It was only Rock ‘n’ Roll – but we liked it

An exhibition celebrating popular music at Malvern Winter Gardens, 1961–1990

The town of Great Malvern is well known for its classical music connections, but many people are unaware of Malvern’s other musical story.

From the early 1960s, for a period of around 30 years, Malvern Winter Gardens rocked to the sounds of bands such The Jam, The Kinks, The Who, Pink Floyd, Motorhead, Hawkwind and many more, some of whom were in their infancy at the time.

Malvern-based charity Rock Around the Hills has created an interactive exhibition celebrating the story of rock, punk and progressive rock at the Winter Gardens from 1961–1990. The exhibition features images of over 400 posters, tickets, flyers and fanzines, as well as recorded memories from audience members, musicians and promoters who were all part of the Malvern Winter Gardens’ story.

The exhibition is located at Malvern Library and The Hive, Worcester. Admission is free.

1–29 June: Malvern Library, Graham Road, Malvern, WR14 2HU
Opening times: Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, 9.00am–5.00pm; Tuesdays & Wednesdays 9.00am – 7.00pm; Saturdays 9.00am – 4.00pm

2–30 July: The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester, WR1 3PD
Open every day including Sundays, 8.30am–10.00pm

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