It’s the final countdown to Worcester’s unmissable Show! We’ll give you a flavour of what’s on offer.
This popular annual event, which over 10,000 people came to in 2016, is coming back to Gheluvelt Park, Barbourne on Sunday 13 August – and this year it’s bigger and better than ever.
“Whether you have entered your prized flowers, vegetables, culinary masterpieces, photographs or crafts, want to try out a new sport or simply want to wander through the stalls, listen to live music and soak up the atmosphere, the Worcester Show is the place for the whole family to be!” said Gerry Leith, Chair of the Worcester Show Committee.
One of the highlights of the event will be the judging of 120 competitive classes, which range from growing a wide variety of fruit and vegetables to displaying flowers and floral decorations, creative handicrafts and photography, baking and modelling.
Karen Thorp, a local allotment holder who regularly enters the Show said: “It is very exciting to see how your entries compare with the others – a lot can be learnt from seeing how more experienced folk have achieved their success.
“My advice for new competitors is, just have a go! You may do much better than you thought and if you don’t, learn from the other competitors and try again next year!”
Don’t miss demonstrations at the Henley McKay Live Kitchen, from award winning bread maker Janice Bell, gourmet burger star Carl Sampson and vegan cookery expert Lizzy Hughes!
There will be a huge array of craft stalls, packed with creations made by local people – as well as food from around the globe and a bar run by Barbourne Ciders, offering alcoholic and soft drinks.
Fun Dog Show
For the first time this year, local vet firm MacArthur, Barstow & Gibbs are running a fun dog show at the event. Judges will be looking for the most handsome dog, dog with the waggiest tail, best puppy, and much more! You can register your dog for an event on the day – £2 per class. There will also be agility sessions for dogs.
Jo Howl, Manager at MacArthur, Barstow & Gibbs says: “We see the dog show as being a fantastic way of supporting the local community to have a good, family fun day out. We really enjoy seeing our patients (and owners) in a more social setting and are thoroughly looking forward to the day.”
Children will love trying their hand at water zorbing, bungee trampolines, an inflatable slide and bouncy castles, provided by Boing Entertainment.
There’ll be pony rides, face painting, the chance to meet an owl, and much, much more!
Music and entertainment
Enjoy the sound of Supernova, one of Worcester’s up and coming bands, which makes its debut at the Show this year. Relax to the strains of Jasper Malone, enjoy the performance of community choir Got to Sing, or move to the hypnotic beat of Drumlove.
Bourbon Alley will play blues and rock at the Show and last but not least, be entranced by the belly dancing of The Severn Sirens.
Get active at the Worcester Show
The Sports Zone will offer plenty of activities for all ages. Defence Labs will be offering self-defence and martial arts demonstrations throughout the day. And don’t miss the Worcester Show penalty shoot-out! Tennis, basketball, martial arts, table tennis, gymnastics, rugby, dancing and bowls will all be on offer. The popular Duck Race along the Barbourne Brook is always a hit with families too.
Expert advice on hand
This year, eight societies will be at the Show – including the Worcester Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society, the Worcestershire Camera Club, the South Worcester Bonsai Society, the Worcester Society of Artists and the Worcester Allotments Forum.
Transport and parking
If you’re coming to the Show by bike, you can store it securely for free by The Pump House Environment Centre.
If you’re coming by car, please park at the Pitchcroft car park – access at the end of Waterworks Road via Pitchcroft Lane and Pope Iron Road. The car park will be open from 8.00am to 6.00pm. Parking is £2 per vehicle, with a portion of the money raised going to the Worcestershire Breast Unit Haven.