Events at Sandwell Museums

Events in 2014

We have an exciting range of events and activities coming up for your enjoyment in 2014 so keep checking this page for more information as new events are added all the time.  Scroll down and find out what's on.

We will be bringing school holiday activities, community events, music, theatre, temporary exhibitions and much more to our sites throughout 2014 from February half term onwards.

The Oak House Museum, Oak Road, West Bromwich

An eggcellent Easter holidays at Oak House

Kid's crafts - 22 and 23 April, 11am-3pm. Drop in and make something to take home, 50p-£2 depending what you make.

Adventure day - 11 May, 12pm-4pm - Join us for an adventurous day of family fun. Try your hand at the climbing wall, have a go at the inflatible asault course (up to age 13) and the inflatible slide - enjoy the magic, face painting and adventurous music workshop for children along with more adventurous entertainment.

Crafts and quizzes - 27 May and 28 May, 12pm-4pm- make or decorate something to take home.

Oak apple day - 29 May 12pm-4pm.  Travel back to when the Oak House was new and celebrate Oak Apple Day, with music, dance, games, family fun activities and lots more.

If you go down in the woods today... 8 June 12pm-4pm. Come along and bring a picnic and something to sit on in the grounds of the Oak House, bring your favourite teddy and enjoy the Punch and Judy shows, children's crafts and teddy trail and have a go at our circus skills activity and party games.

Oak House Alive - The Oak House festival - 6 July to the end of 2014

As we open the newly restored and renovated historic barns which will make this a fantastic site, join us for a season of family fun, music, talks, history and much more celebrating 400 years of human stories on this site.

Oak House Alive  - 6 July 2014-12pm-4pm-Join us for our fabulous family fun day to celebrate the opening of our historic barns as our new visitor facilities. See the Civil War soldiers take over the house and get recruited into becoming a soldier, enjoy the interactive theatre, medieval puppet show, bouncy castle, magic, music, face painting and loads more family fun and entertainment.

Summer Holiday Fun-Terrific Tuesdays, 12pm-4pm on the following Tuesdays.-

29 July-A Hideous Histories Guide to Tudor Household Chores. If you thought doing housework was bad enough now find out what it was like 400 years ago with some family fun hands on activities.

5 August-Terrific Tuesday, Magic and balloon fun with kid's crafts, quizzes and trails

12 August-Drop in and try your hand at some circus skills-ideal for families

19 August-The Hideous Histories Guide to medical matter, crime and punishment-A family fun look at Tudor times, meet the wise woman and find out what medicine and cures you might have enjoyed 400 years ago

26 August -  Creature Feature-Book onto one of our animal handling sessions with Dudley zoo-booking essential £2.50 per child, sessions at 12.30pm & 2pm . Booking possible from 8th July.  You can also just drop in and enjoy kid's crafts and trails.

Kid's Crafts Wednesday - 12pm-4pm Drop in on Wednesdays during the School Summer holidays and make something to take home. 50p-£2 depending what you make. You can also enjoy our quizzes, trails and games.

Gig in the Grounds - 7 September 1pm-4pm-Why not bring a picnic, sit on the grass in the grounds and enjoy the music from our band Jazz on Tap with some of your favourite pop, jazz and soul classics-Entry Free

Heritage Open Days - 10, 11, 12, 13 September. Join us for Heritage open days-Look out for details of events and activities and talks nearer the time.

Meet the Tudors-28 September 11am-3pm -Visit the oak House and meet the Tudors, enjoy the music and dance and see the house come alive, enjoy the children's crafts and Tudor trails.

Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery, Holyhead Road, Wednesbury

400 Years of the Selfie: An exhibition about portraits from Elizabethan times to modern photos and 'selfies' - The exhibition includes ten fabulous paintings from the collection of Ingestre Hall Residential Arts Centre, and a selection of photo portraits on loan from Sandwell Archives. Look out for events, activities and projects around this exhibition - Its free to enter.

Find out more about the exhibition

Easter egg trail and magic shows, 23 April 11am-3pm. Come and take part in our Easter egg trail - if you find all of the clues you can win an egg! Free entry though there will be a small charge for some activities.

Lego animation 3 May - 11am-3pm. 1pm and 3pm, £2 per person. Make your own short animated film using stop frame animation out of Lego! We'll show you how to do it! - Booking essential.

Open mic night -16 May - 7pm-10pm - Join us for our popular open mic night whether you want to perform or just watch the show. £3 per person

Music club - 17 May , 2pm-4pm - All are welcome to music workshops and a band jam session. Free Entry

How To Train Your Dragon, 24 May - Film Show 2pm start, doors open at 1.30pm. Come to the movies at Wednesbury Art Gallery, for the chance to see the fun animated film 'How To Train Your Dragon' (Cert. PG).

Tickets cost £3 for adults and £2 for children, booking in advance by calling 0121 556 0683 is advised. All children must be accompanied by an adult and there will also be a small tuck shop open before and during the film.

Kid's crafts, 29 and 30 May-  12pm-4pm. Drop in Kid's Craft session at 50p to £1.50 per item made. With our exhibition of portraits on display have a go at making your own with a chance to design your own photo frame, make a mask, and pose for your own fun portrait!

Bostin' 60s fun day, 31 May 12pm-4pm. Join us for an afternoon of 1960s themed family fun, with music, crafts, refreshments and more. Free entry though there will be a small charge for some activities.

Lego animation workshops - 7 June - 1pm and 3pm, £2 per person. Make your own short animated film using stop frame animation out of Lego! We'll show you how to do it! - Booking essential.

Open mic, 20 June 7pm-10pm - Join us for our popular open mic night whether you want to perform or just watch the show. £3 per person

Music club - 21 June 2pm-4pm - All are welcome to music workshops and a band jam session. Free Entry

Raiders of the Lost Ark, 28 June Film Show 2pm start, doors open at 1.30pm. Come to the movies at Wednesbury Art Gallery for the chance to see the original Indiana Jones film, Raiders of the Lost Ark (Cert. PG). Tickets cost £3 for adults and £2 for children, booking in advance by calling 0121 556 0683 is advised. All children must be accompanied by an adult and there will also be a small tuck shop open before and during the film.

The Manor House Museum - Hall Green Road, West Bromwich

St George's day celebration, 19 April 11am-3pm  -Celebrate St George's day at the Manor House. Meet St George, listen to live music have go at our activities including an assault course, bungie run and inflatable slide. There will also be storytelling, magic, crafts and much more. Admission free. There will be a charge for some activities

Easter egg hunt, 21 April 11am-2pm. Come and take part in our Easter egg trail - if you find all of the clues you can win an egg! And Lots of other eggcellent fun to keep you entertained. Admission free. There will be a charge for some activities.

Children's crafts - 23 and 25 April- 11am-3pm. Come and have a go at some take home Easter crafts - not need to book just drop in. Price dependant on item made 50p - £3

May tours. 3 and 4 May 2pm-5pm - Take a free guided tour of this magnificent building - last tour around 4pm, just drop in.  

Third Manor House movie club 11am-1pm - Come and see a the fantastic family movie 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' in the Great Hall. A small Tuck shop will be open. £2 per person ALL children must be accompanied by an adult.

Anglo-Boer re-enactment, 3, 4, 5 May - 2pm - 5pm Saturday and Sunday, 11am - 3pm Bank Holiday Monday. The Anglo Boer War Staffords re-enactment group take camp at the Manor House. Come and watch history of the late 19th Century factual historic drama, military re-enactments, displays and other educational entertainment based upon world history. There will be pyrotechnics during the re-enactment. Admission free. There will be a charge for some activities.

Hideous Histories Crafts - 26 and 30 May - 11am-3pm come along and enjoy some history crafts and get ready for the hideous history launch during the summer holidays. Price dependant on item made.

Pirates mini fun day, 28 May,  11am-3pm plus hideous history pirates. Help to save the Manor House from being ambushed by the pirates of dark water led by the very naughty Gertie Gunpowder!! Crafts and activities, magic, storytelling and Balloons - fun for all. This will be our first hideous history event of the year so come along pick up a passport, attend this and the other events through the summer holidays and win a prize.Admission Free. There will be a charge for some activities.

Open weekend, 7 and 8 June 2pm-5pm - Come and see this beautiful Medieval manor House, as you have never seen it before. The Manor House will be open for free guided tours last tour 4pm.

Saturday film club, 7 June, 11am-1pm - Come and see a fantastic family movie 'Monsters V Aliens' in the Great Hall. A small tuck shop will be open. £2 per person ALL children must be accompanied by an adult.

Shakespeare at the Manor - Macbeth - Festival players, 8 June 5pm Start - gates open at 4pm We Welcome the Festival Players again for some open air Theatre. MACBETH "Something wicked this way comes."  A popular favourite since it was first performed, this great story of superstition, ambition, and retribution, takes the audience on a roller-coaster ride from a 'blasted heath', through a Scottish Castle , to a moving Forest . Three weird and mysterious sisters, a ghost-ridden banquet, murder, prophecies, visions, and spells are all ingredients in this swirling cauldron which is Shakespeare's  "Macbeth" . Performed by our traditional all-male cast.

Bring your own chairs or a blanket and have a picnic in the grounds of this wonderful Medieval Manor House, please no umbrellas as it obstructs the view of others. This is an open air production, which may move indoors due to weather conditions. In Advance £12 Adults £10 Concessions. On the day £14 Adults £12 Concessions.

Haden Hill House Museum and Old Hall, Haden Hill Park, Cradley Heath 

Midland Painting Group -  Exhibition - Until 8th June

Easter family fun - 21 April - 12pm-4pm - Come and join us for an afternoon of Easter  activities for all the family, including Easter Egg rolling, quizzes, trails & workshops.

Celebrate St George's day, 23 April 11am-3pm - with Dragon themed workshops, quizzes & trails.

Hideous histories guide to fiendish fashions- 24 and 25 April - 11am-3pm Fiendish fashions- a hideous histories guide to Victorian style, find out more about how Victorian ladies and gentlemen kept up appearances!

Haden Old Hall Open Day and birds of prey - 5 May 12pm-4pm - Haden Old Hall opens its doors for visitors again this bank holiday, with some Tudor themed activities. Daz's Hawks will also be here, with a selection of birds of prey for you to see & enjoy.

Don't Go into the Cellar theatre production, 15 May- 6pm and 8pm performances of:- Warnings to the Curious ' - The Ghost stories of M R James. Have your spines tingled and your bumps goosed with this atmospheric adaptation of the creepiest Edwardian ghost stories! Join M R James as he summons forth malevolent spirits and vengeful demons in these classic eerie tales. - £6 per ticket, refreshments available,

The Nightwatch in the Old Hall, 28 June - 7pm - Music from early traditions, medieval, renaissance and baroque music from the twelfth- seventeenth centuries, performed in the unique setting of Haden Old Hall - £8 per ticket

80s themed Summer family fun day, 29 June 12pm-4pm - Join us for an afternoon of family entertainment and fun.

Hideous Histories

You asked us for hideous histories so here it is! In 2014 across our sites we are holding a series of Hideous histories family friendly events and activities where you can find out about the less pleasant aspects of life long ago with hands-on activities.

Pick up your Hideous Histories Passport at one of our sites and visit 5 of our events at at least two different site and you can go into our prize draw.

Hideous histories guide to fiendish fashions- 24 and 25 April - 11am-3pm Fiendish fashions- a hideous histories guide to Victorian style, find out more about how Victorian ladies and gentlemen kept up appearances! Haden Hill House Museum.

Hideous histories crafts - 26 and 30 May - 11am-3pm come along and enjoy some hideous history crafts. Price dependant on item made. The Manor House Museum.  

The hideous histories guide to perilous pirates - 28 May,  11am-3pm. Help to save the Manor House from being ambushed by the pirates of dark water led by the very naughty Gertie Gunpowder!! Crafts and activities, magic, storytelling and balloons - fun for all.  The Manor House Museum.

Hideous Histories guide to Tudor hideous housework -  29 July 12pm-4pm. You thought doing household chores today is awful, then try doing the housework, cooking, cleaning and washing 400 years ago and that's all before we get to the toilets! Oak House Museum

The Hideous Histories guide to showing off - 31 July, 12pm-4pm. People in the past used all sorts of ways to show off how wealthy and important they were, many of which were not very good for their health! Join us and learn about wicked wigs, terrible clothes, awful portraits, manky make-up (and that was just the men), pongy perfume, (and that was just the men too) gruesome grand tours and loads more family fun. You can also enjoy our fabulous portraits exhibition with portraits from Ingestre Hall from Elizabethan times onwards. Wednesbury Museum

Hideous histories Wednesday - Join us during the summer holidays on Wednesdays for the hideous histories guide to the not so nice things that happened long ago. There will be craft workshops and story telling and much more. The Manor House Museum.

Wednesday 30th July-Medieval 11am-3pm

Wednesday 6th August-Egyptians 11am-3pm

Wednesday 13th August- Greeks 11am-3pm

Wednesday 20th August-Romans 11am-3pm

Wednesday 27th August- Tudors 11am-3pm

Hideous history sneaky Viking long ships 7th, 8th and 9th August, 2-4pm As the Vikings went raiding their ships took them far afield from home, visit the gallery to make a model of one of their sneaky long ships. crafts cost £1 per item made. Wednesbury Museum

Hideous histories guide to the Wise Woman....the Wise Woman - 19 August. 12pm-4pm. An afternoon learning about the less savoury aspects of Tudor life, meet the wise woman who will cure you of any ailments and learn about Tudor medicine, crime and punishments. Oak House Museum.

The hideous histories guide to murders and Medicine -21 August 12pm-4pm. A  light-hearted family friendly afternoon looking at the less savoury aspects of Victorian life, looking at cures and medicine, mort safes and murder. Haden Hill House Museum

Hideous history Saxon shields 21st, 22nd and 23rd August, 2-4pm-Design a traditional Saxon shield to help defend against the invading Vikings! Crafts cost £1 per item made. Wednesbury Museum

The Hideous histories guide to life on the home front - 4 & 5 October 11am-3pm. A weekend looking at fiendish food, foul fashions and life on the home front in World War II.  Haden Hill House

Hideous Histories guide to evil invaders! Saturday 11th October 10am-3pm.  As the Vikings invade and take up residence at the museum find out about the battles, weapons and the surgery practised by this villainous Vikings! Wednesbury Museum

The hideous histories guide to howling Halloween - 31 October - 11am-3pm - Join us for some spooky family fun and find out about where our hideous Halloween traditions come from. Haden Hill House Museum

The hideous Halloween histories guide to wicked witches - 2 November 11am-3pm, Ever wondered why witches look the way they do, and why people believed in witches long ago - join us for a family friendly hands on look at witches in the 1600s and see the house come to life with historic characters, games and crafts but beware of the Witch Finder general who is looking to weed out any signs of witchcraft! The Oak House Museum.

World War I commemorations

In 2014 and over the next four years Sandwell Museums will be commemorating 100 years since World War I.

We began in February 2014 by planting poppy seeds in our grounds.

We will be holding an exhibition about World War I and the local area at Wednesbury Museum from September until the end of the year.

There will be a small display of objects from our collection relating to World War I or its time period on display at Haden Hill House Museum from April until November.

World War I music afternoon - 17 August -2pm-5pm, Haden Hill House and park - bring a picnic and a something to sit on and enjoy and afternoon of music hall style popular tunes and sing-a-long anthems from the period of world War I - Entry Free

Look out for our memories work in partnership with Sandwell Libraries

We will be collecting visitor's family stories of experiences of world War one, so even if its just a sentence then let us know you family stories.

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General event information for visitors

    • Please note we are unable to accommodate pushchairs inside our buildings. Pushchairs should be left outside or where directed.
    • Entrance to our buildings and events is free unless a ticket price is stated. However there may be a small charge activities.
    • 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 if staff are not available as our telephones are not manned every day.
    • 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.
      Haden Hill House Museum, Off Barrs Road, Cradley Heath
      The Manor House Museum, Hall Green Road, West Bromwich