Countryside Live - A Great Countryside Day Out

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st October 2018

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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 80% of it is under cover so you'll have a great time whatever the weather!

Below are details for 2017. This year's activities will be available to view during August 2018.

NEW FOR 2017 - The Yorkshire Vet at Countryside Live

Peter and Julian will be taking to the stage and they've some surprises and treats in store for everyone. They will also be holding some Q and A sessions in the main arena where fans of the show will get to meet us and ask questions.  Main Ring Shows at:  10.30am, 1pm & 3pm (on both days)

NEW FOR 2017 - Channel 5's Milkshake Live Show

Starring two Milkshake presenters plus the hugely popular Milkshake! Monkey, this high energy, fun packed show will feature an eclectic mix of Milkshake’s superb in-house produced music, including classic Milkshake tunes, well known children’s songs and some brand new ones!

NEW FOR 2017 - Tractor Ted

Come and enjoy plenty of activities with Tractor Ted including bouncing on the bouncy castle, scooping up the balls in the Digger Den, taking up the challenge of the Tractor Ted Driving Track plus compete with your family in a welly wanging competition!

NEW FOR 2017 - The Drovers Arms - Pop Up Pub

Come & soak up the atmosphere at our pop up pub!  Join us for a Pub Quiz at 12 noon.

There'll also be live acoustic music at:

1.15pm - Robbie Miller
2.30pm - James Taplin
3.45pm - Sons of Rythm

NEW FOR 2017 - Vintage Dairy

Find out more about the history of milking and the dairy process.

NEW FOR 2017 - Smithfield Festival of Meat

Competitive classes for Ribs of Beef, Saddles of Lamb & Wagyu Beef. 

Tastings will be available and joints will be available to purchase on Sunday.

Tasting Hub (Hall 1)

Visit the Tasting Hub and Cookery Theatre in Hall 1 and enjoy a host of food & drink activities and demonstrations including:

  • Apple Tasting - To celebrate National Apple Day - get the chance to taste and choose your favourite apple from all the varieties on offer.
  • Apple Pressing Demonstrations – Taking place at the Cookery Theatre with the opportunity to taste the juice fresh off the press!
  • Beer Tasting – Sample a variety of Yorkshire beers and see which is your favourite with beer experts from Bier Huis.
  • Learn about the Barley to Beer Process with local brewer Isaac Poad and have the chance to sample their new Gin range.
  • Cider Tasting – Orchards of Husthwaite will tell you the story of their cider making, with samples available to try as you listen. They will also showcase their fruity flavoured Gin’s for you to try too.
  • Cheese Tasting – Learn about the many varieties of cheeses produced here in Yorkshire, trying samples as the experts take you on a journey of cheese!
  • We have a taste sensation for your taste buds with granola, muesli and a range of cordials to sample from Side Oven Yorkshire Bakery
  • Wine Tasting – Ryedale Vineyards, will talk to you about their farming methods and harvesting done by hand and most importantly their award winning wines and trying them!
  • Tea Tasting – Welcoming you to a proper cup of tea, the tea experts at Birdhouse Tea Company will mesmerize you with their amazing tea range
  • Honey Tasting - Denholme Gate Honey produce the finest quality, pure, raw honey from the varied flowers of the Yorkshire countryside. ‘Bee’ inspired by the beekeepers story and enjoy sampling the honey
  • Taste the finest cold pressed Yorkshire Rapeseed Oils all produced using seed grown and cold pressed on the chalky soil of the Yorkshire Wolds.
  • Watch the skills of the Cooper from Theakston Brewery making casks right in front of your eyes

Dog Agility

It's fast & furious!  Watch the dog agility teams put their skills to the test - great family entertainment!

Cookery Theatre

Come & watch our favourite Yorkshire chefs create some very tasty dishes. 


A chance to meet these amazing animals.

Sheepdog & Duck Display

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


Competitive classes for Rabbits return to Countryside Live (Saturday only).

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 wax candle creations, bread and sausage making, willow-weaving and more, the children will be entertained all day long!  


  • NFU Discovery Barn
  • Red Tractor Assurance
  • Combine Simulator
  • Dry Stone Walling
  • Rope Making

Meet the Animals

  • Reptiles including snakes & spiders
  • Bugs & Insects
  • Birds of Prey
  • Rare Breed Chicks

Make & Bake

  • Breadmaking
  • Apple Boat Treasure Chests
  • Sausages & Sausage Rolls
  • Chocolate Lollies
  • Apple Juicing & Tasting 9.30am, 1.30pm

Get Creative

  • Felt Making
  • Papermaking
  • Willow Weaving
  • Animal Masks & Clay Hedgehogs
  • Decorate Pumpkins & Spiders
  • Candle Making

Be Entertained

  • Face Painting
  • Have a Go at Circus Skills
  • Meet the Witches & Wizards
  • Weaving & Spinning Demonstration

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. £4 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.  

Tug of War (Sunday only)

Come & cheer on your favourite team!

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. 


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.

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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