Royal Three Counties Show offers visitors chance to explore farming and the countryside

1st June 2017

This year’s Royal Three Counties Show, Malvern, on 16-18 June will offer visitors the chance to explore a range of farming and countryside features in two unique areas, the Wellington Boot Theatre and the Ask The Farmer area.

Both these new areas of the show will allow visitors to hear from farmers and others involved in rural and countryside pursuits and understand more about both the food they eat and the diverse range of leisure activities the countryside has to offer, explained head of shows Diana Walton.

“The Wellington Boot Theatre in particular will feature a hugely diverse range of speakers covering topics as broad as cycling and wildlife. The aim is to showcase everything the great outdoors has to offer and show how the public can interact with the countryside in a wide range of ways and in all manner of activities.

“Speakers in this area will include world championship cyclist Tracy Moseley, Caroline Corsie from the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust. I’m excited to announce several other international sports stars, including England and British and Irish Lions player Geoff Parling. All of these speakers enjoy the countryside and the farmed landscape in different ways, but all make a positive contribution to it in what they do,” added Mrs Walton.

Meanwhile, in the Ask a Farmer area the public will be able to speak to a broad range of people from the farming industry and gain a greater insight in to the wider farming industry and how the food on their plate is produced. “Countryfile presenter and Gloucestershire farmer Adam Henson will speak in this area on each day of the show as well as conducting book signings in the Wellington Boot Theatre every day too.”

Mrs Walton said the Rare Breeds Survival Trust would be coordinating the Ask The Farmer area and would be helping run schools workshops and show tours for school parties visiting the show on the first day of the show. In addition the Discover Sheep area will also showcase the story of wool, with a number of breeds of sheep taking part in a fashion show to celebrate wool as a fibre. This will be accompanied by live displays of spinning, felting and knitting.

“We believe these two important areas of the show will give the public a great insight in to rural life and farming and hopefully give more people the inspiration to get out and enjoy the British countryside.”

In the livestock rings the focus will be on some of the country’s finest sheep, cattle and pigs, with the show this year’s hosting visitors from across the world as part of the World Angus Forum. “Delegates from all the major cattle producing countries will be at the show on Saturday 17th June and will be able to watch the championship classes from the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society’s Summer National Show.

“The World Angus Forum takes place every four years and it is an honour for Royal Three Counties Show to be hosting the Society’s Summer National Show in the year the Forum visits the UK. We look forward to welcoming international delegates to the show and showing them the diverse farming of the Three Counties area,” said Mrs Walton.

Tickets for the Royal Three Counties Show are available to buy from the show website www.threecounties.co.uk