The Great Yorkshire Show 2015

I have been dreaming of the perfect day out at Great Yorkshire Show for a while - and this week I got my wish. After missing out in recent years, I finally managed to get time off work to visit this annual celebration of all things rural and Yorkshire.

I grew up in a rural community and love spending time in the great outdoors. I'm also very aware of where my food comes from - I always ensure my food is free-range and do my best to shop local. Events like this are pretty much paradise for a foodie like me, but they also support other local businesses and help to maintain/promote countryside traditions which might otherwise be lost.

After a short journey I arrived at the show ground. The sun was beating down, there were ice cream vans everywhere, and white tents as far as the eye could see. I grabbed a quick mid-morning snack and settled down to watch the sheep shearing competition. It's safe to say I have no idea what the rules were - or even who the winner was - but it was a terrific atmosphere all the same.

Afterwards I made my way to the fashion tent for the Fashion Show (more on that later this week!) before roaming the show ground and soaking it all in. In the afternoon I settled in by the main show ring for the 'mane' event (get it?) - the much anticipated Shetland Pony Grand National - and stayed to watch the show-stopping draught horses compete against each other.

If you happen to be in the area next July, I would definitely recommend you spend a day here.


  1. This sounds like a fantastic event and I can understand why you took a day off to go! Those draught horses are so majestic. And I'm sure you found plenty of good eats there. While I grew up in the urban sprawl of Southern California, the time I've spent living in the in the southern part of the U.S. has made me fall in love with a more rural lifestyle. I adored my "neighborhood" cows that I would drive by every day near my house in Tennessee, as well as the huge cornfield right behind my house. It also made me pay a lot more attention to where my food comes from like you mentioned, and I would do my best to buy from local farmers when possible. If I had to choose between big city dwelling and countryside dwelling, I'd choose the latter! By the way, a little known fact about me is that I raised a pig one year while I was in high school. My school had a pretty decent farm program for being right in the middle of Southern CA. It was a great experience. Can you tell this post struck a chord with me? I think my comment has grown long enough and I should go now. haha!

    1. Sounds like we are both country girls at heart! Tennessee is on my must-visit list so I'll be sure to get your advice when I eventually get around to booking a trip. Glad you liked the post x

  2. That looks like a fun day out! I liked the Phase Eight dresses! As Beth said, the horses look amazing too! I think we should buy a huge tall girl farm in the country! :)


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