BBC Countryfile Live in the North

Children enjoying BBC Countryfile Live.

For the very first time, BBC Countryfile Live in association with the National Trust is heading up north. This celebration of life in the countryside is coming to Castle Howard in North Yorkshire from 15-18 August – and if you join us, you might just spot a few familiar faces.

Head to Castle Howard this summer to taste some of the north’s finest food and drink, take part in lively debates, and try out some of our 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾. The show returns to Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire this year too, from 1-4 August.

Exclusive discounted tickets are available for National Trust members, check your spring issue of the National Trust Magazine for details. For more information about the line-up and to book your tickets, head to the BBC Countryfile Live website.

Programme highlights
Matt Baker stands in a haystack

Meet the presenters

The BBC Countryfile presenters all bring different perspectives on life in the countryside. Join us at Castle Howard for the opportunity to ask them anything you like in a special series of Q&As. With all-action presenter Lindsey Russell, farmer Adam Henson, BBC One Show favourite Matt Baker and TV Legend John Craven all signed up, the team will be on hand to answer your questions.

JB Gill

Meet JB Gill

In 2013, JLS superstar JB Gill swapped selling records for selling turkeys. As a singer-turned-farmer, JB brings a fascinating insight into farming life. Join in at BBC Countryfile Live and find out where he’d rather be – performing to a sell-out Wembley stadium, or in the barn mucking out the pigs.

Join the debate
Ray Mears at Countryfile Live

Looking after nature

Have your say at Countryfile Live as we consider the challenges our countryside will face in the coming years. What does a climate emergency mean for people and nature? How do we maintain a healthy rural economy, protect wildlife and preserve our region's natural beauty? Hear from experts including Yorkshire Water CEO Richard Flint, woodsman Ray Mears, Chair of the Green Alliance Fiona Reynolds, and National Trust Regional Director for the North Mike Innerdale as we unpack the issues together.

Walking group explore the Lakeland Fells in Cumbria

Connecting with the countryside

When we connect with nature, we feel happier and healthier. But how can we make a habit of it? Whether it’s your morning dog walk, a run on the beach or a moment to pause in the trees, we can all benefit from time spent in the great outdoors. With Gardeners’ World’s Carol Klein sharing her top tips and Paralympic athlete Hannah Cockroft on hand to share advice about getting active, join us at Countryfile Live to explore new ways of connecting with the world around us.

Children building a den from twigs and branches Hudswell Woods

The next generation

Climbing trees and getting muddy knees are memories from childhood we all treasure, but are they increasingly becoming experiences of the past? At Countryfile Live we’ll be exploring how young people can get outdoors today, including our favourite 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ and inspiring stories from the National Trust’s Green Academies Project, introducing young people in urban communities to the great outdoors.

Discover more about our work in the North

A National Trust volunteer at BBC Countryfile Live.

Volunteer at Countryfile Live 

Play an extra-special part in Countryfile Live at Castle Howard by becoming a volunteer. There are plenty of roles available, from 50 Things volunteers to on-site reporters. Just head to the National Trust volunteering website and search Castle Howard.