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!

Sat 27 and Sun 28 April 2019: 11.00am to 4.00pm

ROMAN INVASION!

The Romans have come to Redditch! Come to Forge Mill to meet soldiers from the Roman Empire face to face, and watch live combat as they show off their flawless fighting skills!

Explore the living history camp to learn about Roman weapons and armour, as well as the trials and tribulations of everyday life.

Put your little legionaries through their paces with hands-on activities to see if they have what it takes to help expand the Empire!

ADULTS £3.00, LITTLE LEGIONARIES FREE
Includes entry into the museum

Sun 12 May 2019: 11.00am to 4.00pm

NATIONAL MILLS DAY

As part of National Mills Weekend, Forge Mill is opening at a special reduced price. Come and explore a Victorian mill whose role as a needle scouring location helped make Redditch famous across the world.

There will be the chance to see our water wheel in action.

Once you’ve enjoyed the mill, take a relaxing stroll around our abbey ruins, or let the little ones have some fun in our adventure playground.

ADULTS £2.00, CHILDREN FREE
Includes entry into the museum

Sat 18 May 2019: 11.00am to 1.00pm

SCOUR II ART PROJECT: HOOK AND LINE ART WORKSHOP (1)

Take part in this exciting project to create a new stencil picture trail through the Arrow Valley Country Park, Redditch.

Get inspired by Forge Mill’s amazing fish hook and fly collection and the beautiful landscape of the Country Park.

Explore botanical drawing, stencil making and spray painting to create transformational art!

Read associated flyer (pdf)

ADULTS £8.00 PER SESSION (or £35 for whole five-session course)
FAMILIES WELCOME, CHILDREN FREE

Please contact the museum to book places.

Sun 19 May 2019: 11.00am to 4.00pm

REMEMBERING THE 40s

Travel back in time to the 1940s and get a taste of life in World War 2 Britain.

Experience the trends in 1940s fashion, toys and memorabilia and, of course, rationing! Tap your foot to 1940s music provided by the brilliant Indigo Arts and learn about life from costumed characters with a story or two to tell.

There will be Home Front military displays and wartime vehicles, including Longbridge’s famous Austin Tens. There will also be children’s activities and crafts workshops running throughout the day, so bring the whole family!

ADULTS £3.00, CHILDREN £1.00
Includes entry into the museum

Thu 23 May 2019: 2.00 to 4.00pm

SCOUR II ART PROJECT: FOLLOW THE RIVER ART WORKSHOP (1)

Work with embroidery artist Hanny Newton to create artworks inspired by the beautiful needle collection.

Learn about the history and landscape of the Arrow Valley.

Explore different types of needles, fabrics and embroidery techniques.

Experiment with drawing, stitch and collage with objects collected from nature.

Read associated flyer (pdf)

ADULTS £8.00 PER SESSION (or £35 for whole five-week course)
FAMILIES WELCOME, CHILDREN FREE

Please contact the museum to book places.

Sat 25 May 2019: 11.00am to 4.00pm

SCOUR II ART PROJECT: ART WALK AND WORKSHOP

A different way to explore the historic landscape of the Arrow Valley with artist Andrew Howe and historian Tony Green.

Develop creative ideas and make your own map using drawing, mixed media collage and mono print techniques.

Up to 2 hour gentle walk followed by afternoon workshop.

No art experience needed, please bring a curious mind and stout shoes for the walk.

Read associated flyer (pdf)

ADULTS £15.00. FAMILIES WELCOME, CHILDREN FREE
Please contact the museum to book places.

Thu 30 May 2019: 2.00 to 4.00pm

SCOUR II ART PROJECT: FOLLOW THE RIVER ART WORKSHOP (2)

Work with embroidery artist Hanny Newton to create artworks inspired by the beautiful needle collection.

Learn about the history and landscape of the Arrow Valley.

Explore different types of needles, fabrics and embroidery techniques.

Experiment with drawing, stitch and collage with objects collected from nature.

Read associated flyer (pdf)

ADULTS £8.00 PER SESSION (or £35 for whole five-week course)
FAMILIES WELCOME, CHILDREN FREE

Please contact the museum to book places.

Sat 1 June 2019: 11.00am to 1.00pm

SCOUR II ART PROJECT: HOOK AND LINE ART WORKSHOP (2)

Take part in this exciting project to create a new stencil picture trail through the Arrow Valley Country Park, Redditch.

Get inspired by Forge Mill’s amazing fish hook and fly collection and the beautiful landscape of the Country Park.

Explore botanical drawing, stencil making and spray painting to create transformational art!

Read associated flyer (pdf)

ADULTS £8.00 PER SESSION (or £35 for whole five-session course)
FAMILIES WELCOME, CHILDREN FREE

Please contact the museum to book places.

Sun 2 June 2019: 11.00am to 4.00pm

FARM DAY

Become a farmer for the day and get up close and personal with farmyard animals and tractors!

Delight in puppet shows and experience traditional arts and crafts, and sample locally made produce.

This is a wonderful event and fun for the whole family, with a variety of children’s crafts and activities running throughout the day.

ADULTS £3.00, CHILDREN FREE
Includes entry into the museum

Thu 6 June 2019: 2.00 to 4.00pm

SCOUR II ART PROJECT: FOLLOW THE RIVER ART WORKSHOP (3)

Work with embroidery artist Hanny Newton to create artworks inspired by the beautiful needle collection.

Learn about the history and landscape of the Arrow Valley.

Explore different types of needles, fabrics and embroidery techniques.

Experiment with drawing, stitch and collage with objects collected from nature.

Read associated flyer (pdf)

ADULTS £8.00 PER SESSION (or £35 for whole five-week course)
FAMILIES WELCOME, CHILDREN FREE

Please contact the museum to book places.

Sat 8 June 2019: 11.00am to 1.00pm

SCOUR II ART PROJECT: HOOK AND LINE ART WORKSHOP (3)

Take part in this exciting project to create a new stencil picture trail through the Arrow Valley Country Park, Redditch.

Get inspired by Forge Mill’s amazing fish hook and fly collection and the beautiful landscape of the Country Park.

Explore botanical drawing, stencil making and spray painting to create transformational art!

Read associated flyer (pdf)

ADULTS £8.00 PER SESSION (or £35 for whole five-session course)
FAMILIES WELCOME, CHILDREN FREE

Please contact the museum to book places.

Sat 15 June 2019: 11.00am to 4.00pm

SCOUR II ART PROJECT: HOOK AND LINE ART WORKSHOP (4&5)

Take part in this exciting project to create a new stencil picture trail through the Arrow Valley Country Park, Redditch.

Get inspired by Forge Mill’s amazing fish hook and fly collection and the beautiful landscape of the Country Park.

Explore botanical drawing, stencil making and spray painting to create transformational art!

Note that this is a double, final session.

Read associated flyer (pdf)

ADULTS £8.00 PER SESSION (or £35 for whole five-session course)
FAMILIES WELCOME, CHILDREN FREE

Please contact the museum to book places.

Thu 20 June 2019: 2.00 to 4.00pm

SCOUR II ART PROJECT: FOLLOW THE RIVER ART WORKSHOP (4)

Work with embroidery artist Hanny Newton to create artworks inspired by the beautiful needle collection.

Learn about the history and landscape of the Arrow Valley.

Explore different types of needles, fabrics and embroidery techniques.

Experiment with drawing, stitch and collage with objects collected from nature.

Read associated flyer (pdf)

ADULTS £8.00 PER SESSION (or £35 for whole five-week course)
FAMILIES WELCOME, CHILDREN FREE

Please contact the museum to book places.

Thu 27 June 2019: 2.00 to 4.00pm

SCOUR II ART PROJECT: FOLLOW THE RIVER ART WORKSHOP (5)

Work with embroidery artist Hanny Newton to create artworks inspired by the beautiful needle collection.

Learn about the history and landscape of the Arrow Valley.

Explore different types of needles, fabrics and embroidery techniques.

Experiment with drawing, stitch and collage with objects collected from nature.

Read associated flyer (pdf)

ADULTS £8.00 PER SESSION (or £35 for whole five-week course)
FAMILIES WELCOME, CHILDREN FREE

Please contact the museum to book places.

Sat 20 and Sun 21 July 2019: 11.00am to 4.00pm

BORDESLEY WEEKEND

To coincide with the National Festival of Archaeology 2019, the Museum is having a special Bordesley Weekend.

During the weekend there will be tours of the 12th Century Bordesley Abbey site in the morning and afternoon, and a special exhibition on Bordesley Abbey and the Cistercian Order in the Visitor Centre, which also shows many of the finds which have been excavated over the years.

NORMAL ENTRY FEE APPLIES
Includes entry into the museum

Sun 28 July 2019: 11.00am to 4.00pm

LEGO DAY

Forge Mill welcomes Brick Central – LEGO enthusiasts who will showcase their amazing work, with hands-on LEGO games and activities running all day!

PRICE TBC

Sat 31 August 2019: 4.15pm for 5.00pm performance

OUTDOOR THEATRE: THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS

Boating with Ratty, a feast with Badger and high jinx on the open road with that reckless ruffian, Mr Toad!

Come and join Mole, Ratty and Badger on their mad-cap adventures in Quantum Theatre’s brand new adaptation of the Kenneth Grahame classic – a treat for all the family!

Gates open at 4.15pm for picnics. The performance begins at 5.00pm. Please bring your own blankets and seats for the show.

Read associated flyer (pdf)

ADULTS £9.00, CHILDREN £4.50
Please contact the museum on 01527 62509 in advance to book tickets.

Sun 15 September 2019: 11.00am to 4.00pm

HERITAGE OPEN DAY

A day to celebrate our local heritage. Come and enjoy:

  • Motor bikes from the Royal Enfield owners Club
  • Model boats
  • Live music from Indigo Arts
  • Exhibition from the Redditch local history society

Refreshments will be available from the Coffee Bar.

ADMISSION FREE
Includes entry into the museum

Sat 30 November and Sun 1 December 2019: 11.00am to 3.00pm

VICTORIAN 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 providing unique Christmas gifts
  • Traditional carol singing with Indigo Arts Heritage Group
  • Visit Father Christmas in his grotto
  • Mulled wine and roasted chestnuts
  • Victorian entertainment
  • Christmas crafts for children

A truly traditional Christmas event for all ages!

ADULTS £1.00, CHILDREN FREE

01527 62509

Forge Mill Needle Museum & Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre
Needle Mill Lane
Riverside
Redditch
B98 8HY

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