The Scything Festival will be held over the weekend of 24th & 25th of June 2017 on the Wimpole Estate possibly in the Folly field within the Capability Browns landscape in the north park which includes the folly
It is designed to be a fun weekend with as many rural competitions as possible, some more serious than others though.
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.
There will also be a spoon making course that covers all aspects of producing your own lovely spoons to use at home from Wimpole Estate wood. Link to course here.
The Wimpole Pole Lathers will be in attendance all weekend (they may have their own log to leg competition) as well as some blacksmiths (with a competition if possible), hurdle makers, wood carver, funiture maker, various green woodworking, sheep shearing, possibly the Wimpole ferrets who may have their own racing competitions and various other countryside stalls and skills.
There will be a spoon carving competition with an egg race to finish off. Also on Saturday the Cider et al competitions will be judged in the afternoon at 5pm (thats so we can sample the produce all night long). 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. There will be a few races involving hay and running. Announcements and cups for the mowing competitons will be at 5pm.
Camping is available and anyone wishing to demonstrate can do, free of charge and can sell their wares. Those wishing to sell without demonstrating will have to pay a small fee. Please have insurance and remember if you join the Association of Polelathe Turners & Greenwood Workers you can get very resonable prices as long as it is to do with the aims of the bodgers.