On Wednesday, we (a group of four) went to The Great Yorkshire Show. It was something I'd been wanting to do for a long time, but it never worked out; I was always either too late (usually August) or too early. Therefore, we had deliberately planned this year's holiday with the show in mind, and my sister-in-law was so kind to organise tickets for us all.
Sensibly, we went by bus - it is just not a very good idea to go to such huge events by car. The bus took ages to get into Harrogate, exactly because of the many cars heading for the show clogging up the road. At Harrogate train station, courtesy shuttle buses take you to the show ground, dropping you off directly in front of the entrance gate - no trying to find a parking space and then walking miles before you are actually there!
I had known that the GYS was big, but I had no idea how MASSIVE it really is! We were there until 6:00 pm, and I suspect we have only seen about half, if that. There is simply soooo much to see, try, taste, sample, look at, smell, touch, and (yes, we did!) buy.
Here are some photographic impressions of the day.
Setting off in the bright morning sunshine, this is our front door:
The WI tent outside:
People - so many people!!
We could not resist these muffins/cupcakes and bought one each to have for dessert after our picnic lunch on the grass somewhere between tents and halls:
The cheese and dairy show. I liked some of the comments the judges wrote on their report cards. "Interesting cheese" was one of them.
Three of us bought handbags, all of us bought handmade fudge, and some of us bought more. My sister and I saw many things that would have really been worth having; local, handmade, at reasonable prices. But we always have to keep in mind the question of transport - how do we get things home? Our suitcases can only hold so much, and some things, such as fresh foods, are not allowed to be ex- and imported just like that, and we are certainly not willing to go through all the hassle with customs only for a lump of cheese.
Anyway, it was a great day out; we saw so much, walked probably a couple of miles altogether, and arrived home at around 8:00 pm, exhausted but happy.