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.
The Malvern Showground is about 8 miles from the M5 and M50 motorways. Brown signs (i.e. those which show tourist information) for The Three Counties Showground are found on all the main routes. The usual bright yellow AA event signs will guide you as you get closer to the showground.
The postcode for Sat Nav purposes is WR13 6NW. As you get near to the showground it's best if you start looking out for the plentiful signs to get you to the right car park rather than rely on your SatNav as the postcode is a generic one.
Car parking is available free, on-site and just a short walk from the showground entrance. Take the time to admire the view of the Malvern Hills along the way :)
Alternatively VIP (aka 'Gold') parking is available very close to the showground. You will need to book this (fee chargeable) when booking your tickets for the show. NB Spaces are limited.
RHS members can park in the members car park which is the field closer to the entrance. You need to request you'd like this when booking your ticket. Make sure you have your membership details to hand. A window sticker (aka Forward Parking Pass - Ed) will be issued with your ticket. NB this facility is only available for early arrivals, usually before 11 am.
Disabled parking (free) is the closest to the showground, right next to the entrance. You will need to show your blue badge and a friendly steward will direct you to where you park.
The nearest coach station to Malvern is Worcester, about 15 miles away. You will then need to transfer to the local train service or take a taxi (cab). There's a direct train service from Worcester Shrub Hill to Great Malvern (takes approx 15 minutes) where you can then use the shuttle bus to transfer to the showground when available. Note that taxi fares from Worcester to the showground will be relatively expensive.
Great Malvern station is the closest to the showground. There is a free shuttle bus service from Great Malvern station to the showground for the Malvern Spring Gardening Show, Three Counties Show and Malvern Autumn Show only.
The airports with the best connections to get to Malvern are Birmingham and the London airports.
From Birmingham airport take the free Air-Rail Link monorail system to Birmingham International Station (rail). From here there's a regular service (every 10 minutes approx.) to Birmingham New Street Station. The journey takes about 10 minutes.
Consult this Trip Advisor page for transfer details into London for all London Airports.
Birmingham New Street and London Paddington have direct rail services to Great Malvern.
Staying over and using public transport to get to the show?
Note that public transport around Malvern and its surrounding villages is minimal. Therefore public transport users are advised to find accommodation in Malvern itself. See the Accommodation page for more information.
Accommodation gets booked up very quickly for the popular shows e.g. by late January or February for the spring show. Nearby Worcester is a viable alternative and forms a good base for touring the area (as does Malvern). There is a regular direct train service between Worcester Shrub Hill and Great Malvern, and you can then use the free shuttle bus to transfer to the showground when available.
Need further information? For further information regarding shows at the Three Counties Showground, The Three Counties Agricultural Society's (i.e. TCAS, the Society which organises them) general enquiry line is 01684 584900, or try their website.
To book tickets (and VIP passes if needed), the TCAS show ticket line is 01684 584924 or you can book online via their website. RHS members will need to have your membership details to hand to obtain your Forward Parking pass (see arriving by car above).
NB For non-show related enquiries, contact the Malvern tourist information office either via their website, or on 01684 892289.