The gates will be opening on Wednesday, 18th July for the spectacle that is the Driffield Show. This year the Driffield Show will celebrate its 143rd year, 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. Not complacent, each year the Show organisers strive to ensure that the Show improves upon its successes and are proud to be one of the largest one day Agricultural Shows in the country.
Healthwatch will be there for our 5th year at the show putting a spotlight on services and supporting your voice in local health and social care! Come along and talk to us about yourexperiences of health and social care services or perhaps you have an enquiry about the healthcare systems. Either way We are there for the public in what is sure to be a great day. Here is some of the events taking place.
Woolley & Parks Main Ring
As well as the wealth of equine expertise that we come to associate with the Driffield Show the main ring will also feature entertainment from The Kangaroo Kid who will be providing us with his breath taking stunts using a quad bike throughout the day – how high will he go??
Matt Coulter, the Kangaroo Kid, is a world class stuntman from Gold Coast, Australia. His stunts are performed on Quad bikes on which he has created many "Guinness Book of Records" records throughout the years.
In 2018 Matt will be offering one of his biggest fans the opportunity of a lifetime to be part of his shows – so a big Kanga adventure awaits 30 Year old Paul Hannam.
Paul started racing quads at the age of 21, coming 4th three years in a row at the infamous Western Beach Race. In 2011 Paul became South West Enduro Champion and came 3rd in the British Quad Championships.
The show includes stunts using specially fitted quad-bikes (one even fitted with a roll cage) and they finish the show with a spectacular jump over anything that is put in their path, be it cars, trucks or tractors (Matt has even jumped a flying aeroplane).
The Kangaroo Kids showmanship captures the crowd and keeps them captivated for the duration of their performance.
Using a microphone in his helmet that is linked to the shows main PA system, the Kangaroo Kid keeps the crowd informed with a witty commentary, while displaying incredible skill and agility manoeuvring his selection of quad bikes around the arena.
Whilst the Woolley and Parks 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. One of the headline acts this year will be the Mighty Smith Show.
Mighty Smith Show
Adrian Smith, 5th in the World’s Strongest Man and three times winner of Uk’s Strongest Man Competition, presents a show geared for family fun with visual humour and audience participation. Tearing up Argos books, bending six inch nails in his teeth, walking on a bed of broken glass, holding a chair with a seated lady on it in his teeth are all in a days work for the Mighty Smith! Make sure your children are at the Activity Arena during Mighty’s performance to take part in the childrens’ tug of war and win a prize! All these along with more serious feats of strength, including a vehicle pull make for an exciting spectacle.
Yorkshire Bouncers Fly Ball Team
Our local Fly Ball Team will be giving visitors the opportunity to experience the speed and excitement of Fly Ball with their dogs demonstrating this fast growing popular sport.
The Sheep Show
Appearing at over 100 shows a year and in front of an estimated audience of 2.5 million people, this unique show has captured the hearts of many.
The New Zealand style team of presenters educate and entertain with their fantastic sheep all over the country. ‘Nobby’ the Norfolk Horn stands centre stage while others are introduced to their podiums. Learn about each breeds attributes and how wool from the sheep’s back becomes a jumper to wear and watch the captivating shearing demonstration.
Rural Craft Demonstration Area
The Driffield Agricultural Society is immensely proud of its rural and agricultural heritage and is proud of its now well established rural craft demonstration area. Within the area craftsmen and women will be demonstrating such traditional skills as wood turning, coracle making, rope making, traditional basket making, broom and rake making together with demonstrations of forest skills with a local bodger!
Wheat to Bread Demonstration
The crowd pleasing ‘Wheat to Bread’ demonstration will once again taking place throughout the day, giving budding bakers the opportunity to get hands on with bread making.
Another crowd favourite the Dog Show will take place in its location near to the countryside pursuits area– maybe your dog has the waggiest tail or the kindest eyes - why not enter it to find out?
Deliciously Yorkshire Food Theatre
Deliciously Yorkshire will once again be at a the helm in the Deliciously Yorkshire Food Theatre where local produce will be celebrated throughout the day in a packed timetable featuring some of the regions finest cooks.
This year the Horticulture marquee will, whilst staying in the same location, be being given a new look and as well as providing visitors with a colourful contribution courtesy of our green fingered exhibitors will also be the new home of the Horticulture Theatre where visitors will be able to take and seat and watch the horticulture demonstrations that will be taking place throughout the day.
The Show continues to be popular with Livestock exhibitors and attracts some of the areas finest animals. As well as a highly regarded cattle section the Livestock Area will also boast excellent examples of sheep and pigs.
Heavy Horse Section
There will be a return of the crowds favourite Heavy Horse classes which following the popular introduction of demonstrations last year will once again be allowing the public an additional opportunity to view these gentle giants by providing demonstrations showing them being decorated and groomed in preparation for the show ring throughout the day. Adjacent to the Heavy Horse stabling will also be the opportunity to see farriers demonstrating their craft.
The equine community will be well represented throughout the Show with a packed main ring timetable ranging from the Local Ridden Ponies to the Show Jumping Classes.