Where you can see the world’s biggest combine harvester

The world’s biggest combine harvester has been unveiled as the 2021 Great Yorkshire Show prepares to open its gates, after last summer’s event was cancelled.

In 2020, the hugely popular agricultural event went virtual because of the pandemic, attracting viewers from more than 40 different countries.

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This year’s Great Yorkshire Show, the 162nd, is back to its live format and will take place over four days rather than the traditional three, beginning tomorrow (Tuesday) and running daily until Friday, July 16, from 8am to 6pm.

Capacity has been limited to a maximum of 26,000 people per day to minimise any potential crowding and to ensure social distancing can be maintained.



Presenter Anita Rani and the giant combine harvester
Presenter Anita Rani and the giant combine harvester

This will mean that the sell-out show will welcome a total of 104,000 people over the run of the event, instead of the usual 135,000, with no tickets available on the gates.

TV presenter Anita Rani got a sneak preview of the most technologically advanced combine harvester in the world, which is making its debut at the show, thanks to Ripon Farm Services.

Alongside Jules Hudson, Anita will be presenting two-part TV series Today at The Great Yorkshire Show which will go out on Channel 5 at 8pm on Wednesday and Thursday night.

Nigel Pulling, chief executive of Yorkshire Agricultural Society, which organises the show, said they had been working closely with North Yorkshire County Council Public Health and Harrogate Borough Council to meet strict criteria to go ahead safely.

He said: “Organising an event of the size and complexity of the Great Yorkshire Show to make it as Covid-safe as possible has been a massive challenge for all involved and we have been delighted to have the co-operation of both North Yorkshire and Harrogate councils.

“The normal timescale for organising the event was shortened because of the changing guidance but we are confident we have put the right measures in place.”



A previous Great Yorkshire Show
A previous Great Yorkshire Show

Sections that will not feature in this year’s show include the Fashion Show, the WI Stand, the pole climbing competition and the Cookery Theatre in the Food Hall although the Game Cookery Theatre will go ahead as usual.

Visitors are strongly encouraged to have a lateral flow device test before they attend and also requested to download the NHS app before arriving in order to be able to scan QR codes where necessary, such as hospitality areas.