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As part of its charitable work, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society works to educate others about Food, Farming and the countryside.

YAS Education

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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. More information can be found in our annual newsletter, Muddy Matters (Autumn 2017).

Events for Schools at the Great Yorkshire Showground

Countryside Days provides interactive workshops for 6,000 primary school children over 2 days in June. 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 Primary Schools from across Yorkshire.

Grow your own Potatoes is held in two stages. In the first workshop in March children will plant their potatoes, learn about their history and taste a range of different varieties.  After cultivating their potatoes back at school, the children will return to the showground in June to harvest their crop and discover more about potato farming.

National Apple Day will see an apple extravaganza here at the showground, as we invite pupils from primary schools to celebrate with us. Our action-packed half-day workshops will enable children to discover all about apple growing in our very own orchard and have a go at apple juicing, cooking and tasting.

Farmhouse Breakfast is our annual event where we invite local schools from the Harrogate area to make and learn about popular breakfast foods.

Vegetable Box Competition

Our Vegetable Box Competition is open to primary schools across Yorkshire. The chosen finalists will win tickets to the 160th Great Yorkshire Show on Wednesday 11th July 2018 where the boxes will be judged by a guest of honour. The winner and runners up will be announced in a special presentation at the Show and will receive prizes for their school garden

Supporting Schools and Teaching Staff

Courses for Primary School Staff cover a wide variety of subjects which are focussed on outdoor learning. A new course booklet is released every term.

School Visits to the showground are available where you can use our facilities as an Outdoor Classroom including ponds, woodland, orchard and a classroom pavilion.

Education at our Annual Shows

Springtime Live is 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.

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 sausage making to falconry, the event showcases food, farming, countryside, rural crafts and healthy living. We offer discounted tickets for schools groups.

The Yorkshire Vet at Countryside Live is held in October and includes a fantastic ‘Create & Explore’ area for the children to experience many hands-on activities from felt-making to wax candle creations, bread making, willow-weaving and more, the children will be entertained all day long! This event has become a family show for people of all backgrounds to learn about rural life while enjoying themselves. 

Resources, Farm Visits & School Workshops





Countryside Classroom helps teachers to find resources, places to visit and school support relating to the themes of food, farming and the natural environment. The site contains a range of quality assured educational content from hundreds of contributors.

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