Bewdley Museum hosts work of Pre-Raphaelite artist

An exhibition of Pre-Raphaelite works will be on display at Bewdley Museum from this Saturday (9 September). ‘James Smetham, Pre-Raphaelite Outsider’ is on loan from Oxford Brookes University and runs at the museum until Sunday 29 October.

Smetham, was an English Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood painter and engraver and devout Methodist. He taught art at Wesleyan Normal College in Westminster and was good friends with Dante Gabriel Rossetti, founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and John Ruskin renowned Victorian critic, artist, writer and thinker.

The exhibition joins a busy, varied, programme of events at the museum in September.

The Murder Mystery evening on Saturday 9 September at the museum is already a sell-out!  But hot on the heels of this there is a weekend of Medieval and Tudor life being re-enacted, starting on Saturday 16 September. The following Saturday (23 September) the Black Country Steamers will be showcasing some of their miniature steam engines in the orchard in the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Gardens.  The month winds up in great musical style with Bewdley Concert Band performing in the Green Theatre on Saturday 23 September.  Bewdley museum is owned and managed by Wyre Forest District Council.

Councillor Tracey Onslow Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure, Arts and Community Safety said:

“This is a real success story. Talks started last year to secure this opportunity for Wyre Forest, so we are thrilled to be working with Oxford Brookes University to host ‘James Smetham, Pre-Raphaelite Outsider’ at Bewdley Museum. Our museum continues to educate, entertain and delight and this month will be no exception!”

All available events are free to enter and details can be found on the museum’s website

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West Mercia Police Town Centre Surgery

Bewdley Carnival – Saturday, 24 June 2023

Open Garden – Sunday 14 May 2023 10am – 5pm

Open Garden – visit a wildlife friendly garden – Sunday 14 May 2023 10am – 5pm.  Free Entry.  Tea, cake and plants for sale – proceeds to be donated to Forest Nightstop Charity


Wyre Forest Chess Clubs

free to come along for a game!
(We currently have an age range spanning more than 80 years!!)

Lots of friendly games but also league matches and competitions for anyone interested at the Kidderminster Club. We have 5 teams and have just won the Wolverhampton League Division 2 title.

All levels and all ages are welcome

Kidderminster Chess Club
Wednesday evenings from 7pm
Habberley Social Club  Truro Drive  Kidderminster  DY11 6DN

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Bewdley Chess Club

11:30am to 2pm Fridays
St Anne’s Church  Load Street  Bewdley  DY12 2AE

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Stourport Chess Club
2:30pm to 4:30pm Tuesdays
Stourport-on-Severn Library
Civic Centre  New Street  Stourport  DY13 8UN


King’s Coronation Event – Sunday 7 May 2023

Bewdley Town Council is thrilled to be organising and sponsoring a Kings Coronation event on Sunday the 7th May.

We have a day packed with fun for all of the family and will be holding this celebration at Riverside North Park in Bewdley from 11am – 6pm.

We have plenty for you to be involved with on the run up to the event as well as the event itself.

Three weeks prior to the Coronation on Monday the 17th April and running for four weeks we invite you to take part in ‘The Kings Wardrobe’ a family fun Virtual Trail in the town centre itself. The free Trail allows families to open a browser – no need to download any apps! Please see the poster for the full details.

We would also like to involve any club, school, nursery, family or business to get creative and help us make ‘Bewdley Big Bunting’ to decorate the Park, maybe even the Town! The Town Council, from its office in Load Street will supply the bunting pennant, just email us at / or Alternatively call 01299 400157 to arrange collection and get creative – the best three pennants will receive a prize!

If you would like to have a stall please contact Jon at

Join us for Music, Magic, Fair rides, Food, Face Painting, Balloon Modelling, Stalls and much more!





Bewdley Museum walkway

Everyone welcome at Bewdley Museum opens for business

Bewdley Museum is ready to burst into spring. Staff and volunteers carefully packed the museum away for its winter break, but on Saturday 4 March it’s back and fully open for business!

The museum has been a big part of Wyre Forest heritage and culture since 1972.  A visit is an opportunity to step back into the town’s Georgian history and the area’s industrial past. It’s also a chance to step forward and take part in the museum’s rich calendar of events.

In 2023 there is something for visitors and residents alike. Family friendly events include a production of David Walliams’ Bad Dad, regular children’s craft activities, the annual Cherry Fair and an opportunity to find out what the Wyre Forest Romans got up to. There’s a murder mystery evening, an outdoor theatre production of MacHamLear, paranormal goings on, a ghost walk and an unknown Pre-Raphaelite exhibition to be enjoyed. Bewdley Museum is also joining national celebrations for King Charles III’s Coronation. On Sunday 8 May there will be a patriotic performance by Bewdley Concert Band, set in the museum’s beautiful gardens.

The museum’s craftspeople are in action all year round. A small group of artisans produce their wares under the distinct ‘Made in the Museum’ Bewdley, label. The museum is also a popular spot for weddings.

Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Community Safety, Graham Ballinger said:

“I never fail to be delighted by a visit to our museum. It’s always a place to learn something new but at the same time feel nostalgic and respectful about what the people of Wyre Forest have achieved, often in very tough times. It remains free to visit, so there are plenty of opportunities to come back time and again to enjoy the new exhibitions.”

The Shambles walkthrough, shop and Garden Kitchen café are already open and the events programme can be found at  New events get added throughout the year.