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Scythe and Cider Festival

18 July 2015 to 19 July 2015, 10am to 5pm

Wakehurst’s annual two-day family festival Scythe and Cider, showcasing traditional rural crafts and artisan produce.
Included with entry to the Garden
Child with painted face at the Wakehurst Scythe and Cider Festival

With the meadow grasses high, this rural idyll provides the perfect setting for a weekend of high-summer entertainment and good old-fashioned fun, with all the charm of an English country fete:

  • scything competitions
  • folk music
  • Morris dancers
  • a cider tent
  • an artisan food market
  • picnicking
  • outdoor cookery demos
  • rural crafts
  • children’s activities
  • Punch and Judy
  • cream teas 

New for 2015, Wakehurst is teaming up with the Fantastic British Food Fair to bring over 25 local food and drink producers to the festival, from artisan bakeries to micro breweries. Of course, summer wouldn’t be summer without high tea — visit our pop up Vintage Tea tent courtesy of Splendid Occasions, as we celebrate the nostalgia for bygone times.

Scythe and Cider festival In association with:

Fantastic British Food Festivals


Fantastic British Food Festivals organises quality food and drink festivals for passionate foodies; working with great venues, wonderful food producers and talented chefs at beautiful locations across the UK to provide outstanding events.

Designed to entertain and educate the whole family, festivals will house the best in local and regional produce with a wide range of stalls including artisan bakers and pulled pork barbecues. Food and drink theatres will feature cooking demonstrations, and talks from food and drink experts. 

Splendid Occasions



Splendid Occasions is a boutique events company, born and bred in West Sussex. They specialise in creating visually-stunning, tailor-made events, festivals, weddings and parties, guaranteed to be truly innovative and memorable every time. From food and drink, and vintage and retro fairs, to wartime dances, pop-up restaurants, launch parties, charity fundraisers and street parties, Splendid Occasions can do it all. 


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