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.
Events in Himley Hall
Himley Hall will be open from Saturday 5th April - Sunday 7th September 2014
Opening hours are: Tuesday - Sunday & Bank Holiday Monday 2.00 - 5.00pm
Admission is free
40 Years Watching Paint Dry!
Saturday 5 April - Sunday 7 September
An exhibition by Geoff Tristram Fine Artist, Cartoonist and Comedy Writer
An exhibition featuring a lifetime's work not only to celebrate Geoff's 60th birthday but also 40 years as a professional artist and cartoonist. Work will include commissions for the likes of Ravensburger Puzzles, Trivial Pursuit, The BBC, Steve Bull, Penguin Books, Embassy World Snooker, UB40 and hundreds more.
A rare chance to see many of the original works of art that have featured on products sold worldwide, plus signed prints, cat art, cartoon jigsaws, greetings cards and all 11 of Geoff's comedy novels on sale at special discounted prices just for the duration of the show.
Even if you have no particular interest in art, you will love this exhibition!
Eight Centuries of History...Earl of Dudley Estate Archive Exhibition
Saturday 5 April - Sunday 7 September
The Earl of Dudley Estate: Eight Centuries of History exhibition celebrates the Archive and Local History Service's major project to catalogue the Earl of Dudley Estate Collection. The collection is the largest single collection held by the service and contains a wealth of documents spanning eight centuries including the service's oldest item - a papal bull granting churches and land to the Prior of Dudley in 1182. The exhibition explores the collection through eight centuries of social and economic change, showcasing some of the gems of the collection and investigating some of the intriguing stories brought to light during the project. The project was funded by a grant from the National Cataloguing Grants Programme.
Sunday 5 October 10.30 am - 4.00 pm
Craft & Christmas Gift Fayre
Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 November 10.30 am - 5.00 pm
A Walk through Time
Wednesday 23 April 6.15pm meet for 6.30pm start
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, it 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 30 April 2.00pm – 5.00pm
A 10k walk encompassing Himley & Baggeridge Parks together with the South Staffs Railway Walk. Meet by notice board on car park. Free to join in but pre-booking essential on 01384 817817
Easy Access Trail
Saturday 10 May 2.00pm,
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 to the needs of wheelchair users and is fully accessible. Free event but pre-booking essential on 01384 817817
British Mini Day
Sunday 11 May 10.00am - 5.00pm
The opportunity to see wonderful examples and variations of the iconic car made famous in ‘The Italian Job’ and still going strong after more than 50 years in production. Admission £8.00 with free parking. Details from The British Mini Club on 01384 897779 or go to www.britishminiclub.co.uk.
Saturday 17 May & Saturday 2 August
Short free “taster” sessions on the Great Pool with a qualified Y.R.A. instructor. Booking essential to ensure a place on 07774 818449
Dragon Boat Racing
Sunday 18 May 10.30am - 5.00pm
The 14th 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. Details from 01902 746307
Sunday 25 May 2.30pm – 5pm
Enjoy Sunday afternoon with AD Concert Band in concert on the hall lawns, bring your own picnic and chairs, tea rooms open. Free admission
Guided Walk of Himley
Sunday 25th May 10.00 am
A walk around the historic grounds of Himley Hall looking at some of the historic features and wildlife found on the park Meet by notice board on car park. Free event but pre-booking essential on 01384 817817
Open Day of the Earl of Dudley’s Memory Garden
St Michael & All Angels Church Himley
Saturday 21 June 11.00am – 4.00pm
Sunday 22 June 1.00pm – 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 and the film star Maureen Swanson the wife of the fourth Earl. Small admission charge to the Memory Garden on both days. On Saturday there will be stalls, organ music, refreshments and face painting (1.00 pm onwards)
Guided Walk of Himley
Saturday 21 June 10.30 am
A walk around the historic grounds of Himley Hall led by Himley’s Senior Park Warden, looking at some of the historic features and wildlife found on the park. Meet by notice board on car park. Free event but pre-booking essential on 01384 817817
Sunday 22 June 2.30pm – 5pm
Enjoy Sunday afternoon with Out of the Blue Big Band in concert on the hall lawns, bring your own picnic and chairs, tea rooms open. Free admission
Kids Under 5’s Day
Friday 27 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, petting zoo, funfair, story tellers and much, much more. Admission charge
British Armed Forces Day
Sunday 29 June 11.00 - 5.00 pm
A free fun-filled day for all the family to celebrate our Armed Forces and commemorate the centenary of the start of World War One.
11am - 5.00 pm - children's activities, military vehicle exhibition and youth marching band competition
2.30 - 5.00 pm - formal celebrations include veterans badge presentation, concert by the West Midlands Fire Service Band and a spectacular Beating of the Retreat
Sunday 6 July 10.00 am
Join Himley’s Senior Park Warden for a walk around the grounds of Himley Hall discovering some of the trees on site. Meet by notice board on car park. Free event but pre-booking essential on 01384 817817
Race for Life
Sunday 13 July 10.30am and 3pm
A 5km run around Himley Park in aid of Cancer Research UK.
This is the 5th year Himley Park has hosted this event. This event is usually fully booked so get your entry in early. Details from www.raceforlife.org or 0871 641 1111.
Sunday 20 July 2.30pm – 5pm
Enjoy Sunday afternoon with Black Country Ukulele Band on the hall lawns; bring your own picnic and chairs, tea rooms open. Free admission
Sunday 3 August 2.30pm – 5pm
Enjoy Sunday afternoon with Cleobury Mortimer Concert Brass Band on the hall lawns; bring your own picnic and chairs, tea rooms open. Free admission
Sunday 3 August 10.00 am
A walk around the historic grounds of Himley Hall looking at some of its features and wildlife. Meet by notice board on car park. Free event but pre-booking essential on 01384 817817
Classic Vehicle Show
Sunday 7 September 10.00 am – 5.00pm
Motorcycles to buses, cars to trucks. Hundreds of classic vehicles on display. Admission £6 adults and £3.00 children with free parking. Details from Transtar Promotions 01922 643385.
Himley Bonfire & Fireworks
Saturday 8 November
Gates open at 4.30pm
Bonfire lit 7.45pm, Fireworks 8.30pm
The largest Local Authority Fireworks display in the Country, the legendary Himley Fireworks will be lighting up the night sky. Admission charge
Winter Warmer Walk
Thursday 1 January 2015 1.30pm – 4.30pm
An opportunity to blow away the cobwebs on a brisk 10km walk in the countryside around Himley and Baggeridge Parks. Some steep and rough paths. Free event but booking essential on 01384 817817