A Great Yorkshire Family Day Out
The award-winning Mirfield Show is one of the best attended and respected family days out in West Yorkshire. Its roots are in the traditional Yorkshire agricultural show, but it also embraces the whole family including children, grandparents and family pets. It showcases a wide variety of traditional and modern events, attracting families from all over Mirfield, Dewsbury, Huddersfield, Kirklees, Calderdale and the rest of Yorkshire.
Sunday 20th August 2017
2017 will be great value family day out – remaining possible for every child to come to Mirfield Show and it cost them absolutely nothing. It remains free entrance for children, they can they can bring along their own refreshments, they can see a wide range of exciting attractions across the showground, and they can get involved with archery, play on the bouncy slides, visit the animal displays, watch the puppet shows, climb the climbing wall, or join in the welly wanging – all for free. Plus with thousands of exhibits in hundreds of classes and competitions – including, horses, dogs, rabbits, poultry, pigeons, flowers, vegetables, cookery, handicrafts, children’s games, family races, tripe eating and banana eating, baby show, build-a-scarecrow, creative writing, fancy dress and the ever popular tug-of-war – there is something for everyone.
Mirfield Show won the very first MyMirfield Community & Business Award for Best Event or Day Out in 2015. The award was publicly nominated, shortlisted and voted upon – to become a winner at the inaugural awards ceremony. The awards were celebrate those retailers, businesses and organisations that have made a positive contribution to the residents, high street or community of Mirfield. In June 2016, Mirfield Show also won the Huddersfield Examiner’s People’s Choice Awards for Best Outdoor Event. And in 2011, we were also a finalist in the Huddersfield Examiner Community Awards, and in 2013, Carl Sykes of Syngenta, announced Mirfield Show as winners of the prestigious award.
The 2016 Mirfield Show was sponsored by DM Keith Skoda [Main Ring], Stockeld Park [Main Ring], Floorings 4 You [Pinxton Puppets], James Walker Properties [Brass Band], Jewsons [Skips and Facilities], Malcolm Sandwith [Family Games and Children’s Races], Nest Photography [Baby Show], Asda [Banana Competition], Charlotte’s Ice Cream Parlour [Creative Writing], Colin Watson [Birds of Prey], Dusty Miller [Threshing Machine], Grace Landscapes [Fruit and Veg], Mirfield Community Centre [Childrens Domestics], Mirfield Construction Ltd [Giant Deck Chair], North Huddersfield Baby Sensory [Childrens Fancy Dress], Orange Design Studio [Dog Show], Ossett Brewery Taverns & Pun Co [Tug of War], Tax Assist [Horse & Pony Show], Westfields Nursery [Scarecrows], Wilcock & Co [Archery] and My Mirfield & Mirfield Marketing [Website]. Sponsors for 2017 will be posted here as confirmed.
Founded in 1945 by the Mirfield Agricultural & Horticultural Society, the first annual Mirfield Show took place on Saturday 14th July 1945 in the Memorial Grounds opposite the current showground. The first show had horses, cattle, dogs, rabbits, poultry, pigeons, trade stalls, horticulture and farm produce – much of which remains today – and within three years the show was bigger and better than ever, with record entries from all over the country. The show continued to grow to a peak in the 1960s with record number of entries and visitors, but after a brave battle following a few bad years, the show ceased during the 1980s. In 1995, the idea to resurrect Mirfield Show was aired and Mirfield Agricultural Society was founded, and the show was moved to Sunday 20th August to avoid a clash with the booming Great Yorkshire Show. Its new aim was ‘to organise something which reflected the spirit of Mirfield, that was a fun day out for the whole family, and that the people of Mirfield would be proud of’. Subsequent years have seen many main ring attractions such as dog displays, motorbikes, sheep shearing, majorettes, roman re-enactments, birds of prey, fire service displays, bike displays, shirehorses, bushtucker trials and children’s races – with even more attractions such as archery, fencing, climbing walls, steam trains, pony rides, silver bands farm animals, and puppet shows across the showground. 2015 was the 70th anniversary making more history along the way. Thanks you to everyone for coming along to join in the fun, the army of volunteers and external support, and also to the wide range of local businesses and organisations that have supported us by sponsoring attractions, taking adverts in the program or by taking up a stall on the day.