12 Things You Can In Sandwell and Beyond…

There are lots of things to see and do in Sandwell. You can stroll in one of the parks, enjoy the history in the museums. Get fit with an exercise class. Take on a new hobby at the craft club.

1. Sandwell Valley Country Park

Salter’s Lane, West Bromwich

The award-winning Green Flag park is a great place to spend the day with plenty of space. Bordering Sandwell Park Farm and Forge Mill Farm.

Sandwell Valley Country Park is home to a vast array of different activities.

You can visit the working Victorian farm.

  • See the grazing meadows
  • Enjoy the traditional farmyard
  • A grade II listed building

Visit the small museum award-winning tea room

Great for:

  • Birdwatching
  • Walking
  • Relaxing

2. Chain Making                                                                                                                                        Mushroom Green Chainshop, Mushroom Green, Quarry Road, Cradley Heath.               

Mushroom Green is a 19th Century Chainshop.

It opens its doors to the public once a month from April to October.

  • View demonstrations of fire welded chain making
  • Get hands-on and have a go themselves
  • Free admission

The Cradley Heath chain shop is opened by Industrial Heritage Stronghold on the second Sunday of the month from April to October from 2.30pm – 5pm

3. 291 Community Association: Digital Drop-In

  • Bring your own laptop, tablet or mobile phone. They will answer your questions and teach you what you want to learn.
  • Bring your own equipment or use one of their Android tablets during this session.
    The sessions are delivered by 291 Community Association.
  • Details of their other activities are available here.
  • Every Thursday afternoon at the Wesley Community Centre, High Street, West Bromwich, B70 8ND. 1:00 – 3:00pm. £2 per session

4. Craft club

Get creative at Sue’s Wednesday afternoon craft club Its members do everything from:

  • Cardmaking
  • Patchwork
  • Knitting
  • Jewellery
  • Quilting
  • Embroidery

Sue’s Wednesday afternoon crafts, Endowed Church Hall, Rowley Village, Rowley Regis.

Anyone is free to join the Rowley Regis club, which is held at the Endowed Church Hall in Rowley Village every Wednesday.

Sue Morgan, who runs the club, said: “Anyone who wants to learn a craft can come! We do all kinds of crafts – card making, jewellery, patchwork, quilting, crochet, embroidery, knitting and anything else anyone wants to learn.

They also have meals out and a yearly exhibition. It’s just £2 every week, which includes coffee and biscuits.

5. Gentle Exercise Classes

Sandwell leisure trust has lots of classes for the 50+ including:
* Aerobics
* 50+ keep fit
* 50+ circuits

The sessions are great for you to keep fit as well as socialise. They are all low impact activities designed specifically for people that are 50+. They won’t put any stress on your bones, joints or muscles.

Find out more information here.

6. Free swimming for the over 60’s

Time to put your swimming costumes on and go to Sandwell Leisure Trust. They offer free swimming classes for the over 60’s.

Swimming is a great way to:

  • Keep fit and active
  • It is a gentle exercise
  • Puts no stress on your joints

You can register online.

7. Scrabble club

If you like a game of scrabble head down to Blackheath Library.

  • Keep your mind active
  • Socialise with others
  • Runs every day from 2pm – 4pm.
  • Free to join

If you would like more info call: 0121 559 1884.

8. Manor House Museum

If you are a history lover the Manor House Museum is one of the most important surviving medieval buildings in the Midlands.

  • Parts which date back to 1270
  • Four-star rating on Trip Advisor
  • Lots of events run throughout the year
  • Visitors are advised to spend about two hours at the museum
  • Entry is free

Manor House Museum is on Hall Green Road, West Bromwich, Sandwell.

9. Adaptive Sports Club

SPDC offers an Adaptive Sports Club for disabled children and young people, their siblings and parents/carers.

Children have access to a range of facilities including:

  • Therapy pool
  • Soft gym
  • Sensory room
  • Garden
  • Sports Pitches
  • Wide variety of adapted activity and play equipment

Sports and activities include:

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Team games

They also offer children new experiences such as archery, trampoline, street dance, and cheerleading.

SPDC also offer short 6-8 week taster experiences in activities such as:

  • Dance and performance
  • Trampoline
  • Athletics

Weekend and holiday activities may include vigorboarding, GPS orienteering, climbing, abseiling, etc

Meadows Sports College Dudley Road East Oldbury, Sandwell, B69 3BU

More information is available here. 

10. Galton Valley Canal Museum

The museum is surrounded by stunning canals and scenery. Situated on the Birmingham Main Line Canal, the pumping station first opened in 1892 as a means of pumping water from one canal to another.

This museum gives an insight into some of the most important historic civil engineering feats in the area. Including the world famous Galton Bridge as well as a look at life and work on the canals.

This free Sandwell attraction has an outstanding five star status on TripAdvisor and is said to have the ‘cheapest tea and biscuits in Birmingham’. Galton Valley Canal Museum is in Smethwick.

11. Lightwoods Park

Transformed by a £5.2million investment from the National Lottery. Many parts of the park’s historical elements have been brought back to life including:

  • The drinking fountains
  • 19th-century bandstand
  • Shakespeare Garden
  • New play area
  • Tea room
  • Lightwoods Park is in Smethwick

12. Wednesbury Museum

Purpose-built Victorian Art Gallery, housing collections of:

  • Fine art paintings
  • Applied art
  • Old toys
  • One of the world’s largest collections of Ruskin Pottery

It is free of charge to visit and they have disabled access with a lift to the first floor of the gallery.

Opening times :

Wednesday and Thursday from 11am – 4pm
Saturday 2pm – 5pm

The museum is closed Bank Holiday Mondays and Good Friday
Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery Holyhead Road, Wednesbury.

If you need any assistance when going out. West Midlands Home Care offers social care services. Our staff will provide you will any support that you need.

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