The British National Ploughing Championships are set to descend on Bishops Lydeard this month.

The annual contest is drawing veteran ploughmen from across the county for a two day competition to decide Britain's best ploughman.

The event will take place on land loaned by K S Coles and family, over October 14 and 15. It will be the seventh time the championships have been held in Somerset in the contest's 72 year history.

The land will also play host to a two-day festival, featuring machinery, demos, stalls, horses and more - with tractors and trailers on hand to transport visitors around the site.

Those looking to plough their own furrow will have an opportunity to get to grips with the tool in one of fifteen classes being hold over the two days.

The organisers of the Championships, the Society of Ploughmen, are a registered charity and Chief Executive, Sue Frith, commented: “Everyone can have a really great day out and the event always brings people together from rural and urban communities. 

"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!”

The contest is being sponsored by a number of firms, including local businesses like Exmoor Skip Hire, the Hunt Forest group and Clarke Willmott.