Forestry Fun at the 2015 Great Yorkshire Show

Traditional skills and the most modern and up-to-date woodland practices will come under scrutiny in the Forestry Arena at the Great Yorkshire Show, England's premier agricultural event.

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More than 130,000 visitors are expected to come through the gates at Harrogate over the three days, Tuesday 14 – Thursday 16 July, to enjoy a mix of entertainment and fun as well as learning more about the countryside.

The Forestry Arena, is dominated by the two 80ft-high poles needed for the show’s Great British Pole Climbing Championships, and has an action-packed programme of activities planned for each day.

Forestry steward Will Richardson is excited about the mix of old and new at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show. “We have a real mix for the visitors this year, demonstrating traditional forestry skills with The Cumbrian Axemen display, and the working horses, through to the most modern, high-tech harvester machinery. This will give people an insight into the full range of what goes on in a forest,” he said.

Taking centre stage is the pole climbing competition, sponsored by re:heat, which sees dare devil competitors pit their climbing skills against each other, and the clock, in a thrilling race to the top of the two poles.

Many of the UK’s leading climbers have signed up for the annual competition, a popular feature of the Great Yorkshire Show, along with the oldest pole climber in the business.

George Tipping, 81, from Merseyside, a regular at the Great Yorkshire Show, is returning again this year along with his grandson Daniel Whelan, another past competitor.

All the climbers will be hoping to beat the current Great Yorkshire Show record of 9.57 seconds which was set in 2009 by former UK Pole Climbing Champion, Grant Gallier of Oswestry, Shropshire. There are two heats per day, culminating in a grand final on Thursday afternoon when the fastest climber will win a top prize of £250.

Another exciting feature will be demonstrations by The Cumbrian Axemen, and hopefully some Axewomen too, who are making a welcome return to the event – their axe-wielding skills will be sure to wow the crowds.

Events in the Forestry Arena kick off at 8.30am, allowing visitors to watch demonstrations of traditional forestry skills, including working horses being put through their paces, as well as seeing the latest high-tech timber harvester machinery in action.

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Tickets bought before 8 July 2015                 Tickets bought on the gate

Adult:            £23                                             Adult             £26

Concession:  £22                                             Concession:  £25                        

Children:       £10                                             Children:       £12

Family:         £56                                             Family:         £64

Parking is free and extensive. Please note that dogs other than assistance dogs are not allowed on the showground.


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