Countdown To 2021’s Great Yorkshire Show
The countdown is on to this year’s Great Yorkshire Show which has been further adapted to meet Covid-safe guidelines from the Government.
Show organisers have been working closely with North Yorkshire County Council Public Health and Harrogate Borough Council to ensure the event can meet strict criteria to go ahead safely.
Following the rise in cases due to the Delta variant, further control measures have been put in place to ensure the event is as Covid safe as possible.
Opening hours have been extended so the Show will now run from 8.00am to 6.00pm Tuesday 13 July to Friday 16 July. This will allow visitors to arrive and leave in a more staggered way to help avoid queues.
Capacity has been limited to a maximum of 26,000 people a day to minimise any potential crowding and to ensure social distancing can be maintained at all times throughout the site.
Ticket sales were temporarily halted while the capacity numbers were finalised, and the final raft of tickets are now on sale via the Great Yorkshire Show website.
This will mean that the Show will welcome a total of 104,000 people in total over the already extended four days, instead of the usual 135,000 visitors over three days.
Visitors are strongly encouraged to have a Lateral Flow Device test before they come to the Show as part of the “Test before you Travel” campaign.
Please do not attend if you are isolating or are exhibiting any Covid symptoms and visit the NHS site https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
for further advice.
Visitors are also requested to download the NHS app before arriving in order to be able to scan QR codes where necessary, such as hospitality areas.
Those working at the Show, including catering and trade stands, will be required to have a negative lateral flow test within 24 hours before arriving at the Showground. This will help to reduce the risk for all those on site.
Tickets for the Show are this year in advance only and visitors are asked to print out e-tickets to help with social distancing at the gates. You will not be able to enter the Show without a ticket – they will not be available on the Gates.
This year most of the event will be held outdoors and it has been extended to run over four days for the first time in its history.
Show Director Charles Mills said:
“This will be a very special Great Yorkshire Show and one we are all so looking forward to after these difficult times. It will be a slightly different show to normal but we have done our best to bring you an event which will fly the flag for farming and celebrate our industry.”
Nigel Pulling, Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society said:
“The safety of the public, exhibitors and their animals, staff, volunteers and everyone who is part of the show is paramount. We continue to work closely with North Yorkshire County Council Public Health and Harrogate Borough Council to deliver a Covid safe event.
“While the Show will take on a different format this year, we still aim to deliver a high-quality event which is as near normal as possible. We have been encouraged by the enthusiasm and support we have received as it is seen as a symbolic step back to normality.”
Richard Webb, North Yorkshire County Council’s Director of Health and Adult Services said:
“We, along with partners from Harrogate Borough Council, have been working very closely for some months with the Great Yorkshire Show organisers and Public Health England to make sure the event is as safe and successful as possible, being mindful of Covid 19 transmission rates and national restrictions.
“However, we recognise the importance of the show, not only for the people of North Yorkshire and Yorkshire but also for the farming community which has played such a vital role during the pandemic with food supplies and keeping the whole supply chain going.”
Some of the best animals in the country will be competing, with waiting lists for sheep pens, record numbers for poultry and some of the best showjumpers in the UK competing. There’s the best of British in the Beef Shorthorn Cattle and Bleu Du Maine Sheep which are both holding national competitions and also in the forge.
The Grand Cattle Parade in the Main Ring is always a major highlight of the Show. The Blythewood Dairy Pairs will take place on Wednesday 14 July and the Blythewood Beef Pairs will be held on Friday 16 July, both at 2pm.
Atkinson Action Horses will be the Main Ring performers this year and Sporting Soprano Lizzie Jones will perform twice a day.
There are also some exciting special guests in the Game Cookery Theatre and Countryside Pursuits Arena. Look out for a new woodland trail with demonstrations in the Forestry Section and for the first time ever, there will be demonstrations from Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) on the Thursday morning.
New Covid-safe measures implemented this year include:
Holding the show over four days, rather than three: Tuesday 13 to Friday 16 July
Advance tickets only and capping total capacity to 26,000 a day
Changing the opening hours to 8am to 6pm
Adapting the Show to use as much outdoor space as possible
Multiple sanitiser points and changing layouts to avoid pinch points
Track and Trace will be at the hospitality points
Reducing the Grandstand capacity to 25% - 30% with tickets purchased in advance
Extra security to disperse any crowding
One way system around the Food Hall
Hall 2 closed to public although the entrance will be a celebrity meet & greet
Face coverings to be worn in all indoor areas, including toilets and the Grandstand, and encouraged when in queues
Table service only at bar areas
There will be displays of woodcraft, cheese, rabbits and hives & honey although these sections will not have competitions this year.
Sections that will not feature in this year’s show include the Fashion Show, the WI Stand, the pole climbing competition and the Cookery Theatre in the Food Hall although the Game Cookery Theatre will go ahead as usual.
The show will be broadcast on national TV again this year when a two-part series will be screened on Channel 5 at 8pm on Wednesday July 14 and Thursday 15.
“Today at the Great Yorkshire Show” will be presented by Anita Rani and Jules Hudson, featuring special guests Julian Norton and Peter Wright from The Yorkshire Vet and Cannon Hall Farm’s Robert and David Nicholson who star in Springtime on the Farm.
Leeds-based Daisybeck Studios, the production company behind The Yorkshire Vet and Springtime on The Farm, will film the series for Channel 5.
Last year’s Show was cancelled due to Coronavirus restrictions. Instead, it went virtual over three days last July, attracting viewers from more than 40 different countries.