Adam Henson on festival fun (& Kaleb Cooper!)
Gird your welly boots - The Royal Three Counties Show is back! Three days of food, farming and fun. From Kaleb Cooper to Tall Pole Climbing, 6,000 animals and a new food and drink village. What will Glos's celebrity farmer be making a beeline for? Find out here.
This year marks 100 years of the Royal Three Counties Show in Malvern, and to celebrate organisers have curated over 150 activities and events running across one long, wildly wonderful weekend from 17 – 19 June.
Want a taster of what’s going down? Expect a brand new open-air Food and Drink Festival, special guests in the Food and Drink Theatre, live cookery displays (and free nibbles!) the Farming Village with over 120 breeds of animal, Adventure Avenue with thrills and spills, the Gardening Hub, a huge shopping village and The Red Devils dropping by from the skies! In short – it’s gonna be epic.
So what is Glos’s very own celebrity farmer Adam Henson is girding his welly boots for? We caught up with the owner of the Cotswold Farm Park to tell us…
Hello Adam! Tell us what makes this year’s show special?
It’s the centenary show this year so it’s going be special. The big news is the brand new regional Food & Drink Festival, showcasing the best local and regional artisan produce, plus a theatre hosted by special guest Mark Diacono and lots of local food heroes running cookery demonstrations, including the Beefy Boys, Ludlow Gin and many more.
I think people will also love the new family trail, where you can explore the whole showground, get hands on experiences and endless selfie spots!
I’m really looking forward to the Bulldog Lings Motocross Stunt Display Team, aerial feats with the Red Devils Army Parachute Display Team and of course me and Clarkson’s Farm TV show star Kaleb Cooper! How’s that for starters?
As a special guest yourself, what will you be doing at the show?
I am exceptionally proud to be Show Ambassador, having first attended the Royal Three Counties Show as a child, accompanying my father with his prize-winning sheep, it has always been an event close to my heart. You can see me at the show every day, hosting events, presenting in the stages and generally having a great time!
Which speaker is at the top of your must-see list?
That has to be my old pal Kaleb Cooper! He is appearing on Saturday 18th June. It has been great watching him develop his successful farm contracting business and of course burgeoning TV career.
We hear there’s a brand new Food and Drink Festival? Tell us more…
Yes, the Food and Drink Festival is set to be a celebration of all things local and regional, as the show brings together the very best food and drink producers. With 100 local food and drink producers taking part, there will be so much to try, taste and of course take home. There will be lots of live entertainment to sit back and relax with a tipple or two.
What else will you be making a beeline for?
As a farmer at heart, I particularly enjoy the Grand Parade of Livestock which takes place each day. The commentators do an amazing job of explaining the breeds on show and give everyone the opportunity to find out more about livestock farming in the UK.
What is there to do for kids at the show?
What isn’t there to do! Tickets for children under 16 years are free and the show boasts so many family friendly activities, from the Mini Pony Show to Alpacas, rabbits, goats, sheep. In fact there are over 6,000 animals to see. Plus, Adventure Avenue with survival skills sessions, den building and the chance to watch the remarkable tall pole climbing championships.
We hear rumours of bale lousing and camel-suit racing?…
Yes, this will be happening in the Farming Village and Young Farmer Zone, it’s always a great laugh there, with lots to see and do. If you want an authentic taste of farming these sections offer visitors the opportunity to see a first-hand, some of the finest livestock around.
There will be nearly 900 classes, 120 breeds of animals across 25 judging rings over three days – that’s a lot of livestock to meet!
And the first ever Timbersports Women’s Championships are taking place – what is that?
Timbersports is considered the worldwide league of lumberjack sports, attracting highly skilled athletes to compete with axes and saws. Be sure to head to the Stihl Arena at the show and On Friday 17th June, it will host the ever Timbersports British Women’s Championships!
I was fortunate enough to handle one of the competition axes at the Royal Three Counties Show launch event and met Glen Penlington from the Stihl champion athletes team and watch his live undercut axe demonstration, which was epic to be part of.
We’re getting ravenous just thinking about that, where would you eat?
The Beefy Boys are a firm favourite. I am looking forward to their making the perfect burger demo and of course daily Gin O’clock with Ludlow Gin.
Why is Worcs such a special place for farming and food do you think?
The region on a whole has a long tradition of agriculture and rural industries and the land has been bountiful for the families and communities that have worked it for generations. The Royal Three Counties Show celebrates the heritage of local food and farming, whilst encouraging visitors from across the region and beyond to join us in this long weekend of outdoor entertainment and fun.
Any cool facts we wouldn’t know about this year’s show?
Well of course, it’s the 100th celebration show and this year’s show boasts some impressive numbers. 6,000 animals, 900 livestock classes, 51 Horse of the Year qualifiers, 100 food and drink exhibitors, 290 equine classes and finally one mini pony show and of course the one and only Kaleb Cooper (did I mention him).
Plus don’t miss the Main Arena for loads of adrenalin thrills including an incredible motorbike aerobatics display.
What are you going shopping for this year?
I’m excited to visit the new Agritech Zone this year, which is showcasing farming technology and developments, with cutting-edge machinery and equipment. Who knows – I might pick something up!
I will also spend time with the local independent crafts people from the Guild of Crafts, who create the most amazing pieces, the vast Shopping Village is well worth a browse.
Want to find out more? Book your tickets for the epic Royal Three Counties Show (under 16s go free), here.
We are giving away a spectacular package to a lucky winner:
- Front row seats to see Kaleb Cooper from Clarkson’s Farm
- Luxury food & drink hamper stuffed with artisan treats, and a bottle of Ludlow Gin worth £150.
- Guided tour of Westons Cider with a two-course lunch for two with cider in the Scrumpy House Restaurant.
Fancy the sound of that? Enter here now.
Catch the Red Devils in action