Organising an annual agricultural Show is one of the charitable remits of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.
The Society organises three annual shows, the newest of the Society's shows is Springtime Live. Held this year on Bank Holiday Monday 1 May 2017, this is a family show aimed at younger children with lots of free activities to take part in. There are stage displays from fairies to train mascots and previous VIP guests have included Peppa Pig and Mr Bloom. The halls are filled with work stations for children to have a go at crafting, making and doing while learning some simple facts about food production. Due to its popularity this is strictly a ticket only event and these are likely to sell out in advance of the show. Tickets for 2017 are available to purchase here.
Our best known event is England's premier agricultural show, the Great Yorkshire Show. This show takes place over three days in July, starting on the second Tuesday of the month, dates for 2017 are Tuesday 11 - Thursday 13 July. It is a great spectacle with an abundance of livestock of all types and demonstrations of agricultural and rural life at the heart of the event. Food and drink are a major feature, as is the Show Jumping finale, the Cock o'the North. Over 130,000 visitors attend the Great Yorkshire Show each year for a day out, to meet up with friends, keep up to date with the latest agricultural technology and do business. It acts as the most superb shop window for the industry connecting suppliers and customers and providing a Showcase for the exhibitors. Find out more about the Show's on it's dedicated website.
Countryside Live was born out of the Northern Counties fatstock show and takes place on 21 & 22 October 2017. The first show was held at the Great Yorkshire Showground in 2001 and has grown year on year. The livestock classes are mainly for sheep and cattle, along with competitions for rabbits, pigeons and poultry and a large equince section, including Olympia qualifiers. The audience has diversified as the show has expanded and now includes a variety of trade stands, including regional food, a cookery theatre and a seasonal produce tasting hub. The Create & Explore area provides a wide range of free, hands on activities for children to get involved with from bread making to circus skills and everything in between. Birds of Prey, ferret racing and the sheep show make up the outdoor displays, but the majority of the show is under cover. Visit the website for more details.