World Ploughing 2016

Crockey Hill, near York, North Yorkshire, YO19 4SR
8th - 11th September 2016

By kind permission of Hobson Farming Ltd

incorporating the

World Ploughing Contest

on 10th - 11th September 2016 (following the British National Ploughing Championships on 8th - 9th)

The Society of Ploughmen are delighted to stage World Ploughing 2016 at Crockey Hill, near York on 8 to 11 September 2016.

World Ploughing 2016 will incorporate both the 66th British National Ploughing Championships (on 8th and 9th September) and the 63rd World Ploughing Contest (on 10th and 11th September) and is being organised by the Society by kind permission of Hobson Farming Ltd who are loaning around 500 acres of land to hold the event. (Click here for details on the British Championships).

Supporting World Ploughing 2016 will be the first World Vintage Ploughing Championships and also trade stands, shopping stalls, craft exhibits, vintage displays and demonstrations celebrating a 'Century of Agriculture' and Britain’s agricultural heritage, '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.

During World Ploughing 2016 the Society of Ploughmen will be hosting ploughmen and judges from more than thirty countries, including from as far afield as the USA, Kenya, Australia and New Zealand.  The 1st World Vintage Ploughing Championships is also being held on 10th and 11th September including competitors from USA, South Africa and New Zealand.  We also expect around 300 British ploughmen to compete in the National Championships.  The huge costs of staging the event is being raised by local ploughing societies, by private donations, and through sponsorship.

This unique event is attracting considerable interest from organisations and companies within the agricultural industry who will be supporting the event and there are many benefits to be gained from being associated with the event.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like any further details on the event, telephone 01302 852469 or email

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.   

Click here for a full time-table.                                                 

Support World Ploughing 2016

Ploughmen, members and societies from throughout the country are supporting World Ploughing 2016 by raising funds to cover the huge costs associated with the event.  They have been holding ploughing matches, raffles, etc or just making donations to the fund which will be a tremendous help to us.

Should you wish to make a donation, you may do so by sending a cheque, made payable to 'World Ploughing 2016 Fund' and sending it to the Society of Ploughmen.  Alternatively you can make donations by text by texting WPCF16 (which is the initials of World Ploughing Contest Fund  followed by the numbers one and six)  to 70070 followed by the amount you want to give (£1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10) so for example it should look like: WPCF16 £5.  The text is free to send and every penny of the donation will go to the World Fund.  You will receive a text to confirm the donation and if you follow the instructions you can register for Gift Aid which means we can also claim back another 25p in every £1 donated from the tax-man.

The ‘Cheffins Tractor’ restoration & raffle

One of our fund-raising projects is the refurbishment of a classic tractor donated by Cheffins Auctioneers.  The ‘Cheffins Tractor’ was in a 'well-used' state and has been fully refurbished.

This tractor -  a Massey Ferguson 135 - 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.

Our thanks go to the following for their assistance:

  • Cheffins Auctioneers
  • Westlake Plough Parts
  • Graham Edwards Trailers
  • Goodyear Tyres,
  • British Rubber
  • Harold Woolgar Insurance
  • Agriline Products
  • Lincolnshire & Newark Vintage Ploughing Association

(this list is not complete and more names will be added shortly)




Click on the image above to download a form to buy your tickets