SPECIAL guests will swap the small screen for a Countryside Live stage this month.

Peter Wright and Julian Norton, who star in Channel 5’s The Yorkshire Vet, will appear on the Main Stage as well as signing and selling their new books in the Tipsy Heifer Pub during the two-day event on the Great Yorkshire Showground.

Peter will appear on Saturday, October 19, with his newly released book, My Yorkshire Great and Small, a tribute to the places, people and animals of Yorkshire.

Julian will be a special guest on Sunday, October 20, with his books, including the latest, On Call with a Yorkshire Vet, a diary-style book, full of short stories and anecdotes, published by Great Northern Books.

This year TV presenter Julia Bradbury will front the weekend event for the first time. Best known for BBC’s Countryfile and ITV’s Britain’s Best Walks, Julia is renowned for being genuinely passionate about the countryside and outdoor pursuits.

Julia has co-founded, with her sister Gina, a free online resource dedicated to the outdoors called The Outdoor Guide (TOG), which will also have a presence at the show.

Peter said: “I’m delighted to be appearing at Countryside Live and celebrating all that is great about Yorkshire. I look forward to meeting all our Yorkshire Vet fans at the event.”

Julian said: “I’m delighted to be back at Countryside Live this year. It’s a wonderful event, with lots to see and do for all the family. Come and see me on the Main Stage and in the Tipsy Heifer pub where I’ll be signing books, or for a chat.”

Show director Charles Mills said: “We have an action-packed programme of exciting events lined up for this year’s Countryside Live.

“We are delighted to welcome Peter and Julian back to the showground to meet fans as well as having Julia Bradbury as our special guest for the first time.”

New for this year are mini tractor rides, a ninja assault course, magic wand making and interactive experiences with velodrome cycling and helicopter flying. There’s also the climbing wall, mini Fodder experience, sausage roll making, dancing sheep and Diggerland.

Now in its 17th year, Countryside Live usually attracts around 12,000 visitors across two days.

As well as family activities, about 2,000 animals will converge on the showground over the two days to take part in competition.