Children & Families 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.

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

  • Summer Reading Challenge 'Space Chase'

    2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing and to celebrate, The Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge theme this year is space. The Summer Reading Challenge is a national initiative to encourage children aged 4 – 11 to read six books over the six-week holiday. Children receive special rewards from their local library each time they finish a book and all children who complete the challenge will receive a certificate and medal at The Hive's space themed Summer Reading Challenge Award Ceremony in October.

    Everyday we have FREE activities in the library including story time at 11am and 2:45pm, colouring and treasure trails.

    On Mondays and Thursdays take part in our extra space chase activities that cost £2.50 per child.

    Space Coding

    29 August, 10:45am, 11:45am, 12:45pm and 1:45pm

    Code your way to the moon.

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  • Daisy Baby Birthing - Antenatal Class - Wed, 04 September Wed, 09 October 2019

    From Wednesday 4 September

    Weekly antenatal classes for expectant mums to help you enjoy pregnancy, stay mobile, learn about your changing baby and body and prepare for a confident birth.

    Our unique Active Antenatal method draws on elements of active birth, pregnancy yoga, hypnobirthing and antenatal education to create one very powerful combination. From easing pregnancy ailments, adapting to your changing body, preparing for birth and informing your own individual choices.

    For mums from 14 weeks pregnant.

    £75 for a 6 week term starting 4 September.

    Book a class at:

    Please note these classes are brought to you by the Daisy Foundation.

    For more information email or call 07545 527407

  • Young at Art - Thu, 05 September

    Thursdays, now at a NEW time 2pm - 3:30pm

    Exploring. Listening. Making.

    On Thursdays during term-time The Hive and Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum alternate hosting themed sensory craft sessions for children under five.

    Find those taking place at The Hive below:

    5 September - Magical Rain-makers

    19 September - Fly Away Kites

    3 October - Printing with leaves, fruit and vegetables

    7 November - Egg Box Trains

    21 November - Bobbing Boats

    5 December - Christmas Boxes

    19 December - Party Hats

    Children £3. Payable on the day.

    No pre-booking required.

  • Roald Dahl Day - Sat, 14 September

    FREE drop-in, 10am - 3pm

    Roald Dahl, world famous children's author was born on 13 September 1916. His richly imaginative stories including The Enormous Crocodile, The BFG and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory have become firm favourites on family bookshelves all over the world.

    We are planning a splendiferous day of gloriumptious fun with lots of wondercrump activities to inspire children to enter the wonderfully imaginative world of Roald Dahl.


    Roald Dahl Rat-a-Tat Tales at 11am and 2.45pm


    Wonka Craft Activity, 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm and 2pm

    Create a Willy Wonka inspired top hat. Cost £2.50.

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  • Family Coding Workshop - Thu, 19 September

    Thursday 19 September, 4:30pm - 5:15pm

    It’s National Coding Week. Bring your family in and show them how to create a computer game or learn to code together!


    Suitable for ages 7+

    FREE drop-in but booking is essential.

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  • Space Day - Sat, 05 October

    Saturday 5 October, 10:30am - 4pm

    Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the moon landings at Space Day! There's something for everyone to enjoy.

    Unleash the inner astronaut in you with FREE interactive activities and exhibitions. Question the experts on all aspect of the universe and Space. Take an immersive 3D virtual reality planet walk. Observe static rocket firings, learn about weightlessness, what astronauts eat, how they go to the toilet and live in Space, try your skills with controlling robots. Experts from the University of Worcester will be exploring the challenges of using robots to explore planets such as Mars. Watch demonstrations and optical illusions from the University of Wolverhampton. Find out about Britain's Space program, check out the sky through a telescope with Bromsgrove Astronomical Society and take a photo in our space rocket Selfie booth.

    Space Queens

    free 20 minute film that takes an in depth look at the women behind Apollo 11 and the next generation inspired by the historical monumental event, to pursue careers in aerospace. This documentary features a mix of new and archive interviews to tell a story of equality at the heart of the space race.

    The film is showing at 11:00-11:20       

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    FREE Talks include:

    David Hardy Talk – Artists in Space :The early Years (one of the world's most distinguished space artists and once a regular illustrator on Patrick Moore's Sky at Night Programme. Suitable for adults       

    The talk is at 12:30-13:30

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    Dave Shayler Talk – "How to live in Space". Suitable for adults and children 12+

    The talk is at 13:30-14:30

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    If you are interested in pursuing a career in a subject related to Space, we will be conducting career tours.

    Immersive Dome Experience

    40 minutes sessions at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm and 2:30pm.

    Experience and learn about the wonders of the night sky by booking onto a session in the 360 degree Immersive mobile planetarium.

    Suitable for children 6+ and adults.

    Cost is £4 for children and £5 for adults.

    Unfortunately, latecomers will be unable to enter the Dome once the show has started.

    For Children's tickets please book here.

    For Adult's tickets please book here.  

    Robin Brand - "Britain's First Space Rocket"

    The talk is at 15:15 - 16:00

    suitable for children 12+      

  • An Audience with NASA Astronaut Dr. Don Thomas - Tue, 08 OCT

    Tuesday October 8, 6.15pm for a 7pm start

    Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an astronaut? eating, sleeping, working in space or the kids favourite ‘how do they go to the bathroom in space’?

    Come along and ask a real-life astronaut, he has travelled into space on four separate occasions! Travelling in excess of 17 million miles at 17,500 miles per hour! (28,000 kilometres per hour or 7.66 km/sec).

    Don Thomas is an astronaut, scientist, professional speaker, educator, and author of Orbit of Discovery about his STS-70 mission aboard space shuttle Discovery. A veteran of four flights, Don has spent 44 days in space and orbited the Earth nearly 700 times. Today, Don is helping to inform and excite the public about our future in space and preparing our next generation of scientists, engineers, and explorers for their missions in the future.

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  • The Beeline Storytelling Festival - Sat, 19 October

    Saturday 19 October

    The University of Worcester Beeline Storytelling Festival returns for another year. This year's line up includes the fantastic Sophie Dahl and wonderful author/illustrator Lydia Monks.

    Watch this space for more details on times and tickets.

    Sophie Dahl - Author

    Sarah McIntyre - Illustrator and Author

    Philip Reeve - Author

    Lydia Monks - Author and Illustrator

    Cat Weatherill - Storyteller

    Nigel Auchterlounie - Illustrator of The Beano and Dennis the Menace - Workshop

    Mumblecrust Theatre - Present ‘The Time Machine’ by HG Wells

    The Tale of the Baba Yaga - Story Theatre and Puppetry

    Plus much more...

    Single show ticket: £4.50 child | adult £7

    Individual Festival Day Pass: £7 child | Adult £12

    Family Festival Day Pass: £30 (2 adults and 2 children

  • October Half Term at The Hive - Mon, 28 October Fri, 01 November 2019

    Half term Tales

    Every day during half term, 11am and 2:45pm

    Hear the best bits of books read aloud by our lovely librarians.

    FREE drop-in activity


    Ghostbusters Coding Activity

    Monday 28 October, 10:45am and 11:45am

    Learn to code in this spooky coding experience.

    FREE bookable activity for children aged 8 - 12.

    Bring headphones or purchase for £1.60.

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    Wildlife Trust Spider Craft Activity

    Tuesday 29 October, 11am - 1pm

    Join Worcester Wildlife Trust in making your very own (not so spooky) spiders, followed by a spider themed story time.

    FREE drop-in activity.


    Saxon Murder Mystery

    Wednesday 30 October, 10:30am, 11:15am and 12pm

    Can you solve the mystery of an ancient Saxon burial? Put your archaeological skills to the test to work out who was buried over 1000 years ago and why.

    Then follow in the Anglo-Saxons footsteps by making a clay amulet to take home.

    45 minute sessions - suitable for ages 7+.

    Children £3

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    Spooky Minecraft

    Thursday 31 October, 11am, 12.15pm and 1:30pm

    Duration: 1 hour

    Suitable for children aged 8+

    Children £2.50

    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


  • Christmas at The Hive - Sat, 23 November Sun, 22 December 2019

    Christmas Rat-a-Tat Tales

    Every Saturday & Sunday from 23 November to 22 December, 11am & 2:45pm

    All young children are welcome to our interactive Rat-a-Tat Tales. Just stop by the Children’s Library to join our wonderful librarians reading your favourite festive stories.


    Lantern Making Workshops

    Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 November, 11am - 12pm & 1:30pm - 2:30pm

    Saturday 30 November & Sunday 1 December, 11am - 12pm & 1:30pm - 2:30pm

    Get ready for the famous Lantern Parade by crafting your very own festive lantern.

    These fun sessions will get you in the mood for both the parade and Christmas.

    £5 - willow lantern (ages 7 years+) £2.50 - mini lanterns (all ages)

    Book ticket - Willow Lantern

    Book ticket - Mini Lantern


    Lantern Parade

    Thursday 5 December, 5:30pm

    Signalling the start of Christmas at The Hive, watch Worcester light up with our annual winter lantern parade. Hear a festive concert at Cathedral Square at 5.30pm, then from 6pm meander through the City with live festive music as we go. Bring your own lanterns, or make one at our Lantern Making Workshops, and start Christmas as you mean to go on.

    Worcester Rock Choir will be performing Christmas classics on our return to The Hive. Squash and biscuits available for every child.


    Traditional Christmas Decorations Craft Activity

    Saturday 7 December, 11am - 3pm

    Children can create the Pomander, an authentic Elizabethan Christmas decoration to take home.

    Suitable for ages 6 - 12.

    Cost £1

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    Christmas Open Mic Night

    Thursday 12 December, 7pm

    Join the University of Worcester Creative Writing department for a Christmas open mic event.

    Hosted by Dr Jack McGowan. Drop-in and or sign up by emailing for a reading slot on the night!

    Suitable for ages 16+

  • The Lost Present - Christmas Play - Sat, 07 December

    Topsy Turvy Theatre Proudly Presents The Lost Present… A Christmas Adventure!

    Saturday 7 December, 11:30am & 2pm

    Topsy Turvy Theatre are back and would like to invite their young audiences on a Christmas adventure like no other.

    It’s Christmas Eve, and having tumbled to earth through the night sky, Elva sets out on a journey to find her best friend - a little girl she hasn’t even met yet. Has the lost present got what it takes to find her way through the cold winter night? Will she arrive in time for Christmas morning? Will Elva be everything the little girl wished for?

    Written especially for children and brought to life using handmade puppets, original music and delightful storytelling, The Lost Present is an enchanting tale about true friendship. It really is the perfect gift for Christmas. You can meet and greet Elva after the show.

    Watch the YouTube trailer

    Running time - 50 minutes.

    Suitable for children aged 2 to 7 and families.

    Adults £7 | Children £4.50 | Babes in arms free

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