2020 British National Ploughing Championships - CANCELLED


It is with great disappointment and sadness that the Directors of the Society of Ploughmen announce the cancellation of this year’s British National Ploughing Championships at Mindrum Mill, Northumberland  due to the ongoing uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic.

It was an extremely difficult decision to make but our first priority is the health and safety of our volunteers, competitors, judges, stewards, exhibitors, visitors and the local community.   We have consulted our host, our Committees, trade exhibitors and sponsors and we felt it was impossible to hold an event of the same quality and standard that our ploughing competitors and members would expect.

We recognise how disappointing this news will be but are pleased to announce that the event will be held next year on the same site and we would like to thank our host and our future hosts for their co-operation and understanding in allowing this to happen.  

On behalf of the Society of Ploughmen, we would like to thank you for all your support and understanding and we look forward to coming back with a bigger and better British National Ploughing Championships on 9th & 10th October 2021 at Mindrum Mill, Northumberland.


70th British National Ploughing Championships & Country Festival

9th & 10th October 2021
Mindrum Mill, Mindrum, Northumberland, TD12 4QL

By kind permission of D Harvey & Son

Around 250 champion ploughmen and women from all over Britain are expected to compete in October to celebrate the 70th British National Ploughing Championships at Mindrum Mill, Northumberland, just next to the Scottish border.

Two busy days - Saturday and Sunday, October 9th and 10th - will be packed with competitions for many types of plough and styles of ploughing and will climax when the Supreme Champion is chosen and the top ploughmen are selected to represent England at the 2022 World Ploughing Contest, European Reversible Ploughing Championships and the European Vintage Ploughing Championships.

The site covers over 200 acres and has good facilities for competitors and public, with easy access by road and plenty of car parking space.  Main sponsors of the Championships are Firestone Tyres.  

The Championships are returning to Northumberland for only the third time in the events' history and are attracting considerable interest in the area.  Alongside the highly skilled competition ploughing, visitors will also be able to see an extensive agricultural trade stand area, demonstrations of some of the latest machinery available, shopping stalls, vintage tractors and machinery displays, working vintage demonstrations, country crafts and giant steam ploughing engines.  Tractors and trailers will be on hand to transport visitors around the huge site.

Over the two days, there will be ploughing classes for reversible and conventional ploughs, horticultural, high cut tractors, Ferguson, David Brown, Ford & Fordson and National Finals for vintage tractors with trailing, hydraulic and classic ploughs. Horse ploughing is one of the major attractions with around 15 pairs of heavy horses expected to be seen working each day.  Magnificently turned out with ornate brass and leather harness, these true farm workhorses will be seen competing to produce the best general purpose ploughing on the first day and the stylish traditional ‘high cut’ work on the second day.

Local and national companies will be showing and demonstrating the most up-to-date machinery for sale today, so it is a must for farmers to attend to see what's on offer and their families have plenty to do and see if they come along.  It also offers a fantastic opportunity for everyone with an interest in the countryside to see how farming has changed over the last 300 or so years, so everyone - and especially children - can see and appreciate our farming heritage and see it working together, all in one field.

Please email us or phone 01302 852469 for general enquiries or if you would like further information on trade stands, vintage displays, craft stalls or ploughing entries.



Full catering facilities with mobile units and a licensed bar will be on site.

Dogs are allowed, but must be kept on a lead at all times.

Admission charges (per day):  To be advised

Car parking is free of charge

Click here for Google Map for directions to the site   The postcode to follow is TD12 4QL - the site is between Wooler and Kelso off the B6396 (approximately 10 miles east of Kelso).





  8.45 am    Parade of competitors (classes 1, 2, 4 & 5)
  9.30 am    Horse and high cut tractor ploughing commences (classes 6 & 7)
10.00 am    Tractor & vintage ploughing commences (classes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8)
  2.00 pm    Tractor ploughing ends (classes 1 & 2)
  3.00 pm    Vintage & high cut ploughing ends (classes 3, 4, 5, 6)
  3.30 pm    Horse ploughing ends (class 7)
  5.00 pm    Announcement of results & presentation of trophies  (approximate time)


  8.45 am    Parade of Final ‘Plough-off’ competitors & classes 9, 10, 11,15      
  9.30 am    Horse and high cut tractor ploughing commences (classes 13 & 14)
10.00 am    Final ‘Plough-Offs’ commence & classes 9, 10, 11, 12 & 15
  2.00 pm    Reversible & Conventional Plough-Offs end
  3.00 pm    Vintage & high cut tractor ploughing ends (Plough offs and classes  9, 10, 11, 12, 13 & 15)
  3.30 pm    Horse ploughing ends (class 14)
  5.00 pm    Announcement of results & presentation of trophies (approximate time)

From 9 am until 5 pm on both days of the event -

~  Steam Ploughing Engines at work 

~  Vintage Tractors & Machinery and Rural Craft Displays 

~  Agricultural Machinery Demonstrations

~  Trade Stands, Shopping Stalls & Country Crafts

~  Tractor & Trailer Rides

~  Working Vintage Tractor Demonstrations

The Class Numbers listed in the timetable above are:

Day 1:
Class 1 - World Style Reversible
Class 2 - World Style Conventional
Class 3 - National Vintage Trailing Championships
Class 4 - National Vintage Hydraulic Championships
Class 5 - National Vintage Classic Championships
Class 6 - High Cut Tractor Ploughing
Class 7 - Horse Ploughing (General Purpose)
Class 8 - Horticultural Ploughing Championship

Day 2:
Class 9 - Ferguson Ploughing Championship
Class 10 - Ford & Fordson Ploughing Championship
Class 11 - David Brown Ploughing Championship
Class 12 - Crawler Tractor Ploughing
Class 13 - High Cut Tractor Ploughing
Class 14 - Horse Ploughing (High Cut)
Class 15 - Classic Reversible Ploughing
Plough-Off Finals will be for the top 10 competitors from classes 1 to 5

Main sponsors of the event are:




With further support from:





Trade stands and machinery demonstrations are now available to book. 
Please click here to request a brochure with full details (you will need to state your type of business).



Please click here to request a brochure with full details (you will need to state your type of business or craft).



Please click here to request a schedule with full details (you will need to state type of ploughing).



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