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CountryTastic is one of several fantastic annual shows that takes place at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern, Worcestershire. All the shows are family friendly but this one is specifically for children. Here, they can learn all about where food comes from and how to look after the countryside whilst feeding the nation. It’s a brilliant day out, particularly for young children.
Interviewing Adam Henson
This year, Countryfile presenter, YouTube star and owner of Cotswold Farm Park Adam Henson was on hand at CountryTastic to chat to visitors about farming. If you’re a fan, he’ll be at the Royal Three Counties show from 17th to 19th June 2022 as well! Libby was delighted to have the opportunity to chat to Adam. She asked lots of questions about food and farming, plus the really important questions like whether he’s a good horse rider and whether he prefers Clarkson or Kaleb. Find out in her video below! Then, read on to find out a bit more about both CountryTastic and the other shows taking place at the Three Counties Show Ground this year.
CountryTastic at Three Counties Showground Malvern: Review
I’m not sure what year CountryTastic started, but we’ve been taking our girls since they were tiny. It has always been a fantastic day out for children and this year was no different. It’s an amazing opportunity for little ones to learn about animals and where food comes from. Better still, they have absolutely no idea they’re learning because the whole thing is brilliant fun.
In the huge show ground barns, little ones can discover ponies, donkeys, alpacas, rabbits, pigs, goats, meerkats, snakes, tarantulas and a host of other animals. Most of these can be petted and some are even willing to be held. That’s if you’re brave enough to allow a tarantula to crawl up your arm or a corn snake to make itself comfortable around your neck!
Outside, there are tractor and horse and cart rides and a fabulous arena with a variety of events taking place. Visitors can watch working dogs, pony club events and adorable shetlands. Little ones will love the unicorn rides. Cute little ponies are painted with colourful manes and tails and adorned with unicorn horns. There were some very smiley faces as tiny children walked around the course on unicorns. For older children and adults, tractor rides and horse and cart rides were equally exciting. We particularly love Ivan and Albert the shire horses!
Meet the farmer and sheep show events are a great opportunity to sit and listen to some incredible experts chatting about farming. A play barn keeps little ones entertained, along with hula hoops, spinning plates, stilts and other outdoor games. There are plenty of places selling food and loads of picnic areas. Free water stations, toilets, changing facilities, first aid, an information desk and disabled access make it a great day out for all. The showground staff are amazing as well and there is always somebody around when you need assistance.
What else is on for families at the Three Counties Showground Malvern in 2022?
Whilst Countrytastic is the only show designed for children, there’s plenty going on for families at the other shows too. In fact, we’ve always found that the Three Counties Showground is a great place to take kids. We’ve been to all of the shows with the children over the years and there’s always plenty for them to do. The shows coming up this year are:
RHS Spring Show (5-8th May)
The Spring Show is all about Gardens, plants and flowers. The school garden challenge will be on display, with local schools creating gardens to celebrate the Queen. Children can take part in art and crafts, make a flower crown, join in with a planting workshop and work towards getting a green Blue Peter badge. The National History Museum will be on hand with science based activities to teach visitors about everything from creepy crawlies to DNA. Other activities include circus entertainment, building a willow bird feeder, learning about bees, a history lesson from Royal Worcester Porcelain and taking a plant cutting.
Royal Three Counties (17-19th June)
The flagship Royal Three Counties Show is the one I remember from childhood. Predominantly an agricultural show, the farming village area is always popular. See livestock, meet farmers and find out which animal will be crowned show champion. Special guests this year included Adam Henson and Mark Diacono who will be there every day and Kaleb Cooper on the Saturday.
Children can take part in exciting activities on Adventure Avenue. They can also Learn about forestry, farriery and blacksmithing and follow a family trail around the show. In the main arena will be a motorcycle display team, the Red Devils parachute display team, horse and livestock displays. Foodies will want to head to the food and drink and cider and perry festivals taking place throughout the course of the show.
Malvern Autumn Fair (23-25th September)
We love visiting the Autumn Fair to see all the giant vegetables. Leeks that are so long they need two people to carry them. Pumpkins that need to be transported using heavy machinery and tower over young visitors. You’ll also find the RHS Flower Show, Malvern Gin Show and plenty of fun activities for the whole family. Check out the dog arena, meet a police horse and say hi to a giant tortoise.
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