Sandwell is one of the four Black Country Boroughs, neighbour to Walsall, Wolverhampton and Dudley. It’s famous for its football team, country park and Blast furnaces and the first Blast! Festival of Photography, Talks and Walks.

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Blast! will feature lots of exciting exhibitions and events from 24 May to 29 June. Coming soon a downloadable PDF of the programme.


How to get here

public transport

In each town there will be an information point where you will find maps to help you find your way around the festival. Details for each town will also be added to the website soon.

Download the app Citymapper for help with finding our locations:


You can also find details of each artist’s exhibition or event on their artist page.



If you are visiting from outside of the UK, the nearest airport is Birmingham International (BHX). You can get a train from the airport to Sandwell & Dudley train station.




Mad O’Rourkes Pie Factory
Hurst Lane
Tipton, DY4 9AB

The Vine
152 Roebuck Street
West Bromwich, B70 6RD

The Red Cow
3NL, 296 High Street
Smethwick, B66 3NL

The Bell & Bear Inn
71 Gorsty Hill Road
Rowley Regis, B65 0HA

The Cookhouse & Pub
Wolverhampton Road
Oldbury, B69 2BH

Lamps Restaurant & Bar
18 Upper High Street
Wednesbury, WS10 7HQ


The Fountain Inn
51 Owen Street
Tipton, DY4 8HE

The Crown & Anchor
Hollyhedge Road
West Bromwich, B71 3BS

The New Cottage
193 Tat Bank Road
Oldbury, B69 4NB

The Waterfall
132 Waterfall Lane
Cradley Heath, B64 6RG

The British Queen
133 Birmingham Road
Oldbury, B69 4EW

Ye Olde Leathern Bottel
40 Vicarage Road
Wednesbury, WS10 9DW


Park Inn by Radisson
Birmingham Road
West Bromwich, B70 6RS

Premier Inn
133 High Street
West Bromwich, B70 6JJ

Premier Inn (New Square)
Congregation Way
West Bromwich, B70 7PU

963 Wolverhampton Road
Oldbury, B69 4RJ

3 Providence Place
West Bromwich, B70 8SZ

Wolverhampton Road
Oldbury, B69 2BH



Is the festival free and do I need tickets to attend?

All the exhibitions are free and don’t require tickets to visit them. Some of the events will be ticketed and there may be a small charge so please look at the artist pages for details of how to book tickets and opening times.


Are the exhibitions and events suitable for all ages?

The exhibitions are suitable for all ages.


When are the exhibitions open?

Most of the exhibitions will run for the full duration of the festival (24 May - 29 June 2019) but please check each artist page for opening times.