PLOUGHMEN and women from across the country are getting ready to take part in the British National Ploughing Championships this weekend

More than 250 competitors have been taking part in local ploughing matches the past month or so, ready for the event on land near Bishops Lydeard, Taunton, Somerset on October 14 and 15. 

This is the seventh time the championships have been held in Somerset and the third time they have been on the same farm. Around 100 hectares of land will be loaned by K S Coles and Family. 

Ploughmen will be in one of 15 different ploughing classes or six ‘plough-off’ finals and their aim is to be British Champion in their respective discipline.  

For the finalists, their aim is to be Supreme Champion and win a place to represent their country overseas in the 2024 world or European ploughing contests.

Visitors will be able to see a range of vintage tractors, heavy horses working and giant ploughing engines.

“Everyone can have a really great day out and the event always brings people together from rural and urban communities," said Sue Frith, chief executive of the Society of Ploughmen, organisers of the championships.

"Whatever age, there is something to interest everyone be it reminiscing about the ‘olden days’ and what used to be seen on farms, to seeing the newest tractors and machinery in action. 

"We are hoping the weather will stay fine for us, but if it doesn’t boots and wellies will be available to buy in the trade stand area!”

For those looking to attend, admission is £15 on the day for adults and £2 for children. For discounted tickets, available in advance, click here

The site is six miles north of Taunton, just off the A358 (Taunton to Minehead Road).

Main sponsors of the championships are Bridgestone Firestone and Aztec Oils.

Further support has been given by A R Demolition, Bridgwater Agricultural Society, Cheffins, Clarke Willmott, Dales Agri Sales Agency, Friends of Ferguson Heritage, Exmoor Skip Hire, Hunt Forest Group, Lantra and Tama Farm Grown Solutions.