The Great Yorkshire Show: Tuesday 10 - Thursday 12 July 2012

At less than one metre tall, four-year-old Lauren Batty was in the company of giants today (5 July) when she was one of the first people to see a massive sculpture arriving in Harrogate for the start of England’s premier agricultural event, the Great Yorkshire Show.

For the second year running, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society has teamed up with Yorkshire Sculpture Park to bring two iconic sculptures to the three day show which begins on Tuesday.

And Lauren, whose mother Gail works at the showground, was given a sneak preview of what the show visitors will be able to enjoy during the event.

British-born artist Marcia Farquhar’s ‘The Horse is a Noble Animal’, a giant wooden rocking horse, stands 3.5m tall, and was commissioned in 2010. Said Lauren: “It’s so big, it’s amazing. I love this horse!”

The sculpture explores the artist’s childhood storytelling, when her grandmother would announce ‘the horse is a noble animal’ whenever guests would start to gossip!

And joining the giant wooden rocking horse on the President’s Lawn is artist Sophie Ryder’s ‘Pink Lady Hare Dancing with Big Brown Dog’.

Nigel Pulling, Chief Executive of the Society said he was delighted to bring two more internationally-renowned sculptures to the Great Yorkshire Show.

“The sculptures proved incredibly popular last year and these two pieces of art are equally as eye catching. They are a superb addition to the show,” he said.

Peter Murray, CBE, Executive Director of Yorkshire Sculpture Park said: “Once again Yorkshire Sculpture Park is delighted to bring sculpture by two internationally-acclaimed artists to the Great Yorkshire Show.”

“As a pioneering organization that aims to challenge, inspire, inform and delight, Yorkshire Sculpture Park strives to deliver great art for everyone.”


5 July 2012

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Great Yorkshire Show, Tuesday 10 – Thursday 12 July, 2012

This year sees the 154th Great Yorkshire Show. It is organized by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society and is England’s premier agricultural show. Each year some 130,000 visitors come through the gates to see the best of British agriculture and experience country life, as well as hundreds of stands selling everything from furniture to designer clothing. Around 10,000 animals, including cattle, sheep and horses, compete for the top prizes. The event is held at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate. Gates open at 7.30am each day.

Tickets are available on the gates


Adult                £23                                         

Concession:    £22                             

Children:          £11

Family             £60

Parking is free and extensive; please note 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