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Royal Three Counties Show celebrates food & farming with a NEW Tractor Tour!

The Royal Three Counties Show, was joined by well-known local farmer Ally Hunter Blair and TV personality and award winning smallholder JB Gill, to launch its brand-new 2024 Tractor Tour.

The Royal Three Counties Show has a reputation for being one of the largest food and farming shows in central England, and to jump start 2024 ahead of the event on 14th– 16th June at Three Counties Showground, the show is ‘driving’ it’s tractor to a range of iconic regional venues this spring.

This year’s Royal Three Counties Show features a host of special guests alongside JB Gill, including BBC Countryfile and The One Show presenter, Matt Baker MBE, who will be participating in Q&A sessions on Saturday 15 June at the Future of Farming theatre and also at the Food and Drink Theatre. Fellow BBC Countryfile presenter John Craven OBE will take part in a Q&A session followed by a book signing on the Sunday. Matty Edgell – winner of Channel 4’s The Great British Bake Off in 2023 – will put his skills into action on stage at the Food and Drink Theatre, as well as answering questions from the audience and signing copies of his latest book.

Notforgetting JB Gill – JLS band member, CBeebies presenter and farmer, who will host an engaging live reading of his charming book ‘Ace and the Animal Heroes’, followed by a chance to meet JB and get a signed copy of his book, at the Smallholders Theatre

Alice Arnold, Show Lead for Royal Three Counties Show at Three Counties Showground, commented:

“The whole team are thrilled to launch the 2024 Tractor Tour, which embodies our key themes of rural life, countryside, food and farming.”

“We are looking forward to seeing all the ‘selfies’, as people travel around the region in search of our little green tactor.”

The 2024 Tractor Tour will visit a number of iconic venues across the region:

  • 10th April – 23rd April – Little Owl Farm Park
  • 23rd  April – 6th May – Attwell Farm Park
  • 6th May – 13th May – Three Counties Showground for RHS Malvern Spring Festival
  • 13th May – 27th May – Westons Cider
  • 27th May – 10th June – Hatton Adventure World
  • 10th June – return to Three Counties Showground for Royal Three Counties Show

Advance day tickets to the Royal Three Counties Show cost £23 for adults and children under 16 are free. To book tickets, visit or call 01684 584 924.

Action-packed weekend of livestock, food and special guests at Royal Three Counties Show

Royal Three Counties Show enjoyed record visitor numbers last weekend, with families journeying from across Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and beyond to celebrate the best of the countryside and enjoy thrilling main arena entertainment.

Highlights of the day included daring displays from parachute regiment The Red Devils, the IMPS under 18s motorbike stunt team and the Pony Club Mounted Games as well as the weekend’s many prize-winning animals on their lap of honour in the remarkable Grand Parade of Livestock.

“This weekend we have seen some of the finest livestock in the country across 32 judging rings, an action-packed Main Arena, a busy Food and Drink Festival supporting producers from the Three Counties and nine equine rings buzzing with activity across the three days ”, said Head of Shows Jane Edwards.

“We are proud to bring together all the people, animals and trades that make the Three Counties such a celebrated area of the UK. Everything from livestock and farm machinery to artisan food and family entertainment, is given a well-deserved platform at Royal Three Counties Show and we hope our visitors left each day with a real taste of what the countryside has to offer.”

Elsewhere on the Showground, visitors enjoyed discussing hot topics and rural issues in the all-new Future of Farming Zone where the Theatre featured talks and book signings from special guests Clarkson’s Farm’s Kaleb Cooper, Countryfile presenter and farmer, Adam Henson, JLS member and farmer JB Gill, rugby legend, MasterChef winner and farmer Phil Vickery and industry experts. NFU President, Minette Batters, and DEFRA Minister Trudy Harrison also made an appearance to discuss today’s farming issues.

“The show provides an ideal opportunity to learn more about farming, food, the countryside and the environment. The farming community is at the heart of Royal Three Counties Show and hosting discussions about soil health, net zero, regenerative agriculture and diversification helps farmers to network and share expert knowledge to further the industry.” commented Jane.

“The Future of Farming Zone brought in people looking to get into farming or find out more about agriculture, by hosting familiar farming faces who all helped to raise the profile of this new area.”

Families looking for something new were enthralled by the action at the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS championships and a full programme of rural pursuits in the Countryside Arena. Alongside sheep shearing competitions and a record-number of sheep entries in the Livestock Rings, the Farming Experience section was dedicated to the production of wool and wool-related products.

In the livestock rings, a Gloucestershire breed on the Rare Breeds Survival Trust watch list took centre stage as a Gloucester heifer and calf, owned by Mr Craig Phillips, was crowned “Champion of Champions” by President of the Three Counties Show Agricultural Society, The Rt Revd Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester, as is tradition for the President to select their favourite animal from the three days of showing.

“I was delighted to name a Gloucester heifer and calf as my champion of champions on Saturday, with Gloucestershire being the host county for this year. With such an impressive display of livestock at Royal Three Counties Show, including many rare breeds, visitors to the show are able to meet handlers and find out more about the animals, food production and how to ensure these animals will continue to thrive.”

“The Royal Three Counties Show is always a highlight of my calendar, and it has been a delight and privilege to be President this year. From visiting the NFU tent through to the Red Devils’ parachute display, plus the fabulous exhibiting of livestock, sheep shearing and all the many equine events, it was a wonderful weekend. The final awards ceremony with the Young Farmers was a joyful way to end the show.”

Royal Three Counties Show will take place next summer 14-16 June 2024 at Three Counties Showground, Malvern.

Celebrate the Countryside with Horse Shows, Animal Classes & Food Festival| Family days out near me

Looking for a horse show, farming experience or fun family days out near me? Look no further than the Royal Three Counties Show in Malvern! Held on 16-18 June, Royal Three Counties Show celebrates the best of the British countryside, and offers a wide range of activities that cater to everyone, from horse and animal lovers to those wanting a day out with their families.

Royal Three Counties Show includes horse shows, livestock classes, family fun and more!

If your equine mad or crazy about horses, the show’s horse area features a range of competitions, including show jumping, dressage, and carriage driving. If you’re a horse enthusiast, you’ll love watching the top riders from across the region as they compete for prizes and glory.

For dog lovers, there will be gun dog and sheep dog demonstrations, as well as a gun dog scurry. You can meet the dogs and their handlers, and learn about the different breeds and their unique characteristics.

The Machinery in Action Demonstration is also available on the day. You can also see traditional skills and techniques such as sheep-shearing and milking, and learn about the latest advances in farming technology.

But the Royal Three Counties Show is more than just horse shows and farming demos. If you’re after family days out near me, there’s also plenty of family entertainment to enjoy, including live music, circus performers, and Adventure Avenue which is packed full of activities for children.

And let’s not forget about the Food Festival. This showcase of the best of British food and drink is not to be missed. You can try artisan cheeses and homemade preserves, craft beers and local wines, and learn how to prepare delicious meals using locally sourced ingredients in the Food and Drink Theatre.

Come and visit the Royal Three Counties Show 2023

In addition to all of these activities, the Royal Three Counties Show also features the Grand Parade of Livestock, where you can see some of the finest animals from across the region. From prize-winning cattle and sheep to rare breeds of pigs and goats, it’s a chance to get up close and personal with some of the most beautiful creatures in the British countryside.

Overall, the Royal Three Counties Show is the ultimate day out. With its focus on farming, food, animals and family entertainment, it offers something for everyone. Don’t miss out on this unique and unforgettable experience in Malvern.

Malvern Show | Royal Three Counties Show 2023

Are you looking for a fun-filled family day out in the beautiful British countryside? Look no further than the Royal Three Counties Show, held annually at Three Counties Showground in Malvern. This agricultural Malvern show is a celebration of farming, food, and family entertainment, and promises to be a memorable experience for all who attend.

Malvern Show – The Royal Three Counties Show 2023

Running from the 16th – 18th June 2023, the Royal Three Counties Show is a highlight of the Three Counties events calendar. With 90,000 visitors over three days, it’s an opportunity to mingle with a diverse and influential audience.

One of the key features of the show is the Food Festival, which showcases the best of British food and drink. From artisan cheeses and homemade preserves to craft beers and local wines, there’s something for everyone’s taste buds at the county show. The Food Festival also includes cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs and foodie experts, so you can learn how to prepare delicious meals using locally-sourced ingredients.

For those interested in agriculture and rural life, the Machinery in Action Demonstration is not to be missed at the Malvern show. This interactive exhibit brings farming to life, with demonstrations of traditional skills and techniques such as sheep-shearing and milking. You can also learn about the latest advances in farming technology and see how they’re changing the industry at the county show.

Another highlight of the show is the Grand Parade of Livestock, where you can see some of the finest animals from across the region. From prize-winning cows and sheep to rare breeds of pigs and goats, it’s a chance to get up close and personal with some of the most beautiful creatures in the British countryside at the Malvern show.

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But the Royal Three Counties Show is more than just an agricultural exhibition. There’s also plenty of family entertainment to enjoy, including live music, circus performers, and a children’s play area. You can also browse the many stalls selling handmade crafts, jewellery, and other unique gifts at the county show.

And let’s not forget about the stunning location. Malvern is a picturesque town nestled in the Malvern Hills, with breathtaking views and plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. After a day at the county show, why not take a stroll through the town or explore the surrounding countryside?

Overall, the Royal Three Counties Show is a fantastic way to experience the best of British rural life. With its focus on farming, food, and family entertainment, it offers something for everyone at the Malvern show. So why not mark your calendar for the 16th – 18th June 2023 and join the thousands of visitors who flock to Malvern every year for this unique and unforgettable event? We guarantee you won’t regret it! Visit our website for more information.

Gloucestershire unveiled as region’s food and farming mecca, as it officially hosts Royal Three Counties Show launch 2023

Well-known TVpresenter and Cotswold farming royalty Adam Henson, threw open the ‘barn doors’ to his popular Cotswold Farm Park this week, to celebrate the county of Gloucestershire being named as the host for this year’s Royal Three Counties Show.

Hailed as one of the UK’s biggest celebrations of the Great British countryside, the Royal Three Counties Show offers three days of food, farming and family fun from 16 – 18 June 2023 at Three Counties Showground in Malvern.

The event boasts over 6,000 animals across 35 showing rings, the UK’s largest collection of rare breeds and an array of livestock and national breed shows crowning cattle, sheep, goats and pigs across 900 classes. So, the Farm Park was the perfect location for the host county event, with representatives from the area’s farming, countryside and food sectors on hand to celebrate all that is great about Gloucestershire.

Each year one of the three counties takes the host role and it moves between Worcestershire, Herefordshireand Gloucestershire. To mark the occasion a new Future of Farming Zone is being launched at the show, with aline-up of informative talks, Q&A sessions, networking opportunities and insights into the evolution of the agricultural industry, that feature the latest cutting-edge technology in food and farming.

Other special guests confirmed for the weekend include award-winning food writer, Mark Diacono, hosting the Food & Drink Theatre; Suki Pantal, aka Suki’s Curries and Spices, sharing ‘the real taste of India’; and rising social media star and Weir End Farmer, Ally Hunter-Blair and of course long standing show ambassador, Adam Henson.

Alice Arnold, Royal Three Counties Show Lead, commented: “ We are delighted to be celebrating Gloucestershire as the 2023 Royal Three Counties Show host county. This years will be one of the region’s biggest and best events, introducing a brand new Cheese & Dairy Show, 51 Horse of the Year qualifiers, Royal Parade a prestigious new luxury retail area and so much more. “

To find out more and to buy tickets to Royal Three Counties Show, costing just £23 in advance and children under 16 are free of charge, visit or call 01684 584 924.

Three Counties welcomes new CEO to drive forward investment and growth

We are pleased to announce that Three Counties Agricultural Society has appointed David Prescott as its new Chief Executive. David will start in January 2023 to take over the running of the society, following the announcement that Ken Nottage will be retiring from the post, after a hugely successful decade at the helm of one of the UK’s most prosperous showground enterprises.

David joins the society after a 27-year career with the Oxford based Bookseller Blackwell’s, where he held a variety of roles across the company from the shop floor to management and regional roles, before becoming Managing Director for Blackwell’s Bookshops in January 2011, and Chief Executive for Blackwell Limited in May 2013. He has also taken an active role in the UK Booksellers Association serving as Chair of the Academic and Professional Bookselling Group and as Vice President of the Association from 2011-17. He is currently a Trustee of the World Book Day Charity.

Ken Nottage commented, “At the heart of Three Counties is a committed and talented group of employees and volunteers, who I am sure will be supportive of David in his new role as CEO. David is strongly placed to lead the society in its future growth plans. In addition to his wide-ranging skills, he has invaluable business management experience which will contribute to the long-term future and success of the business.”

David will be on board at the beginning of the new 2023 shows season, with a full line-up of unmissable events and festivals, kicking off with CountryTastic in April, followed by the prestigious RHS Malvern Spring Festival in May, the annual celebration of food and farming, the Royal Three Counties Show in June and the finale to the year with the UK’s largest Harvest Festival, Malvern Autumn Show in September.

David said, “I’m hugely excited to be taking on the role of Three Counties Chief Executive. I’ve been really impressed with how well the Society is run and I know there’s lots of opportunity to build on what is a really impressive events calendar. Of course, I have some big shoes to fill with Ken having done such a fantastic job, but I know there is a great team here with a very supportive Board and Council, so I can’t wait to get started!”

Winter Glow lights the iconic Malvern skyline on opening weekend of the regions premier festive event

Winter Glow, the region’s largest multi-attraction event based at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, has officially launched Christmas 2022!

Winter Glow kicked off the festive season this week and invited everyone to embrace all things Christmassy, with an impressive line-up of activities and excitement on offer. The brand-new immersive Light Trail, alongside the Giant Observation Wheel which can be seen from miles away, is a beacon of festive fun with so much more awaiting visitors at this regional winter wonderland.

Along with the Personalised Santa Experiences, visitors can also take part in a newly themed Light Trail ‘A Christmas Odyssey’, ride a 120ft Observation Wheel, skate on the Indoor Ice Rink, and browse Winter Glow’s brand-new Christmas Market, with a selection of local traders, crafters and artisans. The Food Quarter, Ice Cafe and Bavarian-style bar are also cosy places for visitors to refuel after all that festive fun!

With 4 bookable events to enjoy, the first visitors entered the spell binding grotto adventure for Personalised Santa Experiences, full of fantastical surprises. Families were transported to a festive wonderland as they arrived and were greeted by Santa’s Head Elf, Jingle, who has some cheeky challenges for them to complete before making their special journey through the winding buildings to Santa’s Toy Workshop.

On arrival to the workshop, full to the brim with authentic sights, sounds and smells, visitors were once again by greeted by Elves and invited to explore their magical surroundings. Each family were then shown to their special appointment to meet Santa in his cosy grotto.

The experience didn’t stop there! After their visit with the big man, families enjoyed Mrs Claus’ Bakery, where each child decorated their own Christmas biscuit, before heading back into the Winter Village through the The Old Sweet Shoppe and North Pole Letter Box, to enjoy a selection of festive street performers and the magical atmosphere that follows them.

The ice skating sessions are also now open daily and take place within one of the West Midlands’ largest Indoor Ice Rinks.The rink is open to all, with skate aids for children and seating close by for no skaters to sit and watch.

Heading outside, the Light Trail winds across the showground, taking in Candy Cane Lane, Christmas Island and even a Narwal and Ship, seeing is believing! The twinkly lights, giant installations and photo opportunities along the route, were enjoyed by throngs of early VIP visitors and on selected dates in December, there are even Dog Friendly light trail sessions for pampered pooches. Jingle the Head Elf added: “All of my elves are busy sprinkling our special brand of Winter Glow Christmas magic across the Three Counties Showground and we look forward to welcoming guests throughout the festive period, to our little corner of Christmas magic in Malvern.”

Group Travel is full steam ahead at Three Counties in 2023

Three Counties has announced that its group travel capacity will be back to pre-covid levels in 2023, heralding the return of all group bookings. Group organisers, tours and coach companies will have the option to pre-book groups for three large scale events next year, via the dedicated team at The Ticket Factory – the showground’s ticketing partner.

The prestigious RHS Malvern Spring Festival, 11-14 May 2023, is the first RHS show of the season and is an unmissable horticultural gem, set against the backdrop of the iconic Malvern hills. This annual event overflows with colour and style and there is always something different to see, such as new inspirational zones and theatres. Firm favourites, including the popular RHS Floral Marquee, Show and Feature Gardens, the very best nurseries from across the UK, shopping arcades, plus talks and demonstrations are also at the festival each year.

The theme for 2023’s festival is ‘Gardening for Everyone’ and there will be a focus on making gardening and horticulture open and accessible to all, while encouraging sustainable and planet-friendly practices that are kinder to the environment.

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Each summer the Showground hosts a three-day celebration of food and farming with the Royal Three Counties Show, 16-18 June 2023. Boasting thrilling Main Area entertainment, the ever-popular Countryside Arena, a dedicated Equine Village, thousands of animals to see, an artisan Food & Drink Festival, the very best countryside shopping and a whole host of celebrity guests, talks and live demonstrations.

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The UK’s largest Harvest Festival takes place annually at the Showground and is a real seasonal celebration. Malvern Autumn Show, 22-24 September 2023, is the final Three Counties event of the show season and is a jam-packed day out. Don’t miss the CANNA UK Giant Vegetables Championship, the prestigious RHS Flower Show, BBC Gardeners World presenters making regular appearances across no less than four Talk Theatres, one of the country’s biggest Grow to Show competitions, outdoor and countryside shopping arcades and bags of family fun and entertainment.

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Gardening glitterati, knowledgeable nurseries and fantastic floristry on display at this year’s Malvern Autumn Show

Gardeners can refurbish their frazzled borders and stock up on bulbs for some spring colour when the Malvern Autumn Show, in association with Westons Cider Mill, returns from 23 – 25 September at Three Counties Showground, Worcestershire.

Specialist nurseries from all over the UK are heading for the event’s Gardening Village with a variety of impressive displays and hands-on advice, offering inspiration for seasoned growers and newbies alike.

The stunning RHS Flower Show in the Floral Marquee, the Plant Arcade and the Bulb Market all contribute to what promises to be a plant lovers paradise. Autumn is a great time to plan ahead for the seasons to come, and the floral marquee will host plenty of nurseries offering rare and unusual plants.

Autumn colour will abound with the return of Old Court Nurseries and The Picton Garden, which is based in Malvern. This Michaelmas daisy specialist will be displaying a variety of Symphyotrichum species and cultivars, and a selection of tender succulents.

Nerines and amarines are favourites at this time of the year and there will be plenty to admire among those showcased by South Yorkshire-based Hoyland Plant Centre. Steve Hickman and his team will also be showing off their collection of agapanthus.

HW Hyde from West Sussex is hoping to exhibit ‘Barbarry Aloha’, a new dahlia with unusual smoky red flowers bred in the UK by Barry Davies. They’ll also have several new tulips, including ‘Hot Chocolate’, the pure black ‘Nightmare’ and the lilac-hued ‘Fringed Beauty’.

Other nurseries providing outstanding autumn additions include Staddon Farm Nurseries from Devon, with ferns and hakonechloa grasses, and toad lilies, Tricyrtis hirta, which produces funnel-shaped flowers from late summer. More ferns and tree ferns can be found at Alchemy Ferns, based in York; Wiltshire’s The Botanic Nursery will be showing off rough-leaved hydrangea H. aspera and late-flowering salvias, and Hardy’s Cottage Plants will be coming from Hampshire with a wealth of seasonal flowering herbaceous perennials.

Get ready for a summer of roses by visiting the stand of Cheshire’s C&K Jones, and select colourful climbers from the ranges brought along by Priorswood Clematis from Hertfordshire and Wiltshire’s Floyd’s Climbers and Clematis. Marcel Floyd is looking forward to sharing advice on how to get the most from plants, with tips on pruning, feeding and growing conditions, and he’ll be bringing along the popular tangutica-type clematis ‘Black Tibet’, which blooms from late summer.

Be inspired by the display of vegetables grown by Preston-based family firm W Robinson & Son and make the most of the opportunity to stock up on seeds. Susan Robinson and her colleagues will have a range of unusual vegetables, including the bitter gourd known as ‘karella’, the kiwano horned melon, trichoscanthes pointed gourd, cucamelona and luffa (loofah). Their range of chillies extends from mild to very hot and they stock many types of tomatoes and onions.

Susan Robinson commented: “The trend at the moment is to grow something which is easy and useful. Many vegetables can be grown in a small space. As always, the-cut-and-come-again veg such as spinach, chard and kale are very popular, and salad leaves are popular and quicker to grow than the webs and cos types.

“Due to the current problem with the onion leaf miner, the autumn-planting onions are gaining popularity. At the moment many customers are planting vegetables for use over the winter months, such as purple sprouting broccoli, leeks and Brussels sprouts.”

For bonsai lovers there will be a wealth of tiny trees to marvel over, with stands from Derbyshire Bonsai and Driftwood Bonsai from Yorkshire, while people looking to extend their collection of indoor plants will find plenty of cacti and succulents on the stands of West Bromwich-based Craig House Cacti and Fosters Exotic and Unusual Plants from Scunthorpe. Stan and Vicky from Craig House will be highlighting a selection of the genus Conophytum, which came from the collection of the late Terry Smale, a renowned grower of these plants.

The autumn season is the time to stock up on spring-flowering bulbs, and there will be daffodils, tulips and lilies a-plenty in the bulb market, along with inspiring displays of colourful dahlias.

Special guests handing out advice, tips and tricks across the long weekend include Gardener’s World favourites Arit Anderson, Adam Frost and Frances Tophill, award-winning food writer Mark Diacono, floristry extraordinaire Jonathan Moseley and archeologist and TV presenter Jules Hudson.

The Malvern Autumn Show is a gardening haven and so much more, including the mouth-watering Food & Drink Village, entertainment for all ages on the Family Green, plus the ever-popular CANNA UK Giant Vegetables Championship, promising an unforgettable day out. Advance tickets are £18.85 per person, £17.85 for members and free of charge for children under 16. For further information about the Malvern Autumn Show, including full programme details, or to book tickets in advance, see or call 01684 584900.


The Three Counties Showground is committed to providing an accessible day out for all visitors and have permanent accessible facilities at all shows and events.

So visitors with more complex needs can enjoy the three main shows in 2022, a Mobiloo will be at the shows. This facility makes it possible for disabled young people and adults to take part in everyday activities, enjoy new experiences and make memories with family and friends.

The Mobiloo is an accessible toilet with grab rail, electric hoist and full-size changing table. For one day at each show, the Mobiloo will be positioned near the Accessible Parking section in the Brown Car Park.

The Mobiloo will be at the Showground on the following dates:

RHS Malvern Spring Festival                      Saturday 7 May

Royal Three Counties Show                       Sunday 19 June

Malvern Autumn Show                               23, 24 & 25 September

The Showground is fully wheelchair accessible and the tarmaced paths provide good access for mobility vehicles and wheelchairs. Carers for disabled visitors receive a free ticket.

Best known for its world renowned RHS Malvern Spring Festival, Royal Three Counties Show and Malvern Autumn Show each year, the showground has also developed a reputation as a private hire venue, with a site boasting 90 acres and an impressive variety of multi-use spaces.


Could you design a gate fit for royalty?

Three Counties have launched a creative new competition to design the gates for the Platinum Jubilee Garden – the soon to be launched garden at the Showground for 2022, to honour Queen Elizabeth II’s seventy years on the throne.

The new Platinum Jubilee Garden will be situated at the heart of the showground, with the magnificent Malvern Hills as its backdrop.  The garden seeks to create a lasting reminder of her reign and will feature some of Her Majesty’s favourite plants and shrubs, as well as ones named in her honour.

Shows Manager, Jane Edwards said:

“We’re delighted that our Platinum Jubilee Garden will become a permanent feature garden for visitors to enjoy for many years to come at Three Counties. The plants, shrubs and trees in the garden have been carefully selected either because they’ve been named for Her Majesty the Queen or because they are particular favourites of hers. The garden will be planted and cared for by our Head Gardener, Steve Kilminster along with our two apprentice gardeners, Kierran P and Theo Clifford. Kierran and Theo are both studying landscaping at Pershore College and plan to use this special project as part of their coursework towards their landscaping qualifications.”

Entrants are being asked to create a memorable design for the gates which will form the entrance to the garden. This is a unique opportunity for a craftsman to design and create gates which will stand as a lasting tribute and celebration of the Platinum Jubilee. Their work will be seen by the thousands of visitors welcomed to the Showground each year.

The gate design should reflect the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, celebrating and honouring her exceptional service and devotion to the country, Commonwealth, and the world. The gates will form the threshold between the bustle of the Showground and everyday life into the calming beauty and tranquility of the garden. On opening the gates, visitors will be led in to experience the beautiful sights, smells, and ambience of this extraordinary oasis.

Gates should be constructed of metal and will be fixed to the dry-stone walls around the garden. Designers are encouraged to use any combination of blacksmithing techniques and to consider provenance of materials and labour.

Entries should be on hardcopy or pdf format and submitted by Tuesday 19 April. The budget is £4,000 and cost to manufacture the commission should be included. Entry forms can be requested from Samantha Jones,

Illustration credit: Mark Glynn Jones


Those looking to get together with friends and family in 2022 should put Three Counties Showground, Malvern on their must-visit list.

The ideal place to meet, Three Counties Showground is a spacious, outdoor events venue located centrally in the West Midlands, with direct travel routes from the Cotswolds, South Wales and Birmingham.

Days out for families, gardening fanatics, foodies and fans of farming and the outdoors are all on offer at Three Counties this year, with group discounts offered across the venue’s flagship events and ample free parking.

Families with young children will just love CountryTastic, an annual sell-out event held on April 14 where kids can interact with farmyard animals and discover all there is to know about farming and rural life through unique hands-on activities and displays. Tickets are only available in advance.

Kick off the spring season with the acclaimed RHS Malvern Spring Festival on May 5-8. Back with a bloom for 2022, this must-see event for gardeners and gardening enthusiasts includes expert advice, inspirational floral displays, award-winning show gardens, an exciting programme of special guests, celebrity chefs and TV personalities and some of the best shopping, food and drink around.

Everyone’s favourite celebration of the great British countryside, Royal Three Counties Show, takes place from June 17-19. The hearty feast of farming, food and family entertainment brings together exciting main arena acts, over 6000 animals to see and lots to do for families.

And to round off the year, everyone’s favourite harvest festival, Malvern Autumn Show, returns for three days on September 23-25. Expect home-grown family fun, with award-winning nurseries, special guest line up from the worlds of growing and food, and the world record breaking CANNA UK National Giant Vegetables Championship…a must see!

Great group discounts are available for advance bookings for each event, with savings of up to £6 per person. For more information or to book now, call the Three Counties dedicated booking line on 0800 358 0058 or email

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