Sneak Preview for Top Rural Showcase
2 December 2016
England’s premier rural event, the Great Yorkshire Show will take place from Tuesday 11 – Thursday 13 July 2017 for what will be the 159th show. With a mix of exciting entertainment, top class animals competing for the prestigious awards, hands on activities and plenty of shopping opportunities, it’s always a superb event.
Each year around 130,000 people head for the event at the showground on the edge of the spa town of Harrogate – a clear endorsement that its reputation as the “best of the best” is well deserved.
It is a “must” for farmers the length and breadth of the UK and beyond. For many it is the culmination of months of work as they pit their livestock against the finest for the coveted championship awards. And for others it’s a well earned break away from the pressures of farming life to see the latest industry technology as well as catch up with friends and on agriculture’s hot topics.
The show lifts the lid on rural life and centres around the main ring at the heart of the 100 acre site. This year visitors are in for a special equine extravaganza with displays each day from Yorkshire-based Atkinsons Action Horses - the team behind the equine stars in the two hugely successful TV series, “Poldark” and also “Victoria”.
Around the showground visitors can also enjoy:
- Thousands of animals competing in the classes ranging from rabbits to racehorses and award winning livestock
- Around 1,200 stands with everything from combine harvesters to country clothing
- Exciting demonstrations including horse shoeing, sheep shearing and artists showcasing their work
- Top class showjumping with international riders
- Horticultural heaven including show gardens
- Delicious regional food and cookery demonstrations from leading chefs
- Cutting edge fashion on the catwalk from high street names and the region’s top fashion students
The Great Yorkshire Show is organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society as part of its year-round work supporting agriculture and caring for the countryside.
Parking is free and extensive. Please note dogs other than assistance dogs are not allowed on the showground.