Spring at Manor House Museum

Published 30th April 2018

Spring is here and staff at the Manor House Museum in West Bromwich are getting ready for a host of events and activities for all ages.

The latest events at this fabulous medieval site in Hall Green Road will be a special Western Weekend on Sunday 6 and Bank Holiday Monday 7 May, 11am to 3pm.

Abbey Butler, acting visitors services officer, said the Western Re-enactors were back with a big bang.

Cowboys and cowgirls will set up camp inside the Manor House grounds for a weekend of pistol showdowns and bank robberies.

“We will be hosting a Wild West Hoedown with live music, crafts and trails,” said Abbey. “So people will be able to stick on a hat and pull on boots to join in for a rootin’ tootin’ good time.”

Visitors should note that pyrotechnics will be used during these performances. And there may be some loud bangs.

Once again this year, the grounds of the Manor House will play host to the popular annual Shakespeare in Sandwell evening as the Festival Players roll into town performing The Winter’s Tale.

This outdoor theatre performance takes place on Monday 28 May from 5pm-8pm (doors open at 4.30pm). For prices, tickets and more information about the Shakespeare performance, call 0121 588 2985 or go to www.crbo.co.uk/winterstale

Abbey added: “We ask visitors to bring a picnic blanket or chairs and a picnic if they like and enjoy the play.”

And don't miss the Dinosaur Takeover adventure coming up on Sunday 3 June from 11am-3pm where visitors can step back in time more than 70 million years!

Get ready to meet 'walking dinosaurs'! We will be joined by Pete the Dinosaur and his dino friends for a fun-filled day of digging for fossils, hunting for bones and crazy crafts. Entrance is free but there will be a small charge for some activities.

Samdwell’s museum services manager Jane Hanney said people interested in the history of the Manor House itself can come along on the second Sunday of the month, from 11am-3pm until September, to take a self-guided Manor House Through Time tour exploring the old beams and fascinating stories at their own pace.

“Visitors can walk around our 13th century Great Hall, visit our 16th century kitchen and learn what life would have been like during the years of the 19th century tenements,” said Jane.

Refreshments and cream teas will be available inside the newly-decorated Buttery Tearoom. Entrance on these tour days is free.

"It is wonderful to see this building come alive and be able to tell its stories to be enjoyed by the community for all sorts of reasons," added Jane. "After all it's been at the head of the local area for around 800 years, so it is pretty special!"

To find out more or learn how to book tickets for bookable events, call 0121 588 2985 or visit Sandwell museums webpage.