Show Piece Event on the Starting Blocks

Tickets for the 2013 Great Yorkshire Show will go on sale on Friday, 1 March with organisers, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society already planning to make the event as “weatherproof” as possible.

Some £500,000 has been set aside for measures aimed at ensuring that England’s premier agricultural show does not fall victim to bad weather. Last year the show lost two days after unprecedented wet weather made much of the car parking un-useable. Dates for this year are Tuesday 9 – Thursday 11 July, and the venue is the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate.

Nigel Pulling, Chief Executive said: “We never want to be in that situation again, it was heartbreaking to have to cancel the show, so we’ll be doing as much as we can to maintain what is the country’s finest farming showcase.”

“Groundworks are already underway to put in extra roadways, drainage systems and hard standing around car park gateways. In addition we are looking at acquiring a number of pieces of land to boost our car parking capacity. We obviously can’t control the weather but we will be doing our level best to make the show as “weatherproof” as we can.”

Schedules for the competition classes are currently prepared and applications for exhibition space are being processed. “The response from our trade stand holders has been terrific. We’ve already got a waiting list of people who we’re trying to accommodate, around 92% of exhibitors have re-booked, which is a marvellous vote of confidence in the show.”

This will be the 155th Great Yorkshire Show and it will be 175 years since the first Great Yorkshire was held. The discrepancy arrives due to shows being cancelled as a result of animal disease or not being held at all eg during the World Wars.

Visitors to the 2013 show can enjoy:

    • 5,000 of Britain’s finest cattle, sheep and pigs
    • 2,000 horses with top class show jumping and equine classes
    • Displays by The Royal Signals Motorcycle Display Team – The White Helmets
    • Food Hall with some of the country’s finest food & drink
    • Fashion shows featuring national and regional designers
    • Music from a range of bands including The Yorkshire Volunteers Band
    • Cookery theatres
    • Garden Show with feature gardens
    • International sheep shearing competitions
    • Demonstrations of country skills – including dry stone walling, fly fishing, gundog training
    • Hundreds of stands with plenty of shopping opportunities!

Tickets are available either on line - or call 01423 541222 or in person from the Show’s office at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate.

Tickets bought in advance                          Tickets bought on the gate

Adult:               £21                                          Adult                £24

Concession:    £20                                          Concession:    £23                             

Children:          £9                                            Children:          £11

Family:             £54                                          Family:             £62

Parking is free and extensive. Free buses will run from Harrogate Railway Station.

Dogs, other than assistance dogs, are not allowed on the showground.


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


The Yorkshire Agricultural Society was formed in 1837 and is a charity dedicated to supporting the farming industry and rural life. This ranges from educational initiatives to the Society’s Nuffield Scholarships to hosting the Yorkshire Rural Support Network. The Society is based at the Regional Agricultural Centre, Harrogate; the RAC includes Fodder, the Society’s award winning regional food shop and café which opened in June 2009.

The Society is the organiser of the annual farming and country showcase, the Great Yorkshire Show and its sister event, Countryside Live. Both take place at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire and are flagship events for agriculture and rural life. Dates for the 2013 Great Yorkshire Show are Tuesday 9 – Thursday 11 July, and Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 October are the dates for Countryside Live. Tickets go on sale for the Great Yorkshire Show on Thursday 1 March. See also and


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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