My Great Yorkshire Countryside Competition

Join us in celebrating all that is great about the Yorkshire countryside by entering this creative competition which can easily be incorporated into curriculum topics such as English and Art. This brand new schools competition is open to all primary and secondary schools in Yorkshire for children in Years 1-9.

Competition Details

Your imagination is the limit for this fun competition which will enhance children’s understanding of why we value the countryside for all sorts of reasons: from the importance of great British food production, to its benefits to wildlife and our own wellbeing.


Pupils are challenged to produce a piece of work, in the form of art or literature (such as paintings, poems, photographs), on the theme ‘My Great Yorkshire Countryside’.

Entries will be judged prior to the Great Yorkshire Show and rosettes will be displayed with our very favourite entries at the Show, where as many entries as possible will be displayed in the Discovery Zone for visitors to enjoy!

How to Enter

Entries for 2024 open in the Spring.

Our 2023 winner was Alfie Harbron, aged 13, of Graham School, Scarborough. Here is his winning poem:

Rolling hills and fields of green,

The countryside’s a peaceful scene,

With babbling brooks and rustling trees,

And buzzing bees and gentle breeze.


The sky above is wide and blue,

And fluffy clouds drift into views.

As birds take flight and soar up high,

Against the backdrop of the sky,


In the distance, a church bell chimes,

As grazing sheep enjoy their time,

And farmers work the land below,

Tending to their crops and livestock glow.


The countryside is a place of calm,

Where nature’s beauty is a balm,

And where we can find some piece of mind,

Leaving the hustle of the world behind.

Entries are open until 5pm on Wednesday 31st May 2023.

Please download and complete the entry form below, and send it with your school’s entry or entries to:

My Great Yorkshire Countryside, Education Team, Yorkshire Agricultural Society, Regional Agricultural Centre, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, HG2 8NZ.

Veg Box Competition

Enter our annual Vegetable Box Competition to encourage children to learn more about growing and eating healthy produce. This competition is open to primary schools in Yorkshire for children in Years 1 to 6.

Competition Details

All participating schools will receive an information pack offering handy hints to successfully grow your produce.

Every year we pick a theme to help children to learn about British grown produce and healthy eating. The children’s learning of this theme can be demonstrated in the decoration of the box, the planting design, the accompanying diary and their presentation to the judges.


We ask each group to complete a diary to document their growing journey. This can include photographs, samples of children’s work and recipe ideas, for example.

In June we will contact all schools who have entered the competition to arrange for our judging panel to visit your school and judge the diary and Vegetable Box. Following this visit we will let you know if your Vegetable Box has been selected as a finalist to come to the Great Yorkshire Show.

We will arrange collection of the finalists’ boxes and bring them to the Great Yorkshire Showground prior to the show, in addition to returning them to school once the show is over.

Finalists will receive an allocation of tickets for their group to attend the Great Yorkshire Show on Wednesday 10th July 2024 where they will be invited to attend the grand final and present their box to the judges. This will be followed by a special presentation where the winners will be announced.

We are grateful to our competition sponsors Mr Fothergill’s, Yorganics Compost, Fruitscape and RS Cockerill.

Read about our 2023 winners, here.

How to Enter

Entries for the 2024 School Veg Box Competition are now closed.

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