Bewdley is a town and civil parish situated in the Wyre Forest District in Worcestershire, on the banks of the River Severn in the Severn Valley. The town lies at the gateway of the Wyre Forest national nature reserve, and is a popular tourist destination due to its stunning areas of natural beauty and the well preserved Georgian riverside. Bewdley is well known for its Bewdley Bridge, a three-span masonry arch bridge that lies over the River Severn, designed by civil engineer Thomas Telford. Bewdley is also host to one of the largest inland river regattas in England,
The settlement of Wribbenhall, which sits on the eastern side of the River Severn, is now a part of Bewdley, and Mesolithic-period settlers have been identified through excavations in Wribbenhall, which found 1400 fragments of flint tools, post holds, a hearth, gullies, and a pit.
The Bewdley Beer Festival is held each August Bank Holiday weekend, as well as the annual carnival which takes place each June and the annual Bewdley Festival, featuring a variety of artistic performances. The town has a buzzing music scene, known for its intimate country music venues and many local festivals such as Hop Fest, Arley festival, and Bewdley Live. Former Led Zeppelin lead Robert Plant lives in a village nearby, and has been known to perform in the River Rooms, an intimate country music venue.
Other famous landmarks include the Bewdley Museum, which explores the history of the town and its surrounding areas, situated in the former butchers’ shambles just behind Bewdley Guildhall.