Record Ticket Sales as Thousands Head to Showground
Record numbers of tickets have been snapped up across the UK as fans flock to see TV favourites Julian Norton and Peter Wright headlining The Yorkshire Vet at Countryside Live this weekend.
Adverts for the new-look event have been beamed into the homes of millions of viewers every week over the last two months, across six national TV channels as well as during The Yorkshire Vet on Channel 5.
Preparations are now underway to welcome thousands of visitors into the showground this Saturday and Sunday. Advance ticket sales have more than doubled for the event with visitors heading to the showground from Brighton to Scotland to Wales to Lincolnshire. Tickets will still be available on the gate on both days.
Nigel Pulling, Chief Executive of Yorkshire Agricultural Society said: “We have seen a phenomenal boom in ticket sales since we announced our partnership with The Yorkshire Vet and Channel 5.
“Thousands of visitors are set to come to the showground – many for the first time ever – and we look forward to welcoming them to what promises to be a very exciting weekend.”
Peter and Julian themselves have said they are overwhelmed by the response of fans to the event.
Julian said: “If you’d have said a few years ago that we would be taking the centre stage in the Main Ring and headlining an event like this, we would never have believed you!”
Peter added: “We can’t wait to meet the people who watch the show, thank you for your unstinting support – we wouldn’t be where we are now without you!”
There will be three live Yorkshire Vet shows hosted by BBC Radio personality Georgey Spanswick in the Main Ring each day at 10:30am, 1pm and 3pm with Peter and Julian and special guests.
There will also be an expanded children’s section including Channel 5’s Milkshake! Live show as well as a pop up country pub The Drovers Arms with a quiz and live acoustic music.
There will be a tasting hub and cookery theatre, shopping and a new look Create and Explore area with free hands-on activities for children, face painting and much more – all inside the Yorkshire Event Centre.
The show is the only one in the UK to run a Talented Showjumper Competition for riders aged 10-years-old and over. Qualifiers run on the Saturday and the final will take place on the Sunday afternoon.
A record number of horses have also been entered for classes, with more than 450 entries this year.
The event has also been chosen to host the National Championships for the British Farriers and Blacksmiths Association, sponsored by NWT Horseshoes in the showground’s purpose-built forge.
From horses to honey, pigs to poultry, sheep to cattle, pigeons to rabbits, over 2,000 animals will converge on the showground this weekend.
Tickets are available on the gates and parking is free and extensive. Please note dogs are not allowed on the showground.