Get involved - activities and what's on at Sandwell Museums
Autumnal Antics and spooky fun What's on this autumn? - Open days, events and activities at Sandwell Museums
Scroll down the page for what's on and upcoming events and activities.
The Haunting of Oak House: 25th October 11-3pm. Come along to Oak House and join Ron Popple for our Dreadful Discos – wear your best spooky costumes! Explore our haunted grounds and meet the ghosts of Oak House. Crafts will be available from 50p too. Light refreshments will be available in the tea room. Suitable for all ages. Free entry. Disco 50p per person. Booking available online soon, follow the link
Halloween Crafts & Trails: 26th October 11-3pm. Get creative and make some spooky crafts and find our terrible trails. Tea Room Open. Suitable for all ages. Free entry no need to book
Halloween Crafts & Trails: 27th October 11-3pm. Get creative and make some spooky crafts and find our terrible trails. Tea Room Open. Suitable for all ages. Free entry no need to book
Evening Opening: 31st October 6-9pm. Ever wondered what Oak House was like after dark? Come and have a wander around the house on the most haunted night of the year!. Tea Room Open. Suitable for all ages. £1.00 entry. Pay on the door.
Fantastic Fungus!: Sunday 7th November 2021, 11-2pm Fantastic Fungus with Lukas Large. Natural Science Curator from Birmingham Museums Trust Lukas will be at Oak House Museum this Sunday. An exciting opportunity to come and learn all about mushrooms and toadstools and how many different varieties we get at Oak House. See if you can find our toadstools in our toadstool trail. Tea and coffee will be available in the tea room. Suitable for all ages. Free entry.
Visit our site pages for general opening times and 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
soul music wall - Throughout the year you can help us to create a fantastic picture on the wall of our gallery by designing your own vinyl record picture and putting it with others on our wall!
Northern Soul Nights: Get ready to jump and spin to the beat with our Northern Soul Nights to run alongside our Northern Soul exhibition. Dates and times to follow.
Half term spooktacular fun
Pumpkin Decorating - Wednesday 26 October 11:30am and 1pm. Forget getting messy and carving your pumpkin, why not decorate a pumpkin and make it into a spooky or wildlife character. Booking required. £5 per child. Booking is essential - book online by clicking the link.
Creepy crafts - Wednesday 26 October 11:30am - 3pm. Have a go at making one of our creepy crafts to take home. Spider webs and spooky spoons - £2-£3 depending what you make. You can also enjoy our terrible trail. No need to book just drop in
Spooky Made Science Show: Thursday 27th October: Join Mad Science for some spooktabular experiments with potions and exciting reactions. Shows at 11:30am and 1pm. Booking essential £3 per child (over 2). 50p per adult. Booking essential - book online by following the link
Creepy crafts - Thursday 27th October. 11;30am-3pm. Have a go at making one of our creepy crafts to take home. Spider webs and spooky spoons. £2-£3 depending what you make. You can also enjoy our terrible trail. No need to book just drop in.
Safe and warm season - Games at the gallery. 12th October, 9th November, 7th December. 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.
Model Railway Group Showcase: 29 October times to be confirmed. Back by popular demand the West Bromwich Model Railway group with be showcasing a number of their sets in the gallery. So come along and enjoy. Free entry!
Pumpkins at Bromwich Hall
Bromwich Hall Open Days:
September and October - Book onto one of our timed entry slots with an introductory talk before you take your own time looking around the building. Entrance is free but booking is essential at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/sandwell-museums-and-arts . Open days: 6 September 2pm and 3pm, 13 September for a guided tour 12:30pm, 20 September 11am and 2pm, 27 September 11am and 2pm, 4 October 11am and 2pm, 11 October 11am and 2pm, 18 October 11am and 2pm. We will then just be open for events and activities and weekends as listed below. We are open one weekend a month -11am-4pm, 8th and 9th October - 11am-4pm, 12th November 11am-2pm- no need to book for weekends.
Events and Activities
The Diggers up! The Body Snatchers! Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 October - 11am-3pm. Join us for this animated demonstration of how body snatchers worked! You can even get your photo taken with the corpse at the end of the show! Real history but very amusing for all the family and also a bit creepy. You can see out real mort safe too, used to keep bodies safe from body snatchers. shows at 12pm and 2pm. In the early 1800s bodies were needed for medical schools and there were those who took bodies from graves - More information to follow. You can also explore this fantastic house and discover 800 years of history.
The Tudor Wise Woman (over 18s only) - Friday 14th October 7pm. enjoy our interactive talk by the Tudor Wise Woman who will cure all your (adult) ailments and your partner's problems too! Be ready for something that is a bit naughty and a lot of fun but real history too. Starts 7pm. Teas and coffees will be available in the interval at a small charge. £3 per person booking essential. Book by clicking this link
Spooktacular Half Term Fun at Bromwich Hall
Cosy Candle Making on the 5 October at 2pm, come and have a go at making a candle and then join us for a warm cup of tea and a chat. You can have a look around our wonderful building, learn about medieval candle making, and leave with your very own handmade candle. £1.50 which includes a free hot drink. To book your place click here. Over 18s only
Pumpkin Carving on 24 October for 1 hour sessions at 11, 12:30 and 14:00. Get pumpkin ready for Halloween … either follow some of our spooky stencils or let your imagination run wild! £3per child and 50p per accompanying adult (price includes pumpkin and tools). To book your place click there.
Creepy Creatures on the 25 October. 12pm – 4pm. Come and get up close to real creepy creatures that crawl, slime, slither and snap! A fun and interactive afternoon for all ages, but not for the faint hearted….you might end up with a tarantula in your hands! £4per child £1 per adult booking information for timed shows following and booking to follow. Booking will be available soon by clicking here
Spooky Trail and Crafts on the 26 October. 11am- 3pm. Get creative with lots of different chilling crafts and ghastly activities to choose from. Prices from 50p – £2 and take part in our Halloween trail for free. No need to book just turn up on the day.
Ghoulish family Disco on the 27 October. 5pm – 7pm. Get your fangs out and shake that skeleton about, it’s disco time! Plenty of fun for the whole family including a tombola and spooktatsic treats. Why not come dressed up as your favourite spook! Anyone over 3 years - 50p. No need to book, pay on the door.
Tudor Music in the Hall - Sunday 12th November 11am-2pm. Visit and explore this fantastic building and discover 800 years of history. You can also enjoy live Tudor music in the Hall
Halloween at Haden Old Hall
Inspired by Haden Hill - enjoy our display of objects, pictures, photographs, crafts many of which have been produced by the local community etc which have been inspired by Haden Hill Park - open when house is open until the end of October.
Look out for our exciting autumn and winter programme of activities including Halloween and Christmas fun - more information soon!
Galton Valley Pumping Station
Sat 10 Sept 11am-3pm
Sat 8 Oct 11am-3pm
Last admissions 2.30pm
Bishop Asbury's Cottage
Cancelled - Open Days, Tuesday 13 September 4:30pm-6:30pm Entry Free.
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.
* You don't need to book to visit on open days 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
* We encourage you to continue to wear a face covering inside our buildings for the safety of staff, volunteers and other visitors and respect other people's personal space. Please use the sanitisers provided on entrance and before using our play areas. Do not attend our sites if you have any covid 19 symptoms.
Sandwell Stories - Check out the links below to find videos, blogs, information, pics and more as we share our stories.
Beyond the heritage - Meet Sandwell Museums in this video
Sandwell Museums - meet the collection
Sandwell Museums collection in 10 key objects - Read our blog and see the mini vids that showcase 10 objects we think explain our collection
Sandwell Museums in 10 objects video - 10 more objects in this video with our collections officer.
The Diggers up - Discover the story of our mort safe.
My Favourite painting - a member of staff shares their favourite painting at Wednesbury Museum
The Nostalgia Rooms - Do you remember rooms like this?
Ruskin Pottery and Black Country People at work - While the family at Haden Hill House lived in luxury, many in the Black Country lived in terrace houses and working in factories. Discover one of the best firms to work for at the end of the Victorian period and the fantastic colourful items they made!
Bromwich Hall Stories
What was going on outside Bromwich Hall? - Bromwich Hall is a remarkable survival but what was happening outside the walls of the building in the past? Watch out mini vid.
Why isn't it a pub any more - Discover why Bromwich Hall is such an important building by reading this blog
Bringing in the pollinators -mini vid about our little orchard
Ladies of the Manor - Read about some of the women who are associated with Bromwich Hall
Why have you painted it pink? - Read and discover how medieval buildings were far from being black and white!
We all know people in the past didn't drink the water....or did they? Read about drinking water vs beer in the past.
Staff share some of their favourite things about Bromwich Hall
A member of staff shares something that inspires them - The chapel floor
The great hall - Forget the architecture for a moment, staff share a reason why this building is so amazing! mini vid
Meet the residents. Over 700 years meet 3 people who lived at Bromwich Hall in our short videos:
Oak House Stories
Oak House rear in the frost
Beautiful Oak House - Check our our Flikr page showcasing photos of this fabulous building.
Oak House and the community - Check out our Flikr page full of pics of our events and activities
Seaven cowes and heifers - Read about The Oak House farm in the 1600s
Meet the new dairy maid - In this video the old maid introduces how to make cheese and butter to Alice the new dairy maid.
The Oak House meadow - relax and enjoy this video showcasing our meadow at Oak house.
Discovering plants at Oak House - watch out relaxing video about some of the plants at Oak House.
Discovering plants at Oak House - relax and enjoy this lovely video about elder and how it was used in the past.
Rewilding at Oak House - See how we are trying to make our grounds perfect for nature and tell its stories
Ladybird - Discover this nursery rhyme and its meaning.
John Turton's chimney pots - Watch our video about how Master Turton made his house fit for a gentlemen.
Round the back of Oak House - in this video we explore the less well known brick façade.
Exploring the outside of Oak House - Watch our video and discover Oak House and how it developed.
Mistress Turton's lace - watch our video and discover how the Turtons used their clothes to show their wealth and status.
Master Turton's posh staircase - Watch our video and see how John Turton upgraded his house to make it fit for a gentleman
Master Turton's best bed - Explore the best bed in the parlour
The oldest clock - Staff showcase the oldest long case clock at Oak House in this little video.
The oldest chest - staff showcase the oldest piece of furniture at Oak House.
Why 17th century buildings weren't so black and white! - Have a look at the Oak House wall painting
The star wars chairs - A member of staff explains why 2 chairs of their favourite.
Shutt up! - Read about quarantine and preventing disease in the 1600s
Blood letting and burdock - Read how to prevent sunburn in the 17th century.
Where have the priest holes gone? Visitors often tell us they were shown priest holes at Oak House in the 1960s, Read about what has happened to the Oak House priest holes.
Penny for a pumpkin - How Halloween and bonfire night got mixed together, read our blog.
Did the idea for the dissolution of the monasteries start in Sandwell? 100 years before the Puritan Turtons moved into Oak House Thomas Cromwell visited Sandwell Priory. Read about what happened.
Try out these old games - You can scratch these boards into the ground or onto a piece of paper or in chalk on the ground. Watch the vids and have a go!
Haden Hill, Old Hall and Park
An Introduction to Haden Hill House - Watch our introduction video to Haden Hill House 10 minutes
An introduction to Haden Old Hall - Watch our mini-doc about Haden Old Hall 15 minutes long
When is a Tudor Hall not a Tudor Hall? Read our blog tracing the history of Haden Tudor Old Hall, which isn't Tudor, that old or a hall - it was probably built by the Hadens though!
Meet George Alfred Haden Haden Best - George Alfred tells you his story of how he came to build Haden Hill House and inherit the Haden/ Barrs estate.
Best's Angels - Meet Emmie and Alice - Check out the website for our project Best's Angels, read Emmie's diaries, see photos and find out about George Alfred's adopted daughters
Shoes and socks off, we're off for a paddle - Read our blog and enjoy our photographs of George Alfred Haden Haden Best at the seaside.
A treasure trove - Several years ago a box of glass plates of the family at Haden Hill house in the early 1900s came into our possession. We have only a few pics of the family.
Make shelf edging with the housekeeper - Watch our video and try you hand at making shelf edging at home.
The Inside out museum - Visit Haden Hill Park and take a walk around this historic landscape with our map. Discover information in the windows of our buildings as you can't look around at the moment which will tell you about the history of the houses and park. Enjoy 55 acres of green flag parkland too.
Staff showcase some of their favourite bits of Haden Hill House or things that have caught their eye.
Amazing hand drawn cards and envelopes to Mr Haden Best
Mrs Martin's guide to wartime rationing - Watch our video about wartime rationing. Haden Hill House and Old Hall were used for a variety of reasons during World War II including as a food store and for billeting evacuees before a home was found for them, the Homeguard drilled in the park and parts of the park were used to plant veg
Bishop Asbury Cottage - The tiny cottage with a big story
More vids and info to come by 18th September!
The prophet on the long road - Francis Asbury tells you his story in his own words
Probably the most famous person you've never heard of! Find out the fascinating story of Francis Asbury
Take a tour of Bishop Asbury Cottage - This 15 minute video gives you a tour of this tiny cottage
Check out our fascinating blogs with history stories, information, peeps behind the scenes etc.
Important visitor information - Please read before you visit
- Scroll down the page to find out what activities are available at our different sites. Please note that our sites are open at advertised times below and also for general casual visitors. For these general opening hours click the links to the site page. We will be updating our events throughout the year for the coming season so keep coming back to see what's on next.
- Entrance to our sites is FREE unless an admission charge is stated for specific activities and there is no need to book unless it states booking is required. To book, phone the relevant site or pop in - cash or cheque only.
- Please note that staff are not available to take phone calls every day. Please avoid calling on Mondays.
- Follow the links below to the site pages to find out about opening times, accessibility and facilities
We are unable to accommodate pushchairs inside our buildings due to the size and nature of our sites.
Assistance dogs only on site please.
Please note that social media posts may not include all information about a given event, there is more information and details below.
Online bookings - Please note that tickets once purchased will not be refunded unless an error in booking has occurred (eg clicked the wrong time) .Where you have booked tickets online but request a refund; where a refund is deemed appropriate visitors must request their refund to the site via email or by phone giving the name the ticket was booked in and the valid reason for a refund. A refund of the face value of the tickets will be given - booking fees will not be refunded. Refunds will not be authorised less than 3 days before an event as we will need chance to be able to resell your ticket. Refunds won't be issued if you can't come on the day or don't turn up on the day. We are unable to refund booking fees in the unlikely event of an event cancellation as this is the fee taken by the ticket company.
January - please note our sites are completely closed to groups, visitors and pre-booked activities in January - we don't take bookings in January due to deep cleaning, maintenance and planning activities
Behind the scenes insight, cracking history information and lots of interesting stuff in our Sandwell Museums blog. Find out more about what goes on behind the closed doors at sandwell Museums. and some great history bits and bobs
Oak House family Fun/
Galton Valley Pumping station is open on the second Saturday of the month 10am-3pm from March to October Entry FREE - Dog Friendly
Housed in the New Smethwick Pumping Station the canal museum tells the story of the Galton Valley canal system and the people that lived and worked on it. Entry to the museum is free and there are light refreshments available. Sorry there are no toilet facilities.
Manned by our brilliant Friends group. Entrance is FREE - Call 0121 556 0683 for more information.
Here are our 2020 open days
11th April - Enjoy our Easter trail for younger visitors and get a small chocolate egg for completing the trail.
11th July - Enjoy the heritage boat at the pumping station
Bishop Asbury Cottage normally hosts several public open days per year FREE. keep checking back here for details
Alternatively you can book in a group visit for a small charge per person by calling 0121 553 0759.
Look out for our 2020 free open days in spring and September 2020.
You can also 'join us' and discover there are 'More to Museums' - find out what regular groups or activities adults can get involved with from gardening or knitting, fund raising, volunteering or dressing up!