Countryside Live Tickets Go On Sale

Animals galore, fabulous food and a host of hands-on activities for all ages are just some of the ingredients for the 14th Countryside Live which is held at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate.

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The countdown is on as tickets are about to go on sale – from Monday 1 August – for the event which is run by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, best known as organisers of the Great Yorkshire Show.

Thousands of people are expected to be heading for the rural extravaganza on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October and amongst them will be the Gregg Wallace of BBC's MasterChef fame who has accepted an invitation to attend.

Show Director Charles Mills said: “It's very much a show for all the family, with plenty to see and do over the two days. The competitive classes, including for cattle, sheep and horses, are an important element, and the Search for a Talented Showjumper competition will again feature. Our new exhibition hall will be the ideal setting for our cookery theatre, plus we will have an apple show and dozens of stands. The event is packed with hands on activities particularly in the Create and Explore area which is aimed at youngsters. Countryside Live is a fun way of getting to know more about rural life and have an enjoyable day out.”

New this year are alpacas which will feature in competitive classes, there will be fun activities with opportunities to meet these amazing animals and buy from the selection of luxury products. 

The finals of the Young Shepherd of the Year competition organised by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust with the Grand Final on Sunday. Regional contests have been held in the run up to Countryside Live, young shepherds will be battling it out for the championship titles with classes for 8 to 12 years and 13 to 16 years. This is the final of a series of heats which have taken place over the last few months at shows around the country. There is a “last chance” heat at Countryside Live on Saturday for those who have yet to qualify, together with showing classes for native sheep breeds.

An apple show is sure to draw the crowds especially as National Apple Day is on Friday 21 October. Following its popularity at the 2015 Countryside Live, around 100 different apple varieties – all grown in Yorkshire will be displayed, courtesy of Fruitscape. And there will be the chance to see if they taste as good as they look with tasting sessions as well as advice on fruit tree care.

Elsewhere the Knaresborough Horticultural Society will stage its autumn fruit, flower and veg show, there's the chance to see pigs, donkey rides, a climbing wall and classes for honey, pigeons and poultry. There will be cheese and beer tasting, Flyball demonstrations, archery, birds of prey demonstrations and dozens of stands with everything from delicious food, to imaginative jewellery, to designer clothing.

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Tickets are available online, with savings by buying in advance. Parking is free and extensive. Please note dogs, other than assistance dogs are not allowed at the event.

Countryside Live 2016 Ticket Prices

                                                In Advance     On the Gate

Adults                                      £10                  £12

Children: 5 – 18 years*           £5                    £6

Family Ticket             
(admits 2 adults &                   £25                  £30
up to 3 children)

*Under 5s admitted free.


28 July 2016

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Editors’ Notes

The Great Yorkshire Show and Countryside Live, are organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society as part of its year round work supporting and promoting the farming and the countryside. Next year will be the 159th Great Yorkshire Show, and dates are Tuesday 11 – Thursday 13 July.  


About Us

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society was formed in 1837 and is a charity dedicated to supporting the farming industry and rural life. Best known for staging the annual Great Yorkshire Show, England's Premier Agricultural event and Countryside Live, it's sister event. The value of the support it provides to regional farming and countryside initiatives has risen year on year to nearly £1m. The 2016 Great Yorkshire Show runs from Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 July and Countryside Live is on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October 2016. Both take place at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire and are flagship events for agriculture and rural life. The Society plays a key role in supporting rural life, through grants, sponsorships and has a very active education department which runs a wide range of activities aimed at increasing the knowledge of young people and their teachers about the important role farmers play in producing our food and caring for the landscape. An important date on the annual calendar is the annual Countryside Days event when thousands of primary school children use the showground as a resource for learning. In June 2009, the Society also opened its Regional Agricultural Centre at the showground which will be a focus for excellence for the industry, as well as the new home of the Society. Yorkshire Event Centre Limited (YEC) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Society and all YEC’s profits go to fund its charitable work. Who's Who in the Yorkshire Agricultural SocietyChairman: Simon TheakstonPresident: Sarah YorkPresident Elect: Lord MiddletonChief Executive: Nigel Pulling