Get involved - activities and what's on at Sandwell Museums
Things to do at our museums
Scroll down the page to find out what activities are available and you can enjoy at our different sites!
Entrance to our sites is FREE unless an admission charge is stated for specific events.
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 and we are unable to accommodate pushchairs inside our buildings.
Autumnal antics and spooky fun for all ages.
The 'Old Shop' exhibition room -Islamic Art: Discover some of the fascinating and ancient objects in our collection brought back from around the world by Victorian travellers and discover the story of Helen Caddick.
A lady traveller abroad - Visit our exhibition in the 'Old Shop' and see items on display which were on display at the house in the 1890s, brought back by local lady traveller Helen Caddick. The items we have chosen are from our Islamic art collection as part of a funded project.
Autumnal antics and spooky fun.
Halloween spookfest family fun day. Tuesday 25 October 11am-3pm. Spooky Halloween fun for all the family, magic ,entertainment and balloon modelling from Ron Popple, ghostly music in the Oak House courtesy of Andy Casserley, creepy costumed characters bringing the house alive and enjoy ‘spooktacular’ trails, quizzes games, crafts and face painting throughout the day. Why not join us in your most gruesome Halloween fancy dress costumes for a ‘hauntingly’ good day. Small charge for crafts and face painting from 50p - £3
Tea room available courtesy of the Oak House Friends.
Monster Halloween craft day. Wednesday 26 October 11am-3pm. Join us for a hands- on crafts day. Make your spookiest creations from the junk modelling materials provided. Other crafts available plus Halloween themed trails, quizzes and games for all the family. Crafts 50p-£3 depending on what you make. Tea room available courtesy of the Oak House Friends
Pumpkin carving workshops: Thursday 27th October 11am -3pm. £2.50. Come and join us on our fantastic pumpkin carving workshops and take home your ‘spooktacular’ creation in time for ‘All Hallows’ Eve.’ Pumpkins, tools and stencils provided. Each session will last approximately 45 minutes. Why not stay a little longer and take part in the ‘creepy’, craft of the day, quizzes and trails available? Booking Essential. Tea room available courtesy of the Oak House Friends.
Fright night silent movie evening. Friday 28 October 7-9.30pm £9, £8 concessions. One for the grown ups!. Join us for a wonderfully atmospheric silent movie showing of the 1922 film ‘Nosferatu’ to be accompanied by the Black Country Guitar Quartet. A truly unique evening at the Oak house barns visitor centre. The Oak House will be open to view prior to the concert from 6pm -6.45pm. Tea room available courtesy of Oak House Friends. Booking essential. Suitable for ages 16+.
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 - 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.
Macmillan Biggest Coffee Morning & Sale: Fri 30 Sept 11am-3pm Come & join us for coffee, cake, and browse through our selection of items for sale. All proceeds go to Macmillan.
Autumnal antics and spooky fun.
Don’t Go into the Cellar: Tues 13 October— Shows at 6pm and 8pm. £7.00 to include light refreshments. The Friends of Haden Hill Estate has once again invite this popular theatre company to return to thrill & chill you this autumn with “Murder by Gaslight’ a ghoulish audience with two of the most infamous poisoners in British history - William Palmer and Harvey Crippen. Over 14s only Tickets on sale now. Booking required.
Pumpkins Galore: Sunday 23 October– 11am-3pm -Join us for an afternoon of pumpkin fun, carve a pumpkin for Halloween, and follow our pumpkin trail, pumpkin recipes & more. Timed sessions available for pumpkin carving, Booking Essential for pumpkin carving, phone to book a place, £2.50 per pumpkin carved. Other activities just drop in.
“The Secret Passage”: Tuesday 25 October 2pm-3.30pm join in our Gothic inspired creative writing session working with Julie Calcott to write a spooky story. Age 8-11 only. BOOKING ESSENTIAL, £3 per child.
Autumn themed drop in crafts & trails: Wednesday 26 October 11am-3pm Join our friends from the RSPB who will be here doing autumn crafts. 50p-£2 per item made.
Halloween crafts day: Thursday 27 October 11am-3pm. Drop in children’s craft workshops 50p-£2 per item made.
House of horror family fun day: Friday 28 October-12 - 4.00pm. Spooky goings on at Haden Hell House & Hall, come and join in with Halloween fun for all the family; music, magic and balloons kid’s crafts quizzes, trails & more.
Autumn Sundays at Haden Hill House - open every Sunday in October and November 11am-3pm then in December for Christmas fun and activities as advertised.
Arty Autumn: Sunday 2 October, 11am-3pm, younger visitors can get into the autumn spirit with arty autumn activities and trails.
“Arty barkers”: Sunday 9 October a creative art day for dogs organised by Cradley Heath Creative
“1066 and all that”: Sunday 16 October 11am-3pm. Make a shield, sword & crown to commemorate 950 years since The Battle of Hastings took place. £2 per item made
Gunpowder, treason and plot: Sunday 6 November. 11am-3pm. Find out about why we celebrate bonfire night, with craft activities, quizzes and trails.
Poppies for Remembrance: 13 November 11am-3pm how did the poppy come to be the symbol off remembrance? Join us to find out more, create your own poppy wreath & plant a poppy seed to remember someone by.
Nature themed drop-in children’s workshops & trails: Sunday 20 November 11am-3pm, 50-£3 per item made
Halloween spook fest for all ages.
Horror film fest Friday: October 21 doors open at 6.45pm , 1st film starts at 7pm £3 per person to include an alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink. No Booking required. Are you brave enough to watch 2 horror films in one evening, one of which will be screened in 3D! ? No problem you say… BUT are you brave enough to watch them in a 13th century Medieval Manor House reputed to be haunted? All refreshments/snacks MUST be purchased from the Manor House.
Family Halloween disco: Saturday October 22, 7.30pm - 10.30pm £5 per person—to include a Halloween lucky bag for children under 12 years. Booking essential, no ticket - no entry. Boogie the night away to live music and a disco, whilst dressed as your favourite spook! There will be fun and games and a snack bar serving spooky refreshments.
Manor House mystery Inc spooky fun day: Monday October 24, 11am -3pm children £1 adults 50p. Come and meet the Manor House Mystery gang and there super sleuth pooch! There will be lots of spooky things going on including partytime with the mystery inc gang. You can make some crafts and do a treasure hunt plus much more. Refreshments will be available There will be a charge for some activities
Halloween Movie Club Tuesday 25 October 1pm (doors open at 12.30pm) Admission Free – if a film is showing in 3D there will be a £1.50 hire charge for the ‘active’ glasses no booking required Come and see a spooky family film this Halloween. All snacks/drinks must be purchased from the Manor House
Spooky Craft workshops Wednesday: 26 October 11am—3pm (last admission 2.30pm) Admission free. Come and make some spooky crafts, no need to book, just drop in. Crafts dependent on item made 50p—£4
Junior Ghostbusters: Wednesday October 26 5pm start doors open at 4.30pm. £5 per child £1.50 per adult. Booking Essential. Not recommended for children under 8 years, may be a little scarey.Have you got what it takes to become a 'Manor House Ghostbuster'? There have been lots of strange and spooky things happening at the Manor House this October! Come and help the team to search the house for clues and solve the puzzle! Is the Manor House really haunted?
Trick or treat: Friday October 28 timed slots 3pm, 4.15pm, 5.30pm & 6.45pm, Admission £6 per child to include trick or treat bag and lots of goodies. Adults free if accompanied by a child. Come along and trick or treat in a safe environment. There will be many different residents to meet you and lots of different tricks and treats as you walk around the Manor House this Halloween Refreshments will be available. BOOKING ESSENTIAL
FRIGHT NIGHT ‘ The Circus Come to Town’ Saturday October 29. Timed entry slots from 5pm – 9pm £6 per person to include: Fright Night tour & ghost walk Over 12s only booking essential. No ticket no admission. Do you dare enter the Manor HELL House this Halloween? The Circus has arrived, the big top is open – BUT do you dare come in? Lots of scary fun at one of the most haunted buildings in the Midlands! Also included is a short ghost tour around the grounds to hear about the real ghosts that have been seen. Smoke machines and strobe lighting/flashing lights will be used during the tour.
Get involved – Sewing classes at the Manor House Museum: Learn how to use basic and advanced sewing techniques to create wonderful things and gain confidence in your own ability to create and sew! All you need to do is bring yourself and your creative flair!
Halloween Costumes Saturday 1st/Sunday 2nd October & Saturday 8th/ Sunday 9th October 10am-2pm £45.00 for 4 Bite-size classes MATERIAL NOT INCLUDED
Do you have a party and your itching to make the scariest costume? Do you need a costume to beat last years? Or does your child need a costume that nobody else has?Come along and make a Halloween costume! Design, Pattern cut and sew the costume ready for Halloween! Bite-size classes with a BITE
All Halloween tickets with the exception of the Halloween sewing club will be on sale from Saturday 24th September
Nostalgia Rooms: The Queen and Sandwell. An exhibition of 50 photographs showing people in Sandwell celebrating and meeting the Queen in the 50s, 60s and 70s with fabulous photos of coronation celebrations and visits by the Queen in the 1960s and 70s. Photographs provided by Sandwell Community History and Archives Service.
Autumnal fun and spooktastic activities.
Potty for Pumpkins: Wednesday 26 October 11am-3pm. Join us for loads of pumpkin and autumnal kid’s craft and art activities and trails with pumpkin facts and games and you can even try some pumpkin treats.
Wizzy witches and wizards family fun day: Thursday 27 October 11am-3pm. Loads of great family fun and entertainment for a spooktastic day with magic shows, crafts, games, trails and an interactive family theatre performance with Abracadabra at 1pm. Why not come dressed up!
Dracula’s Ghost – Halloween creepy performance: Wednesday 2 November 8pm, doors open 7:30pm. ‘Dracula’s Ghost’ This spine-tingling original theatrical show from ‘Don’t go into the Cellar’ theatre company tracks the vampire from his destruction at the hands of Van Helsing, through his many incarnations down the centuries. £6 per ticket, refreshments available on the night at a small extra cost. Booking essential. Over 14 years old only. Tickets available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10am and 4pm (ring the doorbell if the doors aren't open, or Saturday 29th October 11am-2:30pm.
Spooky Saturday - Saturday 29 October 11am-3pm (last admission 2:30pm) - Join us for spooky kid's craft activities and spooky trails. It is also a chance to buy your tickets for Dracula's Ghost performance.
Les Oiseaux - evening concert: Weds 9 November 7:30-9pm. Wednesbury Museum Society presents an evening of live music with Les Oiseaux. £5 for non-members
Model Railway Showcase: Saturday 12 November, 12pm-4pm. Join West Bromwich Model Railway Society for their annual display showcasing some of their exciting model railways. Free
Galton Valley Canal Museum, Smethwick, B66 1BA
2016 museum open days: Saturday 9 July (fun day) 13 August, 10 and 11 September, 8 October, 5 November - 10am to 3pm.
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 information.
Bishop Asbury Cottage open days will next be in May and September 2017.
Alternatively you can book in a group visit for a small charge per person by calling 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 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, tory below the water line and learn about the skilled engineering that goes into the maintenance of our waterways.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.