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'Meet the Countryside' at landmark event
A feast of farming, fine food and family entertainment is expected to attract more than 90,000 visitors to this year's Royal Three Counties Show, taking place at Malvern's Three Counties Showground on June 15, 16 and 17.

Known as a landmark event in the agricultural calendar, the show features a host of attractions alongside traditional livestock displays and competitions.

"Our aim is to make rural life more accessible and to invite people to 'Meet the Countryside','' says Diana Walton, Head of Shows at the Three Counties. ''We want to celebrate our wonderful farming communities, showing off their beauty and sense of community, as well as the wide variety of fantastic livestock and equine breeds. We're looking forward to championing the best of British farming and rural life."

Royal Three Counties Show, Malvern, Three Couinties Showground, Agricultural Show, Adam Henson, Philip Serrell, Gardening

Each year one of the 'Three Counties' Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire adopts the role of Host County, with a number of special themed exhibits. This year that honour goes to Worcestershire.

Worcestershire highlights for 2018:


Actors from the world's longest-running radio soap opera will give talks and judge a range of competitions. Trevor Harrison, who plays Eddie Grundy, and lives in Worcestershire, will be joined by Sunny Ormonde, the voice of Lillian Bellamy, as well as Ruth Archer's Felicity Finch, Kim Durham who plays Matt Crawford, Charles Collingwood as Brian Alridge and Andrew Wincott who plays Adam Macy.


Visitors can discover 10 iconic Worcestershire prints, originally painted by local artist David Birtwhistle, on the 'Worcestershire Way' around the show.


Hosted by BBC Hereford & Worcester presenter, Andrew Easton, the theatre highlights inspiring outdoor activities, with Q & As with guests, including BBC Countryfile presenter and Show Ambassador, Adam Henson, GB Women's Wheelchair Basketball captain Sophie Carrigill, who trained at the University of Worcester, Worcester Warriors rugby player Chris Pennell and PGA golfer Oliver Farr, who was born in Worcestershire.

Royal Three Counties Show, Malvern, Three Counties Showground, Agricultural Show, Adam Henson, Philip Serrell, Gardening
Ambassador: Adam Henson at last year's Royal Three Counties Show


The town's Radar & Technology History Society will reveal the secret scientific inventions that originated in Malvern and share colourful stories of the town's science heritage.


Following the success of last year's Medieval Camp, actors will return to celebrate the history of Worcestershire and the surrounding area, including The Firs, the birthplace of Sir Edward Elgar.


This year, Worcestershire WI celebrates its centenary and has been awarded the honour of hosting the coveted Huxley Cup flower arranging competition.


Visitors can meet spectacular former Grand National winner Pineau de Re, trained in Worcestershire.

Royal Three Counties Show, Malvern, Three Counties Showground, Agricultural Show, Adam Henson, Philip Serrell, Gardening
Saddle up: Visit the equine village


Author and antiques expert Philip Serrell will share his 25 years of experience as owner of auctioneers and valuers in Worcestershire. A regular on BBC1 and BBC2 antique programmes, he'll be in the Wellington Boot and Cookery Theatre to share anecdotes and offer advice.

In addition to the Worcestershire attractions, the Main Arena entertainment will feature the Shetland Pony Grand National, Red Devils parachute displays, sheepdog action from international sheep dog handler Dick Roper, a parade of farm machinery through the ages, and the Grand Parade, featuring each day's livestock champions.

Royal Three Counties Show, Malvern, Three Counties Showground, Agricultural Show, Adam Henson, Philip Serrell, Gardening
Through the ages: Vintage threshing machine

At the new Gardening Hub green-fingered visitors can stock up on summer blooms from local specialist plant nurseries and get advice on how to make the most of their garden or veg plot. Gardening Consultant Martin Fish will be on hand with his Gardening Roadshow and he'll be joined by pelargonium expert Helen Bainbridge and Kitchen Garden editor Steve Ott.

Royal Three Counties Show, Malvern, Three Counties Showground, Agricultural Show, Adam Henson, Philip Serrell, Gardening

The Village Show marquee will bring together junior, novice and expert gardeners as they exhibit flowers and vegetables harvested from their gardens. Also, the popular International Orchid Show returns for its sixth year, celebrating the much-loved exotic flower that has 30,000 species in the wild. Orchids will be flown in from Malaysia, Taiwan, Ecuador, Holland, Denmark and Germany.
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Why? Receive a taste of the countryside
When: June 15 - 17, 2018
Phone: 0844 811 0050
Where: Three Counties Showground, Malvern
Cost: From 23
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