An early look ahead to The Great Yorkshire Show 2012

PUBLISHED: 20:29 28 May 2012 | UPDATED: 21:25 20 February 2013

An early look ahead to The Great Yorkshire Show 2012

An early look ahead to The Great Yorkshire Show 2012

England's premier agricultural show is getting set to open its gates for what will be a unique three days celebrating all that's best about the countryside and British farming.

Think July, think the Great Yorkshire Show. The 154th show, from July 10th-12th, will be a heady mix of everything from judging rings full of Britains finest cattle to edge-of-the-seat showjumping, and from delicious Yorkshire fare to miles and miles of shopping opportunities.

The venue is the picturesque Crimple Valley on the edge of Harrogate. The countryside extravaganza has a definite air of tradition and heritage with the Queens Diamond Jubilee on-going celebrations and the Olympic Games soon to begin.

Nigel Pulling, chief executive of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, the show organisers, said: We are very conscious that its a special year for Britain, and as Englands premier show, its totally appropriate that we acknowledge that. The Great Yorkshire is steeped in tradition from our bowler-hatted stewards through to the Lloyd loom chairs in our presidents box. But its the unique mix of tradition and innovation that continues to attract the 130,000-plus visitors who come through the gates each year.

And of course Yorkshire Life will be there in force. Come and say hello to us in the Members Area and on the main thoroughfare. Coverage of the show will be on our website yorkshire.greatbritishlife.co.uk and in a full-colour round up in our September magazine.

There are some very special guests at the show this year. The Yorkshire Regiment (1st Battalion) will exercise its Freedom of Harrogate as part of the Main Ring programme. The regiment returns in June from active service in Afghanistan, and we are delighted and extremely proud to honour our local regiment, said Mr Pulling. This is the first time that the regiment has exercised its Freedom of Harrogate at a public event so it will be a unique occasion.

The soldiers will march wearing combat dress, with colours flying and bayonets fixed. There will also be a silence to mark the regiments recent losses so Im sure it will be very poignant, added Mr Pulling. Not only will this be a highlight for our show visitors, but the soldiers on parade will be streamed live via our website to a world-wide audience including members of the regiment still serving overseas.

Another special event will be the unveiling of a new stained glass panel, given by a former show president, Michael Bannister, to the YAS. The window has been made by York artist Julia Spall, whose work can also be seen in many of the countrys cathedrals, including York Minster.

More than 7,000 animals including cattle, sheep, pigs and horses, remain the focus of the show. New for this year is a very different display of horsemanship, courtesy of the Kiev-based Ukrainian Cossacks. They can be seen each day in the Main Ring. And The Red Devils will be turning heads skywards with their amazing displays.

The Skipton Building Society Fashion Pavilion has carved a name for itself as a showcase for some of Yorkshires leading fashion designers as well as up-and-coming fashion students from the regions colleges. And, Ginetta, the road and race car manufacturers, is going down a new track with the creation of its first ever clothing collection.

Its new lifestyle range will be launched at the Great Yorkshire Show by the West Yorkshire-based company. For the second year running, prestigious high street retailer Hobbs will be unveiling clothes from its new range while members of Boston Spa Womens Institute will be proving theres more to the WI than jam and Jerusalem when they also take to the runway.

Food and cookery has always been a mainstay of the show and celebrity chef Rosemary Shrager will be charming the crowds during regular cooking

This year, we will be following the family at Yellison Farm in Carleton near Skipton as they enter the Dairy category at this years Great Yorkshire Show.

Stephen and his family will be entering the cheese section, and in this mini series, we follow the production from start to finish.

This episode, we get to meet the people behind Yellison Farm.

To buy tickets to the Great Yorkshire Show, please visit: http://www.greatyorkshireshow.co.uk

Tuesday 10 - Thursday 12 July

Presented by Claire Montgomery, filmed by NetConstruct

This year, we are following the family at Yellison Farm in Carleton near Skipton as they enter the Dairy category at this years Great Yorkshire Show.

Stephen and his family will be entering the cheese section, and in this mini series, we follow the production from start to finish.

This episode, Stephen gives Claire an access all areas tour of the dairy at Yellison Farm.

To buy tickets to the Great Yorkshire Show, please visit: http://www.greatyorkshireshow.co.uk

Tuesday 10 - Thursday 12 July

Presented by Claire Montgomery, filmed by NetConstruct

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