The ultimate goal for many of the competitors taking part in this year’s ploughing matches across the South East will be a place in the national finals, taking place for the first time this year on the Chatsworth Estate in Derbyshire, by permission of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.

Around 230 top ploughmen and women from all over Great Britain will be taking part in what will be the 71st British National Ploughing Championships, held on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 October.

The event promises to be packed with competitions for different types of plough and styles of ploughing, culminating in the crowning of the British Champions and the selection of the competitors who will go on to represent England at the 2023 World and European Ploughing Championships.

There will be a total of 15 different ploughing classes over the two days. 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.

Alongside the ploughing competitions, visitors will enjoy attractions including steam ploughing engines, vintage tractors and machinery displays, manufacturers and local dealers demonstrating the latest farm equipment, agricultural trade stands, stalls and country crafts.

With horse ploughing always one of the major attractions, there will be around a dozen pairs of heavy horses at work each day.  Magnificently turned out with ornate brass and leather harnesses, these true farm ‘workhorses’ will compete to produce the best general-purpose ploughing on the first day and the stylish traditional ‘high cut’ work on the second day. 

3rd September 2022

East Grinstead & Three Counties Agricultural & Ploughing Match Association
By kind permission of Mrs M Bennett & Mr J Wallis
Imberhorne Farm, Imberhorne Lane, East Grinstead RH19 1TX

4th September 2022

Romney Marsh Ploughing Match
Ploughing starts at 10am.
White House Farm, Brookland, Romney Marsh, Kent TN29 9TH
Secretary of the Romney Marsh Ploughing & Cultivations Society 07821 009693

10th September 2022

Swale area ploughing match
9.30am. By kind permission of A Hinge & Sons
Wrens Farm, Wrens Road, Borden, ME9 8AL
Chris Hildegard at George Webb Finn or Andrew Mew 07759 320496

Ongar Ploughing Match
Spencers Farm, Magdalen Laver, Ongar, CM5 0ER
Helen McTurk 01279 87615 / 07831 138403

11th September 2022

NVTEC Thames Valley
By kind permission of Eric Denton
Rinneralm, Mattingley, Hook, Hampshire RG27 8LJ

17th September 2022

Weald of Kent Ploughing Match
By kind permission of J Emery and Mr & Mrs Graham Williams
New Barn Farm, New Barn Road, Hawkenbury, TN12 0ED

Isle of Wight Ploughing Match
By kind permission of Barfoots Farms Ltd
Heasley Farm, Arreton 

West Grinstead and District Ploughing and Agricultural Society
By kind permission of  David Exwood & Christ’s Hospital Foundation
Field Farm, Sands Lane, Dial Post, RH13 8NY

Rochford Ploughing Match
New Hall farm, Canewdon, SS43PG

Newbury and District
Rookery Farm, Curridge, Berkshire, RG18 9EA

18th September 2022

Cranleigh & South Eastern Agricultural Society Ploughing Match
Ploughing commences at 9:45am but all vehicles to be on site by 8:30am. Entries close 7th September
Pound Lee Farm, Wildwood Lane, Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 8JR

21st September 2022

Laughton & District Agricultural Society
By kind permission of the Sclater Family & Sutton Hall Farms
Vuggles Farm, Spithurst Road, Barcombe, BN8 4RU  

Rochford Hundred Vintage Tractor and Engine Club
Hawkwell Hall Farm, Hawkwell, Rochford, Essex SS5 4LL 

24th September 2022 

Fairford, Faringdon, Filkins and Burford Ploughing Society
Shifford Manor Farm, Standlake, Oxon OX29 7QS

Gravesend & Rochester
Ringshill Farm, Wouldham, Rochester, Kent ME1 3TP

Petworth and District Agricultural Association
By kind permission of Mr & Mrs Drabble and Mrs & Mrs Fry
Okehurst Farm, Okehurst Lane, Billingshurst, RH14 9HS 

East Sussex Ploughing Match Society
By kind permission of Mr Monty & Amanda Worsam
Linghams Farm, Ashburham, Battle, TN33 9NR 

25th September 2022 

The Royal East Berkshire Agricultural Association Ploughing Match and Show
By kind permission of Philip Mortimer
Mumbery Hill, Wargrave RG10 8AL

Hurstpierpoint and District Agricultural association
River Farm, Borde Hill Lane, Balcombe, RH16 1XS 

28th September 2022

Crowborough & District Ploughing Match
Plough off 9am. (Note, previous years was first Wednesday of October. Now last Wednesday of September). By kind permission of Mr Paul Cornford & Mr A Freeman
Hamsell Wood Farm, The Forstall, Eridge, Tunbridge Wells, TN3 9JY

East Kent Ploughing Match
Stoneheap Farm, Little Mongeham near Deal.

1st October 2022

Greenstead Green Agricultural Club
Pattiswick Hall, Pattiswick, Braintree, Essex,CM77 8BH

Essex County Ploughing Match in Conjunction with Greenstead Green

2nd October 2022

Chichester Ploughing Match
By kind permission of Mr Rod Hague
Madam Green Farm, High Street, Oving, PO20 2DD Opposite the Gribble Inn pub

Henley and District Agricultural Association
Church Lane, Ipsden, OX10 6PU  

Basingstoke & District Agricultural Society
By kind permission of Moundsmere Farming Company
Down Farm Dairy, Wield Road, Preston Candover RD 25 2ER

5th October 2022

South Bucks Agricultural Society
Kensham Farms, Bigmore Lane, Bigmore Lane, Stokenchurch, High Wycombe HP14

8th & 9th October 2022

British National Ploughing Championships
Stony Houghton Near Glapwell, North East Derbyshire, S44 5QE 

15th October 2022

Sussex Ploughing Championship
Bradfords Farm, Bradfords Lane, Little Horsted, Uckfield, TN22 5QP 

16th October 2022

Southern Counties Heavy Horse Association
The great all England Ploughing match. By kind permission of Angus Stovold and family.
Lone Barn Farm, Hook Lane, Puttenham, Surrey GU3 1AN

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