Driffield Show set to be staged over two days for first time

Driffield Show is back and will for the first time in its history be run over two days instead of one.

The show organised by Driffield Agricultural Society (DAS) is one of the East Riding’s most popular events on the summer calendar but last year was a casualty of Covid-19, along with other major agricultural shows.

The new format Driffield Show 2021 will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, July 21 and 22, and has been described by host Driffield Showground as “an exceptional show taking place in an exceptional time”.

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Admittance to this year’s event is by advance ticket only and with no option to pay on the gate, the first day of the show already having sold out.

Despite “Freedom Day” having seen the lifting of most restrictions earlier this week, numbers of visitors are being restricted to ensure the safety of show-goers and exhibitors.

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The annual agricultural show is a highlight of the summer calendar in East Yorkshire
The annual agricultural show is a highlight of the summer calendar in East Yorkshire

A Driffield Showground statement said: “This year, more so than every before, the show is going to be a real partnership event with all parties involved working together to ensure the show is not only fantastic but also a safe Covid-19 secure event.”

Steps have been taken to remove obstructions from potentially high-volume areas, to allow for social distancing; there will be no grandstands or ringside lounges around the main ring, increasing space for public viewing.

The large marquees normally in use will be replaced by outside areas or covered spaces that are walked around rather than through; hand sanitising stations will be based all around the site and mask wearing will be advised, in all inside spaces.

Some areas will be designated “mask zones” either at all times or at certain times of the day.

Crowd density monitoring by stewards will be in operation and temporary one-way systems may be activated in areas to help with social distancing and flow.

Many of the crowd-pleaser events much missed last year will be taking place, with the nationally acclaimed Bolddog Lings Motor FMX display team appearing on both days in the main ring – boasting the largest and most high tech landing ramp in the world, the riders can jump 75ft into the air.

Many people visit the Driffield Show to see the animals, and the 2021 event will not disappoint, with sections for heavy horses, sheep and cattle classes, and horses and ponies.



Many of the popular classes and sections will be running over the two days
Many of the popular classes and sections will be running over the two days

An action packed timetable of events will run over both days in the Activity Arena and there will be lots of trade stands to visit.

Children’s handicraft classes remain a feature for 2021 – adult classes are expected to return next year – but rosettes and prize cards will be available for collection later in the week to avoid the usual queuing for prize money and trophies.

Flowers and horticultural classes will showcase the green-fingered skills of novice and expert growers.

Driffield Show opens from 9am to 6pm on both days.

DAS held its first annual exhibition of farm stock, poultry, horses and implements in a local field on Wednesday, July 12, 1854.