Countryside Live - A Great Countryside Day Out

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October 2017

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What’s On

Giving you a chance to see the whole of the countryside in one go! Countryside Live brings together all the best bits of the countryside and 90% of it is under cover so you'll have a great time whatever the weather!

Current details displayed are for 2016.  Details for 2017 will be updated in due course.

NEW FOR 2016 - Gregg Wallace

Gregg Wallace is our VIP Guest at Countryside Live 2016. Gregg will be at the show on both days, taking part in judging our cook-off at the Cookery Theatre and our cheese and beer tasting and apple show.  There is also the opportunity for visitors to attend 'An Audience with Gregg Wallace' which is an exclusive ticket only event, taking place at 3pm each day.  Gregg Will be giving a talk followed by a question and answer session and the opportunity for autographs and photographs.  View a full timetable here.

NEW FOR 2016 - Tasting Hub (Hall 1)

Visit the Tasting Hub in Hall 1 and find a host of activities including:

  • Cheese & Beer Tasting - Learn more about how to pair Yorkshire cheese with Yorkshire beer. You can also have a taste too!  Gregg Wallace will be sharing his favourites with you too.
  • Apple Tasting - To celebrate National Apple Day - get the chance to taste and choose your favourite apple.  Gregg Wallace will also be choosing his favourite.  
  • Apple Pressing Demonstration
  • Cider Tasting
  • Learn about the Barley to Beer Process with local brewer Isaac Poad

NEW FOR 2016 - Flyball

It's fast & furious!  Watch the Dog Star & Commandos teams race against each other in this relay race - great family entertainment!

NEW FOR 2016 - Cookery Theatre

Come & watch our favourite Yorkshire chefs create some very tasty dishes. Gregg Wallace will also be taking part in the judging of the cook-off.

NEW FOR 2016 - Alpacas

Competitive classes PLUS fun activities and the chance to meet these amazing animals.

NEW FOR 2016 - Sheepdog & Duck Display

Showing the training of a working sheepdog, including duck herding & plenty of audience participation!

NEW FOR 2016 - Rabbits

Competitive classes for Rabbits make their debut appearance on Saturday only.

NEW FOR 2016 - Young Shepherd of the Year Competition

Organised by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. Regional contests have been held in the run up to Countryside Live, young shepherds will be battling it out for the championship titles with classes for 8 to 12 years and 13 to 16 years. This is the final of a series of heats which have taken place over the last few months at shows around the country. There is a “last chance” heat at Countryside Live on Saturday for those who have yet to qualify, together with showing classes for native sheep breeds. The Grand Final of the Young Shepherd of the Year competition take place on Sunday.

Donkey Rides

Something for the children to enjoy! £3 per ride

Ferret Racing

So popular we had to invite them back....again!  Join in the fun and cheer on your favourite ferret!

Create & Explore

A fantastic area for the children to explore - with many hands-on activities that they can enjoy from felt-making to straw-craft, bread and sausage making, willow-weaving and more, the children will be entertained all day long!  Exhibitors attending in 2016:

  • Alegria Arts
  • Artbox
  • Animals In Tuition
  • Biz-Ed Projects Ltd – Pickling & Preserving Activity
  • Breadmaking
  • British Woodcarvers
  • Cone Exchange Crafts
  • Creation Station
  • Harrogate And Ripon Beekeepers Association
  • Hazel Brow Farm
  • Huckleberries (Face Painting)
  • K Guy Jewellery – Felt Making
  • Kiddy Cook
  • Ladies In Pigs
  • Leeds Museums & Galleries
  • RHS Garden Detectives (Make a Wish Entertainment)
  • Marko’s Circus
  • Pulpitations – Paper Making
  • Rope Maker
  • SMJ Falconry & Crafts
  • The Food Chain
  • Touchwood Woodturners
  • Wild Wood
  • York Chocolate Story
  • York & District Guild Of Weavers, Spinners And Dyers
  • Yorkshire Herbalist
  • Yorkshire Hurdles (Willow Weaving)
  • Yorkshire School Of Bushcraft

Northern Show Cross Series Final

Countryside Live is delighted to host the final of the Northern Show Cross Series final. Show Cross consists of a round of showjumping, followed by a round of cross country jumps to be completed clear in the fastest time.  The competition will take place in the main ring on Saturday and Sunday.  There are four classes running across 11 qualifying competitions between April and September.  

Diggerland Experience - BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND – AGAIN!!!

Come and try out your skills on some of the Diggerland machines! £2 per go or £3 if you choose to go on both rides (diggers & dump trucks)

Climbing Wall

A great opportunity to have a go at climbing - £4 per person.

The Forge

Experience the site, sounds and smells of this traditional, but essential skill.

Talented Show Jumper Competition

Entries from around the Country will compete to win the coveted title of Talented Show Jumper.

Have a Go: Archery

Time to get hands-on with a country past-times: Archery. Try your hand at being "Robin Hood" and strike a bullseye in our have a go Archery. £3 a go.

Equine Classes - Ridden

With a dedicated equine ring you can watch horses and ponies all day long! We've a selection of ridden classes plus working hunter classes. We're proud that the Mountain & Moorland Ridden Section are once again Olympia qualifiers.  

Rare Breeds

Come and see & find out more about some of Britains rare native breeds.  Breeds for 2016 will include: Golden Guernsey & Bagot Goats and Clydesdales.

Birds of Prey Demonstrations

Ben Potter will be joining the line-up at Countryside Live with his amazing birds of prey demonstration. A static display of birds will also be available to see.

Cattle & Sheep

Countryside Live aims to be Yorkshire's premier fatstock event in the autumn - you can see the best quality cattle and sheep in their dedicated rings on both days of the Show. If you'd like to exhibit you can view our schedule here when it goes live.  


Countryside Live provides a great opportunity to bag some early Christmas gifts with some fantastic trade stands for you to peruse!

Pigeons & Poultry

On Saturday see a selection of fancy fowl in our Pigeon Pavilion and on Sunday view pretty poultry in the Poultry Pavilion.

The Sheep Show

As featured by BBC Radio 2 Chris Evans Breakfast Show, this fashion show for sheep takes catwalk modelling to a new level with Nobby the Norfolk, Lenny the Lincoln Longwool and friends strutting their stuff, and look out for the popular sheep show shuffle!

Farm Yard

Take a look and let the children experience our Farm Yard with Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Chicken, Geese, Ferrets and more.....

Food Zone

Selling a wide range of products including cupcakes, confectionary, preserves and pork pies.

Fruit, Vegetable and Flower Show

Knaresborough Horticultural Society return to Countryside Live once again with their Autumn Show - a great display from this local society is sure to impress!

Honey Show

Take a look at the competitive classes produced by Yorkshire Beekeepers.

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@MonkFrystonSch think you may have a different event, as our Countryside Live is held in October in Harrogate.

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