Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants – here there will be beautiful autumnal herbaceous perennials on display. Don’t forget to pack your camera; you’ll want to capture these.

Famous faces

Just like every year, expect to see some well-known celebrities. This year sees the return of the Autumn Potager Theatre, hosted by James Alexander-Sinclair, with an array of guests including Carol Klein, Joe Swift, Jonathan Moseley and Alys Fowler hosting a variety of talks and demonstrations and sharing their gardening knowledge.

Food and drink

The Food Hall will be home to an array of incredible treats and a host of experts giving demonstrations in the Cookery Theatre, including celebrity chef Jean Christophe Novelli. Meanwhile, new for this year is the Gin Show, showcasing producers from across the three counties and beyond, and celebrating everything from London Dry to quirky flavoured gins.

Advice and new skills

The RHS gardening advisors will be on hand to help the public with any plant queries they may have. It’s the perfect chance for you to offload your gardening questions to the professionals. Meanwhile, the Potting Shed, hosted by Three Counties favourite Reg Moule, is the ideal place to develop horticultural skills and build up confidence in the garden.

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And there’s lots more…

There is plenty for children to get involved with. At the festival, you’ll find animals, a fairground, delicious restaurant and local stands selling must-have treats (many of which are perfect to buy in time for Christmas).

Diana Walton, Head of Shows at Three Counties Showground, says: ‘We’re delighted to be celebrating the 25th Malvern Autumn Show in 2019. It’s a glorious celebration of the harvest season and we’ve got plenty of delights on offer. I’m proud to have worked at the very first Malvern Autumn Show and to be heading the show team 25 years later is a privilege. Malvern Autumn Show showcases the best of what our three counties have to offer, and from humble beginnings it’s become everyone’s favourite show.’

Get involved with the harvest collection

The festival is asking visitors to donate dry goods to the harvest as part of a new initiative to help tackle poverty.

Run together with the Trussell Trust, the showground will host collection points in the family area. Items such as cereal, soup, pasta, rice, tinned tomatoes, pasta sauce and lentils, plus toilet paper, shower gel, shaving gel, shampoo, soap and toothbrushes, will also be accepted at the collection point.

‘The traditional harvest festival is something many people won’t have participated in since they were at school, but with real people from our community in real need, we thought we should look at giving something back,’ explains Diana Walton. ‘This idea is getting back to the real meaning of harvest, community and giving. Our exhibitors and staff are already donating, and we really would like everyone to bring something along and help make this a success.’

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I’ve been talking to Diana Walton about the new look Malvern Autumn Show.

For some time, I’ve felt that the Malvern Autumn Show has lost its way (Reflecting on the Malvern Autumn Show). While it’s not billed as a gardening show but rather a celebration of the season, it seemed as though the gardening that was there was being squeezed.

Talking to nurseries, I know they were unhappy about it as well. The ‘cow shed’, as the Wye Hall is nicknamed, is a challenging place to display plants with low light levels and many felt they were sidelined in a corner of the Three Counties Showground.

Harvest is a big theme at the show.

The complaints were well known by the show organisers but the past few years have been devoted to revamping the RHS Malvern Spring Festival. Now, it’s the turn of the Malvern Autumn Show to take a new direction.

The most obvious difference this year will be the introduction of a proper canvas Floral Marquee for the RHS Flower Show, along the lines of the hugely successful one brought into the spring festival two years ago.

Sited by the main showground entrance, it will be 125m long with 40 nurseries from across the country booked. Their response to what is a considerable investment by the show team has been welcomed by Diana Walton, Head of Shows at The Three Counties Showground.

“The reaction has been absolutely amazing. We’ve got a waiting list.”

Diana Walton

This comes after some years of being unable to shift nursery numbers for the Malvern Autumn Show above the low 30s.

Nurseries taking part include Malvern stalwarts, such as Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants, Fibrex Nurseries and Plantagogo, along with some who have not been for a few years, including Roualeyn Fuchsias and bromeliad nursery Every Picture Tells a Story.

There are also some making their RHS flower show debut. The Kitchen Garden, based at Newent, has only ever exhibited at small shows and has been given a bursary by the RHS towards its Malvern Autumn Show display.

“Where autumn has a particular relevance and excitement is that we are able to introduce nurseries that perhaps aren’t classed as ‘RHS nurseries’,” says Diana.

Unlike previous shows where food and gardening experts gave talks in separate theatres, the 2018 show will have a combined venue, The Autumn Potager Theatre, hosted by Mark Diacono.

Grow to Show will be in the Harvest Pavilion.

Celebrity gardeners Carol Klein, Joe Swift and Alys Fowler will advise on growing while chef Valentine Warner will be among those giving cooking tips.

“It’s all about from the soil to the table,” says Diana.

The theatre is being ‘dressed’ by the team from Keyscape, who won Best in Show for their garden at the spring festival. They are working with RHS Ambassador Jamie Butterworth and plant firm Hortus Loci.

The marquee will be part of a new Gardening Village, which includes more nursery stands and the Potting Shed, where there will be a drop-in, informal series of talks headed up by Reg Moule. A new feature is a bulb market with “hand-selected sellers”.

“The gardening village will bring together all aspects of the gardening that were previously at the show but possibly were scattered in various areas,” says Diana. “It’s giving it the importance we think it deserves and bringing it together in one area.”

The giant veg contest is very popular.

One of the other highlights of the Malvern Autumn Show is the display of giant veg, part of the Canna UK National Giant Veg Championship.

That too is being given its own marquee; in the past, it’s shared space with displays of apples and a talks theatre.

“We know that all our visitors, I think practically without exception, will at some point want to go and see the giant vegetables. So, we’ve given that the importance it deserves.”

There are four new classes this year with rhubarb, kohlrabi and aubergine judged on their weight and a contest for the longest radish.

Elsewhere, the Countryside Shopping has been moved into a bay of the Wye Hall, alongside the Guild of Crafts and the Young Farmers’ National Championships.

British flower growers and florists will be at the show.

It will also be the site of the Floral Art and the Floral Fiesta, headed up by florist Jonathan Moseley with demonstrations throughout the weekend and displays by British flower growers.

After two very successful Spring Festivals, you can sense Diana’s excitement at what the Malvern Autumn Show may achieve.

“The Malvern word is out there and people are loving Malvern and enjoying Malvern and we’re loving organising the shows as well.”

• The Malvern Autumn Show is on September 29 and 30, 2018. For details and tickets, visit the website.

What to expect at this year’s Malvern Autumn Show

PUBLISHED: 12:42 23 March 2019 | UPDATED: 15:38 13 January 2020

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Malvern Autumn Show returns for its 25th anniversary celebration

Malvern Autumn Show, in association with Westons Cider Mill, returns for a fantastic harvest festival brimming with special guests, giant vegetables, stunning floral displays and family entertainment.

Taking place from September 28-29 at Three Counties Showground, Malvern the show celebrates its 25th anniversary, with over 65,000 people expected to attend the two-day celebration autumn harvest in the British countryside

Diana Walton, Head of Shows at Three Counties Showground says, “We’re delighted to be celebrating the 25th Malvern Autumn Show in 2019. It’s a glorious celebration of the harvest season and we’ve got plenty of delights on offer. I’m proud to have worked at the very first Malvern Autumn Show and to be heading the show team 25 years later is a privilege.

“We hope that there will be something for everyone to take away from the show, whether it be some top gardening advice from experts, amazement at some of the largest vegetables in the UK or some brilliant fun with our family entertainment.

“Malvern Autumn Show showcases the best of what our three counties have to offer, and from humble beginnings it’s become everyone’s favourite show. We’re excited to announce for the first time we’re offering free entry to under 16s so it really is fun for the whole family.”

Exhibits in the Harvest Pavilion at Malvern Autumn Show 2018

This year sees the return of the Autumn Potager Theatre, hosted by James Alexander-Sinclair welcoming an array of guests including the likes of Carol Klein, Joe Swift, Jonathan Moseley and Alys Fowler. The special guests will be hosting a variety of talks and demonstrations and sharing their gardening knowledge.

Ever popular with the crowds and a highlight of Malvern Autumn Show is the CANNA UK National Giant Vegetables Championship, with growers from across the UK competing to see who can beat the gong for the largest or heaviest legumes. With previous World Records broken at the show, the competition is a true sight to behold. Classes range from heaviest celery, last year’ winner weighed in at over 40kg, and the longest parsnip to the heaviest aubergine and longest chilli.

For those with an appetite for homegrown artisan food, the Food Hall will be home to an array of incredible treats and a host of experts giving demonstrations in the Cookery Theatre, including celebrity chef Jean Christophe Novelli.

New for 2019, Malvern Autumn Show will be hosting the Gin Show, showcasing producers from across the three counties and beyond. Celebrating everything from London Dry to quirky flavoured gins, there’ll be plenty of samples to wet the

whistle, plus a People’s Choice award for the visitors’ favourite.

Shopping at the Malvern Autumn Show (c) Nigel Byde / NigelByde.co.uk

The RHS Flowers Show has a record number of 40 nurseries competing for the coveted RHS medals with their colourful floral displays. RHS Gardening Advisors will be on hand to help with any gardening queries, from wisteria pruning to planting solutions for a shady corner. The Potting Shed hosted by Three Counties favourite, Reg Moule, is the ideal place to develop horticultural skills and build up confidence in the garden.

It’s fun for all ages across the weekend, with the Family Green playing host to excellent entertainment, activities aplenty and even some giant tortoises. The Top Dogs Arena is a spectacle of displays, commentated by broadcasting legend Peter Purves. In the World of Animals, displays of animals of all shapes and sizes will be a firm favourite with the youngsters.

With hundreds of trade stands available, visitors can get their Christmas shopping in early, covering everything from regional food and drink to bespoke jewellery and flower and plant nurseries.

Malvern Autumn Show will take place from September 28-29. Tickets are now on sale, with prices starting at £18 in advance. Children under 16 go free, and group tickets are also available. For more information, please visit malvernautumn.co.uk or call 0844 811 0050.

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  • There’s a bigger line up than ever at Malvern Autumn Show 2020.

Bursting with blooming plants, enormous vegetables, fantastic family fun and special guests, the marvellous Malvern Autumn Show is back on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September 2020 at the Three Counties Showground.

SoGlos has handpicked just some of this year’s unmissable highlights.

For more information, visit malvernautumn.co.uk.

Giant vegetables at Malvern Autumn Show 2020

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You have to see it to believe it! Step inside the plant lover’s paradise at Malvern Autumn Show where visitors can discover enormous veggies on display in the CANNA UK National Giant Vegetable Championships – with some of the prizes up for grabs including world’s heaviest leek, red cabbage and bell pepper!

Harvest Pavilion at Malvern Autumn Show 2020

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At the Harvest Pavilion, visitors can find some delicious produce on display. There’s the chance to get gardening and growing tips from the experts, as well as view see some spectacular plants and listen to a fascinating series of talks.

Family fun at Malvern Autumn Show 2020

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Offering free tickets to under 16s, Malvern Autumn Show is a fantastic family day out. In 2019, there was the chance to let the little ones loose on pedal tractors, giant Jenga, mini golf and circus activities – all expected to return this year. In 2020, all ages are also expected to be able to meet a host of furry and scaly friends: from guinea pigs, rabbits and birds to tortoises, pigs and dogs!

RHS Flower Show at Malvern Autumn Show 2020

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Get the ultimate garden inspiration at RHS Flower Show. Offering fabulous tips and advice, the RHS gardening advisers will be on-hand to answer any questions. In 2019, the Flower Show displayed a huge range of flowers, ferns, herbaceous perennials and more, and 2020 is set to be even better.

Food and drink at Malvern Autumn Show 2020

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Feast your eyes and your taste buds with the tantalisingly tasty selection of artisan produce on offer at the Malvern Autumn Show – with plenty of samples available to try.

In 2019, the Malvern Gin Show opened its doors and boasted heavenly gins from across the three counties, whilst the Westons Cider Mill Cider Garden also offered alfresco foodie delights.

For more information, visit malvernautumn.co.uk.

Event: Malvern Autumn Show 2020 Venue Three Counties Showground, Malvern, WR13 6NW Dates: Saturday 26 to Sunday 27 September 2020 Times: From 9am to 6pm Admission: Tickets will be on sale soon, with details to be confirmed. Under 16s are free of charge. Telephone: (01684) 584924

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Facilities At CountryTastic

Opening Times

Join us at CountryTastic from 10am to 5pm

Baby Changing Facilities

Malvern Hills NCT provide a Baby Feeding and Changing facility and are located in Friesian Pavilion, both NCT members and non-members are welcome. There are further changing facilities available in the toilet block next to West Gate. These are marked on the show plan.

Cash Point

There is a cash point on site, please see show map for location.

Catering

A selection of catering units will be available for you to grab a bite to eat from, many of these units will be offering smaller child sized portions.

Dogs

Unfortunately we can only allow assistance and participating dogs on the showground and in the car parks during Three Counties events. These include CountryTastic, RHS Malvern Spring Festival, Royal Three Counties Show, and Malvern Autumn Show.

Please don’t leave dogs unattended in vehicles. For all other third party events, please contact the organisers directly to find out about their dog policy.

Disabled Facilities

For more information please take a look Disabled Facilities

Emergency

In the case of an emergency at the show please contact the nearest steward who will be able to assist you.

First Aid

Arley Medical Services are in attendance at the show and are located in the Avoncroft Pavilion, please see show map for location. If you need their assistance at the show, please speak to the nearest steward who will be able to help you.

Information

If you are looking for information or help at the show, please make you way to the Information Stand, see show map for location.

Lost Property or Lost Children

If you miss place items at the show, please report this to the Information Stand. If you get separated from your children at the show, please advise the closest Steward who will be able to assist you.

Smoking

Smoking is prohibited in any enclosed or partially enclosed public area.

Toilets

Please see show map for locations.

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RHS Malvern Autumn Show 2016

At the end of September, one of the last Royal Horticultural Society shows of the season will descend upon the Three Counties Showground. The RHS Malvern Autumn Show will be a celebration of food, countryside and nostalgia, and is set to be a great weekend for all the family. Every year, the show is a one-stop destination for avid gardeners looking for advice and guidance on preparing and restocking their gardens ready for the winter months ahead.

With loads of exciting events lined up for Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September, there really is something for everyone to enjoy. The World of Animals is the perfect place for little ones, where for the first time at the Malvern Show, the British Pig Association is hosting the Young Pig of the Year Championships. This year’s show is also expecting to see some of the biggest vegetables ever at the UK National Giant Vegetables Championship. 2016 has already seen a bumper crop in record break veggies, including the world’s longest beetroot and the world’s heaviest cucumber.

If it’s a blast from the past you are looking for then you can head to the Vintage Village for all things retro, here you will also find Anton du Beke hosting workshops on grasping the best moves from the 40’s and 50’s. Over at the Orchard Pavilion & Hop Yard you can purchase some of the very best produce, and get some expert guidance on caring for an orchard and the best uses for its harvest. School children from across the three counties will be showcasing their own vegetable sculptures and home-grown produce in the Discover Harvest area, perfect for budding young gardeners.

The lovely folk at the local Weston Cider Mill will once again be attending the show, with their very own pop-up beer garden, which is always a very big hit with the crowds. If you are going for the food and drink then look out for the Food Hall, which will see an exciting line up of local chefs take to the live kitchen.

Whatever aspect of the RHS Malvern Show you are excited for, make sure you make the most of the weekend and book in at the Abbey Hotel. Less than 10 minutes from the Three Counties Showground, it is the perfect place to unwind and relax after a long day. Why not treat yourself to a long weekend with our Love A Monday Again special offer? You can extend your weekend into Monday and indulge with Champagne, complimentary room upgrade, three course dinner, full English breakfast and a late checkout, all for just £149! Book your Sunday night stay online here.

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FAQs For Malvern Autumn Show

What time is the show open?

Malvern Autumn Show is open from 9am to 6pm

Can I bring my dog to the Three Counties Showground?

Unfortunately we can only allow assistance and participating dogs on the Showground and car parks during Three Counties Agricultural Society events. These include CountryTastic, RHS Malvern Spring Festival, Royal Three Counties Show, and Malvern Autumn Show.

Please don’t leave dogs unattended in vehicles. For all other third party events, please contact the organisers directly to find out about their dog policy.

When can I buy tickets?

You can buy your tickets for Malvern Autumn Show in advance online or by calling 0844 811 0050 (calls cost 7ppm plus network extras). Tickets are available to buy on the day for Malvern Autumn Show but it is cheaper to buy in advance.

I am a member of Three Counties/RHS is there an exclusive area for me to use?

Yes there is. We offer a Members area in Severn Hall. Food and drink is available all day in the beautifully dressed area, this is the ideal place for you to take a moment and relax before you adventure back out in to the show.

Please note the Members area has relocated. It has moved from Avenue F to inside Severn Hall (the permanent building at the centre of the showground), please speak to a steward on the day who will be happy to direct you to the new location.

I would like to find accommodation close to the showground, can you give me information on where to stay?

There’s plenty of accommodation available in the local area. Take a look at our Places to Stay section for details of where to stay in and around the Three Counties Showground.

I attend several of the shows each year and wonder if there is a discount ticket available?

For regular visitors to Three Counties’ events, Membership offers excellent value for money against ticket prices with added benefits.

Can I bring a mobility scooter to the shows?

Mobility scooters are allowed on site provided that they’re driven safely, at low speeds, and the Three Counties’ safety rules are followed.

If your scooter has low ground clearance, a narrow wheel base, or is three-wheeled, we strongly advise you not to use it on the site. The ground conditions are unsuitable for these scooters.

At Malvern Autumn Show you can hire a suitable mobility scooter from Event Mobility.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Wear appropriate clothing for the weather as the show is held both indoors and out.

AM I ALLOWED TO BRING A PICNIC?

Yes you can, however we have lots of places at the show for you to buy food and drink.

CAN I DROP MY CHILDREN OFF AT THE EVENT AND PICK THEM UP LATER?

No under 12s will be allowed entry onto the Three Counties Showground or into any show unless accompanied by a parent, responsible adult or carer.

Looking in your own vegetable garden or allotment, you may be bursting with pride at the size of your courgettes, pumpkins or leeks.

But be warned, you may feel slightly inferior when you see some of the previous entries of the UK’s National Giant Vegetable Championship, which takes place at the Malvern Autumn Show in Worcestershire.

Concluding on 29th to 30th September this year and sponsored by CANNA, the fun competition will showcase super-sized vegetables from growers in 33 different classes. Four new categories have been added this year – Heaviest Three Sticks of Rhubarb, Heaviest Kohlrabi, Heaviest Aubergine and Longest Radish.

Judges are set to award the heaviest or the longest vegetable in each group.

Will this year see records broken? The expert growers from across the nation have a lot to live up to, as last year, four world records and one European record were broken, including the ‘World’s Heaviest Chilli’.

In 2016, David Thomas from Cornwall smashed a world record with the world’s heaviest red cabbage at 23.3kg, almost 10lbs heavier than the previous record set in 1925.

And don’t worry about food waste – most of the giant vegetables from the show are donated by their growers as feed for livestock.

This year’s entries will arrive at the 2018 September show, but take a look at some of the annual competition’s previous massive contenders below…

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