In 2010 over 30 garden bloggers from all over the world met for the first ever UK get together at RHS Malvern Spring Show. This blog documents the lead up to that event plus the subsequent informal get togethers we've had in Malvern. There are also insights into the events of 2009, insider views from various exhibitors and personal views of Malvern and surrounding places of interest.

Thus this blog also forms a valuable resource for anyone wanting to visit either the spring or autumn versions of the show, or contemplating a visit to the area.

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Hello Campers!

Anna has the insider lowdown on the campsites around Malvern, plus tried and tested details of some of the B&B and self catering accommodation she's stayed in whilst visiting previous shows. Fellow Meet @ Malvern gatherers looking at the campsite option may like to know that her trusty campervan is already booked in at Blackmore. So here's what she has to say:

Looking for somewhere to park up your camper van/caravan or pitch your tent at Malvern? If so early booking is advised as last year I was scabbling around in April to find somewhere and was getting seriously worried that I might miss out on my favourite gardening show! Our normal resting place is the Caravan Club site at Blackmore. This is a 20 acre site with a glorious backdrop of the Malvern Hills. Click on the link to find out more about pricing/facilities or have a look at their slideshow on YouTube:

You can also contact the site directly on 01684 310505 during office open hours. The site is open to non - members but they are unable to make advance bookings for the 2010 season until 19th March.

We have also stayed at the adjacent Caravan and Camping Club site. You can contact the site during office open hours: 01684 310280. Again non-members are welcome.

Both sites are in close proximity to the Three Counties Showground. It is possible to walk there but it will impede your plant buying activities. Both sites are also within walking distance of the village of Hanley Swan which has a small but well stocked Post Office store, a butchers shop and a pub 'The Swan' which serves both lunches and evening meals.

Last year when looking for alternatives to The Caravan Club site I came across this website which lists other campsites in the area.

We stayed at the Marlbank Inn in Welland. This is a small 22 pitch site at the back of the pub. Although the views are not as picturesque it was still a good place to get our heads down for the night. The pub served evening meals and again the site was near to the showground. We have also stayed at the Three Counties Park in Malvern also mentioned on this list but I have no
recollection of the experience - it was a good few years ago.

Anna also has some insider information on comfortable B&B accommodation close to Malvern:

We stayed at the The Old Drinkhouse last autumn when we went to the Malvern Show. It sleeps 2, well recommended especially as it overlooks a walled garden with courtyard area for visitors. In Hanley Swan village, the year before we stayed at Mere End Cabin, a pine cabin about ten minutes walk from Hanley Swan. Sleeps 4, very comfortable with pleasant sitting out area. Would return to both. The pub at Hanley also has accommodation but have not stayed there.

Thanks Anna for your help and for supplying the photo of your campervan to illustrate this piece - I'll update the original accommodation post with a link to this information :)

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