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The Royal Three Counties Show 2018 is set to boast the best of British farming, food, and rural pursuits from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 June 2018, with a packed schedule of displays, activities and entertainment to please the entire family.
Taking place just a hop, skip and jump over the Gloucestershire border at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern, this anticipated annual event is a real highlight for animal-lovers, local produce connoisseurs, keen gardeners, and country bumpkins alike.
Having been held at the Malvern showground for more than 50 years, this year’s event is set to be the biggest and best yet, with festival favourites such as the Farming Village, Equine Village, and Arena Entertainment returning, along with foodie treats, friendly animals, outdoor activities, and much, much more!
See royalthreecounties.co.uk for the full lowdown, with SoGlos picking out its highlights below.
A visit to the Farming Village promises an authentic taste of farming, with the chance to see the finest livestock around, meet the farmers, and watch animals.
There’s the chance to ask the farmer any burning questions; see baa-rilliant sheep shearing competitions from some of the most skilled shearers in the country; and enjoy some entertainment from The Young Farmers.
Meanwhile, over in the Equine Village horse lovers are in for a treat, with the chance to Ask The Groom, and admire a host of Hook Norton Heavy Horses. Meanwhile the village will show off more than 290 equine classes with show jumping and driving popular features.
For action-packed entertainment and breath-taking displays, pop into the Main Arena which will feature world-class aerobatic skills and parachute displays from The Red Devils; and great entertainment from the Shetland Pony Grand National.
Other highlights include displays from international sheep dog handler Dick Roper; a parade of farm machinery through the ages; and the ever-popular Grand Parade which will showcase each day’s livestock champions.
Green-fingered enthusiasts can head to the dedicated Gardening Hub which will host a roadshow with BBC presenter Martin Fish, offering interactive workshops and Q&A sessions.
Back for another year will be The International Orchid Show with exhibitors from around the world; while visitors can also browse award-winning local nurseries selling seasonal favourites.
Always a favourite, the Village Show will showcase beautiful blooms and spectacular vegetables which are sure to be a delight to browse over.
A host of special guests will entertain audiences at the Wellington Boot Theatre which celebrates and showcases inspiring outdoor activities. A highlight for 2018 will be appearances from a host of best loved characters from The Archers, with show favourites appearing to deliver talks and judge competitions.
The programme includes Q&A sessions with BBC Hereford and Worcester presenter, Andrew Easton, and his guests, including Countryfile presenter and favourite local farmer, Adam Henson.
There’s also the chance to hear from Worcester Warriors players; swimmer Claire Cashmore; and PGA golfer Oliver Farr.
Visitors will stay fed and watered thanks to plenty of the finest local and national produce, with plenty to sample and take home too.
A dedicated Food and Drink Hall will be bursting with delicious produce, while the Cider Festival is sure to delight scrumpy fans. Meanwhile the Cheese and Dairy Produce Show offers a celebration of everything dairy related.
Budding chefs can also head to the Cookery Theatre where there will be a range of dish demonstrations, offering the perfect place for picking up tips, tricks and inspiration.
Sure to delight animal lovers of all ages, the Royal Three Counties Show will have a special Fur, Feather and Farm area, which allows visitors to get up close to a host of friendly animals.
Coo over beautiful breeds of rabbits, find out about alpacas, see a number of goat breeds, check out the chickens, and say hello to ducks, geese and turkeys – heaven for animals lovers old and young!
A new area packed with innovative ideas, the Young Enterprise Zone is centred around business, with the aim to inspire and interest visitors in the rural economy.
Teaming up with a number of schools, sixth forms and colleges, the Three Counties Agricultural Society is dedicated to encouraging youngsters to adopt an entrepreneurial spirit in the agricultural and associated industries; the event offers the chance for visitors to talk to like-minded students and garner ideas.
For more information visit royalthreecounties.co.uk directly.
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