Tickets released for 12th Countryside Live

Show director Bill Cowling said Countryside Live has gone from strength to strength.
Show director Bill Cowling said Countryside Live has gone from strength to strength.
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Tickets have gone on sale for Countryside Live, a weekend-long event celebrating rural life that is billed as the little sister of the Great Yorkshire Show.

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society hosts the two-day event on 18-19 October at their Harrogate showground for the 12th year running and they will be hoping to build on last year’s success when 12,689 people paid a visit.

Bill Cowling, the show’s director, said: “Countryside Live has gone from strength to strength and has carved its own niche in the rural calendar, whilst benefiting from the reputation of the Great Yorkshire Show. Highlighting the vital role our farmers play in providing our food and caring for the countryside lie at the heart of the event, and it is a super day out, particularly for families with young children.”

Most of the activities take place indoors and include competitive classes for cattle, sheep and horses, as well as for poultry, pigeons and honey.

Entries are already being accepted, including for the ‘Search for a Talented Showjumper’ contest. Hosted by Olympic stars Graham and Tina Fletcher, riders are put through their paces over the weekend, with the prize of a trip to the Fletchers’ yard offered to the winner.

Other highlights are pony rides, archery, mountain biking, a fruit, vegetable and flower show and Ben Potter’s birds of prey demonstrations. There will also be a range of interactive activities such as bread and sausage making, willow weaving and felt making.

Tickets can be bought in advance and cost £9 for adults and £5 for children. A family ticket for two adults and three children costs £24. The deadline for entries for cattle, sheep and equine is Friday, September 5 and the cut-off point for pigeons, poultry and honey is Friday, September 12.