Introduction

The Great Yorkshire Show is a Yorkshire institution, showcasing the very best of British farming, food and the countryside.

Held over three days in July, the Great Yorkshire Show welcomes more than 130,000 visitors and 8,500 animals every year. And regularly hosts national cattle competitions as well as one of the finest show jumping competitions in the country, the Cock O’The North.

The show’s strong agricultural links makes it one of the best placed for suppliers to showcase their latest models.

And while agriculture at its heart, there’s also entertainment, shopping, live music, cookery demos and a professional catwalk fashion show – including a one-off celebrity special.

The first Great Yorkshire Show was held in 1838 and is organised by registered charity the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.

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Main Ring Performers Announced for the 162nd Great Yorkshire Show

Planning is underway for the 162nd Great Yorkshire Show with TV stunt performers Atkinson Action Horses announced as the Main Ring attraction. The East Yorkshire-based troop will wow crowds at the Show which will be held from Tuesday 14 to Thursday 16 July, 2020. The TV stunt horses made their debut at the Great Yorkshire […]

Near Record Attendance for 161st Show

This year’s Great Yorkshire Show was one of the biggest in its 161-year history after 135,095 visitors poured through the gates over the three days. The figures are just behind the record set in 2006 when 135,111 attended. There were also record-breaking entries across some of the sections, including cattle classes with 1,247 entries across […]

A Royal Visit Rounds off a Fantastic 161st Great Yorkshire Show

HRH the Duke of York visited the final day of the Great Yorkshire Show today, seeing everything from fashion to the latest in farming innovations. And Show organisers were celebrating terrific viewing figures for the first episode of Today at the Great Yorkshire Show, when 1.6 million people across the UK tuned in at peak […]

Celebrating Agricultural Excellence Throughout Day Two of the Great Yorkshire Show

CELEBRATING AGRICULTURAL EXCELLENCE THROUGHOUT DAY TWO OF THE GREAT YORKSHIRE SHOW A host of awards to celebrate farming excellence were presented throughout day two of the Great Yorkshire Show while livestock took centre stage in the judging rings. Exhilarating displays wowed crowds in the Main Ring with the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team dropping in […]

Fantastic First Day of Great Yorkshire Show

Thousands flocked to the first day of the Great Yorkshire Show – the biggest showcase in England for food, farming and the countryside. The first major livestock championship of the Show, the Supreme Beef, was won by a two-year-old Simmental bull, Heathbrow Important, owned by David Sapseed of Hitchin in Hertfordshire, while Reserve went to […]

Gearing Up for the Great Yorkshire Show Tomorrow

Preparations were underway today for the 161st Great Yorkshire Show when a host of stars took to the Harrogate showground ahead of the opening day tomorrow. Red Shepherdess Hannah Jackson who will be a special guest in the new Gen Z area to promote agricultural careers to teenagers, took to the sheep section where entries […]

Record Number of Entries this Year’s Great Yorkshire Show

Organisers of this year’s Great Yorkshire Show have revealed that overall entries for the three-day event are record breaking. The total number of entries across all 21 sections of the show are at 12,913, compared to the last record set in 2014 which was 12,847. Sections that are celebrating a record number of entries this […]

Couple Fly from Australia to Steward at Great Yorkshire Show

Stewarding team Mike and Victoria Hudson will be flying in from Australia to take up their places at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show. The couple, who met through Young Farmers and celebrate their fourth wedding anniversary on July 11, both come from Yorkshire farming families and have been involved with the Great Yorkshire Show since […]

What’s Next for Farming?

Farmers are never slow to embrace new technology and the latest developments in the agricultural sector will be battling it out in the White Rose What’s Next innovation award at the Great Yorkshire Show. This is the fifth year that the award will recognise research and development projects designed to make farming easier and more […]

Members of the Windrush Generation Head to the Great Yorkshire Show for the First Time

A group of women, some of whom are from the Windrush generation, will have an opportunity to reconnect with their farming roots when they visit the Great Yorkshire Show for the first time. With some of the group originally coming from farming communities in the Caribbean, the women, all aged between 50 and 80-years-old, are […]

HRH The Duke of York, KG to visit 161st Show

The Duke of York will visit the 161st Great Yorkshire Show. His Royal Highness will visit the Show on Thursday 11 July, meeting officials, competitors and exhibitors at England’s premier agricultural show on the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate. The Duke of York last visited the Great Yorkshire Show in 2002 and will be hosted by […]

Two-Part Series Spotlighting Great Yorkshire Show to be Screened

For the first time in its 161-year history, a two-part series dedicated to the Great Yorkshire Show is set to be filmed. The Great Yorkshire Show Show will be presented by Anita Rani and Jules Hudson with special guests Julian Norton and Peter Wright from The Yorkshire Vet. Leeds-based Daisybeck Studios, the production company behind […]

New Look Fashion Show for 2019

NEW LOOK FASHION SHOW FOR 2019 The Great Yorkshire Show’s Fashion section is set to get a makeover this year with a brand new presenter, new home and entrance, opening into the heart of the Showground. The GYS Fashion Show, which has been part of the three-day-event for over 20 years, will be next door […]

Red Shepherdess to Make Debut at the Great Yorkshire Show

TV’s Red Shepherdess Hannah Jackson is set to make her debut at the Great Yorkshire Show this year. The 26-year-old who starred in Channel 4’s reality show SAS: Who Dares Wins, will open the Discovery Zone’s new area Gen Z which will educate teenagers about agricultural careers. Hannah will take to the Kuoni Catwalk as […]

Woodland Creation Under Spotlight for Forestry Award at Great Yorkshire Show

Celebrating new and recently established woodlands is the focus of this year’s John Boddy Award at the Great Yorkshire Show. Entries are now open for the annual award which is presented by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society in partnership with the Forestry Commission and Royal Forestry Society. The award looks at different aspects of forestry each […]

Tickets on Sale Now for the 161st Great Yorkshire Show

A flavour of this year’s Great Yorkshire Show came to a farm near Bradford today as tickets for the county’s iconic event officially went on sale. Tickets are available from today for the 161st Great Yorkshire Show which showcases the best of British farming, food and the countryside as well as first class entertainment. Launching […]

Champions Officially Open New Changing Facilities at the Yorkshire Event Centre

Paralympic World Champion Hannah Cockroft MBE DL and European Champion Nathan Maguire today opened a new changing facility for disabled children and adults at the Yorkshire Event Centre. The facility will make the Showground more accessible during events being held at the Yorkshire Event Centre including the Great Yorkshire Show. World champion Hannah who’s from […]

Main Ring Performers Announced for the 161st Great Yorkshire Show

Motorbike stunt riding team The Bolddog Lings will take centre stage at the Great Yorkshire Show in 2019 as organisers plan a host of exciting performances. The 161st Great Yorkshire Show will take place on Tuesday July 9 to Thursday July 11 in Harrogate, celebrating the best of British farming, food and agriculture. Over 130,000 […]

Photographer Launches Limited Edition Book to Celebrate 160 Great Yorkshire Shows

A YORKSHIRE Photographer has published a limited edition book to commemorate the 160th Great Yorkshire Show in July. The 160th Great Yorkshire Show: A Photographer’s View includes a Foreword by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal who visited the Show and a Preface by His Grace The Duke of Devonshire who launched the Craven Heifer […]

Craven Heifer Sculpture Comes Home

A life size steel sculpture of the Craven Heifer which toured the county to promote the 160th Great Yorkshire Show has taken up permanent residence on the Showground. Weighing more than half a tonne and standing at 6ft tall, the magnificent galvanised steel sculpture now stands near the entrance to Fodder and the Great Yorkshire […]

Thrilling Finale to the 160th Great Yorkshire Show

More than 134,000 visitors flocked to the 160th Great Yorkshire Show, which organisers have hailed one of the best ever. Fantastic competitions, stunning sunshine, a Royal visit and a wedding combined to make this year’s Show a special one with 134,421 visitors attending over the three days, compared to last year’s figures of 133,542. There […]

Cheese lovers at the Great Yorkshire Show raised over £6000 to help the Yorkshire Air Ambulance

An auction at the Cheese and Dairy Section of the show raised a whopping £6,403.25 which was handed over to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance outside the Yorkshire Event Centre today. The auction is held every year on the last day of the Great Yorkshire Show giving visitors the chance to bid for a round of […]

Royal Seal of Approval for 160th Great Yorkshire Show

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal was a very special guest on the second day of the 160th Great Yorkshire Show. Show Director Charles Mills took Her Royal Highness on a tour of the Show after being presented with a White Rose button hole by seven-year-old Adele Zebrauskaite. She watched showjumping in the Main Ring […]

Magnificient First Day of the Great Yorkshire Show

Lizzie Jones making history, celebrities on the Kuoni Catwalk and a fabulous wedding made for a hugely successful first day of the 160th Great Yorkshire Show. Sporting Soprano Lizzie performed twice to crowds in the Main Ring before taking to the Kuoni Catwalk with a host of celebrities for a fashion show special. Lizzie, from […]

Gearing Up for a Fantastic 160th Great Yorkshire Show

Sporting Soprano Lizzie Jones met some of the finest animals in the country as she took to the Great Yorkshire Showground ahead of her debut tomorrow. Lizzie, from Halifax, was at the Showground to see some of the animals and prepare for tomorrow’s performance. Lizzie met Canuf Harold a two-year-old Simmental bull which is bred […]

Renowned Angler Marina Gibson Daily Demos at Great Yorkshire Show

A packed programme in the Vet-Spec Country Pursuits Arena at the 160th Great Yorkshire Show features fishing high on the agenda with appearances by renowned angler Marina Gibson. Leyburn-based Marina is a qualified 1st4sport Level 2 instructor and fishes all over the world. She is a freelance writer for fishing and hunting magazines, hosts trips […]

Into the Future For Milking

The latest in robotic milking can be seen in action for the first time in the UK at the Great Yorkshire Show in July. The Lely Astronaut A5 marks a new milestone in robotic milking, with cow comfort at the heart of its design, and will be unveiled in the live milking parlour at the […]

Three National Cattle Championships Line Up for Show

England’s leading showcase for beef cattle this year hosts no fewer than three national breed championships. New for the 160th Great Yorkshire Show is the British Simmental Cattle Society’s English National Show. The show will also host the British Charolais Cattle Society’s national championship, held at the Harrogate showground for the first time last year. […]

Record Sheep Entries as Exhibitors Flock to Anniversary Show

The Great Yorkshire Show has underlined its position as England’s premier agricultural event with record entries for sheep for the 160th show. The Show, which runs from Tuesday 10 – Thursday 12 July, has attracted 2,503 sheep entries. The cattle section is at capacity with a total of 1,186 entries and a waiting list again […]

AGRICULTURAL INNOVATION ON SHOW

The latest in technology for the agricultural sector will be battling it out in the White Rose What’s Next innovation award at the Great Yorkshire Show next month. The award, now in its fourth year, covers new products developed for farming. This year’s entries include two different cattle crushes, one a mobile handling system designed […]

Tractor Win for Farmers with One of Show’s Oldest Exhibitors

Farmers at the Great Yorkshire Show will have the chance to win a tractor for a year thanks to a North Yorkshire family firm that has been linked to the show for generations. The Russell Group of Malton is offering visiting farmers the opportunity to enter a draw for the use of a New Holland […]

Lizzie Jones Set to Make History at 160th Great Yorkshire Show

Lizzie Jones is set to make history when she becomes the first singer to perform in the Main Ring at the 160th Great Yorkshire Show in July. Dressed by Yorkshire designer James Steward, Lizzie will perform twice a day in the heart of the showground before thousands of visitors. The talented soprano will sing with […]

Turning Back the Clock

The Great Yorkshire Show will celebrate its 160th anniversary this year and it’s marking the occasion in style by recreating what people would have worn to the very first show in 1838. The Great Yorkshire Show was first held at the Barrack Yard of the 5th Dragoons at Fulford near York. In the following years […]

Steel Sculpture Visits Our Cow Molly Farm Show to Celebrate 160th Great Yorkshire Show

A magnificent galvanised steel sculpture of the Craven Heifer spent today [Sunday 10th June] at Our Cow Molly farm shop in Sheffield for the final stop of its region-wide tour to celebrate the 160th Great Yorkshire Show this summer. Weighing more than half a tonne and standing at 6ft tall, the GYSheifer towered over crowds […]

Celebrating History & Tradition

Two unique historical projects will celebrate the Great Yorkshire Show’s 160th anniversary at this year’s event. The Yorkshire Film Archive and Washburn Heritage Centre have both created special displays to let visitors to the show on Tuesday 10 to Thursday 12 July see both farming down the years and earlier Great Yorkshire Shows. In a […]

Steel Sculpture Visits Wold Top Brewery to Celebrate 160th Great Yorkshire Show

A magnificent galvanised steel sculpture of the Craven Heifer spent today [Saturday 2nd June] at Wold Top Brewery in Driffield as part of its region-wide tour to celebrate the 160th Great Yorkshire Show this summer. Weighing more than half a tonne and standing at 6ft tall, the GYSheifer towered over visitors at the brewery’s annual […]

Steel Sculpture Visits Yummy Yorkshire in Huddersfield to Celebrate 160th Great Yorkshire Show

A magnificent galvanised steel sculpture of the Craven Heifer spent today [Thursday 31st May] at Yummy Yorkshire in Huddersfield as part of its region-wide tour to celebrate the 160th Great Yorkshire Show this summer. The family-run dairy farm, located in the heart of the Pennine Yorkshire countryside, hosted a special fun-filled family day to celebrate […]

Steel Sculpture Visits Malton Food Lovers Festival to Celebrate 160th Great Yorkshire Show

A magnificent galvanised steel sculpture of the Craven Heifer spent today [Saturday 26 May] towering over thousands of visitors on Newgate on the first day of the Malton Food Lovers Festival, as part of its region-wide tour to celebrate the 160th Great Yorkshire Show this summer. Malton played a significant role in the history of […]

Swapping the Countryside for the Catwalk

Countryfile presenter Anita Rani is to take to the catwalk at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show, swapping her wellies for something a little more stylish. Bradford-born Anita, who has also fronted Watchdog, This Morning and was a huge hit on Strictly Come Dancing, will be one of the celebrities in the fashion show which will […]

PRINCESS ROYAL TO VISIT 160TH SHOW

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal will be a special guest at the 160th Great Yorkshire Show. Her Royal Highness will visit on Wednesday 11 July, meeting officials, competitors and exhibitors at England’s premier agricultural show at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate. The farming and countryside showcase is expected to welcome around 130,000 visitors over […]

GYSHEIFER ON THE MOOOOVE FOR HALF TERM

The GYSheifer is heading out for half term when she’s out on the moooove across Yorkshire. The GYSheifer is a magnificent galvanised steel sculpture of the Craven Heifer which has been created to celebrate the 160thGreat Yorkshire Show. The public is encouraged to post their selfies with #GYSheifer on Twitter during each of the next […]

Apple Blossom Time for 160th Show

Apple blossom from the Great Yorkshire Showground will give a unique flavour to a special limited edition gin being created to mark the show’s 160th anniversary. Masons Gin in Bedale is creating the new gin from blossom collected from the showground’s own trees, with around 100 bottles available to buy at the show. Cathy Mason, […]

NEW LIMITED EDITION CLOTHING LAUNCHED TO CELEBRATE 160 SHOWS

New limited edition clothing has been launched to celebrate 160 Great Yorkshire Shows. Show director Charles Mills and family were the first to wear the new and exclusive range at their home farm in Appleton Roebuck. Now on sale in Fodder and online, the collection includes a range of ladies and gents rugby tops, T-shirts, […]

STEEL SCULPTURE VISITS YORKSHIRE SCULPTURE PARK TO CELEBRATE 160TH GREAT YORKSHIRE SHOW

A magnificent galvanised steel sculpture of the Craven Heifer spent today [Friday 13 April] with some of the most iconic sculptures in the world at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) to celebrate the 160thGreat Yorkshire Show this summer. Show organisers the Yorkshire Agricultural Society commissioned renowned Whitby-based sculptor Emma Stothard to recreate the Craven Heifer who […]

STEEL SCULPTURE LAUNCHED TO CELEBRATE 160TH GREAT YORKSHIRE SHOW

A magnificent galvanised steel sculpture of the Craven Heifer has been unveiled today, to celebrate the 160th Great Yorkshire Show this summer. Show organisers the Yorkshire Agricultural Society commissioned renowned Whitby-based sculptor Emma Stothard to recreate the Craven Heifer who became a national phenomenon in the 1800s. People would pay to see the heifer who […]

160th Great Yorkshire Show in 2018

The 160th Great Yorkshire Show will take place in Harrogate in 2018, celebrating the very best of farming, food and the countryside. Over 130,000 visitors and 8,500 animals flock to the Great Yorkshire Showground every year for the three day show, making it one of the biggest in the UK. Get ready to welcome equestrian […]

Thrilling Finale for Great Yorkshire Show

A marriage proposal, a prestigious show jumping competition and the formal hand over to the new President of the Great Yorkshire Show, rounded off the final day of an exciting show. As the 2017 event drew to a close Lord Middleton handed over the traditional Shepherd’s Crook held by the Show President to incoming President […]

Show’s Big Wheel Setting for Proposal

A marriage proposal excited visitors to the Great Yorkshire Show today when a plane flew over the showground asking for a hand in marriage. Keighley army veteran Luke Davison proposed to girlfriend Ashley Addy at the top of the big wheel as a plane flew over with a banner said “Ashley Addy will you marry […]

Supreme Champion’s Crowned in the Main Arena

Thousands of visitors flocked to the second day of the Great Yorkshire Show which saw a visit from a Cabinet Minister and young competitors take centre stage. More than 20,000 cars filled the car parks across the showground – a record for the second day of the show. Secretary of State for Environment, Food and […]

An Action Packed First Day at the Great Yorkshire Show

An action packed first day launched this year’s Great Yorkshire Show with winners crowned and celebrities taking to the GYS catwalk. Some of the biggest titles of the day were decided in the Cattle rings with two national breed society shows naming their champions and the best of the best battling it out for the […]

Great Yorkshire Show Gets Ready to Roll

Catwalk queens met Charolais cattle, rare tractors rolled into town and a leading sculptor put the finishing touches to her life-size horse…. it can only mean one thing! The Great Yorkshire Show is set to get under way tomorrow as the showground prepares to welcome more than 130,000 visitors over the next three days. Director […]

Two Metre Golden Horse Sculpture Heads to Showground

A ‘Golden Horse’ which stands more than 2m high will be turning heads at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show. But it won’t be the animal’s speed or grace in the Main Ring that will be attracting the crowds – the horse in question had been painstakingly created by Yorkshire sculptor Emma Stothard using more than […]

New Trophy Launched in Memory of Young Farmer

The Michael Spink Memorial Perpetual Trophy has been launched by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society in honour of a local young farmer. Mr Spink was a 24-year-old dairy farmer from Knaresborough who died in an accident in New Zealand in January. He was a member of Knaresborough Young Farmers who raised over £8,000 in his memory […]

New Olympic Standard Facilities Tested Ahead of Show

Olympic show jumping legend Graham Fletcher and son took to the showground today to put brand new facilities to the test ahead of the Great Yorkshire Show. Oliver Fletcher, aged 14, rode horse Dahar over fences on the new collecting ring surface which has had a £70,000 revamp, bringing it up to international standard. Dad […]

New YAS Tweed Jackets Launched for Ladies

Stunning new ladies Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS) jackets are now on sale due to popular demand. Following the runaway success of the men’s tailored YAS jacket last year, the Society has been inundated with requests for a female version. Tailors and long-time Great Yorkshire Show supporters, Brook Taverner have created two new designs, a fitted, […]

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Fast Facts

Annual cost of staging the Great Yorkshire Show £3.4million
Attendance at the 2016 show 135,026
Record attendance – (2006) 135,111
First attendance recorded at the Great Yorkshire Show (1842) 6,044
First ever Great Yorkshire Show was held in Fulford, near York 1838
Number of Championship awards & prizes 598
Number of judges 264
Number of trophies & cups 272
Approximate number of animals competing 8,500
Number of cars parked 45,500
Straw provided for livestock 125 tonnes
Purchase of the showground at Harrogate 1949

Food Facts

Great Yorkshire Show visitors and members are cooked and catered for by CGC Event Caterers of Garforth, Leeds.

Here’s their approximate shopping list for the three-day event (excluding sales to general public around the 250-acre showground).

  • 300 litres of Yorkshire milk
  • 1,280 punnets of Yorkshire strawberries
  • 1,200 loaves of bread for 4887 rounds of home-made sandwiches
  • 10,000 Taylor’s of Harrogate Yorkshire tea bags
  • 2,200 scones
  • 40 home-made Victoria sponge cakes
  • 220kg of British bacon
  • 150 loins of pork
  • 400 kg of sausages
  • 1,800 servings of Yorkshire tapas
  • 2,112 glasses of Pimm’s and lemonade
  • 144,634 individual pieces of crockery, cutlery, glasses and linen

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