Countdown begins to the 164th Great Yorkshire Show

It is the highlight of Yorkshire’s agricultural calendar and show season and preparations are well underway for the 164th Great Yorkshire Show.

With all aspects of farming and rural life covered from cattle, sheep, pigs, local food and drink production and country skills such as sheep dog handling and equestrian competition – the countdown is on.

The best of British livestock will be competing when Beef Shorthorn, Charolais and Longhorn Cattle Societies all host their national competitions at the show from Tuesday July 11 to Friday July 14, 2023.

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There will also be new sheep breed classes with Badger Face Texel and Castlemilk Moorit.

The Princess Royal pictured on the cattle lines at the Great Yorkshire Show last year. Picture by Simon Hulme.The Princess Royal pictured on the cattle lines at the Great Yorkshire Show last year. Picture by Simon Hulme.
The Princess Royal pictured on the cattle lines at the Great Yorkshire Show last year. Picture by Simon Hulme.

Elsewhere on the showground, sheepdog trials will take place once again – this time near to Gold Gate while the Military Village will relocate near to the White Gate.

The cheese show will once again include the charity auction, this year raising funds for Herriot Hospice. Last year’s raised more than £5,500 for The Samaritans.

TV presenter Christine Talbot will be back with daily chat shows in the GYS Stage, followed by book signings afterwards. Adam Henson will be appearing on Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12, while Matt Baker MBE will be a special guest on Thursday 13 and TV vet Peter Wright will be on stage on Friday 14.

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Main Ring performer for this year’s show will be Lorenzo, the incredible horseman who is a huge hit with visitors to the show and last appeared in 2018, performing to a packed Showground. Sporting Soprano Lizzie Jones will be singing twice a day in the Main Ring again.

Charles Mills, Show Director, said: “Already this year’s show is shaping up to be really exciting, with some of the best livestock in the country competing as well as some great entertainment from some well-known names in the farming industry.

"Look out for more announcements in the coming months about what’s new at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show.”

Tickets are on sale now and will be in advance only, as visitor numbers are capped at 35,000 a day. Farmer tickets are available for the 2023 show and available from farming outlets.

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The 2022 Great Yorkshire Show sold out a week before the event in July and will again be run over four days thanks to positive feedback from visitors and exhibitors.

Last year’s show also became a platform to discuss serious issues affecting farming businesses due to climate and political issues such as Brexit and the cost of living and working being impacted by the war in Ukraine.

A consultation was launched at the 2022 event on the pig farming sector after several farmers were forced out of business and the then Minister for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Victoria Prentis met with the National Farmers Union, the Country Land Association, the Future Farmers of Yorkshire Association and tenant farmers.

Princess Anne visited last year in her capacity as p atron of the Beef Shorthorn Cattle Society and of the Shorthorn Society as it marked its 200th anniversary.