A Beginner’s Guide to the RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2017

Step into spring with this guide to the festival, written by the green fingered staff at our hotel near Malvern

“Set against the magnificent Malvern Hills, our spring festival is packed with flowers, food, crafts and family fun” – Royal Horticultural Society

The RHS Malvern Spring Festival is a staple in any foliage fanatic’s calendar. The Royal Horticultural Society shares the best of gardening across the UK, all year round. Although most famous for London’s Chelsea Flower Show, we think our event right here in Malvern just might top it. From cash machines and which shows to look out for on the day, here’s our beginner’s guide to the event.

When is it?

The events run from Thursday 11th May to Sunday 14th May 2017. The showground is open to the public from 9am to 6pm daily (TBC).

Where do I get tickets from?

Tickets are available to purchase now and are much cheaper when bought in advance online. The society urge all guests to purchase from their site only to avoid counterfeits. Please email if you have bought a ticket and are no longer able to attend.

How do I get there?

By Car

The Showground is around 8 miles from the M5 and M50 motorways and is easily accessible by car. Follow the brown signs for The Three Counties Showground and once you ebb closer to the event, follow the yellow AA signs until you reach the festival. The festival is just 20 minutes away from us here at the Bank House Hotel if you are travelling by car.

By Train

Great Malvern is the best station to use to reach the festival. Tickets for services can be booked via and there is a free shuttle bus service from Great Malvern station to the showground, running from 9am to 6pm. The shuttle bus picks passengers up from outside Great Malvern station and drops them off at the Showground’s Red Gate. Please contact 01684 584900 for more information.

Where should I stay?

If you are looking for hotels near Malvern to rest your head during the festival period, then head to the Bank House. We have a range of guest bedrooms in all shapes and sizes each beautifully decorated and with a comfortable bed to ensure you get your forty winks. On top of this, there is a gorgeous restaurant onsite, as well as our fantastic Malvern View Spa facility for you to indulge in at your leisure. Just a 20-minute drive from the festival itself, the Bank House is the perfect choice for those looking for somewhere a little extra special to relax throughout the festival weekend.

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Is there catering onsite?

There are a range of food and drink options available at the festival. From mobile catering to the amazing Severn Hall restaurant and RHS/TCAS Members’ Pavilion (open to RHS and Three Counties members only), you certainly won’t go hungry.

Can I bring the children?

Of course! Your little ones will be welcomed into the festival with open arms. There’s a Young Gardener area, with a gardening school onsite, so you can nurture those green fingers over the Saturday and Sunday.

Anything not to be missed?

Aside from the Show Gardens, be prepared for some celeb spotting and impressive plant exhibits, as well as paintings and merchandise to purchase onsite. ATMs are dotted around the event, so cash will always be readily available.

We are very excited about the RHS Spring Festival coming to town, and so should you be. If you are travelling from afar and want to make a weekend of it, stay with us at The Bank House, the most gorgeous hotel near Malvern.

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