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Showcasing the great British harvest festival

Giant autumn vegetables, celebrity speakers and a celebration of the harvest season form the basis of the Malvern Autumn Show which returns on 23rd and 24th September.

More than 65,000 people are expected to flock to this year’s  weekend show at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, for this annual celebration of harvest fun and family entertainment.

Diana Walton, Head of Shows at Three Counties, said: “This is my first Malvern Autumn Show as Head and I’ve tried to create an all inclusive celebration of the season that has something for everyone.  Walking around the showground last year I talked to visitors about their experiences and was blown away by how particularly fond they are of this show, it was a joy to hear. We champion gardening, growing, gathering and rural life with add in a little slice of our country’s quirky character for good measure. It’s the perfect way to end our show season.”

The gardening line is headed by BBC Gardeners’ World stalwart Carol Klein who, hosted by Martin Fish, will be sharing her knowledge with showgoers alongside garden writer and fellow presenter, Alys Fowler. Former Tomorrow’s World presenter and President of the Herb Society, Judith Hann will be both revealing top tips and signing her new book Herbs: Delicious Recipes And Growing Tips To Transform Your Food.  

In the Malvern Autumn Pavilion, the CANNA UK National Giant Vegetables Championship returns with 29 different classes including two junior classes. 2016 saw four World Records broken.  

Jon Wheatley, consultant to the National Dahlia Collection and RHS Judge, will be creating a seasonal fruit and floral masterpiece that will surround the stage.

RHS Ambassador, Jamie Butterworth and Mark Straver from Hortus Loci, the largest plant supplier to Chelsea Flower Show garden designers, will be giving advice and recommendations on what to grow and where to grow it as part of a new exhibit.  Reg Moule returns to host the Potting Bench within the RHS Flower Show and the RHS advisory team will be available to help solve any horticultural mysteries.  

A new exhibit, The Power of Pollinators, highlighting the vital role that bees, bumblebees and other important pollinators play in both our gardens and the wild.  This area features the Worcestershire Honey Show and Worcester University reveal the science behind bees and their relationship with plants and humans.

The Harvest Pavilion plays host to 1,500 entries in the Grow to Show section and there are over 80 specialist award winning nurseries to choose from in the Plant Village and the RHS Flower Show.

There is also a feast of food and drink on offer.  On Saturday the charismatic Great British Menu host, Andi Oliver will entertain the crowds with Sunday welcoming everyone’s favourite laid-back Great British Baker, Selasi Gbormittah. He’ll be sharing top tips on how to avoid soggy bottoms and ensure every creation is a showstopper. Show favourite, award winning author and grower, Mark Diacono returns to host the Cookery Theatre that welcomes demonstrations from the Raymond Blanc Cookery School alongside local award winning chefs, including MasterChef Pro Winner, Mark Stinchcombe from Eckington Manor.

Other highlights include: family fun on the Family Green with activities for both the young and young at heart.  The Vintage Village features the Old Tyme Fairground and the World of Animals showcases all different types of rabbits, guinea pigs and poultry as well as the Young Pig of the Year competition.  

The Malvern Autumn Show will take place on Saturday, 23rd September and Sunday, 24th September. Tickets are now on sale. £20 on the gate; £16 in advance

For information, please visit www.malvernautumn.co.uk or call 01684 584924.

 

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