JOIN 60TH CELEBRATIONS OF GREAT BRITISH COUNTRYSIDE AT ROYAL THREE COUNTIES SHOW
The Three Counties Showground will welcome more than 90,000 visitors next week as the Royal Three Counties Show in association with JCB Paint flings open its gates on Friday 15 June for the three day extravaganza.
This year marks 60 years of the event being held at the Three Counties Showground and it’s set to be the biggest celebration of the great British countryside yet.
Head of Shows for the Three Counties, Diana Walton, said: “We can’t wait to open the gates on this year’s spectacular anniversary show. We’ve got something for everyone from jaw-dropping Red Devil parachute displays and the incredible Shetland Pony Grand National, to the magnificent champion livestock in the Grand Parade and Britain’s best loved farmers in the form of Adam Henson and the cast of The Archers. It’s set to be a hearty feast of farming, fine food and family entertainment.”
This year Worcestershire hosts the show, sharing some of the best bits of the county with visitors. Worcestershire music will entertain the crowds, and visitors can follow a trail of beautiful works of art from celebrated artist, David Birtwhistle. The extremely popular, Medieval re-enactment camp returns to focus on Worcestershire’s exciting history and The Firs, birth place of Sir Edward Elgar, will be showcasing an original piano owned by the great composer.
HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2018
- Royal Three Counties Ambassador and Britain’s favourite farmer, Adam Henson returns for 2018 for all three days of the show. Visitors will be able to ask him plenty of questions and find out all about his farm animals.
- The cast of the world’s longest-running radio soap opera The Archers will give talks alongside judging a range of competitions and some lucky visitors will even get the opportunity to meet some of Ambridge’s finest.
- A new Gardening Hub with BBC presenter and gardening consultant, Martin Fish, brings workshops and expert question and answer sessions. In this new area, dedicated to gardeners, there’ll also be award-winning local nurseries, the return of the stunning International Orchid Show and popular Village Show. It’s a great area to pick up gardening tips and buy quality plants.
- Celebrating their centenary, Worcestershire Women’s Institute will be presenting the coveted national Huxley Cup to one lucky winner. The Huxley Cup was first presented 80 years ago and is an imposed exhibit, where competitors from across the country are presented with the theme, their materials, sundries and containers and have two hours to create their final display.
- Horse lovers will be able to find out all there is to know about caring for horses and admire the magnificent Hook Norton Heavy Horses in the Ask The Groom / Equine Village. Horse lovers will also have plenty of new classes to marvel at including in hand sports horse classes, in a packed schedule of more than 290 equine classes.
- A new Young Enterprise Zone is packed with inspiring business ideas for the rural economy. The Three Counties Agricultural Society has teamed up with schools, sixth forms and colleges to help them start-up small businesses that they’ll proudly show-off at the event.
- The Wellington Boot Theatre, hosted by BBC Hereford and Worcester presenter, Andrew Easton, it showcases stars from the world of sport and outdoor pursuits including Worcester Warriors rugby players, Paralympian swimmer Claire Cashmore and PGA golfer Oliver Farr.
- Whet your appetite in the Food & Drink Hall. Showcasing the very best national and local produce, there’ll be plenty of tasty treats to try, whilst the Cookery Theatre will show-off a range of dishes whizzed up from produce at the show. Visit the Cider Festival or feast your eyes on three counties dairy produce in the Cheese & Dairy Produce Show.
- Some of the finest livestock around will be on show in the Farming Village / Fur, Feather, Farm with more than 80 breeds of animals and almost 900 classes. And there’ll be plenty to get involved in with sheep shearing competitions and craft workshops along with quirky entertainment from talented Young Farmers. Youngsters will be able to meet lots of cute and cuddly creatures ranging from rabbits, alpacas and goats to chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys.
- The Ask the Farmer Theatre, is an area where visitors can ask the farmers anything that they’ve always wanted to know. Teaming up with Rare Breeds Survival Trust, special expert guests will share their experiences in an interactive ring with displays of cattle, sheep and pigs.
- An action-packed Countryside Village will feature galloping acrobatics, blacksmithing, pole climbing, breath-taking falconry, impressive animal displays and country sports demonstrations including coarse fishing, pond dipping, conservation and crafts as well as owl talks.
- The enthralling Main Arena entertainment brings the Shetland Pony Grand National, thrilling Red Devil parachute displays, sheepdog displays, a parade of farm machinery through the ages, and the iconic Grand Parade, featuring each day’s livestock champions.
Join us for Royal Three Counties Show from Friday 15 June until Sunday 17 June. Tickets are now on sale. Advanced tickets are from £19 for adults and £5 for children, family tickets are also available.