Great Yorkshire Show 2016
The Great Yorkshire Show features the best of British farming and is England’s premier agricultural show. Held at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate it gives first-hand experience of agriculture and rural life through demonstrations and exhibitions as well as a ‘not to be missed’ insight into the very latest in the agricultural industry. There are exciting ring displays, our main ring attraction for 2016 is Bolddog Lings Motorcycle Display Team and we will have more than 1,200 stands with everything from country clothing to combine harvesters.
Organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS), it is held each July and attracts around 130,000 visitors over the three days. Dates for the 2016 event are Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 July which will be the 158th show. Tickets are now on sale,
The competitive classes are at the heart of the event attracting around 13,000 entries, ranging from prize-winning bulls to poultry to international show jumpers. We will have a large live robotic milking exhibition from Lely, Incorporating 40 cattle near the main cattle wash area. Plus there are cutting edge fashion shows, game cookery demonstrations from top chefs, and the Discovery Zone which is a hive of activities aimed at young people. There will also be delicious regional food and a new Great Yorkshire Food Theatre in the new exhibition hall 1 which will contain the Food Show and the Cheese & Dairy Show with hall 2 becoming a Home & Gift Hall.
Agriculture is at the heart of the Great Yorkshire Show, so we have created dedicated pages on the website all about agriculture. This includes a programme of seminars specially organised for the farming community giving an insight in to innovation in farming. Take a look now.
Blacksmithing Beginners Taster Sessions at the Great Yorkshire Show
Offering a fantastic opportunity to try your hand at something new, so why not have a go at the ancient craft of Blacksmithing?
Suitable for beginners with no previous experience, the taster sessions focus on learning the key basic techniques that are the foundation to all blacksmiths forge work. After a simple demonstration you will get straight into having a go at forging with hammer and anvil.
The one hour taster sessions will be in small groups. At the end of your forging time you will be able to take away a piece of your own handcrafted forge work. Advance bookings can be made by on line or visit the Wrought Ironwork stand, off Seventh Avenue, during the Great Yorkshire Show for availability.
New for 2016 - The Wrought Ironwork stand will also be hosting a live forging competition throughout the three days, for Professional Artist Blacksmiths, anyone wishing to compete can email firstname.lastname@example.org
HRH The Prince of Wales is the Society’s Patron and is a frequent visitor along with HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. Over the years the event has attracted many royal visitors including Her Majesty The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. Stars of stage and screen can often be spotted amongst the crowds, as well as Government ministers and leaders of industry.
The Yorkshire Agricultural Society runs a number of events at the showground across the year including:
Countryside Live: Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 October 2016 – the Great Yorkshire Show’s little sister event.
Springtime Live: Sunday 9 April 2017 – with lots of hands-on activities particularly aimed at young families.
The Great Yorkshire Show website is regularly updated up on the run up the event.