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England's largest livestock and equine show
The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery will make this year's Royal Three Counties Show in Malvern go with a bang.

Making their only appearance outside London, the Troop will take to the Main Arena at the Three Counties Showground to present an awe-inspiring spectacle involving teams of six horses each pulling First World War-era field guns used to fire an earth-shattering salute.

The Royal Three Counties Show can boast another military coup as the Freefall Parachute Regiment Team, The Red Devils, make a return visit to jump from altitudes of up to 10,000 feet and freefall at speeds of up to 120 miles per hour.

Royal Three Counties Show, Three Counties Showground Malvern, Agricultural Sow, Livestock, Farming


The Main Arena at the show will also host show jumping, dog agility displays and the Grand Parade Of Livestock, with rare breeds showcased alongside prizewinning animals.

Taking place between June 17 and 19, 2016, the Royal Three Counties Show will feature over 3,000 livestock exhibits competing to be crowned Champion of Champions.

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There will be strong competition for a range of awards for cattle, sheep and goats. Horses are also well represented, with over 2,800 entries.

As well as three days of competing there will be a host of experienced exhibitors on hand. More than 50 Horse of the Year Show qualifiers are due to attend and Olympic Gold Medallist Carl Hester MBE is judging the Cuddy Supreme Championship in The Equestrian Village on June 19.

Royal Three Counties Show, Three Counties Showground Malvern, Agricultural Sow, Livestock, Farming


Visitors keen for a taste of country life should head to the Countryside Arena for traditional country sports and demonstrations of country skills.

The Country Pursuits Village boasts a programme of events, including duck herding, falconry, equestrian skills and the Shetland Pony Display Team. The Open Field Arena will feature hounds, gundogs, greyhounds and luchers.

Royal Three Counties Show, Three Counties Showground Malvern, Agricultural Sow, Livestock, Farming


Elsewhere, there is the chance to have a go at angling on the showground's lake, see blacksmiths and farriers at work and marvel at competitors racing against the clock as they take part in the English Pole Climbing Championship.

A fascinating range of tractors, vintage commercial vehicles and miniature steam engines will be on display, as well as working demonstrations of threshing.

Royal Three Counties Show, Three Counties Showground Malvern, Agricultural Sow, Livestock, Farming


A new show feature this year is the Smallholder and Alternative Livestock Enterprise' Village. Old favourites include competition classes for honey, mead and wax products, with the opportunity to sample different varieties of honey and see bees flying in controlled conditions.

The rabbit and poultry sections are always popular, as are the alpacas, Angora goats and pygmy goats.

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In the Village Show section there is the opportunity for novice and expert local gardeners to exhibit flowers and vegetables and local specialist plant nurseries will be offering a range of unusual plants, together with advice on how to grow them to their best.

Royal Three Counties Show, Three Counties Showground Malvern, Agricultural Sow, Livestock, Farming


The Sports Village will be a hive of activity with The Young Farmers' Tug of War, rugby, cricket and lacrosse sessions. A touch of wizardry is promised with Quidditch matches and lessons. The national governing body for the sport of Quidditch, Quidditch UK, is inviting muggles and wizards alike to give Harry Potter a run for his money.

The show is dedicated to promoting local and regional food so some of the finest produce from the three counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire will be available.

The show's Real Ale Festival offers a full range of local brews on tap, alongside wines, ciders, perries and juices all made in the region. The Three Counties Cookery Theatre will feature demonstrations from local chefs.

In addition to all this, there's a show within a show, with the International Orchid Show attracting specialist growers from Malaysia, Taiwan, Ecuador, Holland, Denmark, Germany and the UK.
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Why? England's largest livestock and equine show - and the only place to see The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery outside of London.
When: June 17 - 19, 2016
Phone: 01684 584 924
Where: Three Counties Showground, Malvern
Cost: On the gate entry from 22 plus fees
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