Family Fun at Malvern Autumn Show

There's something for the whole family at Malvern Autumn Show, and best of all many activities for kids are free.

Family Green

Have fun on the Family Green and have a go at circus skills, mini-golf, croquet, giant Jenga and pedal tractors. These activities are all free plus under 16s go free to the show, it's the perfect family day out.

You can learn bushcraft skills including den building and fire lighting with Really Rural. There are a whole host of children's competitions in the Discover Harvest tent. You can take part in these by downloading the entry forms on our Compete page. Get hands-on with Worcestershire Resource Exchange with wildlife-friendly make and take workshops. Make wildflower seed bombs on Saturday or mini bug hotel on Sunday. There's also the chance to try your hand at spinning and needlework activities here.

Top Dogs Arena

At the heart of the Family Green is the Top Dogs Arena. Commentated by broadcasting legend Peter Purves, and jam-packed with displays from four-legged friends.

Quack Pack - Meirion's duck herding demonstrations showcase the talents of border collies and the communication between handler and dog. Meirion guides his dogs and the, occasionally, unruly ducks around a course that includes tunnels, slides and pens.

Dog Agility - Dog agility is a popular canine pursuit for dogs, owners and spectators. There are two competitions run at the show each testing the dogs’ obedience, nimbleness and speed as they negotiate courses of obstacles, tunnels, and slides.

On Saturday, the Camddwr Canine group compete for the Camddwr Cup. The Agria Agility Challenge 2019 Finals are held on Sunday where five dogs from each of nine heats, which have been running throughout the year, will compete nose to tail at the finals here at Malvern Autumn Show.

Fly Ball (Sat Only)- Fast-paced and exciting, Fly Ball has dogs raring to go and spectators transfixed. With two local teams battling to win, it is a relay race, where each dog traverses a series of four jumps, releasing and catching a tennis ball before returning down the lane, this often ends with a photo-finish!

Baby Changing and Feeding

Brought to you by the local National Childbirth Trust group. The area offers a friendly and supportive environment to feed and change the youngest members of your family.

Bee Keepers

Making a welcome return the Worcestershire Beekeepers Association host their annual show. Members compete to be the best in different categories of honey and wax products. 

Herefordshire Growing Point

Following on from the successful creation of a garden at RHS Malvern earlier this year Herefordshire Growing Pointis is back. The autumn garden showcases the charity’s work in Herefordshire, and the wide diversity of more than 300 individuals it helps each month through social and horticultural therapy activities. The new garden features:

 Scarecrows on the theme of ‘Fruits and Vegetables’

  • A land art feature designed to mark the autumn harvest
  • Planters and containers with an autumnal colour theme
  • Decorated objects including wellington boots and plant labels
  • A garden shed display of produce from their Holme Lacy garden and competition craft items made during horticultural therapy sessions

World of Animals

With over 100 displays this is one of our most popular areas for show-goers. With animals of all shapes and sizes waiting to greet visitors including alpacas, dogs, horses, sheep and more.

There are also competitions for rabbits, guinea pigs and poultry. You can come and make friends with all these furry, fluffy and feathered friends.

The Poultry marquee is bursting with feathered friends including chickens, geese and turkeys. A must see is the decorated egg competition. With classes for children and adults, eggs can represent cartoon characters, animals or plants. If you would like to enter this competition head on over to our Compete page and look for the Poultry Schedule.

The Young Pig of the Year competition returns with even more pigs, including the popular Pig Agility. These well-trained pigs keep you entertained as they twist and turn down the course, it’s amazing what they can do. Plus visit the adorable fluffy Ryeland Sheep Show.

We welcome back Aldabra Giant Tortoises UK and some of their Giant Tortoises. Meet these gentle giants and discover where they come from and much more.

Did you know?

  • Aldabra giant tortoises can live to over 150 years
  • Male giant tortoises weigh in at around 250 - 300kg
  • A tortoise cannot cough

NEW - Wildlife Way

Stroll down the Wildlife Way and meet some of the organisations who play a key part in protecting Britain’s natural surroundings and the animals that live in it.

Learn how to make wildlife-friendly spaces in your garden with Worcestershire Wildlife Trust. Plus you can make an apple bird feeder, ID autumn leaves and learn how to look after wildlife throughout the seasons.

Do you know what a caterpillars favourite food is? The West Midlands Butterfly Conservation team challenge you to a quiz on everything to do with butterflies and moths. All quiz entries are entered into a prize draw for a selection of goodie.  

Have you ever wondered how to look after worms? The Bubble House Worm Farm is on hand to take you through the steps to setting up a wormery, feeding your worms and harvesting the worm casts.

Discover a range of hives and beekeeping equipment with Bees for Development. You can take part in the honey tasting experience and taste a range of local kinds of honey and many from much further afield.

Come and meet wise owls with the Worcester Barn Owl Conservation Group. For those that want to know a little more, you can look through a microscope at owl pellets and study the feathers of birds of prey. There are lots of fun activities for kids too.  

The issue of plastic pollution is very much in the news and you can find out about the renowned Beachwatch programme with the Marine Conservation Society. Discover for yourself the plastic tide that washes onto our beautiful beaches, its impacts and how we can stop it.  

Family Fun Around the Show

It's not only the Family Green you should visit. Head to the Vintage Village and take a spin on the Old Tyme Fairground, including Carousel, Helter-Skelter and Ferris Wheel (there is a charge for the rides).

Crafty families should also check out the Rural Craft area. You can have a go at spoon carving with Amerton Arts or create willow animal sculptures or wands with Willowpool Designs.