What's On

October Events 2024

The Bewdley Festival team has created a packed programme this year with performers and activities we are sure you will enjoy.

Our daytime programme
always brings surprises, and this year is no exception.

It starts with Saturday “Tea & Cakes” with podcaster and presenter Emily Dean (and Raymond the Dog) in conversation.

Brett Westwood will be talking about his life as a naturalist in “Curious Nature”. We will spend an afternoon being “Mired in Penda’s Fen” with local writers Martin Wall and Richard Clay, and we will be presenting a brand-new comedy play starring Claire Worboys and Jonathan Darby in “Will & Ani”.

The latest in our popular series of films exploring the world of paintings is “Klimt and the Kiss” and this year we are pleased to present a limited numbers Watercolour Workshop hosted by best-selling water-colour artist and author Sarah Stokes.

Two much-loved favourites return with local historian Max Keen revisiting the story of “Richard III”, whilst the magnificent Lesley Smith brings Florence Nightingale to life.

The festival opens on Friday 11th October with our most requested returnee Ruby Turner with her great band, and on the following evening we will be laughing with Henry Normal and Nigel Planer.

Musician, novelist and BBC documentary star Darren McGarvey will be asking us to “Explore Trauma” on the Sunday evening, whilst on Monday the much-loved singer and presenter Aled Jones will be exploring his life and singing some favourites in his show "Full Circle"

We all will be laughing again when the ever-popular Alfie Moore entertains us with his stories of police life and more in "A Face For Radio", followed on Wednesday evening by the broadcaster, classicist and comedian Natalie Haynes unlocking the secrets of Greek Goddesses in “Divine Might”.

Our music legend spot this year is filled by one of the most influential and revered bands of all time - Soft Machine, who will provide a very special night of musicianship at Tree Tops.

We are delighted to welcome back Jane Garvey who will be talking with Jacqui Smith, the UK’s first woman Home Secretary and now a well-known presenter. A unique event not to be missed!

For our last night we feature the country's foremost jazz and swing singer, radio presenter Clare Teal, who has curated a Dance Party especially for us, including a set from the Worcestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra, a special night is in store!

A week later, on Saturday 26th October, the festival concludes with one of Europe's leading choirs - the Bath Abbey Choir giving a concert to be remembered in St Anne’s Church as a fitting finale to the 2024 Festival.

See full details of each event and buy tickets at https://boxoffice.bewdleyfestival.org.uk.

See the online brochure below.