Spring Bank Holiday - our offices are closed

Council offices and contact centres are closed on Saturday 27 May and Monday 29 May. Your bins will be collected as normal on Bank Holiday Monday. Libraries are closed on Monday 29 May only.

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

Scroll down the page to find out what activities are available at our different sites. Our main events are listed below and more smaller activities will be added throughout the year, such as school holiday fun etc so keep coming back"

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.

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.

Follow the links below to the site pages to find out about opening times and facilities - no dogs are allowed apart from assistance dogs (apart from Galton Valley museum which is dog friendly as long as dogs are kept on a lead and under control) and we are unable to accommodate pushchairs inside our buildings.

Arts trail - Sandwell Bloomin' Lovely

Sandwell Museums and Arts are launching a summer arts trail for summer 2017. 

Sandwell Bloomin' Lovely is open to all amateur artists, schools or community groups wanting to submit a themed piece of work to feature in the trail.  Art work will be shortlisted to a collection of pieces which will be exhibited across the borough, allowing members of the public to vote for their favourite piece of art work.

Please note the size restriction on works of art. Also works of art should be framed (this might be a card frame is appropriate for photos etc) and mirror plated (this are the little secured backings). We would prefer frames without glass but perspex or shatterproof glass is accepteble. Oil paintings stretched on a wooden frame is fine but should still be mirror plated. If in doubt give us a call or email us for advice. 

Find out more information about our summer arts trail.

For information about getting involved then please email alex_howell@sandwell.gov.uk or jane_hanney@sandwell.gov.uk and we will send you an information leaflet.   

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

Tea room open at all activity days courtesy of Friends of the Oak House.

Green Man Celebration: Tuesday 30 May, 11am-3pm
Join us for a fun day out for all the family at Oak House Museum Barns and visitor centre! We will be hosting a green man celebration with music and dancing from Oak House favourites 'Gloriana'. There will be themed quizzes, trails and crafts to keep the family entertained. Learn all about the Green Men and traditions that surround them. Keep your eyes peeled as you may see a 'Green Man' making an appearance around the grounds! Face painting and glitter tattoos available from Brushstrokes and Glitters. Charges apply for crafts and face painting. Tea room open courtesy of friends of the Oak House serving Hot and cold drinks, Ice creams, cakes and light refreshments.

Green Man Crafts, Quizzes & Trails: Wednesday 31 May & Thursday 1 June 11am-3pm
Join us for a craft day at the Oak house Museum. Make crafts in keeping with our Green Man theme. Prices range from 50p to £2.50 dependent on craft activity. Trails and quizzes will be available from reception. Tea room open courtesy of friends of the Oak House

Summer Fayre - Summer family Fun Day - Sunday 9 July 12pm-4pm
To celebrate the 3rd anniversary of the opening of the Oak House barns visitor centre we are holding a summer fayre. There will be musical mayhem workshops with Andy Casserley, live music from Ian Casey and family magic and comedy from Ron Popple There will be craft activities, tombola and stalls to browse. Tea room will be available courtesy of the friends of Oak House Museum.

Archaeology Week: Tuesday 25, Wednesday 26, Thursday 27 12pm-5pm, Sunday 30 July 2pm-5pm
It's the council for British Archaeology 'Festival of Archaeology' this week! Oak House will be joining in by running lots of fun events, tours, crafts and quizzes all based around Archaeology. Become a palaeontologist and excavate the remains of dinosaurs on the edge of the Oak House Ship Wreck. There will also be trails and quizzes around the house and grounds.

Sandwell Surprises - exhibition.- Visit the Old Shop at Oak House and see our showcase of Sandwell Museums' Community Art Group's work showing paintings of iconic Sandwell buildings and scenes.

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

The Queen and Sandwell exhibition - Enjoy some amazing photographs of Sandwell people celebrating and meeting the Queen in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. April - end of May 2017.

Early years story time: Fridays  12 & 19 May 11am-12noon. Suitable for  preschool children and their carers, enjoy our stories and craft activities.  FREE

Ron Popple’s magic shows: Bank Holiday, Monday, 29 May 1:30-2pm, 2:30-3pm or 3:30-4pm Come and join us with the ever popular Ron Popple ADVANCE BOOKING ESSENTIAL due to limited spaces, please call 01384 569444 to book a place.  

                                                    
Explorers required! Thurs 1 June & Fri 2 June 11am-3pm. Have fun exploring the jungle, deep sea and space at Haden Hill House. Can you find the Lost Treasure of Haden Hill? All you need to bring along is your imagination! Lots of fun plus trails and crafts. Craft activities 50p-£2.00
Hawks and more: Sun 4 June 2-4.pm—Come along and see the popular birds of prey in the park (weather permitting). There will be a trail in the House and the Tea Room will be open.

Knitting in public day: Sun 11 June 2pm-4.30pm-Bring along your friends and your knitting for this sociable, internationally popular occasion to celebrate all things craft. An opportunity to share your skills with others in gentile surroundings. Children’s crafts available plus peg doll making. Tea room open.

Victorian Extravaganza: Sun 25 June 12-4—Join us for an afternoon of Victorian themed            activities, and a celebration of our industrial heritage. Featuring children’s entertainment ,     live music and costumed characters with a Steampunk twist. With trail and craft activities: crafts from 50p-£2.00. Tea room open.

Sew What? Sun 9 July 2-4.30—We invite you to come along and learn the arts of sewing and knitting with our resident expert Jan Casserley. Knitting themed trail available. Suitable for       children, adults welcome to join in too, £1.00 per person. Tea room open.

Bric-a-Brac and Jazz: Sun 16 July 11-4—Bargains galore! Call in to our Bric-a-Brac sale at Haden Hill House Museum. Stalls in House and Old Hall, shop along to the sounds of Jazz courtesy of the Birmingham Jazz Festival. Old Hall and tea room open. To book a table contact 01384569444, advanced booking essential, limited spaces. £10 per table, set up from 10.00am.

School summer holiday fun! - Look out for our great summer holiday activities. Check back here for more details later in the year.

Proms in the Park - Sunday 10 September, 2pm-6pm An afternoon with loads of great live music, why not bring a picnic? Entry Free.

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     

Do It Yourself – Body. Bath bombs and Scrubs -Thursday 27 April 7pm – 9pm Cost £6 per person, to include all materials and light refreshments. Booking essential. Over 12s only Do you fancy having a go at making your own beauty products, furnishings or decorations? Come along to the Manor House to the first of our monthly Do It Yourself evenings where you get the chance to show off your creative talents. Make your own bath bombs and body scrub to make your body feel amazing and even better, you will have made them yourself!

Vintage Fair - Sunday May 14 11am – 4pm. Come along and browse the stalls selling clothing and accessories, Handmade, collectables, retro, vinyl and much more. There will be a tearoom open for refreshments and live music and dancing all courtesy of Mabel’s Vintage Fairs.

Manor House by the sea  - THE BEACH IS OPEN
Tuesday 30 May – Friday 2nd  June 11am—3pm Come to the seaside – on your doorstep. The Manor House beach will be open this week. Crafts, a treasure hunt and refreshments will be available. Admission Free. There will be a charge for some activities. Come to the

Do it yourself -Treat yourself- Thursday 29 June 7pm – 9pm
Make your own soap and face wash and become squeaky clean thanks to your own fair hands! Cost £6 per person, to include all materials and light refreshments. Booking essential. Over 12’s only

Do it yourself - Treat your body part 2- Thursday 27 July 7pm – 9pm Make your own perfume and body wash and return home smelling as fresh as a daisy! Cost £6 per person, to include all materials and light refreshments. Booking essential. Over 12’s only

Shakespeare in Sandwell - the Merry Wives of Windsor - Bank Holiday Monday 29 May, entry from 4pm, play starts at 5pm
In Advance £12 Adults £10 Concessions. On the Day £14 Adults £12 Concessions. The Festival Players Theatre Company is proud to present the Merry Wives of Windsor. Presented in full costume, an all-male company will bring to you the roguish and foolish knight, Falstaff, as he schemes to woo two married women to get his hands on their husbands’ money, but the wiley Wives of Windsor are more than a match for him! Bring your own chairs or a blanket and have a picnic in the grounds of this wonderful 13th century Medieval Manor House. This is an open air production, which may move indoors due to weather conditions.
You can purchase tickets when the Manor House is open or on the Festival Players' website.

Free summer guided tours -  Every Sunday from 30 July to 10 September 11am-3pm. Join one of our guided tours and get to look around this fascinating thirteenth century building, try on some armour and play medieval games and see some of our rooms displayed as they may have looked in the late medieval period. Guided Tours last approximately 1 hour and begin at 11.30am, & 1pm —no need to pre-book. Refreshments and cream Teas will be available. If you are unable to get around the whole building you can book a virtual tour with one of our staff and a tablet - but you must pre-book this in advance at 0121 588 2985. Please note that guided tour days are the only opportunity to see the whole building at the moment - free flow is currently not possible.

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

Nostalgia Rooms - Clothes - see some amazing 50s, 1960s and 70s clothing and shoes in our clothing exhibition as well as some fantastic old photos of Sandwell High Streets in times gone by.Photographs courtesy of Sandwell Community History and Archives Service - until June.

Elevensies at the Gallery - Join in our coffee mornings with talks, activities, taster sessions etc See the list below for up and coming coffee morning activities. 11am-1pm (see below in 'regular groups for more details). 
Tuesday 25 April    Speaker - Alan Thornton- Memories of the 40s, 50s and 60s
Tuesday 2 May    60s and 70s TV Quiz            
Tuesday 9 May     Vintage recipes and food  - Reminisce about vintage food and recipes and how we used to cook, enjoy our Nostalgia rooms and see our 50s cooker and 60s and 70s kitchenware
Tuesday 16 May    Speaker - Neil Roberts - The End of The End of the Pier Show

King Arthur fun day - Wednesday 31 11am-3pm. Enjoy the Storyplayers interactive comedy drama performances with a theme of King Arthur (2 performances during event), with dressing up, decorate a sword and shield or make a princess hat or crown and try the Knight's quest, trail. Entry Free, a small charge for some activities

King Arthur crafts - Thursday June 1 - 11am-3pm, Join us at the museum and decorate a sword or shield, make a crown or a princess hat and have a go at our quizzes and trails. Crafts 50p-£2 depending what you make,
Entrance Free

Gap at the gallery- One of our paintings has gone off on loan to be displayed elsewhere so we now have a gap at the gallery. Join us this half term and help create some artwork to fill the gap!

Look out for our summer of fun with our Indoor, Outdoor festival inside the gallery this summer!

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - Saturday 2 December. Enjoy our morning or afternoon Christmas theatre performances of the Wizard of Oz with the Hobgoblin theatre company. More info and ticket info to follow.

Regular Groups and Activities

Stay and Play at Wednesbury Museum: £2 per child per session. Join us for our early years sessions with toys and games, storytime, musical activities, crafts etc - there will be different activities on different weeks.

Wednesday 26 April    10-11am
Wednesday 3 May    10-11am
Wednesday 10 May    10-11am
Wednesday 17 May    10-11am
Wednesday 24 May    10-11am
Wednesday 31 May    No session
Wednesday 7 June    10-11am
Wednesday 14 June    10-11am
Wednesday 21 June    10-11am
Wednesday 28 June    10-11am

Yoga classes -  No need to book just turn up! Enjoy yoga classes in the calming surroundings of our Victorian Painting Gallery

Wednesday 26 April  3.45-4.45pm £3
Wednesday 3 May  3.45-4.45pm £3
Wednesday 10 May  3.45- 4.45pm £3
Wednesday 17 May  3.45-4:45pm £3
Wednesday 25 May  3.45-4.45pm £3

Elevensies at the Gallery - Join in our coffee mornings with talks, activities, taster sessions etc. 11am-1pm

Tuesday 11 April    Reminiscence Group-Jukebox Memories        
Tuesday 18 April    Join us for springtime cream teas in the surroundings of our Victorian Painting Gallery          
Tuesday 25 April    Speaker - Alan Thornton- Memories of the 40s, 50s and 60s
Tuesday 2 May    60s and 70s TV Quiz            
Tuesday 9 May     Vintage recipes and food  - Reminisce about vintage food and recipes and how we used to cook, enjoy our Nostalgia rooms and see our 50s cooker and 60s and 70s kitchenware
Tuesday 16 May    Speaker - Neil Roberts - The End of The End of the Pier Show
Tuesday 23 May    Reminiscence Group - Holidays        
Tuesday 30 May    Have Ago!! - Adult and Family Learning            
Tuesday 6 June    Speaker  - John Smith - History of Broadcasting
Tuesday 13 June    Mindfullness             
Tuesday 20 June    Reminiscence Group  - Childhood memories        
Tuesday 27 June    Speaker   -     Vanessa Morgan -   A Beginners Guide to Genealogy

 

Tuesdays - Adult Groups - Ideal for all, mindfulness and jewellery making - 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

Jazz and Blues Lunchtime Sessions – Every month we are bringing a jazz and blues band to the Arts Café, to help you ease into the weekend.  The 3rd Friday of every month 12-2pm.

Friday 19 May    Sheila Waterfield Trio
Friday 16 June    The Quiet Men

Wednesbury Art Groups Showcase – Wednesday 26 April – 19 May.  An exhibition of paintings and images from the Art Groups of Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery.  A group of talented and creative artists would like to share their hard work, passion and hobby.

SAFL Art Group Exhibition: 22/05/2017 – 05/06/2017:  A collection of work from the art Groups of Sandwell’s Adult and Family Learning Art Groups.  A group of artistic individuals who meet every week to practice their art skills and develop their talents.

Sandwell College Students End of Year Exhibition:  07/06/2017 – 01/07/2017:  A celebration of Sandwell college students creative work, with an end of year exhibition.

Arts Café at the sea side: Every Tuesday morning throughout August, come down to the arts café and take part in a range of Seaside themed  arts and crafts £2.00 per child.  10:00am – 12:00pm
Tuesday 8 August
Tuesday 15 August
Tuesday 22 August

FabLab by the ea: Every Thursday morning throughout August, come down to the Arts Café and take part in a range of FabLab Seaside themed activities £2.00 per child. 10:00am – 12:00pm
Thursday 10 August
Thursday 17 August
Thursday 21 August

 

Galton Valley Canal Museum, Smethwick, B66 1BA

 

2017 museum open days: 10am-3pm Entry FREE - Dog Friendly!

  • 13 May
  • 10 June
  • 8 July - Family Fun Day, with arty boats, Dudley Zoo, crafts and trails.
  • 12 August
  • 9 and 10 September - look out for our Heritage Open Days activities
  • 14 October

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.

Call 0121 556 0683 for more information.

Bishop Asbury Cottage

Bishop Asbury Cottage will host open days in May and September 2017.

Alternatively you can book in a group visit for a small charge per person by calling 0121 556 0683.

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 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.