VIDEO - Crowds enjoy sunny Springtime Live

Crowds of thousands turned out to enjoy the early spring sunshine at a family event held in Harrogate on Sunday.

Springtime Live, held at the Great Yorkshire Showground for the second year running, is a farming and family event aimed at young families.

Springtime Live event held at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate.James Hardisty.

Springtime Live event held at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate.James Hardisty.

It proved a huge hit, with thousands of people from across the Harrogate district turning out to enjoy the day on Sunday, March 22, along with some unseasonably sunny weather.

“It fills a need for families to be entertained and hopefully they will learn something from it about farming and rural life,” said show director Bill Cowling.

“The day is absolutely fantastic - we couldn’t have chosen a better day.”

Springtime Live, organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS), is particularly aimed at young families.

Mr Bloom, of television’s CBeebies fame, was an instant hit with young visitors who cheered as he took to the stage.

There were dozens of hands on activities from egg-decorating to painting, colouring and crafting, willow weaving and wool making.

Sausage-making and bread baking demonstrations proved popular, as did displays from local craftsmen and women.

A particular hit were the pens with live animals, including rare breed poultry, sheep and lambs, a Shire horse, goslings and piglets.

The climbing wall, and learning to walk a tightrope with ‘The Slackline School’ were also hugely popular.

“Mr Bloom has proven immensely popular, the animals are popular, almost all of it,” said Mr Cowling. “Everybody is liking different things and that’s great.

“There’s a decent crowd, a lot of people, and hopefully they are enjoying their day.

“I’m enjoying the day! It’s wonderful to come along and see families enjoying themselves. They obviously are. The kids are enjoying it, so the parents are enjoying it.

“And we all know it’s much easier with children who are enjoying themselves rather than not!”

Nigel Pulling, chief executive of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, said: “It was a wonderful day and we’ve had fantastic feedback already.

“Apart from being a great day out, it enabled us to showcase elements of farming and the countryside in a fun and entertaining way.”