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.
Winter Wonder and Festive Fun 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.
Musical Christmas with Ian Casey: Thursday 3 December, 6pm – 10pm (concert starts at 7pm). Tickets £7/£6 concessions (over 65s and Friends of the Oak House) booking essential. Jump in to the Christmas spirit with a night of musical entertainment from Sandwell Museums’ favourite, Ian Casey. See the house decorated for Christmas and lit by candlelight. Licensed bar available. Visit the museum or phone to book
‘Santa’s Coming!’ Elf Christmas family fun day: Sunday 6 December 11am – 3pm. Join us for a fantastic family fun day with the wonderful and wacky Oak House elves. See the Oak House decorated for Christmas and taste our non-alcoholic cocktails courtesy of Cocktails2u. Create Christmas craft decorations to take home and browse our craft stalls for some fantastic Christmas presents. Festive magic, balloons and music suitable for all ages and lots of family fun for all.
Carol Concert with the Salvation Army: Thursday 10 December. House and tea room open from 6pm, concert starts 7pm (concert room opens at 6:45pm not before). £5 per person/£4 concessions (over 65s/Friends of the Oak House) including a free mince pie. Our popular festive Carol Concert with the Salvation Army returns and see the Oak House lit by candlelight and decorated for Christmas and join us in singing our favourite carols. Licensed bar available. Booking essential. Visit the museum or phone to book
Santa’s Magical Grotto – Saturday 12 December 11am – 3pm. £2 per child, booking recommended call 0121 553 0759 to book. Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa is coming to the Oak House to meet you and hear what you would like for Christmas! Visit our spectacular grotto in the Oak House and receive a present ready to put under the tree.
Santa’s Grotto Party and Disco – Sunday 13 December 11am – 3pm. £4 per child, Join us for a family fun Christmas party at the Oak House, visit Santa in our spectacular grotto, receive a present and then bring your friends to our magic disco with face-painting and balloons. Lots of fun for all the family and a great way to get into the Christmas spirit.
Nightwatch ‘Singing the Seasons’: Saturday 19 December 6pm – 10pm, concert starts at 7pm. £6/£5 concessions. Singing the Seasons celebrates the changing year with music from 13th to 18th centuries. Hear the oldest surviving song in English and some of the earliest surviving carols played on medieval and renaissance replica instruments. Licensed bar available. Booking essential. Visit the museum or phone to book
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.
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.
Letters to Lapland: Sun 29 November 11am-3pm. See our Victorian house decorated for Christmas, have a go at our festive quizzes & trails, join in our festive sing-a-long and play some instruments & write, decorate & post your letter to Santa, Santa has sent one of his elves to help.
Deck the Hall: Sun 29 November, Sun 6, Sun 13 Dec 11am-3pm. Visit Haden Old Hall and see it decorated for Christmas in a Tudor style with real greenery and pomanders. Guaranteed to make you feel really festive. Our Victorian House will also be open and decorated for Christmas.
A Candlelit Christmas: Thursday 3 December 6.30-8.30pm. £3 Admission to both houses £2 concessions. Soak up the Christmas atmosphere of both our beautiful houses, dressed for the festive season and bathed in candlelight. See costumed characters, enjoy and join in the live Christmas music and help the servants make paper chains. Light festive refreshments available in our tearoom.
Santa in his grotto: Sat 5 & Sun 6 December 11am-3pm. Visit Santa in his fairy-tale grotto, don’t forget to bring your Christmas list! £2.50 per child includes small gift. Last ticket to see Santa is sold at 2.30pm. (Please be prepared there may be a queue, so your patience will be greatly appreciated)
Christmas family fun day: Sunday 13 December 11-3pm. Join us for some festive family fun for everyone at our Jack & The Beanstalk themed Christmas event, music; children’s entertainment, kid’s crafts, face painting, costumed character, live Christmas nativity animals and more, there may be a small charge for some activities. Santa will drop in to say hello but won’t be in his grotto on this day.
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
Coffee Mornings: All coffee mornings start at 10.30am and are free entry.
Thursday 5 November: ‘Now and Then’ ‘60s photographs; can you link up the modern photos of the area with those from the 1960s?
Thursday 12 November: Bostin ‘60s games; have a go at our board games from the 1960s or teach us your favourite ‘60s game.
Thursday 19 November: Bring your vinyl records for us to play on our turntable.
Thursday 26th November: Meet the Collection; handle objects from the Museum’s collection that were made in the 1960s. Why not bring an object to show us that reminds you of the ‘60s.
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, Cancelled. The vintage fair and the event in the gallery is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.
Christmas Tree Festival: Saturday 21 & 28 Nov 10am to 3pm, 12 Dec 11am-2pm . Also Tuesday,Wednesday and Thursday 10am to 2pm from 21 November to 17 December to see the trees. Visit the museum to see the spectacular array of festive Christmas trees created by local organisations and groups.
Meet Santa: Saturday 28 November 10am to 3pm £2.50 per child Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa is coming to Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery to meet you and hear what you would like for Christmas! Visit our spectacular grotto in our Toy Gallery and receive a present ready to put under the tree.
Art Group Christmas Open Days: Tuesday to Thursday, 1st to 10th December 10.30am till 2pm. Sandwell Museums Painting Groups invite you to visit and see them at work; there will also be a display of their festive paintings and Christmas cards for sale.
Pantomime: Beauty and the Beast Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 December 10.30am and 2.30pm £7 for adults and £6 children. Booking essential. Beauty and the Beast is a spectacular and magical pantomime which promises comedy, fun, craziness, moments of tenderness and romantic heart stopping moments too. Visit the museum or phone to book
Christmas Crafts: Saturday 12 December 11am to 3pm. Make a Christmas cracker and tree decoration while the museum is full of Christmas trees created as part of our Christmas Tree Festival.
Christmas Quiz Night: Thursday 17 December 7pm- 9.30pm. A fish and chip supper and festive family quiz. Spaces are limited so call us on 0121 556 0683 to book in your team of up to 6 people. £4 per adult and £3 per child to include food.
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.
Bite size Christmas sewing class: Monday 16 & 23 November 6pm—9pm. £20 per person for both sessions (2 session course) call for details and to book. Make soft furnishings to complete your Christmas decor. Choose from the following: Cushions, table cloths, table runners etc. Booking essential.
It’s all about Santa…...exciting Santa Days with a little bit more! The Science, Frozen, Magic show, & Storytelling shows will be at 11.15am & 2pm Booking for the show is on the day, limited spaces are available and cost £1.50 per person. Santa visit including present £2.50. Last tickets to Santa sold at 2.30pm . Crafts dependent on item made £1—£5. Refreshments will be available.
Santa and ‘Build a Gift’ Day: Saturday 28 November 11am—3pm Build a gift/wrapping dependent on item chosen/made £1—£10. Visit Santa in his grotto and build a gift—choose your gift, personalise it, wrap it and add some extras if you would like to!
Cracking Christmas science show and Santa Saturday: 5 December 11am—3pm Visit Santa in his grotto and make some Christmas Crafts. There will also be a Christmas science show—find out why Rudolf’s nose glows!
A Frozen Christmas and Santa Saturday: 12 December 11am—3pm Visit Santa in his grotto and make some Christmas Crafts. There will also be a chance to meet Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Sven as they sing some of your favourite songs.
Marvellous magic and Santa Saturday:19 December 11am—3pm Visit Santa in his grotto and make some Christmas crafts. There will also be magic shows and party games with Ron Popple.
Storytelling and Santa Saturday: 21 December 11am—3pm Visit Santa’s grotto and make Christmas crafts. There will also be Storytelling with Sandwell Storyplayers.
Hunt for Santa: Sunday 29 November 1pm start (approx end 3.30pm) Children £14, Adults £3. Booking essential - this event sells out very fast! Go for a hunt in the grounds and in the Manor House to find Santa. There will be surprises along the way – will you ever find the man in red?
'Build a Gift’ Tuesdays 1, 8 & 15 December 4pm – 7.30pm – last admission 6.30pm Build a gift & wrapping-cost dependent on item chosen/made £1—£10. Choose your gift, personalise it, wrap it and add some extras. No one will get another one as it will be uniquely made by you! There will be a large choice of gifts to choose from including owl tea-light holders, personalised tea towels, and bracelets.
A Christmas carol: Thursday 10 December 7pm start (doors open 6:45pm) £6 per person to include refreshments. Booking advised, but not essential. Join Ian Casey for a traditional style mixture of Christmas music and readings featuring festive songs old and new and classic readings by Dickens.
Classic ‘wonderful’ golden oldie Christmas movie: (U) Thursday 17 December 7pm start doors open at 6.45pm, no booking required -free, all snacks/drinks must be purchased from the Manor House. Enjoy this classic Christmas tale, one of the greatest of all time. Life doesn’t get more wonderful at Christmas!
Through the decades: Friday 18 December 7pm start (doors open 6:45pm). £6 per person to include refreshments. Booking essential. Join Ian Casey for a trip down Christmas memory lane. You are sure to be foot tapping and singing along as Christmas is nearly here. Christmas hats and jumpers welcome.
Family Christmas disco: Saturday 19 December 6.30pm—11pm £5 per person—to include a Christmas lucky bag for children under 16 year. Booking essential. Boogie the night away to live music and a disco, whilst dressed in your Christmas party clothes! There will be fun and games and a snack bar selling non-alcoholic refreshments.
Christmas movie club: Tuesday 22 December 12noon start doors open at 11.30am, admission free but there will be a charge of £1.50 for the hire of our 3D glasses. All snacks and drinks must be purchased from the Manor House. See a great 3D family movie In the Great Hall.
Contact the Manor House on 0121 588 2985 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for film details.
Memories of Bromwich 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
Call 0121 556 0683 for details about open days
Bishop Asbury Cottage
The next open day will be May 2016. alternatively you can book in a group visit for a small 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.