The Great Yorkshire Show 2022

The Great Yorkshire Show (GYS) was back with a bang this year with all 140,000 tickets selling out in advance of the 2022 show.  The 163rd show took place between 12-15 July in Harrogate, North Yorkshire with fine weather and mostly sunny conditions each day.  The show is England’s premier agricultural event organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society celebrating the best of food, farming and the countryside.

Great Yorkshire Show 2022 Flower Sign
Great Yorkshire Show 2022 Flower Sign

With 140,000 visitors over four days you might think that there would be huge traffic jams getting into the showground but as the event is so well organised with multiple entrance gates, delays are minimal.  Directions to the show are signposted from the edge of town with large free car parks surrounding each of the gates.  The show is open each day between 8.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. so I’d suggest an early start to make the most of your time as there is so much to see and do.  For visitors using public transport a free shuttle bus operates from outside Harrogate railway station which works really well as when one bus fills up another one arrives straightaway.  An alternate option is to leave the train at Hornbeam Park and follow the one mile greenway walking route to the nearest gate which I took on the final day.

Great Yorkshire Show 2022
A view of one corner of the showground

The showground covers a whopping 250 acre grassland site with numerous permanent exhibition halls and pavilions that can be used for smaller events throughout the year.  At its heart is the grandstand and main ring where a full programme of activities take place each day.

Princess Anne at the Great Yorkshire Show 2022
Princess Anne at the Great Yorkshire Show 2022

The show has been honoured to receive many visits from members of the Royal family over the years including several visits from Queen Elizabeth II.  This year was no exception as on the first day HRH Princess Anne who is patron of the Beef Shorthorn Cattle Society visited the show as the Shorthorn’s are celebrating their 200th anniversary this year.  During her visit, the princess also visited the food hall, cheese show and met with some of the farming charities.

Champion Bull at The Great Yorkshire Show 2022
This bull had just been judged champion

Animals play a big part in the show annually and this year the society were inundated with a record number of entries.  A staggering 8,500 of the finest animals in the country competed over the four days with judging for dairy champions to commercial beef taking place in the cattle rings.  We also took an avid interest in some of the pig, sheep and goat classes which were being judged whilst we were there.

Sheep, Great Yorkshire Show 2022
Award winning sheep at the Great Yorkshire Show

The welfare of all the livestock is paramount at all times and as it was so warm fans had been installed in the cattle sheds to keep the animals from over-heating.

Pigs at The Great Yorkshire Show 2022
One of the entrants in the Pig Competition

Its not just big animals that put in an appearance at the Great Yorkshire Show with the Supreme Rabbit championship won by a most beautiful and cuddly Dwarf Lop red-eyed white bunny belonging to an exhibitor in Manchester.  Poultry classes unfortunately had to be dropped this year due to outbreaks of avian-flu but hopefully they will be able to return next year.

Sheep dog trials at the Great Yorkshire Show 2022
Sheep dog trials were held in the main ring for the first time this year

In addition to the livestock classes, the show featured several new additions this year including sheep dog trials in the main ring and a new GYS stage where farming celebrities were interviewed by television presenter Christine Talbot.  These included the Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen and Countryfile presenter Matt Baker who were also to be seen in other parts of the showground.

Great Yorkshire Show 2022Amanda Owen, The Yorkshire Shepherdess at the Great Yorkshire Show 2022
Amanda Owen demonstrating her culinary skills

Moving on to farm machinery, on display were tractors of every shape and size, cultivators, hay balers, milking machines and, in fact everything agricultural.  Visitors are welcome to climb on board some of the cabs which must be every young child’s dream to sit at the helm of a combine harvester.

Farm machinery on display at the Great Yorkshire Show 2022
One of the shiny new tractors on display at the show

The Yorkshire Sporting soprano Lizzie Jones entertained the main ring each afternoon and on the last day sang the National anthem which was accompanied by a video montage of each of the Queen’s visits to the showground and this was lovely to see.

Sheep shearing contest at the Great Yorkshire Show 2022
One of the sheep shearing competitions taking place

In other sections of the showground we watched sheep shearing, demonstrating how a sheep’s wool can be removed in one piece.  We learnt that the wool from a British sheep is valued at a lowly 25p now, far less than the cost of shearing an individual sheep to keep the animals cool in summer and tick free.  The sheep shearing competitions are great fun to watch as each competitor has to carefully remove the wool from five sheep in as short a time as possible.  Crowds get behind the competitors and there is much chanting and cheering.

Dry stone walling demonstration at the Great Yorkshire Show 2022
Dry stone walling demonstration at the Great Yorkshire Show 2022

Wandering around the showground there was a drystone wall building display. Walls of this type are commonplace around the edges of fields in Yorkshire and are held together without the need for mortar.  The structures are stable because of the traditional method used of carefully selecting stones that fit together.  It’s a dying art but one which will hopefully continue.

The Garden Show at the Great Yorkshire Show 2022
The open air Garden Show

After the plants, flowers and vegetables were successfully displayed outdoors last year for the first time, this was repeated for 2022.  With wall-to-wall sunshine even on the final day there appeared to be little evidence of wilting in the exceptionally warm weather as the plants had been regularly watered.

Show Jumping competition at the Great Yorkshire Show 2022
One of the show jumping competitions in the main ring

Show jumping takes place in both the main and Top Spec White Rose rings with top class competitions culminating in the Cock O’ the North championship on the third day which was exciting to watch.  Riders need to navigate their way around the course over some high fences and across a water jump.  Some tight turns are needed in the jump off as it is against the clock.

Pony Club parade, Great Yorkshire Show 2022
The Pony Club parade before the start of their games

On the final afternoon we watched the Pony Club Games in the main ring.  It’s fast and furious with teams battling it out in both the Junior and Senior classes with children aged between 8 and 16.  Teams of up to six riders take part in a series of races that involved a mix of turns, handovers, vaulting, galloping around obstacles, running over stepping stones and dropping objects into buckets.  It was such a fun way to end the show and I couldn’t believe how agile even the youngest competitors were at clambering onto their ponies at top speed.

Heavy Horses at the Great Yorkshire Show 2022
Heavy Horses in the main ring

Other highlights in the main ring included the Grand Cattle Parade, the heavy horses and of course the brass band.  There’s so much on offer that it’s almost impossible to see it all in one day so it’s a good idea to study the programme and plan your time carefully.

Cheese judging at the Great Yorkshire Show 2022
Cheese judging taking place

Food plays a huge part in the show every year with one of the country’s largest cheese competitions taking place and judging of yoghurts, honey and cakes to name just a few.  Of course, a show like this wouldn’t be the same without lots of places to buy food and drink, shop for country inspired clothes and gifts and best of all partake of lots of free samples as you stroll around.

Cheese judging trophies at the Great Yorkshire Show 2022
Cheese judging trophies on display

I hope you have enjoyed my tour of The Great Yorkshire Show 2022.  It was a real celebration of the countryside, food and agriculture offering something for the entire family.  If I may have inspired you to experience it for yourself then it will be taking place in Harrogate, North Yorkshire between 11th – 14th July next year.  I’ve only just returned home but I’m already looking forward to it with the dates firmly in my diary!

Father and son proud champions, Great Yorkshire Show 2022
Father and son proud champions in the cattle class

Details: Great Yorkshire Show, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 8NZ.

I was a guest of the Great Yorkshire Show and as always all views and opinions are entirely my own.

 

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46 thoughts on “The Great Yorkshire Show 2022

  1. Good to see the agricultural shows up and running again. You remind me that once in County Laois, many moons ago, a kind farmer gave me and our two boys a ride in his combine harvester across a vast field of golden wheat. Ne’er to be forgotten.

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  2. I’m having some difficulties with my WordPress comments on some blogs, so apologies if this comment has appeared already, Marion!
    The GYS looks to be a fabulous and interesting event. I would head straight for the sheepdog trials, of course!

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  3. Glad to hear you managed to get tickets for the Great Yorkshire Show. It looks like a fun way to celebrate farming and appreciate where some of our food comes from. The Garden Show would attract my attention. The Pony Club Games sound like a lot of fun to watch, especially with all the excitement from the crowds.

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  4. Oh, the animals are so cute! Never heard of The Great Yorkshire Show, but what an event it looks to be! You’re lucky you got tickets to check it out this year. Looks to be a fun time enjoying it all outdoors!

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  5. Judging by the pictures Yorkshire has moved on considerably from the “All Creatures Great and Small” era. Having grown up in a rural area where the annual show was something to look forward to I think I’d have enjoyed attending that one.

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  6. What an awesome show with sooooo much to see and enjoy! Love that it’s spread out over such a large area and people can wander and enjoy different shows and displays. I can see why you would be looking forward to returning! 😀

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    1. I think it’s super exciting for everyone whatever their age with so much on offer from animals, to country crafts, showjumping not to mention food and drink. We were really lucky as the weather was good but not excessively hot that week. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment Leighton.

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  7. The Great Yorkshire Show looks like so much fun. We have fairs here in Texas, but even our state fair is very different and more commercialized than this one. I (Kellye) loved seeing the foods, animals, and especially the people. It looks like most were dressed very nicely. The GYS is something we would like to attend someday. Thank you for sharing.

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  8. What a great way to show city dwellers where their food comes from and the value of agriculture. Looks like a great time Marion. Our Fall Farmfest here is just a wee bit smaller. Thanks for sharing. Allan

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  9. Ahh, I just love the flower sign! It’s great to see all the animal entries – and it’s always fun to watch the sheep dogs doing their thing (they are so well-trained). So much to see and it definitely seems like a fun outing (we have similar shows in the Cape Town region which we have attended before). And I’m happy to you had sunny weather during this show – that’s always a bonus!

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