Bumper Ticket Sales Announced for Countryside Live A 22 per cent increase in advance ticket sales means the weekend’s Countryside Live event at the Great Yorkshire Showground gets off to a flying start.

The little sister of the Great Yorkshire Show opens its gates on Saturday 17 October for two days of agricultural excellence and fun for all the family.

Organisers, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society report that advance ticket sales are up 22% on last year and are the highest for six years. This year’s figure is 1,759 compared with 1,439 in 2014; the figures include the sale of family tickets which admit up to five people. In 2009, 1,900 tickets were sold. Although advance ticket sales have now closed, tickets are available on the gates.

Charles Mills, Show Director said: “We’re looking forward to a wonderful two days at Countryside Live, and with the increase in advance ticket sales, all the signs are that plenty of others are thinking the same. This is an event which has really established itself on the calendar. It has a firm foundation in showcasing the excellence of British farming, but also includes a wide range of general attractions and activities.

“Each year there are slight tweaks to keep it fresh and relevant whilst remaining true to our roots and highlighting all that’s best about British agriculture and rural life.”

The classes for cattle, sheep and horses are at the heart of the event with exhibitors travelling from across the UK to compete for the championship awards, and many will go on to win prizes at other top shows.

Elsewhere there are a host of different activities for all ages. Included on the programme are farriery competitions, sheep racing organised by the Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers, birds of prey demonstrations, dog agility displays, ferret racing, One Man and His Pig competitions and much more.

There are plenty of hands on activities for youngsters in the Create and Explore area, and shopping opportunities. In addition to the livestock sections, there are classes for poultry, pigeons, flowers, fruit, vegetables and honey.

In the equine section, the Search for a Talented Showjumper competition, judged by Olympic experts Graham and Tina Fletcher, is always hugely popular, and the Northern Show Cross Finals have attracted more entries than ever.

Tickets are available on the gates which open at 9am on both days. Parking is free and extensive. Please note dogs other than assistance dogs are not allowed on the showground. For the latest information see www.countrysidelive.co.uk Countryside Live 2015 Ticket Prices On the Gate Adults £12 Children: 5 – 18 years* £6 Family Ticket (admits 2 adults and up to 3 children) £30 *Under 5s admitted free.

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