Scarecrow Festival

Kettlewell’s Scarecrow Festival
(13th – 21st August 2016)
A great day out for all the family


Scarecrows first came to Kettlewell in 1994 when a fund raising eventwas  organised for the local school which serves much of Upper Wharfedale  with its villages, isolated hamlets and remote farms. The enthusiastic  response of parents and residents led to over 100 scarecrows appearing  in gardens, open spaces, hidden corners and even on rooftops. The event  was successfully repeated and, growing year by year, now attracts  thousands of visitors over a nine day period in August.

Since 1998, the Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival has  beenorganised on behalf of St Mary’s Parish Church,  Kettlewell Village Hall and the original beneficiary – the  school. A small

committee leads the way, but the whole community responds magnificently; making and renovating scarecrows, preparing and serving delicious home made produce to feed the many visitors and organising parking and traffic.

Kettlewell is a delightful village, both attractive and interesting, and ideally situated in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. Visitors are encouraged to explore by walking the “Scarecrow Trail”, identifying selected scarecrows and solving associated clues which, each year, are based on a different theme. Many other scarecrows can be found, often in some of themore unusual and unexpected nooks and crannies of thisidyllic location.

Despite all the hard work involved, the villagers are refreshed and inspired by the sight of so many smiling faces during the week.

May your face be one of them this year and in the future.

  • Scarecrow trail with themes for adults and children.
  • Follow the trail and see this lovely village.
  • Find the scarecrows, solve the riddles and identify the mystery word.
  • Trail sheets still only £1 for adults and 50p for children.
  • Prizes to be won.
  • Taste real country baking in one of the village tearooms or the Village Hall.
  • Three splendid hostelries.
  • Ample car parking – advance booking recommended for coaches.

Visit our Scarecrow Festival website

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