Rollits will be offering legal advice and wine tasting at Driffield Show

We had a chat with Neil Franklin at Rollits about one of the UK’s largest agricultural shows taking place on your doorstep.

This year Driffield Show is celebrating the 147th anniversary of its hugely popular event, which sees people from around the UK come together to explore the fascinating worlds of agriculture, horticulture, equestrianism, animals and independent food production. Taking place on Wednesday 19 July from 9am to 5pm at Driffield Showground, tickets are available for £16 if you buy online in advance or £20 on the gate.

Being one of the largest one-day agricultural shows in the UK, Driffield Show attracts around 20,000 people to the showground and provides an excellent opportunity for local businesses to chat about their services with visitors. One of the businesses involved is local law firm Rollits, which you’ll find at Stand G138.

Neil Franklin is a Partner and the Head of Agriculture at Rollits, so he was the perfect person to speak to about this exciting event:

“We’re very much looking forward to Driffield Show, as Rollits has been attending it for many years. Our team gets to meet people from multiple sectors, particularly farmers and landowners but many others such as bankers, estate agents and business owners, as well as a wide range of agricultural specialists. This allows us to chat about the services offered by Rollits in general, plus it provides a unique setting to speak to farmers and rural professionals about their unique issues and help them to make strategic decisions.”

Neil has been a member of the Driffield Agricultural Society for 35 years and is passionate about supporting the agricultural sector in the Wolds area and beyond. The Society, which owns Driffield Showground, dates back to 1853 and the first ever Driffield Show was held the following year.

“These days Driffield Show is an enormous event and very important for the agricultural sector,” said Neil. “One of the biggest topics at the moment is diversification, as many landowners are looking at new applications for superfluous land. In recent years there have been a lot of wind turbines and solar farms installed in the countryside, and farmers are often contacted by developers regarding everything from new housing to glamping sites and motorbike scrambling fields. Our team can help you by offering expert advice and practical guidance that will make diversification a much smoother process.”

Neil and his colleagues will also be joined by Alice Maltby from Little Wold Vineyard, who will be inviting visitors to take part in some wine tasting during the day. The vineyard was established in 2012 and now produces 86,000 bottles of wine every year right here in East Yorkshire.

“Please do come see us if you’re attending Driffield Show,” added Neil. “Rollits is highly regarded in the agricultural sector and we’ll have team members available to talk about other areas of law too. Whether you need help with the more traditional areas of running an agricultural business or advice in regard to new technology being used by farms, we’d be delighted to answer your questions.”

We highly recommend attending Driffield Show, as there’ll be a wide range of activities that include exhibitions of horses, ponies and livestock, the ever-popular Fun Dog Show, the Schools Challenge where local pupils share their creations, and classes in horticulture and various handicrafts. Add to this multiple stalls selling artisanal food, beverages and spirits, and you have yourself the perfect day out for all the family.

Whilst there, make sure to visit Rollits at Stand G138 to have a chat with their team and take part in some wine tasting.