FAQ's at The Great Yorkshire Show

FAQs

Please find below some of most asked questions.

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Can I bring my dog to the Great Yorkshire Show?

Although we love dogs, we operate a strict no dogs policy for visitors (apart from assistance dogs or those competing).

Here’s why:

  • Over 44,000 visitors attend the show each day meaning most main avenues are very crowded and unsuitable for visitors walking dogs.
  • Over 8,500 animals including livestock and horses are on the showground, some of whom can be agitated by dogs and vice versa.
  • Unfortunately not all dog owners clear up dog waste after them which could present a hygiene issue for other visitors.
  • Dogs are not allowed to remain in cars in the car parks due to the risk of heat exhaustion, the same if they were walking around the showground on hot days.
  • Be kind to your dogs, leave them at home.
How can I become a member?

Membership to the Yorkshire Agricultural Society includes the following benefits at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show:

Free admission, preferential car parking, use of Members’ facilities and much more.

For more information visit the Yorkshire Agricultural Society website, email info@yas.co.uk or call 01423 541000.

 

What are the Show’s opening times?

Opening times for the Great Yorkshire Show are:

Tuesday & Wednesday 7.30am – 7.30pm

Thursday 7.30am – 6.30pm (last card/cash admission 5pm)

Can I camp during the Great Yorkshire Show?

Pitches for camping are only available for exhibitors, competitors 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. The closest are at Rudding Park or Harrogate RUFC.

 

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

Car parking on the showground is FREE.

What are the dates for the Great Yorkshire Show 2021?

Join us to celebrate the 163rd Great Yorkshire Show from Tuesday 13 – Thursday 15 July 2021.

What are the dates for the Great Yorkshire Show 2020?

The Great Yorkshire Show 2020 has been cancelled

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, we have taken the sad but sensible decision to cancel the Great Yorkshire Show this year.

As this national crisis escalates day by day, we feel we cannot safely run the Show in 2020.  We are extremely sorry to have to announce this news and appreciate that this will disappoint everyone who loves the Show as much as we do.

We will continue to passionately support our farmers in whatever way we can, as they work hard producing our food.

We would like to thank everyone for supporting the Great Yorkshire Show and our goal is to return bigger and better next year.

We hope you and your families stay safe and well through these difficult times.

IF YOU HAVE ALREADY MADE A BOOKING FOR GYS 2020.

We will contact equine competitors, trade stand holders and sponsors as soon as possible. Please bear with us as we work through this.

Those exhibitors who were successful in securing a room at DJ House in the ballot, will also be contacted in the next few days regarding their booking.

Please note, that membership is of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society and not of the Great Yorkshire Show. It supports the Society’s vital year-round charity work for the farming industry and offers a series of benefits for its members. With this in mind, we are unable to offer a refund in the event of the show being cancelled and we thank you for your continued, invaluable support.

Any competition tickets associated with the GYS 2020 are null and void. There is no refund or payment for any consequential losses of the show cancelling.

How do I find entry closing dates for competitive classes?

This information can be found in the Competitors 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.

How do I apply for a job at the Great Yorkshire Show?

Please visit our dedicated vacancies page to find out about the jobs available at the Great Yorkshire Show.

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

Group discounts are available for groups of 15+. Flexible payment options are also available for Coach Operators. Discounts are also available for school parties.

Visit the Groups & Coach Operator page for further details.

Visit the School visits page for further details.

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

I’m thinking of 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 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.

Can I book a child into 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.

What is Countryside Live?

Countryside Live is held on Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 October 2020 and is organised by the Great Yorkshire Show team.  Visit the Countryside Live website to find out more

Who was the equine photographer at the Great Yorkshire Show 2019?

1st Class Images who take a stand at the Great Yorkshire Show, specialise in equine images. You may find the picture you are looking for on their website: www.1stclassimages.com

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