Events at Sandwell Museums
Our museums are now closed for general visitors until Easter apart from special events and activities (such as February half term). In February and March we are also open to schools and pre-booked groups. Our sites are closed for good Friday but open on Easter Saturday or Sunday.
Staff are available at our sites during the closed period as they will be busy painting, undertaking maintenance, deep cleaning, organising, undertaking back office activities and admin and organising 2016!
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.
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.
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.
All Creatures Great and Small: Tuesday 16 February 11am – 3pm. £4 per child, suitable for ages 3+. Come and join us for a wonderful hands-on animal encounter with the delightful Oreo and Friend and meet meerkats, Oreo the raccoon and many more! Take part in our fun for all the family animal themed quizzes, puzzles and trails and a ‘craft of the day.’ Booking essential, call 0121 553 0759 to secure your place. Please note that you must arrive 10 minutes before the start of the show and there will be no addmittance once the show has started.
Creative Craft Wednesdays: Wednesday 17 February 11am – 3pm. 50p - £2.50 per item. Creative craft Wednesday is back! It’s over to you to produce your favourite animal or mythical creature from your wildest imagination. Enter our animal themed colouring competition and see your work on display at Easter. Age groups, 3-5, 6-8, 9-11 with prizes and certificates for the winners of each category.
Thaw out Thursday: Thursday 18 February 11am – 3pm. 50p-£2.50 per item. Why not come and join us for a cosy craft day with lots of things to make and take home from bird gliders to dinosaur money boxes. Quizzes, puzzles, trails and a selection of indoor games to keep you entertained and make sure to enter our exciting colouring competition.
The grounds will be open in February and March 2016 10am-2pm. However the museum will be closed.Weekly groups Beginning in February
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.
‘ Toys that Grandma used to Make’ -Tuesday 16 February 11am-3pm - Learn how to make simple knitted toys and peg dolls or peg doll super heroes. There will be a small charge for the knitted items and peg dolls will be £2 each.
Old Toys - Wednesday 17 February 11am-3pm - Continuing our toy theme, come and play with old fashioned toys from the Museum. All you need is a little imagination. There will be trails and quizzes too.
Children's entertainment - Thursday 18 February 11am-3pm - enjoy some fun children's entertainment as Ron Popple will be performing magic shows and balloon modelling today. Lots of fun and laughter!
Children’s Table Top Sale. ‘By the Children for the Children.’ Friday 19 February 11am-3pm. Have a sort out and sell your old toys and games or see if you can find some new ones to buy at a bargain price Due to limited space tables have to be pre-booked call 01384 569444. Our tea room will also be open
Best's Angels Project - 16 & 17 February 11am-3pm. Visit our volunteer in the exhibition room at the house who, during our closed period is sorting, exploring, examining and cataloging the information, documents etc we have relating to the family who lived at the house. Come along and see some of the items and have a chat to our volunteers about the family who lived at Haden Hill House and the history of the building. Find out more at https://bestsangels.wordpress.com/
Superheroes Lego Animation, Saturday 13 February, 11am and 1pm, £2.50 per person
Design your own superhero and then create your own stop frame animation using Lego. Spaces are limited so please book your place in advance.
Comic Book Corner Craft Activities, Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 February, 11am till 3pm, 50p to £2 per item madeDesign your own comic book hero and create your own comic strip, decorate a superhero coin bank, make a superhero key ring and have a go at our other superhero crafts. Why not bring your favourite comic book with you to tell us about it.
Superhero’s Unite! Thursday 18 February, 11am till 3pm, Free Entry though there will be a small charge for some activities. Dress as your favourite superhero and join us for a super powered fun day. See our Mad Science shows, marvel at the magician’s powers, create your own superhero and have your photo taken with a costumed hero in our city scape. There will also be the chance to play pass the kryptonite, make a superhero mask and power bracelet and take on our super villain quiz!
Superheroes Lego Animation, Saturday 20 February, 11am and 1pm, £2.50 per person
Design your own superhero and then create your own stop frame animation using Lego. Spaces are limited so please book your place in advance by calling 0121 556 0683.
Goosebumps – are you ready for a scare. With the release of the Movie at cinemas, come along to the Manor House and find out about things that go bump in the night.
Storytelling, crafts and more - Monday 15 February 11am – 3pm Admission 50p to include storytime show and food tasting. Crafts dependent on item made 50p - £4.00. Listen to the ghoulish tales with Sandwell Storyplayers, make some creepy crafts and try some freaky food. There will also be quizzes and trails all based on the goosebumps books. Refreshments will be available.
Goosebumps Movie Club Tuesday 16 February 12noon start finish time around 3pm. Come and watch back to back episodes of our exciting films (Rated PG) Admission free, but all snacks and drinks must be purchased from the Manor House.
Storytelling and crafts - Wednesday 17 February 11am – 3pm Admission 50p to include storytime show and food tasting. Crafts dependent on item made 50p - £4.00 (There will be different tales and crafts from 15 February). Listen to the ghoulish tales with Sandwell Storyplayers, make some creepy crafts and try some freaky food. There will also be quizzes and trails all based on the goosebumps books. Refreshments will be available.
For information about movies etc call 0121 558 2985
Please note that only the areas being used for the event will be open. If you would like to look around the whole building please come along to our free summer guided tours.
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 email@example.com 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
Look out for open days and events in 2016 to celebrate the 200th anniversary since the death of Bishop Asbury. Alternatively you can book in a group visit for a small charge per person at 0121 556 0683
Sandwell Arts Cafe (the former Public building)
The Mighty Price and Other Fabulous Fables: Tuesday 16 February 2.30pm. Free entry. Open Sky bring to life two thousand year old stories using a happy mix of rhyme, movement, live music, song and puppetry. Monkey tries to wind up Buffalo. Pigeon saves Ant from disaster. Tortoise’ big mouth leads to a smelly fate. Little Hare scares Deer, Ox, Tiger and Elephant until Lion steps in. And the Prince is indeed mighty but is he mightier than the Giant? Based on stories for children told by the Buddha, each fable has a simple moral for young hearts and minds. An enchanting family story telling show for ages 3+.
Make a Periscope: Saturday 20 February 11am – 1.30pm. Free entry. The Femtinos have discovered a range of amazing alien plants on their adventures. Design and make light-up alien flowers, learn how to cold solder LEDs to your flowers and create a bouquet to take away.
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.