Can you imagine going to the Chelsea Flower Show with kids? Me neither! The Malvern Shows, however, are very child friendly and offer many family fun activities to get excited about. Under 16s also get in free!
We visited the RHS Malvern Spring Festival this weekend and enjoyed an amble around. We saw the lovely ‘School Gardens’ which aim to cultivate an interest in gardening from a young age. Ed and my husband had fun at an interactive talk by author of Bee Boy, Tony De Saulles in the mobile book tent. And while they were there I went to a ‘cocktail talk’ and enjoyed a few samples!
I guess people imagine regular Malvern Show goers to be keen gardeners and people who have the time to visit all the wonderful show gardens, flower exhibits, talks and stalls etc. Yes, it is a bit more ‘tricky’ with kids, but if there are two of you, one can go off to see a talk by famous gardeners such as Carol Klein and Joe Swift or have a closer look at the award winning gardens and flowers.
There were also family friendly talks such as one with the ‘Skinny Jean Gardener’ who encourages gardening with kids. Other family fun events included a great kids entertainer/magician near a snazzy Nationwide tent where Ed got to paint a piggy bank and we had a tea and scone.
The RHS, who also run the Hampton Court and Chelsea Flower Shows, have the September Malvern Autumn Show which is a celebration of the season with plants, vegetables and cookery workshops for the whole family. We came last year and had a great time watching a sheep dog show and being amazed by the giant vegetables!
We also sat in a great cider area on hay bales in the late summer sun surrounded by the backdrop of the magnificent Malvern Hills…bliss!