This bank holiday Monday was the fourth annual Springtime Live show at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate. This was the second year that we went.
Springtime Live is a bit like a kids version of the annual Great Yorkshire Show. It’s smaller, taking up the two halls of the Yorkshire Events Centre and some of the outdoor space outside. And there’s a much greater focus on activities for kids. Inside Hall 1 is a big stage and, as last year, the headline act was a show by Mr Bloom who has a popular TV show on pre-school channel Cbeebies. We got there just before the show started; Lizzie watched for a bit, but seemed rather non-plussed. This may be something to do with her not having seen the TV show.
Activities on offer included a soft play area, making your own chocolate lollipop (hosted by York’s Chocolate Story) and plenty of opportunities to stroke and handle animals. In addition to the main stage, there was a demonstration area with ferret racing and a bird of prey show throughout the day. Animals on show included rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, tarantulas, alpacas, a cow, ponies, goats and some newly-hatched chicks. A highlight for me was seeing some three-week old owl chicks.
For £10 for adults and £5 for children aged 3-18, it was pretty good value for a full day out. We arrived at 10:45, and it was almost 4pm before we left with just a break for lunch. We brought out own food though, as the catering on site was expensive.
The organisation of this year’s Springtime Live was better than last year. Tickets were advertised as being for advance sale only, which reduced the queues at the gate. As it happened, tickets were sold on the gate but the majority of people pre-booked. Car parking was also better managed, and it was more spread out, so getting around with a pushchair was easier.
Springtime Live has an autumn counterpart, Countryside Live, in late October. We didn’t manage to make it last year, but it’s a larger, two-day event, and we’re planning to go if we can. And there’s the Great Yorkshire Show in July, although at £24 per adult it’s becoming an expensive day out.