The Oak House is a rather surprising treasure in the middle of urban West Bromwich, a 17th century half-timbered yeoman farmer’s house in its own grounds in the sprawl of a modern town. The House is maintained by Sandwell Council and is free to visit, and is a brilliant place to spend some time during the school holidays if you are looking for a family day out, as it runs lots of different themed events over the course of six weeks.
I tend to take Joe at least once during the school holidays. The grounds have a brilliant adventure playground that has a large wooden ship at its centre. It also has events that take place in the grounds, from pirates and princesses days, to sports events, and even live music. You can find the full programme of events here.
We love the Oak House for its mixture of history and fun. The house itself gives you a real feel of life in the 17th century in terms of the furnishings and comfort level, along with lots of information boards and cards placed all around that give you more information about the Turton family, to whom the house once belonged. There are costumes for children who want to dress up, and old fashioned games that show kids there was a life before iPad and smartphones. There are also trails that you can take part in as you enjoy the house, this Summer you need to find all the carousel horses and there carousel and make a note of their locations and how many you find, there is a small prize awaiting at the end if you find them all.
The visitor centre serves light and affordable refreshments, and also has a small gift shop which again is full of really affordable, pocket money priced items.
The Oak House is a lovely piece of history that is well alive and loved in the 21st century. Definitely a place to visit and enjoy.