5th March 2018

Scythe Festivals

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 three scythe courses

  • Improvers’ Masterclass (Friday-Saturday 7th-8th June)
  • Beginners Course (Saturday 8th June)

For further course details go to course page

Eastern Counties Scything Festival

Saturday 22nd June & Sunday 23rd June 2019

Wimpole Estate, near Cambridge

This is the 12th 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 22nd 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 23rd 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{at}nationaltrust.org.uk

Northern Scythe Fair

Mostly based at Lower Winskill Farm, but the Saturday event is at Bell Sykes Farm

Saturday 6th July 2019: National Meadow Day open Day

Bell Sykes Farm, Slaidburn, Lancashire 10.00 am – 4.00 pm

  • Rural craft demonstrations
  • Beautiful meadows to enjoy
  • Tea & cake available all day
  • Guided walks on grass ID and bumblebee ID available to book
  • Mowing and Hay making demonstrations
  • Activities for Children
  • Launch of the latest Goosnargh Gin – Bowland Hay Time gin

Saturday evening at Lower Winskill Farm – An Evening of Food, Music and Dance. See the Meadow Connections web site for more details. Camping available.

Sunday 7th July 2019: Northern Scythe Championship

Lower Winskill Farm, Settle BD24 9PZ

  • Scythe competition
  • Hay making
  • Scything demonstrations
  • Walks and talks

£5.00 For more information and to book, go to https://www.meadowconnections.co.uk/


Scottish Scything Festival

Saturday 27th July 2019

Blackhaugh Farm, Perthshire

For more information go to http://www.blackhaughcommunityfarm.weebly.com/scythe-festival

Email: Rob Brodie on robmaculture{at}yahoo.co.uk