Organisers of the Great Yorkshire Show are urging visitors and
exhibitors to consider alternatives to driving to the event next
With record breaking rainfall in June, the Yorkshire Agricultural
Society has sent around 13,000 letters to all members, sponsors,
exhibitors and advance ticket holders asking them to consider
car sharing, travelling by train and using the free shuttle bus
service from Harrogate town centre and Hornbeam and Starbeck
The north's largest agricultural event, the Great Yorkshire Show
takes place at the Great Yorkshire Show Showground from Tuesday
10 - Thursday 12 July.
Show Director Bill Cowling said: "The show will go ahead
but we have had exceptional amounts of rain recently. Although
the site is standing up well, a couple of our car parks are currently
very wet and out of action so we cannot guarantee a parking space
"I would urge all our visitors to think of ways to help
reduce the traffic and thus the pressure on parking spaces, and
using the rail network and free buses may well mean that you
get to the showground quicker. It may be that you can share your
journey with a neighbour, friend or member of the family. If
you live in Harrogate, perhaps you could walk or catch the bus
to the showground. We also have a free cycle park on site."
Last year's Great Yorkshire Show saw a record breaking attendance
figure of 135,111 when some 45,000 cars were parked on site over
the three days. This week the Yorkshire Agricultural Society
decided to increase the number of buses from Harrogate town centre,
Hornbeam Park and Starbeck rail stations. As a result of the
recent rainfall, extra trackway and wood chip has also been bought
for use on the Showground.
Mr Cowling continued: "The weather forecast for next week
is relatively good, but it is changeable and unless the ground
dries substantially we do have some car parks which we won't
be able to use.
"Much of the show is under cover - we have a 4,500 seat
grandstand, the huge Food Hall, Flower Show, and Fashion Pavilion.
The cattle and sheep are all housed under cover, plus we have
eight miles of tarmac roads within the site, so the vast majority
of the show is easily accessible."
Ground conditions at the Showground will be monitored up to and
throughout the Show, and any updates can be viewed on the website
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