Preview video: Five things to see at the Great Yorkshire Show - and how to get there

We’ve pulled together our picks from the 2015 Great Yorkshire Show itinerary.

The Great Yorkshire Showground. Picture by Simon Hulme

1. The Fashion Show

Followers of fashion should look no further than the Skipton Building Society Fashion Pavilion for an exciting glimpse into future catwalk trends at this years Yorkshire Show.

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Fashion students from colleges around the region will join upcoming and already successful designers as well as high street shops in presenting their designs to visitors.

The Great Yorkshire Showground. Picture by Simon Hulme

The shows are running every day from 11am until 4pm in the lifestyle arena.

2. The animal displays

During the three days of the show, the main ring will host a number of animal displays, with beasts of all shapes and sizes, showing off to both judges and visitors.

The display of hounds will welcome all dog-lovers to the centre stage every day of the show. Each day there will be two opportunities to watch the dogs, between 11.30-12pm and 2.30-3pm

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Those with a stronger passion for the traditional country element can enjoy the cattle parades which take place between 2-3pm on Wednesday and Thursday.

3. The gardening show

If you have a horticultural hobby you can’t miss the events in the agricultural arena this year. Over the three day show, you can get ‘green finger’-tips on how to improve your own garden from seasoned experts in the field.

You can go to appreciate the talent from across the region at the garden show awards or attend seminars on how to grow fruit and other produce.

BBC Radio York will also be doing live coverage of the gardening section of the show and getting visitors involved with the events.

4. Cooking demonstration and cheese show

The ever popular cheese show will host its first ever programme of cookery demonstrations this year with a line up of Michelin-starred chefs taking to the stage.

Alongside live cooking displays, there will also be the annual competition where entrants have the chance to with the title of Supreme Champion Dairy Product competition and opportunities to test your taste buds in the popular Consumer Choice classes.

On the final day of the Yorkshire show cheese-loving crowds will get the chance to take the cheese home when the Big Auction puts the show’s award-winning cheeses under the hammer.

5. Show jumping

The equestrian entertainment begins as early as 7.30am every day in the main ring of the show, with a number of different classes showing their skills.

Spectators can enjoy performances by the Band of the Kings Division before watching the William Hanson Stakes show jumping (Tuesday) the Port Royal Equestrian and Show Centre Badsworth Stakes (Wednesday) or the prestigious Ripon Select Food Cock o’ The North show (Thursday) which attracts world class jumpers such as the Whitaker and the Smiths.


Motorists and commuters are urged to plan ahead with 130,000 people in Harrogate this week for the show.


Extra traffic officers and free recovery has been put in place around junctions 46 to 49 of the A1(M) by Highways England to help cope with the influx of vehicles.

Transdev Harrogate is running services to the show from Harrogate and Knaresborough town centres.

The 36 will run every 15 minutes from Leeds or Ripon to Harrogate Bus Station where a connecting shuttle will take passengers direct to the Showground.

The free shuttles will depart every 20 minutes with the first leaving at 7.20am running until 8pm. On Thursday they will start at 7.20am until 7pm.

From Knaresborough, the 1 services run to Harrogate every seven minutes. Nidderdale visitors can catch the 24 to Harrogate from Pateley Bridge, these run every hour.

Transdev Harrogate also runs the 770 and 771 from Wetherby, Boston Spa, Seacroft and Leeds every 30 minutes which drop off outside the Showground on Wetherby Road.

Secure bike parking is available at Blue Gate and White Gate. A traffic management steward will assist you in finding these entrances.


Northern Rail will be running extra services to Harrogate during the show week. Plan your journey here


Alternatively, fly to the Great Yorkshire Show by helicopter. Flights, operated by Heli-Jet Aviation, take approximately ten minutes from Leeds Heliport and Bramham Park.