Scarecrow Festival

Kettlewell’s Scarecrow Festival

A great day out for all the family

Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival has been an annual highlight for over 20 years, widely hailed as one of the best in Britain and this year’s event takes place from 11th to 19st August 2018.

With hundreds of scarecrows to spot in every corner of Kettlewell, it’s a great day out for all the family and trail sheets only cost £1!! Simply follow the trail of clues to find letters on themed scarecrows then solve the riddles to find the mystery word – with prizes to be won every day!

Along the route you can taste real country baking in our village hall or one of the village cafes – and for something stronger we have three great pubs. There is plenty of parking for cars (£3 per car). To book a coach please e-mail with the date required and whether it is an AM or PM slot.

All proceeds go to our Church, Village Hall, School and local projects to benefit the whole community.


Scarecrows first came to Kettlewell in 1994 when a fund raising event was organised for the local school which serves the villages, hamlets and remote farms of Upper Wharfedale and Littondale. The enthusiastic response of parents and residents led to over 100 scarecrows appearing in gardens and public places, in hidden corners and even on rooftops.

Since 1998, the Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival has been organised on behalf of St. Mary’s Parish Church, Kettlewell Village Hall and the original beneficiary – Kettlewell Primary School. A small committee leads the way, but the whole community responds magnificently; making and renovating scarecrows, preparing and serving delicious, homemade cakes and snacks in the village hall and organising car parking.

Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival has become an annual highlight in the village, taking place every August and attracting thousands of visitors from near and far who often come back year after year.

Visit our Scarecrow Festival website