When: 28th April – 7th May 2018
Where: The village of Wray, Lancashire
£: Free. Admission to Wray Fair costs £5. There is a small fee to enter some of the competitive events
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 will be the 25th anniversary of Wray Scarecrow Festival, and it will run from Saturday 28th April until Monday 7th May, with the theme of Lights, Camera, Action. This year’s highlight will be the attempt to break the World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as scarecrows.
The world record attempt will take place on Friday 4th May, straight after the Giant Scarecrow Parade at around 6.30pm. Those who fancy taking part should turn up in a straw or cloth hat, straw hair, a scarecrow face (painted or mask), and patched trousers and long-sleeved top (with straw poking out).
The main event is the scarecrows themselves of course, and they will be found throughout the village of Wray. The scarecrow makers are an imaginative bunch and visitors can expect plenty of quirky creations based on the festival theme as well as topical ‘crows such as last year’s Pinocchio Trump.
The scarecrows will be competing to win prizes in categories including best themed, best traditional, best mechanical, best topical and people’s choice.
In addition to the scarecrows, the ten-day festival programme incorporates a range of events including a 10k road race, the Bowland Forest Populaire cycling event, a fun fair, a ball race, and a fell race.
New for this year will be the Wacky Wrayces Soap Box Derby, taking place on Sunday 6th May, with three handmade trophies up for grabs. There will be classes for both children and adults, and there will be medals handed out for the best dressed team and most imaginative cart.
Another big festival event is the Wray Fair, taking place on the school field. The fair, on Monday 7th May, will feature dog agility (with a have-a-go section for visitors and their pooches), displays from the Croix Du Nord vikings, The Sheep Show, crafts and food stalls.