Sandwell, a borough of the West Midlands forming part of the Black Country, will soon play host to some of the most highly anticipated sports events of the year. The brand-new Sandwell Aquatics Centre, purpose-built for the Games, will be home to exciting diving and swimming events that will be watched the world over.

Those lucky enough to have bagged tickets to events at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre will no doubt be excited to see this fantastic new venue, but they may not realise the wealth of other things there are to do in the local area. Take the time to explore the sights and sounds of this proud, diverse and most friendly of places.

Events taking place in Sandwell

  • Aquatics - Diving

  • Aquatics - Swimming & Para Swimming

Things to see and do

Nestled in the heart of the Black Country and renowned for its industrial heritage, Sandwell today is a haven of green spaces and award-winning parks. Home to some of the region’s most interesting historic buildings and geologically important sites, Sandwell is sure to surprise and delight visitors of all ages.

Sandwell Valley Country Park

Smack bang in the heart of a residential area, just one mile from West Bromwich Town Centre, lies Sandwell Valley Country Park, an award-winning Green Flag park boasting 1700 acres of open countryside. This incredible park is home to woodlands, nature trails and picnic sites, lakes and pools so you’ll never be short of things to do. Based at the park are a number of attractions including Sandwell Park Farm, Forge Mill Farm and The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) centre, where visitors can witness Sandwell’s diverse wildlife. 

Forge Mill Farm

Home to a range of animals including goats, alpacas, chickens, donkeys, horses and pigs, Forge Mill Farm is a real treat for all the family. The farm has recently been relaunched with lots of new farm animals – many of them rare breeds – and new educational features to help teach visitors about animal welfare. Be sure to check out the Forge Mill Farm Trail and visit the farm shop full of local produce.

Oak House Museum

The Oak House Museum is a stunning timbered yeoman farmer's house built in the 1600s, once owned by the wealthy Turton family. Set in stunning grounds, there’s plenty of outdoor space to explore and inside, you’ll find traditional panelled rooms furnished with 17th century period furniture.

The Manor House Museum

With a history dating back to 1270s, the Manor House Museum is one of the most important surviving medieval timber framed buildings in the Midlands. Discover 750 years of stories and learn about the notable residents that have lived here, with a lively programme of events and activities throughout the year.

Lightwoods Park and House

Set in almost 12 hectares of park land, the Grade II-listed house has recently been lovingly restored to its 18th century glory thanks to a £5.2million investment. Many of Lightwoods Park and House’s historical elements have been brought back to life, including the drinking fountains, the 19th century bandstand and the Shakespeare Garden.


If you’re into your shopping, check out the shops in West Bromwich town centre at New Square, Queens Square and Kings Square and hunt for a bargain at the indoor and outdoor markets.

Places to eat & drink

Places to stay

For information on everything Sandwell head over to or go to any of the 19 Sandwell libraries.