68th British National Ploughing Championships & Country Festival

13th & 14th October 2018
Austrey, near Atherstone, Warwickshire, CV9 3ED

By kind permission of William Corbett Farms Ltd & John Upperdine

More than 250 top ploughmen and women from all over Britain will compete in October in the 2018 British National Ploughing Championships at Austrey, near Atherstone, Warwickshire, by kind permission of William Corbett Farms Ltd and Mr John Upperdine.

Two busy days - Saturday and Sunday, October 13th and 14th - 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 2019 World Ploughing Contest, European Reversible Ploughing Championships and the European Vintage Ploughing Championships.

The site covers over 250 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 and Maxam Tire with further support from Briarwood Products, Sharnford Tractors, Cheffins, Friends of Ferguson Heritage, Howkins & Harrison, Ivor King (CEC), Cotterill Drainage, Mrs H Stacey and Wessex Agri.

The Championships are returning to Warwickshire for the first time since 1966 and are attracting considerable interest in the immediate area and surrounding counties.  Visitors will see not only the highly skilled competition ploughing and an extensive agricultural  trade stand area and demonstrations of some of the latest machinery available but also attractions such as vintage tractors, ploughs and equipment; steam ploughing engines; a craft marquee with a wide variety of exhibitors; and rural and vintage machinery displays.  The steam ploughing engines promise a special display this year - 25 giant engines will take part in the Great Steam Challenge - a competition only held every few years and it promises visitors the chance to see some rare engines at work.

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 “family” 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 years, so everyone - and especially children - can see and appreciate our farming heritage.

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:  £10 per adult; £5 per child over 11; Under 11s free of charge

Car parking is free of charge

Click here for Google Map for directions to the site   The postcode to follow is CV9 3ED - the site is less than 5 miles from the A42/M42 junction.





  9.00 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)


  9.00 am    Parade of Final ‘Plough-off’ competitors & classes 9, 10, 11      
  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
  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)
  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 in The Great Steam Challenge

~  Vintage and Rural Craft Displays 

~  Agricultural Machinery Demonstrations

~  Trade Stands, Shopping Stalls & Country Crafts

~  Tractor & Trailer Rides

The Class Numbers listed in the timetable above are:

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
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)
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: