Last Thursday, 13th July 2017, I went to the last day of this year’s Great Yorkshire Show with my sister and my mum. Last year I went on my own, which you can read about here, and the year before that my sister came with me, read about that here. This year was the first time that I’ve been with my mum. I’m glad she could come this year, it’s grown a bit since she last came when she was still at school. It’s even changed since my sister last came 2 years ago as the new building with the food hall and other stalls has been built since then. And the flowers have their own building now too.
“The Great Yorkshire Show is England’s largest agricultural show. It’s held in Harrogate at the specially dedicated Great Yorkshire Showground. The first show was in 1837 and it’s been on every year since then on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the beginning of July (usually the second week).
In 2012 it unfortunately had to be cancelled after one day due to weather conditions that made the car parks too muddy and unsafe to use.”
I’ve been going for quite a few years now, usually on the Thursday due to work plus I like going on the last day so you can get the food and flower bargains at the end of the day. There’s also quite a lot of free food samples to try, especially cheese, which are always welcome.
I usually enter via the green entrance as that’s the easiest one to get to in relation to which field I get parked in. It’s the one closest to the horses so we could look at them as we made our way to the cows for my sister. I’d bought our tickets from Morrisons a couple of weeks before so we didn’t have to queue to get in, not that there was much of one anyway, and it meant they were a bit cheaper too.
My sister loves cows, especially short horns, so as we made our way to the Gundog show we went to see the cows.
The traffic hadn’t been as bad as we thought it might have been so we got there with plenty of time before the Gundog show at 10:30am. So once we’d looked at all the cows, and baby cows, we went in some of the arts and crafts tents and then went to see the sheep.
It was then time for the Gundog show, where we could compare the trained Cocker Spaniels to our Sprockers, Jeffrey and Winter, and Springers, Spring and Summer.
Next was the Chris Slater artist demonstration so I left my mum and sister, they went to the food hall, and went over to where the demo would be taking place.
Chris Slater is a plein air, which means he works outside directly from the subject in the open air, landscape painter and for his demo he painted the scene outside the gallery building and demo tent in oil paint. I took some pics of the progress he made so you can see how it developed over the hour.
It was a difficult scene so it was interesting to see how he tackled it. Once he’d finished I had a look round in the gallery and spoke to Lucy Fiona Morrison about her demonstration which was coming up next. I was really pleased that I was getting to see her demo this year as in previous years she’d done hers on the Tuesday or Wednesday so I’d not been able to see them. It was nice to have a catch up to see how she was doing too, her studio is in Wakefield Westgate so I sometimes see her and her work on the Wakefield Artwalk.
There was still half an hour or so until her demo so I went over to look at the chickens and forge then came back.
Lucy Fiona Morrison is also a landscape painter who works in oils but she prefers to work from photographs and reference sketches. She showed how she starts to apply the final layer of oil paint to one of her large landscape paintings of Holmfirth.
It wasn’t finished by the time her demo ended but I really liked seeing how she worked, it also reminded me of why I don’t have the patience for oil paints. They take far too long to dry for my way of working.
Once she’d finished I messaged my mum and sister to find out where they were so I could meet up with them again and we could all go to see the end of the Grand Cattle Display and the Atkinson Action Horses in the main show ring. They were really good, hopefully they’ll be back again next year and will get more time to show what they can do. The 30 mins they were scheduled to have didn’t seem that long, especially as they were late getting started.
It was getting towards closing by this time so we had another look round the stalls, popped into the Asda and Tesco stands to try out the samples they had on offer, cheeses, bread, strawberries and cream, icecream and porkpie. I saw a bike/trike that I liked the look of for obvious reasons.
Then we had one final visit to the food hall for the last of the bargains and free samples, mum got some flowers from there and then we made our way back to the car and home. Tired and a bit sun burnt, but we all said that we’d enjoyed our day out and I’m looking forward to going again next year.
Have you ever been to the Great Yorkshire Show? What do you think to it? Do you have a favourite bit? I’d love to hear about it, please leave me a comment about it below.
Till next time,
Purple Faye x