When: 22nd April – 1st May 2017
Where: The village of Wray, Lancashire
£: Free. Admission to the fair costs £3 for adults and £1.50 for pensioners. Under 16s go free
What is it?
For ten days every year, the village of Wray in Lancashire is overrun with scarecrows of all shapes and sizes, from four centimetres to four metres tall. Made and displayed by village residents, they create a spectacle that can only be truly appreciated by walking through the village and seeing them with your own eyes.
This year’s Wray Scarecrow Festival runs from Saturday 22nd April until Monday 1st May, with the theme of Traditional Tales.
In addition to the scarecrows, the ten-day festival programme incorporates a range of events including a 10k road race, 100k cycle ride, giant scarecrow parade and a country fair.
The giant ‘Aunt Sally’ scarecrow will also be stretching her legs in Lancaster City Centre on Saturday 15th April, accompanied by minions who will be handing out flyers and selling programmes and tickets for Wray’s Great Ball Race.
The festival events begin on 22nd April with a road race and farmer’s market, followed by a cycle ride and car boot sale on 23rd April. During the week days there will be Maypole dancing, a funfair, live music and a giant scarecrow parade.
On Sunday 30th April there will be a vintage and collectables market, classic cars and bikes, a Down-the-River Ball Race, Bus(k) Stop Music, in addition to the scarecrows on display of course.
Monday 1st May is Fair Day, with entertainment including Croix Du Nord vikings, chainsaw carving, trials bike displays, dog agility, and football freestyle, including a World Record attempt. There will also be stalls, a traditional funfair, rare breeds, crafts and food.