By kind permission of Hobson Farming Ltd
Around 300 top ploughmen - and women - from all over Britain will compete in the 2016 British National Ploughing Championships.
Two busy days will be packed with competitions for many types of plough and styles of ploughing, and will climax when the top ploughmen are selected to represent England at the 2017 World Ploughing Contest and European Ploughing Championships.
Following the British Championships on 8th & 9th September will be the 2016 World Ploughing Contest on 10th & 11th, with competitors from over 30 world-wide countries. (Click here for details)
Supporting the event will be trade stands, shopping stalls, craft exhibits, vintage displays and demonstrations celebrating a 'Century of Agriculture', a 'Celebration of Steam' by the Steam Plough Club, horse ploughing and a host of other events to attract farmers, their families and people with a love of the countryside.
The Society of Ploughmen is a registered charity which is run by volunteers, and we organise the annual British National Ploughing Championships in a different part of the country each year. The World Ploughing Contest is held in a different part of the world each year and the last time it was in this country was in 2000 when the event was held in Lincolnshire.
In the British National Ploughing Championships, on the first day the ploughmen will compete in two classes: reversible and conventional. Those who qualify will go through to the finals on the second day to find the two national champions. The first day also sees the final of the National Young Farmers' Ploughing Championships, horticultural (or garden tractors), high cut tractor ploughing and horse ploughing.
On the second day, lovers of classic machinery and equipment will enjoy three classes for vintage tractor ploughing - with trailing ploughs, hydraulic ploughs and classic ploughs - and 75 area champions competing for the honour of being the British Vintage Champion Ploughman and going on to represent England in international competitions next year. There will also be horse ploughing, the Ferguson Ploughing Championship, high cut tractor ploughing and horse ploughing.
Horse ploughing is one of the major “family” attractions with over a dozen pairs of heavy horses at work 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 the most up-to-date machinery for sale to farmers 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 to see how farming has changed over the last 300 years, so people (especially children) can see and appreciate our farming heritage.
Full catering facilities are on site for sit down meals or mobile outlets and licensed bar.
Dogs are allowed, but must be kept on a lead at all times.
Admission charges: Thursday - £10 per adult; £5 per child over 11; Under 11s free
Friday - £10 per adult; £5 per child over 11; Under 11s free
Saturday - £12 per adult; £6 per child over 11; Under 11s free
Sunday - £12 per adult; £6 per child over 11; Under 11s free
Car parking is free of charge
One of our fund-raising projects is the raffle of a refurbished classic tractor donated by Cheffins Auctioneers.
This tractor - a Massey Ferguson 135 - has been fully refurbished and is now being raffled off with a Ransomes TS59 which has been donated by Westlake Plough Parts and a Graham Edwards trailer. This fantastic prize was launched at the 2014 British National Ploughing Championships in Hampshire and tickets are available to buy from the SOP office and at shows up and down the country.
Click on the picture to the right to download a form to complete to purchase your tickets.
Ploughing matches are held across the UK and throughout the year. They offer the chance for both novice and experienced ploughmen and women to take part. It's also a fantastic day out for families and people who enjoy the countryside and rural living.
The high point of the British competition ploughing season is the annual British National Ploughing Championships. With classes for conventional, reversible and horse-drawn ploughs as well as vintage tractors and ploughs.