We have loved attending various shows at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern. The Autumn Show has been our favourite as it has always had a great mix of entertainment for the children, animals, plants and food and drink. However, once a year, a one day show, specifically aimed at children is help at the Three Counties Showground. This year we were invited to attend and find out all about it.
CountryTastic is much smaller than the other shows we have attended at Malvern. This means, that little legs don’t have to walk so far. However, there are still lots of things to entertain the family for the whole day. The idea behind CountryTastic is to engage families with food, farming and the countryside. There are a variety of different activities for children to have a go at, lots of animals to see, talks and displays.
This year, the sell-out show was based around the theme of Horses and Ponies. This meant that there were lots of different horses to see – including Gloucestershire Constabulary Mounted Police, Shire horses and Shetland ponies doing displays. There were even some “unicorns” to see and ride. There were also talks on throughout the day, based on the theme of Horses and Ponies including Grooming Horses, Horse Dentistry and Equine Science.
BBC Countryfile Presenter Adam Henson was also at CountryTastic, leading one of the Ask The Farmer sessions. The children were really interested in what he had to say, and was kept on his toes with lots of questions from them.
Even though the theme of CountryTastic was Horses and Ponies, there were plenty of other animals there too. There were pigs, sheep, cows, alpacas, chickens and goats to name just a few. My girls coo’ed over all the baby animals, especially some piglets, lambs and kids, although teeny tiny fluffy chicks were particularly adorable.
The animal displays were really fascinating too. The girls, who are scared of dogs, always enjoy seeing dog-agility shows and were mesmerised by the Midwestern Gundog Group’s display. We also spent some time watching ferret racing. However, I think I liked the “Sheep Show” which introduced us to lots of different breeds of sheep and how a sheep is sheared.
There was also lots of non-animal fun too. The tractor and trailer rides were particularly popular. Inside the Play Barn were various make and take crafts, face-painting, pedal tractors and cricket taster sessions with Worcester Cricket Club. Outside the girls had fun with hula-hoops and other toys.
What really surprised me about CountryTastic, was despite it being on a much smaller scale than the other shows, there was so much to do there. The show ran from 10am to 5pm and we spent much of the day there. Although we were provided with tickets for the event, I feel that the ticket prices of £5.50 for children (under-3s free) and £8.50 for adults were really good value, and we would gladly pay that to visit again.
Although CountryTastic is over for this year, the Three Counties Showground are offering free entry for under 16’s to their RHS Malvern Spring Festival, the Royal Three Counties Show and Malvern Autumn Show this year.
Disclaimer: We were provided with tickets for CountryTastic but, as always, all thoughts and opinions are our own.