Winter at The Hive

Creative Writing Series: Poetry on Fire

Wednesday 6 December, 6:30pm-8pm

Come and warm up the long winter night with some of the best new poetry voices. 

Join Dr Jack McGowan and Ruth Stacey to celebrate the poetry publications of graduate students from University of Worcester Creative Writing course. With readings from Ray Vincent-Mills, Margaret Adkins, Chloe Hanks, D.D. Holland, Faye Bannister-Harding, and Eleanor Alder.

This event is FREE but booking is essential - book your free place here.


Christmas Fayre at The Hive

Saturday 9 December, 10am-3pm

Get into the spirit of Christmas at The Hive's FREE Christmas Fayre in partnership with BIPC Worcestershire, back by popular demand following the success of last year's event!

  • Browse our Christmas Market showcasing local Worcestershire businesses on Level 2.
  • Settle down for story time with Father Christmas himself in the Children's Library.
  • Get crafty with our Christmas decoration make and take - book your make & take place for £1.50 each here.
  • Take a look at our Starlight Showstoppers exhibition and meet the artist who brought them to life, Catt Standen, in The Atrium.
  • Get involved with FREE Christmas card crafting
  • Explore the library with a FREE festive treasure hunt and collect your prize from the Market.


Christmas, Cracked. with University of Worcester

Tuesday 12 and Tuesday 19 December, 6:30-8pm

Join University of Worcester academics for an evening of lightning 15-minute talks about Christmas from their areas of expertise, including Media & Culture, English Literature and Psychology. 

Tuesday 12 December:

  • Festive Food, Celebration and Ritual - Holly Barnes-Bennetts and Robyn Platt, Media & Culture
    Explore the long history of food's links with celebration and ritual and examine the role of food in the 21st century Christmas celebrations not just in the UK but globally.
  • Festive Spirits: A History of the Christmas Ghost Story - Dr Lucy Arnold, English Literature
    A journey through the connection between winter festivals and the supernatural, exploring the origins of the chilling tales we tell in the heart of the cold months.
  • Group Dynamics at Christmas - Dr Tanya Carpenter, Psychology
    Can the psychology of group dynamics help us navigate the office Christmas party, or Christmas lunch with the family?

Book your free place for Tuesday 12 December here.

Tuesday 19 December:

  • Festive Family Films - Katy Wareham-Morris, Media & Culture
    Do you and yours sit down to watch your family Christmas film? Explore how and why we watch the films we do at Christmas and their link to family traditions.
  • Christmas, Covered. All the Small Things: Communicating the Bigger Picture - Lou Aimes-Hill, Media & Culture
    Join us for an exploration of the annual John Lewis Christmas message, where we will discuss how a well-chosen, pop-punk cover version can successfully communicate the Christmas message by 'engaging the listener in a historical duet with lyric and lineage... a delicate and dichotomous dance between past and present, place and possibility' (Plasketes, 2005).

Book your free place for Tuesday 19 December here.