Accessible event venues help to make attending or being involved with the fantastic range of events more available to everyone. We understand how important accessibility is for both our visitors and event organsiers and how accessible event venues can help.We are delighted to be able to offer a completely accessible venue. YEC allows people with physical or learning disabilities to enjoy community life, socialise and plan days out with the same dignity and convenience as everyone else – which can often be taken for granted.

Changing Places toilet facilities open at the Yorkshire Event Centre. The new facility in Hall 2 will be open during events held at the Yorkshire Event Centre, allowing all visitors to attend and enjoy events.

Looking for a venue to hire for your next event? From our award winning venue to a dedicated, friendly events team, we are here to help make your event amazing!

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The UK’s only trade show for the ice cream industry – Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 February 2019


The Ice Cream and Gelato Expo 2019 takes place in Hall 1 at the Yorkshire Event Centre, a UK trade show venue. It is the UK’s only trade show for the ice cream industry.

Visitors can expect everything from a huge variety of ice cream, to machinery, sundries, equipment and packaging.  Most importantly, an amazing array of ice cream to inspire and delight you!

Organised by the industry’s trade association – the Ice Cream Alliance (ICA).  With many ICA members experiencing a bumper 2018, the trade show comes at an ideal time for this years trends. Certainly a must-do event for anyone in the industry looking for a chance to network and launch new products.

“The Ice Cream Alliance is 75 years old this year,” commented Zelica Carr, Ice Cream Alliance CEO. “This will be our 69th trade Expo. With the best year in our history in terms of ice creams sales just finished, the industry is in a very strong position to go forward and face fresh challenges.”[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”50px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” text_align=”left” box_shadow_on_row=”no”][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”351685″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”link_image”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”351684″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”link_image”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” text_align=”left” box_shadow_on_row=”no”][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”50px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][vc_column_text]

Broadcaster to announce winners of National Ice Cream Championships


The 2019 expo will welcome TV and radio’s Nigel Barden.  Nigel will be announcing the winners of the National Ice Cream Championships held annually at the expo.

With a total of 16 categories ranging from the most popular flavours across to innovation in new flavours and presentation, as well as a ‘Newcomers’ award. Category winners are judged at the Expo and an overall UK Champion is also announced. Winners receive a coveted Ice Cream Alliance Winners Certificate and magnificent silver trophy

Nigel Barden is a food and drink broadcaster, who has worked with Simon Mayo and Chris Evans, on their Sony Gold award winning BBC Radio 2 shows for 12 years and is the food correspondent for BBC London.  He specialises in promoting British ingredients and artisan producers, particularly in his role as chairman of judges for The Great Taste Awards, Farm Shop & Deli Awards, World Cheese Awards, British Cookery School Awards, Deliciously Yorkshire and host of the National Fish & Chip Awards.

“We are delighted to have Nigel announcing the winners of our prestigious National Ice Cream Championships which we have been running for 75 years,” commented Zelica Carr, Ice Cream Alliance CEO.  “The Championships showcase the creativity and dynamism of the ice cream market.”[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”50px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” text_align=”left” box_shadow_on_row=”no”][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”351674″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”link_image”][vc_column_text]

Judging at the 2018 National Ice Cream Competition

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Nigel Barden

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Free parking makes visiting us easy.  For more details and to plan your trip please see our Visit Us section.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”50px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”yes” type=”full_width” text_align=”left” box_shadow_on_row=”no”][vc_column][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”351082″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_empty_space height=”50px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][vc_column_text]Looking for things to do in Harrogate?  For details on events and exhibitions coming up at the Yorkshire Event Centre see our What’s On guide.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

2018 saw continued venue improvements at the YEC. The Yorkshire Café, which links Hall 1 and Hall 2 has undergone an amazing refit. YEC is attracting more and more visitors to the venue with each event. This latest project is a great example of how our venue continues to grow and improve.

Did you know, 100% of the profits from all business across the Great Yorkshire Showground fund the work of registered charity, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society?  So whether you are holding or supporting an event at the YEC, having a wedding

Christmas Competition

Christmas Competition closes 8am Friday 14th December 2018

Win a Christmas tree and 2 x tickets to Harrogate Spring Flower Show 2019

Don’t miss our Christmas competition.  You have a chance to win a Christmas tree of your choice.  Prize includes FREE delivery within a 5 mile radius of Harrogate Christmas Tree Centre. and 2 x adult tickets to Harrogate Flower Show.

Harrogate Christmas Tree Centre offers the widest selection of both strong and low needle retention Christmas Trees. Picking a real Christmas tree is a very memorable experience – each tree is unique so you can choose exactly the right tree for you.

The winner will also receive 2 x adult tickets to Harrogate Flower Show 2019, the UK’s premier gardening event.  The 2019 show is held 25th – 28th April 2019,  tickets are valid for any day. All you need to do to enter our Christmas competition is head over to our Facebook page.  Share a festive photo with us and let us know who you might take with you to the Harrogate Spring Flower Show.  Entries close 8am Friday 14th December 2018. Looking for things to do in Harrogate?  For details on events and exhibitions coming up at the Yorkshire Event Centre see our What’s On guide.

If you are looking for ideas or things to do with the kids during half term, we have the perfect day out for you!   Young and young at heart can experience the thrills at Harrogate’s Indoor Funfair. The Yorkshire Event Centre is set to host Harrogate’s first ever indoor funfair.    Providing family fun throughout the October half term. Bringing you a range of traditional fairground rides.  The best bit is that it is all under cover!  So there is plenty of fun to be had whatever the weather.

Activities and things to do with the kids during half term in Yorkshire.

If you are looking for ideas or things to do with the kids during half term, we have the perfect day out for you!   Young and young at heart can experience the thrills at Harrogate’s Indoor Funfair.

The Yorkshire Event Centre is set to host Harrogate’s first ever indoor funfair. Providing family fun throughout the October half term.

Bringing you a range of traditional fairground rides.  The best bit is that it is all under cover!  So there is plenty of fun to be had whatever the weather. Hall 1 will have a range of fairground rides predominantly aimed at younger children, like Cup and Saucers and Helter Skelters but also with dodgems and Waltzers for bigger kids. A great indoor idea when looking for things to do with the kids during half term.

Paul Ashton from the Yorkshire Event Centre said: “We’re really excited about hosting the first indoor funfair for Harrogate in Hall 1 here at YEC. There will be rides to suit all the family, whatever the weather everyone will be able to enjoy great value fun packed rides, and experience all the fun of the fair over the school holidays!”

There’s something for the whole family to participate in.

If you prefer to stay grounded you can enjoy a variety of fun fair stalls.  Try your luck on a selection of traditional prize and game stalls including hook-a-duck and the classic coconut shy.  Please note all these stalls will be priced per go.

YEC is located just outside Harrogate town centre with plenty of free parking. Pay £10 admission for either the morning session (11am – 2pm) or the afternoon session (3pm – 6pm).  Once inside all funfair rides are free.   The perfect opportunity to let the kids have some fun before heading into town or enjoying the local countryside.

John Lowery from Show Organisers, Events and Attractions Limited said. “As a Yorkshire based company we are looking forward to providing Harrogate’s First ever indoor funfair. We hope families come and enjoy as many rides as they want within the 3 hour session.  All indoors away from the muddy fields and cold weather. Plenty of rides for the younger generation from Chair O Planes to a Toy set.  We will even have a large children’s roller coaster!”

The funfair will run from Saturday October 27 to Sunday November 4.  Food and drink is available from our onsite café.  For further information see

Funfair Details

A £10 riding wristband allows you to ride as many rides within the 3 hour session as possible.  Visitor numbers for each session will be limited, advanced tickets can be purchased to guarantee entry.

Rides will include:-

Balloon Ride
Children’s Mini Miami
Children’s Cup and Saucer
Children’s Octopus Ride
Chair O Planes (small and large)
Dodgems (mini and full size)
Formula Children’s Ride
Fun House
Helter Skelter
Jumping Jack Children’s Ride
Roller Coasters
Tiger Inflatable Play Centre

Spectator tickets will be available for £2 which will allow access to the hall but not admission onto any of the rides.  Children under 3 years enter for FREE.  If children under 3 wish to go on any rides they must be accompanied by someone who has purchased a riding wristband. This is a family event and all teenagers must be accompanied by an adult.

Parking access will be available 30mins before each session starts.  Please note, for safety reasons there will be some height/age restrictions on some rides. Plan your visit to the Yorkshire Event Centre.

Yorkshire offers some amazing countryside shows celebrating  food, farming and countryside.

Countryside Live is one of the countryside shows held at the Yorkshire Event Centre.  This year visitors can meet Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen and TV favourite, Peter Wright of Channel 5’s The Yorkshire Vet.  Both expected to be very popular attractions.

Countryside shows provide the perfect day out for families.  Visitors to Countryside Live will experience a cookery theatre, live performances, shopping and of course, plenty of animals.  Another main attraction is the Create + Explore area which is packed with hands-on activities for children.

Now in its 16th year, Countryside Live attracts around 12,000 visitors across two days.  200 animals are entered in competitions and classes across the weekend.  From horses to honey, pigs to poultry, sheep to rabbits, there are competitions and classes for all! There are plenty of family activities, which are mainly free once you inside the event.  Birds of prey displays, shopping stands, horticultural classes and farriery competitions will certainly provide something for the whole family.

Amanda Owen the Yorkshire Shepherdess

Fans can meet Amanda on Saturday 20 when she will be signing her books and calendar as well as speaking on stage.   Amanda runs a 2,000 acre farm with 1,000 sheep in North Yorkshire.  Amanda is also a regular on TV with numerous appearances.

Amanda said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been invited to Countryside Live. It promises to be a truly fascinating event, both educational and enjoyable.  People can gather together to celebrate our infinitely varied and diverse English countryside. It is a great honour to have the opportunity to provide an insight into life as a hill shepherdess.  Also, what it is like to be responsible for ‘working the view’ rural living.  Also how farming has shaped the iconic Yorkshire Dales landscape.”

Show Director Charles Mills said: “Amanda is a wonderful ambassador for farming.  We look forward to hearing about her life and welcoming her to Countryside Live.  A very special event which showcases the very best of food, farming and the countryside.”

Peter Wright from The Yorkshire Vet

Peter will appear on the Sunday when he will be signing copies of his debut book.   The Yorkshire Vet: In The Footsteps of Herriot will be hot off the presses. Peter’s books will be on sale at the event where Peter will also be doing live Q&As on stage.

Peter will present awards to the winners of the Supreme Beef Championship and Supreme Pairs of Lambs.

Peter said: “I’m delighted to be part of this year’s Countryside Live.  It promises to be a fun and informative event.  Showing a great celebration of farming and country life.  I’m excited to meet the wonderful fans who have supported The Yorkshire Vet and made it what it is today.  I will be signing copies of my book which tells my story from my days as a trainee for Alf Wight, the real James Herriot. ”

Show Director Charles Mills said: “We are thrilled to have Peter on board and we know he will go down a storm with the public.  Visitors will have the chance to meet him on the Sunday and hear his story live on stage.”

Not forgetting, new for this year will be a pop up pub called the Tipsy Heifer.  Overlooking the Main Ring, visitors will be delighted with live entertainment from Stray FM presenters Will Smith and Nick Hancock.  Entertainment at the pub including quizzes three times a day with over £500 worth of prizes to win. Prizes will include Fodder Afternoon Tea vouchers and Great Yorkshire Show family tickets. There will also be a live broadcast of the show between 12noon and 2pm, definitely not to be missed!

Tickets are on sale now and parking is free. Members of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society are entitled to free entry, on production of their membership card.  See our What’s On section for details of  countryside shows and other family friendly events coming up.

Cycle Expo Yorkshire promises to be a mass celebration of cycling.

From an adrenaline-fuelled road bike rampage to BMX championships and multiple demo zones.  The whole family can explore and experience the UK’s most interactive cycle show.  The expo will take place across the indoor and outdoor event space here at the Yorkshire Event Centre.  The YEC is based right in the heart of the UK’s capital of cycling, Yorkshire.  As well as being the largest single event space in the North East YEC has 250 acres of outdoor event space.

Cycle Expo Yorkshire will be backed by some of the biggest names in cycling.

Lizzie Deignan has been unveiled as ambassador for Cycle Expo Yorkshire. Lizzie, reigning Commonwealth champion and Olympic silver medallist, grew up in Otley.  BMX champion Matti Hemmings and Yorkshire born and bred reigning UCI Elite World Champion Jack Carthy will both be demonstrating their skills across the indoor and outdoor event space.  Don’t miss the demonstrations throughout the weekend.  British and European trails champion Danny Butler will be wowing the crowds by putting road bikes through their paces.  Danny will be performing a series of freestyle trick displays.

A number of test tracks and demo zones will be installed across the outdoor event space.  Therefore, making test riding the latest models available for all biking abilities.   Cycle Expo Yorkshire will also use the multi terrain outdoor event space to host live racing during the expo.

A range of companies showcasing the best in cycling equipment, tours and bikes will be exhibiting across both event halls.  Exhibitors include Zyro Fisher, Canyon, Cannondale and Raleigh.

Charlotte Scoular of Cycle Expo Yorkshire said: “There is so much to see and do at Cycle Expo Yorkshire.  There really is a feast of entertainment for all the family to enjoy. We’re so excited to be able to bring a wide range of cycling disciplines to the event.  We hope that we can get as many people as possible excited about cycling. Whether you’re a complete novice, budding amateur or a serious professional on two wheels, Cycle Expo Yorkshire will be a must-see event.”

Cycle Expo Highlights will include

Exhibition Zone

A collection of the leading cycling brands in the UK, where visitors can try, test and buy the latest bikes, clothing and accessories.

Test track and demo zone

Set in more than 250 acres of indoor and outdoor space, Cycle Expo Yorkshire will host five demo areas, from a bespoke built woodland mountain bike track, to an e-bike test track, kids zone and main test track where visitors can try out all the latest bike models.

Kids activity zone

In partnership with HSBC UK Go Ride coaches and Little Rippers there will be actives throughout the show for the little ones, with Go Ride Coaches on hand to give hints and tips to get kids up and pedalling.

Women’s ride out

In partnership with HSBC UK Breeze, Cycle Expo Yorkshire will be running a women’s only ride to Wetherby. There will also be talks and advice on women’s cycling throughout the show.

UK BMX Flatland Championships

Hosted by founder of the UK Flatland Championships and triple Guinness World Record holder, Matti Hemmings, the championships will see pro riders battle for the title. With riders showing off tricks and stunts galore, this is a spectacular show as much as a fierce competition.

Road circuit race

Hosted by Chevin Cycles, the road circuit race is your chance to spot the UK’s next Sir Bradley Wiggins and Lizzie Deignan where the UK’s best amateur cyclists will battle it out around a closed circuit race.

Road Bike Rampage

The UK’s only live action show to specifically perform freestyle tricks on a road bike, five times British and European trials champion Danny Butler will put a carbon fibre road bike through its paces.

Yorkshire cyclocross

Running throughout the grounds, the best cyclocross racers in the UK will go wheel to wheel at the Cycle Expo.

Yorkshires cycle exhibition joins the fight for sustainability.

Cycle Expo Yorkshire will also be addressing the use of plastic in the sporting industry. Eco conscious brands such as GRN Sportswear are on board to help raise awareness.

Yorkshire based Jet2holidays will be headline sponsor of the Cycle Expo’s Travel Zone.  Visitors can find out all they need to know about travelling abroad with your bike. The Travel Zone exhibitors will cover everything from organised cycle tours to the logistics of taking your bike on a plane.

Cycle Expo Yorkshire is a partnership between Welcome to Yorkshire and Leeds-based marketing and events specialists XSEM, both of which are advocates for boosting tourism and cycling in Yorkshire.

Book Tickets

Whatever style of biking you are into, one thing’s for sure, this event is not to be missed by any diehard cycling fans!  You can buy tickets here.

When looking to plan an event, exhibition or conference, we understand it is important that event organisers have a clear picture of what our venue looks like. If you can’t come and experience our amazing space we would like to share it with you, by taking you on a 360 virtual tour of the Yorkshire Event Centre.

A large event calls for an impressive venue to match.  Whether it’s a conference or awards dinner you are running, a venue that caters for large capacities is essential.  As the festive season draws closer, a large banquet and dinner venue becomes increasingly popular.

At the YEC we recognise catering is an important element of any event.  We enjoy tailoring food to each events specific needs.  We can accommodate from 500 to 2,500 guests at a banquet and dinner.  Priding ourselves on being able to help you to create the perfect setting, mood and menu for your event.

When choosing a large banquet and dinner venue the food will play an important role in yours guests overall experience.

Nobody wants a ‘hangry’ delegate or visitor!  Therefore when choosing a menu, consider your audience.  Catering for a large conference will require a different menu to an awards dinner.  It’s important to think about your guest’s schedule.  Delegates at a conference will be looking for food to refuel to stay focused for the rest of the day.  However, your dinner guests need to wowed both visually and flavour wise by the menu choice.

We are passionate about great, local food and ensuring all our visitors experience a culinary delight.  We work closely with our catering partners CGC Event Caterers.

CGC is a long-established event caterer with a distinctive Yorkshire identity. They have a wealth of experience planning and delivering great food. They offer the attentive service and craftsmanship needed for a large banquet and dinner venue. Their dedicated, highly skilled team are always hungry to do more!  They will support your event and bring your menu visions to life.  They appreciate that sourcing the finest ingredients is just the first step in delivering beautifully presented and delicious food. Their chefs take great care in creating dishes that will delight diners and show the very best of seasonal produce.

We asked Mark Harrison at CGC to give us an insight into event catering life –

How long have you been in the events industry?

I have a long career in the catering industry; I started as a waiter in hotels before joining the team at CGC as an Event Manger and like many, worked my way up from there.

Where do you source your ingredients? 

Our ethos here at CGC is to source all of our ingredients locally where possible, it tastes better and helps reduce our carbon footprint. We work with a number of great suppliers and have done so for many years such as Lishman’s of IlkleyTaylors of HarrogateMackenzies Smokehouse, plus many more. We also pride ourselves on being able to tailor menus to our client’s needs, so will look to use bespoke suppliers if it’s suits the event’s menu better or the client wishes to feature them on their menu.

What do you think makes a successful menu for a large banquet and dinner venue?

The ultimate measure of success for us is that the client is happy, there are of course a number of ways to achieve this but the main and most simple thing is to listen to the client. We make sure we get their input and are involved from start to finish with our expertise guiding them.

What do you think makes the biggest impression on a plate?

Having a bright, vibrant and colourful plate is a great and simple way to create a big impression. As the saying goes ‘you eat with your eyes’! By making sure you have a beautiful looking plate that also tastes delicious will leave customers feeling satisfied. You can easily create a splash of colour by adding edible flowers, or a brightly coloured puree brushed across the plate.

What is the biggest challenge when running a large event or dinner?

A lot of people don’t see or think about the work that goes on behind the scenes at a large dinner – and that is exactly what we want as it means the event is running seamlessly front of house. Guests will only be at a dinner event for roughly 5 hours, but for the team the event starts 2 days before. Event Managers and waiting staff will lay up tables and work with the AV team and event stylists to turn a blank canvas venue into an amazing setting for a black tie dinner.

The logistics of running a large event from a catering perspective is massive; on top of the 1,500 guests we’re likely to have 15 Chefs, 15 Managers, 10 porters, 4 drivers and 130-150 waiting staff. The timings need to be exactly in-line with the client’s needs and of course be everything they expect and more!

If you were to offer one piece of advice to someone looking to design a bespoke menu, what would it be?

Be seasonal, and be local. Yorkshire is surrounded by an abundance of great produce and the simple truth is, it just tastes better!

YEC and CGC understand that it is not just the menu that completes a catering experience.  Our versatile spaces allow you to optimise seating arrangements and the way guests flow through your event.  If you are an event organiser and would like to be kept up to date with news and updates on the YEC please join our mailing list.

Contact us if you would like more information or if you are looking for a large banquet and dinner venue.

A recent auction held at YEC raised funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Cheese lovers at the Great Yorkshire Show raised over £6,000 to help the Yorkshire Air Ambulance save lives. On the last day of the event visitors are given the chance to bid for a round of their favourite cheese.

Natural light is not only good for you, it’s also good for your event.  There are many benefits of choosing event venues with natural light.

Light is a much more than a source of energy. For thousands of years, civilisation has revolved around daylight. It can even influence our wellbeing and mood.

Natural daylight can have a huge impact on a building and its visitors.  Of course utilising natural light instead of relying solely on artificial light helps reduce energy consumption.  But did you know how important natural light is for productivity, concentration and overall health?

How many events have you exhibited at or attended where you have no idea if it is still light outside or even what the weather is like?  Lets face it, we are obsessed with the weather in the UK!

Natural light in the workplace is accepted as an important design feature because of its benefits.  It can help us to focus, enables us to get more done, and even makes us happier. Yet it can easily be overlooked for meeting rooms, conferences and exhibitions.  Selecting event venues with natural light helps create a more pleasant place to be for the visitor.  Event venues that offer a light, bright environment are often now at the top of an organisers list.

Hall 1 was re designed by Leeds based P+HS Architects, their aim was to create a highly flexible and sustainable building that was good to visit and work in.  As part of the re fit they installed 953 LED lights and 465 glass panels throughout the YEC.  This provides plenty of options to create perfect lighting for all types of events.  For events that require black out – electric blinds are in place that can be lowered and lifted at a touch of a button – making YEC a truly versatile venue.

Gin has never been hotter so we have teamed up with Masons to produce a special, limited edition gin!  Making its way to the top of the trendiest drinks list, gin events in Yorkshire are becoming increasingly popular.  Here are some of the top pick gin events in Yorkshire.

Despite it’s recent popularity gin is far from a ‘new drink’.  In fact, British gin consumption can be traced back to the 17th century.  Soldiers fighting alongside the Dutch would have taken a swig before going into battle.  It is believed that this is where the phrase ‘’Dutch courage’’ originally came from.

Masons Gin based in Bedale, are Yorkshire’s first distillery creating amazing artisan spirits.  Their award winning gins are still distilled in their 300 litre copper pot named Steve! To mark the Great Yorkshire Show’s 160th anniversary we have worked with Masons to create a truly Yorkshire gin with a real in season twist.  Apple blossom collected from trees behind the Yorkshire Event Centre will give the gin it’s unique flavour.  The orchard was planted by the Northern Fruit Group in 2001.  It features 15 Yorkshire heritage varieties dating back to the 1800s.

Barry Mageean, lead distiller at Masons harvesting the blossom from our orchard. Masons Gin stand in the Food Hall at the Yorkshire Event Centre.

Cathy Mason, who set up Masons Gin with husband Karl, said: “We wanted to do something to mark this big anniversary and to tie our special distillation in with the show.”

Great Yorkshire Show Director Charles Mills said: “This year is a big celebration for the show and we are delighted that Masons are helping us to toast our 160th anniversary in true Yorkshire fashion and in a way that incorporates a real link to the showground and its beautiful landscape.”

Masons is known for its dry Yorkshire gin and has developed a range of flavours since it was established five years ago. Their gins have won a host of awards, with the latest being the UK’s Best Contemporary Gin for the Lavender.  The distillery is no stranger to producing more uncommon flavours, with Distilled Sloe, Steve’s Apple and Peppered Pear among previous special editions.  Keep your eyes peeled for them at gin events in Yorkshire. The special edition GYS Apple Blossom gin will be available to buy from the Masons stand in the Food Hall at the Great Yorkshire Show (Tuesday 10 – Thursday 12 July 2018).  If you are lucky enough to pick up one the 100 bottles being produced we recommend you enjoy it served chilled, in a balloon copa glass over plenty of ice.  See Masons Perfect Serves for inspiration on mixers and complementary garnish ideas!

A trade show attracts 1,000’s of visitors and provide an ideal opportunity for businesses and traders to meet existing or potential customers in a way that online marketing alone cannot match. Even with the advances of online interaction, physically attending a trade show can help gain your business or brand great exposure.  Unlike other forms of marketing, a trade show presents you with an audience that has an invested interest in your industry and are specifically there to source new products and build contacts.  As an exhibitor you have the opportunity to see how your range fits in (or stands out!) from current market trends.

The benefits of exhibiting at a trade show are vast but in the arts and craft industry it is a massive advantage to be able to let customers experience your product range first hand.  British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) is a popular trade show which runs over 3 days here at the Yorkshire Event Centre.

BCTF Harrogate has been running for more than 44 years, it presents an attractive selection of the best hand-made British giftware, arts and crafts all under one roof.  Differing from other trade fairs in that no mass-manufactured products or products made overseas are allowed.  There may never be a better time to buy British, helping support the UK economy and exposing local talent.  Products with a “made in Britain” tag come with a powerful branding message for the trend-conscious and ethically aware consumer.

BCTF organiser, Margeret Bunn’s passion for art and craft has seen her work with British designer-makers for over 35 years, she has helped many hundreds of young makers take their first steps in dealing with retail buyers.

Margeret said: “The 2018 show has had a great buzz and positive, upbeat atmosphere with many top-end buyers in attendance. This is our second year in the new hall, a wonderful, purpose built venue which provides the perfect environment for buyers to source new products. Feedback from both exhibitors and buyers has been overwhelmingly positive and we are delighted at how the show has been received, a good time has been had by all.” 

The show organisers held their annual 2018 awards ceremony on Monday April 9, recognising numerous Yorkshire based craft designers.

Leeds-based Faye Stevens was presented with the best Greeting Card Award and Halifax publisher Catherine Kleeli with a commended in the same category.

York-based designer, Joanna Coupland, scooped the Wow Factor award for best stand at the show after being selected by a majority of fellow exhibitors for the third year running. She shared her win in this category with Harrogate home interiors designers, Albert & Alfred, who received an equal number of votes.

Albert & Alfred were also highly commended in the BCTF Award for Excellence and Rotherham-based ceramicist, Sarah Saunders, was commended in the same category.

Albert & Alfred – Wow Factor award for Best Stand & highly commended in the BCTF Award for Excellence.

Catherine Kleeli – Commended in Best Greeting Card Award.[

The full list of winners, highly commended and commended exhibitors includes:

BCTF Award For Excellence, sponsored by PSM Ltd: Winner – Anderson Creations, Highly Commended – Albert And Alfred, Commended – Sarah Saunders Ceramics

Best Newcomer Award, sponsored by Craftanddesignonline: Winner – Charlotte Wilkinson Glass, Highly Commended – Rouaida Jewellery

Giftware Association Award For Excellence: Winner – Charlotte Hupfield Ceramics, Highly Commended – Ann Charlish Studio, Commended – Rachel Thornton

Award For Excellence In Jewellery sponsored by the National Association Of Jewellers (NAJ): Winner – Ellen Monaghan, Highly Commended – Caroline Finlay

Greetings Card Award sponsored by Greetings Today: Winner – Faye Stevens, Highly Commended – Rhombus And Pineapple, Commended – Artinker, The DM Collection, Catherine Kleeli Cards. Greetings Today editor, Tracey Bearton, gave her ‘Just Because’ award to Rhian Winslade Ceramics, which produced a lovely range of cards for the show.

Wow Factor, sponsored by DesignGap/ArtGap and voted for by exhibitors: Joint winners – Joanna Coupland and Albert & Alfred.

The next edition of the British Craft Trade Fair will take place from April 7-9 2019, for more information see

Main Image – Flossy Teacakes Ceramic and mixed-media miniature British world. For details on the full range please visit

We love colour and probably have the most colourful venue in the UK but our absolute favourite colour is green.  In order to go green you must first be able to think green. Here at the Yorkshire Event Centre we strongly believe in being environmentally friendly and doing our bit to help the planet. Sustainability has always been important to us and was an integral part of the design process when we built Hall 1.
The events and festival industry have a reputation for being highly disposable but our ethos is to minimise and reuse any waste produced.  Zero waste events simply mean using resources more efficiently, this not only helps to reduce costs which we can then pass onto our clients but also reduces environmental impacts.

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With the dramatic and diverse scenery that Yorkshire has to offer coupled with the picturesque towns and cities, it’s no surprise that Yorkshire has become such a popular UK destination with tourers. From glamping and eco pods to spacious, modern motorhomes, the range of accommodation choice available is vast.  A Motorhome and Campervan show is the perfect way to get you started!

Right on cue to kick off the start of the season, the Yorkshire Event Centre will running 2 Motorhome and Campervan shows in 2018.  We will be welcoming back the Warners Shows team for the 6th year hosting The Yorkshire Motorhome and Accessory Show. 2018 is set to be the largest show to date, attracting national and international visitors. Utilising Hall 1 and Hall 2 plus lots of outdoor space, over 120 exhibitors and 300 motorhomes and campervans will be on show from Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th March.
The ‘experts theatre’ will be running free seminars across the weekend offering advice from buying your first vehicle to staying connected when on the road with WIFI tips.
Test drives will also be available, why not let the Caravan & Motorhome Club guide you through some set manoeuvring scenarios in a free 20-minute session.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”50px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][vc_column_text]If you are looking for something more compact but brimming with character don’t miss Springdub! VW Campervans are perfect if you just want to get up and go. From campervan conversion to high performance parts, Springdub is a must for any dub fan. Fantastic display of show vehicles, trade stands, club stands and even a chance to meet some super heroes. Springdub will be exhibiting Saturday 14th April.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”50px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” text_align=”left” box_shadow_on_row=”no”][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”350107″ img_size=”full” onclick=”link_image”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”350194″ img_size=”full” alignment=”right” onclick=”link_image”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” text_align=”left” box_shadow_on_row=”no”][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”50px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][vc_column_text]Once you have visited the Motorhome and Campervan show to select your new wheels you don’t have far to go for your first stop off. Pick a pitch at Harrogate Caravan Park overlooking the beautiful Crimple Valley. The perfect base for exploring Harrogate, York and Leeds plus the wonderful countryside and Dales beyond.


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We are delighted to welcome Continuity Fairs to the Yorkshire Event Centre for 2018.  YEC will be hosting the new Yorkshire antiques fair in Harrogate.

There are 3 fantastic antique fairs planned for 2018.

The 3 fairs will attract visitors across Harrogate and Yorkshire.  The first Great Yorkshire Antiques Fair will be held Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th March with additional shows in June & October.

This will be the largest Antique Home & Vintage Fair in the North with up to 400 stands displaying a large selection of vintage items and collectibles.  The fair will be held across both internal exhibition halls.  Premium antiques on sale in the main hall & a separate table top section offering rare finds and exciting treasures in hall 2.  From jewellery to furniture, porcelain to china, clocks to collectibles.  The Yorkshire Antiques Fair promises a fabulous range of antiques to suit every budget.

BBC Bargain Hunt to film at the YEC.

The October fair (Saturday 6 – Sunday 7) will bring the BBC to Harrogate.  An episode of Bargain Hunt will be filmed across both days of the antiques fair.  Allowing visitors to come and watch the experts in action whilst hunting out their own bargains!

Nick Bayliss of Continuity Fairs gives us an insight into some of the highlights;

“We will have the Swiss Post Bike which dates back to 1943 and would bring post to the front line. It has still got all the original leather bags on it – including a place for a pistol to go behind the seat”


Friday 16th February 2018, Harrogate. UK
Picture Credit Charlotte Graham
Pictures shows:

“Eugene the 1920s butler figure is with Bates Antiques of Oxford and is always a talking point for them when they’re at shows. There will also be plenty of country furniture as this is particularly popular in Harrogate and Yorkshire – you won’t be disappointed!”


Tickets for the fair are available on the door.  Free parking and an onsite café this event is set to make an enjoyable day out for collectors and buyers alike.  See What’s On for further information and making the most of your visit.

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