Emley Show is one of the biggest dates in the Huddersfield area’s farming and social calendar.
Last year more than 12,000 visitors attended the event in one of the region’s most scenic venues – underneath the iconic Emley Moor mast.
This year the show, now in its 123rd year, is being held on Saturday, August 6, and promises everything from farm animals and sheepdogs to clowning, bee-keeping and wood carving.
We've got all the information you need for a fun family day out:
Where is the show?
The 2016 show ground is on Factory Lane, Emley. Use the postcode HD8 9TE for sat nav. There is a large free car park on site and a free bus service from Emley village.
What time are the gates opened and closed?
The showground is open from 7am and some show jumping events begin as early at 8am. However, most people arrive between 9am and 9.30am. Gates close after the last equine events in the early evening, as late as 7pm. The majority of visitors depart between 5pm and 5.30pm.
What time do the main show ring events start and finish?
The entertainment begins at 11am with Emley Band and ends at 4.25pm. The main show ring has a programme of displays of shire horses, owls, vintage tractors, hounds, a mounted fancy dress parade and stunt show. Two headliners are the shepherdess and sheepdog trainer Elaine Hill (11.25am and 2.50pm) and clown Dingle Fingle (12.15pm and 4.25pm).
How much are tickets?
Buy an advance ticket from www.emleyshow.co.uk for £8 (adults) or pay £10 on the gate. Tickets are also available from Wyevale Garden Centre, Shelley; Londis, Emley: and the Two Valleys Deli, Meltham. Children under 16 go free.
What sort of animals will be there?
The show has competitive classes for everything from caged birds and hamsters to goats, horses, cattle and sheep. The spirit of traditional agricultural shows is still very much alive at Emley. Despite falling numbers of larger animals in recent years, there are still plenty of prize cattle to see and the numbers of sheep being shown is growing.
What else is on show?
Honey-makers and bakers, wood carvers, photographers and artists all show their work at Emley. Gardeners and allotment holders bring their very best vegetables and flowers. There are dry-stone walling demonstrations and children’s races. A number of charities have stands. Around 100 businesses take trade stands at the show.
Who runs Emley Show?
The annual event, which costs more than £40,000 to stage, is masterminded by a committee of volunteers, who co-opt helpers for the big day. If you’d like to help prepare for this year’s big day then go along to the showground on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday (August 3,4 and 5) after 6.30pm and ask for Richard Hampshire, who organises the volunteers.