Preparations are well underway for Countryside Live, the little sister event of the Great Yorkshire Show, as tickets go on sale today (Friday 1 August). This will be the event’s 12th year and combines a mix of new elements and popular favourites, creating a fun family day out.

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Dates are Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 October and the venue is the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate. Last year 12,689 visitors came through the gates to enjoy a snapshot of rural life, and the chance to get “hands on” with many of the activities.

Bill Cowling, Show Director said: “Countryside Live has gone from strength to strength and has carved its own niche in the rural calendar, whilst benefiting from the reputation of the Great Yorkshire Show. Highlighting the vital role our farmers play in providing our food and caring for the countryside lie at the heart of the event, and it is a super day out, particularly for families with young children.”

Most of the activities take place indoors and include competitive classes for cattle, sheep and horses, as well as for poultry, pigeons and honey. Entries are already coming in, including for the Search for a Talented Showjumper contest. Hosted by Olympic stars Graham and Tina Fletcher, riders are put through their paces over the weekend, with the prize of a trip to the Fletchers’ yard in their sights.

There are a wide range of equine classes over the weekend, plus for the first time youngsters can enjoy pony rides and the Northern Show Cross event has been expanded to run over two days rather than one. Held in the Main Ring, this year it also includes an inter-team relay contest as well as the grand final.

Elsewhere there is have-a-go-archery, the chance to try mountain biking on a purpose-built woodland course with demonstrations in the outdoor arena. North Yorkshire’s Ben Potter is once again joining the weekend’s line-up with his amazing birds of prey demonstrations.

Farriers from across the UK will also be showing off their skills. Diggerland is back by popular demand, whilst the Create and Explore area offers a range of hands-on activities including bread and sausage making, willow weaving and felt making.

Another popular aspect of the event is the Fruit, Vegetable and Flower Show, and visitors can also enjoy the tug of war competitions and Richard Savory’s entertaining and informative Sheep Show!

Tickets can be bought in advance and cost £9 for adults and £5 for children with a family ticket, admitting two adults and three children, priced at £24. They will also be available on the gate. Parking is free and extensive.

The deadline for entries for cattle, sheep and equine is Friday 5 September and for pigeons, poultry and honey, the final deadline is Friday 12 September.

Dogs, other than assistance dogs, are not allowed on the showground. Please be kind to your dog and leave it at home.

For the latest information and to buy tickets please see or call 01423 541000.


1 August 2014

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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. 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 2015 Great Yorkshire Show are Tuesday 14 – Thursday 16 July, and this autumn’s Countryside Live takes place Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 October.