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The Summer 'Lifts Off' at The Hive

This weekend The Hive launched the annual Summer Reading Challenge and welcomed children to join in with space-themed activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

Attended by Robin Walker MP, The Hive’s launch party encouraged children aged 4 - 11 to sign-up to the ‘Space Chase’ challenge with a mission to read six books over the summer holidays.

Organised by The Reading Agency, and in its 25th year, the initiative aims to promote reading and help children maintain their confidence and skills during the summer period when reading dips nationally.

The Hive manager, Janine Downes, said: “Reading habits are known to slide during the summer, and this fantastic challenge is a fun way of getting children to try new books, explore new authors, and pick up rewards along the way. They can read anything from comics, joke books, non-fiction or novels! The important thing is that children learn to enjoy reading.

“We have some great tips on our Facebook page for parents who would like to know how to encourage their children to read. We also have some brilliant events during the summer holidays to give children an extra reason to return to The Hive.”

The Hive has a whole host of fun space-themed activities for children from 22 July onwards from space coding, drawing workshops and poetry performances. Every day activities will take place between 10am and 3pm, including a daily story time at 11am and 2.45pm as well as a space chase treasure hunt.

On Monday 22 and Thursday 25 July, children will be sent on a Space Minecraft Mission and set the task of building a spaceship. Sessions are at 10:45am, 11:45am, 12:45pm and 1:45pm. Keen coders can embark on creating their own space themed coded story on Monday 29 July and Thursday 1 August at 10:30am, 11:45am and 1pm.

Returning to The Hive on Friday 2 August is the high energy, space-loving poet James Carter who will perform his rhymes and riddles to music in three workshops for children aged 0 to 4, 5 to 7 and 8 to 11. Prices vary for each workshop, starting at £2.50.

Children aged 6 - 12 with a love of art can take part in a drawing workshop with local designers WeAreBeard on Monday 5 August and Thursday 8 August at 10:30am, 11:30am and 12:30pm.

Those with an artistic touch can make their own light-up constellation with stars in a jar on Monday 12 and Thursday 15 August, or create their very own Martian Mask on Monday 19 and Thursday 22 August.

The final summer session is Space coding when children can code their way to the moon on Thursday 29 August. These sessions cost £2.50 and booking is advisable from The Hive website.

Roald Dahl Day celebrations at The Hive on Saturday 14 September give children a final chance to complete the reading challenge and join in some gloriumptious activities.

Children can continue to sign-up to the Reading Challenge during the holidays at The Hive and in libraries across the country. They will receive stickers and rewards for each book they complete. After finishing the challenge all children will receive a certificate at the awards ceremony in October.

For grown-ups, The Hive’s July exhibition takes visitors down memory lane to the old Malvern Winter Gardens, now Malvern Theatre. ‘It was only rock ‘n’ roll – But we liked it!’ is a celebration of the popular music bands that performed at the venue from 1961 to 1990, including The Who, Pink Floyd, The Jam, Black Sabbath. The display is in the atrium of The Hive until 30 July.

For baby to pre-school children, there are also regular weekly activities at The Hive including, Bounce and Rhyme for preschool children every Tuesday, Baby Bounce and Rhyme every Friday, Wacky Wednesday parent and child sessions and Baby Latte Worcester breastfeeding support every Friday.

For full details of courses and events, as well as activities for adults, visit the website