• Leo Sayer - Friday October 9 - 8:00pm

  • Mari Wilson - Saturday October 10 - 8:00pm

  • Alexander Sitkovetsky accompanied by Wu Qian - Sunday October 11 - 8:00pm

  • Professor Alice Roberts - Monday October 12 - 8:00pm

  • Hilary Kay and Paul Atterbury - Tuesday October 13 - 8:00pm

  • Jay Rayner - Wednesday October 14 - 8:00pm

  • Dr Phil Hammond - Thursday October 15 - 8:00pm

  • Toyah Willcox - Friday October 16 - 8:00pm

  • Art Exhibition - Penelope Timmis - September 21 to October 31

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The 28th consecutive edition of the annual Bewdley Festival brings its traditional mix of local talent and national and international stars of stage, screen and concert halls, all packed into ten days in October and with something for everyone.

Evening events offer music from Leo Sayer, Mari Wilson, and Toyah Willcox plus comedy from Dr Phil Hammond.

From your TV screens, Festival brings science presenter Professor Alice Roberts, food critic and writer Jay Rayner and Antiques Roadshow experts Hilary Kay and Paul Atterbury.

Classical Sunday sees a Francis Brett Young Society opera premiere and a violin recital from Alexander Sitkovetsky. Sunday evening also features a Bewdley Youth Festival Music Showcase.

The afternoon programme is an eclectic mix of talks and presentations from the history of Mr Punch to the pigeon heroes of wartime, including Robert Llewellyn of Red Dwarf and Scrapheap Challenge, Guardian political cartoonist Martin Rowson, Archers scriptwriter Joanna Toye, Lesley Smith appearing as Nell Gwynne and the Max Keen Lecture featuring King John and Magna Carta.

Mornings feature the story of restoring the Landscape of Hagley Hall and a “virtual visit” to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

Music features again with Festival’s Party Night finale with the Bootleg Blues Brothers and a calmer closure with the traditional Church Service at St Anne’s.

Throughout October, Shropshire artist Penny Timmis has an exhibition of her vibrant work and a Community Arts project results in a decorated Duck House Trail in Jubilee Gardens.

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