The British Asparagus Festival

The British Asparagus Festival

Originating from the fundraising Asparagus Auction started by the Bretforton Silver Band to raise money for instruments the festival has grown and grown over the years. The six week long celebration of the vegetable in the Vale kicking off on St Georges Day in April now has world wide media coverage!

With its roots in farming the small market town of Evesham is proud to be one of the biggest and most well known producers of the spear headed vegetable in the country. With an ever growing interest in the production and sale of English produce within the media recently this underrated vegetable is now recognised around the world as an English delicacy and has substantially increased in it’s popularity.

With a passion for all things traditionally English how could the Fleece Inn not celebrate the season of the green gras!

Look out for Asparabus tours throughout the season that take in the Fleece, as well as growers and farm shops. Why not stay for an Aspara-break in our B&B, and don’t miss our Asparagus menu, including Asparagus ice-cream from Bretforton ice cream makers Spot Loggins. We even have Asparagus liquors, for the very daring!

As seen on BBC Midlands Today, Countryfile, Terry & Mason’s Great Food Trio & House in the Country!

2019 Aspara-Events

Great English Asparagus Run: Tues 23rd April

Do you own a Morgan or a Classic Car? Would you like to take part in this years Great English Asparagus Run? For more information, or to register for the Run please email us.

2019 sees the first Aspara-Bike Treasure Hunt too! A 15mile route – to start whenever you like between 11.30 & 3pm. Starts and ends at the Fleece Inn where you can pick up your medal!

Bretforton Silver Band Asparagus Auction – Sun 26 May
Live music & morris from 4pm. From 7pm the famous Asparagus Auction begins. Hundreds gather in the courtyard of the pub to bid for the seasons largest, freshest and greenest Asparagus. All the produce is donated by local growers and Auctioned off by local man Colin Jelfs. In past years thousands of pounds have been raised for the Bretforton Silver band instruments and we’ve been on Countryfile with Adam Henson, Escape to The Country and local and national news!

Asparagus Family Fun Day & the Asparagus Eating Competition – Mon 27 May

Live music, swingboats, skittles and more Free Entry

St Leonards Church Asparagus Auction – Sun 2 June

Another chance to bid on the local gras. Following on from Bretforton Open Gardens, and held in The Cross, the Church auction tends to be a quieter night than the previous week – great for grabbing a gras bargain!