Bewdley’s annual celebration of all things cherry will be held at Bewdley Museum on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July.
The town’s annual Cherry Fair – which this year will have a 1940s theme – is organised by Wyre Forest District Council in conjunction with Bewdley Civic Society.
Visitors are in for a real treat, with lots of different delicious varieties of cherries to sample – and there will also be a range of cherry trees and fruit to take home.
The tasty extravaganza kicks off at 10am with entertainment going on throughout the day until 4pm.
During the day Bewdley Civic Society will give a talk about the history of Bewdley’s famous cherry orchards and the many varieties of cherries that were grown.
There will be a real 1940s feel to the day with re-enactors, classic cars, vintage stalls and 1940s music.
On Saturday 21 July, Kevin Mack will perform numbers by Frank Sinatra, Glen Miller and other 30s and 40s classics while on Sunday 22 July, Vintage Class singers will perform sounds from the era. The museum’s popular air raid shelter will be open with talks and displays of 1940s memorabilia.
At 2pm and 3.15pm on Sunday 22 July Dancefest’s Chance to Dance Company, alongside Rock and Areley Kings Chance to Dance group – funded by Wyre Forest District Council – will come together to perform Land Army, a dance that explores long hours toiling on the land, the firm friendships that were forged and the sense of hope and celebration brought by VE day.
Dancefest uses the power and joy of dancing to enhance people’s lives, enabling everyone to take part in, be inspired by, and express themselves through dance, and runs weekly dance classes for all ages across Herefordshire and Worcestershire, including Chance to Dance classes for people aged 40 and over.
For more information see www.dancefest.co.uk.
Visitors will also be able to browse the museum’s gift shop for that perfect gift and visit our Made in The Museum Craft units all within the museum grounds. And throughout the day there will be plenty of opportunities to sit back and relax in the Shambles café for a bite of lunch and a glass of your favourite tipple!
Councillor Juliet Smith, Wyre Forest District Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Community Protection said:
“Bewdley has been famous for its cherry fairs for almost two centuries and over the weekend of Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July all things cherry will be celebrated once again. This event is free to enter and is a great opportunity to celebrate the history of the town. We’re also encouraging visitors and re-enactors to come along in their 1940s costumes too.”
More information is available on the What’s On section of the museum’s website www.bewdleymuseum.co.uk.