Events at Sandwell Museums

Autumn and winter 2014

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

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Autumnal antics with Sandwell Museums

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

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.

Creepy creatures Spooktabulous Halloween party fun day -28 October 11am-3pm. Join us for some Halloween party family fun, with loads of spooktabulous entertainment, party games, creepy creatures with Dudley Zoo, pumpkin ride, magic and balloons and much more. no need to book, why not come dressed up

Creepy crafts - 29 and 30 October 11am-3pm-join us for some Halloween and autumn themed craft activities, creepy quizzes and trails-50p -£2 depending what you make.

The hideous 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, music and crafts but beware of the Witch Finder general who is looking to weed out any signs of witchcraft! The Oak House Museum.

Nifty knitters taster session and open day - 14 November, 11am-2pm. Drop in and enjoy crochet demonstrations, try your hand at making a fabulous festive decoration too, or just come along and have a chat and a cuppa. Refreshments available and you can have your first mince pie of the season. Entry Free, £1.50 for each decoration made - This event is aimed at adults, no need to book.

Night watch, winter- 29 November, evening house and refreshments open 6pm concert starts 7pm. -join us for an 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. House opens at 6pm to look around as will be lit by candles and decorated for Christmas and tea and coffee will be available. Concert at 7pm £8 per ticket - and there will be a chance to look around the house which will be decorated for Christmas in the interval too-  tickets must be paid for before the event. booking essential.

Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery, Holyhead Road, Wednesbury - 0121 556 0683

Warnings to the curious: The ghost stories of M.R. James, 16 October 7.30pm, £7 adults and £6 concessions. For more than 100 years, his ghost stories have chilled the spines of  readers across the world. Now MR James returns from beyond the grave to terrify audiences afresh with a selection of his most unsettling tales of dread. This theatre production is put on by 'Don't Go Into the Cellar'. Spaces are limited so booking in advance is strongly recommended.

Trick or treat family fun day, 30 October 11am till 3pm, Join us for a day of Halloween fun if you dare. Marvel at the creepy magic and spooky songs of our Halloween disco.

Pumpkin carving workshops, 29 and 31 October, 1pm and 3pm, £3 per pumpkin. Get ready for Halloween by taking part in one of our pumpkin carving workshops. Spaces on the workshops are limited so please book by calling 0121 556 0683

Model railway exhibition, 1 November 12 noon till 4pm. West Bromwich Model Railway Club will be displaying some of their larger models for visitors to the museum to see. 

Local heroes 1914-1918 exhibition - until the end of December -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

The exhibition will also be open on Saturday 8 November 2-5pm and Tuesday 11 November 10am-2pm. Call the museum for details about other talks and activities around this exhibition on 0121 556 0683. On our aditional open weekends there are craft activities for younger visitors to the exhibition including making replica 'Princess Mary Christmas Gift Tins' (containing boiled sweets), card dog tags and poppies.

First World War Zeppelin Raid on the Black Country 6 November 7.30pm A talk by local historian Ian Bott on the German Zepplin raids over the Black Country in 1916.

The last post concert 8 November 7pm. Free entry. Please join us for a commemorative concert in honour of those who served in the First World War. Light refreshments will be available.

Mod Mania  29 November 6pm free entry - Bring your scooter and park up outside for a fun event celebrating everything 1960s. Visit the Vintage Fayre next door at the Town Hall during the day and then from 6pm there will be a DJ and live band at the Art Gallery playing your latest classics.

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

Autumn themed activities, 19 Oct 11am-3pm Appearance by Hawks and more on Sunday 12 Oct and autumn themed crafts and trails available on both afternoon.

Pumpkins galore- 26 October- 11am-3pm - Join us for an afternoon of  pumpkin fun, carve a pumpkin for Halloween, and follow our pumpkin trail, pumpkin recipes and 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.

Children's Halloween craft activities, 29 October 11am-3pm. Join in the fun at our Halloween themed drop-in style crafts and make something to take home.

Beastly Goings On -30 October 11am and 2pm-Join us for interactive storytelling, family comedy and drama sessions with Sandwell Story Players. Booking essential £1 per child

Don't Go into the Cellar - Morbid Curiosities (one for the grown ups!)-  28 October- Shows at 6pm and 8pm. £6.00. This popular theatre company return to thrill and chill you this Halloween. Bram Stoker's Morbid Curiosities' An all-new adaptation of Bram Stoker's greatest horror tales,    featuring "Dracula's Guest", "The Squaw" and "The Judge's House". Atmospheric and chilling, this is a stage show designed to raise the goose- flesh and to chill. Booking essential.

Halloween party fun day, 31 October 12noon-4.00pm. Spooky goings on at Haden Hill House and Hall, come and join in with Halloween fun for all the family. Music, kid's crafts quizzes, trails and more.

Children's table top sale- 2 Nov 11.30-3pm. This event is run by the children for the children. A good opportunity to have a clear out of all your unwanted toys, games & books, then book a stall at our bring & buy sale and bring it along to sell! Or come along browse and buy! No electrical goods please

Poppies for remembrance 9 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.

WWI songs and poetry performed by Ian Casey, 16 November 11am-3pm. Commemorating the anniversary of WW1 with songs & poems of the era with our ever popular singer Ian Casey.

Murder Mystery Night 21 November, 7:30pm-10pm, 'Who Killed Little Willie' Performed by the famous Fizzogs.  Find out more and purchase tickets.

Children's Christmas card workshop  23 November 11am-3pm. Make a Christmas card & join in with our quizzes & trails. £1 per item made

"A Christmas Carol and other stories" Sunday 29 November 2pm-4pm. Join us for a Victorian style afternoon in the Drawing room, with seasonal readings, songs & poems, Advance booking essential. £5 per person.

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

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

Murder Myster Night, 14 November - 'Who Killed Little Willie' performed by the famous Fizzogs. Find out more and purchase tickets.

Halloween at the Manor House

Spooky family fun day 'Villains' Tuesday 28 October 11am-3pm
Lots of spooky fun is to be had this year at the Manor hell house, come dressed as your favourite Villain and join in the fun. Admission Free, there will be a charge for some activities

Spooky craft workshops - Wednesday 29 and Friday 31 October 11am-3pm Drop in and make a craft to take home. Price dependant on item made 50p-£4

Halloween disco Thursday 30 October - Under 5s 3.30pm-4.30pm
Over 5s 6pm-8pm. Come and strut your stuff on the dance floor at this year's Halloween Disco. Children £3 Adults £2 max two adults per child. Tickets available from the Manor House and must be collected and paid for before the event. No ticket no admission.

Trick or treat - Friday 31 October, 5.30pm-8pm (last admission 7.45pm). 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 along the way. No Booking Required Admission £5 per child to include trick or treat bag and lots of goodies. Adults free if accompanied by a child refreshments will be available

For older children and adults

Horror fest triple bill  - 6pm until late -  Door open 5.30pm
Friday 24 October-60s, Saturday 25th October-70s

Are you brave enough to watch 3 horror films in one evening? No problem you say... BUT are you brave enough to watch them in a 13th century Medieval Manor House reputed to be haunted and which came 4th in a top ten of most haunted places in the Midlands (as on the Express and Star website June 2014) we have two evenings of iconic horror films from different decades, with a more recent one in between for good measure.

The evening will start with a presentation by Kieron Hazel about the movies of the decade and some short horror films made by local film makers and if you aren't too scared by then the films will begin!!

Friday 24 60s horrors
Rosemary's baby (1968) (18)
Insidious (2010) (15)
The Wickerman (1973) (15)
Sinister (2012) (15)
Halloween (1978) (18)
Dracula Prince of Darkness (1966) (15) Saturday 25 October 70s horrors

£10 per person booked in advance, £12 on the door.

Optional extra-must be booked in advance. Small pizza and two cans of lager/cider/soft drink £6 per person. These will be served after the first film of the evening at around 8-8.30pm. Over 18s only

Ghost walk Tuesday 28 October 7.30pm start doors open at 7pm.
Join Ian Bott as he takes you around the local area by foot, telling you about some of the spooky and murderous going ons! Please note you are responsible for your own safety £4.50 per person. Refreshments will be included at the end of the walk. Over 12s only.

Fright night - The prison morgue - Saturday 1 November. First tours at 6pm. Do you dare enter the Manor HELL House this Halloween? There is something strange going on at the Prison morgue, you are the detectives can you help solve the mystery or will it prove unsolvable?? Twists and turns at every corner-this event is not for the faint hearted!! £4.50 per person. Tours last approximately 20 minutes-30 minutes. Smoke machines and strobe lighting/flashing lights will be used during the tour. Over 12s only -  Booking essential. No ticket no admission. Tickets will be on sale from Saturday 26 July unless stated.

Disco tickets cannot be reserved, they must be collected and paid for during opening hours to ensure entry.

Family Halloween spooky book double bill. - Monday 27 October 2014 11.30pm start doors open at 11am. Come and see a double bill of spooky films 'Hocus Pocus' and 'Nightmare before Christmas' A tuck shop will be open. £3 per person ALL children must be accompanied by an adult

Where it does not have booking essential, pay on the door is available, however we cannot guarantee how many spaces will be available. Booking is advised

Saturday movie club 1st November  2014 11am-1pm  Come and see a fantastic family movie 'Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit'  (U) in the Great Hall. A small tuck shop will be open. £2 per person ALL children must be accompanied by an adult

Hunger games catch up - Sunday 16 November 1pm start doors open at 12.30pm.  Come and watch the two previous films in the series: Hunger Games & Hunger games - Catching Fire back to back, and be ready for the release of Hunger games 3: Mockingjay part 1, on 21 November. 15 years and over only £4 per person. Refreshments will be available.

Festive Fun, Christmas and Winter Wonder with Sandwell Museums

Oak House Museum

Night watch, Winter- 29 November, house and refreshments open 6pm concert starts 7pm. -join us for an 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. House opens at 6pm to look around as will be lit by candles and decorated for Christmas and tea and coffee will be available. Concert at 7pm £8 per ticket - and there will be a chance to look around the house which will be decorated for Christmas in the interval too-  tickets must be paid for before the event. Tickets available from 1 October booking essential.

Santa in his Grotto 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 and trail. £2.50 to see Santa. Craft activity costs vary. No need to book, just drop in.

Christmas fairytale fun 7 December 11am-3pm. Join us for Christmas fun with entertainment, interactive fun theatre with the ugly sisters, magic and balloons, music and real baby reindeer, children's craft activities costumed characters and much more Christmas fun and entertainment - Santa won't be in his grotto but will be wondering around to say hello to the children. Just drop in

Carols with the Salvation Army 11 December - 6.00pm-8pm. Gates open at 6:00pm, 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) £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 - Booking essential. 0121 553 0759

Wednesbury Museum

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

Sleeping Beauty Pantomime 7th 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

"A Christmas Carol & other stories" 29 November 2pm Join us for a Victorian style afternoon in the Drawing room, with Ian Casey & co for a selection of traditional Christmas songs & 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

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

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) & '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.
  • 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.