A major milestone has been achieved at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate as the last bolt was fastened into position on the structural steel frame for the new £10 million events and exhibition hall.

When completed for next summer’s Great Yorkshire Show, New Hall 1 will provide an additional 4,320m2 of open span, versatile space, making it one of the North’s major event venues. The development will enable the Great Yorkshire Showground, owned by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS), to support a wide range of events throughout the calendar from blue chip company conferences to large dinners, exhibitions and sporting occasions. 

Heather Parry, Deputy Chief Executive of YAS said: “We are delighted that our construction partner Clugston and architects P+HS have reached this exciting stage in the project, which is the largest in the Society’s history. There’s so much potential in this development for us, our region and beyond and passing each construction milestone is cause for celebration.“

In addition to the exhibition space, New Hall 1 will also offer a café, large foyer, offices and dedicated seminar space, all set within a stunning 250 acre site located on the edge of the beautiful spa town of Harrogate. Work on the Hall will be complete by summer 2016 and it will connect with the adjoining Hall 2.


24 November 2015

Media contact: Molly Wright, Sales Executive (YEC),, 01423 544544


The Yorkshire Agricultural Society was established in 1837 with the primary purpose of holding an agricultural show and for the furtherance and support of farming in the region. This ethos continues today, through its flagship events, the Great Yorkshire Show (Tues 12 – Thurs 14 July 2016) and Countryside Live, (Sat 22 and Sun 23 October 2016). 

The Yorkshire Event Centre (YEC) is the commercial arm of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society and is based at the Showground, hosting a wide range of events year round including exhibitions, conferences, product launches, outdoor events and social occasions. There are two large exhibition halls totalling over 6,270m2 situated within 250 acres of outdoor space. The site is currently undergoing a £10m redevelopment programme including a state of the art new exhibition hall (New Hall 1) which will open in summer 2016. 


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