Events

Forge Mill Needle Museum and Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre holds many different events throughout the year.

These can link in with National Days or initiatives, seasonal themes or exhibitions that are on display at the museum, or just fun-filled events for all the family to enjoy. With such a variety of events there is something for everybody!

Thu 30 June and Fri 1 July 2022: 10.00 to 11.15am

OUTDOOR EXPLORERS

Fun outdoor activities exploring the natural world for 3 to 4 year olds. Limited numbers available.

Our new format of ‘Outdoor Explorers’ adopts the Forest School principles of free play as well as focussing on the nature surrounding our designated ‘Forest School’ area. Sessions will include some story or song time around the fire circle.

Please ensure children wear trousers as well as sturdy footwear or wellies and that they dress according to the weather.

To book a place on any of our sessions please email info@forgemill.org.uk

PER CHILD £4.00

Thu 7 and Fri 8 July 2022: 10.00 to 11.15am

OUTDOOR EXPLORERS

Fun outdoor activities exploring the natural world for 3 to 4 year olds. Limited numbers available.

Our new format of ‘Outdoor Explorers’ adopts the Forest School principles of free play as well as focussing on the nature surrounding our designated ‘Forest School’ area. Sessions will include some story or song time around the fire circle.

Please ensure children wear trousers as well as sturdy footwear or wellies and that they dress according to the weather.

To book a place on any of our sessions please email info@forgemill.org.uk

PER CHILD £4.00

Thu 14 and Fri 15 July 2022: 10.30 to 11.30am

TEDDY BEARS’ PICNIC

Craft, trail and songs followed by a picnic. This year we are themed around a summer of sport, and we’d love your teddies to join in too!

PER CHILD £4.00

Booking in advance is essential, and can be made via the Palace Theatre website using the link below:

Sun 17 July 2022: 5.00 to 9.00pm

PICNIC, PIZZA AND PIMMS

Enjoy some Summer sounds in the early evening with Brazilian dance folk music from ‘Forro Tempo’ and classic tunes from the 40s to the 80s performed by The Violettes.

Bring a picnic or enjoy some freshly cooked pizza and enjoy drinks from the bar which will be serving Pimms, Gins and various other drinks.

ADULTS £4.00, CHILDREN £2.00, FAMILY OF FIVE £10.00

Bookings can be made via the Palace Theatre website using the link below:

Sat 3 September 2022: 4.30pm

OUTDOOR THEATRE: THE TALE OF PETER RABBIT

Peter Rabbit and his naughty cousin Benjamin know very well that they are not to go into Mr McGregor’s garden, but they cannot resist and soon they find themselves face to face Mr McGregor himself!  But how will they ever escape?

Join Peter and Benjamin on their hair-raising adventures in this enchanting adaptation of the much loved Beatrix Potter classic – a treat for all the family.

Outdoor theatre in the beautiful natural surroundings at Forge Mill Museum, presented by Quantum Theatre and Frederick Warne & Co.

Please bring your own blankets and picnics.

Grounds open at 4.30pm. Performance starts at 5.00pm.

ADULTS £9.50, CHILDREN £4.50

Bookings in advance can be made via the Palace Theatre website using the link below:

Sun 18 September 2022: 10.00am to 4.00pm

HERITAGE OPEN DAY

A day to celebrate our local heritage. Amongst the wide range of local activities we will have:

  • A range of iconic motor bikes from the Royal Enfield Owners Club.
  • Meticulously built model boats from the Little Radford Model Boat Club.
  • Live music from Indigo Arts, our local community charity supporting young people.
  • Display from AIR (Arts in Redditch), a charitable organisation promoting and supporting the arts.
  • A display by the Redditch History Society and Friends of Forge Mill Museum.
  • Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, promoting wildlife in Worcestershire.
  • Free entry into the museum – the only existing water powered scouring mill.
  • Free entry into ‘Found’, an exhibition by Art Textiles: Made in Britain.
  • Tours by experienced volunteer guides of the Needle Museum and the Bordesley Abbey Ruins.

Refreshments and light lunches will be available from the Mill View Coffee Bar.

ADMISSION FREE
Includes entry into the museum

Sun 4 and Sun 11 December 2022: 11.00am to 3.00pm

CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR

Step back in time and join us to celebrate a traditional Christmas. Victorian entertainment will provide the festive atmosphere whilst you browse amongst a variety of food and craft stalls to choose unique Christmas gifts.

There will also be the opportunity to visit Father Christmas in his grotto as well as take part in some children’s creative crafts.

  • A variety of craft stalls offering unique Christmas gifts.
  • Visit Father Christmas in his grotto.
  • Traditional carol singing with Indigo Arts Heritage Group.
  • Alcester Silver Band.
  • Mulled wine and roasted chestnuts.
  • Victorian Blacksmith at work.
  • Victorian Juggler.
  • Christmas crafts for children.

A truly traditional Christmas event for all ages!

ADMISSION FREE

Guided Tours of Forge Mill