Juggling, plate spinning and clowning skills will be on offer to visitors for the first time at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show and Chief Executive, Nigel Pulling had a quick lesson in advance of this year’s event. His teacher was Mark Taylor of Marko’s Circus Workshop.

The show takes place on Tuesday 10 – Thursday 12 July when Mark will be in the Show's Discovery Zone, alongside dozens of other experts offering hands-on activities for all the family. During the three days he will be encouraging visitors to have a go at a wide range of circus skills, including juggling, plate spinning, clowning and throwing diabalos.

Organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, England’s premier agricultural event attracts more than 130,000 visitors to the 250-acre showground in Harrogate. The Discovery Zone attracts visitors of all ages and is split into three sections – healthy living, the environment and farming and the countryside.

As well as circus skills, other new attractions at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show include an off-road mountain biking course set up by Mountain Bike Coaching UK, zumba, hip hop and cheerleading sessions, as well as hedge laying, stained glass making and environmental fieldwork.

Hazel Baker, Education Adviser at the Yorkshire Agricultural Society said: “The Discovery Zone is a hugely popular area which is always extremely busy. Our aim is to give visitors a broader understanding of rural life as well as having fun, and the circus skills will certainly add to that!”


11 May 2012

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Editors Notes

Tickets for the Great Yorkshire Show are available on the gates and in advance until Wednesday 4 July – go to or call 01423 541222.

Tickets bought in advance                          Tickets bought on the gate

Adult:               £20                                            Adult                £23

Concession:    £19                                          Concession:    £22                             

Children:          £9                                            Children:          £11

Family:             £52                                          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