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New live music and pizza venue at Bewdley attraction

A new bar, pizzeria and live music venue is swiftly taking shape at Bewdley’s popular Hopley’s campsite as part of a £100,000 investment.

The venue, currently being erected, is the next stage in the development of Hopley’s Family Campsite as a festival, wedding reception and family celebration venue.

It is due to open in May in time for the Whitsun bank holiday weekend, with headline shows from Rubicon and tributes to Elvis and Michael Buble.

Owner Justin Hopley said the indoor venue would provide a much more comfortable, all-weather experience for campers and local music lovers during unpredictable summer nights.

“It’s all part of our vision to create a camping experience with the best facilities, along with a place local people can visit to enjoy live music, a pizza and a beer on a summer night.”

The new building has been part funded by a European Leader grant, which supports initiatives boosting rural tourism, which Hopley’s accessed through Worcestershire County Council.

The site’s commitment to live, local music goes back to 2011, when it hosted the first Hopfest festival.

Work under way at the campsite

Its aims were to support local talent, encourage links with local schools, and be family friendly. Held annually in June, it’s now a key date in the Worcestershire entertainment calendar and attracts a sell-out crowd of 2,500 people. In November the site also hosts the Hopfest on Fire Festival.

In 2012 Hopley’s also launched live music nights in the summer, which are also a big draw for campers and local visitors. The music was accompanied by rustic pizzas, made on site in a wood fired pizza oven supplied by Hartlebury company Bushman Wood Fired Ovens.

The site has around 100 electric hook up pitches and 100 tent pitches, along with its own furnished Tipis, a Bell Tent village and a Shepherd’s Hut. There is also a café, well stocked farm shop and a small fishing lake on site.

Jane Haynes
Former newspaper journalist and news editor, turned public sector PR, now studying for a Master's in multiplatform journalism. Wyrelife is a new, local investigative news website for Kidderminster, Bewdley, Stourport and Wyre Forest. My aim is to hold people and organisations to account to try to make my little bit of England a better informed, better place.