Countryside Live Facts
- 2016 will be the 14th Countryside Live.
- Organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society and takes place at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, HG2 8NZ.
- Website address is www.countrysidelive.co.uk
- Ticket line number 01423 541222. General: 01423 541000
- In recent years, Countryside Live has attracted he following attendance figures:
- 2011 - 10,700
- 2012 - 12,061
- 2013 - 12,689 (record)
- 2014 - 12,215
- 2015 - 12,101
- There are competitive classes for: cattle and sheep, equine, pigeons and poultry, hives and honey and farriery.
- Other attractions include: Gregg Wallace is our VIP Guest for 2016, return of the Top Show Jumping Talent competition, The Northern Show Cross Series Finale, plenty of shopping opportunities, dog flyball competition, falconry displays, The Create & Explore Area for children, Diggerland Experience and a flowers, fruit, and vegetable show courtesy of Knaresborough Horticultural Society.
- Opening Times: 9am – 5pm on both days
- Car parking is free and extensive
- Ticket prices for 2016 are:
|Advance (before 9 October 2015)||On the Gate|
History of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society
The Yorkshire Agricultural Society was formed in 1837 and is a charity dedicated to supporting the farming industry and rural life. The value of the support it provides to regional farming and countryside initiatives has risen year on year to nearly £1m.
Based at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, the Society is the organiser of the annual farming and country show case, the Great Yorkshire Show and its sister event, Countryside Live. The 2016 Great Yorkshire Show runs from Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 July and Countryside Live is on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 October 2015. 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 opened its Regional Agricultural Centre at the showground which is 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 Society
Chairman: Simon Theakston
Vice Chairman (and former Chairman): John Stoddart-Scott
President: Sarah York
President Elect: TBA
Chief Executive: Nigel Pulling