67th British National Ploughing Championships & Country Festival

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

By kind permission of K S Coles & Family

Over 230 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 Ken 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 and Wessex Agri.

The Championships are returning to Somerset after being invited back by 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 with 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 stands; 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 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 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 people (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



  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’

Trade Stands, Shopping Stalls & Country Crafts

Tractor & Trailer Rides


Main sponsor of the event is: