Venue Hire

We now offer the chance to hire the historic and beautiful grounds of the Forge Mill Needle Museum and Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre for wedding receptions, parties and fundraising events.

We have an attractive outdoor space, with the backdrop of a 16th century barn, Victorian Needle Mill and picturesque Mill Pond.

Please contact us for hire charges or for any further information.

Function Room

As part of the complex we have a light and airy Function Room, which is the new wing of a 16th century barn. The room can be set out in a variety of ways and is ideal for:

  • Group meetings
  • Lectures
  • Parties
  • Workshops
  • Wakes

The room can usually be hired both during, and outside of, normal museum opening hours.

Covered Cloistered Courtyard

Our covered Cloistered Courtyard area has café style chairs and tables and is adjacent to our popular children’s adventure play area. This is a lovely area and suitable for events like:

  • Parties
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Christenings

The Courtyard can be hired both during (note that the adjacent Play Area will be open to the general public at this time) and outside of normal opening hours, such as for evening functions. Any clearing away can be done the following day between 9.30 and 10.30am. We reserve the right to charge an hourly rate until the site is cleared to our satisfaction.

Views of Forge Mill Needle Museum’s Cloister Area in Redditch, Worcestershire, which is available for hire. With grateful thanks to (c) John James Photographer/Videographer.

Adventure Play Area

For children’s parties, our large Adventure Play Area can be hired exclusively from 4.00 to 6.00pm. Included in with the charge will be use of our back rotunda, which is a small covered area including picnic tables.

The Play Area can also be hired outside of these and normal museum opening hours.

A birds-eye view of the Forge Mill Needle Museum ‘s Play Area in Redditch, Worcestershire, which is available for hire. With grateful thanks to (c) John James Photographer/Videographer.

Potions Making Parties

Our Potions Making Parties are a unique event in our outdoor Forest School area. Each party includes the following for 12 children:

  • Potion making experience
  • Snack and hot chocolate by the fire
  • Potion to take home
  • Our small function room for your party tea which you can decorate as you want
  • Lunch bags and squash for children.

These parties are available between April and October, and are recommend for children aged 5 to 10 years.

Total cost: £180

For all enquiries and to make a booking please contact the museum by phone or email.

Other Hires and Arrangements

Commercial Photography around the site during museum opening hours.

Ground hire for a Marquee – three days (including set up and take down).

Ghost Hunt – use of grounds, Forge Mill and the Visitor Centre from 7.00pm to 2.00am.

If you would like to hire any aspect of Forge Mill, the Visitor Centre or grounds, please contact us or speak to a member of staff during your visit.

Guided Tours of Forge Mill