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.

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.


Bank Holiday Fun -  25 May 12pm-4pm - Join us on bank holiday Monday for trails and games. 

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.

Tudor Tots: 26 May 12–4pm – Ever wondered what it would be like to grow up in Tudor times? Discover how you would learn, work, play and live as a Tudor child – you might be surprised! Crafts and quizzes suitable for all ages.

Musical Crafts: 27 May 12–4pm. Come and make some noise and music with our fun musical craft activities. 50p - £2 depending on what you make.

Recycled Music Workshops: 28 May - A day of workshops making music from everyday objects, join us in the west barn and see what you can make. No booking required. 50p per child.

Life of Spice: 7 June 12–4pm - Come and learn about the uses of spices in Tudor times to how we use them today. Meet the servants in the house and help them make items for the house with spices. Plenty of fun and games including craft activities, bouncy castle, trails and quizzes.

Evening Bookable Guided Tours – 17 June 6pm – 9pm – Join our staff for guided tours of the Oak House and Barns. Tours last approximately 45 minutes, booking essential £2 per person. Call the museum or pop in to book

Midsummer Concert: 21 June 5pm – 9pm. Bring a picnic and join us for an evening of music on the Oak House terrace, including a guitar quartet and more musical entertainment. Licensed cocktail bar all evening and café will be open with help from the Friends of the Oak House Museum. Booking essential £4 per adult, £2 per child under 12, suitable for all ages.

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

Bank Holiday Monday: 25 May 1pm-5pm. Join us on Bank Holiday Monday with a magic show at 2:30pm and balloon modelling throughout the afternoon, hawks and more will be here with their beautiful birds of prey from 2pm-5pm. There will also be kid's crafts and a trail.

“The Enchanted Woodland” 27 May 11am-12noon & 2-3pm. The Story Players presents “The Enchanted Woodland” an interactive drama story session performance for children
£1 admission per child

“Bee Amazed” 28 & 29 May 11am-3pm
Come & join in our fun Bee themed activities and “Bee Amazed” at how much fun Bees can BEE.

Vintage and Handmade  Fair –  20 & 21 June 11-4pm.
A vintage & handmade fair organised by Vintage-Duo. Haden Hill House Museum is hosting its first ever Vintage Fair, so come & enjoy a selection of stalls selling vintage & handmade items, there will also be entertainment during the weekend with extra entertainment on Sunday 21. £1 admission.

Opportunity Rocks – Black Country Festival -12 July 12-6pm – a chance for local bands and singers to showcase their talent at a festival in the park, this year we are also inviting comedians and all ages to apply too!  Entry Free. This year there will be raffles, a silent auction and other fundraising activities in aid of Cancer Research UK and MacMillan so dig deep and bring some extra coins for these excellent causes.

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

Tove Jansson: Tales from the Nordic Archipelago- exhibition - 4 April to end June 2015 - To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the birth of Moomins Creator and illustrator, Tove Jansson (1914 – 2001), this exhibition presents original unseen photographs and material relating to her life and work, illustrated books and early first editions of the Moomins. The display is curated by Susanna Pettersson, Director, and Animaya Grant, Head of Events at the Finnish Institute in London, with the ICA. There will also be on display at Wednesbury Museum, classic children's books belonging to local people and their memories of these inspiring books.

Look out for our 'Childhood' season to run alongside this exhibition with stories, cartoons, games, toys and books - loads of exciting fun for all the family.

Film Show: Moomins and Midsummer Madness: Saturday 23 May - 11am and 2pm – Free
Enter the world of the Moomins with our film showings of Moomins and Midsummer Madness. There are two showings of the film, 11am and then 2pm, the film lasts for 70 minutes. Buy a snack from our tuck shop and settle in for some Moomin madness!

Fun and Games at the Gallery: Retro video games:
Tuesday 26 May - 10am till 2pm – Free
Visit the gallery for a day of fun and games, there will be a chance to play giant versions of snakes and ladders, dominoes, connect 4 as well as classic games like Mouse Trap, Downfall, Kerplunk and Guess Who. There will also be a chance to play on our retro video game collection which includes an original play station, a Sega Megadrive and an original Nintendo Wii.

Children’s Table Top Sale:
Wednesday 27 May – Free entry. For children by children!
Book a table and sell your unwanted toys, games and books (no electrical equipment please). Or maybe you just want to browse the stalls and see if you can pick up a bargain! Tables are free, however advance booking is essential. Call us on 0121 556 0683 to book a table.

Moomin Midsummer Madness!:
Thursday 28 May - 11am till 3pm - Free
The Moomins have taken over the Gallery! Join us for a day of Moomin fun and games with our Enchanted Woodlands StoryLab, magic shows, cartoon crafts and a showing of the film ‘Moomins and Midsummer Madness’ film. Why not come dressed as your favourite cartoon character?

50s and 60s Music Quiz Coffee Morning:
Friday 29 May – 10.30am till 12noon - £2 per person

Classic Kids TV!:
Saturday 30 May, 6 and 13 June - 3pm – Free
Grab a snack from our Tuck Shop and settle down for an afternoon of classic kids' TV shows! There’ll be Looney Toons, Tom and Jerry, Rainbow, Danger Mouse and more!

Art Group Open Days:
Tuesday 9, Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 June – 10.30 till 2pm - Free
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.

‘Beer, Bets and Bear Baiting’ Coffee Morning Talk: Friday 26 June – 10.30am till 12.30pm - £2 per person. Join Mary Bodfish from the Smethwick History Society for this talk about the harsher aspects of Victorian leisure activities!

Black Country Quiz Night:
Thursday 9 July – 7 till 9.30pm - £4 per adult and £3 per child to include food
As part of the Black Country Festival join us for an evening of Back Country Trivia and a fish and chip supper. Teams of up to six people and pre booking by calling 0121 556 0683 is essential.

Origins of Pub Names:
Coffee Morning – Friday 31 July – 10.30am till 12.30pm - £2 per person
Join Antony Poulton Smith to find out about the Origins of Pub Names at our regular coffee morning.

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

Manor House by the Sea: Sunday 24 May 11am—3pm Admission Free. Come to the seaside on your doorstep at the Manor House Museum. There will be a beach, Punch & Judy, Ice creams, donkey rides, cocktails, live music and much more.

The Beach is Open! 25 May to 29 May 11am—3pm Admission Free. The Manor House beach will be open every day during half term. Children's craft activities and refreshments will be available  . There will be a charge for some activities.

Movie Club:  Thursday 28 May, 11am start,  £2 per person. See the family film ‘Paddington’. A small tuck shop will be open.

Shakespeare's 'As You Like It',  Saturday 30 May 5pm. Gates open at 4pm. Tickets are £12 for adults and £10 for concessions in advance. On the day, tickets are £14 for adults and £12 for concessions. Tickets available to book online.

The festival players return to the Manor House with The Bard’s wonderful pastoral comedy full of love, laughter, and lyricism, and performed by this talented all-male company. A colourfully-costumed two hour show, set in the Forest of Arden, full of engaging characters, and featuring songs set to original music by Johnny Coppin. Perfect entertainment for a Summer’s evening. 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.

Pirates Fun Day: Saturday 27 June 11am—3pm Admission free. 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 and Balloons – fun for all.

Cocktail Making Class:  Saturday 20 June, 5.30-10.30pm. Doors open at 5pm. £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 three 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.

80s Disco: 4 July 7-11pm Tickets £10 including a free cocktail, alcoholic beverage or soft drink. To book call the Manor House on 0121 588 2985 or 07806 796898. Dress to impress - get out those shoulder pads, dust off your leg warmers and tease up your hair. COME PARTY LIKE IT'S 1985! Live Music, 80s disco and licenced bar selling 80s cocktails, beers and soft drinks courtesy of Cocktails2u.

‘Vintage at the Manor’: Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 July,11am—4pm  Admission 50p per person. Come along and browse the vintage and handmade stalls. There will be live entertainment, vintage makeovers, photography and a tea room.

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 museumarts_tourism@sandwell.gov.uk  or find the Manor House Memories project page on Facebook.

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.