Children & Families 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.

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

  • Young at Art - Thu, 06 September Thu, 20 December 2018

    Thursdays, 10.30am - 12pm

    Exploring. Listening. Making.

    Every Thursday through term-time The Hive and Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum alternate hosting themed sensory craft sessions for children under five.

    £3 payable on the day. No pre booking required.

    6 September Lovely Lizards

    20 September Rain Makers

    4 October Hedgehog Home

    18 October Poppy Print Wreath

    8 November Ladybirds

    22 November Beautiful Butterflies

    6 December Christmas Party Hats

    20 December Christmas Wreath

  • Get Online Week - Mon, 15 October Sun, 21 October 2018

    This year, Get Online Week is taking place from Monday 15 to Sunday 21 October. We have some helpful events to bring you up to speed with the ever-changing digital world.

    Tea and IT

    Wednesday 16 October, 10am - 11.30am

    A great session to help build your confidence with computers and the internet. Have a cup of tea and learn how to get online.

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    Digital Champions

    are available this week Monday to Sunday for one-to-one appointments. Please book in person at The Hive.

    Play Digital Dash - a quick and fun game that helps you find out what you can do online.        

  • University of Worcester Storytelling Festival - Sat, 27 October Sun, 28 October 2018

    The Beeline Festival is coming soon! Saturday and Sunday 27 and 28 October.

    Look out for more details.

    INDIGO MOON THEATRE present ‘Aladdin’ – Shadow Puppetry

    AARDMAN ANIMATION – Model making workshops

    PETER CHAND- StorytellerCHLOE INKPEN - Author & Illustrator

    PETR HORACEK – Author & Illustrator

    LEMPEN PUPPET THEATRE presents ‘Cardboard Carnival’

    LEMPEN PUPPET THEATRE - Puppet making workshop

    DANIEL MORDEN - Storyteller

    KURAN AND NOAH present ‘Tales Tall & Small’ – Story theatre

    KRISTINA STEPHENSON - Author & Illustrator

    Plus much more ...

  • Author and illustrator Chloe Inkpen - Sat, 27 October

    Saturday 27 October, 10am and 1pm

    Chloë Inkpen is the illustrator and co-author of the hugely successful ‘Zoe and Beans’ books. Chloë grew up surrounded by picture books and has a natural gift for storytelling. Chloë then began writing with her father, Mick Inkpen, and together they have created a wonderful new picture book series which they write together and Chloë illustrates. Suitable for ages 4+

    On Level 0, in The Hive 

    Adults £10, children £5, family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) £26

    Book ticket


  • Peter Chand - Storyteller - Sat, 27 October

    Saturday 27 October, 10am, 11.30am and 1.30pm

    Peter is one of the country’s most popular storytellers. With over two decades of experience, he has travelled throughout Britain and Europe sharing his unique blend of storytelling, seamlessly combining his Punjabi and English cultural roots to tell stories full of life, wisdom, and humour. Suitable for ages 6+ 

    In the Yurt, City Campus

    Adults £6, children £3, family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) £14

    Book ticket

  • Aardman Animation Workshop - Sat, 27 October

    Saturday 27 October, 10.30am, 12pm and 2pm

    This exciting hands-on workshop is brought to you by the Oscar winning animation studio behind Wallace & Gromit, and Shaun the Sheep.

    The workshop offers a unique opportunity to learn how to make some of Aardman’s famous characters with the help of an Aardman expert. Participants will be able to learn how to make a famous Aardman character from scratch, ask questions and get top tips from an Aardman model maker, learn about the animation techniques used in Aardman’s award-winning films and take your clay models away to animate at home! (Everyone gets to make a model including the grown-ups). Suitable for ages 6+

    In the Workshop Marquee, City Campus

    Adults £8, Children £8, Family Ticket (2 adults and 2 children) £30

    Book ticket

  • Indigo Moon Aladdin - Shadow Puppetry - Sat, 27 October

    Saturday 27 October, 11am and 1.30pm

    This colourful tale from the classic stories of the Arabian Nights is set in the Middle East: a place of mystery, enchantment and strange, mythical creatures. Large scale contemporary shadow puppet theatre tells of a poor street boy who falls hopelessly in love with a Royal Princess. Suitable for ages 4+

    In the Festival Theatre Marquee - City Campus

    Adults £7, Children £3

    Family Tickets (2 Adults and 2 Children) £16

    Book tickets

  • Illustrator Petr Horacek - Sat, 27 October

    Saturday 27 October, 12.30 to 1.30pm

    Award winning author and illustrator Petr has experience entertaining audiences of all ages: from tiny children to groups of adults. This highly visual talk will include readings of Petr’s picture books an opportunity to see his illustrations, sketches for his books as well showing how he develops his ideas.

    In the Studio at The Hive

    Adults £10, children £5, (family tickets 2 adults and 2 children) £26

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  • Daniel Morden - Storyteller - Sun, 28 October

    Sunday 28 October, 10am, 11.30am and 1pm  

    Daniel Morden is a Welsh storyteller and a children's writer. Daniel retells traditional stories from various cultures, in particular the Celtic and the ancient Greek. He has performed all over the world, in schools and theatres, at festivals and on the radio. His published books include collections of stories and legends and retellings of Greek myths. Suitable for ages 6+

    In the Yurt, City Campus

    Adults £6, children £3, family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) £14

    Book ticket

  • Lempen Cardboard Carnival - Puppetry - Sun, 28 October

    Sunday 28 October, 10.30 to 11.30am

    Trunk, Tail, Ears or Wings?......Carnival creates itself from all sorts of things! This is "Carnival of the Animals" but not as we know it. Dissected for body part potential to create the "ultimate animal" we take inspiration from the music by Camille Saint-Saëns, a little help from Charles Darwin and a whole lot of cardboard to mash up a show full of puppet possibility. Inspiration and delight for everyone from 4 to 104.

    In the Festival Theatre Marquee - City Campus

    Adults £7, children £3, family tickets (2 adults and 2 children) £16 

    Book ticket

  • Kuran & Noah - Tales Tall and Small - Sun, 28 October

    Sunday 28 October, 10.15am, 11.45am and 1.45pm

    Suitable for children aged 8 +

    Adults £6, children £3 and family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) £14

    Book ticket

  • Lempen puppet making workshop - Sun, 28 October

    Sunday 28 October, 12 to 1pm

    Here is an opportunity to create your own puppet inspired by Lempen’s show Cardboard Carnival. The workshop will be led by Lempen puppeteers using recycled materials and simple techniques to create fantastic animals. Suitable for ages 4+. Capacity for 15 children (accompanying adults go free). 

    In the workshop marquee, City Campus

    Children £4 (accompanying adults go free)

    Book ticket

  • Kristina Stephenson - Sir Charlie Stinky Socks - Sun, 28 October

    Sunday 28 October, 2pm

    Once upon a time there was a fantastical children’s picture book series about a brave, little knight with a heart of gold. Behold! Sir Charlie Stinky Socks! Together with his faithful cat Envelope and his good grey mare, Sir Charlie likes nothing better than adventures with colourful beasties, Ghoulies and Ghosties (up to no good), not to mention pouting princesses in tall, tall towers. What? You do too? Then stay a while and find out more about his big adventures! Suitable for ages 4+

    On Level 0 in The Hive

    Adults £10, children £5, family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) £26

    Book ticket

  • Worcestershire Wildlife Trust - Mon, 29 October

    Half Term Events

    Monday 29 October, 11am to 1pm, Children's Library

    Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s BATS!

    Join Worcestershire Wildlife Trust for a super bat-themed day. Find out what you can do to help bats in your garden, follow the bat trail, or book in for a bat-tastic activity 11am, 11.45am, and 12.30pm

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  • Children's poetry performances with James Carter - ZIM ZAM ZOOM! - Mon, 29 October

    Half Term Event

    29 October, 1:30pm - 2pm, The Studio

    A gentle, fun and interactive session for 0 to 6 year olds and their parents/carers. Expect soothing guitar music as well as poems, riddles and action rhymes aplenty, full of bugs and bubbles, rockets and pirates, aliens and a whole heap of funny faces.

    £2 per ticket

    Book ticket

  • Once Upon a Star - The Story of the Big Bang - Mon, 29 October

    Half Term Event

    Monday 29 October, 2.30pm - 3.30pm, The Studio

    A totally cosmic spacey show for 5 to 11 year olds with interactive storytelling, drama, music and poetry - all based on James’ non-fiction picture book Once Upon A Star. James has taken this show to the Roald Dahl Museum, Oxford Story Museum and Edinburgh Festival. Includes a mini writing workshop.

    Children £3 | Adults £7

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  • Halloween Faces - Make & Take - Thu, 01 November

    All over the world archaeologists have found masks and pots decorated with human faces. Using these as inspiration, make your own clay face pot and mini-mask to take home - will yours be ghoulishly scary or friendly? 30 minute sessions from 1-3pm. Suitable for 7 years +

    Thursday 1 November at 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm and 2.30pm

    £3 per child

    Book ticket

  • The Blue Bird - Children's Theatre - Fri, 02 November

    Presented by Lightbox Theatre

    2 November, 2pm - 3pm, The Studio

    One wintery evening Tyltyl wakes to find a humpback figure in his bedroom. She is obviously a fairy. Tyltyl must find the bluebird that makes people happy. And he must do so before morning. Tyltyl doesn’t know about bluebirds, or where he might find one but joined by his faithful pets the search begins... 

    Suitable for children 4+ years

    Tickets available at:

    General Admission - £7 + booking fee*

    Concession - £5 + booking fee* (children, unwaged, over 60s and students)

    *A booking fee applies of £0.50 per ticket

  • Christmas at The Hive - Sat, 24 November Sat, 08 December 2018

    Rat-a-Tat Tales

    Every Saturday & Sunday from 24 November to 23 December, 11am & 2:45pm

    All young children are welcome at Rat-a-Tat Tales to stop by the Children’s Library here at The Hive and listen to our wonderful librarians reading aloud some of their favourite Christmassy stories. 

    Lantern Making Workshops

     24 & 25 November, 11am - 12pm & 1:30pm - 2:30pm, 1 & 2 December, 11am - 12pm & 1:30pm - 2:30pm (Saturdays and Sundays)

    Come by and get ready for the famous Lantern Parade by crafting your very own lantern. These fun sessions are open to all ages and will help get you in the mood for both the parade and Christmas.

    £4.50 - willow lantern (7 years+) £2.50 - mini lantern (all ages).

    Book ticket

    Lantern Parade

    Thursday 6 December, 6pm

    The eagerly anticipated Christmas Lantern Parade is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit. Starting at Cathedral Square at 6pm, the parade will make its way to The Hive spreading Christmas cheer along the way. Bring your own lanterns that you made at our Lantern Making Workshops and add your light and help illuminate Worcester City centre. To welcome you back to The Hive there will be a performance from the fantastic Rock Choir.

    Christmas Decorations: Willow Wreath Making Craft Activity

    Saturday 8 December, 11am - 3pm

    There’s no Christmas decoration more special than one made yourself. So come on down to The Hive and craft yourself a traditional willow wreath to take home with you.

    Ages 6 to 12

    Free activity


  • Christopher's Christmas - children's theatre show - Sat, 08 December

    Saturday 8 December, 11.30am and 2pm.

    It’s Christmas Eve and Christopher Nibble and his family are putting the finishing touches to his tree when their festive fun is interrupted by a shocking radio announcement. Father Christmas is lost! His Sat Nav has broken and he can’t find Dandeville! The guinea pigs gather together and hatch a plan to save Christmas… but everything they do seems to cause chaos and calamity. Suddenly there is a power cut and it seems like all is lost. Does Christopher Nibble have the seasonal spirit to save the day? Or will the guinea pigs of Dandeville wake up to empty stockings this year?

    Suitable for ages 2 - 7 and their families.

    Running time: 60 minutes.

    Presented by Topsy Turvy Theatre.

    Show times: 11.30am to 12.30pm or 2pm to 3pm

    Ticket costs £7 adult £3 children. Babes in arms are free.  

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