We’ve enjoyed a scorching number of events in our glorious county over the course of the Summer and here follows a round up of some of our favourite events and places we have visited.
In July we attended the 159th annual Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate.
The weather was kind to us after raining heavily on Day 1, but the sun shone on us for most of Day 2, which in turn, brought the crowds out in their usual spectacular forces to this quintissential Great Yorkshire event!
Like we had done for the Spring Flower Show, we again took our friend who was a GYS first timer and as expected, he had a cracking day and was bowled over by just how much there was to see at the show!
Here is a map showing the sheer scale of it all!
As we arrived early into the afternoon, we knew we had a lot of ground to cover!
This time we entered the show through a different entrance and almost instantly, stumbled upon a stall I buy exercise shorts from each year, so of course, took the opportunity to stock up on some new material!
As we weaved our way up one of the main avenues in search of food, avoiding many a pushchair along the way, we caught a swift glimpse of a sheep shearing competition underway just to our right, as we had entered near all the animals; cattle, pigs, goats and sheep.
We soon found food in the way of a small food tent with various stalls and wares, smelling delicious and looking oh-so inviting! This tent was very busy and in true British style, there was an orderly queue working their way into the tent and around it in a loop.
With the sun blazing down outside and the fire from the grills sizzling away inside, it was rather hot to say the least!
We made our choices and queued for our goodies, before retreating outside to cooler air to enjoy our lunchtime snacks.
We clocked one of our favourite homemade Cider stalls in here and promised to return later to buy a bottle on the way out, which we certainly did!
On we went, heading down to the Country Pursuits Arena and up to see the Birds of Prey, working Dogs and Ferrets, whilst of course making a pit stop at the Black Sheep Baaaar!
We admired Cattle of all varieties, from this beautifully painted Ceramic one, to the infamous Grand Cattle Parade in the Main Ring, as well as wandering around the Cattle stables at leisure, admiring all of the prize winners and different breeds. There were some real big beauties!
Further we explored, discovering a horse shoeing competition and a stunt act in the Main Ring, before darting off to see the epic, Tree Pole Climbing Competition, which this year saw some ladies taking part!
One of them was a little pocket rocket, usually working as a stable hand, she absolutely smashed the men’s times out of the park! #GirlPower #ThisGirlCan
Finally, we made it into the Events Centre where there were an abundance of stalls, laid out like an Aladdin’s Cave of the Home and Garden world!
Here were some of our faves, including the Cheese Champion!
The day was swiftly drawing to a close and we had time for a final sweep of areas we hadn’t yet seen, including a display from Bolton Abbey, Army boys and vehicles, the many stables of horses and the pigs, sheep and finally, a personal favourite, the goats!
It’s a fun filled day out for all the family with truly something for everyone, including a Discovery Zone for the children, Cookery demonstrations, Fashion Shows and more, at this one of a kind Farming and Agricultural Show.
We look forward with great anticipation for the 160th GYS next year!
See you there!
Check out our full album of photos from this year’s show, over on our Facebook page: