Events at Sandwell Museums

Events in 2014

We have an exciting range of events and activities coming up for your enjoyment in 2014 so keep checking this page for more information as new events are added all the time.  Scroll down and find out what's on.

We will be bringing school holiday activities, community events, music, theatre, temporary exhibitions and much more to our sites throughout 2014 from February half term onwards.

Heritage open days and Sandwell Museums

10 to 14 September 2014

A national programme to give visitors a chance to explore nooks, crannies and buildings not usually open or to enjoy events and talks. All the HOD events are free but you may need to book where specified.

Haden Hill House Museum Off Barrs Rd, Cradley Heath, B64 7JU - 01384 569 444 "What's up there?" Wednesday 10 September at  2.30pm. A rare chance to see the bits of the house & Hall not usually open to the public with our behind the scenes tours Advance booking essential

Haden Old Hall Open Day, Off Barrs Road, Cradley Heath. - 01384 569 444 Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 Sept 2pm-5pm . See inside our seventeenth century house not often open to the public. Free

Proms in the Park Sunday 14 September 2pm-6pm. Enjoy musical entertainment, with jazz from the Martinique Jazz Band, easy listening songs with Ian Casey during the afternoon and early evening, then rousing tunes from Halesowen Brass Band in true flag waving proms style to end the evening. bring your flags and your picnics Haden Hill House Museum and park -  Free 

The Manor House Museum, Hall Green Rd, West Bromwich - 0121 588 2985-13 and 14  September 2-5pm. Find out about food in Medieval Times. Also Help us plant some daffodil bulbs in our grounds. Guided Tours will also be available.

The Oak House Museum - Oak Road, West Bromwich.  B70 8HJ -Oak House Alive Thursday 11 September, house open 5.30pm talk starts at 6.30pm, tea and coffee available. A talk by the principal officer for museums, arts and tourism about the new discoveries about the history of the site and it's owners as well as the restoration of the barns project.  Booking essential 0121 553 0759 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) pop in or e-mail museumarts_tourism@sandwell.gov.uk

The Oak House Museum 'Up the mysterious stairs' and the 1600s dairy Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September, 2-5pm. A chance to explore the top floor of the house which is usually closed to visitors. We will be taking visitors up in small groups so there may be a short wait. Visitors can also see our brand new 1600s dairy for the first time and on Sunday 14 there will also be 17th century servants in the house. The Sandwell Foghorn will also be on site. No need to book

Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery, Holyhead Road, Wednesbury WS10 7DF -  0121 556 0683. Museum Cellar Tours and collection handling. Thursday 11 and Friday 12 September  1pm and 2pm  Most museums have 80% of their collection in storage. This is an opportunity to have a look behind the scenes at Sandwell Museums collection. To book your place call us on 0121 556 0683.

Galton Valley Canal Museum Open Day Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September 10am till 4pm. Housed in the New Smethwick Pumping Station the museum will be open to visitors and there will be guided walks to the old James Watt Smethwick Engine site at 11am and 2pm. 0121 556 0683

Bishop Asbury's Cottage Museum Open Day, Newton Rd, Great Barr - Sunday 14 September 2pm-5pm. This tiny 18th century cottage was the childhood home of Francis Asbury, first Methodist bishop of the USA. 0121 556 0683

The Oak House Museum, Oak Road, West Bromwich

Oak House Alive - The Oak House festival - 6 July to the end of 2014

As we open the newly restored and renovated historic barns which will make this a fantastic site, join us for a season of family fun, music, talks, history and much more celebrating 400 years of human stories on this site.

Look out for more exciting changes over the summer and autumn 2014 as we add a brand new 17th century dairy to the house and we gain photographs, hands-on activities, information, interpretation and more in our new barns visitor centre.

Please note that throughout August the oak House playground will be open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 11am-4pm.

Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult, no dogs apart from guide dogs and there is no smoking anywhere on the Oak House grounds.

Heritage open days - Oak House Alive Talk-Thursday 11 September, house open 5:30pm talk at 6:30pm, tea and coffee available.  A talk by the principal officer for museums, arts and tourism about the new discoveries about the history of the site and it's owners as well as the restoration of the barns project.  Booking essential 0121 553 0759

Heritage open days - 'Up the mysterious stairs' and the 1600s dairy Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 Sep, 2-5pm.  A chance to explore the top floor of the house which is usually closed to visitors. We will be taking visitors up in small groups so there may be a short wait. Visitors can also see our brand new 1600s dairy for the first time and on Sunday 14 there will also be 17th century servants in the house. The Sandwell Foghorn will also be on site- No need to book

Meet the Tudors - 28 September 11am-3pm. Visit the oak House and meet the Tudors, enjoy the music and dance and see the house come alive, enjoy the children's crafts and Tudor trails.

Creepy Creatures Spooktabulous Halloween Party Fun Day -28 October 11am-3pm. Join us for some Halloween party family fun, with loads of spooktabulous entertainment, creepy creatures, pumpkin ride and much more.

Creepy Crafts - 29 and 30 October 11am-3pm-join us for some Halloween and autumn themed craft activities, creepy quizzes and trails-50p -£2 depending what you make.

The hideous Halloween histories guide to wicked witches - 2 November 11am-3pm, Ever wondered why witches look the way they do, and why people believed in witches long ago - join us for a family friendly hands on look at witches in the 1600s and see the house come to life with historic characters, games, music and crafts but beware of the Witch Finder general who is looking to weed out any signs of witchcraft! The Oak House Museum.

Night Watch, Winter- 29 November, evening. -join us for an evening of live music from medieval and renaissance times as well as music Shakespeare would have known and used in his plays. As the festive season approaches there will also be some festive Tudor tunes. House opens at 6pm to look around as will be lit by candles and tea and coffee will be available. Concert at 7pm £8 per ticket - and there will be a chance to look around the house which will be decorated for Christmas in the interval too-  tickets must be paid for before the event. Tickets available from 1 October

Santa in his Grotto 9 and 10 December 3.30pm - 5.30pm. Drop in and see Santa in his grotto and get a small present and have a go at our children's Christmas crafts. £3.50 to see Santa. Craft activity costs vary. No need to book, just drop in.

Christmas Fairytale Fun 7 December 11am-3pm. Join us for Christmas fun with entertainment, interactive fun theatre, crafts and much more Christmas fun and entertainment - Santa won't be in his grotto but will be wondering around to say hello to the children.

Carols with the Salvation Army 11 December -6:00pm-8pm. Gates open at 6:00pm, refreshments and a chance to see the house 6pm-7pm. Concert 7pm-8pm. (the concert will be in the Oak House barns, the doors open to the concert room at 6:45pm not before) £5 to include drink and mince pie. The Oak House will be candel lit and available for you to look around between 6pm and 7pm - Tickets available from 1st November

Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery, Holyhead Road, Wednesbury

What's down there cellar Tours 12 and 13 September, 2pm and 3pm As part of the Heritage Open Days we are offering visitors the chance to join us for a tour of the collection stores and cellars at Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery. These are free tours but as spaces are limited we strongly recommend booking your place in advance by calling 0121 556 0683.

The Manor House Museum - Hall Green Road, West Bromwich

Summer opening -Saturday 19 July-Sunday 14 September 2014 New tours start for the summer when we'll be open Thursday & Friday 1pm-4pm. Saturday & Sunday 2pm-5pm. Last tours are 1 hour prior to closing -just drop in no need to book. From July 2014 we will also be offering a virtual tour, for those unable to climb the stairs in the house. They will be available during opening hours and need to be booked in advance, this can be done by  calling 0121 588 2985.  We are closed 21st August                                                                            

Saturday movie club 9 September 2014 11am-1pm. Come and see a fantastic family movie Toy Story 2 in the Great Hall. A small tuck shop will be open. £2 per person ALL children must be accompanied by an adult.

Heritage open weekend Saturday 13 & 14 September. 2pm-5pm Have a fantastic guided tour and find out what Medieval people ate and even get to try a sample or two.

Guided Tours - Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 October 2014. Open weekend 2pm - 5pm.  Come and see this beautiful thirteenth century Medieval Manor House, as you have never seen it before. The Manor House will be open for guided tours last tour 4pm.

Saturday movie club 4 October 2014 11am-1pm  Come and see a    fantastic family movie 'Coraline' (PG) in the Great Hall. A small tuck shop will be open. £2 per person ALL children must be  accompanied by an adult

Car boot sale - Sunday 5 October 2014, 9.30am - 12.30pm
£10 per car To book in your car call 0121 588 2985 or come and grab a bargain.

Vintage fayre at the Manor House - Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 October 11am - 4pm. Come and browse over 40 stalls of vintage, retro and handmade goods. There will be live music, and classes to perfect your 'lindy-hop'. Have a break in the Vintage tearoom or have a vintage makeover or photo shoot! There will be so much to do and see, so don't miss out on the unique and fantastic weekend. Admission 50p for over 12s

Halloween at the Manor House

Spooky family fun day 'Villains' Tuesday 28 October 11am-3pm
Lots of spooky fun is to be had this year at the Manor hell house, come dressed as your favourite Villain and join in the fun. Admission Free, there will be a charge for some activities

Spooky craft workshops - Wednesday 29 and Friday 31 October 11am-3pm Drop in and make a craft to take home. Price dependant on item made 50p-£4

Halloween disco Thursday 30th October - Under 5s 3.30pm-4.30pm
Over 5s 6pm-8pm. Come and strut your stuff on the dance floor at this year's Halloween Disco. Children £3 Adults £2 max two adults per child. Tickets available from the Manor House and must be collected and paid for before the event. No ticket no admission.

Trick or treat - Friday 31 October, 5.30pm-8pm
(last admission 7.45pm). Come along and trick or treat in a safe environment. There will be many different residents to meet you and lots of different tricks and treats along the way. No Booking Required Admission £5 per child to include trick or treat bag and lots of goodies. Adults free if accompanied by a child refreshments will be available

For older children and adults

Murders in the Black Country - Tuesday 30 September 7.30pm start doors open at 7pm Have you ever wondered about Murders in the Black Country? Join Ian Bott for an illustrated talk and find out where there's been a MURRRDDDERRRR!! £3 per person. Refreshments will be available

A grave subject -  Tuesday 14th October 7.30pm start doors open at 7pm Join Ian Bott for an illustrated talk £3 per person. Refreshments will be available

Horror fest triple bill  - 6pm until late -  Door open 5.30pm
Friday 24 October-60s, Saturday 25th October-70s
Are you brave enough to watch 3 horror films in one evening? No problem you say... BUT are you brave enough to watch them in a 13th century Medieval Manor House reputed to be haunted and which came 4th in a top ten of most haunted places in the Midlands (as on the Express and Star website June 2014) we have two evenings of iconic horror films from different decades, with a more recent one in between for good measure.

The evening will start with a presentation by Kieron Hazel about the movies of the decade and some short horror films made by local film makers and if you aren't too scared by then the films will begin!!

Friday 24 60s horrors
Rosemary's baby (1968) (18)
Insidious (2010) (15)
Dracula Prince of Darkness (1966) (15) Saturday 25 October 70s horrors
The Wickerman (1973) (15)
Sinister (2012) (15)
Halloween (1978) (18)

£10 per person booked in advance, £12 on the door.

Optional extra-must be booked in advance. Small pizza and two cans of lager/cider/soft drink £6 per person. These will be served after the first film of the evening at around 8-8.30pm. Over 18s only

Ghost Walk
Tuesday 28 October 7.30pm start doors open at 7pm.

Join Ian Bott as he takes you around the local area by foot, telling you about some of the spooky and murderous going ons! Please note you are responsible for your own safety £4.50 per person. Refreshments will be included at the end of the walk. Over 12s only. Fright night - The prison morgue - Saturday 2 November
First tours at 6pm. Do you dare enter the Manor HELL House this Halloween? There is something strange going on at the Prison morgue, you are the detectives can you help solve the mystery or will it prove unsolvable?? Twists and turns at every corner-this event is not for the faint hearted!! £4.50 per person. Tours last approximately 20 minutes-30
minutes. Smoke machines and strobe lighting/flashing lights will be used during the tour. Over 12s only -  Booking essential. No ticket no admission.

Tickets will be on sale from Saturday 26 July unless stated.

Disco tickets cannot be reserved, they must be collected and paid for during opening hours to ensure entry.

Family Halloween spooky book double bill. - Monday 27 October 2014 11.30pm start doors open at 11am. Come and see a double bill of spooky films 'Hocus Pocus' and 'Nightmare before Christmas' A tuck shop will be open. £3 per person ALL children must be accompanied by an adult

Where it does not have booking essential, pay on the door is available, however we cannot guarantee how many spaces will be available. Booking is advised

Guided Tours - Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 October 2014 Open Weekend 2pm - 5pm.  Come and see this beautiful 13th century Medieval Manor House, as you have never seen it before. The Manor House will be open for guided tours last tour 4pm.

Saturday movie club 1st November  2014 11am-1pm  Come and see a fantastic family movie 'Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit'  (U) in the Great Hall. A small tuck shop will be open. £2 per person ALL children must be accompanied by an adult

Car boot sale - Sunday 1 November 2014, 9.30am - 12.30pm
£10 per car To book in your car call 0121 588 2985

Hunger Games catch up - Sunday 16 November 1pm start doors open at 12.30pm.  Come and watch the two previous films in the series: Hunger Games & Hunger games - Catching Fire back to back, and be ready for the release of Hunger games 3: Mockingjay part 1, on 21 November. 15 years and over only £4 per person. Refreshments will be available.

Christmas at the Manor House

Deck the Halls 1 December 4pm - 5.30pm Come and help decorate the Great Hall for Christmas, make pomanders and other decorations with staff. Admission Free

Christmas evening craft fair and Santa 1 December 2014- 6.30pm - 8pm Christmas is here! Buy some Christmas Presents, come and meet Santa and enjoy the storytelling and Christmas fun. Admission Free

The Hobbit catch up - Friday 5 December 6pm start doors open at 5.30pm.  Come and watch the two Hobbit films in the trilogy  and be ready for the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, on 12 December. 12 years and over only £4 per person. Refreshments will be available.

Saturday movie club 6 December 2014 11am-1pm  Come and see a fantastic family movie  'Arthur Christmas' (U) in the Great Hall. A small tuck shop will be open. £2 per person ALL children must be accompanied by an adult

Santa is here! -Saturday 6, 13, 20 and 22 December  12noon - 3pm. Visit Santa in his grotto and have a go at some of our Christmas Workshops  Last tickets for grotto 2.30pm. Admission Free Santa £2 workshops dependant on item made 50p - £3

Hunt for Santa 7 December- 1pm start A unique opportunity to visit Santa. Go for a hunt in the grounds and in the house to find Santa. There will be surprises along the way - will you ever find the Man in Red?? Children £12 Adults £3

Christmas movie 'A Wonderful life' (U) Friday 12 December. 7pm start doors open at 6.30pm Take time out and come and enjoy this classic Christmas tale, credited to be one of the greatest films of all time. £3 per person to include light refreshments

Christmas at the Manor House 14 December 11am - 3pm Christmas is nearly here come and enjoy yourselves at the Manor House at the fantastic festive fun day - lots to see and do fun for everyone. Admission free

Through the Decades 19 December 7pm start Doors do not open until 6.45pm A journey through Christmas music style. Join Ian Casey for a trip down memory lane. You are sure to be foot tapping and singing along as Christmas is nearly here. Christmas Hats Welcome £6 per person to include refreshments booking essential

Christmas movie double bill 23 December 2014 1pm start doors open at 12.30pm Come and see  the seasonal movies 'A Muppets Christmas Carol' (U) & 'The Grinch' (PG) in the Great Hall. A small tuck shop will be open. £3 per person ALL children must be accompanied by an adult.

Haden Hill House Museum and Old Hall, Haden Hill Park, Cradley Heath - 01384 569 444

Heritage Open Days - " What's up there?" Wednesday 10 September 2.30pm. A rare chance to see the bits of the house & Hall not usually open to the public with our behind the scenes tours Advance booking essential-01384 569 444 Hideous histories

Haden Hall open day - Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 Sept 2pm-5pm . See inside our seventeenth century house not often open to the public.

Proms in the park Sunday 14 September 2pm-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 Haden Hill House Museum and park -  Free 

Bat walks - Join us in Haden Hill Park and see what creatures of the night we can find in the park. An introductory talk followed by a guided tour of the park using our bat detectors to see these fabulous little creatures. You may even here a Tawny owl or two too! Walks start from the house - come through the front door. Please wear appropriate footwear and warm clothing. £3.50 adults, £2 children under 14 - Booking Essential

Adult bat walk - 19 September (adults and children over 14 only) - Doors open 6:45pm, introductory talk 7pm. - tea and coffee available.

Family bat walk - 26 September- suitable for all ages but young children often find it a little spooky so may not be suitable. - Doors open 6.30pm, introductory talk 6.45pm - tea and coffee available

Bishop Asbury's Cottage

Open day - free entry Sunday 14 September 2pm-5pm.

Galton Valley pumping station

Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September 10am till 4pm. Housed in the New Smethwick Pumping Station the museum will be open to visitors and there will be guided walks to the old James Watt Smethwick Engine site at 11am and 2pm. 0121 556 0683

Hideous histories season

You asked us for hideous histories so here it is! In 2014 across our sites we are holding a series of Hideous histories family friendly events and activities where you can find out about the less pleasant aspects of life long ago with hands-on activities.

Pick up your Hideous Histories Passport at one of our sites and visit 5 of our events at at least two different site and you can go into our prize draw.

Hideous histories guide to fiendish fashions- 24 and 25 April - 11am-3pm Fiendish fashions- a hideous histories guide to Victorian style, find out more about how Victorian ladies and gentlemen kept up appearances! Haden Hill House Museum.

Hideous histories crafts - 26 and 30 May - 11am-3pm come along and enjoy some hideous history crafts. Price dependant on item made. The Manor House Museum.  

The hideous histories guide to perilous pirates - 28 May,  11am-3pm. Help to save the Manor House from being ambushed by the pirates of dark water led by the very naughty Gertie Gunpowder!! Crafts and activities, magic, storytelling and balloons - fun for all.  The Manor House Museum.

Hideous histories guide to Tudor hideous housework -  29 July 12pm-4pm. You thought doing household chores today is awful, then try doing the housework, cooking, cleaning and washing 400 years ago and that's all before we get to the toilets! Oak House Museum

The hideous histories guide to showing off - 31 July, 12pm-4pm. People in the past used all sorts of ways to show off how wealthy and important they were, many of which were not very good for their health! Join us and learn about wicked wigs, terrible clothes, awful portraits, manky make-up (and that was just the men), pongy perfume, (and that was just the men too) gruesome grand tours and loads more family fun. You can also enjoy our fabulous portraits exhibition with portraits from Ingestre Hall from Elizabethan times onwards. Wednesbury Museum

Hideous histories Wednesday - Join us during the summer holidays on Wednesdays for the hideous histories guide to the not so nice things that happened long ago. There will be craft workshops and story telling and much more. The Manor House Museum.

  • Wednesday 30 July - Medieval 11am-3pm
  • Wednesday 6 August - Egyptians 11am-3pm
  • Wednesday 13 August - Greeks 11am-3pm
  • Wednesday 20 August - Romans 11am-3pm
  • Wednesday 27 August - Tudors 11am-3pm

Hideous history sneaky Viking long ships 7th, 8th and 9th August, 2-4pm As the Vikings went raiding their ships took them far afield from home, visit the gallery to make a model of one of their sneaky long ships. crafts cost £1 per item made. Wednesbury Museum

Hideous histories guide to the Wise Woman....the Wise Woman - 19 August. 12pm-4pm. An afternoon learning about the less savoury aspects of Tudor life, meet the wise woman who will cure you of any ailments and learn about Tudor medicine, crime and punishments. Oak House Museum.

The hideous histories guide to murders and Medicine -21 August 12pm-4pm. A  light-hearted family friendly afternoon looking at the less savoury aspects of Victorian life, looking at cures and medicine, mortsafes and murder. Haden Hill House Museum

Hideous history Saxon shields 21, 22 and 23 August, 2-4pm Design a traditional Saxon shield to help defend against the invading Vikings! Crafts cost £1 per item made. Wednesbury Museum

The hideous histories guide to life on the home front - 4 and 5 October 11am-3pm. A weekend looking at fiendish food, foul fashions and life on the home front in World War II. Haden Hill House

Hideous histories guide to evil invaders! Saturday 11 October 10am-3pm. As the Vikings invade and take up residence at the museum find out about the battles, weapons and the surgery practised by this villainous Vikings! Wednesbury Museum

The hideous histories guide to howling Halloween - 31 October - 11am-3pm - Join us for some spooky family fun and find out about where our hideous Halloween traditions come from. Haden Hill House Museum

The hideous Halloween histories guide to wicked witches - 2 November 11am-3pm, Ever wondered why witches look the way they do, and why people believed in witches long ago - join us for a family friendly hands on look at witches in the 1600s and see the house come to life with historic characters, games and crafts but beware of the Witch Finder general who is looking to weed out any signs of witchcraft! The Oak House Museum.

World War I commemorations

In 2014 and over the next four years Sandwell Museums will be commemorating 100 years since World War I.

We began in February 2014 by planting poppy seeds in our grounds.

In May we undertook a bring a Grandparent event.

We will be holding an exhibition about World War I and the local area at Wednesbury Museum from September until the end of the year.

There will be a small display of objects from our collection relating to World War I or its time period on display at Haden Hill House Museum from April until November.

World War I music afternoon - 17 August -2pm-5pm, Haden Hill House and park - bring a picnic and a something to sit on and enjoy and afternoon of music hall style popular tunes and sing-a-long anthems from the period of world War I - Entry Free

Look out for our memories work in partnership with Sandwell Libraries

We will be collecting visitor's family stories of experiences of world War one, so even if its just a sentence then let us know you family stories.

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General event information for visitors

    • Please note we are unable to accommodate pushchairs inside our buildings. Pushchairs should be left outside or where directed.
    • Entrance to our buildings and events is free unless a ticket price is stated. However there may be a small charge activities.
    • 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 if staff are not available as our telephones are not manned every day.
    • 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.
    • Find out about the accessibility of our sites with our - access statement.
      Haden Hill House Museum, Off Barrs Road, Cradley Heath
      The Manor House Museum, Hall Green Road, West Bromwich