Where: Wray Village, Lancashire
£: The Scarecrow Festival is free, there are some charges for the other events.
What is it?
This year’s Wray Scarecrow Festival will have the themes of ‘read me’ and ‘myths and fairy tales’ so there should be an interesting mix of scarecrows to discover around the village. Thousands of visitors come from far and wide to the small north Lancashire village to see the handiwork of the residents whose creativity, sense of humour and ingenuity produce a broad range of scarecrows with something to suit (and amuse) almost everyone. This year’s festival will start on Saturday 27th April and run through to Wray Fair on Monday 6th May. Wray Fair is regarded as one of the cultural highlights of the Lune Valley’s calendar.
There are special events throughout the festival including the ever popular 10km Road Race and Fell Race for the fitter people. The weekends see a car boot sale, scarecrow ball race and the Giant Scarecrow Parade. The Village Institute will be serving up refreshments throughout the festival. You are sure to find some of the best locally produced food within.
On Thursday 3rd May the Classic Bike Night is returning to the Bridge House Farm Tearooms which promises good food and some beautiful machines to look at. While on Sunday 5th May the Vintage & Collectables Market will take place. This year it will be complimented by a new event, the first Wray Festival Classic Vehicle Show, with classic cars, bikes, agricultural machines and military vehicles on show.
The festival concludes with the Wray Fair itself. This year’s entertainment will include St Andrews Pipe Band, Queen Elizabeth School (Kirby Lonsdale) Samba Band, a chainsaw carver, demonstrations of rural crafts, fairground rides, children’s entertainment, rare breeds, charity and trade stalls and much more.
More info: www.wrayvillage.co.uk