THE countdown is almost over to the excitement of the Worcester Show, now in its ninth successive year.

The popular annual event is coming to Gheluvelt Riverside Park in Barbourne on Sunday August 17, and organisers say it will be "bigger and better than ever".

Worcester City Council’s Community Engagement Team Leader, Michelle Newell said: "You don’t have to be Alan Titchmarsh, Delia Smith or Kirsty Allsop to get something out of the event, because the Worcester Show promises to be an action-packed day for all the family.

“The Worcester Show will be a fantastic fun day out for the whole family. As well as showcasing the amazing creativity of Worcester residents, there will be music, dancing, cookery demonstrations, children’s rides, crafts stalls and delicious food for all to enjoy."

The show time-table is as follows:

10.00am: Worcester Show opens to the public

10.15am: Judging begins (marquees closed to public)

10.00am – 12.00pm: Performances by Claire Boswell, Emma Leigh and Jess Tomlin and a dance performance from the Worcester Filipino Society Dance group

11.15am – 12.15pm: Focaccia bread making demonstration by Janice Bell

12.15pm – 1.00pm: The Chris Elliott Band

1.00pm – 1.15pm: Official opening of the Floral Show Marquee

1.15pm – 1.45pm: Line Dancing

1.15pm – 1.30pm: Performance by Got2sing at Craft Marquee

1.30pm – 2.30pm: Riverside bike ride

1.30pm – 2.15pm: Our Lizzy: vegetarian ‘summer delights’ cookery demonstration

2.00pm – 2.30pm: Mayor presents trophies to the winners

2.45pm – 3.30pm: Worcester Ukulele Band

2.45pm – 3.30pm: Local and ‘foraged food’ demonstration by Nathan Eades

3.00pm – 4.00pm: Riverside bike ride

3.30pm - 4.15pm: Gardeners’ Question Time with BBC Hereford and Worcester’s Reg Moule and Mike George

3.30pm – 4.15pm: Fancy dress competition: flower fairies and scarecrows

4.00pm – 4.45pm: Sugar modelling demonstration by Heather Sweet

4.15pm – 5.00pm: The Loved and Lost Band

5.00pm: Close of the Show.

There be 107 classes in two big marquees, from flowers and floral decorations to handicrafts and photography

And there will be a record-breaking number of stalls this year, over seventy in total.

Other attractions will include a fancy dress competition, pony rides and expert advice fromBBC Hereford and Worcester Andrew Marston and renowned gardening presenters, Reg Moule and Mike George, on hand for a Gardeners’ Question Time.