Fun and Farming on the Timetable at Countryside Days Extravaganza

They came from all four corners of Yorkshire, and some from even further, but the thousands of children who descended on the Great Yorkshire Showground at Harrogate for the annual Countryside Days extravaganza all had one thing in common – fun and learning more about rural life.

The popular two-day event, (Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 June) organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, is a chance for primary school pupils from across the region to get close and personal with animals, and discover the important role farmers play in producing our food and looking after the countryside.

It’s a mix of fun and education for the 6,000 schoolchildren from more than 100 schools from as far afield as Bradford and Brighouse, Saltburn and Selby and Ampleforth and Askrigg.

This year, there were a host of new activities and workshops lined up to keep the children entertained, including paper making and cricket , as well as old favourites such as fly fishing, willow weaving, bread and butter making, rag rugging, dry stone walling and even horse logging.

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society is the organiser of the annual Great Yorkshire Show which this year takes place at the 250-acre showground from Tuesday 9 – Thursday 11 July, and its sister event, Countryside Live, which takes place in October.


11 June 2013

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 for the Great Yorkshire Show are now on sale see - or ring 01423 541222. There are savings on tickets booked in advance.