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.

  • Becoming a Mindful and Effective Employee - Wed, 28 September

    An introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for improving work wellbeing and performance.

    28 September 6 - 7pm

    Book tickets


  • Understanding Bipolar Disorder - Tue, 04 October

    In recognition of World Bipolar Day (4 October) and Mental Health Day (10 October), speakers from the University of Worcester’s Institute of Health will be leading on three sessions: Understanding Bipolar, Mental Health Day and Understanding the Adolescent Mind.

    Understanding Bipolar - 4 October, 2pm - 4pm

    Join us to learn more about:
    - How mental health conditions affect people’s everyday lives
    - The work of the University of Worcester’s Mood Disorders Research Group and the McClelland Centre
    - Sources of support and information

    Book tickets

  • Space Night - Wed, 05 October

    Wednesday 5 October, 5pm - 8pm.


    Everything you wanted to know about space, local astronomers, space authors, rocket scientists - meet them all at Space Night.

    A chance for you to quiz the experts about rockets, ask the enthusiasts about the moon and try out their super powerful telescopes. A hands-on, fun night for all the family. LIVE ROCKET LAUNCH 6.30pm (weather permitting).

    Enter our competition to build a Model Spaceship ahead of 5 October for a chance to win loads of space goodies - competition details


  • Mad Science - Space Show - Wed, 05 October

    The Space show, designed by NASA scientists, is all about how astronauts eat in space, sleep in space, there is dry ice comets, Bernoulli’s theory of flight, astronaut training, and a few fire blasts thrown in for good measure.

    Book tickets for the Space Shows in the Studio

    Adults £3.50, Children £3

    Space show 1: 4.45pm - 5.15pm

    Space show 2: 5.30pm - 6pm  

  • The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia - Fri, 07 October Mon, 24 October 2016

    Successful leaders [i.e Richard Branson NS] reflect on their Dyslexic experiences, as a high school senior must overcome the challenges of Dyslexia to achieve his dream of getting into a competitive college. This film is being shown to acknowledge the University of Worcester's Dyslexia Month.

    Book tickets for shows on:

    7 October 7.30pm

    24 October 7.30pm

  • Mental Health Day - Mon, 10 October

    In recognition of World Bipolar Day (4 October) and Mental Health Day (10 October), speakers from the University of Worcester’s Institute of Health will be leading on three sessions: Understanding Bipolar, Mental Health Day, and Understanding the Adolescent Mind.

    Mental Health Day - 10 October, 1pm - 4pm

    Join us to learn more about:

    -  How mental health conditions affect people’s everyday lives
    -  The work of the University of Worcester’s Mood Disorders Research Group and the McClelland Centre
    -  Sources of support and information

  • Anthony Cartwright - Author's Spotlight - Fri, 14 October

    'A writer with a wonderful ear... and an unblinking sense of Britain as it is today.' - Jonathan Coe

    Anthony will be talking about his fourth novel, Iron Towns an inventive tale of dreams of youth, football and industrial progress.

    Friday 14 October at 7pm

    Ticket £5

    Book tickets

  • Get Online Week

    Basic Email
    Find your way around setting up and using email securely.
    Tuesday 18 October 10.30am–12.30pm
    Reserve a free place

    Job Search

    Create or improve your CV, register for and learn about using Jobcentre Plus Universal Job Match, search and apply for jobs online.
    Wednesday 19 October 10.30am–12pm
    Reserve a free place

    Tablets, iPads, Kindles

    Bring your device in with you and our experts will help you unpick its mysteries and introduce you to our free e-book and audio book service.
    Thursday 20 October, 12–2pm
    Reserve a free place

    Word Processing

    Get better results in Word: inserting images, cropping, formatting text, editing and printing.
    Saturday 22 October 10.30am–12.30pm
    Reserve a free place

  • Brian Patten - The Accessible Muse - Sat, 22 October

    Meet the Author

    Brian Patten has been delivering scrupulously crafted, heartbreakingly honest, funny and uplifting poems for nearly five decades. He is a master of performance – genuine and generous – and his readings are always memorable. Brian will be reading for adults from a selection of his books, he has published over 40! This will be followed by a book signing.

    Friday 22 October, 7.30pm

    Tickets £10

    Book tickets

  • Bibliobuffers Halloween Readings - Wed, 26 October

    A selection of haunting horror fiction and poetry presented by local writing group.

    Other aspiring writers who have something scary to share are also invited to take part. Nightmares guaranteed.

    Wednesday 26 October, 6pm - 9pm

  • Beeline - Little Frankenstein - Thu, 27 October

    Children's Show by The Lempen Puppet Theatre

    Puppeteer Frank Norman Stein is busy rehearsing his new show “George the Dragon Slayer” but he’s finding it really difficult with his badly made puppets that keep falling apart! Taking inspiration from the scientist Dr Frankenstein, and with the help of the audience he creates a new real live puppet that is destined to change his life forever.

    This show is part of Beeline, University of Worcester Storytelling Festival for Children.

    27 October, 2pm

    Tickets £4

    Book tickets

  • Beeline - Monster Making Workshop - Thu, 27 October

    Following the performance of "Little Frankenstein" by Lempen Puppet Theatre Company, an opportunity for families to join in and make their own ‘Little Monsters’. Create a creature inspired by Frank Steins workshop.

    27 October 3.15pm - 4pm

    This workshop is part of Beeline - University of Worcester Storytelling Festival for Children.

    Tickets £2.50

    Book tickets

  • Understanding the Adolescent Mind - Wed, 26 October

    In recognition of World Bipolar Day (4 October) and Mental Health Day (10 October), speakers from the University of Worcester’s Institute of Health will be leading on three sessions: Understanding Bipolar, Mental Health Day, and Understanding the Adolescent Mind.

    Understanding the Adolescent Mind - Wednesday 26 October, 2pm - 4pm

    As young people are faced finding their own identities and places in society; stress, anxiety and depression are no longer conditions associated with working age people. This event is aimed at parents and carers and will explore:

    -  Conditions that can present in adolescence
    -  Factors that may cause them to present in young people
    -  The work of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
    -  Sources of support and information

    Book tickets

  • The Witch - Sun, 30 October

    Certificate 15

    When a new-born baby mysteriously vanishes and crops fail, a zealous Christian family living on the edge of the wilderness begin to turn on each other. A debut film from writer/director Robert Eggers which will stay with you long after the credits roll.

    30 October, 7.30pm. Runtime: 88 minutes

    Tickets £3.50

    Book tickets

  • "Our Father Below": Getting to Know the Devil - Mon, 31 October

    Halloween is a good time to think about the Devil. How did belief in the Christian Devil shape English culture in the age of witch trials and civil war, and what lessons can we learn today from the rich, dark tradition of “thinking with demons”?

    Monday 31 October, 6pm - 7pm

    Book tickets

  • Tricksters - Sat, 05 November

    Original piece of interactive dance and theatre in which all the boys and girls have to find a way to out-trick a trickster and find their way home. Taking inspiration from trickster mythology from around the world the performance explores the hidden world inside these stories.

    Performance at 11am.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Tickets £1.  Book tickets

  • Armistice Weekend - Fri, 11 November Sat, 12 November 2016

    Friday 11 November - 9am - 11:30am

    The Worcestershire World War 100 project bell tent is housing an exhibition about the People's Collection. The Peoples Collection will bring together memorabilia of WW1 from across Worcestershire displaying items loaned by members of the public.

    Film - We did our bit on Remembrance Day

    At 9.45am a film of testimony of eleven military veterans of the Second World War who lived in Worcestershire in 2013 will be shown in the studio.

    Discover the extraordinary activities these elderly citizens undertook while in uniform.

    Tickets £2.50 - All ticket money will be donated to the Royal British Legion.

    Book tickets

    Minute's Silence

    To mark the end of World War One, poppies made by children from local schools at The Hive will be dropped in the atrium at 11am.

    Saturday 12 November - 10am - 4pm

    Poetry readings, love token making and period costume is taking place in the morning at The Hive. This session can be booked, or you can drop-in on the day and join in the fun.  

    The Studio will be playing the Battle of the Somme. Children from 4 to 16-years-of-age and families can take part in the Casualty Clearing Station game in the studio.

  • 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.

    Thursday 17 November, 11am - 12.30pm  Book Free Place


  • Deborah Moggach - A Life in Writing - Thu, 17 November

    Thursday 17 November, 6pm - 7pm

    Deborah Moggach is the author of 18 novels and several screenplays, including ‘Pride and Prejudice’ for which she was nominated for a BAFTA.  

    Her most famous novel is probably ‘These Foolish Things’, filmed as ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’, and the film of her first historical novel, ‘TulipFever’ is due for release in February 2017, having already been serialised on Radio 4 Extra.  

    Deborah will be talking about her writing, life, and influences.

    Tickets: Adults £8, Students £4

    Book tickets

  • Carrot lollies, Balcony pigs and Woolton Pie: talk, taste and tell - Thu, 24 November

    A series of activities which will encourage participants to explore some of the hopes and fears which surrounded the use of food as a weapon of war in WW2. This will include talks by Dr Lisa Pine (South Bank University) and Elspeth King (University of Worcester), displays of rations, tasting of carrot marmalade, a quiz about what participants would be prepared to eat and a debate about how food plays a central role in conflict.

    This event is particularly orientated towards a 15-19 year old audience who often study WW2 at school. This event is part of the Being Human festival - the UK’s only national festival of the humanities.  

    Admission is free and on a first-come-first-served basis, so please arrive in good time for the start of the event.

    Thursday 24 November, 12.30pm - 3pm

    Book tickets

  • Alex Christofi - Author's Spotlight - Sat, 26 November

    Author of Glass – a charming, funny and clever look at life – and death – through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator Günter Glass, ex-milkman and aspiring window-cleaner, struggling to find his way in the world. Alex Christofi is winner of the 2016 Betty Trask Prize.

    26 November, 7pm.

    Tickets £5.00

    Book tickets

  • Birth and Beyond Worcestershire - Wed, 07 December

    This session explores the research underpinning a new parent education programme for pregnancy designed by Worcestershire Health & Care NHS Trust in collaboration with the University of Worcester.

    Wednesday 7 December, 6pm - 7pm

    Book tickets

  • The Jungle Book 2016 - Sun, 18 December

    Certificate PG

    This re-imaging of Rudyard Kipling’s classic stories is a visually stunning reproduction that will be adored by children and adults alike. Idris Elba performs an excellent Shere Khan and Bill Murray is Baloo. Stunning scenery and dramatic music brings together a magical and exhilarating tale.

    Sunday 18 December, 3pm. Runtime: 110 minutes

    Tickets £3.50

    Book tickets

  • Christmas at The Hive - Sat, 26 November Sun, 18 December 2016

    A fun-filled programme of creative workshops, lantern parade, Christmas show, singing and Rat-a-tat tales to celebrate the festive season through December.

    Lantern Making Workshops

    26, 27 November & 3 December

    11am - 12pm & 1.30 - 2.30pm

    £3.50 - willow lantern making for 7 + years

    £2.00 - mini lantern making 

    Christmas Rat-a-tat Tales

    Every Saturday and Sunday in December from 3 December, 11am & 3pm

    Young at Art Christmas Preparations (under 5s)

    Thursday mornings 1 & 15 December, 10.30am - 12pm

    No booking required. £3 per child payable at venue.

    Lantern Parade

    Have fun making your lantern then show off your decoration in our magical lantern Christmas parade.

    Thursday 8 December, 6pm

    Singing after the parade in The Hive atrium.

    Elizabethan Decoration Making

    Design your own pattern to decorate your orange with cloves.

    Saturday 10 December, 10am, 11am, 12pm & 2pm.

    Tickets £1.

    Book tickets

    Jack and the Beanstalk Christmas Show 

    Saturday 10 December, 2pm & 4pm
    Presented by Storybox Theatre. With a handful of beans and a heart full of courage, Jack sets off on a tall tale of high adventure.
    Tickets Adults £5, children £3, babes in arms go free.

    2pm Show Book tickets

    4pm Show Book tickets