THERE is fun for all the family just around the corner when the annual Malvern Autumn Show comes to the Three Counties Show Ground this year.

Billed as the ultimate harvest festival, the show is jam packed with attractions from the world or horticulture and agriculture, arts and crafts, storytelling, a vintage fairground, donkey rides, traditional rural skills and very much more.

The show, which is on September 23 and 24, has compiled its very own family fun bucket list so families can get involved before visiting the show and plan their day.

Diana Walton, head of shows for the Three Counties, said: “The Malvern Autumn Show is a great day out for all the family so we wanted to pull together a practical guide of how parents can plan and make the most out of their day.

“The line-up of things to see and do is better than ever and families can already get involved by taking part in the Discover Harvest Village Show, there are classes for all ages and prizes too, so perfect for parents looking to entertain their kids.”


1. Listen to Treehouse Tales in the new Treehouse Garden with renowned British Indian storyteller Peter Chand on Saturday and Christine McMahon on Sunday. Peter is constantly in demand for his tales of wit and wisdom and Christine has an international reputation with her love of traditional folktales, particularly those with a link to her Northern roots.

2. The Discover Harvest Village Show – the categories are completed in advance. From photography classes for older children and finger painting for the little ones there is something creative for all ages and abilities. More info and entry forms can be downloaded from the website:

3. Relax on the Family Green – a laid-back area where families can sit, play and picnic all with the stunning backdrop of the Malvern Hills. Junk Fish make a welcome return with a range of 'make and take' activities, all carefully prepared using mostly recycled materials and they’ll have giant garden games, hula hoops and circus skills equipment. With kids fully occupied, grown-ups can unwind in this area too with a chill-out bean bag space.

4. Wonder at the CANNA UK Giant Vegetables Championship, which are sure to make a big impression on little visitors with a spectacle of mighty marrows, colossal carrots, beastly beetroot and much more.

5. Enjoy all the fun of the fair as the fairground comes to the Vintage Village with classic Old Time rides dating from the 1900s including a Carousel, Helter Skelter and Ferris Wheel.

6. Find out about Forgotten Skills using traditional techniques, demonstrations in the Forgotten Skills Marquee that will teach children of trades of yesteryear with a time travelling glimpse into how things were done in the past.

7. Watch the Activity Arena which will be alive with show stopping displays of duck herding, dog agility and more.

8. Ride on a donkey, family fun for smaller children.

9. Wonder at the World of Animals with all creatures great and small, including the BPA’s Young Pig of the Year, Gloucestershire Old Spots Champion of Champions and Saddleback Champion of Champions all taking place. Watch pig agility and see the winners of the poultry and rabbit shows. Little ones can get up close with furry friends including dog, goats, sheep, ponies and pigs.

10. Be inspired by the pumpkin carver, wonder at his creations and be inspired to create masterpieces back home.