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Halifax Show has for many years brought you some of the biggest and most entertaining showground and main ring attraction that you probably have not seen locally before – and 2018 plans to keep with this tradition.

This year welcomes four big attractions: The Britalian Job recreating the famous chase scene from The Italian Job with a trio of Mini Coopers; The Sheep Show introducing various sheep with a story to tell and a dance to their own theme tune; The City of York Pipe Band playing a vast repertoire of music; plus The Yorkshire Air Ambulance landing so you can see them up close. Other attractions include; The Rockwood Harriers, Chick Hatching, Saxon Karate Club, Ferret Racing, Halifax Jiu Jitsu, Bee Displays, Alpacas, Dry Stone Walling, Mini Zoo, Donkey Rides, Fairground, Puppet Shows, Bouncy Castles, Children’s Competitions, Local Community Groups, plus much more.

As usual there will be thousands of exhibits in hundreds of classes covering competitions for horses, ponies, cattle, sheep, goats, poultry, eggs, vintage vehicles, horticulture, handicrafts, rabbits, cavies, mice, bees – plus our ever-popular fun dog show. There will also be over sixty trade stands and craft stalls around the showground – from artisan foods to handicrafts and from local businesses to charity fundraising – plus there will be our usual food court and beer tent.



  • Can I Buy In Advance ? Yes, up to 4pm on Friday you can Save 20% HERE.
  • Can I Pay On the Gate ? Yes, but we only accept cash. But you can pay in advance up to 4pm the day before HERE.
  • How Can I Get There ? We encourage use of public transport, and directions can be found HERE.
  • Where Can I Park ? We have parking off Savile Park Road and directions can be found HERE.
  • Are Dogs Allowed ? We welcome dogs, all we ask is they are kept on lead and cleaned up after.
  • Is There Anything Else I Should Know ? We have a list of all our policies HERE.



  • 9.00 Gates Open To The Public
  • 10.00 York Pipe Band Parade
  • 11.00 Britalian Job – Mini Car Chase
  • 11.45 Rockwood Harriers
  • 12.30 Saxon Karate Demonstration
  • 13.00 Yorkshire Air Ambulance
  • 13.30 York Pipe Band Parade
  • 14.00 Halifax Jiu Jitsu Demonstration
  • 14.45 Shire Horse Parade
  • 16.00 Britalian Job – Mini Car Chase
  • 17.00 Close

Plus more will be added on the day.



Halifax Show Showground Plan 2018




The Britalian Job. A trio of red, white and blue Mini Coopers will recreate the famous chase scene from The Italian Job by stealing Gold Bullion from a Security van and making off with a tightly choreographed routine set to music from the iconic film. Comic capers and exciting stunt sequences will ensue and pyrotechnic special effects will thrill the audience as the doors are blown off and the heist gets underway. Great music and seamless precision driving continue are guaranteed to delight the whole family.

Britalian Job at Halifax Show



The Sheep Show is edu-tainment at its best. A live stage show offering up to 4 x 30 minute shows a day, appearing at over 120 outdoor shows throughout the country from the Orkney Isles to the Royal Cornwall. Presented in humorous kiwi style the show introduces us to 9 different breeds of sheep, each with a story to tell and are welcomed on to the stage by their own theme tune.

‘Lenny the Lincoln Long wool’ arrives to a great Bob Marley tune (very apt for a sheep that has natural dread locks). We are then given a very informative shearing display and learn more about wool. However, just to add to this already humorous but educational show, the sheep then do The Sheep Show Shuffle, Yes Dancing sheep.

The Sheep Show at Halifax Show 2018



The Rockwood Harriers were established in 1868 by Walter Norton of Denby Dale. They presently trail hunt the West Yorkshire area with some country on the Eastern side on loan from the Badsworth Hunt. They are bounded by Huddersfield, Mirfield, Horbury, Barnsley, Stocksbridge, Holmfirth & Bretton.

They dress in the traditional harrier colour of hunting green with members wearing the ‘old gold collar’ exclusive to this hunt. The kennels presently have 25 1/2 couple of hounds and are based at Blacker Farm, Emley, Huddersfield. At the show Joe Carby, Derry Wells and Peter Downs will be parading the hounds. Joe is the current Huntsman, Derry is the Kennelman in charge of the hounds at kennels and Peter is a whipper in who all work together on a hunting day.

Rockwood Hounds at Halifax Show



Watch the helicopters land, then see them up close, meet the crews, and see the work that the team does.

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance needs to raise £12,000 per day to keep both of their Yorkshire Air Ambulance’s helicopters maintained and in the air. The donations they receive go directly into the life saving service provided. However, as an independent Charity they rely on the generosity of those who support the service to continue to save lives across Yorkshire.

You can help the Yorkshire Air Ambulance continue to save lives across the region and make a difference to someone who needs the Charity’s help.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance at Halifax Show 


Sometimes in the centre of York you can hear the sound of the pipes and wonder where it’s coming from. Scotland, after all, is quite a long way further north. But it’s usually us – The City of York Pipe Band, playing for your entertainment in Parliament Street, just by Mark and Spencers. We enjoy the opportunity to practice our skills and entertain and you can book us for any special occasion you may have in mind, whether you want a full band, a mini band or even just a single piper. If you are already a piper or drummer, come and join us and develop your skills. If want to learn we give free tuition to help you develop to the point where you can play and march with the band. The band was formed in 1979 and is a member of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association. We are all volunteers and give our time and skill in support of our band.

York City Pipe Band 

Chick Hatching with Eggucation

With over 20 years experience delivering science and STEM education, Eggucation provides high quality and ethically sound enrichment experiences in schools right across Northern England. We are a family company, based on the northern edge of Sheffield, where we keep our birds in five star luxury, free ranging one of the many hills in the area!

We have a great team of passionate poultry breeders, each with our own flocks of champion birds, providing your school with a fabulous ‘Conservation in the Classroom‘ experience.

Eggucation at Halifax Show



Founded in 1981, Saxon Karate is one of the most famous karate clubs in the world. Saxon students have taken UK, European and world honours but still retain a family club atmosphere wherever they train. The Saxon Karate Club is a Shotokan karate club based throughout West Yorkshire and is headed by Sensei Leigh Smith, a highly respected 7th Dan black belt. If you are considering taking up karate, or already have training but are looking for an outstanding club, simply turn up to one of the many weekly training sessions, details of which can be found on the training page.

Saxon Karate Halifax Show



Four ferrets compete with each other, each in its own set of tubes, which are approximately 10 metres long. Interspersed along these lengths of tubes are small section of wire mesh, enabling the crowds to see the ferrets. Members of the audience can then encourage his or her chosen ferret to move through the tubes to the end, in as little time as possible. No physical contact is allowed with the ferret from the second it is placed in its own starting box, until the whole of the ferret (including tail tip) has exited from the other end of the tubes. Once the ferrets are released from their starting boxes, anything can – and usually does – happen. No-one can predict the outcome of a ferret race. There will also be ferret roulette, a single ferret is placed in a special drum with eight exits at the base, and the crowds guess which exit the ferret will use.

Ferret Racing at Halifax Show



In the Bee Tent there will be two observation hives with live bees, HBKA Honey, wax and photography awards, demonstrations of skep making ( skeps being the old way of keeping bees), bumble bee exhibits, plus there will be honey and products of the hive to buy.