Countryside Live takes place at the Great Yorkshire Show Ground on 20-21 October. It is perfect for families, with a cookery theatre, live performances, animals, shopping and a Create + Explore area with hands-on activities for children and much more.

Now in its 16th year, Countryside Live attracts around 12,000 visitors across two days. As well as family activities, there are 2,000 animals who converge on the showground over the two days to compete.

From horses to honey, pigs to poultry, sheep to cattle, pigeons to rabbits there are competitions and classes throughout the weekend. Elsewhere there’s birds of prey displays, hundreds of stands to browse, horticultural classes and farriery competitions.

On Saturday, Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen will be star guest. Amanda runs a 2,000 acre farm with 1,000 sheep and nine children at the head of Swaledale in North Yorkshire, one of the highest and most remote places in England.

Amanda will be signing and selling both her books which are Sunday Times bestsellers as well as her 2019 calendar. Amanda will also speak live on stage.

On Sunday, TV favourite Peter Wright of Channel 5’s The Yorkshire Vet will be a special guest. He will be signing copies of his debut book The Yorkshire Vet: In The Footsteps of Herriot which will be hot off the presses. Peter’s books will be on sale at the event where Peter will also be doing live Q&As on stage as well as meeting fans.

Peter will present awards to the winners of the Supreme Beef Championship and Supreme Pairs of Lambs.

New for this year will be a pop up pub called the Tipsy Heifer overlooking the Main Ring which will feature live entertainment from Stray FM presenters Will Smith and Nick Hancock.

Open from 11am to 5pm on both days, Stray FM will provide entertainment at the pub including quizzes three times a day with over £500 worth of prizes to win over the weekend including Fodder Afternoon Tea vouchers and Great Yorkshire Show family tickets. They will also broadcast live from there between 12noon and 2pm.

Tickets are on sale now at www.countrysidelive.co.uk and parking is free. Please note dogs are not allowed on the showground. Book in advance to save money! Members of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society are entitled to free entry, on production of their membership card.

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