The popular annual Worcester Show, which regularly attracts over 10,000 people, is coming back to Gheluvelt Park in Barbourne on Sunday 11 August (10.00am – 5.00pm).
“We’re looking forward to welcoming people from far and wide to our fun and action-packed family event,” says Gerry Leith, Chair of the Worcester Show.
“There are a number of new features for this year, including a schools gardening competition; sports-day style races for all ages; a summer art exhibition and topical talks from animal, DIY and gardening experts. All this will be accompanied by an eclectic selection of music and an irresistible array of local food and drink!”
Topical Talks Marquee
As well as browsing the market stalls and enjoying the music, this year you’ll be able to listen to an interesting array of topical talks, including:
- experienced veterinary nurses taking questions from the audience on pet care issues;
- talks on cactuses, chrysanthemums and dahlias, and the new schools gardening competition;
- BBC Hereford and Worcester presenters Reg Moule and Jonathon Rae at a Gardeners’ Question Time;
- volunteers from Worcester’s Repair Café giving top tips on how you can make your own simple repairs;
- Plastic Free Worcester providing advice on how to reduce your use of plastic.
Get active at the Worcester Show
Throughout the day there will be free tennis coaching sessions for all ages on the tennis courts, culminating in ‘join in’ tennis games later in the afternoon. There will be local dance clubs performing along with martial art clubs, alongside take-part hockey sessions and the ever-popular penalty shoot-out competition. Redpoint’s climbing wall will be available all day.
Sports day-style races will be held in the late afternoon in Arena 2, ending with a tug of war. Barbourne Bowls will be back again, in Arena 3.
Don’t miss new Art Pavilion
The Participate in Art Pavilion will present the amazing works and creations of Worcestershire-based artists. All the artists will be there on the day to talk to visitors about their work, their inspiration and techniques.
Some surprise dance performances will be thrown in on the day too!
Food and drink galore!
The will be plenty of locally cooked produce on offer – from pasties to burgers and beer, curries to cocktails, pizzas to pulled pork and Prosecco. A number of tastetastic vegan options are available.
There’s also a huge range of stalls selling handicrafts, confectionery, ice cream, preserves and take-home food.
Enter the kids’ zone for fun and frolics! Keep them amused with the inflatable slide and bouncy castles from Boing Entertainment or the ever popular carousel, bungee trampolines and children’s bumper cars.
Have your face painted enjoy a pony ride or take part in the Duck Race on the brook hosted again this year by Worcester Lions Club. Then seek out the Green Zone where you will discover local environmental organisations.
Fun Dog Show
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.
Music and entertainment
An eclectic mix of musicians and bands are to perform at the Worcester Show. Taking centre stage amongst others will be The Strays, a Cheltenham band who push rock and roll to the limit; the VHTs, performing punk originals and covers; The Social Ignition, an eight-piece Ska band; and The Rocker Covers, who play modern pop and rock songs as if they were rock and roll classics from the 1950s.
Judging of competitive classes
One of the highlights of the event will be the judging of 140 competitive classes, which range from a wide variety of fruit and vegetables to displaying flowers and floral decorations, creative handicrafts, art, baking and modelling. There are many classes for under-18s too.
Transport and parking
If you’re coming to the Worcester Show by bike, you can store it securely for free at the Push Bike! stand next to The Pump House Environment Centre in Gheluvelt Park.
If you’re coming by car please follow the yellow signs marked Visitors. When approaching the park you will be directed to Castle Street and then Severn Terrace, where stewards will direct you onto Pitchcroft racecourse to park at the north end. This area will be open for from 8am to 6pm on the day. The parking charge is £5 per vehicle which includes a donation to St Richard’s Hospice.