Harrogate

The Great Yorkshire Show

England's premier annual agricultural event, The Great Yorkshire Show is all set to open its gates for three days of entertainment, top class competitions and an insight into farming and rural life. Held at the showground on the edge of Harrogate, the Show runs from Tuesday 8 July – Thursday 10 July, when more than 135,000 visitors are expected to attend. This will be the 156th show and, as always there's something to interest everyone – from mouth-watering food and drink, to prize-winning animals to internationally acclaimed show jumping. And where else could you find an obstacle race for pigs, celebrity chefs, a fashion show for sheep, plus miles and miles of shopping?

For those less interested in pedal power, then make sure the display by Lorenzo, the flamboyant bareback riding French horseman, is on your ‘to do' list. Otherwise, look upwards to catch the Great British Pole Climbing Championships in progress or check out the lady sheep shearers as they race against the clock to give the fastest four-legged haircuts. For more serious fashionistas, head for the Skipton Building Society Fashion Pavilion where styles from internationally known names such as Hobbs and Rigby and Peller, and amazing collections from up and coming designers can be seen on the catwalk each day of the event.

On the numbers front, the Great Yorkshire Show is impressive. It takes place across 250 acres in Harrogate's picturesque Crimple Valley, around 45,000 cars are parked over the three days and water consumption alone is 17,000 gallons an hour!

Doors open at 7.30am each day, car parking is free and extensive and tickets are available on the gates.  

For the latest information see www.greatyorkshireshow.co.uk

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Stage town for the 1st time
Major town in North Yorkshire
Population : 73,000 inhabitants
Economy : A quarter of the economy comes from tourism that brings in every year half a billion pounds (600 million euros) and employs 23,000 people. It is the principal spa town in the United Kingdom. Its other main sectors are financial services, industry, public administration, education and health. Harrogate International Centre injects £150 million (180 million euros) into the local economy thanks to the conferences and exhibitions it holds; it has indirectly enabled the creation of 3,000 jobs in the hotel and restaurant industries, business and transport
Culture : Harlow Carr Gardens. Festivals: Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate International Festival, Harrogate Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate History Festival
Sport : Harrogate Town FC (football), Harrogate RUFC (rugby)
Specialities : Tea from Taylors of Harrogate Sustainable Development: £1.6 million (1.9 million euros) has been dedicated to the enhancement of sustainable transport in order to improve cycling and pedestrian infrastructure
Label : spa town


Spa towns, cycling towns

It took Harrogate one century longer than its twin city, Bagneres-de-Luchon, to host a Tour de France stage, the French spa town having done so as early as 1910. Yet Harrogate is not without a cycling tradition as it was a regular fixture in the Mika Race. The Yorkshire Dales are as spectacular but slightly less hilly than the Pyrenees and the stage winners in town were often sprinters like Tony Doyle or Djamolidine Abdoujaparov, who won a stage here in 1986. Harrogate was also host to several national championships, the first two going toe two legends of British cycling, Ernie Clements and Percy Stallard. Mark Cavendish will be particularly keen on maintaining the sprint tradition in Harrogate as it is his mother's hometown.

Stage town for the 1st time
Major town in North Yorkshire
Population : 73,000 inhabitants
Economy : A quarter of the economy comes from tourism that brings in every year half a billion pounds (600 million euros) and employs 23,000 people. It is the principal spa town in the United Kingdom. Its other main sectors are financial services, industry, public administration, education and health. Harrogate International Centre injects £150 million (180 million euros) into the local economy thanks to the conferences and exhibitions it holds; it has indirectly enabled the creation of 3,000 jobs in the hotel and restaurant industries, business and transport
Culture : Harlow Carr Gardens. Festivals: Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate International Festival, Harrogate Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate History Festival
Sport : Harrogate Town FC (football), Harrogate RUFC (rugby)
Specialities : Tea from Taylors of Harrogate Sustainable Development: £1.6 million (1.9 million euros) has been dedicated to the enhancement of sustainable transport in order to improve cycling and pedestrian infrastructure
Label : spa town


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Places to see

Close to Harrogate lies the pretty village of Ripley, nestled between the lands of the castle and the Tour de France route. The village was rebuilt in the 19th century from the plans of an ideal village based on the plan of an Alsatian village.

Into Harrogate, we reach its historical and cultural heart, at The Royal Hall and Royal Baths buildings.

Acknowledged as a leading entertainment venue outside of London when it was opened in 1903, the Royal Hall was originally called the Kursaal, or Cure Hall, then a popular form of building in European spas. Often described as a glittering palace of gold, it was restored earlier this century, and today remains a cultural centre for arts and entertainment.

Just a little further on is Harrogate's Turkish Baths. Its Moorish design boasts soaring vaults and arches with ornately decorated ceiling, vibrant glazed walls and mosaic floors. The Turkish Baths ritual is a journey of heating, cooling and cleansing the body, promoting a sense of relaxation and a clear mind.

The Valley Gardens 17 acre grade II Listed Garden sits close by, with its beautiful buildings, alongside a wide variety of shrub, flower and herbaceous beds. A greater number of mineral springs come to the surface in Valley Gardens than in anywhere else on earth.

Nearing the finish line, the magnificent Stray comes into view. This 200 acres of open grassland wraps around the main urban "old town". It exists for the people of the town to enjoy picnicking, kite-flying, outdoor games and local football matches.

Ripley Castle © City of HarrogateThe Royal Hall © City of HarrogateTurkish Baths © City of HarrogateValley Gardens © City of HarrogateBlossom on Harrogate Stray © City of Harrogate
Stage town for the 1st time
Major town in North Yorkshire
Population : 73,000 inhabitants
Economy : A quarter of the economy comes from tourism that brings in every year half a billion pounds (600 million euros) and employs 23,000 people. It is the principal spa town in the United Kingdom. Its other main sectors are financial services, industry, public administration, education and health. Harrogate International Centre injects £150 million (180 million euros) into the local economy thanks to the conferences and exhibitions it holds; it has indirectly enabled the creation of 3,000 jobs in the hotel and restaurant industries, business and transport
Culture : Harlow Carr Gardens. Festivals: Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate International Festival, Harrogate Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate History Festival
Sport : Harrogate Town FC (football), Harrogate RUFC (rugby)
Specialities : Tea from Taylors of Harrogate Sustainable Development: £1.6 million (1.9 million euros) has been dedicated to the enhancement of sustainable transport in order to improve cycling and pedestrian infrastructure
Label : spa town


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