Dear Friends & Supporters,
After intense debate and much heart searching, we have sadly taken the decision to cancel the Green Scythe Fair 2020.
The organising committee deeply regrets coming to this conclusion, but feels the current situation leaves us with no other viable option. It's a huge disappointment to us, and we know will also be to the thousands of visitors, volunteers, stallholders and performers alike, for whom this is a regular summer highlight and who make it all possible with their energy, time and support.
Regrettably, there is no clear indication of how long what the Government advise should be followed. So we are forced to rely on conjecture.
We know that the number of infections will continue its exponential growth for at least a fortnight more. From that point, the currently advised semi-lockdown will then have to continue for at least another 2 or 3 months, taking us into June. We cannot put on the Fair in such conditions.
We also have to accept that some of our volunteers and/or stallholders/performers will contract coronavirus which would compromise our ability to put on the Fair in the way we'd like.
And of course many visitors will be put off from attending a social event such as the Fair, even in the unlikely event that restrictions had then been lifted. This would severely affect the viability of the Fair as a whole.
We fully intend to be back next year, and look forward to seeing and working with all our wonderful visitors, volunteers, stallholders and performers for an even better promotion and celebration of ethical and sustainable living at the Green Scythe Fair 2021!
So in the mean time please take care of yourself & each other, in isolation but not alone...we’re all in this together.
Francis (Herbi) Blake
Chair, Green Scythe Fair Committee
"Your fair reminds me of the old style festival, where people actually care about the environment and have similar ways of thinking to me"
This is a magical one day environmental fair in a beautiful setting on the Somerset Levels run entirely by volunteers using wind, sun and muscle power. Excellent live music, over 100 stalls displaying traditional skills, crafts and produce, lively environmental debates, delicious organic local food, a variety of the best ales and ciders and a large kids area with activities throughout the day.
The Green Scythe Fair includes the celebrated West Country Scythe Championship, known far and wide for the stupendous and often hilarious feats of haymaking by international scythesmen and women, who mow a swathe through the summer festival scene. It is probably the most authentic, and enjoyable, country fair in all England!
As the Green Scythe Fair continues to aim for minimal environmental impact, we are asking visitors to bring their own reusable plates, cups & cutlery to help achieve zero waste created at the event.
This an environmental event as well as a working farm so parking is limited in an effort to avoid pollution. We would encourage you to lift share, where possible. More details on our Getting There page.
The Green Scythe Fair venue is in a working farm, therefore we would prefer it if you didn’t bring your dog. Please bear in mind some children and adults are scared by dogs, so in a crowded fair this can spoil the day for those folks.
However, if you feel the need to bring your dog, it must be kept on a short lead at all times – this will be monitored by Green Fair staff. All dog waste must be picked up and please use biodegradable bags so it can be composted correctly. If not strictly adhered to you will be politely asked to leave with no redress. Guide dogs, of course, are very welcome.
The Green Scythe Fair is run by volunteers – we take all reasonable steps to make it a safe environment, but we cannot be held responsible or liable for any loss, damage, theft, illness or injury arising at or as a result of the Fair, however caused. Children remain the responsibility of parents/carers at all times; please keep dogs on leads. Please report all accidents at once to the staff at the Site Info Tent.
Car parking on site (priority areas for disabled parking and bicycle parking)
Camping available (see: Thorney Lakes )
Come by bike to the Fair, reduce your carbon footprint and enjoy a free bike MOT (first come first serve – spaces limited). EVs get free charging at the campsite but please book when you arrive.