Roadmap boost for Great Yorkshire Show

Plans are underway for the Great Yorkshire Show to be held this year, following the announcement of the Government’s roadmap out of coronavirus restrictions.

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS), which organises England’s premier showcase of farming, food and the countryside, can confirm that it is planning for the Great Yorkshire Show to be held on Tuesday 13 to Thursday 15 July.

The celebration at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate remains subject to restrictions being lifted as set out by the Government last week.

The announcement has raised hopes that large events may be able to resume from 21 June.

But any resumption of large events returning remains subject to the country’s ongoing progress in tackling the virus and the success of a series of pilot events planned by the Government this spring.

Charles Mills, honorary show director, said: “Following the publication of the Government’s roadmap we are pleased to confirm that we are planning to hold the Great Yorkshire Show on 13-15 July 2021.

“This will of course have to be reviewed regularly and is based on the assumption that the whole country successfully moves from the current lockdown to step four in the Government’s roadmap on 21 June.

“We will only go ahead with the show if we can do so safely for all concerned.”

YAS says it is exploring what the show programme can safely include and further details about the 162nd Great Yorkshire Show, including ticket sales, will be announced on the event’s website, on social media and via the media in due course.

Last year’s show was cancelled in full for the first time since the Foot and Mouth outbreak in 2001. Coronavirus restrictions meant the 2020 show could not go ahead.

Instead, the show went virtual during three days last July and offered behind the scenes tours of farms, workshops and with food producers, attracting viewers from more than 40 different countries.