Held at the Avon and Wye Halls, Three Counties Showground on October 9th between 10am and 3pm, the Malvern Classic Car Show 2016 is an event for car enthusiasts looking to witness an extensive collection of the finest classic cars. Started 27 years ago, with a handful of collectors coming together to display their automobiles, it was and still is a great event to connect with likeminded people, collect information on the best places to buy a classic car as well as get detailed insights into the history of a particular model. The show has grown in size and popularity over the years, with more than 500 cars expected to be on display this year, enough to keep visitors engrossed throughout the day.

Ticket prices for adults are £9, and £3 for children. For children under the age of seven, admission is free.  If you are planning on attending with a classic car, it is advised that you contact the organiser of the show directly for information on how much entry will cost.

Here’s a little taster for a few of the clubs and the cars you can expect to see at the show:

  • MK1 Golf OC
  • Mercia Mini Club
  • MKIII Cortina OC
  • Austin Cambridge OC
  • Austin A30/A35 OC
  • West Midland Ford OC
  • Marches Car Club

Unlike usual car shows, the Classic Car Show at Malvern has a relaxed and vibrant atmosphere. Whether you are attending the show for the first time or are a regular visitor, clubs and car owners are happy to help, talk you through the vehicle specifications and indulge you in its history. A family friendly event, children are welcome and there are adequate food and beverage stands to refuel during the day.

In 2013, it rained generously on the day of the event, and the show still had a strong turnout of 3,000 visitors. Although an event the weather cannot spoil, here’s hoping Malvern sees pleasant, autumnal weather on the day. In case of unexpected showers, escape the open ground event with a trip to the Abbey Hotel, less than 10-minutes away from the venue. Grab a cosy spot for lunch or a pint of real ale at the Priory View Lounge Bar as you rest your feet. Whilst you are there, find out how you can be a part of our Ultimate Black Tie New Year’s Eve Ball or book friends, family or colleagues for a traditional festive Christmas Lunch. For more information or to make a booking, call us on 01684 879193 or email us at abbey@sarova.com.

At the end of September, one of the last Royal Horticultural Society shows of the season will descend upon the Three Counties Showground. The RHS Malvern Autumn Show will be a celebration of food, countryside and nostalgia, and is set to be a great weekend for all the family. Every year, the show is a one-stop destination for avid gardeners looking for advice and guidance on preparing and restocking their gardens ready for the winter months ahead.

With loads of exciting events lined up for Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September, there really is something for everyone to enjoy. The World of Animals is the perfect place for little ones, where for the first time at the Malvern Show, the British Pig Association is hosting the Young Pig of the Year Championships. This year’s show is also expecting to see some of the biggest vegetables ever at the UK National Giant Vegetables Championship. 2016 has already seen a bumper crop in record break veggies, including the world’s longest beetroot and the world’s heaviest cucumber.

If it’s a blast from the past you are looking for then you can head to the Vintage Village for all things retro, here you will also find Anton du Beke hosting workshops on grasping the best moves from the 40’s and 50’s. Over at the Orchard Pavilion & Hop Yard you can purchase some of the very best produce, and get some expert guidance on caring for an orchard and the best uses for its harvest. School children from across the three counties will be showcasing their own vegetable sculptures and home-grown produce in the Discover Harvest area, perfect for budding young gardeners.

The lovely folk at the local Weston Cider Mill will once again be attending the show, with their very own pop-up beer garden, which is always a very big hit with the crowds. If you are going for the food and drink then look out for the Food Hall, which will see an exciting line up of local chefs take to the live kitchen.

Whatever aspect of the RHS Malvern Show you are excited for, make sure you make the most of the weekend and book in at the Abbey Hotel. Less than 10 minutes from the Three Counties Showground, it is the perfect place to unwind and relax after a long day. Why not treat yourself to a long weekend with our Love A Monday Again special offer? You can extend your weekend into Monday and indulge with Champagne, complimentary room upgrade, three course dinner, full English breakfast and a late checkout, all for just £149! Book your Sunday night stay online here.

For more information, call us on 01684 879193 or email us at abbey@sarova.com.

Cinema trips are traditionally known as a great way to spend a rainy day, but this Summer Malvern Council have teamed up with Salvage Cinema and the Malvern Theatres, to allow locals to watch their favourite flicks under the stars. The Malvern Outdoor Cinema Season was started after the great success of last year’s Jaws screening in Priory Park, which saw over 300 people attend to watch the Spielberg classic.

This Sunday will see 80’s comedy, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, hit the big screen in Priory Park, followed by The Blue’s Brothers starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd on Sunday 18th September. With the final showing on Sunday 2nd October of Sci-Fi hit Blade Runner. Tickets for all the moonlit movie nights are available from Malvern Theatres Box Office and can be purchased online here.

Be sure not to miss out on this unique experience of watching some classic films under the stars. The alfresco cinema is a great way to spend a warm Summer evening with friends and family, so grab a blanket and arrive early to find the perfect spot to settle down for an open air movie. Refreshments will be available from The Little Retro Kitchen, as no movie night is complete without snacks and popcorn.

If you are heading to Priory Park for one of the screenings this Summer, be sure to pop in to The Abbey for a quick drink in the Lounge Bar. Just a 3 minute walk from Priory Park, it’s the perfect place to stop for a bite to eat before the films. Join us for a Traditional Carvery Lunch served every Sunday, and enjoy 3 delicious courses for just £15.95. For more information call us on 01684 879193 or email abbey@sarova.com.

In the next two weeks thousands of live music fans will flock to the streets of Upton upon Severn to attend the Upton Blues Festival for the 16th year running. Featuring 2 main stages and over 100 performances over 3 days, it is no wonder the event won the Blues Festival of the Year Award in 2015. Set in the heart of Worcestershire in the beautiful riverside town of Upton, the festival ensures that everyone can join in the festivities as all gigs are completely free to attend, making it Britain’s biggest free blues festival.

The festival aims to bring a mix of all styles of blues music together, by showcasing a range of well known artists as well as up and coming bands. This year features The Producers 25th Anniversary Tour, the Aynsley Lister Band, and Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band who are travelling over from the US to perform. New for 2016 is the introduction of the Blues Festival’s very own FM radio station, which will air all the best acts across the weekend so even if you can’t attend all the events you don’t have to miss out.

Highlights of the weekend will include BBC’s introducing session in conjunction with BBC Hereford & Worcester. The session will be on Saturday 16th June 5-8pm and will feature 4 young local bands that have never played the festival before. Festival goers will also have the opportunity to attend workshops including a singing workshop with Lauren Dove, a Blues Chicago workshop with Steve Steinhaus, and a Downhome Blues Workshop with Alan White.

The Upton Blues Festival starts on 15th July and will see the streets fill with live music, people and festivities. If festival campsites aren’t really your thing, then why not book in at the Abbey Hotel for a more luxurious weekend. Put your feet up after a long day at the festival in one of our 103 comfortable bedrooms, and enjoy a delicious full English breakfast in the morning. To make a booking or find out more call us on 01684 879193, email abbey@sarova.com or book online now.

Father’s Day is less than a week away and if you are still racking your brain for the best way to treat your old man this year, then don’t panic, there is still time to find him something he will absolutely love! Why not ditch the traditional breakfast in bed and ties that will never be worn, and go for something a bit different this Sunday?

The Land Rover Experience at Eastnor Castle is the perfect present for all the adrenaline junkie dads out there. Treat him to a day of exciting driving across 5000 acres of the stunning Malvern Hills. The 43 miles of track set within the grounds of Eastnor Castle has been used by Land Rover for over 50 years and offers spectacular views and picturesque woodland, with a spectacular array of wildlife including Muntjac Deer, Buzzards and Red Kites.

World class instructors will share their top tips and techniques and teach Dad how to tackle almost any terrain with confidence. The Malvern Hills offers a charming location for an adrenaline fuelled driving session, with diverse terrain to navigate the various off-road elements. For an even more unique experience, spoil your Dad with a Night Drive in the latest Discovery 4 or the iconic Defender. He will need to overcome the darkness with skill, team work and concentration.

Make a weekend of it by pairing a Land Rover Experience day with one of the Abbey Hotel’s overnight packages. For car-enthusiasts the Discover Morgan Motor’s Package is the perfect getaway, enjoy 2 nights’ accommodation with dinner and breakfast and entry to the Morgan Motor’s museum and factory. Or for the cider fans out there, the Weston Cider Break offers a 2 night stay in one of The Abbey’s luxurious bedrooms, and a visit to the Weston Cider Mill.

For more information or to make a booking, call us on 01684 879193 or email us at abbey@sarova.com.

The Morgan Motor Company is one of Malvern’s treasures, and a great place for car enthusiasts to visit. Morgan Motor’s have opened up their factory and a museum dedicated to one of the last British sports car manufacturers, making it a must-visit place for tourists in Worcestershire.

Founded in 1909, Morgan Motors came into being when Henry Frederick Stanley Morgan decided to manufacture his own cars in the town of Malvern, Worcestershire. The iconic three-wheeler (the Runabout) was originally invented for his personal use and was not intended to be a commercially used vehicle until he received a positive reaction towards the car.

The Roundabout was developed further, becoming one of the fastest accelerating vehicles of its time in 1910. In 1913, it won the Grand Prix in France, destroying the strong opposition from the four wheeled cars that competed. As a result, the three-wheeler became the base model for the Grand Prix, Aero, and Sports models between 1913 and 1926.

In 1921, the classic four-seater Roundabout was released, allowing for a more spacious vehicle. It was not until the late 1940s that Morgan Motors released a four wheeled car. Revealed in Paris and London, it was an immediate success and the car still holds the record for the longest produced model of car (the 4-4). The three-wheeler remained in production until 1952.

It wasn’t until the year 2000 that they released a new design – the first since 1948. Featuring an aluminium frame and chassis, it was a great success, with a special version being launched in 2008. These special editions were sold for £110,000 each as there were only around a hundred produced. In 2011, the three-wheeler came into the public eye once more, and their success has continued to grow even today.

Being a rare sight in Britain today, visiting the covetable sports car factory should top any visitors list. There are very few car manufacturers that still build their cars in Britain, and to visit the factory and museum is to continue supporting this iconic manufacturer. With an informative visit to look forward to, tourists and car enthusiasts alike are sure to enjoy this exciting adventure through the history of one of the greatest manufacturers of cars in British history – and all right outside the Abbey hotel.

For those who want to come and discover Morgan Motors whist experiencing the magnificent countryside 120 miles west of London, why not take advantage of our Discover Morgan Motors offer. The two night break includes comfortable accommodation as well as a delicious dinner at the Priory View Restaurant on both nights. Half a bottle of wine will be served to each person with dinner on the first night, and the following morning you will be treated to one of our scrumptious full English breakfasts. The package also includes entry to the Morgan Motors factory and museum. For more information call us on 01684 879193 or email us at abbey@sarova.com. You can also book online using promo code ‘MORGAN’.

Spring is a beautiful time of year. The warm weather begins, and the occasional shower helps bring the earth back to life after the cold winter. The RHS Malvern Spring Festival really captures this feeling of new life in its beautiful gardens. The Three Counties Showground will be welcoming the show this year between the 5th and 8th of May. With the magnificent Malvern Hills as a backdrop to the occasion it is the perfect place to soak in the natural beauty of the area and experience some truly wonderful horticultural work. It’s a celebration that both families and garden enthusiasts alike will remember fondly.

Whether you’re a horticulture expert or a novice gardener, there are a range of exciting activities happening over the course of the festival. The serene location is sure to give you inspiration for the gardening season as well as an idea for your own endeavours. There are a number of stunning show gardens to explore that have been carefully nurtured and cared for, as well as exhibits by specialist nurseries that can help you to consider new plants and hybrids for your garden.

The show gardens will feature centre stage at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival, which are incredibly beautiful to experience. The festival gardens are designed and created by talented people who are just starting out in the horticulture industry and this gives them the perfect opportunity to feature their spectacular work. For those new to gardening or perhaps in need of some general advice, there are a variety of talks and practical demonstrations that you can attend to broaden your knowledge. These can be found at the ‘get going, get growing theatre.’

If you are taking your family out for the day then there are a wide range of activities to keep the children occupied. There are a large number of school gardens to see and these are a massive part of the show itself. It involves a great number of school children who are engaging on gardening, something that is both interactive and important to teach. There will also be a range of other activities for children to get involved in that will be made available in a programme on the day.

If you are in Malvern for the Spring Festival, there is delightful food and drink at the Abbey Hotel’s Priory View Lounge Bar that you cannot afford to miss. After a long day, simply kick back and rejuvenate with a classic English afternoon tea. Why not make a long weekend of it and book in at the Abbey Hotel? Our 103 bedrooms, with free WiFi and a dining area with a view will provide a comfortable base to explore the Victorian spa town.  For more information call us on 01684 879193 or email us at abbey@sarova.com.

Finding the perfect wedding venue is sometimes easier said than done. Do you dream of champagne on the lawn on a warm summer’s day, or a candlelit wedding breakfast in a stunning suite? The Abbey Hotel can make your wedding dreams a reality. With its unique architecture, Virginia creeper covered facade and traditional charm; it is a location fit for a fairy tale. It’s beautifully landscaped gardens are perfect for everlasting wedding photographs, with spectacular views over the Vale of Evesham.

Make your vows in one of seven beautifully dressed suites, followed by a breathtaking wedding breakfast and disco. The Abbey can accommodate wedding parties of various sizes, from small and intimate celebrations and pre-wedding dinners, to up to 300 friends and family in the Elgar Suite. Based at the foot of the Malvern Hills in Great Malvern, the hotel’s amazing town centre location is ideal for those who want to venture out and explore the historic spa town.

The Abbey Hotel’s wedding team are on hand to help create a truly unique wedding day. Louise, the Wedding and Event’s Manager at The Abbey, boasts over 12 years experience in wedding and events planning. Nothing is too much trouble for the hotel’s incredible team and they are always on hand to guide you through every step of the way.

A range of wedding packages have been created with the modern bride in mind and have been designed to suit all budgets. Each wedding package can be individually tailored to ensure every little detail of your big day is perfect. Knowing that everything will run smoothly, you can relax and enjoy the special day with loved ones.

To find out more about The Abbey as a wedding venue, or to enquire about the wedding packages, contact the Wedding Team on 01684 879193 or email abbey@sarova.com.

Christmas in Worcestershire is always a magical time of year, and with more than 300 shops to choose from it is the perfect place to find unique gifts for all your loved ones! In Worcester you can explore Friar Street, New Street, Reindeer Court, the Hopmarket and Broad Street, where you will find an outstanding choice of independently owned boutiques and specialist shops, just minutes away from the High Street!

You can also celebrate the festive season with a visit to the Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre until the 29th November! The atmospheric streets of Worcester are filled with more than 100 unique stalls, ideal for the start of your seasonal preparations and celebrations. You can also head to the Three Counties Showground between the 3rd and 6th December for the Christmas Shopping Show. This is a fantastic Christmas event combining a spectacular indoor shopping experience with plenty to see and do for the whole family. You will find a huge selection of gifts, gadgets and shopping ideas ranging from clothing and home ware to toys and tools. From the biggest retailers to the smallest of bespoke companies, there will be plenty to choose from whatever your age, taste or budget!

If you are visiting Worcestershire this winter, then join us in The Abbey and rest your feet after a long day Christmas shopping! Treat yourselves with Afternoon Tea in the Priory View Lounge Bar, or dine in the Priory View Restaurant and enjoy seasonal British and Mediterranean cuisine. To make a booking or to find out more about The Abbey, call us on 01684 879193 or email us at abbey@sarova.com.

The festive season is fast approaching, and now is the perfect time to discover the incredible events that take place around Malvern and will certainly get you into the Christmas spirit! The Malvern Christmas Festival and Lights Switch-on will take place on Saturday 28th November; so be sure to wrap up warm and get together with family and friends to enjoy the festivities. Perhaps you’re looking to escape the cold this Christmas? Snuggle up in the Malvern Theatres, where they will be showing some sensational shows including Andy Williams Christmas Spectacular staring the Osmonds and The Royal Opera House Nutcracker.

If you’re looking for a magical show for the whole family to enjoy, catch this year’s pantomime of Peter Pan at the Malvern Theatres from 10th December to 3rd January! For a more festive family day out, head over to Worcester for the 23rd annual Victorian Christmas Fayre from the 26th to the 29th November. Over 150 stalls will fill the streets of Worcester with Christmas cheer. There will be everything, from sparkling jewellery and festive home decorations to traditional roast chestnuts and mulled wine. Are you in need of some inspiration for your Christmas shopping? The Three Counties Showground will be hosting the Christmas Shopping Show from 3rd to 6th December. This huge indoor shopping show is the perfect way to get ahead of the high street Christmas crowds and a great excuse to shop ‘til you drop! You will find a gift fair, food and drink court and an ice-skating rink. Father Christmas will also be attending the show with his reindeer, to greet the little ones and spread the Christmas spirit!

Enjoy a magical start to your Christmas at the Abbey Hotel; we have some marvellous Christmas packages and offers available this winter! The Christmas Break Package is the perfect opportunity to escape from your busy lifestyle and relax with friends and family during the festive season. Packages are available for 3 or 4 nights and with the option of full board over the Christmas period, so you can sit back, enjoy, and let us do the hard work! If you’re looking for somewhere to celebrate with friends, family or work colleagues, The Abbey’s legendary Join-A-Party nights are the perfect occasion. You can enjoy an evening filled with delicious food, fun and dancing! Or for something more personal, indulge in our Festive Carvery Lunches in the Priory View Restaurant throughout December.

To find out more about Christmas at The Abbey, check our Christmas pages or give us a call on 01684 879193 or email us at abbey@sarova.com.


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