Three Counties Showground Events

Three Counties Showground Events

The Three Counties Showground is just 1.5 miles from Orchard Side Bed and Breakfast in Hanley Swan. It is the same distance from Malvern.

About the Three Counties Showground Agricultural Society

three counties showground near malvernThe Three Counties Showground Agricultural Society works for rural industry, the environment, and countryside life and is a registered charity. The society is committed to the support of farmers, growers, and horticulturists, helping to develop an understanding between urban and rural communities.

With a growing membership, the society also enjoys good relations with media and sponsors and encourages partnerships with the local and regional business community.

The Three Counties Showground is the home of the Three Counties Agricultural Society. Today it provides vibrant, innovative events throughout each year hosting many trade and business exhibitions, equestrian and dog shows, sales, fairs, and rallies. The Three Counties showground is a nationally recognised venue welcoming over a million visitors each year. The added panoramic backdrop of the famous Malvern Hills is a bonus as it is designated an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Some of the annual events held at the Three Counties Showground

  • National Young Stars –  MarchMalvern Autumn Show Three Counties Show Ground
  • CountryTastic – March
  • RHS Malvern Spring Festival – May
  • Championship Dog Show – June
  • Royal Three Counties Show – June
  • Malvern Autumn Show – September
  • The Malvern Caravan Show -September/October

CountryTastic – March

This action-packed, hands on, event, is all about food, farming and the countryside with a focus on Easter holiday.  This event will keep your children entertained all day long with lots of activities, entertainment for free with their favourite countryside creatures and much much more.

This show has both indoor and outdoor activities, so whatever the weather ‘CountryTastic’ makes the perfect Easter Holiday family day out (3s and under go free!)  The theme of the show changes each year and favourite farmyard animals are always ready to welcome you.  There are various events in the ring such as livestock and Wag and Bone is packed educational, fun entertainment.

RHS Malvern Spring Show – May

Get inspired at the Spring RHS Malvern Festival and get your green fingers twitching. The show gardens provide inspiration and the best gardens are featured on BBC 2’s Gardeners’ World during the Festival.  Take the opportunity to chat with garden designers and learn design tips on how to transform your own garden. The Flower marquee spans almost 700 square meters with 68 of the best UK and international nurseries offering a huge choice of plants to buy, with helpful advice on the best plants for your garden.

Royal Three Counties Show – June

This is the largest livestock and equine show at the Royal Three Counties Show attracting many visitors from near and far and there is plenty of entertainment for the 3-day event from the Main Arena to the surrounding area. You will find a huge amount of entertainment and shopping that everyone will enjoy:

  • Sports Village
  •  Regional Food & Drink
  •  Country Pursuits Village
  •  Farming Village
  • Equine Village.
  • International Orchid Show
  • Shopping

Malvern Autumn Show – September

The Malvern Autumn show is a celebration of the countryside, food, gardening and nostalgia, all pulled together to make one great show.

Good Life Pavilion 
You’ll enjoy many celebrities on stage talking about gardening, growing and cooking and offering advice with interesting demonstrations.
Westons Cider Garden
Take a break at The Weston Cider Garden with dray rides and a chance to meet the llamas, sheep and much more.
RHS Flower Show & Gardening Galore
You’ll find stunning floral displays at the RHS Flower Show along with everything you need to get your garden prepared for winter. There are always lots of plants, bulbs and expert advice to hand.
Harvest Pavilion 
You can take stock of your garden and solve all your gardening questions from experts at the RHS theatre.  You will enjoy the ultimate harvest festival that features 30 national plant societies and the spectacular Malvern Home Grown competition that often attracts more than 2,000 national entries.
UK National Giant Vegetables Championship
This is probably one of the main reasons many people visit this show, and you’ll find people getting their selfie with the largest vegetables you’ve ever seen!  The UK National Giant Vegetables Championship and in 2014 the show saw two giant vegetable world records broken!
Orchard Pavilion & Hop Yard
Cider, Perry & beers are the Counties specialities and our showcase – the intoxicating aroma of apples, pears and hops are just unique and memorable.
Food & Drink Hall 
This is where local artisan producers will help you to enjoy kitchen demonstrations from local chefs.
World of Animals, sponsored by Bredon School
Meet all the creature great and small from sheep to llamas and much much more!
Vintage Village
A new addition to the show but a great journey back in time with vintage clothing, Jiving and afternoon tea.

This link will show ALL the events held at the showground throughout the year

History of the Three Counties Agricultural Society

Three Counties ShowgroundThe Three Counties Agricultural Society began after the formation of the Herefordshire Agricultural society in 1797. It was after a gentlemen called John Clerk of Builth published a book called the ‘General views on agriculture in the county of Hereford’. He observed there was no form of agricultural society in the county of Herefordshire, and that was the beginnings of the Three Counties Agricultural Society as we know it today!

  • The very first show took place on the streets of Hereford in 1798, and three silver goblets were awarded as prizes and the membership was only 100 strong.
  • In 1800  Mr Tench of Broomfield, Ludlow, offered to show a Hereford Bull against any bull in England for one hundred guineas. The Hereford Bull named Prizefighter defeated a Leicester Bull brought by Mr Knowles of Nailsworth and the animal became a celebrity overnight!
  • The first Show to be staged at Malvern was in 1890 and there were no Shows in 1917 and 1918, due to World War 1.
  • Stanley Baldwin MP was elected President in 1924 and plans to stage the Show at Pitchcroft in Worcester were thwarted by inclement weather and eight-foot floods!
  • The first Show after World War II was scheduled on the second Tuesday in June 1947 but was postponed following an outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease within two miles of the Showyard.
  • In 1958 the showground staged the 1st show and her majesty Queen Elizabeth and The Queen Mother honoured the event with a five-hour visit.

The Three Counties Showground is only 1.5 miles from Orchard Side Malvern Bed and Breakfast in Hanley Swan, which makes this Malvern B&B the perfect place to stay.

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