Ben Faulks as Mr Bloom and Blue Peter Gardener Chris Collins will join forces to headline Family Day at RHS Malvern Spring Festival on Sunday 8 May.
The top TV talents for teenies will be welcoming budding gardeners to get green fingered as the dedicated family day unfolds. Children aged 16 and under receive free entry to RHS Malvern Spring Festival on all four days of the show.
Ken Nottage, CEO of Three Counties, said: “RHS Malvern Spring Festival is a spectacular event, not just for grown ups, but for little ones too. We’re passionate about engaging the next generation of Alan Titchmarsh’s and Carol Klein’s and nurturing young talent. With hands on workshops to entertainment from their TV favourites, Family Day is sure to have something for all members of the family and it’s going to be a wonderful way to celebrate the final day of RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2016.”
Ben Faulks as Mr Bloom will be taking to the stage joined by his lively veg patch friends. Loved by yummy mummies and their children alike, Ben is star of hit CBeebies show Mr Bloom’s Nursery. Ben teaches important life lessons through the wonders of gardening, dressed in his trademark wellies, tank top and trilby.
The Discovery Zone will be a hive of activity with immersive lively and fun activities. Mr Bloom and Chris will host planting session on how to grow your own veg for your lunchbox here together with bountiful workshops from The Great Allotment Challenge’s Jonathan Moseley.
BBC Blue Peter Gardener Chris Collins champions RHS Malvern’s School Gardens Challenge. This area of the show sees school children from across Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire design and build their own show gardens on display at RHS Malvern Spring Festival. Chris offers his hands on advice and guidance to schoolchildren throughout the process.
Magical man of mystery and wonder, Mr Alexander will be entertaining children with his spectacular one-man show throughout the day. Taking over the festival green, Mr Alexander’s shows are reminiscent of vintage variety shows of yesteryear featuring a unique and captivating blend of magic, juggling, unicycling, balance and illusion.
The Royal Horticultural Society’s Growing the Future exhibit will welcome little ones to venture into the unknown – to infinity and beyond! Educational, exciting, interactive and fun workshops will inspire the next generation to consider the broad variety of careers and pathways available in the horticultural industry.
Budding Mary Berry’s can join Easy Peasy Cookery for cookery classes designed especially for little ones. Each hour-long session hosted throughout the day will show just how to cook a scrummy meal from scratch with local and seasonal ingredients.
Pathways Day Service will recognize 400 years of William Shakespeare with a display of ‘Shakespearean Scarecrows’ along with a garden design that depicts the Elizabethan period. Little ones and their families can explore a Tudor style house complete with a traditional knot garden, planting of herbs and flowers that Shakespeare used in his writings. References to Shakespeare’s best-loved plays can be found here including Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and Hamlet.
Budding Shakespeare’s will have the chance to compose their own ‘quatrain’, a unique type of poem consisting of four lines. Each stanza will be displayed in the garden’s raised poetry bed, amongst colourful blooms of spring flowers known to have inspired Shakespeare himself.
RHS Malvern Spring Festival brings to the fore the finest in both gardening and food. Visitors can expect stunning show gardens and nursery displays alongside a bounty of food producers, eclectic shopping and top tips from celebrity chefs and garden experts alike.
The Godfather of Gardening Alan Titchmarsh and National Treasure Mary Berry will also be headlining RHS Malvern Spring Festival. The two legendary icons will take to the stage as the landmark gardening and food festival returns to the Three Counties Showground this May.
Children go free throughout the festival. RHS Malvern Spring Festival takes place from Thursday 5 May until Sunday 8 May 2016. Tickets are now on sale. For more information on ticket prices, please call 01684 584900 or visit www.rhsmalvern.co.uk