• Sunday Classical "Opera In The Afternoon" - 14th October 3:30pm

  • Barry Venning "A Child Of Six Could Do It" - 15 October 2:30pm

  • Chris Baines "Wildlife Gardening" - 16 October 2:30pm

  • Beesley "Magic Lantern Tales" - 17 October 2:30pm

  • David Parker: The Flying Scotsman - 18 October 10:30am

  • Lesley Smith: Mary Queen of Scots - 20 October 2:30pm

Our Daytime Programme: October 2018

Max Keen Lecture "Edward I": Saturday October 13th 2:30pm

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Festival favourite Max Keen comes to the stage at Bewdley Baptist Church, when he will help us decide in his own inimitable style whether Edward 1 was either “A Great or a Terrible King”.

Whichever is decided, it is certain to be a very entertaining afternoon.

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Classical Sunday "Opera in the Afternoon": Sunday October 14th 3:30pm

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Our classical afternoon show brings “Opera in the Afternoon” being performed in St Anne’s Church, Load Street, Bewdley.

Local and national singers, including The Opera Studio - Elgar School of Music, will treat us to renditions of many of our best loved pieces.

If you are a lover of opera this is a "must see" concert and if you’ve never heard Opera live, perhaps thinking it is ‘highbrow’, this is a wonderful opportunity to test your theory to destruction.

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Barry Venning "A Child of Six Could Do It": Monday October 15th 2:30pm

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Cartoonist Barry Venning feels that modern art is often considered difficult, but it is much less so when seen through the eyes of cartoonists over the years.

Cartoonists can be funny, cruel and at times extremely perceptive. This afternoon will provide an absorbing, illuminating and, above all, funny, revealing and sidelong view of 150 years of modern art all under the banner of “A Child of Six Could Do It”.

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Brett Westwood "Natural Influences": Tuesday October 16th 10:30am in St George's Hall

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The ever popular writer and BBC producer Brett Westwood brings more of his unique thoughts on our countryside to Festival under the banner of “Natural Influences”.

Brett is the creator and writer of Radio 4’s Tweet of the Day in addition to being involved in various wildlife and conservation groups in our beautiful county.

Today Brett reveals which people and animals have had the biggest influences on his life and career. Expect slugs and toadstools, snakes and swans and of course a strong showing from the wildlife of north Worcestershire.

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Chris Baines "Wildlife Gardening": Tuesday October 16th 2:30pm

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Chris Baines is one of the country’s leading independent environmentalists. He is a horticulturalist, landscape architect, naturalist, television presenter and author as well as the chair of the Wyre Forest Landscape Partnership.

In 1985 he inspired a generation of gardeners with his book "How To Make A Wildlife Garden" recently re-issued as an RHS Classic and he fills in the gaps during “Wildlife Gardening”.

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Ian McMillan and Ian Beesley "Magic Lantern Tales": Wednesday October 17th 2:30pm

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Making a welcome return to Bewdley Festival, but with a very different show from previous visits, Ian McMillan is joined by Ian Beesley on the afternoon of Wednesday 17th October.

Using a genuine magic lantern projector, poet and broadcaster McMillan and documentary photographer Beesley tell a story of the First World War from the point of view of men who survived it and lived on to old age and a changing world.

Here too are the tales of women who worked in the factories that oiled the wheels of war.

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David Parker "The Flying Scotsman": Thursday October 18th 10:30am in St George's Hall

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David Parker spent five years making four programmes for television about the revival of steam locomotives in Britain, some of it shot on the Severn Valley Railway, and including the story of the rebuilding of Flying Scotsman.

In this talk David will use clips from the programmes he made for the BBC to bring to life that remarkable story of ingenuity, perseverance and humour.

Along with rare film of the rebuilding of Flying Scotsman, David will talk about how he made the films and some of the problems, and the joys, he encountered along the way. including what it was like working with the celebrity presenters, Robson Green and Michael Portillo.

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Tim Bentinck "Being David Archer": Thursday October 18th 2:30

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“The Archers” are back in Bewdley this afternoon.

In a "must see" for Archers fans Tim Bentinck, otherwise known as David Archer, will speaking and answering questions about “Being David Archer” in this ever-popular radio serial.

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Maggie Andrews "Hidden Heroines": Friday October 19th 2:30pm

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In the 100th anniversary year of Women's Suffrage Professor Maggie Andrews, from the University of Worcester, will be enlightening her audience on the details and importance of the Suffragettes in her talk "Hidden Heroines: The Feisty Women who won the vote’.

An accomplished speaker, Maggie specialises in the social and cultural history of twentieth century Britain and the representation of that history in popular culture.

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Lesley Smith "Mary Queen of Scots": Saturday October 20th 2:30pm at The Mercure Hotel

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Lesley Smith is Curator of Tutbury Castle, Staffordshire, where she regularly performs from her repertoire of famous women from history and is a firm favourite of Festival audiences.

This afternoon Lesley appears on the stage at the Mercure Bewdley Heath Hotel to portray the life of Mary, Queen of Scots in her own entertaining and informative manner.

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