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!

Wed 17 August 2022: 10.00 to 11.30am, 12.30 to 2.00pm, 2.30 to 4.00pm

CREATE BUILD LEARN LEGO WORKSHOP: LEGO CITY

Fun and engaging themed lego workshops with the ‘Create Build Learn’ team.

We ask that any child under 8 is accompanied by an adult for the duration of the workshop although please only book a place for the participating child.

PER CHILD £4.50

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:

Sat 10 September 2022: 7.30 to 10.30pm

AN EVENING OF GIN AND JAZZ

Featuring the music of Jazz Alchemy.

Come and join us for an evening of jazz under the stars in our atmospheric cloisters area, with a bar including a selection of gins.

TICKETS £7.00

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