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Festive Fun and Winter Wonder at Sandwell Museums 

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Santa

Santa at Sandwell Museums

Our sites are open in December for our festive activities as advertised below - they aren't open at other times apart from private bookings.

Please note - We are unable to accommodate pushchairs inside our buildings. Please leave them in the designated areas

Oak House Museum

Information on visiting.

Christmas Crafts: Tuesday 6 December 2022, 11-3pm.  Make some festive crafts in our magical barn and have a go at pomander making in the house. The house will be decorated for Christmas and the tearoom will be open.  Crafts from 50p. Free entry, no booking required.

Christmas at Oak House: Wednesday 7 December 2022, 11-3pm Enjoy Oak House dressed for the festive season and enjoy refreshments in our tea room. Free entry, no booking required.

Father Christmas at Oak House: Wednesday 7 December 2022, 11-2pm. House and grounds open until 3pm. See Santa in his magical grotto and get a festive goody bag. Visit the house dressed for the festive season and enjoy our Christmas trail.  £4.00 per child over 12 months. Children under one can come in to see Santa for free but will not receive a goody bag.  Booking essential to see Santa.

Christmas at Oak House: Sunday 11 December 2022, 11-2pm Enjoy Oak House dressed for the festive season and enjoy refreshments in our tea room. Free entry, no booking required.

Father Christmas at Oak House:: Sunday 11 December 2022, 11-2pm. See Santa in his magical grotto and get a festive goody bag. Visit the house dressed for the festive season and enjoy our Christmas trail. £4.00 per child over 12 months. Children under one can come in to see Santa for free but will not receive a goody bag.  Booking essential to see Santa.

Salvation Army Concert :Tuesday 13 December 2022 , Open from 6pm - concert starts at 7.00pm. Get in the Christmas spirit and listen to festive carols performed by the Salvation Army in the Oak House classroom. A warm drink and a mince pie are included in the ticket price. You can also visit the Oak House before or after the concert to see the house dressed for Christmas and lit by candlelight. Enjoy live music by Paul Baker from Diabolus in Musica: Master of Revels, Lord of Misrule - who will be entertaining us with instruments such as recorders, hurdy-gurdy, shawms, bagpipes, renaissance guitar and a few other intriguing beasties! £6.00, £5.00 Concessions. Booking Essential. 

Candlelight Evening at Oak House: Tuesday 13 December 2022, 6-9pm. Join us for a wonderful evening of history, music and festivities. Enjoy the atmosphere in the Oak House which will be dressed for Christmas and illuminated by candlelight, whilst listening to live music by Paul Baker from Diabolus in Musica: Master of Revels, Lord of Misrule who will be entertaining us with instruments such as recorders, hurdy-gurdy, shawms, bagpipes, renaissance guitar and a few other intriguing beasties!. Weather permitting our servants will be demonstrating 17th century nail making. Tea room open for festive refreshments. Ideal for adults and older children but all ages are welcome. Free entry for children under 3. Last admission to site is 7:45pm, site closes 9.00pm. £2.50. Book online.

Salvation Army Concert: Wednesday 14 December 2022, Open from 6pm - concert starts at 7.00pm. Get in the Christmas spirit and listen to festive carols performed by the Salvation Army in the Oak House classroom. A warm drink and a mince pie are included in the ticket price. You can also visit the Oak House before or after the concert to see the house dressed for Christmas and lit by candlelight. Enjoy live music by Lutenist Nick Gravestock, who will be bringing the melodic tunes of a 16th century lute and a renaissance guitar. £6.00, £5.00 Concessions. Booking Essential.

Candlelight Evening at Oak House: Wednesday 14 December 2022, 6-9pm. Join us for a wonderful evening of history, music and festivities. Enjoy the atmosphere in the Oak House which will be dressed for Christmas and illuminated by candlelight, whilst listening to live music by Lutenist Nick Gravestock, who will be bringing the melodic tunes of a 16th century lute and a renaissance guitar. Weather permitting our servants will be demonstrating 17th century nail making. Tea room open for festive refreshments. 
Ideal for adults and older children but all ages are welcome. Free entry for children under 3.
Last admission to site is 7:45pm, site closes 9.00pm. £2.50. Book online.

Christmas Crafts: Tuesday 20 December 2022 and Wednesday 21 December 2022, 11-3pm
Make some festive crafts in our magical barn. The house will be decorated for Christmas and the tearoom will be open.  Crafts from 50p. Free entry, no booking required.
 

Christmas at Oak House

Christmas at Oak House

Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery

Visit our site pages for general visiting information

Soul Heaven- Enjoy our fantastic Northern Soul exhibition by artist Anthony McFarlane with scooters, fashion and other exciting objects and photos on display. Opening from 18th May until the end of 2022. Call for details on 0121 556 0683 Open when museum is open

Northern Soul Nights: 25 November. £3. 7pm dancing until 10pm. Get ready to jump and spin to the beat with our Northern Soul Night to run alongside our Northern Soul exhibition. Bring your own refreshments. Pre-booking required by clicking this link.

Safe and warm seasonGames at the gallery. 9 November, 11:30am-3pm. Join us in the lovely surroundings of the gallery, look around, have a cuppa and then why not sit and enjoy our board games for grown ups. It is free to enter and play the games, a small charge for a cuppa. There will be a festive pie available and Christmas decorations at our December session.

Letters to Santa – Saturday 19 November 11-1pm. Come and write your letter to Santa and post it in our magical post box. Free, No need to book and have a look around our fantastic museum

Festive Family performance – The Great Christmas Robbery: Saturday 3 December 11am – 12pm & 1.30pm – 2.30pm. Join us for a family performance at Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery for the festive season. An hour long performance full of fun and silliness and audience participation! The evil queen is trying to mess things up for everyone again and this time she is trying to ruin Christmas by taking all the Christmas music away. Enlisting the help of the Fairyland baddies she has stolen the festive fun! It is up to the audience and a band of Fairyland goodies to save the day and Christmas! Suitable for age 3plus but ideal for children aged 5-10 years. £5
Booking essential follow this link to book.

Festive Family Performance

Fest Family Performance

Christmas Crafts at Wednesbury Museum: Saturday 3 December 12pm – 1.30pm. Come and make Reindeer Food, Santa Sacks and Christmas Mugs ready for the big day
£1-3 depending on item No booking required, just drop in

Festive Games at the Gallery: Wednesday 7 December 11am – 2pm. Come and join us for a game of cards, scrabble, dominoes and much more.  Take a look around our beautiful building decorated for the festive season. Festive refreshments available. No booking required

 

 

 

Christmas in Museums

 

 

 

Bromwich Hall - West Bromwich Manor House

Find out about visiting 

Tudor Music in the Hall - Saturday 12th  November 11am-2pm. Visit and explore this fantastic building and discover 800 years of history. Enjoy a self guided tour of the building and  enjoy live Tudor music in the hall. Just turn up no need to book. Free

Pom Pom Making: 16 November. 12pm – 4pm. Join us to make fluffy, round, pleasing pom poms! We will provide all you need to make a variety of sizes and colours, use your pom pom for decoration or as a gift. A relaxed afternoon in our toasty hall with tea and chatter. Hot drink included. £3.00 Booking required through Ticket Source by clicking this link (16+ unless accompanied by an adult).

Christmas Card Afternoon: 24 November. 12pm – 4pm Join as at Bromwich Hall for an afternoon of Christmas card making. We will have a selection of envelopes, card, paper and decorations but feel free to bring anything of your own. A relaxed afternoon in our toasty hall with tea and chatter. Hot drink included. £2.50 Booking required through Ticket Source by clicking this link: (16+ unless accompanied by an adult).

Get ready for Santa: 26/ November. 11am-3pm. Make a start to the festive season by creating some reindeer food and writing a letter to Santa, don’t forget to put your letter in our special post box! Reindeer food £1, No need to book (Aimed at under 12) just drop in

A Tudor Christmas: 2 December. 7pm- 9pm. Jump back in time for some Tudor merrymaking at Bromwich Hall. Join in with dances and jesting, learn more about Christmas traditions, and soak up the festive atmosphere of our lovely building. This event involves interactive talks and demonstrations and some audience participation if you wish to get involved. So the whole audience experience the event together as a performance rather than dropping in and out. So please arrive for the start at 7pm. There will be an interval where teas and coffees and festive pies are available. £4 (Aimed at 14+). Pre-booking required by clicking this link.

Santa’s grotto: 3 December 11am-3pm. Visit Santa in his grotto and enjoy our festive trail. £4 ticket with goody-bag, £1 per accompanying adult. Booking required. Booking your ticket by clicking the link.

Teddy bears workshop: 6 December 4pm-6pm. Get cosy and create your own cuddly friend with us. £13.50 includes 1 accompanying adult free of charge

Booking required through Ticket Source - tickets not available yet keep checking by clicking this link. (age 0 – 10)

Christmas Craft: 11 December . 11am-3pm Make a Christmas present or decoration and explore our Christmas trail. Crafts cost £1-3 No need to book, (Variety of activities for all ages to enjoy)

Festive tunes with Ian Casey: 15 December 2022. 7pm. Join us for our ever-popular evening of festive tunes through the decades with singer Ian Casey. An evening of Christmas singing to get your foot tapping. Ticket includes a hot drink and festive pie. £6  Booking required through Ticket Source will be available soon keep checking by clicking this link. or call and pay over the phone on 0121 588 2985  (Aimed at 18+ and 60+)

Letters to Santa Museums

 

write and decorate your letters to Santa

Haden Hill House - Rowley Regis

For general visitor information follow this link

“Be Curious and Creative” Drop in messy play sessions for Under 5s. 11.30am – 3pm, October 7 & 14, November 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 & 25

“Cosy Corners” 11.30am – 3pm, October 7 & 14, November 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 & 25. Come and soak up the atmosphere of the beautiful Haden Hill House Museum. Refreshments (warm drinks and biscuits) available from £1.50.

Victorian Gothic Performances presented by theatre Company Don't go into the Cellar

Jekyll and Hyde  Mon 7 November - SOLD OUT

Truly Jack The Ripper Tue 8 November - SOLD OUT

Victorian Gothic Mon 14 November -  SOLD OUT

Booking required £8. Performances at 7.30pm. 01384 569 444 to book your tickets

Letters to Santa: Sunday 27 November 11am-3pm – See the house decorated for Christmas and pick up a pack to decorate your letter to Santa then post it in our magical post-box. No need to book. Small charge to decorate letters

A Candlelit Christmas – Thursday 1 and Thursday 8 December. 6:00pm-8:30pm. Visit Haden Hill House and Old Hall and see them beautifully decorated for the festive season in traditional style, take our route around the houses beginning in the Old Hall and step back to Christmas past with real greenery and Tudor music then Enjoy Haden Hill House beautifully decorated for Christmas and join in the carols in the Drawing room and learn about Christmas cake with the housekeeper. This is an event aimed at adults but children are welcome. Pre-booking essential. £4.50 per person. Book your ticket by clicking this link

Festive Fridays – 2 and 9 December. 11am-3pm. Come along and visit Haden Hill House and see it beautifully decorated for the festive season. Free entry, no need to book. Adults and older children can also enjoy taking part in our drop in festive craft activities so pop in, have a cuppa and make something to take home - small charge to take part in craft activity.

Festive Saturday: Saturday 3 December 11am-3pm. Come along and visit Haden Hill House and see it beautifully decorated for the festive season. Free entry, no need to book

Santa in his grotto: Saturday 3, Sunday 4 December and Sunday 11 December. 11am-3pm. Visit Santa in his magical grotto at Haden Hill House and see the house beautifully decorated for the festive season. Booking essential. Santa’s grotto visits only on these day. £4. Tickets available from 9 November either by popping in or by paying by card over the phone on 01384 569 444. Booking essential.

Christmas at Haden Hill Park – 5pm-9pm. An evening event with live music fairground rides and stalls (events team event – house open 5pm, last admission 8:00pm) . Book your tickets and find out more by clicking this link.

Festive Thursday- 15 December 11am-3pm. Come along and visit Haden Hill House and see it beautifully decorated for the festive season. Free entry, no need to book. Festive light refreshments available

Festive Friday- 16 December 11am-3pm. Come along and visit Haden Hill House and see it beautifully decorated for the festive season. Free entry, no need to book. Festive light refreshments available

Candlelight Christmas at Haden Hill House 

Haden Hill House by candlelight

 

 

Galton Valley Pumping Station

We'll be open again from spring 2023

Bishop Asbury's Cottage

Open day for winter 2023 to be confirmed 

Visit this tiny cottage which was the childhood home of Francis Asbury, one one the founding fathers of the USA and discover his amazing story. 

Entrance to our sites is free but there may be a charge for some activities and open times may change due to special events or activities- see the events listing below for details.

Visitor Information

* You don't need to book to visit on open days unless stated but you may need to book for some activities or events. See the listings below for details.

* The sites may be open at other times other than the open days below for activities or events or opening times may change due to events.

* We are unable to accommodate pushchairs, please leave them in the designated areas outside buildings

* Assistance dogs only at our sites

* Please note during term times there may be a school group on site which may restrict access so you may wish to phone in advance to check.