Scarecrow season is about to get under way in Yorkshire, with both the well-established Kettlewell and the lesser known Thornton-le-Dale festivals taking place…
Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival
Where: Kettlewell, North Yorkshire
£: A trail sheet costs £1. Parking costs £3.
What is it?
Scarecrows first came to Kettlewell in 1994 as a way of raising money for the local school. The event has grown each year and now attract thousands of visitors during August.
Kettlewell is a picturesque village situated in the Yorkshire Dales and visitors are encouraged to explore some of the more unusual nooks and crannies around Kettlewell during the festival. Walk the Scarecrow Trail and see what you find hidden around the corner. The trail challenges participants to solve the riddles to find the mystery word. It takes around two hours to complete, and there are daily prizes up for grabs for children and adults during the festival.
Refreshments, including homemade cake, will be served in the village hall. Money raised during Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival will go towards the school, village hall, church and other local organisations.
Thornton-le-Dale Scarecrow Festival
When: 27th – 29th August 2016
Where: Thornton-le-Dale, near Pickering, North Yorkshire
£: Free. There is a small fee for the trail map
What is it?
The Thornton-le-Dale Scarecrow Festival takes place over the bank holiday weekend, and sees over 60 scarecrows pop up around the village and pond.
Last year’s event saw a wide range of scarecrows, including ‘Fifty shades of Hay’ and Paddington Bear.
There will be a stall selling the trail maps, souvenirs and raffle tickets over the weekend. The event has been taking place annually since 2012 and raises money for a dedicated cause each year. Proceeds from this year’s festival will go to Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Thornton-le-Dale is often thought of as one of the prettiest villages on Yorkshire, and is situated in the North York Moors National Park.