st July 10.30am - 12noon, £2 per person. Join us for a cuppa and a chat, doors open at 10.30am and the talk starts at 11am.

Jurassic Take Over!: Thursday 6 August  11am to 3pm. Dinosaurs and ancient animals are taking over the Gallery on our Jurassic family fun day! Meet some lizards and ancient animals with Oreo and Friends; make your own fossil; make a dinosaur tooth necklace or wristband; meet some of the fossils from our collection, create your own caveman scene and have your photo taken; and more! Spaces are limited for the animal handling sessions and can be booked on the day. Entry to the event is free thought there will be a small charge for some activities.

Children’s Crafts afternoons: Thursday 23 and 30 July, £1 per item made
Take a look at the Ruskin Pottery themed exhibition by the Sandwell Adult and Family Learners and decorate your own plate or mug to take away with you.

Dinosaur Craft activities: Thursday 20 August 50p- £1 per item made
Handle some of the fossils from our collections and have a go at our dinosaur themed crafts.

Fun and Games at the Gallery: Thursday 13 and 27 August, 2-5pm – An afternoon of fun, games and crafts. Play giant versions of snakes and ladders, dominoes and connect 4 as well as classic games like Mouse Trap, Downfall, Kerplunk and Guess Who or play on our retro video game collection which includes an original play station, a Sega Megadrive and an original Nintendo Wii.

At the Movies: Saturday 8, 15, and 22 August, 2-5pm,
Join us for a family friendly film and 'At the Movies' themed craft workshop. Keep track of what films are coming up on Facebook by searching for Sandwell Museums or call 0121 556 0683.

Dinosaur Animation Workshops: Friday 24 and 31 July and 7 August, 1pm and 3pm, £2 per person
Bring your own model dinosaurs and create a short stop frame animation. Spaces are limited so please book your place in advance by calling 0121 556 0683.

Giant Puppet Workshops: Wednesday 19 August, 10am – 3pm. Help us create some giant puppets as part of the Sandwell Arts Festival. This year’s festival is themed around classic Hollywood Icon Madeleine Carol who grew up in West Bromwich. The puppets created in these workshops will be used in the Festival’s procession through West Bromwich. It is FREE to take part, just drop in

Lego Animation Workshops: Friday 14 and 21 August 1pm and 3pm, £2 per person
Create your own stop frame animation using Lego. Spaces are limited so please book your place in advance by calling 0121 556 0683.

Coffee Morning Talk: ‘The End of the End of the Pier Show’ by Neil Roberts, Friday 21st August 10.30am - 12noon, £2 per person. Join us for a cuppa and a chat, doors open at 10.30am and the talk starts at 11am.

‘400 Years of the Selfie’ Community Exhibition, Thursday to Saturday every week from Thursday 27 August, 2-5pm. In 2014 we celebrated ‘400 years of the Selfie’ with an exhibition of Portraits from Ingustre Hall. We can now unveil a new portrait by artist Emma Tooth which was especially commissioned by Sandwell Museums. The portrait is of modern day Sandwell residents but in the style of the Old Masters. The portrait will sit alongside other community art work created as part of the Selfie exhibition.

Create your own Victorian Portrait!: Thursday 27, Friday 28 and Saturday 29 August, 2-5pm
Using our giant picture frame and costumes create your own Victorian portrait!

Art Group Open Days: Tuesday 1, Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 September, 10am – 2pm
Our 3 Art Groups at Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery invite you to visit them, see them at work and view some of their competed work. Some of the group’s paintings will be on sale.

Parisian Café, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during September, 11am till 1pm
As the Museum Painting Groups take over our exhibition space they will be creating a Parisian Café scene and they invite you along to see them at work and enjoy a cup of coffee.

Coffee Morning Talk: ‘Do you remember the Home Front’ by John Billingham, Friday 25th September 10.30am - 12noon, £2 per person. Join us for a cuppa and a talk about the Home Front during the Second World War, doors open at 10.30am and the talk starts at 11am.

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


Saturday Family Movie Club 10.30am start. A small tuck shop will be open. Saturday 8th August & 12th September. Call the museum on 0121 588 2985 or look on our facebook page for more details on what films will be shown. 

We are Open Summer opening every Thursday Friday, Saturday & Sunday 12noon—4pm from 23 July to 20 September Admission and guided tours are free of charge. Come and see this beautiful 13th Century Medieval Manor House, as you have never seen it before, this year you will have a chance to see what really is in the attic room above the Gate House, through pictures and video. Please note only the Great Hall and chapel will be accessible unless you take a guided tour. The last tour will be one hour before closing.

Shakespeare's Henry IV Sunday 9 August 5pm Start – gates open at 4pm In Advance £12 Adults £10 Concessions. On the Day £14 Adults £12 Concessions. Online booking available at www.thefestivalplayers.org The festival players return to the Manor House with a spirited adaptation taken from HENRY IV Parts 1 and 2 and focussing on Shakespeare’s lovable, larger than life rogue, Sir John Falstaff, and his adventures with Prince Hal, the future King Henry V. This historical drama brings to life the humanity, the politics, the battles, and the humour of this period in mediaeval Britain. A colourful two-hour production, performed by this skilled and energetic all-male company . Bring your own chairs or a picnic blanket and have a picnic. This is an open air production, which may move indoors, due to weather conditions.

Workshop August Mondays 3,10,17 & 24 August 11am—3pm Admission Free, crafts prices depend on what you make 50p—£4 There will be all kinds Crafts to make, different ones will be added each week.

Movie Club August Tuesdays 4,11,18 & 25 August 11am start. Come along and see a different super family movie every week. A small tuck shop will be open. Call the museums or visit facebook for details of what movies will be shown.

Dahl August Wednesdays 5 August ‘James & the Giant Peach’,12 ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’,19 ‘The Twits’ & 26 ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ August 11am—3pm Storytelling and fun based on the stories of Roald Dahl Admission free

Manor House Hoe Down Sunday 6 September 11am – 3pm. Yee-Haaa the cowboys ride into the Manor House again this year with lots of fun to be had. Have a go on the bucking bronco, visit the mini farm, line dance to your hearts content plus much more. There will be an animal show at 12noon lasting 2 hours, cost £2.50 per person, booking is on the day.

Cocktail Making Class. Saturday 19 September 5.30pm - 10.30pm (Door opens at 5.00pm)  £25 per ticket Tickets available directly from the Manor House or call Richard 07806 796898. Hurry numbers are limited. Learn how to make your own cocktails with style and grace! A great way to do something a bit different on a night out . What’s included in the price: A welcome cocktail to get everyone in the party mood! You get 3 cocktails to mix and taste, A shot made by our bartender, Learn about cocktails and spirits, food and live music, and of course, awesome fun and banter from your Mixologist.

Legend of the Enchanted Hourglass – Theatre production Saturday 26 September 7pm – 10pm. Join us for an audience involving theatre production. More details to follow

Memories of Bromwic Hall Project - we need you!

In 2015 Sandwell Museums are looking to create an archive of memories of the Manor House when it was lived in, used as a pub, and taking it on as a museum. We need your memories however everyday, photographs, flyers, menus etc. Did you once work at the Manor House? Did you attend any good parties or weddings? Perhaps you knew someone who once lived at the house? Maybe your family love visiting the museum? You can email us at https://www.facebook.com/bromwichallmemories?ref=bookmarks  or find the Manor House Memories project page on Facebook.

Galton Valley Canal Museum

Family Fun Open Day: Saturday 11 July, 10am – 3pm. Join us for a day of Boat Trips, Magic Shows, Historic Working Boats, Canal Crafts, light Refreshments and Children’s Craft Activities.

Open Day: Saturday 8th August, 10am – 3pm
Visit the canal museum housed in the New Smethwick Pumping Station. Museum staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer your questions and provide light refreshments.

Heritage Open Days: Saturday 12th September, 10am – 3pm
Visit the canal museum housed in the New Smethwick Pumping Station. Museum staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer your questions and provide light refreshments.

General event information for visitors 

    • Entrance to our buildings and events is free unless a ticket price is stated. However there may be a small charge activities.
    • 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 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 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.