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 hiveadminteam@worcestershire.gov.uk  

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

  • Daisy Baby Birthing - Antenatal Class - Wed, 04 September Wed, 09 October 2019

    From Wednesday 4 September

    Weekly antenatal classes for expectant mums to help you enjoy pregnancy, stay mobile, learn about your changing baby and body and prepare for a confident birth.

    Our unique Active Antenatal method draws on elements of active birth, pregnancy yoga, hypnobirthing and antenatal education to create one very powerful combination. From easing pregnancy ailments, adapting to your changing body, preparing for birth and informing your own individual choices.

    For mums from 14 weeks pregnant.

    £75 for a 6 week term starting 4 September.

    Book a class at: www.thedaisyfoundation.com/teacher/puja-conway/

    Please note these classes are brought to you by the Daisy Foundation.

    For more information email pujaconway@thedaisyfoundation.com or call 07545 527407

  • Roald Dahl Day - Sat, 14 September

    FREE drop-in, 10am - 3pm

    Roald Dahl, world famous children's author was born on 13 September 1916. His richly imaginative stories including The Enormous Crocodile, The BFG and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory have become firm favourites on family bookshelves all over the world.

    We are planning a splendiferous day of gloriumptious fun with lots of wondercrump activities to inspire children to enter the wonderfully imaginative world of Roald Dahl.


    Roald Dahl Rat-a-Tat Tales at 11am and 2.45pm


    Wonka Craft Activity, 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm and 2pm

    Create a Willy Wonka inspired top hat. Cost £2.50.

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  • Meet the Authors - Fri, 20 September Thu, 17 October 2019

    ‘Defying Vichy’ - Robert Pike 

    Friday 20 September, 7pm - 8.30pm

    Defying Vichy is about the evolution and impact of the French Resistance in Vichy France, and the British-trained operatives sent to help organise these networks. It is the culmination of several years of intensive research and interviewing.

    The talk will also include historical audio excerpts, documents and images. Robert is a graduate in History and French from the University of Exeter and has taught French for a decade in Worcestershire High Schools and taught at the University of Worcester.

    FREE but booking is essential.

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    A Night of Crime and Thriller

    Thursday 17 October, 7pm - 8:30pm

    Enjoy listening to readings of the latest crime offerings by bestselling authors, Sheryl Browne, Sue Watson and Carla Kovach, followed by a Q&A and a book signing.

    Sheryl writes psychological thrillers and her titles include, The Babysitter and The Affair.

    Sue is a writer of psychological thrillers, The Woman Next Door and Our Little Lies.

    A crime thriller writer, Carla’s titles include, The Next Girl and Her Final Hour.

    Come along and enjoy this spine-tingling night.

    FREE but booking is essential.

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  • Active Ageing Week - Tue, 01 October Mon, 07 October 2019

    Active at Any Age

    1 - 7 October

    University of Worcester Active Ageing Week is here again with workshops, public talks and physical activity taster sessions providing information and opportunities to help you increase your physical activity levels however old you are - but especially if you are in your second half of life (50 yrs+). Sponsored by Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

    Workshops at The Hive include: Being Active with Osteoarthritis, Challenging Nutritional Myths around Chronic Conditions, Being Active with and Beyond Cancer, Changing the Image of Ageing, Exploring Identity, Physical Activity and Dementia and many more.

    To find out the full programme and book your FREE place, visit: www.worcester.ac.uk/activeageing

  • Spoken Word Events - Thu, 03 October Thu, 05 December 2019

    The Autumn Creative Writing Series hosted by the School of Humanities

    Chapter and Verse - Poetry readings

    Thursday 3 October, 7pm for a 7:30pm start

    Enjoy an evening of live literature from three established and award-winning poets, David Clarke, Ross Cogan and Amanda Bonnick, as they take you on a thought provoking spoken word journey at The Hive.

    David Clarke Winner of the Michael Marks award in 2013, David’s first collection, Arc, was published by Nine Arches Press in 2015 and was longlisted for the Polari Prize. Scare Stories was published by V Press in 2017 and was named a Poetry School ‘Book of the Year.’

    Ross Cogan Ross has published three collections: Stalin’s Desk (2005) and The Book I Never Wrote (2012) and Oversteps Books and Bragr (2018) with Seren. Ross won first place in The Exeter Prize, The Staple Open Poetry Competition, The Frogmore Poetry Prize, The Crabbe Memorial Prize, and The Cannon Poets Sonnet Competition and second prize in the Troubadour International Poetry Competition.

    Amanda Bonnick A Worcester writer, producer, director and actor with Melting Pot Theatre Company. Amanda has co-hosted the Word and Sound open mic event and has performed her poetry at Parole Parlate, SpeakEasy, Licensed to Rhyme, and Stirchley Speaks spoken word events. She has recently published her poetry pamphlet Pick Your Own and is currently writing her third novel in a Children’s fiction series.

    FREE but booking is essential

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    How to become a writer

    Thursday 10 October, 7pm for a 7:30pm start

    Join us for an evening with two writers, and local publishers Black Pear Press, as they launch new books and take part in an author Q&A to answer questions about writing, the publishing process and running an Indie press in 2019.

    The Stations Of The Day - a poetry collection by Michael W Thomas and Smashing The Mask - a short story collection by Jan Baynham.

    FREE but booking is essential.

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    What’s love got to do with it?

    Monday 21 October, 7pm for a 7:30pm start

    Is there still an eternal appeal of happy ever after, love and romance in commercial fiction? Will romantic souls survive the cutthroat world of publishing? Join multi-published authors of romantic and emotion-led fiction, Alison May and Janet Gover, to discuss the shifts in trends and challenges in the romance publishing industry.

    FREE but booking is essential.

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    Powerful Poetry

    Thursday 7 November, 7pm for a 7:30pm start

    An evening of moving poetry around love, loss, discovery and homecomings from critically acclaimed writer on war poems, Antony Owen, former Birmingham Poet Laureate Roy McFarlane, and author of two pamphlets, Claire Walker.

    Antony Owen Author of five poetry collections Antony’s latest collection The Nagasaki Elder was shortlisted for the coveted Ted Hughes Award. He is one of the leading writers of war and peace poetry active in 21st century poetry.

    Roy McFarlane Reading from his second poetry collection, The Healing Next Time, a timely and unparalleled book of interwoven sequences on institutional racism, deaths in custody and of a life story set against the ever-changing backdrop of Birmingham. Roy McFarlane is presently the Birmingham & Midland Institute’s Poet in Residence.

    Claire Walker Author of two pamphlets published by V. Press, The Girl Who Grew into a Crocodile (2015) and Somewhere between Rose and Black (2017), which was shortlisted for Best Poetry Pamphlet in the 2018 Saboteur Awards. Her latest pamphlet, Collision, is published by Against the Grain Press. She is Co-Editor of Atrium poetry webzine.

    Thursday 5 December, 7pm for a 7:30pm start

    Original and fresh poetry from the winner of CoachesSLAM 2018, Hannah Swingler, and activist poet Kamil Mahmood who uses words as tools for change. Both poets are from the new and dynamic Birmingham based publisher, Verve Poetry Press. Join us for the last lively poetry event of 2019! To find out more information about the event and to book your place visit The Hive website.

    FREE but booking is essential

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  • Great Hive Book Rescue - Wed, 02 October

    Wednesday 2 October, 12pm - 2pm.

    Academic books, fiction, poetry, cook books and kids' books: we have 100s of previously owned books looking for a new owner. Our annual Great Hive Book Rescue raises money for Oxfam- a wide range of titles at bargain prices.

  • Music Together for Dementia

    Fridays, 4 October, 1, 15, 29 November, 13 December, 11:00am -12:00pm

    Aimed at people with dementia and their carers, these sessions use music and song to stimulate communication and interaction, prompting memory and brightening mood.

    The groups are run by a HCPC-registered Music Therapist, experienced in dementia care.

    Everyone is welcome to come along: no musical skill or experience is necessary to take part and it doesn’t matter if you can't sing!

    Costs £2 per session. Carers are welcome to attend for free.

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  • Space Day - Sat, 05 October

    Saturday 5 October, 10:30am - 4pm

    Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the moon landings at Space Day! There's something for everyone to enjoy.

    Unleash the inner astronaut in you with FREE interactive activities and exhibitions. Question the experts on all aspect of the universe and Space. Take an immersive 3D virtual reality planet walk. Observe static rocket firings, learn about weightlessness, what astronauts eat, how they go to the toilet and live in Space, try your skills with controlling robots. Experts from the University of Worcester will be exploring the challenges of using robots to explore planets such as Mars. Watch demonstrations and optical illusions from the University of Wolverhampton. Find out about Britain's Space program, check out the sky through a telescope with Bromsgrove Astronomical Society and take a photo in our space rocket Selfie booth.

    Space Queens

    free 20 minute film that takes an in depth look at the women behind Apollo 11 and the next generation inspired by the historical monumental event, to pursue careers in aerospace. This documentary features a mix of new and archive interviews to tell a story of equality at the heart of the space race.

    The film is showing at 11:00-11:20       

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    FREE Talks include:

    David Hardy Talk – Artists in Space :The early Years (one of the world's most distinguished space artists and once a regular illustrator on Patrick Moore's Sky at Night Programme. Suitable for adults       

    The talk is at 12:30-13:30

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    Dave Shayler Talk – "How to live in Space". Suitable for adults and children 12+

    The talk is at 13:30-14:30

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    If you are interested in pursuing a career in a subject related to Space, we will be conducting career tours.

    Immersive Dome Experience

    40 minutes sessions at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm and 2:30pm.

    Experience and learn about the wonders of the night sky by booking onto a session in the 360 degree Immersive mobile planetarium.

    Suitable for children 6+ and adults.

    Cost is £4 for children and £5 for adults.

    Unfortunately, latecomers will be unable to enter the Dome once the show has started.

    For Children's tickets please book here.

    For Adult's tickets please book here.  

    Robin Brand - "Britain's First Space Rocket"

    The talk is at 15:15 - 16:00

    suitable for children 12+   

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  • An Audience with NASA Astronaut Dr. Don Thomas - Tue, October 8

    Tuesday October 8, 6.15pm for a 7pm start

    Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an astronaut? eating, sleeping, working in space or the kids favourite ‘how do they go to the bathroom in space’?

    Come along and ask a real-life astronaut, he has travelled into space on four separate occasions! Travelling in excess of 17 million miles at 17,500 miles per hour! (28,000 kilometres per hour or 7.66 km/sec).

    Don Thomas is an astronaut, scientist, professional speaker, educator, and author of Orbit of Discovery about his STS-70 mission aboard space shuttle Discovery. A veteran of four flights, Don has spent 44 days in space and orbited the Earth nearly 700 times. Today, Don is helping to inform and excite the public about our future in space and preparing our next generation of scientists, engineers, and explorers for their missions in the future.

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  • Get Online Week - Tue, 15 October Thu, 17 October 2019

    Computer Cafe

    Tuesday 15 October, 10am - 2pm

    Find out how to use the internet securely with the support of OneDigital experts and our Digital Champions.

    FREE drop-in event.


    Introduction to e-magazines

    Thursday 17 October, 11am - 11:45am

    Find out how to subscribe to our great range of free e-magazines on RBDigital.

    Bring your own device.

    FREE but booking is essential.

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    Introduction to e-books and e-audio

    Thursday 17 October, 10am - 10:45am

    Introduction to Digital Libraries. Learn how to use our Hive e-book and e-audio book service BorrowBox.

    Bring your own device.

    FREE but booking is essential.

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  • What's on Your Mind - Wed, 23 October

    Wednesday 23 October, 6pm - 8pm.

    Join the Youth Cabinet at The Hive to find out about mental health services available to young people in Worcestershire.

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  • Ghosts & Ghostbusters in 17th Century England - Thu, 31 October

    Thursday 31 October, 7pm - 8:30pm

    Halloween is a good time to think about the history of ghosts. They were abolished by the English church in the sixteenth century, but did not go away. Professor Darren Oldridge reflects on spooky tales from the 1600s and shifting attitudes towards the restless dead.

    FREE but booking is essential.

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  • Remembrance Poppy Display - Fri, 01 November Sat, 17 August 2019

    1 - 17 November

    The beautifully handcrafted poppies from local residents and as far afield as New Zealand will be returning to The Hive and displayed in the atrium as a mark of remembrance to all the Worcestershire service men, women and animals who lost their lives during the First World War.




  • Books that have shaped the world - Fri, 08 November

    A live panel screening from the British Library in London

    Friday 8 November, 1pm - 2pm

    To mark the 300th anniversary of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, a special panel have selected 100 novels that have shaped their world. Chaired by BBC Radio 2’s Jo Whiley, writers Alexander McCall Smith, Kit de Waal, Juno Dawson, Mariella Frostrup and Syima Aslam reveal their choices. (BBC event hosted at the British Library in London - screened live at The Hive).

    FREE but booking is essential.

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  • Jacqueline Wilson: Rebel Girls - Screening

    Monday 11 November, 7pm - 8pm

    A live webinar screening from the British Library in London

    Come along to watch Jacqueline Wilson as she celebrates her latest Tracy Beaker book We Are The Beaker Girls, and talks about writing rebel girls who stand up for friendship, justice and what they believe in.

    Suitable for ages 8+

    FREE but booking is essential.

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  • Being Human: Festival of Humanities

    Secrets and Discoveries: Histories from Worcestershire and Beyond

    14 - 23 November, Atrium

    An exhibition of fifty secret histories, including the Lost Village of Croome, an Amputation Chair, Tudor demons, a secret porcelain recipe, a nuclear bunker and where royalty was to be evacuated in a Nazi invasion.


    Secret and Forbidden Thoughts in the Tudor and Stuart Age

    Thursday 14 November, 6:30pm

    This talk explores the secret world of Tudor and Stuart demonic temptation. People often have strange and dark thoughts they cannot explain, and frequently keep hidden away. Once such experiences were attributed to evil spirits.

    FREE event but booking is essential.

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    Blue Potatoes and Invasion Fears

    Wednesday 20 November

    Drop-in activities: 11am - 5pm

    Talk: 6:30pm

    Throughout the day there will be activities in The Hive Studio giving you a chance to listen to oral histories, view archive film, answer quizzes, examine extracts from Worcestershire wartime newspapers, take a look at weekly ration allowance and taste wartime foods such as carrot jam.

    In the evening, enjoy a talk about some of the secret invasion fears that haunted Worcestershire during the Second World War, and discover some of the weird and wonderful food people ate to eke out their rations.

    Book tickets for 6:30pm talk


    ‘Protest’ | Britain on Film

    Monday 18 November, 6:30pm

    At a time of intense public activism, both at home and across the globe, explore the varied and fascinating history of public protest in the UK with this new archive film programme. Featuring footage all the way from a 1910 suffragette demonstration to striking coal miners in the Rhondda Valley. Introduced and discussed by a Principal Lecturer and PhD student from the University of Worcester.

    BBC film certificate: (12A)

    Adults £2 | Students £1

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  • Voices of 1919 - Poetry Play for Voices - Fri, 15 November

    Friday 15 November, 7pm

    The Great War is over. In the Spring of 1919 the village of Oakby awaits the return of survivors. Each household has its own story. Through the words of 20 contemporary poets, we hear the voices of villagers struggling to recall their past, to understand the present and to imagine the future.

    FREE but booking is essential.

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  • CANCELLED - Screen Writing Festival - Fri, 22 November Sat, 23 November 2019

    University of Worcester Screenwriting Festival

    Friday 22 and Saturday 23 November

    It is with regret that the 2019 Screenwriting Festival has been cancelled.

  • 'Welcome to Britain' - Britain on Film - Wed, 18 December

    Wednesday 18 December, 6:30pm

    In a time of constant debates around immigration both nationally and internationally, Britain on Film: ‘Welcome to Britain’ looks back to chart a century of arrivals to the UK.

    Featuring the voices of different generations of British immigrants themselves. Introduced and discussed by senior lecturers from the University of Worcester and volunteers from the Beacons Development Education Centre.

    Including readings from the recent anthology Out of Bounds: British Black & Asian Poets.

    BBFC film certification: (PG)

    Adult £2 | Students £1

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