Special events

The Hive offers a varied events programme for everyone to enjoy, from music, drama and art to learning opportunities, workshops, book clubs and lectures.

If you would like to be added to our mailing list to get monthly updates on the forthcoming events at The Hive please email msowden@worcestershire.gov.uk

Please note that we do not give refunds on tickets booked in advance.

  • Client Earth - Wed, 22 November

    Speakers James Thornton and Martin Goodman 

    Who will stop the planet from committing ecological suicide? The UN? Governments? Activists? Corporations? Engineers? Scientists? Lawyers may not immediately come to mind but they provide new rules to legislatures, see that they are enforced, tackle big business to ensure money flows into cultural change, and keep us informed. Lawyers who take the Earth as their client are exceptional and inspirational and our speaker James Thornton is one of them. 

    James Thornton is an environmental lawyer, the founding CEO of ClientEarth, best known in Britain for forcing the government to act on illegal levels of air pollution. He was named by the New Statesman as one of 10 people who could change the world.  

    Martin Goodman is the author of nine books of fiction and nonfiction. He holds the chair of Creative Writing at the University of Hull, where he is director of the Philip Larkin Centre for Poetry and Creative Writing. 

    Talk starts at 6.30pm 

    Tickets £6.00, students/concessions £5.00 

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  • Garage Lecture Series

    Meadow Arts and the University of Worcester’s Fine Art department, Garage Studios, are delighted to continue their successful series of artists’ talks for the third year in a row. Some of the most exciting contemporary artists working in the UK will be visiting The Hive, to talk about their artwork, ideas and the processes they use in a series of eight free talks.

    Join us for four talks in November and December. 

    First to speak will be Emily Speed, whose interests lie in the relationship between people and buildings, Emily says, “The idea of shelter and the inhabitant is at the core of much of my work; how a person is shaped by the buildings they have occupied and how a person occupies their own psychological space.” - 15 November. 

    London based writer and critic Chris Fite-Wassilak, who contributes to major publications such as Art Monthly, Art Papers, ArtReview, frieze, Tate Etc. and others, will visit on the 22 November .

    Mark Titchner who explores systems of belief, often using slogans from advertising, religious iconography, club flyers, trade union banners, prog rock and political propaganda; removed from their original contexts the words he presents to the world find new significance will speak on 29 November. 

    On 6 December we will have a visit from British artist and Royal Academician, Stephen Chambers who makes prints and paintings and has collaborated on three contemporary dance productions with The Royal Ballet, London. His work has been exhibited internationally: most recently his work ‘The Court of Redonda’ was an official collateral event of the 57th Venice Biennale.

    Talks take place from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at The Hive, and include a chance to ask questions after each presentation. The talks are free and open to all, though booking is recommended via www.meadowarts.org  

  • Free Employment Law Advice - Tue, 28 November

    Free Employment Law Advice by qualified lawyers assisted by University of Worcester law students. Drop in for a brief chat about your case and to book a date for an advice appointment.

    Drop-in session will be run between 5.30pm and 7pm in The Business Lounge, level 2 of The Hive, on Tuesday 28 November.

    University of Worcester School of Law, Legal Advice Centre. School of Law

  • Online Skills Mini Course - Mon, 04 December

    Want to learn something new? How to use the internet for online services such as banking, shopping, Facebook or even emailing in our free bookable sessions. Basic keyboard and mouse skills required. 

    Monday 4 December, 10 - 11.30am 

    Book a free place 

  • Teens & PE - Tue, 05 December

    Teenage disengagement from physical education lessons is well documented. The University of Worcester have been using gerontological (ageing) suits to challenge students perceptions of ageing. This twilight is for PE teachers who may wish to use GERT suits to encourage their students to engage in PE to maintain their health in later years.

    Tuesday 5 December, 6 to 8pm.

    Tickets are £3.

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