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.

  • The Beeline Storytelling Festival - Sat, 19 October

    Saturday 19 October

    The University of Worcester Beeline Storytelling Festival returns for another year. This year's line up includes the fantastic Sophie Dahl and wonderful author/illustrator Lydia Monks.

    Watch this space for more details on times and tickets.

    Sophie Dahl - Author

    Sarah McIntyre - Illustrator and Author

    Philip Reeve - Author

    Lydia Monks - Author and Illustrator

    Cat Weatherill - Storyteller

    Nigel Auchterlounie - Illustrator of The Beano and Dennis the Menace - Workshop

    Mumblecrust Theatre - Present ‘The Time Machine’ by HG Wells

    The Tale of the Baba Yaga - Story Theatre and Puppetry

    Plus much more...

    Single show ticket: £4.50 child | adult £7

    Individual Festival Day Pass: £7 child | Adult £12

    Family Festival Day Pass: £30 (2 adults and 2 children

    For more information or to book, click here

  • Young at Art

    Thursdays, now at a NEW time 2pm - 3:30pm

    Exploring. Listening. Making.

    On Thursdays during term-time The Hive and Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum alternate hosting themed sensory craft sessions for children under five.

    Find those taking place at The Hive below:

    3 October - Printing with leaves, fruit and vegetables

    7 November - Egg Box Trains

    21 November - Bobbing Boats

    5 December - Christmas Boxes

    19 December - Party Hats

    Children £3. Payable on the day.

    No pre-booking required.

  • October Half Term at The Hive - Mon, 28 October Fri, 01 November 2019

    Half term Tales

    Every day during half term, 11am and 2:45pm

    Hear the best bits of books read aloud by our lovely librarians.

    FREE drop-in activity


    Ghostbusters Coding Activity

    Monday 28 October, 10:45am and 11:45am

    Learn to code in this spooky coding experience.

    FREE bookable activity for children aged 8 - 12.

    Bring headphones or purchase for £1.60.

    Book ticket


    Wildlife Trust Spider Craft Activity

    Tuesday 29 October, 11am - 1pm

    Join Worcester Wildlife Trust in making your very own (not so spooky) spiders, followed by a spider themed story time.

    FREE drop-in activity.


    Saxon Murder Mystery

    Wednesday 30 October, 10:30am, 11:15am and 12pm

    Can you solve the mystery of an ancient Saxon burial? Put your archaeological skills to the test to work out who was buried over 1000 years ago and why.

    Then follow in the Anglo-Saxons footsteps by making a clay amulet to take home.

    45 minute sessions - suitable for ages 7+.

    Children £3

    Book ticket


    Spooky Minecraft

    Thursday 31 October, 11am, 12.15pm and 1:30pm

    Duration: 1 hour

    Suitable for children aged 8+

    Children £2.50

    Book ticket

  • 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.

    Book ticket


  • Christmas at The Hive - Sat, 23 November Sun, 22 December 2019

    Christmas Rat-a-Tat Tales

    Every Saturday & Sunday from 23 November to 22 December, 11am & 2:45pm

    All young children are welcome to our interactive Rat-a-Tat Tales. Just stop by the Children’s Library to join our wonderful librarians reading your favourite festive stories.


    Lantern Making Workshops

    Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 November, 11am - 12pm & 1:30pm - 2:30pm

    Saturday 30 November & Sunday 1 December, 11am - 12pm & 1:30pm - 2:30pm

    Get ready for the famous Lantern Parade by crafting your very own festive lantern.

    These fun sessions will get you in the mood for both the parade and Christmas.

    £5 - willow lantern (ages 7 years+) £2.50 - mini lanterns (all ages)

    Book ticket - Willow Lantern

    Book ticket - Mini Lantern


    Lantern Parade

    Thursday 5 December, 5:30pm

    Signalling the start of Christmas at The Hive, watch Worcester light up with our annual winter lantern parade. Hear a festive concert at Cathedral Square at 5.30pm, then from 6pm meander through the City with live festive music as we go. Bring your own lanterns, or make one at our Lantern Making Workshops, and start Christmas as you mean to go on.

    Worcester Rock Choir will be performing Christmas classics on our return to The Hive. Squash and biscuits available for every child.


    Traditional Christmas Decorations Craft Activity

    Saturday 7 December, 11am - 3pm

    Children can create the Pomander, an authentic Elizabethan Christmas decoration to take home.

    Suitable for ages 6 - 12.

    Cost £1

    Book ticket


    Christmas Open Mic Night

    Thursday 12 December, 7pm

    Join the University of Worcester Creative Writing department for a Christmas open mic event.

    Hosted by Dr Jack McGowan. Drop-in and or sign up by emailing for a reading slot on the night!

    Suitable for ages 16+

  • The Lost Present - Christmas Play - Sat, 07 December

    Topsy Turvy Theatre Proudly Presents The Lost Present… A Christmas Adventure!

    Saturday 7 December, 11:30am & 2pm

    Topsy Turvy Theatre are back and would like to invite their young audiences on a Christmas adventure like no other.

    It’s Christmas Eve, and having tumbled to earth through the night sky, Elva sets out on a journey to find her best friend - a little girl she hasn’t even met yet. Has the lost present got what it takes to find her way through the cold winter night? Will she arrive in time for Christmas morning? Will Elva be everything the little girl wished for?

    Written especially for children and brought to life using handmade puppets, original music and delightful storytelling, The Lost Present is an enchanting tale about true friendship. It really is the perfect gift for Christmas. You can meet and greet Elva after the show.

    Watch the YouTube trailer

    Running time - 50 minutes.

    Suitable for children aged 2 to 7 and families.

    Adults £7 | Children £4.50 | Babes in arms free

    Book ticket