Throughout the 2018 events season, we’ll be bringing you regional coverage of the UK’s best-loved agricultural and countryside shows.
These events showcase the best of British farming and food, while also serving as a great social occasion and an opportunity for consumers and the public at large to learn more about the agriculture industry.
Early harvesting and the World Cup football failed to keep the crowds away from the 160th Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate (10-12 July), which welcomed huge visitor numbers including Princess Anne and Defra minister George Eustice.
West Yorkshire farmers Liz Bailey and Chris Moorhouse from Emley, West Yorkshire, chose to tie the knot at the showground pavilions and were treated to glorious sunshine on the show’s opening day.
1. Wedding bells
2. Champion cow
Adam Lindsay celebrated a dairy interbreed championship win for the Batty and Lindsay partnership, sealed by Willowfields Winnie 2, an outstanding cow that impressed in the intermediate Ayrshire class.
3. Royal approval
Princess Anne inspected the cattle lines on the Tuesday (10 July) of the show as national Beef Shorthorn, Charolais and Simmental championships took place.
4. Boxing clever
Local students from Richard Taylor Church of England Primary School from Bilton, Harrogate, were crowned winners of this year’s vegetable box grand final.
5, Horsing around
Among the grandstand attractions were world-renowned horseman Lorenzo, singer Lizzie Jones, the Royal Armoured Corps band and Rothwell Temperance Band, serving up a traditional Yorkshire brass sound.
6. Fashion forward
A fashion catwalk showcased tweed suits using famous models such as former Leeds Rhinos centre Keith Senior, Yorkshire and England cricketer Ryan Sidebottom, Countryfile‘s Anita Rani and Julian Norton – The Yorkshire Vet.