The benefits of booking your team building event at the Great Yorkshire Showground

The Great Yorkshire Showground boasts two fantastic venues on it’s iconic 250-acre site; Pavilions of Harrogate and the Yorkshire Events Centre (YEC). If you book a team building event at either venue, your delegates can take advantage of the many benefits associated with the Great Yorkshire Showground.

I need a team building event with outdoor space

Pavilions of Harrogate and the Yorkshire Events Centre (YEC) have a wealth of experience in hosting team building events that require outdoor space. In June 2023, a non-departmental public body focusing on the environment held their all-team meeting at the YEC for 2,000 delegates. This was the first time the team had been together since before the pandemic and they chose the YEC as our corporate social responsibility policies aligned. One highlight of the day was the two-hour lunch break providing all delegates with the opportunity to enjoy their lunch outside, network with colleagues, and relax on the lawns and participate in the vast array of garden games.

Meanwhile, our sister venue, Pavilions of Harrogate was the location for an event for a global company who specialise in creating and delivering high-performance technology. This diverse space was used to host their conference during the day, and in the evening the lawns were transformed into a mini festival for their delegates to enjoy.

Do you require a minimum number of attendees for a team building event?

The Great Yorkshire Showground is one location, two venues, endless opportunities. This means no matter how big or small your event is, we will have the space to accommodate you.

Pavilions of Harrogate is the ideal choice for smaller events and can host up to 500 delegates. Meanwhile, a short walk away is the YEC, which is perfect for events for up to 5000 attendees. Alongside these two fantastic venues, you can also use our 250-acre showground for any outdoor activities to support your team building strategy.

Our event requires parking – is there parking nearby?

One of the benefits of the Great Yorkshire Showground is the number of parking spaces available – there are thousands of free parking spaces on both grass and hard standing. We host the Great Yorkshire Show every year which sees 140,000 visitors flock to the showground with many requiring parking. We have ample parking for your attendees to avail of including several EV charging stations.

What catering options are available when you book an event on the Great Yorkshire Showground?

There are various catering options available when you book an event on the Great Yorkshire Showground. Both Pavilions of Harrogate and the YEC work with some of Yorkshire’s finest chefs who regularly provide a variety of tantalising menus from breakfasts to buffets and afternoon tea to 3-course meals. We understand that every event that takes place at our venues is different therefore we will provide you with a bespoke menu that is as unique as you are.

Pavilions of Harrogate and the Yorkshire Events Centre are award-winning venues that have been hosting events for both business and the wider public for many years. Our wealth of experience and extensive knowledge ensures every event that takes place on the Great Yorkshire Showground is a success. Both venues are owned by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS) and all profits go back to YAS, a registered charity helping to support and develop an environment where farming, food and the countryside thrives and grows.

If you wish to book an event at Pavilions of Harrogate or the Yorkshire Events Centre or find out more about the facilities we have on offer, please contact our Sales and Events team on 01423 544544 or you can email us on

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