Every year, in the summer, people from all over come together to enjoy the indulgences of a variety of foods, drink and shopping. More than 100 stalls were lined up about the grounds. They offered items, such as; clothing, art, food, toys, equestrian goods and even caravan holiday homes.
Inside, in the cool area, the stalls continued. The stalls were full of different types of foods from all over Britain: cheeses, ales, beers, whiskey, gin, chocolate, meat, pies, fruit, vegetables and more!
As well as food and shops there were a variety of shows scattered about the grounds, such as; dog, sheep, cattle, bird shows and hunting demonstrations (not with live animals!)
Live music blasts your ears full of jazz, orchestral and choir. If you decided to spoil yourself in the ‘Black Sheep Bar’ live bands play and rattle your senses with an earthquake of beats.
Horse jumping and showing was very popular and a large crowd had gathered to appreciate the magnificent stallions that had been brought. Shetland ponys were raced around a small holding to demonstrate the animals movement, posture, muscle mass and elegance.
We sat and watched a couple of shows, the first was the hunting demonstration, (I repeat no live animals!) The gentlemen began to explain, in detail, what to wear and what weapons would be ideal for hunting which animal.
He suggested that deer have brilliant peripheral postion, and when hunting one if you make a noise to pause until the animal begins to graze again. Using sticks he created a ‘Y’ shape, this would be used to lean his rifle on and to keep it steady. Once he had gone on to explain the stalking and killing technique he said that it is more humane to wait ten minutes so the animal dies peacefully in the ‘prone position’ (laying down).
Later on in the day we watched an eagle demonstration a little further down from where we watched the hunting demonstration. He explained that he was waving his hand to alert the eagle that he was ready for him to fly off. He also mention that it was all about trust, the eagle needed to trust that he would catch him when it flew down to land. Unfortunately before the animal flew, it decided to take ten minutes to relieve itself…..apparently Eagles will not fly when they require the bathroom. You learn something new every day!
When the bird did take off, it flew so quickly over our heads I didn’t manage to take a picture!
There were so much to see! We didn’t get the chance to see every single thing! These are just a few of the shows and sights that we came across. We saw a ferreting demonstration but unfortunately I didn’t get any photographs, I was too busy listening. Sh!
Towards the end of the day we went to the dog show! They were so adorable, all the small terriers getting judged for their muscle mass and short coats! A couple of feisty ones caused a little bit of a stir, but overall they were all well behaved. There were lots of ‘aw’ as each one took their turn in the spotlight!
I really loved it! The atmosphere, the shows, the stalls! Everything was so vibrant and alive! The amount of people that went to the Yorkshire Show was out of this world! They came from all over the world. There were Americans, Irish, Scottish, all kinds of people! Everyone was friendly and the staff couldn’t help you enough.
I really recommend that you should go. It’s exciting, the activity and the atmosphere is immense and the shows are informative and interesting. For kids too! They get the kids involved in the shows, giving them a more personal experience.
If your on the fence about going next year, don’t be! Just go! You will not regret it!