A perfect day out is around the corner in the form of the RHS Malvern Show at the Three Counties Showground. We SO enjoyed last year’s event that we are heading back this year for more! Scroll to end for last year’s pics of our visit and a video of the event.
If like me you love to attend RHS Chelsea or Hampton Court but the journey with a kids in tow is more of a challenge that it used to be when you could jump on a train without a care in the world, then Malvern is the one for you!!
Split over 5 days the festival welcomes this year …Celebs – from Alan Titchmarsh to Raymond Blanc and offers a list of activities to keep you entertained, fed & watered and shopped out with of course all of the gardening expertise and tips you need to see you through the year ahead.
An entirely new vision brings RHS Malvern Spring Festival into full bloom for 2017, taking inspiration from the event’s Spa town heritage. The landmark four-day spectacle, taking place from Thursday 11 – Sunday 14 May at the Three Counties Showground, welcomes all new features and exhibits and a vibrant line up of the finest in gardening, food and lifestyle.
Jane Furze, Head of RHS Malvern Spring Festival, said:
“We are so excited to share the glorious plans that are afoot for RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2017. It really is going to be a sensational year for our leading event with plenty for everyone. Whether you’re a newcomer to gardening, a veteran horticulturalist or simply looking for a family day out, RHS Malvern Spring Festival has it all. We look forward to welcoming visitors to our stunning showcase of spring in May.”
The new vision for RHS Malvern Spring Festival takes inspiration from Malvern Spa’s Victorian heyday as a fashionable health resort – a place where day-trippers descended to take advantage of the clean air and to enjoy the health giving waters amongst the romantic beauty of the hills and into a town of pleasure gardens, assembly rooms and numerous eating-places.
Here’s a sneak peak at some of this year’s highlights to look out for at this year’s show….
Food and Drinks Pavilion – with demonstrations and talks by leading professionals
Floral Marquee – the UKs longest at over 190m – the equivalent length of four Olympic swimming pools
Floral Fountain – commissioned by Jonathan Moseley, the equivalent size of a semi-detached house
British Queen of Herbs, Jekka McVicars PERMANENT health and wellbeing garden
2016 Best in Show winner Mark Eveleighs PERMANENT treehouse garden
BBC Radio 4 presenter Matt Biggs dressed up as a plant hunter!
Show Gardens – leading designers compete for Best in Show
NEW Spa Gardens
NEW Grow Zone – taking inspiration from interactive country gardens, showcasing a variety of edible beds
Amongst other gardens not to miss is that of JEKKA MCVICAR, who’s HEALTH & WELLBEING GARDEN is the centrepiece of the Live Well zone.
British Queen of Herbs, Jekka McVicar designs and builds a specially commissioned permanent garden, bringing to life the role gardens continue to play in our health and sense of wellbeing. Jekka’s garden is a living working space for mind, body and senses. The garden is both a tranquil seating space where visitors can spend time amongst the aromatic herb beds, and a place to learn and explore what living well meant in yesteryear and what it means today. Visitors are invited to join daily ‘herbal conversations’ with Jekka herself and explore the awe-inspiring world of alternative therapies. The garden is in support of Pathways, a day service for adults with learning disabilities and difficulties.
If you go then please let me know what you loved best, and if you see me there then please say hello – enjoy your visit, you will love it.
As Mary says in the video below ‘it’s a great family day out’ and we all trust Mary!!
Here’s a little overview of last year’s show which was bathed in sunshine and SO enjoyable even with a small babe in arms!