Coronavirus: First ever Great Yorkshire Virtual Show announced

Coronavirus: First ever Great Yorkshire Virtual Show announced

Published by Lisa Darvill at 11:12am 30th June 2020.

The Great Yorkshire Show is going online for the first time in its history

  • The three day event has been cancelled due to coronavirus 
  • But the Yorkshire Agricultural Society has announced the first virtual show 
  • It'll be held over the same dates as the show, the 14th to 16th July 
  • The video footage will be available for free on the show's website 

Taking place over the show’s original dates, from Tuesday 14 to Thursday 16 July, and organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, the Great Yorkshire Virtual Show will feature three full days of video footage, all available for free on the show’s website.

They say the footage will take you onto farms, into workshops and behind the scenes with food producers.

Attractions include a performance by East Yorkshire-based TV stunt performers Atkinson Action Horses, a cook-off between top chefs Rosemary Shrager and Stephanie Moon, a Q&A with the stars of The Yorkshire Vet, Peter Wright and Julian Norton, and a behind the scenes tour with Olympic showjumper Graham Fletcher.

atkinsons horses at GYS
Atkinson Action Horses at the Great Yorkshire Show
rosemary shrager at GYS
Chef Rosemary Shrager will also feature in the virtual show


Livestock, farriery, beekeeping, cheesemaking will also be showcased. 

Charles Mills, Show Director of the Great Yorkshire Show, said:

“While the coronavirus has caused the cancellation of our iconic annual event, we are determined that the show must go on, albeit in a different format this year.

“Never before has the Great Yorkshire Show been celebrated as a virtual event and so we are incredibly grateful to everyone who has contributed to bringing the Show to life in this way.

“The Yorkshire Agricultural Society recognises that the Great Yorkshire Show offers a fantastic platform to celebrate and champion the very best of British agriculture and so we hope to achieve that virtually this year.

“There will be something for everyone to enjoy online over the show’s three days and we dearly hope that you will join us for what promises to be a very special showcase

of all that is great about Yorkshire, its rural traditions and the region’s enviable reputation for producing high-quality British food.”

Lizzie Jones at GYS
Lizzie Jones will also perform virtually


A full schedule for the Great Yorkshire Virtual Show will be published soon via the Great Yorkshire Show website, and there is no need to register in order to view the show’s content. 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate was cancelled in March. Ordinarily, more than 130,000 visitors and 8,500 animals flock to the Great Yorkshire Showground for the three-day show.

The Great Yorkshire Show will be held on Tuesday 13 – Thursday 15 July 2021.