Visit to The Great Yorkshire Show 2016

On Thursday the 14th July 2016 I went to visit The Great Yorkshire Show, it’s something I’ve been doing for the past few year now. (Read the blog post from my visit last year here)

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).

This year I went specifically to visit the Art demonstrations, gallery and arts/crafts stalls. I was still planning on seeing some animals and things too but my main focus was the arty stuff.

In previous years I just tended to wander round looking at the animals and watching any random demonstrations that were on if I happened to be there at the right time. But last year Lucy Fiona Morrison (lucyfionamorrison.co.uk) (who I know through The Art House in Wakefield) did an art demonstration on the Wednesday. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to go on the Wednesday but when I went on the Thursday I had a quick look to see what other art demos were on and was suprised to fnd out how much arty stuff was at the agricultural show.

This year Lucy did her demo on Wednesday again, so I missed it again sadly. However I did get to see  Mandy Long (mandylong.com) show how she makes her wonderful ceramic sculptures, I then popped over to see the chickens. At one point I looked into get my own chickens but was told by the council that I wasn’t allowed to have them, so I got my 3 kitties instead.

The next art demo of the day was by Julie Cross  who showed how she makes her animal oil paintings and the last one was Richard Keeton showing his sea birds sketching techniques. Some of their work was in the gallery along with the wire sculptures of Chris Moss and stained glass of Caryl Hallett and much more.

Also around the showground are tents dedicated to stalls for arts and crafts, and this year the new hall was finished which had even more room for arts, crafts and food stalls, so I had plenty to keep me busy. Plus as it was the last day a lot of the food stalls and things which had been entered for competitions (cheese, flowers etc) were being sold off at the end of the day so I treated my mum to some flowers again.

 

I really enjoyed my day out at The Great Yorkshire Show, the time seemed to fly by and I felt very inspired by all the artists and artwork I saw.

I’m looking forward to going again next year.

 

Take care,

Till next time

Purple Faye x

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Great Yorkshire Show 2015

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 horrible conditions that made the car parks too muddy and unsafe to use.

This year I went on the last day (Thursday 16th) with my little sister. It was her first year of going whereas I’ve been for the past few years (apart 2012 when I didn’t manage to go before it got cancelled) so I enjoyed getting to show her round a bit.

I was even more excited about going this year than usual as the showground is where I had a stall at the British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) in April this year. So I had the memories of doing that along with past years of attending the Great Yorkshire Show itself.

There’s so much to do at the event that it’s difficult to get to see it all. I was wanting to see the art show and demonstrations as research and my sister wanted to see the cows because she loves cows.

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Especially short horns, she picked this one to take home with us……but we ended up tasting and buying so much cheese and other delicious things from the food hall that we didn’t manage to get the baby moocoo afterall.

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Plus once we got a big display of prize winning lilies for my mum there definitely wasn’t any room left in my purplemobile for a cow. Even a little one. That was one of the good things about going on the last day of the show, being able to buy the flowers and cheese etc that had been entered into the competitions. There was even an auction at 3pm for the mountains of cheeses that were there.

The weather was glorious with the sun shining and we both said that we’d had a really enjoyable day. Looking forward to next year already 🙂

Advanced booking tickets are already available for the event which will be on the 12th-14th July 2016. Fingers crossed that we all get to go.

Have you ever been to the Great Yorkshire Show?  Did you get to go this year? Are you planning to go next year? I’d love to hear your experiences and plans about it so drop me an email to info@purplefaye.co.uk or leave a comment for me to read 🙂

Till next time,
Take care

Purple Faye x