Wellington Boot Theatre

The Wellington Boot Theatre, supported by Westons Cider Mill, is jam-packed with a range of fun and informative talks.

On Friday the theatre turns into the Business Hub and is hosted by Sybil Ruscoe, presenter of Radio 4's Farming Today & On Your Farm. There are topical discussions on food and farming, plus a one-to-one chat with the UK's favourite farmer Adam Henson.

Saturday and Sunday BBC Hereford and Worcester radio presenter Andrew Easton hosts talks with interesting locals from sports personalities to TV stars. Don't miss out on any of the talks, head over to Plan Your Day to download timetables. 

Special Guests Joining us at Royal Three Counties Show

Adam Henson

Fri 14.15, Sat 12.00 & Sun 11.00

Born into a farming family, Adam gained experience with animals and farming from an early age.  Adam achieved a HND in Agriculture at Seale-Hayne Agricultural College in Devon, where he met his business partner Duncan Andrews.

Having succeeded Bemborough Farm tenancy from his father, Adam now runs the 650-hectare estate with Duncan Andrews,  growing wheat, spring barley and oilseed rape, alongside a flock of 350 commercial ewes.  They also run the Cotswold Farm Park which pioneers rare breed conservation.  Set up in 1971 by Adam’s father, this award-winning tourist attraction now welcomes over 130,000 visitors a year.

Adam started in television in 2001 when he was chosen, from 3,500 applicants, to be a presenter for BBC Countryfile, and has since put his farming knowledge to good use, broadcasting on a wide range of programmes for both radio and TV.

Adam Henson Adam Henson Fri 14.15, Sat 12.00 & Sun 11.00

Jonathan Brunyee

Fri 13.00

Jonathan is an award-winning organic, pasture-fed and regenerative farmer in the Cotswolds, and a Senior Lecturer in Farm Business Management at the Royal Agricultural University. He was a Director of the Pasture-Fed Livestock Association for 3 years and is now focusing on managing an exciting range of farm diversification initiatives and the new FarmEd project.

Jonathan Brunyee Jonathan Brunyee Fri 13.00

John Challis

Sat 14.30 & Sun 12.45

John Challis is an actor best known for portraying "Boycie" in the long-running TV comedy series Only Fools and Horses and its spin-off The Green Green Grass.

John lives at Wigmore Abbey, Herefordshire. They arrived in the late 90s and threw themselves into the task of restoring the abbot's lodging, the only habitable part remaining of what had once bee a great monastery.

John has written many books with the latest being a coffee table book of photographs of his home Wigmore Abbey and the story of its restoration and creation of the garden.

 

John Challis John Challis Sat 14.30 & Sun 12.45

Martin Collison

Fri 11.45

For over 30 years Martin has combined farming, importing and consultancy with academic roles.  With a focus on economic development and innovation, Martin has launched a series of major agricultural and food projects.  He helped government develop the UK Strategy for Agricultural Technologies and has worked with the EU on AgriTech.  Martin has also worked on digital, life sciences, energy, water and educational projects.

Martin Collison Martin Collison Fri 11.45

Jimmy Doherty

Sun 12.00

Jimmy Doherty has been President of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust since 2016. His first venture into farming began 18 years ago when he took on the leasehold of the 160-acre-plus farm outside Ipswich which became ‘Jimmy’s Farm’. Through his role as RBST President he aims to highlight the importance of traditional breeds and their relevance to modern food production.

Jimmy Doherty Jimmy Doherty Sun 12.00

David Drew MP

Fri 10.45

David grew up in Gloucestershire before studying Economics at the University of Nottingham and pursuing a career in education, he returned to the county in 1982.

David is the Labour and Cooperative Member of Parliament for the Stroud constituency in Gloucestershire following his re-election in June 2017.

In July 2017 he was appointed Shadow Minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with special interest in farming. 

David Drew MP David Drew MP Fri 10.45

Ruth Edge

Fri 10.45

Ruth Edge is the Chief Food Chain Adviser at the NFU where she is responsible for leading the NFU’s strategy and relationships with all of the UK's national retailers, large brands and policy areas on food labelling. Alongside her responsibilities at the NFU Ruth holds the role of Vice Chairman of the EU COPA COGECA Food Chain Working Group, where she was key to lobbying for the EU Directive on Unfair trading practices in the food supply chain. Ruth joined the NFU from a national retailer where she held the role of agriculture manager, where she able to deliver new models and contracts within the supply chain e.g. feed tracker contracts at farm level. Ruth has worked in the food and drink industry for over 10 years and began her career within the processing sector holding roles within the egg and beef sector. Ruth takes a specific interest in ways to increase fairness within the supply chain for farmers.

Ruth Edge Ruth Edge Fri 10.45

Joe Evans

Fri 10.45

Sharing a mutual passion for honest food preparation, my wife Keeley and I have worked together to bring our visions to life. Together, we have built Green Cow Kitchens with food provenance, sustainability and our farm-to-fork ethos at its core. In response to our guests’ requests to host more events, we’re now also awaiting the opening of our brand new events venue, Crumplebury.

Joe Evans Joe Evans Fri 10.45

Luke Halsey

Fri 11.45

Luke Halsey Luke Halsey Fri 11.45

Andrew Lazenby

Fri 11.45

As CEO for both the Royal Agricultural Society of England and Innovation for Agriculture, Andrew’s work centres on the application of science and technology within the agriculture sector to ensure modern farming is more sustainable, resilient, and productive. Andrew has had a varied career in the Food and Farming sectors, including Director of Operations for Farmcare; farming 17,500ha across the UK on 11 estates; and working for Waitrose as a member of the senior management team running Leckford estate.”

Andrew Lazenby Andrew Lazenby Fri 11.45

Louise Manning

Fri 13.00

Louise Manning is the Professor of Agri-food and Supply Chain Security at the Royal Agricultural University. She has worked in the food industry and in academia for 35 years in a range of roles. Louise undertakes research, teaches and writes in the areas of food integrity. She lives on the family farm in Herefordshire.

Louise Manning Louise Manning Fri 13.00

Josie Pearson

Sun 10.30

Up until the age of 17, Josie was a competitive horse rider studying for her A levels. All that was to change in a split second after she was involved in a road traffic accident in which she broke her neck and sustained permanent damage to her spinal cord leaving her paralysed from the top of her chest downwards. This was utterly devastating and life-changing for her but with the love and support from her family and friends Josie was determined for this to not get in the way of her dreams and ambitions.

She became involved in Paralympic sport, firstly wheelchair rugby or also known as murderball, where she became the first woman to represent Great Britain in the sport at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic games. She then went on to take up athletics finally finding her niche in discus. This sheer determination and self-belief lead Josie to become to not only become Paralympic Champion at the London 2012 games, and why Hay has its golden postbox, but also World Champion, World Record holder and to be recognised in the New Years honours list and awarded with an MBE. Josie, now retired from competitive sport through injury, gives her time to the community and has become a town councillor in Hay and volunteers for a number of organisations.

Josie Pearson Josie Pearson Sun 10.30

Professor Joanna Price

Fri 9.30

Professor Joanna Price BSc, BVSc, PhD, MRCVS

Professor Joanna Price was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the Royal Agricultural University in September 2016 from the University of Bristol where she was Head of the Bristol Veterinary School.  Prior to this, she was Professor of Veterinary Anatomy at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), University of London, and Head of the College’s Basic Science Department.  She joined the RVC from University College, London, having obtained her PhD from Sheffield University.

Joanna qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Bristol, then spent a number of years in clinical practice in the UK and overseas before entering research and academia.  Her research focused on the mechanisms by which bones regenerate (using deer antlers as a model) and adapt to mechanical loading.  The overarching aim to try and prevent and treat conditions of bone fragility in animals and humans, the most widespread of which is osteoporosis. 

Professor Price has held a number of non-executive appointments and is currently a Trustee of the Bristol Zoological Society, Chairman of Trustees of Horses4Homes, a Member of The Food and Farming Futures Board of England, a Council Member of the Three Counties Agricultural Society, a Trustee of The Royal Agricultural Society and Chair of the Local Enterprise Partnership Agri-food and Rural Business Group.

Professor Joanna Price Professor Joanna Price Fri 9.30

Matthew Rymer

Fri 10.45

"Happerley works on behalf of the whole UK food industry and all consumers to develop and implement a means to secure provenance honesty and transparency.

 Happerley aims to create a level playing field for all food businesses to validate, protect and promote the provenance value of their food production."

Matthew Rymer Matthew Rymer Fri 10.45

Phillip Serrell

Sat 10.30

Philip was born in the county and educated at Worcester Royal Grammar School. His first contact with the Museum came when as a 13 year old boy he met Henry Sandon. Sport then took over Philips life and he went on to qualify as a PE teacher at Loughborogh College of Physical Education.

This dalliance with academia didn't last long and in less than a year he had retired gracefully to join a firm of auctioneers and valuers.

He re-qualified and became a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and is now a Fellow of the National Association of Auctioneers and Valuers.

For nearly 25 years Philip had been at the helm of his own form of auctioneers and valuers in the county and not unnaturally has specialised in the sale of Worcester Porcelains.

He is a published author and for the last 20 years has appeared on numerous antique related programmes on BBC1 and BBC2.

Phillip Serrell Phillip Serrell Sat 10.30

James Smaldon

Fri 11.45

James grew up on a small hill farm in North Devon, studying mathematics and engineering at the university of Bristol before undertaking a career in engineering. He returned to the family poultry enterprise in 2015, where he is responsible for the management, operations and development of the farms. James is currently undertaking Nuffield Farming Scholarship exploring the Future of Precision poultry farming and strategies to ensure the best possible animal welfare, a research project that is sponsored by Three Counties Agricultural Society. 

James Smaldon James Smaldon Fri 11.45

Guy Thompson

Sat 11.15

Hereford-born Guy Thompson moved across the Midlands in the summer of 2018 as he traded the black and orange of Wasps for red, white and green at Leicester Tigers.

Guy began his rugby career in the Gloucester academy and had spells with Richmond and Jersey before returning to Premiership rugby with Wasps in 2013.

He made 100 appearances in five seasons with Wasps and was nominated for the Premiership Try of the Season for a score against his current team, Tigers, at Welford Road in 2013/14.

 

Guy Thompson Guy Thompson Sat 11.15

Grandads of the Atlantic

Sun 14.30

NEIL 

Neil spent just over six years in the army and served with 2 PARA in Berlin and Northern Ireland. In August 1979, Neil was lucky to survive two massive IRA bombs at Warrenpoint, which killed 18 of his comrades.

​A few years after leaving the army, Neil founded one of the world’s leading specialist kidnap and extortion response consultancies. He has worked on response cases, training tasks and consulting projects all over the world. He now serves as a senior advisor to two international business and risk management consultancies.

​Neil hasn’t lost his love for adrenalin and spends most of his spare time on a large BMW motorbike. Once he has completed the small task of rowing the Atlantic, he would like to bike to China or ride from Patagonia to Alaska.

​Neil is married to Jill. They have two sons and a two-year-old granddaughter.

PETER

 

Peter spent 14 years in the army and served with 2 PARA in Berlin, Northern Ireland and Belize. In 1982, Peter fought at the battles of Goose Green and Wireless Ridge during the Falklands War.

​Peter also spent two years in North Carolina as an Exchange Officer with the US 82nd Airborne Division.

​After leaving the army in 1989, Peter developed a successful career in the textile industry and has travelled all over the world as an International Sales Director.

​Peter has continued to stay very active and has raised over £15,000 for charities, running the London Marathon aged 50 in under 4 hours and completing the 100-mile Ride London & Surrey Hills cycle event in 2016.

​Peter is married to Sally. He has a son and daughter and a two-year-old grandson.

 

Grandads of the Atlantic Grandads of the Atlantic Sun 14.30

Ryan Watkins

Sun 13.45

As a rugby coach, Ryan works with both Worcester Warriors and Luctonians RFC. He is the head coach at Luctonians and has seen the club recently go from strength to strength, this season getting promoted into national two. 

At Worcester Warriors he works for the academy to oversee the development of the best state school talent in the area. Most notably seeing Ted Hill come through, becoming a regular first-team player and full England international. 

Ryan Watkins Ryan Watkins Sun 13.45