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Ulster Folk & Transport Museum

Horse Ploughing and Country Skills Day

Watch the magnificent heavy horses at work, as ploughmen from across Northern Ireland compete in the museum's annual ploughing match.

- , Sat 17 Feb 2018

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UPDATE: Unfortunately due to adverse weather conditions our ploughing match will not take place.  All Country Skills activities and demonstrations will continue as normal.

Our Horse Ploughing and Country Skills event at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum has long been a fixture in the agriculture calendar.  On Saturday 17th February 2018, visitors to the museum will be able to watch the annual ploughing match and enjoy a range of traditional activities including;

  • See the Farrier at work
  • Blacksmith work
  • Working sheep dogs
  • Open hearth baking
  • Traditional threshing
  • Horse grooming
  • Donkey work 
  • Loy digging.

The Ulster Folk & Transport Museum’s Farm Manager Robert Berry said, “This is a wonderful event, which young and old look forward to each year. 21st century farms are much noisier places than they were in the late 19th century. This event is an enjoyable reminder of the quieter, slower pace of farming and the magnificent sight of the working horse with their ploughs with traditional harnesses. It’s hands on and visitors also relish the traditional home baking and trying their hand at favourite farm traditions like straw rope making and horse shoe throwing."

Please note that some activities are weather dependant.