Bank Holiday and half-term fun in Sandwell

A feast of fun is lined up for children and families over the Bank Holiday weekend and school half-term.

Go to the Discover Sandwell website to find out what’s on in our parks, leisure centres, museums, libraries and other venues.

There’s also lots of information on holiday activities for children on our holidays webpage, the Family Information Service Hub website and Go Play Sandwell’s webpage.

At Sandwell Park Farm, activities are running every day from 25 May until 2 June from 10am to 4.30pm (last tickets 4pm). Enjoy woolly crafts, seed planting, handling chicks, meeting the lambs and more. On 25, 26 and 27 May, there will also be sheep shearing. Admission prices apply and include a free fruit juice for every paying child. Go to the Sandwell Valley Facebook page for more information.

At Dartmouth Park, West Bromwich, come and join in the fun at the Sandwell Families Big Picnic on 30 May 11am-3pm. Entrance and all activities are free, including face painting, balloon modelling, storytelling sessions, arts and crafts, sports, the animal man, information stands and more.

There’s free swimming for children aged 16 and under who live in Sandwell at leisure centres across the six towns. Go our free swimming webpage to for more information on how to register.

At Sandwell museums, Oak House in West Bromwich has animal encounters on 28 May 12-4pm (booking essential); animal crafts on 29 May and 30 May 12-4pm; and pebble painting on 2 June 2-4pm. Call Oak House on 0121 553 0759.

Haden Hill House in Cradley Heath hosts Upstairs Downstairs-themed activities, including a ‘whodunnit’ theft mystery with clue solving on 30 May 11am-3pm, followed by a clean-up with the housekeeper on 31 May 11am-3pm. Call 01384 569 444 for more details.

Shakespeare returns to The Manor House, West Bromwich, on Bank Holiday Monday 27 May with a performance of Much Ado About Nothing by the Shakespeare Festival Players at 5pm. Book online or call 0121 588 2985 to buy tickets.

Dinosaurs take over The Manor House for a movie (booking essential) and crafts day on 29 May 11am-3pm, and you can become a dino expert on 31 May 11am-3pm with a fossil dig, trails and quizzes. On 1 June 11am-3pm, meet Pete the Dinosaur and dino friends for a fun-filled day of digging for fossils, hunting for bones, crazy crafts and much more prehistoric fun.

Go Play Sandwell are putting on free games, crafts and activities at Wednesbury Museum & Art Gallery from 11am-3pm on 29 May. Angel Heart Theatre perform The Boy Who Cried Wolf family puppet theatre production on 30 May, with performances at 11.30am and 2.30pm. Buy tickets from the museum on 0121 556 0683.

Ranbir Kaur’s exhibition, A Journey Through Colours, of beautiful Asian arts, Rangoli and textiles continues at Wednesbury Museum & Art Gallery until July. There’s a free meet-the-artist session on 1 June from 2.30pm-4.30pm.

Go to our museums webpage for information about what’s on at our museums or follow Sandwell Museums on Facebook and Twitter @sandwellmuseums.

Sandwell libraries are celebrating Elmer the Elephant’s 30th birthday on 25 May with a variety of craft activities and events. Contact your local library to find out more.

And throughout the week, libraries are holding fun activities for children and families. Find out more at our libraries webpage or follow Sandwell Libraries on Facebook or Twitter @sandwelllibs.

Tuesday 28 May

  • Wednesbury Library – A fun disco with DJ Donna full of magic tricks, party games and balloon modelling, 11am-12noon
  • Great Barr Library – The Storyplayers present You Mousse Be Joking with interactive fun and fantasy, 11am-12noon
  • Bleakhouse Library – A fun disco with DJ Donna full of magic tricks, party games and balloon modelling, 2.30pm-3.30pm
  • Tipton Library – Ron Popple Magic Show, 3pm-4pm

Wednesday 29 May

  • Thimblemill Library – Ron Popple Magic Show, 11.30am-12.30pm
  • Great Bridge Library – Steve the Juggler’s interactive event, 2pm-3pm
  • Brandhall Library – Sammy Taypot brings plenty of fun, games and general mayhem, 2.30pm-3.30pm
  • Cradley Heath Library – Once Upon A Dream Storytime Workshop, 2.30pm-3.30pm
  • Hamstead Library – Magic Russ Show, 2.30pm-3.30pm
  • Langley Library – Dragon & Unicorn Puppet Show, 2.30pm-3.30pm
  • Oakham Library – Ron Popple Magic Show, 2.30pm-3.30pm

Thursday 30 May

  • Blackheath Library – Fizzpop Science with captivating science tricks and experiments, 1.30pm-2.30pm
  • Central Library West Bromwich – Children’s entertainer Mr Bamboozle, 2pm – 3pm
  • Glebefields Library – Once Upon A Dream Princess Party, 2.30pm-3.30pm

Friday 31 May

  • Hill Top Library – Steve the Juggler’s interactive event, 11am-12noon
  • Oldbury Library – Dragon & Unicorn Puppet Show, 11am-12noon
  • Stone Cross Library – Once Upon A Dream Princess Party, 2.30pm-3.30pm

Go Play Sandwell provide free play sessions across Sandwell. Go to the Go Play Sandwell Facebook page for more information and the full list of activities. Here are just some of the sessions on offer:

Tuesday 28 May

  • Lightwoods Park – pop-up play, 11am-2pm

Wednesday 29 May

  • Go Play Sandwell, Corbett Street, Smethwick– Free holiday play-scheme for 6 to 11-year-olds, 10am-3pm
  • Sandwell Valley – Forest Friends for under 8s, 10am-12pm

Thursday 30 May

  • Warley Woods – Forest Friends for under 8s, 10am-12pm
  • Warley Woods – Forest Play for 8-11 years old, 10am-3pm

Friday 31 May

  • Go Play Sandwell, Corbett Street, Smethwick – Free holiday play-scheme for 6-11 year olds, 10am-3pm
  • Hamstead House green space, Conniston Crescent – Pop-up play, 11am-2pm

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