Food Fabulous Food at the 2016 Great Yorkshire Show

There will be a different look to future Great Yorkshire Shows as the new £10m exhibition hall takes centre stage providing an impressive new showcase for the country’s finest food and drink.

Hall 1 will be the venue for a new food emporium – which will feature everything from the benefits of home grown veg through to inspirational cookery demonstrations. The building, which opens in June, is a third larger than its predecessor and is the size of three Olympic sized swimming pools. With both the increased size and stylish design, it will be the ideal setting to highlight food excellence and also the link between food and farmers.  The 2016 Great Yorkshire Show runs from Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 July and takes place at Harrogate; around 130,000 visitors are expected over the three days.

Charles Mills, Show Director said: “Our new exhibition hall will be transformational for the Great Yorkshire Show, providing a superb setting for our food exhibition in keeping with the excellence of the many stands and businesses featured there. Food production is at the heart of every farmer’s business and so it is entirely appropriate that our new hall is used to highlight food provenance.”

Within the 4,320m2 building will be the new Great Yorkshire Cookery Theatre with action packed demonstrations throughout the event, plus there will be dozens of stands selling everything from gin to jam and from popcorn to pies. A new element is the Journey of Food area where visitors can chat to growers about the benefits of British produce, and then follow the journey as growers chat to chefs as part of their cookery demonstrations.

At the heart of the Hall will be the prestigious Great Yorkshire Cheese and Dairy Show which never fails to impress. Entries are already coming in with the deadline of Friday 6 May on the horizon. It’s one of the finest shows in the country, so don’t miss the chance to be part of it!

Last year saw a total of 788 entries across the classes for butter, yoghurt, liquid milk, ice cream and cheese. For the first time there is a section for organic products – cheese, butter, yoghurt and milk, and a new class for cheese makers for those whose business is less than five years old.

The highlight is always the Supreme Championships awarded for both cheese and dairy products. In 2015 the product award went to Ryeburn of Helmsley for their raspberry, toffee and meringue ice cream whilst Tom Walker and Sons of Stockton on Tees took the Supreme Cheese Championship with a Rougette Bavarian Red. Visitors will be able to walk around the displays, chat to exhibitors and judges and there’s the opportunity to take home some prize winning cheese following the Big Cheese Auction on the final afternoon.

For the latest information see and to enter the Cheese and Dairy Show go to

Judy Thompson, PR Manager, Yorkshire Agricultural Society 01423 546215 or email


-        The Great Yorkshire Show is organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, a charity which supports farming and the agricultural industry.

-        This will be the 158th Great Yorkshire Show

-        Dates are Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 July

-        The venue is The Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire

-        It is England’s premier agricultural event

-        Tickets are available online – at  or by calling the ticket hotline - 01423 541222 (Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm)

-        There are savings to be made by buying tickets in advance.

-        Parking is extensive and free

-        Dogs, other than assistance dogs, are not allowed on the showground. Be kind to your dog and leave it at home.

Great Yorkshire Show 2016 Ticket Prices - 

                                            Advanced Prices until Weds 6 July                 Gate Price

Adult                                   £23                                                                       £27

Child (5 – 18 years)           £10                                                                        £13

Family Ticket                     £56                                                                       £67
(2 adults & 3 children)


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