67th British National Ploughing Championships & Country Festival

14th & 15th October 2017
Bishop's Lydeard, near Taunton, Somerset, TA4 3HU

By kind permission of K S Coles & Family

Over 260 top ploughmen - and women - from all over Britain will compete in October in the 2017 British National Ploughing Championships at Bishop's Lydeard, near Taunton, Somerset, by kind permission of K S Coles & Family.

Two busy days - Saturday and Sunday, October 14th and 15th - 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 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 and further support has been given from the Bridgwater Agricultural Society, Friends of Ferguson Heritage, Watson Fuels, Mole Valley Farmers, Wessex Agri Cheffins Auctioneers, Clarke Willmott and Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

The Championships are returning to Somerset after being invited back by Wellington based K S Coles and family, who hosted the event in 2011.  The Championships have attracted considerable interest in the immediate area and surrounding counties and we are looking forward to a first class event this year.  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 displays with the themes 'Welcome to Somerset' and 'From Horse to Horse Power'.

Over the two days, there will be ploughing classes for reversible and conventional ploughs, young farmers, horticultural, high cut tractors, Ferguson, National Finals for vintage tractors with trailing, hydraulic and classic ploughs. Horse ploughing is one of the major “family” attractions  with 20 pairs (that's 40!) 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 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 TA4 3HU - the site is just off the A358 (Taunton to Minehead Road), approximately 6 miles north of Taunton.  Visitors travelling on the M5 are advised to leave the motorway at junction 26 (Wellington) as it is an easier route, avoiding town traffic.

The local bus to catch from Taunton is the Number 28 to Minehead.





  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

~  Vintage and Rural Craft Displays with the themes
       ‘Welcome to Somerset’ and ‘From Horse to Horse Power’

~  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)

Main sponsor of the event is:

  With further sponsorship from: