Scything Festival


The Scything Festival will be held on the weekend of 22nd and 23rd of June 2019 on the Wimpole Estate in the Folly field within the Capability Browns landscape. The folly field, is now one of the best wildflower meadows on the estate, amazing given that it was an arable field 20 years ago!

It is designed to be a fun weekend with several competitions and there will be a course to teach how to use the scythe and mow including how to make hay and meadow management. Link to course here.  Scythes will be available to buy (try before you buy!)

All sorts of mowing will be taking place from large quarter acre and eighth acre plots to the 10m x 10m and 5m x 5m plots. Announcements and cups for the mowing competitons will be presented on Sunday at 5pm.

The Estate Greenwood group will be in attendance all weekend demonstrating a variety of rural crafts as well as some blacksmithing. The varied work of the forestry department will be showcased with demonstrations of converting round timber into planks (timber will be available for sale on request)

Camping is available for mowers and visiting craft persons and anyone wishing to demonstrate can do and can sell their wares free of charge. For any further information please email Jim McVittie on

12 Responses to Scything Festival

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  2. Hey, your link to the scything course only has info about the competition! Will there be a course, and if so do we need to register in advance, will there be a fee, should we bring our own scythes etc. ? cheers


  3. Svenja says:

    Hi there,
    Will there be scythes available for purchase on the day of the course?
    Thanks, Svenja


  4. Hi Simon, many thanks for the invite to join you guys at the Scything Festival tomorrow. Have fed the sourdough starters and will be there tomorrow with as much bread as I can muster at short notice and a board for kneading demonstrations. Looking forward to joining you all and many thanks for the kind welcome…see you tomorrow, Helen from the White Cottage Bakery (the park runner from Wimpole’s early morning run!).


    • What a great day, in spite of the rain! Great fun and wonderful to talk to so many home bread makers. If White Cottage Bakery are welcome again next year, we’ll bring leaflets about making and maintaining your own starter – so much interest in Real Bread and sourdough. Just wonderful! Thanks for having us.


      • Sadeik says:

        Hello Helen

        I was very pleased to see you on Sunday with the bread baked from Wimpoles organic wheat, the loaf you gave me was shared out between us at lunch on Monday in nice a sunny weather, made a change from Sunday. Next years festival will be the last weekend in June.



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  7. tournament says:

    Hi, I’m seeking a little more information about the scythe festival this weekend. What time does it start? What time are things happening? Is there an entry charge? What about camping, available to anyone? Do you need to register for the competitions? Do you need your own scythe to compete? Are refreshments available? Many thanks


    • Sadeik says:

      Starts at 10am Saturday mostly mowing, the course is on Saturday but there are a few other things going on. Entry charge apart from parking fees if you are not a member. Camping is available to mowers only. Register on the day for the competitions and yes you have to bring your own scythe. Because of the site only very limited refreshments are available but there is a restaurant at the hall


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