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.

  • Blackpole Munitions Factory 1917- 2017 Sat, 25 February 2017

    Come and join the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Blackpole Munitions Factory in February 1917 as part of Love Worcester Heritage Festival 2017, a week-long celebration Worcestershire’s heritage.

    There will be short illustrated talks on:

    - The First World War in Worcestershire by Adrian Gregson
    - The Rotherwas Munitions Factory at Hereford by Andy Johnson
    - The History of the Blackpole Factory by Aisling Nash
    - The Factory Today and the Recording Project by James Dinn

    The event includes the launch of a new illustrated book Blackpole Munitions Factory, Worcester by the late Colin Jones.

    To mark the centenary of the Blackpole factory, Worcester City Council are organising a survey of the surviving buildings. Volunteers are invited to join us to be trained in rapid building survey and gain an understanding of the munitions factory, its survival, development and later uses; you can find out more by coming along.

    This is a free event, no booking required and refreshments will be provided.

    Saturday 25 February, 12 - 4pm
    The Studio, Level 1

  • Health and sickness in English children's literature - Wed, 01 March

    Health and sickness are recurring themes in English writing for children as they are naturally a part of childhood.

    This talk by Professor Jean Webb will consider the differing ways in which the healthy child and the sick child have been portrayed in English writing for children from the nineteenth century to contemporary times, and what this tells us about changing ideas about childhood.

    This is a FREE event.

    Book your place here

    Wednesday 1 March, 6–7pm


  • The LibertyTree - Fri, 03 March

    Part of 'Worcester Radical Films (WORFS) presents: Tolpuddle on Tour - Cultures of Resistance' The Liberty Tree is a hilarious, feel- good antidote to the austerity agenda. An innovative and cinematic recording of the original theatre show, using echoes of The Wizard Of Oz.

    Guest speaker/discussion by: the film's writer and director, Chris Jury of Public Domain Productions.

    Friday 3 March at 6.45pm.

    Tickets are £5 and £1 for students.

    Ticket sales will be on the door or a season ticket is available online. Book via www.worfs.org.

  • Sun, Moon & Standing Stones - Sat, 04 March

    A new look at the first astronomers 

    A one day course with Dr Paul Olver. 

    10am - 4pm. £25.00 per person.  To book your place, please contact Christianne: christianne@project-link.co.uk

  • Garage Lecture Series

    Meadow Arts and University of Worcester present some of the most exciting contemporary artists working in the UK, talking about their practice in the Garage Lecture Series.

    Wednesday 8 March - Faye Claridge
    Wednesday 15 March - TBC
    Wednesday 22 March - AJ Stockwell & Ben Owen*
    Wednesday 29 March - Heather & Ivan Morison

    This is the second year that the contemporary arts organisation and the university’s Fine Art department have worked together on the lecture series.  All talks take place in The Studio at The Hive, except AJ Stockwell & Ben Owen* who will be talking at The Garage, Hylton Road, Worcester.

    Talks take place from 4:30pm to 6:30pm, including a chance to ask questions after each presentation. The talks are free and open to all, though booking is recommended for the public via www.meadowarts.org - also online is more about the artists.


  • Pride - Fri, 10 March

    The story is a true one. Striking miners are fighting to save their own communities and are faced by a belligerent Thatcher government and a vicious tabloid press. A group of gay activists based in Camden Town know what it’s like to be bullied. Working on the principle that my enemy’s enemy is my friend, they realise that the desperate miners are kindred spirits and need financial, as well as moral, support.

    The events that unfold say a lot about what it means to be empathetic, to overcome dissent and face common enemies: Thatcher, the tabloids, the police. Pride is an inspiring film that tells a story about solidarity. It should not be missed!

    Friday 10 March at 6.45pm.

    Tickets are £5 and £1 for students.

    Ticket sales will be on the door or a season ticket is available online. Booking via www.worfs.org.


  • Online Skills - mini course - Thu, 09 February Fri, 28 April 2017

    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. You should have basic keyboard and mouse skills already.

    Saturday 11 March, 10am–11:30am

    Friday 28 April, 10am–11:30am

    Book tickets here

  • Jump Start Theatre Performance - Sun, 12 March

    Be the first to see new theatre from some of the region’s up and coming theatre makers before they go on tour – theatre in its rawest and most exciting form. This performance is part of the Worcestershire Arts Partnership’s 1000 Days strategy. Just turn up and pay what you can. 

    Performance starts at 7pm 





  • The Science of Beauty - lecture and discussion by David James - Tue, 14 March

    What do we mean by ‘beauty’? Can it be evaluated according to a set of attributes? How do we respond to it? Is beauty affected by its cultural context? And in what forms does it exist? Conceptual art rejects the notion of 'beauty' but is it still valid as an quality that moves us? Lecture and discussion by David James, BA(Hons), MA, FRPS, ASICI, FHEA Course Leader in the Masters in Creative Media and Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society. David is also exhibiting work at The Hive, which may be viewed on the Lower Ground Floor. 

  • Meditation in Movement (Qigong) Workshops

    Study Happy is a year-round programme for students in Worcester to help study healthier, happier and smarter.

    At this workshop you will participate in some exercises that quickly release the physical and mental tensions that are caused by stress. The exercises will culminate in a very effective meditation. Provided you are able to stand-up, lie-down, and move your arms, legs, and spine, you should be able to participate without any problems.

    The session will be led by Dr Marc Price 


    Weekly sessions from Thursday 26 January, 2.30–4pm


    Book your place here

  • Science Night - Thu, 16 March

    It's back! Meet the experts and have a go yourself: from fossils to food, coding to chemistry, rockets to rivers - science is at the heart of our lives. A really hands-on, fun night for all of the family. We promise you'll learn something new! 

    Don't forget to visit The RPS Images of Science exhibition on Level 1 too. 

    Thursday 16 March, 5 to 7.30pm. 

    This is a FREE event, but if you would like to attend a Mad Science team workshop, see the Up, Up and Away event below.

    Up, Up and Away - Thursday 16 March
    Ever wanted to find out how planes fly? Come along and find out. The Mad Science team are back with their zany interactive science show - this time it's all about air pressure. Never has science been so much fun!

    There are three shows at 4.30pm, 5.15pm and 6pm. Tickets are £3.50 for adults and £3 for children. Book tickets 


  • Cultures of Resistance - Fri, 17 March

    Cultures of Resistance (2010) explores how art and creativity can be ammunition in the battle for peace and justice. Does each gesture really make a difference? Can music and dance be weapons of peace?

    In 2003, on the eve of the Iraq war, director Iara Lee embarked on a journey to better understand a world increasingly embroiled in conflict and, as she saw it, heading for self-destruction. After several years, travelling over five continents, Iara encountered growing numbers of people who committed their lives to promoting change. This is their story.

    Friday 17 March at 6.45pm.

    Tickets are £5 and £1 for students.

    Ticket sales will be on the door or a season ticket is available online. Book via www.worfs.org.

  • Gardening for Wildlife Talk - Tue, 21 March

    Join Dr Duncan Westbury from the University of Worcester and Neil Domoney from St Peter’s Garden Centre for an hour of tips and advice on wildlife gardening and complimentary planting to help reduce your reliance on pesticides. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions to both speakers as well as BBC Hereford and Worcester’s radio gardening expert, Reg Moule.

    Tuesday 21 March, 6 to 7.30pm.

    Tickets are £2 and includes complimentary wildflower seeds and £5 garden centre voucher.

    Book tickets here

  • World Poetry Day Celebrations - Tue, 21 March

    Look out for poems across University sites, including The Hive, and add your own favourite verses.

  • Map Art - Thu, 23 March Thu, 06 July 2017

    Do you love maps? ancient, illustrated, OS, personal maps… Would you like a new interest or hobby? Map Art workshops offer a chance to explore maps in the library archive and share ideas on making your own using embroidery, textiles, printing, acrylics, collage, or simply drawing.  

    Thursdays – 23 March, 18 May, 6 July, 10am–12pm  

    For more information and to book: contact Rosie mapartworcs@gmail.com 07789 968945


  • Holly McNish - Authors Spotlight - Thu, 23 March

    Holly McNish will be joining us to perform poems, read from and chat honestly and openly about her latest book, Nobody Told Me. The book is a unique blend of poetry and storytelling, taken straight from Hollie’s personal diaries. As she states herself ‘it is not a polished collection’; rather, it is a very candid, at times gutting, at others hilarious, look at her experiences from pregnancy to the pre-school drop off. Expect strong language as she talks colours, cravings, politics, transformers, sex, tree-climbing, feeding, train journeys, lots and lots of love and occasionally locking herself in toilets to cry a little.  

    Holly is an Arts Foundation Fellow in Spoken Word, and was the first poet to record at London’s famed Abbey Road Studios.  This event is supported by Poetry on Loan www.poetryonloan.org.uk

    “I can’t take my ears off her” – Benjamin Zephaniah  

    Performance starts at 7.30pm.  Adults £10.00, students £5.00.  Recommended for adults only.  Book tickets

  • I, Daniel Blake - Fri, 31 March

    When an ill carpenter finds himself in need of state welfare, he meets a desperate single mother who needs the same thing. Together, the duo discovers that negotiating through the red tape is a challenge.

    Friday 31 March at 6.45pm.

    Tickets are £5 and £1 for students.

    Ticket sales will be on the door or a season pass is available online. Book via www.worfs.org

  • A Theory of Everything for the NHS - Wed, 05 April

    The NHS constitution contains many principles, values and ethical codes, but offers no definition of health.

    Drawing on three decades of research and writing about the nature of health, Professor David Seedhouse will explain how this single oversight has caused massive fragmentation and inconsistency of care.

    David Seedhouse also offers a powerful solution – a theory of everything for the NHS which unites the best clinical practice with the most thoughtful ethical reflection.

    This is a FREE event.

    Book your place here.

    Wednesday 5 April, 6–7pm


  • David Savill - Authors Spotlight - Sat, 29 April

    How Personal Stories Become Political

    Debut novelist David Savill tells us how personal stories can become political drama, and gives advice about how to get your first novel published. They Are Trying to Break Your Heart, David’s first novel, is set against the backdrop of the Bosnian war and follows the story of a Bosnian man seeking the truth about his childhood friend. His second novel, Disinformation, tells the story of a journalist caught up in Vladimir Putin’s rise to power.  

    “an enthralling story about destruction and justice” – Publisher’s Weekly 

    Event starts at 6pm.  Adults £5.00, students £3.50.  Book tickets