Are you going to Bewdley Festival this year?

It’s the 30th anniversary of the festival, which has grown into a major event and a real boon to the area.

Community events like this really help to make a place more desirable to live – a bit like improving public facilities like Kidderminster station I mentioned in this column recently.

I believe events like Bewdley Festival are fundamental in building the community and making somewhere a happening, vibrant, exciting place to live and work in.

Community events help the local economy and really do have a knock-on effect on house prices.

I’m not saying people will move to Bewdley just because of the festival, but it’s all part of the cultural feel of the place which house buyers take notice of.

This one is a particular biggy and this year’s Bewdley Festival, the 30th, takes place from October 6-15. Yes, 30 years of providing top class varied entertainment which pulls in thousands of people. The hard-working festival committee can be justifiably proud of what they achieve each year – so, step up and take a bow.

This year’s festival has attracted some impressive names including: 10cc’s Graham Gouldman, The Tom Robinson Band, T’pau and Jan Ravens. In all there will be 20 events over the 10-day festival split between day and evening performances.

Veteran journalist and broadcaster Jenni Murray will be in town and pop guru Pete Waterman will be telling of his involvement and interest in railway preservation.

There is a varied programme to meet all tastes of art forms – something for everyone to enjoy. From the Story of Boudica, with Lesley Smith to an afternoon in the company of Timothy Warren, alias The Archers radio serial villain Rob Titchener.

Tickets are now on sale at the Tourist Information Centre in Bewdley Museum, Load Street, or online at



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