Our Programme 2023:

Bewdley Festival 2023 takes place between Friday October 6th and Saturday October 21st with events in three different venues, including Tree Tops Pavilion at West Midlands Safari Park.

Ten Days in October, “Bringing the Best to Bewdley and the Best out of Bewdley” for the 35th time since 1988.

We hope you will agree that we have curated a very diverse and interesting line-up with something for everyone, including a challenging drama from Michael Mears and uplifting performance poetry from Emma Purshouse and Steve Pottinger.

Our music events include a recital by one of the leading classical ensembles of today, The Carducci String Quartet. There is a fantastic new show paying homage to the music of Joni Mitchell, and the evocative words of poet laureate Simon Armitage are put to music by his band LYR. Tickets to the Lindisfarne show were released early to coincide with the publication of their tour dates and have sold out.

Comedy comes from the popular Shaparak Khorsandi, and we have a range of talks and discussions with leading scientist Adam Rutherford, the music icon Jazzie B, cartoonist Martin Rowson, author Mike Gayle, historian Peter Clark and two “National Treasures” in Jane Garvey and Lemn Sissay.

Naturalist Brett Westwood makes a very welcome return as does historical re-enactor extraordinaire Lesley Smith.

All the family can join in creating and drawing a “Bewdley Comic Strip” with Kev F Sutherland’s Masterclass and we end this year’s celebrations with “Whispering” Bob Harris and Colin Hall revealing all about the songs the Beatles “gave away”.

We hope to see you at one or more of our events and you can buy tickets from the web address below. Many thanks to our Sponsors, Patrons, Volunteers and Festival Friends.  Without their wonderful support our unique Festival would be very challenging to produce.


  • LYR - Featuring Simon Armitage