The 2024 Great Yorkshire Show gets underway today, with organisers promising a grand display of farming, food and the countryside.

The four-day event takes place at its traditional home at the Harrogate showground, but with heavy rain forecast today, visitors would be well advised to bring a waterproof coat.

In the livestock, produce and equine categories, there are more than 12,000 entries across 21 sections, while there will also be countryside displays and demonstrations, cookery, food and drink.


A number of famous faces are lined up to attend, including TV presenters Helen Skelton, Adam Henson, Peter Wright from Channel 5’s The Yorkshire Vet and Rob and Dave Nicholson, of Cannon Hall Farm, who will be on the GYS Stage with TV presenter Christine Talbot.

There will be top names from the cheese industry appearing in the Cheese & Dairy section, while farmers from around the world will come together as the Show hosts the World Ayrshire Federation Annual Conference 2024.


For the first time at the GYS, a craft beer bar will be open in the Food Hall and there will also be a Battle of the Butchers where craftsmanship, creativity and innovation will be rewarded.

This will be the last show for Charles Mills as Show Director after nine years. He said: “We are so proud to host the 165th Great Yorkshire Show - where else can you find the very best of British agricultural machinery, livestock, food, celebrities, debates and demonstrations all in one event? We are also delighted to see the return of poultry classes after difficulties with avian flu – it’s good to see the competitors back.”

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A Farm to Fashion Show will reflect the journey of wool from sheep to clothing we wear, over at Sheep Shearing Stage, hosted by Your Harrogate radio presenter, Nick Hancock. There will be two fashion shows a day, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday running at 12pm and 4.30pm and on Friday at 12pm and 3pm.

Expect some well-known faces to grace the catwalk alongside a cast of models, such as Peter Wright from Channel 5’s The Yorkshire vet on both Friday slots, farmer Youtuber and Tik-Toker Joe Seels on the Wednesday 12pm slot and influencer Olly Harrison on Tuesday 12pm