Get involved - activities and what's on at Sandwell Museums
What's on? - Open days, events and activities
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Summer of Celebrations with Sandwell Museums
Lyng Community Fun Day: Sunday 31st July, 11.00-2.00pm
Lyng Community Association Fun Day. Bouncy castle, gift bag tombola, raffle, crafts, entertainment and much more! Free Entry.
Festival of Archaeology: Tuesday 26th July, 11.00-3.00pm
Make a prehistoric pot to take home, meet historic characters, crafts, trails, house open.
An introduction to archaeology for everyone interested, exploring test pits on the front lawn of Oak House.
Over 3 days Wolverhampton Archaeology will be excavating a small area at the front of the early 17th century house.
Members of the public, including accompanied youngsters, will be encouraged to help dig and sieve the spoil and also follow the artefacts through a washing and identification process. Free Entry.
Archaeology Week: Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th July, 11.00-3.00pm
An introduction to archaeology for everyone interested, exploring test pits on the front lawn of Oak House.
Over 3 days Wolverhampton Archaeology will be excavating a small area at the front of the 17th century Oak House. Members of the public, including accompanied youngsters, will be encouraged to help dig and sieve the spoil and also follow the artefacts through a washing and identification process.
The house will be open and crafts and trails available. Crafts from 50p. Free Entry
Nature Day at Oak House: Tuesday 2nd August, 11.00-3.00pm
Come and meet and learn about fascinating insects in the Oak House Classrooms. Log any insects and plants you find around the grounds. Nature based crafts from 50p. Light refreshments available. Oak House open. Free Entry
Crafts and trails: Wednesday 3rd & Thursday 4th August, 11.00-3.00pm
Nature crafts & trails, house open, light refreshments available. Free Entry
Teddy Bear's Picnic: Tuesday 9th August, 11.00-3.00pm
Bring your favourite teddy bear to Oak House and have a picnic in our grounds weather permitting. Crafts & trails, tea room and house open. Free Entry
Crafts and trails: Wednesday 10th & Thursday 11th August, 11.00-3.00pm
Crafts & trails, house open, light refreshments available. Free Entry
Book Day at Oak House: Tuesday 16th August, 11.00-3.00pm
Come to Oak House dressed as a character from your favourite book. Meet Robin Hood and have a go at archery. Learn about the ancient legends of the blacksmiths. Crafts and trails, tearoom and house open. Activities from 50p Free Entry.
Crafts and trails: Wednesday 17th & Thursday 18th August, 11.00-3.00pm
Crafts & trails, house open, light refreshments available. Free Entry
Game Day at Oak House: Tuesday 23rd August, 11.00-3.00pm
Go Play are here! Have a go at tennis and swing ball and other outdoor games (weather permitting). Learn how to play ancient games in the house. Crafts from 50p, house open, light refreshments available. Free Entry
Crafts and trails: Wednesday 24th & Thursday 25th August, 11.00-3.00pm
Crafts & trails, house open, light refreshments available. Free Entry
Craft Week: 30th & 31st August and the 1st September, 11.00-3.00pm
Mixed crafts from 50p, trails and quizzes, house open, light refreshments available. 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
Commonwealth Crafts and trails: Create your own games. 27 and 28, 3rd and 4th August.
Create your own foam games torch, make a union jack flag to wave for your favourite athlete, make your own games medals and trophies, star sports rattles. You can also enjoy our Commonwealth games quiz and trails.
Cool Soul Summer - A summer of activities inspired by our Northern Soul music exhibition. Entry to the museum is free with a small charge for activities
Summer of soul music wall - Throughout the summer 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!
Design and make a clock - Thursday 11 August. 11:30am and 1:30pm. Book onto this fantastic activity which you will get a piece of wood to decorate which will be the back of your clock and a clock mechanism and you can make a fantastic and unique clock for your bedroom. £5 per child. most suitable for children 9 years and above. Booking essential click here
Italian Day - Wednesday 17 August 11am-3pm. With other those Vespa's on display we have to celebrate all things Italian with crafts, quizzes, food tasting and more. No need to book just drop in
Pump Bag and badge printing - Thursday 18 August, 11am-3pm. Drop in to the museum and design a pump back with our fabric pens and make a badge to take home. Use our Northern Soul exhibition as inspiration or use your imagination! £3.50 for a bag and badge. Ideal for children 5 years and over
Summer drop in crafts - 24 August 11am-3pm. Drop in to the museum and make some great summery crafts. There will be a number to pick from costing £1-£3. You can also enjoy our trail.
Back to school party! - 25 August 1pm-3:30pm. Join us for a back to school disco, party games, crafts, trails and fun. NO ned to book, just drop in. Free entry.
Pick and mix craft activities - 31 August and 1 September 11am-3pm It is back to school week so enjoy a variety of craft activities, quizzes and trails.
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.
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!
Bromwich Hall Open Days:
During August Bromwich Hall is open for you to look around on Wednesday 3rd, Thursday 4th, Friday 5th, Saturday 6th, Monday 8th, Tuesday 9th, Saturday 13th, Monday 15th, Tuesday 16th (15th and 16th meet the wise woman) and Wednesday 17th (with medieval music and craft demonstrations), Monday 22nd, Tuesday 23, Monday 29 and Tuesday 30. 11am-3pm. Free entry no need to book -see what school holiday fun is on offer below.
FLOW festival in Bromwich Hall grounds - 3 to 17 August
Three weeks of fantastic family activities delivered by specialists, artists, natural play experts etc from a shipping container in the grounds of Bromwich Hall. A place for families to get involved, tinker, get creative and have fun! Hosted y Sandwell Museums and Sandwell Libraries.
FLOW is a festival of bold and imaginative arts and culture made with, by and for Children in Birmingham and Sandwell, produced and curated by The Parakeet for the Birmingham 2022 Festival. FLOW places children at the centre of the action as designers, makers and artists.
The Children’s Creative Studio will be open in August with a free programme for children and families. It will be a place to tinker, to play, to make, to create, a children’s art studio, a huge dressing up box, a play box….a place to play and be creative.
Please note the house and sandpit won't be open every day this activity is on. Our Summer sandpit will be open each day the house is open.
Play and Games
Wednesday 3rd August: Nature Art Play Day with Nature Makers
11am-12 | 12:30-1:30pm | 2-3pm (Session repeated, please arrive early to secure a place) | Age: 3-10yrs
Make, create, explore and play outdoors with Nature Makers.
Wednesday 3rd August: Sandwell Libraries Storytime, 11am-12noon | All ages
Show us your muscles and join our parachute games, then have a little rest with our family storytime.
*Wednesday 3rd August: Bromwich Hall Museum is open today 11am-3pm*
3rd-5th August: Fusion Fashion Camp with Complex Simplicity 11am-3pm | Age: 8-12yrs | Register your place via Sandwell #HAF2022 at www.sandwell.gov.uk
Fusion will blend design inspiration from sport and the commonwealth to celebrate diversity and is part of #HAF2022 (Holidays Activities & Food programme)
Thursday 4th August: Colour Box with Flatpack (Great Hall) 11am-12 | 12:30-1:30pm | 2-3pm Please arrive early to secure a place | Age: 3-10yrs
Come and join us for a day of short films and hands-on creative workshops, exploring all the ways in which we play. Brought to you by the Colour Box team at Flatpack.
Thursday 4th August: Sandwell Libraries Storytime 11am-12noon | All ages, Stories and crafts with the one and only Sandy Bear. Don't forget your camera!
*Thursday 4th August: Bromwich Hall Museum is open today 11am-3pm*
Friday 5th August: Inclusive Play with The Glue Collective 11am-3pm | Drop in | Age: 0-25yrs (SEND). You are invited to join Glue for an art and play SPARK session, where creativity, imagination and play can flourish. This session welcomes children with additional needs. Please get in touch to discuss your access requirements E: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Friday 5th August: Bromwich Hall Museum is open today 11am-3pm*
Saturday 6th August: Play + Games at Bromwich Hall Museum 11am-3pm | Drop in | All ages. Come and join the friends of Bromwich Hall Museum and Sandwell Museums for a day of games and play to celebrate the commonwealth games, why not bring a picnic to enjoy in the grounds. Our FLOW Makerspace will be open for making, crafting and creating your own original games and playthings.
Nature and Natural
Monday 8th August: Nature Play with Ampersand Projects 11am-12 | 12:30-1:30pm | 2-3pm (Session repeated, please arrive early to secure a place) | 3 years+. Come play, build and create in nature at this Forest School inspired session. Children of all ages are invited to hunt for minibeasts, squish mud, build dens and create pictures using natural paints and
brushes. Wear clothes to get messy!
Monday 8th August: Library Fun 11am-12noon | All ages. Jump on the Sandwell Library Bus for Play, Talk, Read. Join us and everyone’s favourite hungry
caterpillar. Stories, crafts and code-a-pillar fun.
*Monday 8th August: Bromwich Hall Museum is open today 11am-3pm*
Tuesday 9th August: Play with Clay 11am-12 | 12:30-1:30pm | 2-3pm (Session repeated, please arrive early to secure a place) | 3 years+. Come and get your hands dirty, squishing, bashing, rolling and flattening clay, one of Earth's more abundant materials. It's a brilliant and fun way to get creative and make things in 3D form.
Tuesday 9th August: Jump on the Sandwell Library Bus 11am-12noon | All ages Toot, toot goes the bus as we join in with stories, singing and crafts.
*Tuesday 9th August: Bromwich Hall Museum is open today 11am-3pm*
Wednesday 10th & Thursday 11th August: The Playcycle 11am-12 | 12:30-1:30pm | 2-3pm (Session repeated, please arrive early to secure a place) | 0-6 years
Join us for an interactive storytelling adventure, children will get messy and have fun, exploring a range of story-themed messy and sensory play activities to really bring books to life.
Thursday 11th August: Sandwell Libraries Storytime 11am-12noon | All ages. Stories and crafts with the one and only Sandy Bear. Don't forget your camera!
Friday 12th August: Inclusive Play with The Glue Collective 11am-3pm | Drop in | Age: 0-25yrs (SEND). You are invited to join Glue for an art and play SPARK session, where creativity, imagination and play can flourish. This session welcomes children with additional needs. Please get in touch to
discuss your access requirements E: email@example.com
WMVS Children in Care Artslink – Arts Festival Saturday 13th August: Creative Studio Arts Festival 11am-3pm | Drop in | All ages.
Young people from Birmingham and Virtual Schools have been led by the expertise of architectural practice Matt + Fiona and local designer-maker Lisa Lucy Gakunga to design our creative studio and gallery as part of FLOW Children's Biennial for Birmingham 2022 Festival. This is your opportunity to come and visit our arts centre shipping container at Bromwich Hall Museum and hear from the children who designed it, and see the space in action. There will be a mix of have-a-go workshops, pop up performances, live music and refreshments.
*Saturday 13th August: Bromwich Hall Museum is open today 11am-3pm*
My Bromwich Hall
Monday 15th-Wednesday 17th August: Medieval Makerspace, 11am-3pm every day | Drop in | All ages. A makerspace is a “curiosity space” for kids to build, explore, and invent with a variety of tools and supplies. Our special Medieval Maker Space will explore the weird and wonderful 750 year history of Bromwich Hall Museum, and inspire children to invent, build and make their own medieval inventions, solving the problems of the time, like how do you make hedgehog pie?
Monday 15th August: Library Fun, 11am-12 | All ages. Jump on the Sandwell Library Bus for Play, Talk, Read. Let down your hair with our magical
Rapunzel story time. Then make and create your crafts to take home. Tuesday 16th August: Jump on our Sandwell Library Bus for Story Time 11am-12 | All ages Behold all you would be knights, join us for Medieval tales of Sir Charlie Stinky Socks. Then make your very own shield to carry on your adventures.
*15th-17th August: Bromwich Hall Museum is open everyday 11am-3pm*
The Jazz Festival - Sunday 17 July - from 2pm Entry from 1:15pm and is Free. Join us for another year of great music with The Shakedown Brothers. This is an indoor gig in our great hall.
Games day 11am-3pm Saturday 6 August. Join us for a family fun packed day of games and activities. Entry Free
A day at the seaside: Monday 22 August, 11am-3pm. As the summer draws to a close join us and enjoy Punch and Judy shows, our sandpit area, crafts and trails. No need to book, free entry.
Summer craft and trail - Tuesday 23 August. 11am-3pm, Visit us at the hall and enjoy our craft of the day and our summer trail.
Medieval Mayhem - 17 and 18 September 11am-4pm - Enjoy a weekend of medieval fun and activities, knights and ladies with our medieval encampment with historical interpretation group, Buckingham's Retinue. Entry Free
“Celebration Summer at Haden Hill House Museum”
Celebrate the Commonwealth Games: 25 July – 5 August
Queen’s Baton Relay. Mon 25 July, 11am – 2pm, The Queen’s Baton will stop at Sandwell’s historic Haden Hill House. Music, videos, baton appearance, and ‘Untold Stories’ there will be live music, readings, loads of entertainment and fun - entrance is free but you must book. https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/oldbury/oldbury-council-house/queens-baton-relay-sandwell-events/2022-07-25/07:00/t-eakemvm
Untold Stories: we want to hear your everyday stories about Haden Hill Park as part of it's 100th anniversary. Did you do your courting in the park, enjoy family picnics or bunk off school to read in the park. Let us know. Also send us your pictures of the park or you enjoying it over the last 100 years. Please send to HadenHill_House@sandwell.gov.uk with your stories and pics stating you are happy for us to use these for the purpose of the display and project.
Inspired by Haden Hill House and Park: For heritage open days in September we want to showcase your local talents! We want to see you pieces of arts and crafts inspired by Haden Hill Park as it celebrates its 100th birthday. It could be art, crafts, knitting, photos, sculpture, paintings etc. Get in touch at HadenHill_House@sandwell.gov.uk and let us know what you have for the display.
Design and Make your own flag. Wed 27 July, 11am & 2pm. Be inspired by your family history and where you live to design and make a flag to commemorate the Commonwealth Games. All materials will be provided. Booking essential, £5 per participant. Suitable for 5 years and above (children must be accompanied by an adult). Please book at ticketsource.co.uk/sandwell-museums-and-arts
Get, Set, Go. Thu 28 July , Fri 29 July , 11am - 3pm (Museum open 10am - 5pm, last admissions 30 mins before closing). Quizzes, trails and drop in crafts inspired by Commonwealth sports and stories. Free entrance to the museum, small cost for crafts.
Get Active with GoPlay. Tue 2 August 11am – 3pm. Free activities and entrance to the museum.
Get, Set, Go. Thu 4 Aug, Fri 5 Aug, 11am - 3pm (Museum open 10am - 5pm, last admissions 30 mins before closing). Quizzes, trails and drop in crafts inspired by Commonwealth sports and stories. Free entrance to the museum, small cost for crafts.
Celebrate the 1920s: 11 August – 19 August
Beside the Seaside and on the Pier. Thu 11 Aug, Fri 12 Aug, 10am - 5pm, (last admissions 30 mins before closing). Come along to a 1920s ‘seaside’ at Haden Hill House museum and watch a Punch and Judy show (Thu 11 Aug,) join in with some music (Fri 12 Aug) or make a post card (Thu & Fri).
Punch and Judy with Ron Popple. Thu 11 August, 11am – 3pm. Shows throughout the day (outside, weather permitting). Free entrance to the museum and Punch and Judy shows.
Music with Andy. Fri 12 August, 11am – 3pm. Timed sessions throughout the day with limited spaces, please be aware you might need to wait if a session is full. Free entrance to the museum and music sessions.
Discover Tutankhamun. Thu 18 Aug, Fri 19 Aug, , 11am - 3pm (Museum open 10am - 5pm, last admissions 30 mins before closing). The tomb of Tutankhamun was discovered in 1922, join in with quizzes and trails around the museum or make a craft inspired by Egyptian artefacts. Free entrance to the museum, small cost for crafts.
Celebrate Haden Hill Park: 24 August – 2 September
Be Curious and Creative This Summer. Wed 24 Aug, 10.30am-11,30am & 1.30pm-2.30pm. 'Be Curious and Creative' is Haden Hill House Museum's Early Years Programme. This Summer session is designed for 2-3 year olds and their parents/carers. You will explore the textures, sights and scents of the season and share stories and songs. Booking essential, £3 per child. Children must be accompanied. Please book at ticketsource.co.uk/sandwell-museums-and-arts
Nature Trail and Bug Hunt, inside and out. Thu 25 Aug, Fri 26 Aug, , 11am - 3pm (Museum open 10am - 5pm, last admissions 30 mins before closing). Quizzes, trails and drop in crafts in the museum. Free entrance to the museum, small cost for crafts. Hire some bug hunting equipment and discover the minibeasts, trees and flowers in the park. £5 deposit (returnable) for hire of equipment.
Birds, Butterflies and Bugs. Thu 1 Sep, Fri 2 Sep, 11am - 3pm (Museum open 10am - 5pm, last admissions 30 mins before closing). Make a bird, mini bird house, butterfly or bug. Free entrance to the museum, small cost for crafts.
GoPlay will be in Haden Hill Park every Friday 29 July—26 August 10.30am—3.30pm, providing drop games and sports activities.
Our Celebration Arch wooden emblems will also be available throughout the summer.
Galton Valley Pumping Station
Sat 30 July 11am-3pm
Sat 6 August 11am-3pm
Sat 10 Sept 11am-3pm
Sat 8 Oct 11am-3pm
Last admissions 2.30pm
Bishop Asbury's Cottage
Open Days, Friday 5 August 12pm-2pm and Sunday 7 August 10:30am-12:30pm. 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.
Visit the historic parkland and explore the historic features.
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!