Exciting new developments at the Driffield Showground will improve the quality of facilities on offer and safeguard the future of the agricultural society for future generations.
Driffield Show director Dave Tite said: “It is very obvious that we lack a good quality contemporary venue and toilet block that will service events and rallies to the standard required.”
This will all change when the Driffield Agricultural Society builds a 21st century function and entertainment venue as part of a £400,000 project at the showground.
The organisation has started raising funds to bankroll a £255,000 stage one project on the site of the current farmers’ market building to create a venue capable of seating upwards of 300 people.
The new venue will generate income for the society 52 weeks a year and will also feature capacity for 700 people standing and 500 people theatre style.
It will boast an 82 square metre kitchen space and a toilet block which will also be available for outside events, with access from the end of the building.
The farmer’s market rebuild will feature an entrance space with two cloakrooms and office spaces and storage space will be available for event furniture to the rear of the building.
Large flat spaces around the building will allow marquee extensions for large scale events and there will be ample adjacent car parking for all sizes and types of function.
Stage two investment will involve the creation of a toilet and shower block for use throughout the year for activities, events and rallies.
Mr Tite said: “This will attract further activity to the showground and will bring the site up to a standard that we all can be proud of.
“The shower and toilets will be accessible independently, so the shower section is accessible only when required.
“This will become the model for further blocks on the site into the future.”
Mr Tite explained: “Throughout 2013, we have conducted a strategic review of facilities on the showground.
“From this review, already Tarmac sections have been replaces, new manholes dug, dykes cleaned out and bunds put in place, the main offices have been renovated and insulated and a new meeting room has been created.”
Mr Tite praised the East Riding of Yorkshire Council for its help and guidance and said: “A grant of £50,000 has already been allocated by the Humber LEP, with a further smaller grant potentially in the pipeline and over the years members have very kindly made donations specifically towards developments on the showground.
“We also have an ‘in principal’ agreement with our bank for a small manageable loan.
“We hope to source the rest of the funds required through life memberships, donations to the society from business and private individuals, local trusts and grants and also the naming rights on facilities within the development.”