FAQ's at The Great Yorkshire Show


Please find below some of most asked questions. For any other questions please do keep an eye on our website as we will be updating this regularly, or use the contact us page and we will respond to you as soon as possible.

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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.

Click here to find out more about how to become a member


What are the Show’s opening times?

Opening times for the Great Yorkshire Show are:

Tuesday to Friday 8am to 5pm

When ordering tickets online, how do I book which day to attend?

This year tickets are only available in advance of the Show. We will be selling day tickets only so you will need to specify which day you will be attending.

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.

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 2021?

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

When are tickets on sale?

Tickets will go on sale on the 1st June. Details regarding ticket prices will be available nearer the time and we will update our social media and website with this information. We will be selling individual day tickets only this year as we will be limiting attendance, so you will need to book for the day you intend to visit the show.

Will I be able to buy tickets on the gate?

This year we are only selling advance tickets, and these will be limited. Once each day has sold out there will be no more tickets available, it will not be possible to swap days.

We I get a refund if the event has to be cancelled?

Yes, should we have to cancel this year’s event due to government guidance we will refund your ticket price. We do not offer refunds on YAS membership.

When are schedules for classes available?

Schedules should be available at the beginning of April, as soon as they are we will update our social media channels and our website.

How do I apply for a tradestand?

Please visit https://greatyorkshireshow.co.uk/trade-stands/  for more information

Can I use my gift voucher from last year for the 2021 show?

Yes we will honour all 2020 non redeemed gift vouchers to the 2021 show, please get in touch nearer the time when tickets are on sale to choose the day you would like to attend and we will issue you with tickets.

I would like to enquire about livestock and entries to the show, can you help?

Schedules and entry forms will be available on our website to download. Hard copies are not being produced this year.  An electronic entry form will also be available from the website in the form of a PDF which can be downloaded to you computer, saved, completed and then emailed to the Livestock & Entries Dept. We are aiming to start uploading schedules & entry forms onto the website from early – mid April.

If you have any questions please contact the team on livestock@yas.co.uk and they will be in touch.

What covid safety measures will you be putting place throughout the show?

We will constantly be reviewing government guidance and will only go ahead with the show if it is safe to do so for everyone concerned. We will have social distancing measures in place, hand sanitising stations throughout the showground, and if government guidance is to remain wearing facemasks we will ask our visitors to do so as well.

Will we be able to advance book the Grandstand?

Grandstand seating will be available to book online or via the ticket hotline as from 15 June 2021. Please note that seating capacity will be reduced due to social distancing.

Will we be able to buy tickets from Morrisons?

Unfortunately not this year, as we need to obtain information for each ticket sold for Track and Trace purposes.

Will Members have priority access to the show?

Members will be able to access everyday of the show.

In line with COVID-19 Government Guidelines, we are limiting the number of members attending the Great Yorkshire Show 2021. As such, YAS membership is now closed.

What do YAS Members need to do for the Great Yorkshire Show 2021?

Members of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society do NOT need to buy tickets to the Show. There is no need to pre-book, as we welcome our members on all four days.

Show packs will be received by the end of June and these will include most things that are needed for this year’s event. Please note, however, that members will need to bring membership cards each day when attending the Show. These were issued when on joining in 2021. This card will is the entry ticket to the Show each day, as it carries a barcode which is linked to each member record and is required for NHS Track & Trace purposes.

So please check that you have your card as entry will not be given without it. If you cannot find your membership card, please call us on 01423 541222 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) and we can re-issue you a replacement.

You will still receive your string badge(s), however, these will only give access to member facilities once you’re in the Show.

A few other points to note:

  • Members’ Guest Passes are now available to order. Call us on 01423 541222 (Mon-Fri 9am – 5pm). Numbers are capped for each day and are available on a strictly first come first served basis
  • Members’ catering is also available to book direct. Please email info@cgceventcaterers.co.uk in the first instance
  • Members’ Grandstand seating will be socially distanced and seats will be clearly marked
  • Paid for Grandstand seating will be available to book online or via our ticket line from 15 June 2021
  • We ask that you also check the latest Covid-19 Guidelines before you attend the Show, including our Visitor Code of Conduct which can be found here

There will be lots more information provided in your newsletter, which will be included with your Show pack, so please do take a look through when it arrives.

We look forward to welcoming you to this year’s Great Yorkshire Show!

What are the dates for the Great Yorkshire Show 2022?

The 163rd Great Yorkshire Show will take place from Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 July 2022.