The Wrought Ironwork competitions will be back in 2021 on 13th to 16th July

Sponsored by The Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths

As part of the attractions for the Great Yorkshire Show, we aim to promote the blacksmithing trade and public awareness in this ancient craft, by hosting an interactive, hands on experience for visitors.

The 2021 show will will be packed full of events, not least in the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths marquee. There will be an exhibition of traditional and contemporary blacksmithing from several smiths, plus demonstrations in the craft taking place throughout the show.

In previous years, we have welcomed exhibition entries from both professional smiths as well as budding amateur blacksmiths. Due to COVID restrictions, we will continue to adapt the plans for this year’s show to meet government guidance. Please get in touch to find out more, or check the Exhibit Competition page for further details. We are also looking for professional blacksmiths to come and spend time demonstrating on the forge with our resident team, email Annabelle Bradley at gys@blacksmithcourse.co.uk for further details.





The main concern of Public Health is those who work at the Show as they will be on the Showground for long periods and be in contact with numerous visitors and other attendees.

All stewards, staff and exhibitors will therefore need to present a negative LFD test when they first arrive on site.  This test must be taken within 24hrs of your first arrival at the showground from Saturday 10th July.

On presentation of a negative test you will be given a wristband which must be worn throughout the show period to show proof of a negative test.  These wristbands do not provide entry to the show they are for covid test ID purposes only.

Testing / Checking of tests will start from Saturday 10th July. 

It is in your interest to test yourself before you arrive at the Showground but if you arrive without proof of a negative test you will not be allowed entry and a test kit will be provided at the gate, you will then need to go to a holding area to take the test yourself.  The test takes half an hour.  

You must register the results of your test on the government website at https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result or on the NHS App.

Once this is done you will be sent a text to your phone confirming a negative test result and it is this that you must present at a gate to obtain a wristband.

Anyone who does not have access to the internet can use an alternative form of communication and to register the test they can phone 119. They will then get a confirmatory text message on their phone which they present at gate.

Anyone receiving a positive LFD test should NOT come to the Showground or must leave the Showground, self isolate and take a confirmatory PCR test.  You must also report the positive test to us or where applicable your designated Covid Officer.


Free LFD tests can be obtained from your local pharmacy or the government website and they will be posted to you. You can order a test on – www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

Anyone staying at the show for more than 2 days is encouraged to repeat LFD testing every couple of days to ensure the safety of yourselves, staff and visitors, although this will not require further checking.  You will need to use your own testing kits for this purpose.

If at any time over the period of working at the Show you or your staff receive a positive test result, they must report this to us immediately and follow self-isolation advice.

If staff are at anytime contacted by NHS Test and Trace and required to self- isolate they must report it to you as the Covid officer and to us. 

These additional checks at the gate may result in longer wait times, so we would advise wherever possible arriving early. 

We hope that conducting LFD Tests will keep everyone safe and ensure we have a fantastic four days.