In just a few days the Great Yorkshire Showground will open its gates and kick of the 161st Great Yorkshire Show.
Once again, we will have the biggest stand on site, Stand 698, and we will once again be supported by a select few of our key partners to make this show the biggest and best yet!
Here are just 11 of the many reasons why you should join us next week.
1) Oh we do like to be beside the seaside
Every year we bring a slice of the coast to Harrogate and the beach at stand 698 is the perfect place to relax at the showground; not forgetting to build some sandcastles and see some great rock sculptures.
2) Come and meet our furry friends
This year, in keeping with the true spirit of the Great Yorkshire Show, we will be welcoming a whole host of cuddly critters to stand 698.
To give you that authentic beach feel you will get to meet our donkeys; little ones will love to get up close and personal with these guys!
If that isn't enough cuteness then head over and see Thornton Hall Country Park, who will be bringing their very own menagerie to meet you.
3) Grab a drink at our pub
The Great Yorkshire Show is a huge event with over 100,000 people expected to head to Harrogate over the three days. It’s going to be hot and involve a lot of walking around to catch all of the amazing goings on.
What better way to cool down than to grab a drink at the hottest bar in town where there will be samples of some fine ales?
4) See the crowning of Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub 2019
While you’re at the bar, don’t forget that one of the most hotly anticipated prizes of the year will be given out as Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub is crowned live on our stand!
There's has been thousands of votes cast throughout both rounds of voting and finally the winner will be revealed.
Who will take home the crown?
5) Yorkshire spirits
If Yorkshire’s fantastic selection of ales isn’t your thing, fear not. We will be joined by Carthy & Black and The Yorkshire Explorer on-site who will give you the chance to sample some more fantastic beverages. It’s key to keep hydrated, right?
6) Wheel into our cycle zone
With over a million of spectators roadside, and millions more watching this year’s edition of the Tour de Yorkshire at home, it’s clear that God’s Own County is quickly becoming the home of cycling.
With this in mind, our stand will have a special cycle zone that will include the TDY trophies on display and live coverage of this year’s Tour de France.
The Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries will also be in attendance and you can teste your nerve on their famous buzz-wire.
7) Going for gold!
Every year we take a little slice of Yorkshire down to London for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and this year we came back with more awards! The stunning ‘Welcome to Yorkshire' garden picked up a Gold Medal and the prestigious, public-voted, BBC People’s Choice Award.
Our garden designer Mark Gregory will be on stand to talk you through how the garden came together.
8) Books galore
The stand will welcome both Amanda Owen, the Yorkshire Shepherdess and Peter Wright and Julian Norton, the Yorkshire vets, who will all be talking about their respective lives' work and reading from their new books.
9) Take a seat
The famous Emmerdale sofa will be on our stand and you can take a seat where the Dingles have sat for many a year on screens nationwide.
10) Learning to cook
Head Chef Tutor at The Grand Cookery School, Andrew Dixon will be hosting demos throughout the day using fresh, local ingredients with the team on hand to answer any questions, with samples, giveaways and exclusive offers on all classes.
11) Meet Team Y
The Great Yorkshire Show is a brilliant day out for visitors but it is also a brilliant day for Team Welcome to Yorkshire as we get to meet lots of lovely Yorkshire folk. We’ll be clearly identifiable through our unique outfits and you’ll struggle to miss our massive, pink stand – so make sure you come along and say hi!
For a full list of the exhibitors joining us on Stand 698, click here!