22nd February 2011


International Peening Day

7th April 2019.

International Peening Day is an ‘everywhere-event’ – it’s aims are to remind people to prepare their scythes in advance of the mowing season and provide support by encouraging them to get together to peen together.

Connect with other scythers via email or facebook to find or create an opportunity to gather and peen where you are.


Saturday 8th June 2019

At the Green Scythe Fair, Thorney Lakes, Somerset

This is the time when most SABI members are gathered, so we have our AGM to conduct formal business of electing officers etc. There will also be a brief open discussion of pertinent issues. Time of meeting 7.00pm (tbc).

15th West Country Scythe Festival and Green Scythe Fair

Sunday 9th June 2019

Thorney Lakes, Somerset

The biggest and best scythe event in the country. Scythe championship, scythe and haymaking events, crafts, stalls, music, speakers, kids area, local food and drink.

Camping available.

For more festival information see  www.greenfair.org.uk

In the run up to the festival there are two scythe courses

  • Improvers’ Masterclass (Friday-Saturday)
  • Beginners’ Course (Saturday)

For further course details go to course page

Eastern Counties Scything Festival

22nd and 23rd of June 20192019 date to be confirmed

Wimpole Estate, near Cambridge

This is the 11th scythe event at the National Trust’s Wimpole Estate. It is designed to be a fun weekend with as many rural competitions as possible and unlimited acres of grass to mow!!

On Saturday there is a learn to scythe course you can book into which is ideal to get you going if you are new to scything.  Throughout the weekend there are also numerous free learning opportunities to pick up mowing tips or get help with sharpening from experienced scythe users who always happy and willing to share knowledge.

On Sunday there are scythe mowing competitions which anyone with a scythe can enter. This is the only event in the UK where you can compete in competitions varying from 5m x 5m right up to a quarter of an acre.

There will also be demonstrations of blacksmithing, greenwood working and other rural crafts. Camping is available and there are spaces for stallholders.

For more information go to http://sadeik.wordpress.com/walks/scything-festival

email: Simon.Damant@nationaltrust.org.uk

The Northern Scythe Championships

Sunday 7th July 2019

At Lower Winskill Farm a Dales farm up in the hills above Settle, North Yorkshire.

Competitors from all over the country are invited to enjoy mowing in this beautiful location and to experience what it’s like to mow a flower rich upland hay meadow sward. It’s a joy!

For information and tickets go to https://www.meadowconnections.co.uk/product/northern-scythe-championships

Community Haystacks

Saturday 20th July 2019

Walthamstow Marshes, Lea Valley, London.
Join us for a day of hay harvest, make a community haystack, learn about the basics of scything, participate in a fun scythe competition and field talks and  an evening session of “Jam on the Butty” the travelling village hall on the River Lea canal.