Insight into Country Life at the 2016 Great Yorkshire Show

An insight into the management of a grouse moor will be among the attractions for visitors to the Country Pursuits area at the Great Yorkshire Show.

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Organised by the Countryside Alliance and National Gamekeepers Organisation, A Year in the Life of a Grouse Moor is a new addition to the daily arena programme and will be presented by John Cavana, of Patanavac Gundogs from near York. It will explain the management processes, flora and fauna and individuals involved in the upkeep of these unique habitats, how important they are to remote rural economies, and how their careful management benefits a host of other bird species, including curlew, lapwing, golden plover, merlin and ring ouzel.

The programme will look at the life of grouse, from nesting to preparation for cooking and will be shown twice daily at 11.30am and 4.30pm and will include a simulated shoot.

The Great Yorkshire Show is England’s premier agricultural event and runs from Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 July and is expected to attract more than 130,000 visitors.

Country Pursuits Area Chief Steward Angela Vaux said: “Informing people who might not come into frequent contact with some activities in the countryside has always been a very important part of what we do and this is a great example of how these activities can benefit a host of wildlife as well as providing information on where some of our food comes from.”

Information is also the driver behind another part of the programme with “Beware the Tick Bite” in conjunction with the British Deer Society which will look at the threat of Lyme Disease which can cause serious symptoms in both humans and animals, how to avoid being bitten and what to do if a bite is suspected.

Dogs will also play a major part in events, with displays from the Catterick Beagles and Northern Counties Mink Hounds, gundog demonstrations from Mountgrace Gundogs and greyhounds and whippets presented by Arron Atmore.

As well as grouse, other game birds are on the agenda with the return of Cornish countryman Chris Green with his look at Wildfowlers Past and Present as well as a Scientific Approach to Decoying Woodpigeons. Fishing is catered for by the Salmon and Trout Association, with twice-daily flycasting demonstrations by the founder of Yorkshire Flycasting, Brian Towers.

Pest control will be covered with displays from Simon Whitehead of Pakefield Ferrets, not only looking at the control of rabbits, but also, with the help of legendary chef Rosemary Shrager in the Game Cookery Theatre, how the end result can be turned into delicious dishes.

All activities take place in the Country Pursuits area of the showground which features two ponds in a natural amphitheatre that enables excellent viewing.


16 June 2016

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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 freeDogs, 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                               Gate Price
                                    (until Weds 6 July)

Adult                           £23                                                      £27

Child                           £10                                                      £13

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


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