The Royal Three Counties Show is the founding event of the Three Counties Agricultural Society and has been part of the region’s heritage for more than two hundred years. The much-admired farming, food and countryside show of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire is one of the largest events of its kind in the country.
The Society’s roots take us back to 1797 with the first gathering of Herefordshire farmers in Broad Street. Three independent Show Society’s continued to stage events until 1922 when the ‘three counties’ came together to form one Society; the Show toured different locations, rotating each year to be the ‘host’ county, a tradition carried on to this day.
As suitable sites became difficult to source the decision was taken to find a permanent home. In 1957 the showground at Malvern was purchased and in 1958 HM The Queen Mother attended the first Three Counties Show on the present showground, spending five hours touring the event. The Show has been a favourite with the Royal Family and honoured with many Royal visits including HM The Queen, HRH Princess Alexandra, Their Royal Highnesses the Earl and Countess of Wessex and Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall. In 1981 HRH the Princess Royal was the Society’s President and HRH The Duke of Gloucester was President in 2011.
In 2013 Three Counties Show was awarded its Royal Title and HRH The Princess Royal became Patron the same year. A showcase for promoting agriculture, horticulture, arboriculture, apiculture, forestry, rural crafts and skills and conservation for the public benefit; It has long maintained its national place as an exhibition event of top pedigree livestock, countryside pursuits, and as a meeting place for leading national organisations in rural affairs.
Royal Three Counties Show is as popular as ever and remains a natural place to enjoy education, entertainment and the best of British food, farming and country living.