In YAS Press Releases

A new Events Director has been announced to head up the events and conferencing venues at the Great Yorkshire Showground, in Harrogate.

The new role has been created to oversee both the Yorkshire Event Centre and Pavilions of Harrogate which are both based on the 250-acre Showground. The sister venues can host a range of events from weddings to large-scale conferences and exhibitions.

Richard Moorhouse has been promoted to the role after being the Venue Manager of the Yorkshire Event Centre for the last 12 years.

The YEC underwent a multi-million refurbishment and is now one of the largest event spaces in the North. The Pavilions of Harrogate is a 14-room, award-winning event space which can cater for events of all shapes and sizes and plans are in the pipeline to promote both venues extensively.

Richard said: “We have had a hugely successful year at The Yorkshire Event Centre which has included hosting the launch of Fully Charged North and the Great Holiday Home Show in addition to our established events calendar. The Pavilions of Harrogate will host over 350 events by the end of the year and already, bookings for 2024 are looking really strong. It is a privilege to lead such a fantastic, passionate team and I am looking forward to building on successful foundations to create more business opportunities while retaining our regular events and taking the venues to the next level.”

Richard has over 20 years’ experience in the industry and previously held operational roles at the Freedom Centre, Hull and in hospitality at Doncaster Racecourse.



  • The Great Yorkshire Showground has 250 acres of outdoor space to offer event organisers and thousands of free parking spaces.
  • Businesses and events held at the Great Yorkshire Showground contributed £73.7 million to the economy. (latest stats from independent research by Pegasus Group in 2019)
  • All profits raised from hosting events there go towards the registered charity Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS)
  • The YAS family of businesses includes; Fodder, Yorkshire Event Centre, Pavilions of Harrogate and the Harrogate Caravan Park as well as events Great Yorkshire Show (Tuesday 9th July to Friday 12th July) and Springtime Live.
  • The YAS organises the Great Yorkshire Show as well as supporting and promoting the farming industry through health care, business, education and funding scientific research into rural affairs.
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