Malvern Autumn Show 2019: Dates, Tickets and Location

Celebrate autumn with giant vegetables, plants and cookery workshops.

MALVERN AUTUMN SHOW 2018 highlights
MALVERN AUTUMN SHOW

The Malvern Autumn Show is back for its 25th year in Worcestershire, celebrating autumn and the harvest season with giant vegetables, cookery workshops and stellar plants. Here's everything you need to know about the autumn festival...

We've had some wonderful RHS shows already this year, including Chelsea, Chatsworth, Hampton and Tatton Park. As the new season rolls in, it's time to get excited about Malvern's two-day autumn extravaganza, where you'll find everything from duck herding to dog agility competitions and a vintage tractor display.

But perhaps what the festival is best known for is its display of record-breaking vegetables. Over 65,000 visitors are expected to attend this year, with many heading straight to see the large leeks, pumpkins and various types of squash. The giant vegetables are a treat for all.

Dates, location and tickets

The Malvern Autumn Show 2019 will run from Saturday 28th - Sunday 29th September at Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR13 6NW.

Tickets for the festival are available to buy now with prices starting at £18 in advance. Kids under 16 go free and group tickets are also available.

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The schedule is as follows:

  • Saturday 28th September, 9am-6pm
  • Sunday 29th September, 9am-6pm
    Malvern Autumn Show

    What can we expect to see at the show?

    Lots and lots of spectacular vegetables

    Each year, expert gardeners battle it out to see who can grow the biggest — and heaviest — vegetables around at the annual CANNA UK National Giant Vegetables Championship. From the heaviest celery, last year's winner weighed in at over 40kg, to the longest parsnip, which measured over 7m, it's a competition where previous World Records have been broken.

    Joe Swift looking at onions in the CANNA UK National Giant Vegetables Championship at the Malvern Autumn Show 2018
    Stuart Purfield
    Giant pumpkins on display at the Malvern Autumn Festival 2018
    Stuart Purfield

    RHS Flower Show

    See stunning, colourful floral displays in the RHS Flower Show at Malvern with a record number of 40 nurseries competing for the coveted RHS Gold Medal.

    Some of the displays to look forward to include...

    The Botanic Nursery – featuring a range of salvias and asters of late autumn, this family-run plant shop from Wiltshire will have plenty on display for visitors to enjoy.

    Chrysanthemums Direct – this plant nursery will create a beautiful display at the autumn festival. Expect punchy colours and plenty of chrysanthemums, of course. Fresh from their appearance as Tatton Park Flower Show's Master Grower, the team from Chrysanthemums Direct will reveal their stunning display of cut flower bloom and spray chrysanthemums.

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    Floyds Climbers and Clematis – these specialist growers of clematis and climbers are also worth paying a visit to at the annual festival.

    Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants – here there will be beautiful autumnal herbaceous perennials on display. Don't forget to pack your camera; you'll want to capture these.

    Famous faces

    Just like every year, expect to see some well-known celebrities. This year sees the return of the Autumn Potager Theatre, hosted by James Alexander-Sinclair, with an array of guests including Carol Klein, Joe Swift, Jonathan Moseley and Alys Fowler hosting a variety of talks and demonstrations and sharing their gardening knowledge.

    Food and drink

    The Food Hall will be home to an array of incredible treats and a host of experts giving demonstrations in the Cookery Theatre, including celebrity chef Jean Christophe Novelli. Meanwhile, new for this year is the Gin Show, showcasing producers from across the three counties and beyond, and celebrating everything from London Dry to quirky flavoured gins.

    Advice and new skills

    The RHS gardening advisors will be on hand to help the public with any plant queries they may have. It's the perfect chance for you to offload your gardening questions to the professionals. Meanwhile, the Potting Shed, hosted by Three Counties favourite Reg Moule, is the ideal place to develop horticultural skills and build up confidence in the garden.

    Stuart Purfield - Photographer / Malvern Autumn Festival

    And there's lots more...

    There is plenty for children to get involved with. At the festival, you'll find animals, a fairground, delicious restaurant and local stands selling must-have treats (many of which are perfect to buy in time for Christmas).

    Diana Walton, Head of Shows at Three Counties Showground, says: 'We’re delighted to be celebrating the 25th Malvern Autumn Show in 2019. It’s a glorious celebration of the harvest season and we’ve got plenty of delights on offer. I’m proud to have worked at the very first Malvern Autumn Show and to be heading the show team 25 years later is a privilege. Malvern Autumn Show showcases the best of what our three counties have to offer, and from humble beginnings it’s become everyone’s favourite show.'

    Get involved with the harvest collection

    The festival is asking visitors to donate dry goods to the harvest as part of a new initiative to help tackle poverty.

    Run together with the Trussell Trust, the showground will host collection points in the family area. Items such as cereal, soup, pasta, rice, tinned tomatoes, pasta sauce and lentils, plus toilet paper, shower gel, shaving gel, shampoo, soap and toothbrushes, will also be accepted at the collection point.

    'The traditional harvest festival is something many people won’t have participated in since they were at school, but with real people from our community in real need, we thought we should look at giving something back,' explains Diana Walton. 'This idea is getting back to the real meaning of harvest, community and giving. Our exhibitors and staff are already donating, and we really would like everyone to bring something along and help make this a success.'

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