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Welcome to the 141st Driffield Show

Today, Driffield welcomes thousands of visitors for the 141st annual Driffield Show.

Since it was first held in 1854, the Driffield Show has offered visitors a vast spectrum of attractions and entertainment. With  its  winning  formula  of  celebrating  the traditional and embracing the future, the Driffield Show has earned its place as a ‘must do’ event on the calendars of both the farming community and families looking for a good value day out.

This year – as a one-off special – visitors have the unique opportunity to meet the team behind the Bloodhound Project involved in the race to run the first car to reach 1,000mph, and to see the supersonic car at close range.

This is on top of the exceptional livestock and carcase section, handicraft and horticulture marquees,  fur  and  feather  section,  companion  dog show, as well as over 500 trade stands for visitors to browse around.

The rural craft demonstration area, which in-creases in popularity each year, again contain a wealth of traditional crafts and the show is playing host to the annual National Fencing Competition, sponsored by the Landscape and Fencing News, which continues to strengthen and creates a huge amount of both national, and increasingly international, acclaim.

As well as the wealth of equine expertise that we  come  to  associate  with  the  Driffield Show, the  main  ring  also  features  entertainment  from the Bolddog Lings Freestyle Motorcycle Display Team. As Honda’s official and the UK’s number one motorcycle display team, the Bolddog Lings team base their show around the world’s largest and most sophisticated mobile landing system.  The show features the UK’s top ranked free-style motocross  riders,  incorporating  the  latest heart stopping tricks as usually only seen on TV!

Organisers have also listened to the comments of past visitors and this year a cash machine is be on site adjacent to the show office.  As a direct result of visitor feedback, the show-ground team have also expanded all the entrance gates into the show to include more pay booths with facilities to take both cash and card payments.

David Tite, chief executive officer at the showground, said: “We want all our visitors to enjoy the Driffield Show from the moment they arrive to the moment they leave and we have listened very carefully to what our visitors told us last year to ensure that this happens.”

As well as ample free car parking facilities, a free shuttle bus is being provided between Driffield town centre, Driffield train station and the showground and is operating every 20 minutes.

The main ring entertainment is always a popular attraction at the Driffield Show with a packed schedule throughout the day.

Many visitors make a beeline for the ring to watch the fantastic displays and presentations provided by the equestrian classes.

The activities kick-off bright and early at around 8:15am with some of the Hunter classes, there is also a very good entry this year of agricultural horses, as well as ridden classes, ponies, private driving and show jumping.This year there will be a farrier demonstration, alongside the heavy horse stabling, to allow visitors to see how the horses’ hooves and shoes are cared for.

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Whilst the main ring at the Driffield Show is nationally renowned for the high calibre of equine excellence that it attracts, the Activity Arena is fast on its heels as a favourite with families.

This year the headline act within the Arena will be the Inspire  MTB/BMX  Trials  Team. This actionpacked show incorporates a scaffolding like rig structure consisting of various sized platforms and ladders, the riders demonstrate unbelievable bike control as they leap across huge distances.

To compliment these breath taking performances there will also be appearances from the East Riding Engine club stoking up one of their steam engines, and showground friends the Bridlington Birds of Prey and Animal Park with their popular Bird of Prey Show.

A new, and well received, addition last year, The Tailwaggers Club will also be joining in the fun with their squad of enthusiastic handlers and their dogs providing a mixed display of obedience, agility, tricks and musical sequences.

The Beverley Building Society have sponsored the Activity Arena for several years and Cheryl Lynch, Society Manager at the Driffield Showground said: “We are so grateful to the team at the Beverley Building Society for their continued support and we are particularly pleased that they are joining us in this their celebratory 150th anniversary year.

“Their support ensures that we are able to build upon the success of the Activity Arena each year and this year we think we have the best lineup ever.”

Ed Davies, Marketing Manager at the Beverley Building Society said: “Beverley Building Society is celebrating its 150th Anniversary this year, and as part of our celebrations we’re proudly supporting the Driffield Show Activity Arena.

“The Driffield Show is a special day in the Society’s calendar, as it is an opportunity to engage with our members, and meet people of the local community.

“This year the team will be handing out our limited edition 150th Anniversary Money Boxes to children and their families, an initiative we’ve been supporting the last couple of years to help encourage the savings habit.

“To meet members of our team and to collect a money box please visit our stand U270

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