Himley Hall is a commanding 18th Century building set amongst 180 acres of 'Capability' Brown landscaped parkland. Once the family home to the Earls of Dudley and host to royalty and high society, today it offers contemporary art and craft exhibitions during spring and summer, as well as prestigious conference facilities and guided tours. The Hall also provides a glamorous setting for civil wedding ceremonies and receptions and other special occasions.
Himley Park is now a premier events venue playing host to a variety of outdoor events from garden plant fairs and classic vehicle shows to the breathtaking Himley Fireworks display. Visitors may participate in golf, pitch and putt, fishing, orienteering, sailing or just simply a peaceful stroll around the park and picnic. The park is now visited by over 200,000 visitors each year.
* The 2015 Events brochure for Himley Hall & Park is available for download at the bottom of this page
Events in Himley Hall
Himley Hall will be open from Saturday 4th April - Sunday 6th September 2015
Opening hours are: Tuesday - Sunday & Bank Holiday Monday 2.00 - 5.00pm
Admission is free
Our Stour Saturday 4th April - Sunday 6th September
An exhibition of photographs by Graham Beckley.
An exhibition of 120 colour prints from a collection of over 400 photographs taken over the past 4 years illustrating the Black Country's most important river during all of its seasons.
Graham has captured the River Stour from its source in the Clent Hills to Stourport where it joins the Severn. Each image helps to illustrate the history around the river's course flowing from Medieval times, through the Industrial Revolution and into the 21st century.
This memorable journey from Clent through the southern tip of the Black Country and out into the Worcestershire countryside enables you to view the River Stour's tributaries Illey Brook and Mouseweet Brook, important places of interest like St. Kenelm's Church, Stourton Castle and Kidderminster as well as locations that influenced the world of manufacturing like Cradley Forge and BSR.
The exhibition includes an audio visual presentation of the complete collection of photographic images.
The Stourbridge Photographic Society Exhibition
Saturday 4th April - Sunday 6th September
A stunning array of work by members of the Stourbridge Photographic Society ranging from sultry flamenco dancers to the stillness of a misty dawn across a vineyard and the Aurora Borealis. The subjects of work on display are far reaching and the camera lens will do the talking.
Bridal Fayre Sunday 4th October 10.30 am - 4.00 pm
Cars & cakes to photographers and special dresses, all are on display. Fashion shows at regular intervals. Tea room open. Admission charge.
Craft & Christmas Gift Fayre Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd November 10.30 am - 5.00 pm.
Christmas shopping with 50 plus exhibitors inside a marquee and within Himley Hall. Crafts, gifts and food exhibitors from around the midlands. Tea room open. Admission charge
Weddings at Himley Hall
Licensed to hold civil wedding ceremonies Himley Hall is the perfect setting to begin making those choices for all the important parts of your Wedding Day. On Sunday 1st February visitors may also view Himley Hall’s ceremony rooms with views overlooking the terrace and lake at Himley Park. For detailed information please see our www.dudley.gov.uk/himleyhall/weddings
For further details contact Himley Hall & Park on 01384 817817 or why not make an appointment with one of our Wedding Co-Ordinators to view our rooms and discover what Himley Hall has to offer?
Discover the Hidden Secrets
Discovering just what is behind all the huge panelled doors, or seeing the former indoor swimming pool with its 'cocktail balcony' still intact, can only be done on a Himley Hall guided tour.
The fascination with Himley continues and guided tours are available during the summer months on specific dates (admission fee). Guided tours are also available for groups of 24 or more persons, with buffet and refreshments if desired.
If you would like to add your name to our guided tours waiting list pleae click on the link below and we will contact you when dates beocome available. For groups of 24 or more please contact the Hall direct on 01384 817817
A Walk Through Time Wednesday 22nd April 6.00pm
Starting in the hall courtyard this walk looks at the natural and man made landscape, discovering the roots of both, going back to the Carboniferous Period some 310 million years ago.
Led by Graham Worton, Keeper of Geology, Dudley Museums Service, the walk passes up the valley to the last working pit of the South Staffordshire Coalfield, returning via woodland to Himley.
To book contact Himley Hall reception on 01384 817817
South Staffs Explorer Wednesday 29th April 2.00pm - 5.00pm
A 10km walk encompassing Himley and Baggeridge Parks together with the South Staffs Railway Walk. Free event but booking essential on 01384 817817.
RNLI Race Saturday 9th May 10.00am
The annual 6 hour sponsored race in aid of the lifeboats. There will be a RNLI stall selling gifts and novelties and an insure lifeboat will be on display. Over the last 30 years Himley Hall Sailing Club has raised approximately £95,000 for the RNLI.
British Mini Day Sunday 10th May 10.00am - 5.00pm
Now in its 23rd year. From the past to the present, visit the largest Mini Show in the Midlands. The opportunity to see wonderful examples and variations of the iconic car made famous in ‘the Italian Job’ still going strong after more than 50 years in production. Admission is £9.00 with free parking.
Details from The British Mini Club on 01384 897779 or go to www.britishminiclub.co.uk.
Sailing Taster Day Saturday 16th May 10.00am
Visitors are invited to come along and enjoy a free “taster” session with one of our qualified coaches. We have arranged for our sailing taster day to coincide with the RYA Push Your Boat Out day.
Places are limited and must be booked in advance. To book please contact Tony Sutton on 07774 818449 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Easy Access Trail Saturday 16th May 2.00pm-3.30pm
An opportunity for wheelchair users and their families to participate in a guided tour of the Himley Estate and find out some of its fascinating history. This tour will be geared towards the needs of wheelchair users and is fully accessible. Meeting point by the notice board on the main car park. Free admission but booking is essential on 01384 817817
Dragon Boat Racing Sunday 17th May 10.30am - 5.00pm
The 15th year of this thrilling and spectacular all action event with teams battling it out on the Great Pool in Chinese Dragon Boats. A charity event organised by Wolverhampton Rotary Club.
Free admission and free parking. For further details call 01902 746307
Guided Walk of Himley Sunday 24th May 10.00am
A walk around the Historic grounds of Himley Hall looking at some of the architectural features and wildlife found on the park.
Meeting point by the notice board on the main car park
Suitable footwear for the walk on uneven ground should be worn. Booking essential online or on 01384 817817
Band Concert Sunday 24 May 2.30pm – 5.00pm
Come, sit and enjoy the sounds of Black Country Brass who launch this years Band Concert season. Bring your picnic and relax on the lawns in the main courtyard of Himley Hall. Tea rooms open. Free admission
Scavenger Hunt Wednesday 27th May 11.00am-3.00pm
A chance to get the kids out and about and burning off some excess energy over the Whitsun holidays, finding natural items on the park. Worksheets will be handed out on the day. For further information call the Senior Park Warden on 01384 817825. Free event
Steamer Sunday Sunday 7th June 11am – 4pm
Take a stroll through Himley Park and enjoy the sights and sounds of a fine collection of full size and miniature traction engines, fairground organs and vintage vehicles. Don’t be shy, chat to the owners; there is nothing they like more than to tell the history of their exhibit. Free admission
Sailing Club Training Sessions 12th - 14th June & 27th - 28th June 10.00am
An opportunity to learn how to sail with experienced RYA instructors and gain either a level 1 or 2 certificate from the RYA. For more information and prices please call Mary Harris on 01902 341754 or visit www.himleyhallsc.org.uk for more details
Guided Walk of Himley Saturday 20th June 10.30am – 12.30pm
A guided walk around the Himley Estate exploring some of Himley’s fascinating history and wildlife found on the park with the opportunity to visit the Earl of Dudley’s Memory Garden at the end of the walk. Suitable footwear needed.
Meeting point by the notice board on the main car park
Free event but booking is essential on 01384 817817.
Open Day of the Earl of Dudley’s Memory Garden
Saturday 20th June 11am – 4pm Sunday 21st June 1pm – 3.30pm
The only opportunity in the year to view the evocative Earl of Dudley’s private Memory Garden, last resting place of the actress Gertie Millar wife of the second Earl of Dudley, the fourth Earl of Dudley and his wife the film star Maureen Swanson
On Saturday there will be stalls, organ music and refreshments. Small admission charge into the Memory Garden
Band Concert Sunday 21st June 2.30pm – 5pm
Enjoy a pleasant afternoon spent in the shadow of Himley Hall. Listen and enjoy the sounds of Cleobury Mortimer Concert Band. Bring your deckchairs and picnic, tea room open.
Kids Under 5’s Day Friday 26th June 10am – 3pm
This fun filled event is specifically designed for children under 5 years old, with entertainment running for 5 hours including the famous Himley beach, Admission charge Entertainment includes: Himley Beach (100 tons of playsand)
Storyteller Little Kickers Football sessions
Puppet Shows Music Bugs
Land Train Baby Ballet
Costume characters Mini Farm
Disco Ducks Dance sessions
Baby & Toddler sensory
Donkey rides (small charge)
Children's funfair (small charge)
British Armed Forces Day Sunday 28th June
A fun-filled day for all the family to celebrate our Armed Forces both past and present
11am - 5pm
Children's activities, military vehicle exhibition and youth marching band competition
2.30pm - 5pm
Formal celebrations include veterans badge presentation, concert by the West Midlands Fire Service Band and a spectacular Beating of the Retreat
Tree Trail Sunday 5th July 10am – 12 noon
Join the Senior Park Warden for a walk around the beautiful grounds of Himley Hall discovering some of the trees to be found on this historic site.
Meeting point by the notice board on the main car park. Free event but booking is essential on 01384 817817
Race for Life Sunday 12th July 10.30am and 2.30pm
A 5km run around Himley Park in aid of Cancer Research UK. This is the 6th year Himley Park has hosted this event. The event fills up quickly so get your entries in early. Details from www.raceforlife.org or 0300 123 0770
Band Concert Sunday 19th July 2.30pm – 5pm
Enjoy a pleasant Sunday afternoon relaxing to the sweet Summer sounds of The Out of the Blue Big Band…Bring a picnic and deckchairs as the Summer holidays begin at Himley Hall, tea rooms open. Free admission
Guided Walk of Himley Sunday 2nd August 10am – 12 noon
Join Himley’s Senior Warden for a look at some of the historic features and nature around the site. Meeting point by the notice board on the main car park
Booking is essential on 01384 817817. Free event
Band Concert Sunday 2nd August 2.30pm – 5pm
Enjoy a pleasant afternoon relaxing on the Hall lawns, enjoying a picnic or a cup of tea and a cake from the Himley tearoom. Spend the time with newcomers to Himley Band Concert season The West Midlands Concert Band. Free admission
Classic Vehicle Show Sunday 6th September 10.00am – 5.00pm
Over 850 exhibits expected together with autojumble and trade stands, a fantastic event for all the family. Hundreds of Classics from all parts of the world set it in the grounds of Himley Hall.
Adults/ OAPs £6.00, Children £3.00 & free car parking
Walk for Dreams 2015 Sunday 13th September 11.00am
Sponsored walk from Himley Hall & Park through Wombourne Village and back onto the Penn Road finishing at Wolverhampton Racecourse. Refreshments are available at the beginning and end of the walk. There will be a chance to top up at water at points along the way and everyone will receive a medal that completes the route.
Suitable for all ages and a great way to support a local children's charity. For more information visit www.walkfordreams.co.uk or call 01902 212451
Himley Bonfire & Fireworks Saturday 7th November
Gates open at 4.30pm Bonfire lit 7.45pm, Fireworks 8.30pm
The Largest Local Authority Fireworks Display in the Country, not only lighting up the night sky but the grounds and lake and surrounding woodland all to the sound of this year’s chosen theme with seasonal refreshments and the largest Funfair in Dudley. Admission & car park charge