Celebrating Autumn with the Malvern Autumn Show
September sees the start of the new academic term. As a teacher, I am a bit sad to say goodbye to the summer holiday, but there is nothing like a fresh new start that September brings. More exciting is that September is the start of Autumn – my favourite time of the year. It is true that my birthday and wedding anniversary both fall in this season, but I love Autumn for so much more. I love the ever-changing colours of the leaves, being able to see the same view slightly differently each day as the leaves change from green to yellow to orange to red before turning brown and falling off. I love walking through those crisp, fallen leaves and hearing the crunch under each footstep. I like the chill in the air and cozy jumpers. And I love harvest and celebrating the wonderful food we have available to us.
I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the start of this fantastic time of year than the Malvern Autumn Show. The Malvern Autumn Show is held at the Three Counties Showground on the 25th and 26th September this year, and promises a whole host of family friendly fun and a feast of food and outdoor fun.
There really will be something for everyone. For gardening enthusiasts, it is the last RHS flower show of the season. There will be over 50 top exhibits in the RHS Flower Show and you can also buy plants from these award winning nurseries. There will also be lots of advice on hand for gardeners wanting to know more about preparing and restocking their gardens for the winter months.
I am excited about the UK National Giant Vegetables Championship, because who can resist seeing a whole host of oversized vegetables? If you are more artistic in nature, you may prefer the vegetable sculptures produced by growers and school children from the Three Counties which will be on display in the Discover Harvest area.
The girls and I are bound to enjoy all the animals on display in the World of Animals, including dog, goats, sheep, ponies and pigs, although I imagine that Rich would go and investigate the pop-up Westons Cider garden at this point! There will also be plenty of artisan food and drink to sample in the Food & Drink Hall. At the heart of the Food & Drink Hal will be a live kitchen with demonstrations from local chefs. Headlining will be top TV chef and Gloucester-born foodie Tom Kerridge on the Saturday; and on the Sunday, Strictly Come Dancing’s Anton du Beke will be hosting workshops in the Vintage Village’s Dance Theatre. I know two little girls (and their mummy) who would be so excited to see Anton in action!!
One of the other attractions I am particularly excited about is the Family Fun Area, which is new this year. There will be lots of activities for the children including circus skills, garden games and ‘make and take’ craft activities (hopefully better than our usual junk modelling!) and the absolute best thing about this area is that whilst the kids are occupied, us grown-ups have a chill out bean bag space in which to have a rest!
If you fancy all the fun of the Malvern Autumn Show, it will cost £19 for adults and £7 for children on the gate on both Saturday 25th September and Sunday 26th September. Alternatively, you can save yourself a few quid by buying tickets in advance (at £16 and £5) and there are further savings if you purchase family or group tickets. See the official website for more details or call 01684 584924
If you aren’t going, then don’t worry, we will be reporting back from the show afterwards!