Events at Sandwell Museums
Keep checking this events page as we add and update 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.
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.
Autumnal Antics at Sandwell Museums
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 join 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, meet new people and gain new skills. Why not get involved?
Monster Halloween Crafts: Wednesday 28 October, 11am – 3pm. Small charge 50p - £2.50 depending on what you make. It’s a monster take over crafts day at the Oak House, with different monster craft activities for all ages. See the Oak House decorated for Halloween and take part in our monster trails and quizzes.
Halloween Pumpkin Carving Workshops: Thursday 29 October, 11am – 3pm. £2 per child, booking essential call 0121 553 0759 to book. Take part in our pumpkin carving workshops and create a spooky design to take home. See the Oak House decorated for Halloween and take part in our spooky trails and quizzes.
Silent Horror Movie Evening with Live Guitar Quartet: (one for the grown ups) Sunday 1 November, 6pm – 10pm. £8 per person/£7 concessions (Over 65s/Friends of the Oak House). Enjoy an evening watching a classic 1920s silent movie with a live music accompaniment from the Black Country String Quartet. Refreshments and snacks available courtesy of the Friends of the Oak House Museum. Over 16s only. Booking essential, call 0121 553 0759 to secure your tickets.
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.
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.
The Witchfinder comes to the Old Hall. Sunday 4 October - 11am-3pm. The year is 1643 at Haden Old Hall. The days are getting shorter and autumn draws in. The family at the hall are going about their everyday business but then a stranger turns up and the door with accusations of witchcraft. Join Sir William Pennyman’s Regiment historical interpretation society and see the Old Hall come to life but beware if the Witchfinder should think you look suspicious. Great family entertainment for all ages.
World War II weekend—10 & 11 Oct, 11am-3pm, weekend of WW2 nostalgia for young & old alike Including artefacts, music, food tasting, children’s workshop & more. Re-enactors Why not come in costume!
Music Quiz – Sunday 18 October 2pm-4pm - 1950s and 60s popular culture music, TV and films quiz. Teams of no more than four, booking essential, £2 per person including tea and coffee and biscuits.
Pumpkins Galore- 25 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 for pumpkin carving, phone to book a place, £2.50 per pumpkin carved. Other activities just drop in.
Don’t Go into the Cellar : Tues 27 October - Shows at 6pm and 8pm - £6.
This popular theatre company return to thrill & chill you this Halloween with ‘Morbid Curiosities’ A further selection of Bram Stoker's greatest horror tales, atmospheric and chilling this is a stage show designed to raise the goose- flesh and to chill. Over 14s only.
Spooky House of Horror Family Fun Day: Wednesday 28 October-12 - 4.00pm. Spooky goings on at Haden Hell House & Hall, come and join in with Halloween fun for all the family; music, magic and balloons kid’s crafts quizzes, trails & more.
The Story Players do Halloween: Thursday 29 October - This great interactive drama storytelling session with the Story players with a spooky theme 11am-12pm – 2pm-3pm. House is open to see the spooky decorations 12pm-4pm.
Spooky Fun in the Old Hall – Friday 30 October 11am-3pm Join us in the Old Hall, for kid’s craft activities, spooky stories quizzes and trails. (not Halloween activities in the house)
Gunpowder, Treason and Plot – Sunday 1 November. 11am-3pm. Find out about why we celebrate bonfire night, with craft activities, quizzes and trails.
Impromptu Piano – Sunday 8 November. Can you play the piano? Then why not join us in the Drawing Room and celebrate the re-display of this important room and get the chance to play the grand piano. If you can’t play then sit on the chairs and watch and get dressed up in Victorian clothes and feel like a proper Victorian!
Impromptu Piano – Sunday 15 November. Can you play the piano? Then why not join us in the Drawing Room and celebrate the re-display of this important room and get the chance to play the grand piano. If you can’t play then sit on the chairs and watch and get dressed up in Victorian clothes.
Christmas Cards - Sunday 22 November 11am-3pm. Find out about the history of Christmas cards and make your own Christmas card. Entrance Free £1.50 to make a card.
See our summer exhibition in the Haden Hill House tearoom with scenic paintings by artist Ray Lockey.
Silver Jubilee Celebrations - September 26-August–1 November – Items from our collection to celebrate 25 years of house
Santa's Grotto - November-December
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.
Hallo-Meanies Show: Saturday 24 October, 10.30am and 2.30pm, £7 adults and £6 Children
Ever wondered what your favourite Panto baddies get up to for the rest of the year? Well here is your chance to find out! This Halloween show last for approximately 90 minutes with a short interval when light refreshments are available. Spaces are limited so please book in advance by calling 0121 556 0683.
Pumpkin Carving Workshops: Wednesday 28 and Friday 30 October, 1pm and 3pm, £3 per pumpkin
Get ready for Halloween by taking part in one of our pumpkin carving workshops. Spaces on the workshops are limited so please book by calling 0121 556 0683
Panto Villains Halloween Fun Day: Thursday 29th October, Free Entry
As we celebrate those creepy Panto Villains that you love to hate join us for a day of Halloween fun if you dare. Marvel at the creepy magic, spooky songs of our Halloween disco, make a potion in our Witch’s Kitchen and have a go at our Halloween crafts.
Model Railway Exhibition: Saturday 31 October, 12noon till 4pm
West Bromwich Model Railway Club will be displaying some of their larger models for visitors to the museum to see.
Coffee Morning: Halloween Quiz: Friday 30th October, 11am Free Entry
Bring your friends and have a go at our Halloween Quiz at this month’s coffee morning.
Coffee Morning: Do you remember the events of the 1950s: Friday 27th November, 11am, £2 per person.
Join us for our monthly coffee morning and a talk on the events of the 1950s by John Billingham.
Vintage Fair and 1960s Songs: Saturday 7 November, 11am till 4pm
Why not stop in at Wednesbury Art Gallery when visiting the Vintage Fair at Wednesbury Town Hall. Throughout the afternoon popular local singer, Ian Casey, will be performing classic pop song from the 1960s and ‘70s. You can also have a go at creating a vintage Christmas Tree Decoration as we launch our Christmas Tree Festival.
Vintage at the Manor - Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 October 11am¬-4pm Admission 50p Come along and browse the vintage & handmade stalls. There will be live entertainment, vintage makeovers, photography & a Tea Room.
Horror Fest! - Friday 23 October & Saturday 24 October 7pm—late £10 per evening for a small pizza and drink of your choice. Are you brave enough to watch 2 horror films in one evening, one of which will be screened in 3D! ? No problem you say… BUT are you brave enough to watch them in a 13th century Medieval Manor House reputed to be haunted?
Call the Manor House on 0121 588 2985 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to find out what film's we are showing.
Ghost Walk - Wednesday 21 or Thursday 29 October 7pm start (doors open at 6.45pm) £6 per person to include refreshments Booking essential—no ticket no entry. Join local historian Ian Bott as he takes you around the local area and inside the house to discover ghost stories and murders from years gone by.
Manor House School of witching & wizardry - Monday 26 October 11am 3pm Admission Free. There will be a charge for some activities. There are lots of things going on at the Manor House this Halloween for all witches and wizards in training. Attend a science class, magic class and much more.
Children’s Halloween Disco -Tuesday 27 October 2-4 years 4pm-5pm over 4 years 5.30pm—7.30pm £2.50 per children £1.50 per adult. Booking essential, no ticket no entry. The Manor House Museum are hosting a spooktacular disco, come dressed as your favourite spook and boogie the evening away. There will be a spooky tuck shop open to keep you going throughout the evening.
Spooky Craft Activities - Wednesday 28 & Thursday 29 October 11am—3pm Admission free. Crafts dependent on item made 50p—£4. Come and make some spooky crafts, no need to book, just drop in.
Halloween Movie Club Wednesday 28 & Thursday 29 October 2pm start. Admission free. If a film is shown in 3D - there will be a £1.50 charge for hire of 3D glasses Come along and see a spooky family movie. All snacks/drinks must be purchased from the Manor House.
Contact the Manor House on 0121 588 2985 or e-mail email@example.com for film details.
Manor House Trick or Treat - Friday 30 October. Timed tickets from 3pm £5 per child £1.50 per adult. 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. Booking is essential. No ticket—no entry. Refreshments will be available.
Family Halloween Disco - Saturday 31 October 6.30pm—11pm £5 per person—to include a Halloween lucky bag for children under 16 years Boogie the night away to live music and a disco, whilst dressed as your favourite spook! There will be fun and games and a licensed bar selling alcoholic and non alcoholic refreshments.Booking essential, no ticket - no entry.
All tickets for Halloween events/activities will be available from Saturday 12 September, when the Manor House will be open between 12noon—4pm. For other opening time please visit our website or Facebook or call 0121 588 2985
Movie Club Saturday 14 November Open Season 3D 10.30am start. Admission free but there will be a £1.50 charge for hire of 3D glasses. Come along and see a super family movie. All snacks/drinks must be purchased from the Manor House
A Jurassic Saturday Movie Club! 21 November 1pm start for first film (PG) ends 3.30pm approx. Start for 2nd film (12A). Admission free but there will be a £1.50 charge for hire of 3D glasses. Come and see two great Jurassic films in 3D! All snacks/drinks must be purchased from the Manor House
Contact the Manor House on 0121 588 2985 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for film details.
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
Museum Open Day and Canal Society Bonfire Rally: Saturday 31st October
The Canal Museum will be open to the public between 10am and 4pm and the Birmingham Canal Society gear up for their Bonfire Rally.
Bishop Asbury Cottage
The next open day will be May 2016. alternatively you can book in a group visit for a charge per person at 0121 556 0683
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 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.