Bewdley Festival 12th to 21st October 2018 is the 31st consecutive edition of the annual multi-arts festival held in the North Worcestershire town of Bewdley.
Since the first festival was held in 1988 we have always striven to "Bring the Best to Bewdley and the Best out of Bewdley" by programming an eclectic mix of very well-known stars, and local talent and 2018 is no exception.
Bewdley Festival also presents events throughout the year either in our own name; through Bewdley Youth Festival, or our popular literary arm, Bewdley Book Week, which for 2018 will be a Literary Day.
The Festival Literary Day is on Saturday 29th September and features three diverse writers, all with a passion for history:
8.00pm STUART MACONIE, the radio and television presenter, writer, journalist, and critic talks about his book "Long Road From Jarrow".
In October 2016 Stuart walked 300 miles from Jarrow to London retracing the famous Jarrow Crusade 80 years on, through a divided, complex country that echoes 1936 in many ways.
2.00 pm Tea and Cakes with best selling author GILL PAUL: Writing, Royals and Romance.
How do royals choose partners and make their personal relationships work within those ancient institutions, under a harsh spotlight? What is their understanding of a normal marriage? Is it anything like ours?
11.00 am Popular local writer and historian FENELLA FLACK will be speaking about "Completing the trilogy”:
For the last two years Fen Flack has kept us gripped not just by her Ironside narrative but by the demands of the physical production of her novels. Book Three is complete!
We invite you to our free event for Friends of Bewdley Festival at the Mercure Hotel on Wednesday 4th July. Starting at 7:30 pm we have a bar at Festival prices, some free wine and nibbles and most importantly three terrific acts.
Representing Bewdley Youth Festival we present a great and innovative young singer, Beth Dalton, on the literary front we present poet and raconteur Rob Barratt who was tremendously funny and a great hit at Bewdley Book Week in 2016; and completing the line up we have a fantastic singer songwriter from Wales, John Adams, who was a revelation when he appeared at Festival last year as support for T'Pau. People have asked when we can bring him back, and here he is!
If you are not yet a friend of Festival don't worry as we have a special offer for you.
You can purchase membership for the rest of 2018 at the reduced rate of £10 each by clicking on the link below and you will be able to come to this great evening of entertainment. All we ask is that you complete the membership form when you arrive on the 4th.
If you are an existing member it will help us to plan food etc. on the night if you can register your attendance.
Every October the riverside town of Bewdley hosts 10 days of music, comedy, stimulating talks and discussions, fascinating people and drama across four venues.
The line-up for this year’s Bewdley Festival has something to meet everybody’s taste as once again the Festival has brought together a collection of international, national and local artists to entertain, enthrall and challenge the audiences for the whole of the Festival, during both our daytime and evening programmes.
It all begins on Friday 12th October, when a specially constructed theatre inside the Mercure Heath Hotel will resound to a rare performance from Roland Gift, of Fine Young Cannibals, and his six piece band.
The full details of all our events and how to get tickets are through these links: Evening Programme - Day Programme
Our annual art ehibition this year features the works of Rob Hamp - you can see a preview of his art on his website by clicking here.
We also host a community arts project each year, and in 2018 we feature the return of our popular Duck House project and you can see details by clicking here.