A local charity supporting women with breast cancer and their families is to benefit from this year’s Worcester Show, the massively popular annual event taking placed in Gheluvelt Park on 13 August.
Worcestershire Breast Unit Haven offers clinical services, support and assistance for patients at Worcestershire Breast Unit on the Worcestershire Royal Hospital site.
On the big day the charity will have a stand in the park selling cakes, cards, and charity merchandise – and there will also be collection tins at other stalls across the show. Worcester Show will also donate part of the parking fees for the day to Worcestershire Breast Unit Haven.
Lexi Craigie, Fundraising Manager for Worcestershire Breast Unit Haven, said: “We feel very lucky to be receiving so much support from the Worcester Show. It’s a real honour and we hope lots of people will have a great time on the day and enjoy supporting our important work.”
Worcestershire Breast Unit Haven raises money to be able to offer complementary therapies at the unit every Thursday and also provides any clinical needs of the unit’s team over and above NHS provision, helping to keep the unit at the forefront of patient care. Other activities and support include well-being evenings, Pink Ribbon Pilates, an informal support group and Look Good Feel Better Masterclasses, with much more on the cards.
Gerry Leith, Chair of the Worcester Show Committee, said: “This is the first time the Worcester Show has supported a particular charity, but the organising committee felt this was a cause that touches so many people’s lives – everybody knows somebody affected by breast cancer – that it was a great thing to be doing.”
This year’s Worcester Show, supported by Platinum Property Agents, promises to be bigger and better than ever, with organisers hoping to top the record 10,000 people who joined the fun last year.
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.
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.
There’s still time to enter one of the 120 classes, but hurry! The entry deadline is Monday 7 August. Entry to all classes is free.