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What You Need to Know About the Great Yorkshire Show

The Great Yorkshire show is an iconic event in the Yorkshire calendar, seeing over 130,000 visitors and 8,500 animals converge on the showground near Harrogate every year. This year is the 160th anniversary of the show and it is set to be spectacular, celebrating the best in food, farming and rural life. When coming to Yorkshire for events such as the Great Yorkshire Show or the York Races, keep in mind our York or Harrogate serviced apartments. Our luxury apart-hotels in York and Harrogate are perfect for short breaks and weekend getaways for couples and small groups.

When is the Show?

This year, the Great Yorkshire Show will be taking place Tuesday 10th to Thursday 12th July.

Where is the Show?

The Great Yorkshire Show takes place at the Regional Agriculture Centre at the Great Yorkshire Showground on Railway Road, Harrogate.

How Can I Get There?

You can travel to the showground by a free shuttle bus leaving Harrogate Bus Station daily from 7.20am to 8.00pm, every 20 minutes. You can also cycle to the showground, with secure parking available at the White and Blue Gates. Car parks are free at the showground and are open from 6am on the event days.

fish and chips at the Great Yorkshire Show

Will There be Food and Drink?

There will be something suited to every taste at the Great Yorkshire Show, and you can choose from high-end hospitality to quick take-out at various food courts. There is Fodder, a permanent café at the showground and the Wheatsheaf Restaurant, serving food all day and drinks at the bar from 5pm to 8pm. The food courts include Nidderdale Food Court serving sandwiches, BBQ, salads, cakes and hot and cold drinks, Swaledale Food Court serving fish and chips, burgers, pizzas and doughnuts, Street Food Court serving hot British, Greek and Thai cuisines and Wharfedale Food Court offering carvery and grill with outside eating space.

What’s On at the Show?

There is a lot that takes place at the Great Yorkshire Show, including an art show covering various mediums and demonstrations held by artists at 10am to 4pm on each day. There will also be a Cookery Theatre, featuring demonstrations from Yorkshire chefs using the best Yorkshire produce, taking place between 9.30am and 4.30pm. Visit the Garden Show between 10.30am and 4.30pm to pick up top tips on gardening.

If you want to see animals at the Show, there are equine displays and classes across all three days, including show jumping, pony breeding, hunters and more. For livestock, there will be cattle, pigs, sheep and goats to see, including competitions. Other animals to see include a falconry display, a display of hounds, ferrets, poultry and rabbits.

showjumping at the Great Yorkshire Show

What’s New in 2018?

For the 160th year, the Great Yorkshire Show is expected to be bigger and better than before, and there will be a fashion show, a chance to buy limited edition clothing and Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, will be a special guest on Wednesday 11th July.

As it is a big anniversary, there will be displays from the Yorkshire Film Archive and Washburn Heritage Centre so visitors can learn about the history of the show. 2018 will also see the first live music performance at the show, with Lizzie Jones performing on all three days.

Is There Shopping at the Show?

Every year, there are stalls to get agriculture and farming equipment, along with outdoor and country clothing, gifts, gardening accessories, plants, artwork and much more.

Is There Anything for Kids?

The Great Yorkshire Show is very welcoming to younger visitors, and the Discovery Zone provides a hands-on, interactive experience for the whole family. They can meet newly hatched chicks, learn about beekeeping, have a go at gardening, get creative and try some baking!

Contact The Lawrance today to find out more about our accommodation and availability over the summer. Why not also take a look at some of our recent blog posts to find out more about what you can do in York and Harrogate?

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