By kind permission of the Duke & Duchess of Devonshire
Around 250 top ploughmen and women from all over Great Britain will compete this autumn in the 71st British National Ploughing Championships which will be held on the Chatsworth Estate on land near Glapwell, North East Derbyshire by kind permission of the Duke & Duchess of Devonshire. In the events 71 year history, this will be the first time ever that it has been held in the county of Derbyshire.
Two busy days - Saturday and Sunday, October 8th and 9th - will be packed with competitions for many types of plough and styles of ploughing which will climax when the top competitors are selected to represent England at the 2023 World and European Ploughing Championships.
There will be a total of fifteen different ploughing classes over the two days (detailed below) plus in six of these classes, the top 10 competitors from the first day will take part in a ‘Plough-Off Final’ on the Sunday to find the British Champion in each section.
There will be something for everyone alongside the ploughing competitions, from steam ploughing engines; vintage tractors and machinery displays; manufacturers and local dealers demonstrating their latest farm equipment; agricultural trade stands; shopping stalls and country crafts.
Already the event has attracted considerable interest and we are looking forward to a first class event. Visitors will see not only the highly skilled competition ploughing and an extensive trade stand area but also attractions such as vintage tractors, ploughs and equipment; steam ploughing engines; craft marquee with a wide variety of stalls; and demonstrations of the latest tractors, farm machinery and equipment under working conditions.
Horse ploughing is always one of the major attractions and there will be around 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.
Main sponsors of the Championships are Bridgestone/Firestone and Continental Tyres and further support has been given by Aztec Oils, A R Demolition, CBS, Cereals Event and Dales Agri Sales Agency.
It is an excellent site and it is very easy to access, being close to junction 29 on the M1 motorway and there will be plenty of free car parking space.
Class 1 – Conventional
Class 2 – Reversible
Class 3 – Vintage Trailed
Class 4 – Vintage Hydraulic
Class 5 – Classic
Class 6 – Classic Reversible
Class 7 – High Cut Tractor
Class 8 – General Purpose Horses
Class 9 – Garden Tractors
Class 10 – Ferguson
Class 11 – Ford & Fordson
Class 12 – David Brown
Class 13 – Crawler
Class 14 – High Cut Tractor
Class 15 – High Cut Horses
Plough Off Final – Conventional
Plough Off Final – Reversible
Plough Off Final – Vintage Trailed
Plough Off Final – Vintage Hydraulic
Plough Off Final – Classic
Plough Off Final – Classic Reversible
Admission Charges (on the gate):
Adult - £15 per day
Child (over 5) - £2 per day
Child (under 5) – Free of charge
Discounts will apply for tickets purchased in advance online – details will follow.
Free car park.
There will be catering facilities on site and a licensed bar.
Dogs are allowed, but must be kept on a lead at all times.
Nearest postcode for sat-navs is S44 5QE
TRADE STANDS &
AGRICULTURAL MACHINERY DEMONSTRATIONS
Trade stands and machinery demonstrations will be available to book from February.
Please click here to request a brochure with full details (you will need to state your type of business).
CRAFT & SHOPPING MARQUEE
Craft marquee will be able to book from the spring.
Please click here to request a brochure with full details (you will need to state your type of business or craft).
The prize schedule with details of classes and entry conditions will be available from February.
Please click here to request a schedule with full details (you will need to state type of ploughing).
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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.