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

The Hive screens a selection of films in the 50-seater Studio. Tickets are £3.50 and refreshments can be purchased from the café. We adhere to film classification guidelines, so proof of age will need to be shown for entry in to those films classified 15 and above.

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

  • Spotlight - Sun, 29 May

    Certificate 15
    2016 winner of Best Motion Picture Oscar and Best Original screeplay BAFTA. Riveting true story which portrays the lengths investigative journalism will go to to expose the truth even when that truth is child abuse within the powerful halls of the Catholic church. 

    Film starts 7pm.  Runtime:127 minutes
    Tickets £3.50
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  • Sound Collecting

    Lending an Ear is an audio arts project involving all the libraries in Worcestershire in the creation of audio art works specific to their library, location and 'story'. 

    In total 22 audio artworks have been created by artists in collaboration with each library’s community. The Hive project is inspired by oral histories of The Hive site combined with contemporary sounds from the space... which could include you! Join Chris Mapp, Musician in Residence at The University of Worcester, on 2 & 3 June 10 – 3pm, to record sounds that will help create the new composition for the project launch in July. See it in an interactive installation at The Hive during July and August.

    This project is funded by Arts Council England and the Elmley Foundation.

  • Celebrations for the Queen

    A Right Royal Knees Up
    Join us for the lead up to the Queen’s 90th Birthday celebrations. Learn to make royal bunting, join us for a right royal storytime and be Queen or King for the day. There’s even a chance to go down in history and record your 90 second film of what the queen means to you.
    Saturday & Sunday 4 & 5, 11am – 2pm 

    The Hive Tea Party
    We are celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday at The Hive and everyone is invited to join us! During the afternoon there will be musical entertainment, activities for children and the showing of our celebratory film 90 Years in 90 Seconds – what the Queen means to Worcestershire people.
    Saturday 11 June, 2 – 5pm

    90 Years in 90 seconds - what does the Queen mean to you?
    Take part in building a piece of social history for Worcestershire by capturing your views of the Queen on a 90 second video. Every video submitted will be archived by Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service supported by Media Archive Central England (MACE), this ensures your contribution can be seen and heard for generations to come.

    And when you have made your film please encourage as many friends and family to do the same! 

    See the council website for more information about this project and other celebrations taking place in Worcestershire.

  • The Magnetic Diaries - Tue, 14 June

    Reaction Theatre Makers 

    Emma Bailey is a modern day Madame Bovary, battling with a stifling middle-class lifestyle, thwarted dreams and untreatable depression. In desperation, she embarks on a course of pioneering brain therapy and documents her journey through raw, open-heart poetry. Dramatised from Sarah James’ award-winning collection of poems. 

    Doors open 7.30pm, performance starts 8pm.

    The Magnetic Diaries is part of Worcester LitFest 2016. Tickets are £8 in advance (£6 concessions), £10 on the door, purchase via Worcester LitFest 


  • The Quiet Compere - Fri, 17 June

    Established poets and emerging voices. Ten poets, ten minutes each. 

    Including: Nina Lewis, Sarah L Dixon, Bobby Parker, Jasmine Gardosi, Ken Evans, Holly Magill, Jess May Davies, Leon Priestnall, Adam Horovitz. 

    Doors open 7pm, performances start 7.15pm. 

    The Quiet Compere is part of Worcester LitFest 2016. Tickets are £8 in advance (£6 concessions), £10 on the door, purchase via Worcester LitFest



  • Online Skills - Mini Course

    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. 

    Friday 17 June, 9.30 – 11am.  Book a free place
    Tuesday 19 July, 11am – 12.30pm.  Book a free place

  • Samuel Telford Dutton - Sat, 18 June

    The author, Edward Dorricott, will be signing copies of his new book ‘Samuel Telford Dutton – Railway Signal Engineer of Worcester’. During the Victorian era, Dutton was a manufacturer of note in the city. He contributed to Worcester’s public life as a city councillor and through his involvement in the community. 

    11am – 3pm.  The book signing will be in the atrium. 

    At 3pm Edward will lead a guided walk in the locality to sites connected with Samuel Dutton.

  • The Revenant - Sun, 26 June

    Certificate 15
    Starring Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio. A desperate tale of survival and transformation that was inspired by true events. Left for dead following a bear mauling, Glass (DiCaprio) fights back from death’s door to hunt down the man who had betrayed him in a journey that becomes an epic struggle to return home to a loving family and ultimate redemption. 

    Film starts 7pm.  Runtime:156 minutes
    Tickets £3.50
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  • UCAS Statement Workshop Thu, 30 June 2016

    Applying for university next year? Impartial advice from the University of Worcester advice and guidance experts on filling in your UCAS form to get the place you want.

    5 – 6pm. Book a free place.

  • The Parents' Guide to...your child going to university Thu, 14 July 2016

    Advice from the experts on what to expect from your child going to university. How to support them with the changes, moving away from home and a basic guide to finances.

    6 – 7pm.
    Book a free place.

  • Journey of the Turtle - Thu, 28 July

    Lempen Theatre 

    In the beginning turtle was shiny and fast, always impatient, always in a hurry, but then one day he had a terrible accident… 

    A charming tale, created through the imagination of two children and the atmosphere of a special hill, which follows the story of one crazy turtle. A beautiful story told with table top puppets, shadows, traditional storytelling and atmospheric sound-scape. 

    Suitable for everyone over the age of 5. Adults £5, children £3, babes in arms free. 

    Performance starts at 2pm (50 minutes) 

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  • Visit the Book Doctor

    Stuck in a reading rut? Gone off reading? Want to try something new or different? Consult with our Book Doctor who can help advise on new or interesting titles or genres you may not have heard of. Sessions last for around ½ hour.  

    Thursday 28 July, 6 – 8pm  
    Wednesday 10 August, 10am – 12pm 

    Book session



  • Lady in the Van - Sun, 31 July

    Certificate 12
    Maggie Smith steals the show as The Lady in the Van. A fascinating true story of Miss Shepherd who parked her van on Alan Bennett’s driveway for 15 years. A funny and poignant tale of a relationship that changed both of their lives. Packed full of comedy, wit, and more wit!

    Film starts 3pm.  Runtime:104 minutes
    Tickets £3.50
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  • Room - Sun, 28 August

    Certificate 15
    Adapted from the novel by Emma Donoghue starring Brie Larson awarded Oscar and BAFTA for best leading actress. A unique tale that explores an emotional journey for Jack and his Ma as the five year old child experiences the outside world for the first time, following a lifetime of imprisonment. A deep, emotional film. 

    Film starts 3pm.  Runtime:118 minutes.
    Tickets £3.50
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