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.

  • The Battle of Worcester Society presents a Winter Season of History Talks -

    Tickets to all events are £3 students, £5 member and £7 guests (or non members) can be purchased on the door on the night or from the Tourist Information Centre of from Christine on 01905 358640.


    13 November 2019 at 7.15 p.m.
    Geoff Yapp:  The Siege of Louisbourg 1758 - Prelude to Gen Wolfe's Victory at Quebec

    Our second talk will  move across the Atlantic, where Geoff will cover the interesting Anglo-American campaign to capture the French fortified city of Louisbourg in what is now Nova Scotia.  He will discuss how the joint navy/army campaign closed the St Lawrence to French shipping and effectively decided the fate of French Canada before the British even arrived at Quebec.

    Bio – Towards the end of his career in the Royal Air Force, Geoff was the Defence Attaché in Canada, so has met many very strong opinions from both the Anglo and Québécois communities. He subsequently taught, among other things, military history at the Baltic Defence College in Estonia before retiring to Worcester where he now supports the Battle of Worcester Society.


    15 January, 2020 at 7.15 p.m.
    Guy Little:   Pirates, Slavers, Old Adversaries and Emerging International Rivals.

    The limitations of Mid-Victorian naval coercion explored circa 1846-1871

    Bio – Guy is an amateur historian with a keen interest in the role of the Royal Navy generally. This led to completion of a Master’s Degree in Naval History through the University of Portsmouth in 2019 where the 19th century was of particular interest to him.


    19 February, 2020 at 7.15 p.m.
    Robbie Porter:  The Worcestershire Regiment at Gallipoli

    This present talk will examine the military and political background to the campaign, the 4th Worcestershire's difficult landing at Cape Helles as well as critical engagements including the First and Third Battles of Krithia

    Bio - 'Robbie Porter is a lecturer and charity worker originally from Hawick, Scotland. He studied History at Sunderland and has lived in Worcester since 1991. He became interested in Gallipoli after discovering that his grandfather took part in the attacks at Achi Baba Nullah on 12 July 1915'.


    18 March, 2020 at 7.15 p.m.
    Steve Dunn: another local author who has published at least four history books and another is due out at the end of January 2020.  His books include The Coward? and The Scapegoat.

    Bio - Steve R Dunn is an author who has a special interest in the British Navy of the early 20th century and World War One. He has seven published works to his credit with another two commissioned for 2020 and 2021. When not writing Steve plays tennis and cooks.  He lives in Worcestershire and South West France.
    “Steve Dunn is an accomplished author with a strong record of revealing aspects of First World Ward naval history that has been overlooked in popular histories”. (Military History Monthly July 2018)

  • Meet the Authors - Thu, 17 October

    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.

    Book ticket

  • 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.

    Book ticket.

  • 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.

    Book ticket


    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.

    Book ticket

  • 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.

    Book ticket

  • 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.

    Book ticket

  • 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.

    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

  • 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.

    Book ticket


    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

    Book tickets

  • 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.

    Book ticket

  • 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

    Book ticket