Scythe and haymaking events from around the UK and Europe. This list will continue to grow through the year so bookmark the page and call back once the grass gets growing!   Please email me, steve-tomlin[at] if you have an event you’d like included.


7 April International Peening Day

A global day of peening, sharpening and scythe maintenance either in readiness for the coming season or, Down-Under, to bring it to a close.

6-8 June: Advanced Scythe course. Thorney Lakes, Muchelny, Somerset, UK

Including teaching scything techniques and supervising scythe teams,
with Christiane Lechner, Phil Batten, Steve Tomlin and Simon Fairlie.
Contact Simon Fairlie

9 June: Somerset Scythe Festival. Thorney Lakes, Muchelny, Somerset, UK

Workshops, talks, have-a-go sessions and 1-to-1 tuition in peening and mowing plus the national scythe competition.

13 June: Learn to Scythe course

Training day for volunteers at St Nicholas Fields, York

15 June: Learn to Scythe course

Training day for Bradwell Community Orchard. Read about their scythe course last year.

29-30 June: Cambridge Scythe Festival. Wimpole Hall, Cambridge.

Competitions, traditional crafts and a lot more going on. Contact Simon Damant

6-7 & 16 July: Learn to Scythe course

Three one-day courses organised by the Cumbria Wildlife Trust

26-27 July Hay Time Scythe Festival. Holwick, Teesdale.

A 2-day learn to mow course with regional scythe competition. Read about the 2012 Hay Time Scythe festival

10-11 August Learn to Mow at Keasden Head Farm, near Settle  – £75

A 2-day course organised by the Yorkshire Dales Millenium Trust based on an upland farm with a mix of landscapes and habitats including hay meadow and grazing pasture,  taught by Steve Tomlin. Cost includes refreshments but bring a packed lunch. Pre-booking is essential –  contact Don Gamble, Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, on 01524 251002, email

 11-17 August: International Haymaking Festival.  Gyimes, Transylvania.

See my posts on the 2011 event. Contact Barbara Knowles

17-18 August: Learn to Mow course

Training weekend in Aberdeen.


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