The Great Yorkshire Show - England's Premier Agricultural Event

Tuesday 10 - Thursday 12 July 2018

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The Great Yorkshire Show is one of the best days out in Yorkshire. To help you enjoy your day, browse the list of questions to find answers to some of the commonly asked questions.

If you need further assistance, please visit the "Contact us" section.

Can I bring my dog to the Great Yorkshire Show?

We operate a strict no dogs policy at the Great Yorkshire Show with the exception of those taking part in competitions or displays or assistance dogs. Visitors with dogs will not be able to enter the Show, so be kind to your dog and leave it at home.  We do review this policy each year in light of changing circumstances however we feel that this course of action is best for the Great Yorkshire Show for the following reasons:

  • On average the Show attracts over 44,000 visitors each day and most of the main avenues are very crowded and not suitable for visitors walking dogs.
  • There are a number of large livestock and equine areas located around the Showground and some animals are easily agitated in the presence of strange dogs and vice versa.
  • Unfortunately not all dog owners are responsible cleaning up dog waste after them and this could present a hygiene issue for other visitors. 
  • Dogs are not permitted to remain in cars in the car parks owing to the risk of heat exhaustion and the same principle applies to walking them around the Showground for long periods on hot days. 

Dogs are extremely sensitive to heat, and even on a mildly warm day they can quickly overheat if they are left in cars or made to take part in unnecessary exertion. Think of your dog and don’t leave it in the car as they can die if left unattended even in the shade with windows left open and water available.

I am interested in becoming a member of the Great Yorkshire Show - where can I find information?

Membership to the Yorkshire Agricultural Society provides the following benefits at this year's Great Yorkshire Show - free admission to all parts of the Show, preferential car parking, use of Members' facilities and much more. For more information on membership please visit the Society website, email [email protected] or call 01423 541000 for further details and an application form.

What are the opening times of the Show?

Opening Times are: Tuesday & Wednesday 7.30am - 7.30pm, Thursday 7.30am - 6.30pm (last card/cash admission 5pm)

When ordering tickets online why I am not prompted for which day I wish to attend.

Advance tickets are valid for any one day, giving you flexibility when planning your visit to the Show.

I've ordered e-tickets, but they've not arrived.

After you have ordered your e-tickets you will receive an Order Confirmation email, followed by a further email which includes your tickets as a pdf attachment.  In order to facilitate ease of access please ensure e-tickets are PRINTED out (including the bar code) and shown to the gate staff for scanned authorisation.

Tickets that are not printed but just on Phones, Tablets etc cause large delays for you and other customers.

If you have not received your e-tickets, it is usually due to a typo in the email address.  Please send an email to [email protected] if you have not received your e-tickets.

Can I camp during the Great Yorkshire Show?

Pitches for camping are only available for exhibitors and staff at the Great Yorkshire Show and spaces are limited. There are alternative camp sites close to the Showground click here to check availability with Visit Harrogate.

Do I have to pay for car parking at the Great Yorkshire Show?

Car parking at the Great Yorkshire Show is free of charge.  There will be a number of car parking stewards to direct you to a parking space on your approach to the Showground.

Who was the equine photographer at the Great Yorkshire Show?

ES Photography take a trade stand at the Great Yorkshire Show and also take photographs of the equine classes at the Show.  Pictures are available to view and purchase, following the Show, from their website here.

What are the dates for the Great Yorkshire Show 2018?

The 160th Great Yorkshire Show runs from Tuesday 10 - Thursday 12 July 2018.

What are the dates for the Great Yorkshire Show 2019?

The 161st Great Yorkshire Show runs from Tuesday 9 - Thursday 11 July 2019.

What are the dates for the Great Yorkshire Show 2020

The 162nd Great Yorkshire Show runs from Tuesday 14 - Thursday 16 July 2020.

When can I buy Great Yorkshire Show tickets in advance?

Tickets for the 2018 Great Yorkshire Show will be available to purchase from Tuesday 10th April 2018. Click here to find details on ticket prices.

How do I find the entry closing dates?

This information can be found in the Livestock & Entries section, where all the entry closing dates are listed. Schedules and Entry Forms are also available for download from these pages.

Can I use a drone at the Great Yorkshire Show?

The use of drones and other similar devices, however operated, are not permitted within the confines of the Showground or car parks.

Are there baby changing facilities available?

Baby changing facilities can be found in the Food Hall, Home & Gift Hall and the rotunda toilets behind the Main Ring Grandstand.

Vacancies at the Great Yorkshire Show - I am interested in applying for temporary jobs during the Great Yorkshire Show. How do I apply?

Please visit our dedicated Vacancies page to find out about the jobs available at the Great Yorkshire Show.  Details are also available on this page on how to apply for a job.

Do you offer reduced rates for groups visiting the Great Yorkshire Show?

Group discounts are available for groups of 15+. Flexible payment options are also available for Coach Operators. For more details contact Sally Wall or call 01423 546218. Discounts are also available for School Parties, contact Kate Kirby or call 01423 546283.  

How can I find out more about the Discovery Zone?

The Discovery Zone is the place within the show where all members of the family can explore in a practical, interactive way the important messages of the day such as Healthy Living, The Environment and The Countryside.  Find out more about our Educational activities on the Yorkshire Agricultural Society website.

What should Hospitality guests wear?

Hospitality guests should dress smartly - but there is no need to wear a tie. We request that guests wear shoes not trainers.

I'm thinking to requesting a days absence for my child from school to visit the Great Yorkshire Show. What should I do?

Following updated guidance from the Department of Education, some head teachers are taking a tougher line on authorising children’s absences, with some refusing all requests. Disappointingly, for some this includes attending the Great Yorkshire Show.

As an agricultural charity which runs educational activities year round for young people, we strongly believe that a day at the Great Yorkshire Show is not only educational, but unique.   It is England’s premier agricultural show and provides an unrivalled opportunity for young people to see first-hand the best of British farming and the countryside – whether it is the story of wool, the role of supermarkets in the supply chain or simply seeing the thousands of animals, from tiny chicks through to prize winning bulls.  The “Discovery Zone” is specifically aimed at children covering healthy living, the environment and the countryside. Furthermore, the show is very much a part of the region’s fabric and tradition and gives a strong sense of place.

More than 5,000 children continue visit the show in organized school groups, endorsing our view that is educational and worthwhile – it is not to be put in the same category as a week’s holiday in the sun.

We sincerely hope that head teachers will bear this in mind when the request forms arrive on their desks.

What is Countryside Live?

Find out more about our Autumn Event, Countryside Live.  Take a look at for more details.

Can I book a child in to Hospitality?

For the comfort of all our guests and enjoyment of our facilities, children, under the age of 18, are not permitted in the Hospitality area.

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