As part of its charitable work, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society works to educate others about the countryside.
One of the Society’s aims is to show young people where their food comes from and to educate them about rural life. We bring young people to the showground and introduce them to all aspects of the environment, through a series of events, workshops and initiatives.
The Discovery Zone at the Great Yorkshire Show is a great success. Its aim is to let young people learn about rural life while enjoying themselves. It is very easy to find your way around and there are plenty of interactive workshops for children to use. From energy to falconry, the event showcases year round gardening, health, fitness, and farm cookery.
Countryside Days is an event held in June. It provides interactive workshops for 6,000 primary school children over 2 days. It is very popular and has helped support students in engaging with rural activities. The event aims to change perceptions of young people who know very little about the countryside particularly those who live in towns and cities. With around 100 practical workshops and demonstrations, it is always oversubscribed by teachers and their pupils.
Careers in Focus for secondary schools plays host to 2,000 students with a wide variety of careers on offer from engineering to animal husbandry and showing the wide range of technology used on farms and in related businesses. A variety of careers including professions are on offer focussing on rural initiatives within their sectors, as well as apprenticeships and these are growing year by year.
Grow your own Potatoes, in partnership with AHDB Potatoes, provides workshops for 200 primary age children for a full day who then grow potatoes at school and return to have them weighed. Potatoes are planted in March and then harvested in June. Other workshops include learning how to cook the potatoes and about their history and nutritional value.
Countryside Live is held in October and provides many activities for young people to do with the natural environment. Included are rural crafts that are very popular; bread making, cake making, felt making, Saddlery, willow weaving, jewellery making, bee keeping, mountain biking to name a few. It has become a family show for people of all backgrounds to learn about rural life while enjoying themselves.
Our newest event is Springtime Live, aimed at younger children and takes place in early Spring. An event for all the family, there are lots of attractions, animals and activities. Another fun way to learn.