Events at Sandwell Museums
Events and Activities 2015.
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.
Heritage Open Days - September 10 to 13 2015.
Heritage Open Days are a national initiative to show off the country's heritage and give visitors an opportunity to see behind the scenes, see buildings or spaces not usually open to the public or enjoy some great heritage events. Click to find out more about what events and activities are available at Sandwell Museums as part of Heritage Open Days.
Coming soon -listings for our autumn activities!
Scroll down the page to find out what's on this summer at your favourite venue.
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 Joins 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 etc, meet new people and gain new skills. Why not get involved!
Summer Holiday Opening - Oak House and grounds will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the school summer holidays from 12pm-5pm (last admission at 4:30pm)
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.
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.
Summer SundaysCrafts, Afternoon tea & Hawks&more 30 August 2-4.30pm. Our tearoom will be open for Afternoon tea; there will also be a few of craft stalls here to browse around. Our regular birds of prey experts will also be here again.
Popple Party Days 27 August 11-3. Our ever popular Childrens entertainer Ron Popple will be here, doing magic shows, balloon modelling, there will quizzes & trails to enjoy too.
The Story Players 28 August 11-12 & 2-3 join the story players for a “surprise” interactive drama story session performance for children £1 admission per child
Bank Holiday Monday 31 August 1pm-5pm. Ron Popple returns for more fun & games for all the family.
Proms in the Park 13 Sept 2-6pm. 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 and stay.
Macmillan Biggest Coffee Morning & Sale, Fri 25 Sept 11am-3pm
Sat 26 & Sun 27 Sept 2pm-4.30pm. Come & join us for coffee, cake, and browse through our selection of items for sale. All proceeds go to Macmillan
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
Museum Take Over Exhibitions, Thursday to Saturday every week, 2-5pm
Community Groups are taking over Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery! Visit the Museum to see what they have created! From 16th July you can see an exhibition being created by Sandwell Adult and Family Learners which takes inspiration from our Ruskin Pottery Collections. Then from the 3rd September you can watch the Sandwell Museums Painting Groups create a Parisian Café and exhibition! Finally in the autumn local schools take over the gallery to create their own exhibition. Keep in touch with what’s happening by searching for Sandwell Museums on Facebook.
Fun and Games at the Gallery: 27 August, 2-5pm – An afternoon of fun, games and crafts. Play giant versions of snakes and ladders, dominoes and connect 4 as well as classic games like Mouse Trap, Downfall, Kerplunk and Guess Who or play on our retro video game collection which includes an original play station, a Sega Megadrive and an original Nintendo Wii.
‘400 Years of the Selfie’ Community Exhibition, Thursday to Saturday every week from Thursday 27 August, 2-5pm. In 2014 we celebrated ‘400 years of the Selfie’ with an exhibition of Portraits from Ingustre Hall. We can now unveil a new portrait by artist Emma Tooth which was especially commissioned by Sandwell Museums. The portrait is of modern day Sandwell residents but in the style of the Old Masters. The portrait will sit alongside other community art work created as part of the Selfie exhibition.
Create your own Victorian Portrait!: Thursday 27, Friday 28 and Saturday 29 August, 2-5pm
Using our giant picture frame and costumes create your own Victorian portrait!
Art Group Open Days: Tuesday 1, Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 September, 10am – 2pm
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.
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.
Coffee Morning Talk: ‘Do you remember the Home Front’ by John Billingham, Friday 25th September 10.30am - 12noon, £2 per person. Join us for a cuppa and a talk about the Home Front during the Second World War, doors open at 10.30am and the talk starts at 11am.
Saturday Family Movie Club 10.30am start. A small tuck shop will be open. Saturday 12th September. Call the museum on 0121 588 2985 or look on our facebook page for more details on what films will be shown.
Guided Tours - We are Open every Thursday Friday, Saturday & Sunday 12noon—4pm from 23 July to 20 September Admission and guided tours are free of charge. Come and see this beautiful 13th Century Medieval Manor House, as you have never seen it before, this year you will have a chance to see what really is in the attic room above the Gate House, through pictures and video. Please note only the Great Hall and chapel will be accessible unless you take a guided tour. The last tour will be one hour before closing.
Manor House Hoe Down Sunday 6 September 11am – 3pm. Yee-Haaa the cowboys ride into the Manor House again this year with lots of fun to be had. Have a go on the bucking bronco, visit the mini farm, line dance to your hearts content plus much more. There will be an animal show at 12noon lasting 2 hours, cost £2.50 per person, booking is on the day.
Cocktail Making Class. This has been postponed - call for details. (Door opens at 5.00pm) £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 3 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.
Legend of the Enchanted Hourglass – Theatre production Saturday 26 September 7pm – 10pm. Join us for an audience involving theatre production. More details to follow
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
Heritage Open Days: Saturday 12th September, 10am – 3pm, Entry Free
Visit the canal museum housed in the New Smethwick Pumping Station. Museum staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer your questions and provide light refreshments.
Bishop Asbury Cottage
Heritage Open Day Open Day - Sunday 13 September 2pm-5pm. Entry Free. A chance to look around this tiny cottage once the home of Francis Asbury the first methodist Bishop of the USA and considered one of the country's founding fathers.
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.