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Bewdley Festival - 2018

12th October to 21st October

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Evening Shows

Our evening shows all take place at the Mercure Bewdley Heath Hotel, Abberley Road, Bewdley from 8:00 pm

Our programme of Daytime shows is as varied and eclectic as always and the events are held in Bewdley Baptist Church, St George's Hall and St. Anne's Church.

Tickets are still available for a number of events through our online booking system following the links below.

You can also reserve tickets during the last week before Festival starts on Friday 6 October by calling the Festival Office on 01299 404808 between 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday.

Please note that we use PayPal to securely process all payments and do not hold any of your financial data, we do hold contact details to send you your tickets and in case we need to advise you of any changes. Any information we hold will not be shared with third parties.

Tickets purchased online will be be held for you to collect on the door on the evening of the event.


Roger McGough and LiTTLe MACHiNe: Friday 6 October

McGoughRoger McGough is one of Britain’s best-loved poets for both adults & children and he makes a welcome return to Bewdley Festival after featuring in the first ever Festival.

His new show with LiTTLe MACHiNe features a fine selection of vintage, classic & surprising poems set to music and is receiving great reviews wherever it plays.

This event is supported by

Occupational Safety Management Limited and The Mercure Hotel, Kidderminster   

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Sara Pascoe - LadsLadsLads: Saturday 7 October


Sara is enjoying a year-long, one-woman stag do.

From spiritual retreats, city breaks, life drawing classes and football matches – she has been drunk and lonely everywhere. Following a sell-out live tour of Animal (inspired by her critically acclaimed book of the same name), the multi award-winning comedian and star of Live at The Apollo, Mock the Week, QI and Taskmaster, presents a brand-new (best ever) stand-up show; unmissable comedy from one of the country’s leading comedic talents.

Hilarious confessions of a forensic mind - Evening Standard
Always intelligent and occasionally exquisite - The Independent
Pascoe’s lively mind teases out big questions with intelligence, silliness and self-deprecation - The Guardian


This event is supported by Phipps and Pritchard with McCartneys and by Wright Solicitors


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Graham Gouldman - Heart Full of Songs: Sunday 8 October



An Acoustic Concert featuring fellow 10cc band members Mike Stevens and Ian Hornal. Support from Sunjay

Graham Gouldman is an English singer/songwriter and musician famed for his time as bassist and vocalist of the iconic band 10cc who sold 30 million albums worldwide. A talented guitarist as well as being able at other instruments, Gouldman has used his technical ability to carve a successful solo path and has released a handful of albums and singles on his own accord.

Graham formed what became Heart Full of Songs six years ago, purely for the pleasure of playing his songs in their simplest form, acoustically. He tours the UK performing tracks from Heart Full of Songs, which as well as songs from 10cc, features hits written for The Hollies, The Yardbirds, Herman’s Hermits, Kirsty McColl, Gary Barlow and many others.

Instantly recognisable are I’m Not In Love, Dreadlock Holiday, Bus Stop, No Milk Today, The Things We Do For Love among many others

This event is supported by

The Swan Centre and TWS Windows and Doors   

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Jenni Murray: A History of Britain in 21 Women - Monday 9 October



A History of Britain as you have never heard it before, through the achievements of twenty-one women whose lives enthral, intrigue and inspire.

Britain has been defined by its conflicts, its conquests, its men, and its monarchs. To say that it’s high time that it was defined by its women falls some way short of an understatement.

In this personal selection Jenni draws together the lives of twenty-one women to shed light on a variety of social, political, religious and cultural aspects of British history, reinvigorating the stories behind the names we all know and revealing the fascinating tales behind those less familiar.

Jenni is a journalist and broadcaster who has presented BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour since 1987. She regularly contributes to various newspapers and magazines and is the author of several books including The Memoirs of a Not So Dutiful Daughter.


This event is supported by mfg Solicitors  and AvantiGas

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An Evening With Pete Waterman: Tuesday 10 October

watermanAn Evening with Pete Waterman

Dr Pete Waterman OBE is the most successful British producer-songwriter in pop history, an author, DJ, Pop Idol judge and television presenter and a lifelong entrepreneur.

Perhaps best known as one-third of the phenomenally successful Stock Aitken Waterman team and for his world-famous PWL label and production company, Pete has sold in excess of 500 million records around the world over five decades, launching artists such as Kylie Minogue, John Travolta, Rick Astley and Steps and was voted the Music Industry’s Man of the Year 1990.

Since buying the first national rail franchise in 1993, Pete has continued to contribute massively to the preservation and development of this historic and essential industry, developing one of Britain’s largest railway heritage businesses, London & North Western Railway Heritage Company.

In 2013 he accepted an invitation to join the Government’s HS2 Growth Taskforce.


This event is supported by

Worcester Bosch

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Dan Cruickshank - History of Architecture in 100 Buildings: Wednesday 11 October

cruickshankJourneying through time and place, from the ancient Egyptian pyramids to the soaring skyscrapers of Manhattan, renowned architectural historian Dan Cruickshank explores the most inspirational and characterful world buildings.

His selection includes many of the world’s best known buildings that represent key pioneering moments in architectural history - such as the Pantheon in Rome, Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, the Taj Mahal in Agra, and the Forbidden City in Beijing - but he also presents less obvious more surprising structures, the unsung heroes of this fascinating story, like the Oriel Chambers in Liverpool, and the Narkomfin Apartment building in Moscow.

Having visited all but three of these 100 buildings, even though some are in hazardous and threatened locations such as the Hatra in Iraq and Palmyra in Syria, he speaks movingly about ancient artefacts some of which may never be experienced again first hand.

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This event is supported by:

Little Lakes Holiday Park

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T'pau: In Concert - Thursday 12 October

tpauT’Pau became one of the most successful and biggest selling bands of the 1980s with huge hits like China In Your Hand, Heart and Soul and Valentine.

Led by flame-haired singer Carol Decker, they rode the crest of a wave, also enjoying a quadruple platinum number one hit with their debut album, Bridge Of Spies. The album produced a string of worldwide hits, which saw Heart And Soul, staying on the U.S billboard chart for six months, peaking at No 4, and, of course, most notably China In Your Hand, which occupied the No1 slot in the UK for five weeks.

Platinum albums Rage and The Promise followed adding to the band’s global success. T’pau toured continuously with the likes of Bryan Adams and Nik Kershaw eventually selling out their own arena shows such as Wembley and The NEC.

Performing a rare full band show, Carol is looking forward to rocking out with her army of amazing musicians.

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This event is supported by

Allan Morris Estate Agents and Bewdley Brewery   

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The Tom Robinson Band - 2-4-6-8 Motorway: Friday 13 October

RobinsonThe Tom Robinson Band appear as part of a short and exclusive tour to mark the 40th anniversary of 2-4-6-8 Motorway in October 2017.

Tom Robinson is now a popular and influential radio presenter as well as a touring musician and he pays tribute to the original Tom Robinson Band by performing the entire Power In The Darkness album with a classic four piece line-up including Tom himself on bass and lead vocals.

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This event is supported by:

Creative Landscapes at Whitlenge Gardens and The Hop Pole Inn, Bewdley

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Jan Ravens - A Difficult Woman: Saturday 14 October



Who runs the world? Fifty-something women, apparently. Dead Ringers star, Jan Ravens takes to the road with her well-loved impressions of Theresa May, Nicola Sturgeon, Diane Abbott, Hillary Clinton and many others, including Kirsty Wark, Lyse Doucet and Fiona Bruce.

Why, she asks, are women perceived as ‘difficult’, when we are just being decisive, ambitious and tenacious? Well, come on, why? Jan has been seen, and contributed across the satirical spectrum, on shows such as Newsnight, The Daily Politics, Mock the Week, QI, Question Time, Today and PM.

A consummate impressionist -Times
Modern, topical, with a fresh satirical twist -Telegraph.
A brilliantly funny woman in her prime - Kirsty Wark


This event is supported by

Robert Arthur Davies Ltd and Bob and Anne Hill   

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