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Events at Sandwell Museums

Winter and Christmas 2014

There are lots of events and activities at Sandwell Museums this winter most of which are free (unless a ticket price or entrance fee is stated). Find out what's on this winter and Christmas. Scroll down the page to find out what's on. 

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Festive Fun, Christmas and Winter Wonder with Sandwell Museums

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

Entrance to the Oak House - please note that entry is now through the new barns visitor centre.

Parking is available on Cambridge Street, further down Oak Road, passed the barns down the hill or on Lodge Road pay and display car park a 5-10 minute walk away.

Night watch, winter  29 November-join us for an exciting evening of live music from medieval and renaissance times as well as music Shakespeare would have known and used in his plays. As the festive season approaches there will also be some festive Tudor tunes. The Night Watch play replica historic instruments and explain a little bit about the music and instruments to the audience. Gates and house open at 6pm to look around and will be decorated and lit by candles - tea and coffee will be available. Concert at 7pm £8 - and there will be a chance to look around the house in the interval too.

Santa in his grotto. 2 December 3:30pm-6pm and 9 and 10 December 3.30pm - 5.30pm. Drop in and see Santa in his grotto and get a small present and have a go at our children's Christmas crafts activities and trail. £2.50 to see Santa, entry to the house is free. Craft activity costs vary. No need to book, just drop in.

See Oak House decorated for Christmas -  2 December 3:30pm-7pm, 9 and 10 December 3:30pm-5:30pm. Enjoy this beautiful building decorated for Christmas as it might have looked 400 years ago to really get you in the mood for a traditional Christmas - Entrance is Free.

Christmas fairytale family fun day -7 December 11am-3pm. Join us for Christmas fun with entertainment, interactive fun theatre with the ugly sisters, magic and balloons, music, real baby reindeer, children's craft activities costumed characters and snow out in the grounds, craft stalls Christmas, quizzes and trails (please bring a pencil) fun and entertainment - Santa won't be in his grotto but will be wondering around to say hello to the children. Just drop in for a great family fun day. Entry Free a small charge for some activities

Carols with the Salvation Army 11 December - 6pm-8pm. Gates open at 6pm, refreshments and a chance to see the house 6pm-7pm. Concert 7pm-8pm. (the concert will be in the Oak House barns, the doors open to the concert room at 6.45pm not before, a lift is available) £5 to include drink and mince pie. The Oak House will be candle lit and available for you to look around between 6pm and 7pm and the barns event room will be beautifully decorated too - Booking essential. 0121 553 0759

Wednesbury Museum, Holyhead Road, WS10 7DF - 0121 556 0683

Local heroes 1914-1918 exhibition - until the end of December with special events into Feb 2015 As we mark the centenary of the First World War we are exploring the stories of some of the soldiers who fought who came from the six towns that make up Sandwell. Open Thursday to Saturday 1-4pm in September and October, Open Thursday to Friday 1-4pm in November

Mod Mania  29 November free entry - 2pm-6pm. a fun event celebrating everything 1960s. Visit the Vintage Fayre next door at the Town Hall at the same time then enjoy the museum and there will be a DJ and live band at the Art Gallery playing 60s classics.

Meet Santa at Wednesbury Art Gallery, 6 December 11am till 3pm Don't forget to bring your Christmas list! £2.50 per child includes small gift.

Sleeping Beauty Pantomime 7 December 10.30am or 2.30pm.  Join us for our Christmas Pantomime performed by a professional cast. Tickets cost £7 per adult and £6 per child. Advance booking is essential as spaces are limited. Please call us on 0121 556 0683

Festive concert and open mic night Friday 12 December 7pm. Join us for our popular Open Mic Night - perform or just watch the show. £3 per person

Christmas quiz Thursday 18 December 7-9.30pm. 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. Tickets cost £4 per adult and £3 per child to include food.

Haden Hill House Museum, Off Barrs Road, Cradley Heath - 01384 569 444

Children's Christmas card workshop  23 November 11am-3pm. Make a Christmas card and join in with our quizzes and trails. £1 per item made, The popular Ron Popple will be here too!

"A Christmas Carol and other stories" 29 November 2pm Join us for a Victorian style afternoon in the Drawing room, with Ian Casey and co for a selection of traditional Christmas songs and festive readings to start your Christmas with a warm glow. Advance booking essential £5 per ticket

Santa in his grotto - 30 November, 7 & 13 December , 11am-3pm. Come and visit Santa in his wonderful fairytale grotto, don't forget to bring your Christmas list! £2.50 per child includes small gift. (Please be prepared to wait a short while, as Santa likes to give each child his full attention, so your patience will be greatly appreciated)

Deck the Hall- Sunday 30 November, 7 & 13 December 11am-3pm. Visit Haden Old Hall decorated in a traditional style with real greenery as it might have looked during the festive season 400 years ago. - Entry Free.

A candlelit Christmas -Thursday 4 December 6.30pm-8.30pm, £3 Admission covers both houses no need to book. Soak up the Christmas atmosphere of both our beautiful houses, dressed for the    festive season and bathed in candlelight. See costumed characters, help the servants make decorations for the servants quarters and enjoy the live Christmas music. Light festive refreshments available in our tearoom, courtesy of "The Friends of Haden Hill Estate"

Christmas fairytale family fun day  - Sunday 14 December 11am-3pm, Free Admission, there may be a small charge for some activities. Join us for some festive family fun for everyone at our Cinderella themed Christmas event, music, children's entertainment, see Cinderella's carriage, kid's crafts, face painting, and play in the snow in the grounds. Santa says he is very sorry but because he's very busy, he will only be able to drop in to say hello to all the children on this afternoon. He will be in his grotto on other afternoons, please see leaflet for dates. Festive refreshments available from our tea room.

The Manor House Museum, Hall Green Road, West Bromwich -0121 588 2985

Deck the Halls 1 December 4pm - 5.30pm Come and help decorate the Great Hall for Christmas, make pomanders and other decorations with staff. Admission Free

Christmas evening craft fair and Santa 1 December 2014- 6.30pm - 8pm Christmas is here! Buy some Christmas Presents, come and meet Santa and enjoy the storytelling and Christmas fun. Admission Free

The Hobbit catch up - Friday 5 December 6pm start doors open at 5.30pm.  Come and watch the two Hobbit films in the trilogy  and be ready for the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, on 12 December. 12 years and over only £4 per person. Refreshments will be available.

Saturday movie club 6 December 2014 11am-1pm  Come and see a fantastic family movie  'Arthur Christmas' (U) in the Great Hall. A small tuck shop will be open. £2 per person ALL children must be accompanied by an adult

Enchant - Beautiful and Charming Choral Christmas - Saturday 6 December 7pm (doors open at 6.45pm). Join us for a magical evening with Enchant  - a unique choir with a fabulous festive set. Enchant offers us, and our audience, a taste of something other than the standard choral repertoire. This will be their first visit to the Manor House and will be a very enjoyable evening. Tickets £5 per person to include refreshments. 0121 558 2985

Santa is here! -Saturday 6, 13, 20 and 22 December  12noon - 3pm. Visit Santa in his grotto and have a go at some of our Christmas Workshops  Last tickets for grotto 2.30pm. Admission free Santa £2 workshops dependant on item made 50p - £3

Hunt for Santa 7 December- 1pm start A unique opportunity to visit Santa. Go for a hunt in the grounds and in the house to find Santa. There will be surprises along the way - will you ever find the Man in Red?? Children £12 Adults £3

Christmas movie 'A Wonderful life' (U) Friday 12 December. 7pm start doors open at 6.30pm Take time out and come and enjoy this classic Christmas tale, credited to be one of the greatest films of all time. £3 per person to include light refreshments

Christmas at the Manor House 14 December 11am - 3pm Christmas is nearly here come and enjoy yourselves at the Manor House at the fantastic festive fun day - lots to see and do fun for everyone. Admission free

Through the decades 19 December 7pm start Doors do not open until 6.45pm A journey through Christmas music style. Join Ian Casey for a trip down memory lane. You are sure to be foot tapping and singing along as Christmas is nearly here. Christmas Hats Welcome £6 per person to include refreshments booking essential

Christmas movie double bill 23 December 2014 1pm start doors open at 12.30pm Come and see  the seasonal movies 'A Muppets Christmas Carol' (U) and 'The Grinch' (PG) in the Great Hall. A small tuck shop will be open. £3 per person ALL children must be accompanied by an adult.

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.