Countdown to the 139th Driffield Show

Driffield Show 2013
Driffield Show 2013

The gates will be opening on Wednesday, 16 July for the 139th Driffield Show.

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. This year the Livestock Section will boast a new set of classes designed for Shorthorn Cattle exhibitors. As well as a highly regarded cattle section the Livestock Area will also boast excellent examples of sheep, goats 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. Adjacent to the Heavy Horse stabling will also be the opportunity to see farriers demonstrating their craft. 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 educational and crowd pleasing ‘Wheat to Bread’ demonstration will once again taking place throughout the day, as will the Barley to Beer demonstration and the Sheep Show. New this year will also be the introduction of the Potato to Chips and Sheep to Jumper demonstrations. As well as celebrating its history the Society is also keen to showcase new initiatives this year the Renewables Section will be being extended and relocated to signify its growing importance in agricultural and agriculturally related industries.

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 in the Food Hall. The Food Theatre will also be celebrating local produce and will be providing a packed timetable featuring some of the regions finest cooks providing demonstrations throughout the day. The Horticulture marquee, as well as providing visitors with a a colourful contribution courtesy of our green fingered exhibitors will also be the home of The Honey Show and the Young Growers Challenge.

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 The Kangaroo Kid who will be providing us with his breath taking stunts using a quad bike throughout the day – how high will he go?? As well as Main Ring events the Beverley Building Society Activity Arena will also boast a packed timetable, this year there will be appearances from Phil and the Ridgeside Lurchers, Park Rose Birds of Prey and the popular working dog demonstrations will also be filling in time slots during the day.

Advance ticket:- Adults - £13, Senior Citizens - £11, Children - £5.00. Family ticket (2 adults/2 children) - £31. Reserve Grandstand - £10.

On the gate:- Adults - £16, Senior Citizens - £13, Children - £6

Family ticket (2 adults/2children) - £41