For once, this is a blog post about something that I’m not doing. We’re not going to the Great Yorkshire Show this year.
I used to go quite often with my parents when I was younger, but then there was a long gap until I went with friends in 2011. The 2012 show was a wash-out and cancelled after one day, but Christine and I went as a couple in 2013 for the first time. Last year was Lizzie’s first visit.
The main reason is the cost. Advance tickets are now £24 each for adults, so we would’ve spent almost £50 before we even stepped foot inside the gate. On-the-gate tickets are £28. Plus there’s the cost of driving there and food whilst visiting.
We’re actually both on annual leave on Thursday, so getting time off work isn’t the issue – it’s the cost.
We have already been to the Yorkshire Showground this year, for Springtime Live – a smaller, more family friendly event. And I imagine that we’ll be going to its autumn counterpart, Countryside Live, in October. Both events are much more affordable, and better for small children.
If you are planning a trip, today is the middle day of this year’s show, and tomorrow is the last day. I wrote several tips for enjoying the show back in 2013, and most of this still stands. Just be aware that, following the various terrorist incidents in Manchester and London earlier in the year, there will be tighter security with bag searches and armed police patrols.
We may go back next year, if our finances improve. It’s still a good day out, and you can get your money’s worth if you get there early as it’s a huge event.