Yorkshire Show: Tuesday 13 - Thursday 15 July 2004
are well underway for the 2004 Great Yorkshire Show, one of the
premier events on the British summer calendar. Dates are Tuesday
13 - Thursday 15 July when the organisers, the Yorkshire Agricultural
Society, expect more than 120,000 visitors to come through the gates.
showcase for the best and latest in the farming industry, a snapshot
of the many different elements of the countryside and a packed programme
of entertainment all combine to provide a great day out.
animals remain at the heart of the event with more than 8,000 expected
to enter the competitive classes, ranging from international show
jumpers to champion bulls to exotic poultry whilst hundreds of stands
across the Showground provide the opportunity to literally "shop
till you drop."
of The Main Ring include:
The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery - Musical Ride (sponsored
by estate agents, Dacre, Son & Hartley)
" Four in Hand Coaches
" Parade of Vintage Rolls Royces
" Mounted Games Association Display
" The King's Division Waterloo Band
new dimension to the Show is The Alternative Farming Centre. The
former "Arable Area" has been re-focused to give a more
21st century feel. The Centre will include demonstration crops,
for example, oilseed rape grown for bio diesel fuel, camelina -
important in the cosmetics industry and spring barley grown for
malting. In addition there will be dry stone walling and examples
of wrought ironwork. It is also hoped to feature alpacas, wild boar
plus many other agricultural stands.
Art Show, which made its debut last year, will feature paintings
from members of the Harrogate and Nidderdale Art Club.
Cropper is bringing her entertaining Sheepdog Display to The Country
Pursuits Area; in addition there will be demonstrations of fly fishing,
gun dog training and falconry all centred in the natural amphitheatre
overlooking the casting ponds. Beagles, foxhounds, lurchers, terriers
and ferrets will all be featured. The Area is once again sponsored
by the premier Harrogate hotel, "The Yorkshire."
the Equestrian Section, the Show is once again a qualifying event
for the Cuddy Supreme In Hand Championship with the FW Furness Trophy
the prize for the Great Yorkshire winner. More than 1,500 horse
and pony entries are expected to compete across a wide range of
class show jumpers will again be heading to Harrogate with the prestigious
grande finale being The Cock O'the North Championship. For the first
time this class is sponsored by Hornbeam Park Developments Ltd.
Parade of Hounds featured on the Thursday will focus on the future
of hunting. As well as the traditional involvement by several of
the region's hunts, it is hoped that youngsters from hunt pony clubs
and puppy walkers will also take part.
Yorkshire Show: Tuesday 13 - Thursday 15 July 2004 Con't
back in time in The Fashion Pavilion where designs by students from
the University of Leeds School of Textiles and Design will look
at the styles from the last 250 years. Complementing this will be
film footage from Great Yorkshire Shows of years gone by.
of the country's finest nurserymen will be represented at The Flower
Show with displays ranging from tiny bonsai to garden design.
The Forestry Area has grown in appeal over the last five years and
features competitions such as pole climbing, stick making, wood
carving, marquetry and wood turning. The Great British Pole Climbing
Championships have been held at the Show for a number of years (sponsored
by McCormicks Solicitors) and never fail to entertain.
the Pavilion, an exhibition entitled "The Forest In Your Life"
focuses on the important part played by trees in cleaning the atmosphere.
In addition the full programme of events, will include chain saw
carving, horse logging as well as the related stands and organisations.
Yorkshire Agricultural Society is committed to supporting regional
food producers. This year's show will highlight the best of regional
fare, particularly within The Food Hall. In addition the Show's
food courts will have a strong emphasis on serving local food. In
addition there will be imaginative and interesting cookery demonstrations
in the Sainsbury's Cookery Theatre.
in 2001, the Great Yorkshire Cheese & Dairy Show has grown tremendously
in popularity. As well as featuring the traditional cheese classes,
there are sections for ice cream, butter, yoghurt as well as new
classes for children to try their skills at cheese tasting. Sir
Ken Morrison, Chairman of Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc, sponsors
of this section, will present the main awards.
on the gate cost £15 for adults with £11 for concessions
and a Family Ticket (2 adults and 3 children) costs £40. There
are savings on tickets purchased in advance. Parking is free and
extensive but please note dogs are not allowed on the showground.
The ticket hotline number is 01423 541222 or the general show telephone
number is 01423 541000. If you travel by train and buy your rail
and show tickets in advance, there are further discounts available.
Please call Arriva Trains Northern on 0870 602 3322. A free shuttle
bus service, running to and from Harrogate Railway Station to the
Showground every 20 minutes, will also be in operation
further information check out the website www.greatyorkshireshow.org