Harrogate’s Springtime Live for families

NADV 1404081AM1 Jessica Fox with lamb. 3 Yrs old Jessica Fox meets a  lamb with help from  show director Bill Cowling(140481AM1)
NADV 1404081AM1 Jessica Fox with lamb. 3 Yrs old Jessica Fox meets a lamb with help from show director Bill Cowling(140481AM1)

Excitement is building ahead of this Sunday’s Springtime Live event in Harrogate which will bring a ‘Noah’s Ark of animals’ to the Great Yorkshire Showground.

The new event, hosted by the organisers of the Great Yorkshire Show, will bring together for the first time a variety of entertainment aimed specifically at young families.

And while organisers say it will be small in comparison to its main farming showcase, it will set a good start to the show season ahead.

“We like to build on events and make them grow, so we have started Springtime Live now and hopefully it will be with us for a few years,” said Yorkshire Agricultural Society chief executive Nigel Pulling.

“We do a series of events about education like countryside days in June and the Great Yorkshire Show in October.

“For the time of year we didn’t have an event and we wanted to aim something at young families, so the two came together. It seemed a great time to do something - a combination of the time of year and a new audience.

“In size Springtime Live will be modest compared to the Great Yorkshire Show, but it is a nice curtain raiser to the season.”

Star of this Sunday’s show is to be popular children’s TV character Peppa Pig, who will be making appearances through the day.

There will be hands on activities and workshops based on a Spring, new life and rural theme, with an arts area, bread making and cake baking, wood carving, stage shows, circus skills, facepainting and jewellery making.

There will be plenty of young animals, including piglets, lambs, calves, chick and goslings, while the Airedale Beagles will be making an appearance. There will also be a climbing wall and inflatable assault course, courtesy of the Army, an Easter egg hunt and pony rides.

“There will be things about growing and young animals,” said Mr Pulling. “We will have chicks hatching, so there will be a link to eggs and Easter, and it is an opportunity to provide education about the countryside.

“It is specifically aimed at young children and families. We think it is never to early to learn about the countryside and we think it will be a fantastic day out. It is very much education by entertainment, so hopefully children will take away some great memories that will make them interested in the countryside when they grow up.”

Doors open at 10am. Reduced rate tickets are available online at www.springtimelive.co.uk or on the gate priced at £5 for under 18s and £10 for adults. Under 3s go free.