RHS Malvern Spring Festival Family Weekend

Family Weekend Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 May

This interactive weekend is about getting children involved in gardening, with an emphasis on fun. Here's some great news. Children (under 16) receive free entry to RHS Malvern Spring Festival on all four days.

School Garden Challenge

Each year children learn about more than just gardening as they compete in the School Garden Challenge. Lead by Lee Connelly (Skinny Jean Gardener) children are designing gardens to the theme A Moment in Time.

Discover which schools are taking part in the School Garden Challenge 2019.

You’ll find the school gardens in a new location next to the Show Gardens.

Very Hungry Caterpillar

Did you know it is the 50th anniversary of the Very Hungry Caterpillar? To celebrate he’s joining us at the festival. He’s travelled a very long way from RHS Cardiff Flower Show and is very hungry! We’ve hidden three of his favourite fruits around the Live Well area. All you have to do is find them. To celebrate why not take a selfie with the Hungry Caterpillar, don’t forget to tag us in @MalvernShows.

The Great Outdoors

There is plenty to do for little ones that love the great outdoors in the Live Well area. Enjoy a cup of tea with Pathways Day Service while kids get creative by drawing what they see through magnifying glasses and binoculars.

You can grow your very own seedlings with the National Trust, then take them home and watch them grow.

Explore the local ecology with The Butterfly Conservation Trust and Worcestershire Beekeepers. Learn about the live bees and moths on display.

Join gardening experts, The Skinny Jean Gardener and Jamie Butterworth, in the Plants and Wellbeing Theatre for family-friendly workshops (Sat & Sun). Gardening isn’t just for grown-ups!

Head on over to Eco, Green and Growing, throughout the weekend you can create seed bombs or take part in children's willow weaving workshops. 

Get Creative

If your youngsters prefer to be creative, we’ve got that covered too in Live Well. Wyldwood Arts connects communities through storytelling and the arts. Drop by and take part in a fun activity, meet new people and be creative.

You can learn about natural history with Cultivating Learning in Nature CIC and their identification station. Over the weekend take part in woolly workshops, a chance to get hands-on with spinning and weaving.

Meadow Arts have fun filled arts activities for the whole family to join in with. Learn new skills as a family as trained artists guide you through a hands-on making activity.

Our friends at Hellens Garden Festival need your help in creating a mandala art installation. Pick up an object that represents you and add it to the mandala. Watch as this impressive piece expands over the festival.

Over in the Great Pavilion of Art and Flowers, expert florist Jonathan Moseley is ready to host free floral workshops for little ones (Sat & Sun only). You can make your own floral creation in a vegetable pot or bring a spring flower tree to life.

Enjoy Family Time Together

Don't miss Mr Alexander as he returns with his vintage variety show. Watch as he brings an extraordinary array of talents to life including magic, music and illusion.

Oxfam Books have a huge range of second-hand books for the whole family to read. Sit back, relax and get lost in a book together.

Olive Branch Mobile Spa is offering relaxing treatments for adults and children too. Walk away feeling re-energised and ready for even more fun! Please note there is a charge for spa treatments and adults must accompany children under 16.

The chill out zone, by BBC Hereford and Worcester, is the perfect place to chill out zone and listen to talks and music suitable for the whole family.