Cheese and cossacks at next year’s show

EVERYTHING from Ukrainian Cossacks to Wensleydale cheese will be on the agenda for the 2012 Great Yorkshire Show, as well as thousands of the country’s finest animals.

It takes place from Tuesday, July 10 to Thursday, July 12 at the showground on Wetherby Road, with more than 130,000 visitors expected.

The event offers an insight into the agricultural industry as well as numerous attractions and activities.

Among the highlights of the main ring programme will be the Ukrainian Cossacks, giving a display each day as part of their first visit to the show.

There will also be the ever-popular food hall, fashion shows, cookery theatre, garden show and show jumping, including the Cock O’ the North providing the climax to the event.

There will also be traditional livestock classes and demonstrations of country skills including dry stone wallking, fly fishing, gundog training and more.

Tickets go on sale on Thursday, March 1 and are available from the website,, or by calling 01423 541222.

Advance tickets are reduced in price to £20 for adults, £19 for concessions, £9 for children and £52 for families.

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Meanwhile, plans are also in place for the 10th Countryside Live, set to take place on Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21.

Also organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, it will feature livestock, equine, pigeon and poultry classes, a horticultural show, cookery theatre and the chance to do some early Christmas shopping.

The newly-introduced showjumping competition will also return, hosted by Graham and Tina Fletcher.

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