Purple Faye Adventure: Great Yorkshire Show 2017

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.

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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.

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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.

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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,

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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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