Children & Families events

  • Animal Agents Summer Reading Challenge 2017

    This year's Summer Reading Challenge embraces the animal kingdom. The challenge, which is run by The Reading Agency, is encouraging all children aged 4 to 12 years to borrow and read six books between 24 June to 23 September.  

    Rat-a-tat Tales
    Our usual interactive Rat-a-tat Tales will run at 11am and 2.45pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays.

    Make & Take Animal Agents Crafts

    Saturday and Sunday 23rd and 24th September

    Sessions at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm 

    £2.50 per child

    Book tickets


  • Young at Art - Thu, 14 September Thu, 21 December 2017

    Exploring, listening, making 

    Art and story themed sessions for Under 5s. No booking required. £3.00 per child, payable on the day at each venue. Thursday mornings, 10.30am–12pm 

    14 & 28, September, 12 October, 7 & 21 December – The Hive
    21 September, 5 & 19 October, 14 December – Museum and Art Gallery 

    Young at Art is run in partnership with Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum.

  • The Wind in The Willows - Sat, 30 September

    Presented by Box Tale Soup From the peaceful pleasures of Ratty's beloved River Bank, to the fearful frights and wicked weasels of the Wild Wood, join Ratty and Mole on their marvellous adventures, along with gruff old Badger and magnificent Mr. Toad. A beautiful new adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's much love classic, The Wind in The Willows features unique handmade fabric puppets and a charming original score.  

    Performance starts 2pm 

    Tickets £7.00 adults, £3.00 children, babes in arms free 

    Book tickets


  • Michael Rosen - Fri, 06 October

    In celebration of The Hive's 5th birthday award-winning author Michael Rosen, who opened the children's library in 2012, is returning to The Hive during Beeline. Michael will be talking about and reading from his bestselling picture books and poetry. He will be signing books from 5pm, but WILL NOT be available to sign books after the event.

    Friday 6 October, 6pm

    Adult ticket £7.00, child ticket £5.00.

    Suitable for ages 6+ (All children must be accompanied by an adult).

    All tickets for this event have been sold.

  • Space Day - Sat, 07 October

    Join us for a day of space. Talk to experts, look through powerful telescopes, find out how astronauts live in Space and what it takes to launch a rocket. You can also enter the Design a Spaceship competition, hear local author Hazel Hiles reading from her children's book, Robbie the Rocket, as well as taking part in lots of fun, interactive and educational activities.

    Suitable for children 5 years + and adults

    The Black Hole Mobile Planetarium
    Find out more about our Sun, stars, solar system bodies and phases of the moon in this 40 minute presentation with projections and digital images. Suitable for children 5 to 11 years.

    Presentations at 11am, 12.15pm, 1.15pm and 2.15pm.

    Tickets £3.75 for children and £4 for adults. Booking essential. Reserve your seats.

    Child Ticket

    Adult Ticket

    Unfortunately the planetarium does not have wheelchair access.

    Space Day Talks
    Bringing space down to earth: how space helps you every day
    Alan Brunstrom - ESA
    Book a free place

    How the Space Shuttle Assembled and Supplied the Space Station
    Dave Shayler
    Book a free place  Dave will also be signing books as the event.

    Space Day is organized by The Hive and West Midlands Interplanetary Society

  • Chris Riddell - Illustrator Extraordinaire - Mon, 09 October

    Meet Chris Riddell, recent Children's Laureate, political cartoonist and illustrator extraordinaire at The Hive.

    Chris will be signing books with personalised messages.

    Monday 9 October, 4.30pm onwards.



  • Story Pit Tales - Sat, 07 October Sat, 21 October 2017

    On three Saturdays during the University of Worcester Beeline Storytelling Festival we will be joined by professional storytellers who will tell stories from around the world.

    Saturday 7 October, 10.30am & 12.30pm – Peter Chand

    Saturday 14 October, 10.30am & 12.30pm – Sally Tonge

    Saturday 21 October, 10.30am & 12.30pm – Amy Douglas

    No booking required.


  • Celebrating Diwali - Sat, 14 October

    FREE activities run in partnership with Beacons DEC and the University of Worcester Institute of Education - games, mehndi, dance and handling artefacts from the Hindu & Sikh festival of Diwali.

    Saturday 14 October, 10am to 3pm.

    Rama and Sita stories at 11am and 2.45pm.

    Drop-in make & take craft activity throughout the day - £2.50.

  • Computer Coding for Children - Mon, 23 October

    Drop-in taster session introducing children aged 8 - 12 years to computer coding

    Come with headphones or purchase headphones from The Hive for £1.60.

    Monday 23 October and Thursday 26 October - call in any time between 10.30am and 12pm.

    No booking required.

  • Half-term Rat-a-tat Tales - Wed, 25 October

    October half-term Rat-a-tat Tales.

    Wednesday 25 October, 11am to 2.45pm.

  • The Ugly Duckling - Thu, 26 October

    Presented by Sea Legs Puppet Theatre as part of Beeline. Meet a host of colourful characters, as they run the troubled duckling out of the farmyard into a cold, lonely wilderness. Journey through the seasons as the hapless creature finds his way in a hostile world. Set on the banks of a magical river, brilliant storytelling, fantastic puppets and a delightful new musical score make this a must see show.

    Suitable for ages 3+, all children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Thursday 26 October, 11am & 2pm

    Tickets are £4.00.

    Book tickets

  • A Little Bit of Nature - Beeline Workshop - Fri, 27 October

    Create your own very special book of nature with illustrator Sarah Millin who will encourage you to draw and collage through exploration of the magic of everyday waste materials. You will be taught the elements of how to write a book, using words and pictures. The workshop is designed for parents and children (children need to be accompanied).

    Suitable for ages 6+. Booking essential.

    Friday 27 October, 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 3pm

    Tickets are £4.00.

    Book tickets

  • Christmas Rat-a-tat Tales - Sat, 25 November Sat, 23 December 2017

    Every Saturday and Sunday from 25 November to 23 December curl up and get cosy at The Hive for our Christmas Rat-a-tat Tales.

    A great way to get kids into the festive spirit and discover the joy of stories together.

    11am and 2.45pm.

  • Lantern Making Workshops - Sat, 25 November Sun, 03 December 2017

    Take part in The Hive Christmas lantern making workshops ready for The Hive's annual spectacular lantern parade on Thursday 7 December.

    Lantern making workshops are taking place on:

    Saturday 25 November

    Sunday 26 November

    Saturday 2 December

    Sunday 3 December

    11am to 12pm and 1.30pm to 2.30pm.

    £4 for willow lanterns (ages 7 years +)

    £2.50 for mini lanterns (all ages)

  • Lantern Parade - Thu, 07 December

    Once again enjoy the wonderful annual Hive lantern parade.

    After the parade there will be singing in The Hive atrium and biscuits and squash for the children.

    Watch this space for more information about the event.

    Thursday 7 December, 6pm.

  • Victorian Decoration Making - Sat, 09 December

    FREE drop-in craft session to make a Victorian Christmas Decoration.

    Saturday 9 December, 10am to 3pm.

  • Christmas Show - Sat, 09 December

    Watch this space for details on this year's Christmas show.