Extra day planned at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show

The Great Yorkshire Show will take place over four days for the first time in its history if the event is able to go ahead as planned this summer.

Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 10:50 am
A scene from the Great Yorkshire Show’s Grand Cattle Parade in 2019.

Following last month’s announcement that the show would return this year if it is safe to do so, its organisers the Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS) have revealed that the show will take place between Tuesday 13 and Friday, July 16, from 8am to 5pm each day.

Farming charity YAS reiterates however that England’s premier showcase of farming, food and the countryside will only take place if the Government’s roadmap out of coronavirus restrictions remains unchanged.

Charles Mills, honorary show director, said: “We are thrilled by the response to our plans for the show this year in what we know will not quite be normal circumstances.

“We do expect there to be a limit on how many people can attend on any one day of the show and so for the first time in our history we believe the best option is to offer a four-day event.”

Consideration is being given to the show’s format so that it meets likely government guidelines but YAS does expect most sections of the show to go ahead, with an emphasis on holding as many activities outdoors as possible.

Charles added: “There will be some changes this year, but we want to deliver as much of a normal show as restrictions allow, and it remains our position that the show will only go ahead if it is safe to do so.

“We understand there is an element of risk in planning for an event of such scale given the potential for restrictions to change, however we accept this and firmly believe it is well worth planning for the show to take place.

“We know the Great Yorkshire Show means so much to so many people and we want to give them something exciting to look forward to at the end of a testing time for us all.”

Planning for the show continues. Most major livestock and equine competition schedules and entry forms will be available shortly on the Great Yorkshire Show website. Further details for other sections will follow in due course.

Tickets will only be available in advance and will go on sale on Tuesday, June 1. Any updates will be posted on the show’s website and on social media.

Last year’s Great Yorkshire Show was cancelled in full for the first time since the Foot and Mouth outbreak in 2001.

Coronavirus restrictions meant the 2020 show went virtual instead. It offered behind the scenes tours of farms, workshops and with food producers that attracted viewers from more than 40 different countries.