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!

Wednesdays 5 June to 10 July: 10.30am and 1.30pm

OUTDOOR EXPLORERS

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

Explore the outdoor world through free play in our Forest School area with your little one. Each session lasts around an hour, and starts and finishes around the fire circle.

We recommend this activity for 3 and 4 year olds, but younger ones are welcome also and there is no charge for younger accompanying siblings.

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

PER CHILD £4.00

Bookings should be made in advance using the link below:

Fri 21 June 2024: 5.00 to 9.00pm

MIDSUMMER SOIREE

A Summer celebration for all ages.

There will be tasty tapas served by Tapas Zampa alongside gin sampling with Piston Gin. Our bar will also be selling a selection of Piston Gin drinks as well as a range of other drinks.

Jazz Alchemy will be providing the Summer sounds and the play area and some garden games will be available for families to enjoy.

Music, food and drink is the ideal way to finish the week and discover that Friday feeling!

ADULTS £5.00, CHILDREN £2.00

Bookings can be made in advance using the link below:

Sat 13 July 2024: 7.00 to 10.30pm

80s NIGHT IN THE CLOISTERS

Join the 80s Alive duo as they perform well known hits with energy and passion in our covered Cloisters area. A fantastic night of live music which is always popular!

Drinks available from the bar. Please dress warmly if it is a cool evening.

ALL TICKETS £8.00

Bookings should be made in advance using the link below:

Sat 20 July 2024: 5.00 to 9.00pm

PICNIC AND PIMMS

Celebrate the start of the Summer holidays, and enjoy some acoustic sounds from Chris Slater and a journey through the decades with The Violettes. A music event for all to enjoy. Come and dance in the open air!

Bring a picnic or enjoy drinks from the bar which will be serving Pimms and other drinks.

ADULTS £5.00, CHILDREN £2.00

Bookings should be made in advance using the link below:

Sat 27 July 2024: 10.30am to 3.30pm

TEDDY BEAR LADIES BOOK SIGNING EVENT

Come and meet Julie Tatchell and Amanda Middleditch – best known as the Teddy Bear Ladies and stars of BBCs The Repair Shop – talking about their first children’s book: Bartie Bristle and Other Stories.

Hear about their inspirations for the book, their friendship and their fascinating career.

  • 10.30 to 11.30am – A ticketed talk, followed by book signing (charge applies)
  • 11.30am to 3.30pm – Meet the Teddy Bear Ladies, and book signing (free of charge)

TALK £7.00, TALK PLUS BOOK £20.00

Bookings for the talk should be made in advance using the link below:

Sat 27 July 2024: 11.00 to 4.00pm

TEDDY BEARS’ PICNIC

Come and take part in our Teddy Bears’ Picnic, complete with themed activities. This event ties in with the visit to Forge Mill of The Repair Shop’s Teddy Bear Ladies.

No charge to enter the grounds and take part in the picnic. There will be small additional charges for some of the themed activities.

FREE

Sun 11 August 2024: 4.30pm for 5.00pm performance

OUTDOOR THEATRE: THE SECRET GARDEN

Join Mary, Colin and Dickon as they tell you the story of their favourite place in the world – The Secret Garden. Original music, puppetry, interactions and laughs, a re-imagining of the classic book for those who love the great outdoors!

Gates open at 4.30pm. The performance begins at 5.00pm. Please bring your own picnics, blankets and seats to enjoy this performance in the beautiful, natural surroundings of Forge Mill.

Ice creams, drinks and snacks will be available from our coffee bar.

ADULTS £12.00, CHILDREN £6.00

Bookings should be made in advance using the link below:

Sun 1 September 2024: 4.30pm for 5.00pm performance

OUTDOOR THEATRE: THE TALE OF JEMIMA PUDDLE-DUCK

Poor Jemima Puddleduck is not allowed to hatch her own eggs, so off she goes to find a quiet hiding place, but is the charming ‘Whiskered Gentleman’ she meets really as nice as he seems? Find out in this charming new adaptation of the much-loved tale by Beatrix Potter by Quantum Theatre.

Gates open at 4.30pm. The performance begins at 5.00pm. Please bring your own picnics, blankets and seats to enjoy this performance in the beautiful, natural surroundings of Forge Mill.

Ice creams, drinks and snacks will be available from our coffee bar.

ADULTS £12.00, CHILDREN £6.00

Bookings should be made in advance using the link below:

Sun 15 September 2024: 11.00am to 4.00pm

HERITAGE OPEN DAY

A day to celebrate our local heritage, supported by local community groups. 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.
  • Arts in Redditch, promoting local arts
  • Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, promoting wildlife in Worcestershire.
  • Live music from Indigo Arts, our local community charity supporting young people.
  • Free entry into the museum – the only existing water powered scouring mill.
  • Free entry into the ‘Honouring the Past; Creating the Future’ exhibition.
  • Free guided tours of the Needle Museum and the Bordesley Abbey Ruins.
  • And much more…

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

ADMISSION FREE
Includes entry into the museum

Guided Tours of Forge Mill