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The gates will be opening on Wednesday, 17th July for the spectacle that is the Driffield Show. This year the Driffield Show will celebrate its 144th year, with its winning formula of celebrating the traditional and embracing the future the Driffield Show has earned its place as a ‘ must do’ event on the calendars of both the farming community and families looking for a good value day out. Not complacent, each year the Show organisers strive to ensure that the Show improves upon its successes and are proud to be one of the largest one day Agricultural Shows in the country.
Once inside the Show no one will be disappointed with the vast range of activities, displays, educational content and demonstrations designed to suit all ages regardless of your interests. This year the Show will once again combine its winning formula of celebrating the areas agricultural heritage whilst also taking the time to embrace new developments.
The Show continues to be popular with Livestock exhibitors and attracts some of the areas finest animals. As well as a highly regarded cattle section the Livestock Area will also boast excellent examples of sheep and pigs. There will be a return of the crowds favourite Heavy Horse classes which following the popular introduction of demonstrations last year will once again be allowing the public an additional opportunity to view these gentle giants by providing demonstrations showing them being decorated and groomed in preparation for the show ring throughout the day. The equine community will also be well represented throughout the Show with a packed main ring timetable ranging from the Local Ridden Ponies to the Show Jumping Classes. Another crowd favourite the Dog Show will take place in its location near to the countryside pursuits area– maybe your dog has the waggiest tail or the kindest eyes - why not enter it to find out?
The Driffield Agricultural Society is immensely proud of its rural and agricultural heritage and is proud of its now well established rural craft demonstration area. Within the area craftsmen and women will be demonstrating such traditional skills as wood turning, coracle making, rope making, traditional basket making, broom and rake making together with demonstrations of forest skills with a local bodger! The crowd pleasing ‘Wheat to Bread’ demonstration will once again taking place throughout the day, giving budding bakers the opportunity to get hands on with bread making. As well as celebrating its history the Society is also keen to showcase new initiatives and the Show will be showcasing the cutting edge innovations in agriculture.
The Driffield Show continues to have ‘something for everyone’ there will be plenty of opportunity for retail therapy, with over 450 tradestands to choose from, ranging from lifestyle and fashion, to rural crafts and local produce. New for 2019 is the enormous new Food Hall marquee creating a one stop show for all food products, creating a fantastic platform for local food and food from further afield to showcase their products. The Food Hall will also be the home of the popular Food Theatre with its crammed timetable featuring local chefs and local producers. The new look Horticulture marquee will also be providing visitors with a colourful contribution courtesy of our green fingered exhibitors and once again will also be the home of the Horticulture Theatre where visitors will be able to take and seat and watch the horticulture demonstrations that will be taking place throughout the day.
As well as the wealth of equine expertise that we come to associate with the Driffield Show the main ring will also feature entertainment from Joseph’s Amazing Racing Camels, the first time camels have been present at the Driffield Show! As well as Main Ring events the Activity Arena will also boast a packed timetable, this year there will be appearances from The Yorkshire Hoopers dog display team, Yorkshire Bouncers Flyball Team, the Bridlington team of the RNLI, the ever popular ‘dancing dogs’ the Tailwaggers plus flying demonstrations from the Owl Adventures display team, plus more still to be confirmed.
Advance ticket:- Adults - £14.00, Children Under 16 - £3.00. Children Under 12 – free. Family ticket (2 adults/2 children) - £31.00. Reserve Grandstand - £10.00
On the gate:- Adults - £17.00, , Children Under 16 - £4.00. Children Under 12 - free
Family ticket (2 adults/2children) - £38
General Show information –
Chief Executive - Mr David Tite – 01377 257494
Society Manager - Mrs Cheryl Lynch - 01377 257494,
Livestock Classes - Mrs Jenny Jenkinson – -7801414071
Equine Classes - Mrs Charlotte Richardson – 01964 542289
Horticultural Classes - Mrs G Butler – 01964 542959
Handicraft Classes - Mrs Ann Bradshaw - 01377
Fur Classes - Mrs C Moore – 01377 257351
Pigeon Classes - Mr P Littlewood – 01653 690828
Poultry Classes - Ms S Ellerby – 01377 288030