Your Guide to the Mirfield Show 2018
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Posted by Joseph Kelly on August 7, 2018
Sunday 19 August 2018 | Mirfield Showground | Gates open at 8.30am
Advanced Tickets from £4 | On the Day Tickets £6
The Mirfield Show is just a couple of week’s away and final preparations are now in full swing to get everything ready for the big day!
Gates open at 8.30am so get there early to make the most of your day and pick up your Show Day Guide to find out what’s on when and where.
Jonathan Evans, Chairperson comments; “I can’t wait for show day! We have a fantastic event lined-up, which the team have been busy planning for the last 12 months, which embraces this year’s theme celebrating Mirfield’s part in our region’s heavy woolen heritage. There’s so much to see and do for the entire family from sheep racing, to live egg-hatching, as well as watching local bands over on the music stage. I’m also looking forward to meeting our show opener Leila Higgins and her family who will be representing TimeStep Community Dance group.
“I would like to thank all our generous sponsors, particularly our gold sponsors Riva Homes and Orange Design Studio for their support which helps us put on a great family day. The show is organised entirely by a committee of volunteers whose passion and dedication help make the show bigger and better each year.
With the weather set to be a scorcher, we are hoping for a bumper turnout and our best show ever! ”
Here’s are just a few of the highlights to look forward to at this year’s Mirfield Show.
Main ring attractions
The crowds will be entertained from as soon as the gates open with the Horse and Pony Show followed by an action-packed day of attractions in the main ring.
Don’t miss Revolution Stunts performing at 12.15pm and 3.15pm. Revolution Stunts will bring their one man action-packed show, with thrilling fire, quad and parking stunts and a show highlight of the hilarious ‘Stunt Grandad’ act on his high powered mobility scooter.
Celebrating Mirfield’s heavy woolen heritage The Sheep Show is edu-tainment at it’s best. Presented in a humorous Kiwi style, the show will introduce various different breeds of sheep, each with their own story to tell. As well as an informative sheep shearing display and interesting and educational facts about wool, the show will keep you entertained with music and fun and the ever popular ‘Dancing Sheep’! The stars of The Sheep Show will battle it out in The Infamous Sheep Race, for first past the post, it’s a sight not to be missed at 1.30pm in the main ring.
Also in the main ring will be the ATC Marching Band, Children’s Fancy Dress Competition, Katie Philpott Dancers, Sutton School of Performing Arts and a display from the Rockwood Harriers.
Throughout the day, teams from across Yorkshire will be battling it out in the Tug of War with the grand final taking place at 4.10pm where the new champions will be crowned bringing the show to an exciting close.
Other attractions across the showground include The Baby Show taking place at 2pm with three classes for children aged from 0-2 years old. There only 15 spaces per classes so register early at the Information Desk to make sure you don’t miss out.
The Music Stage opens at 11am with a line-up of local bands, artists and performers taking to the stage.
Over in the Crowlees school grounds, there will be the Fun Dog Show starting at 11.30am. There will be Children’s Races and Competitions taking place throughout the day including a Sheep Hunt with a twist. Plus the Grange Moor Brass Band will get your toes tapping with their rousing performances at 12.30pm and 2pm.
The show will be opened by six year old Leila Higgins and her mum from TimeStep Community Dance based in Heckmondwike. Leila was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy following a stroke when she was just a few weeks old and her mum was advised by doctors she would never be able to walk. Leila who loves dancing was not going to let that stop her. Through one-to-one movement and dance sessions at Timestep Dance Studio, based at Ponderosa Business Park in Heckmondwike, she no longer uses her wheelchair in classes. She takes part in weekly group’s cheer sessions and private pilate classes and she hopes to do group ballet in the future. Leila will also be presenting the trophy’s to some of the winners later in the day.
Baking, handicrafts, flowers and more
In the Competition Tent, the talent will be clear to see as you can view competition entries from flower and veg, baking, arts and crafts and children’s competitions. The winners will be awarded their trophies later in the day including a brand new children’s trophy for most points.
The Competition Tent opens at 7.30am – 9.45am for entries. Register online via the website to avoid the queues. The tent will temporarily close whilst the judging commences reopening around 12.30pm so you can admire all the fantastic entries and see if you are a winner!
Children can make their competition entries with their friends at the Children’s Craft Day taking place on Saturday 11th August at the Mirfield Community Centre from 10am – 1pm.
The Made in Yorkshire Craft Tent encourages you to explore the wide variety of art and design Yorkshire has to offer. Showcasing 16 local craft stalls from ceramics, fine arts, photography, jewellery, furniture and more, which have all being lovingly designed and crafted right here in Yorkshire.
The Arts Hub will be joining us again this year with their crafts for kids area providing activities and craft for all children attending the show completely free of charge. Kids will be able to let their creative imaginations flow with a variety of activities to keep everyone entertained.
There are also a wide variety of field stalls selling everything from food and drink, to clothes, pet accessories and cars or you can find out more about the many local charities and businesses in the Mirfield area.
Mirfield Show is not possible without the generous support of our sponsors and partners. Our gold sponsors for 2018 are Riva Homes and Orange Design Studio. View the full list of sponsors and partners.
How to get there
The show takes place at The Mirfield Showground on Huddersfield Road. To ease traffic there is a free circular bus route operating around Mirfield and a free park and ride from Castle Hall School. For full details click here.
Great value family day out
Mirfield Show is a fantastic family day out attracting up to 10,000 visitors from across West Yorkshire and further afield. It remains fantastic value with adult tickets on the day priced at just £6 and children under 16 are free. If you are quick early bird tickets can be bought here and in selected shops in Mirfield from £4 until 15th August.