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.







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,

Take care.

Purple Faye x


Purple Faye at BCTF 2015

This time last year I was exhibiting at the British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) at The Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate.

It was an amazing experience and I’m very thankful that I was lucky enough to get funding help from Wakefield Council so that I could do it.

I’d never done any trade fairs before (trying to sell my work to retail/galleries etc for them to sell on to their customers rather than trying to directly to the public) and I found it intimidating to think about.

There was a lot of preparation involved beforehand, not only getting my 3D Acrylic Paintings ready but also thinking about how to display them in the space I was going to have. You can’t nail/screw etc anything into walls of the stands at BCTF so the obvious way of showing my paintings wasn’t going to be possible. This meant that I had to get a bit more creative. I wanted to keep it simple so as not to distract from the paintings but at the same time I wanted to make best use of the larger space I’d been given by the council. I also had to take into account the fact that I’d need to be able to transport it all in my little purple car too.

After some research and experimentation I came up with what you can see in the photos below, I’ve also included some shots of the process of painting the display things ready for BCTF and the presspacks that I made up with my leaflets, business card and press release too.

I managed to get set up on my own on the Saturday then it was just a case of leaving it set up ready for the Sunday, Monday, Tuesday then taking it all down and away after the final day on Tuesday. I was glad that I’d practised as it only took me a couple of hours, it wouldn’t have taken a lot longer otherwise, especially trying to get everything to fit in my little car.

I found the other exhibitors to be very helpful and welcoming, with amazing work and displays. I enjoyed going in in the morning before it opened to the trade buyers and having a look round at all the other displays There were some that have been doing it for years and others that were doing it for the first time too. The organisers had done a good job of getting a nice mix of things plus I found them to be very helpful answering my questions whenever I needed them to. I also enjoyed the events that they put on in the mornings and evenings, workshops for dealing with buyers/ selling to trade and awards for the best display etc.

Even though I’ve not as yet had any orders or sales as a result of doing BCTF last year, I did get some lovely comments from the buyers going round and it helped to highlight what things I needed to work on further.

Overall I found it to be a wonderful experience, one that I would like to try again if I can get the funding.

Even though it is a trade fair you are able to look round even if you’re not a trade buyer so if you want to pop along you can. Unfortunatley I wasn’t able to get funding to exhibit there this year but there are so many amazing and wonderful things to see that if you’ve not had chance to go yet then it’s open tomorrow 10am-5pm for the last day. (Great Yorkshire Showground HG2 8QZ)

For more information visit the website bctf.co.uk

It’s always great to get feedback and hear from you so please leave a comment below or email info@purplefaye.co.uk


Till next time

Take care

Purple Faye x


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.


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.


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