Saturday 10th June 2017
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).
Sunday 11th June 2017
13th West Country Scythe Festival and Green Fair (Green Scythe Fair)
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.
In the run up to the festival there are two scythe courses – an Improvers’ Course (Friday-Saturday 9th-10th June), and a beginners course (Saturday 10th June).
For more information see www.greenfair.org.uk
Saturday/Sunday 24th/25th June 2017
Eastern Counties Scything Festival
Wimpole Estate, near Cambridge
This is the 10th scythe event at the National Trust’s Wimpole Estate. It is the only event in the UK where you can compete in competitions varying from 5mx5m 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
Saturday 22nd July 2017
Oxburgh Hall (National Trust), Norfolk
Richard Brown from Emorsgate seeds will be giving talks and demonstrations on scything and meadow management from 11am – 3pm in the walled garden at Oxburgh Hall. He will be available to give advice, so come along if you need help with either wild flower management or scythes (and bring your scythe along if you have one!).
Advice and talks free but normal National Trust entry fees apply.