The History of the Scarecrow Festival

The Scarecrow Festival started in 2004 and was instigated by, among others, the late Denise Illett. It is a great opportunity for the community to get crafting to produce such creations as Postman Pat, robots, burglars climbing drain pipes etc. and to display them at the front of their houses for all to see.

The festival is on for a weekend in September. There is a map below listing the locations of some of the scarecrows, you can use it as a basis for a self-guided tour, or just take a pleasant stroll around town and see how many you can spot.

 Each year a band of volunteers open up the Community Orchard and offer refreshments to anyone who would like to partake. The orchard is also home to some of the scarecrows and there will be the chance to make mini-scarecrows too.

This event is well worth a visit as it shows the talents and diversity of the community and is a lovely day out for families.


Scarecrow Festival 2022

This year's Scarecrow Festival will be taking place on the 17th and 18th September from 10am-5pm. There will be refreshments in the Community Orchard from 12pm-4pm. 

Not sure where to go to find the scarecrows? You can use the map on the right for your self-guided tour, or just take a pleasant stroll around town and see how many you can spot.

Not all scarecrows will be listed on the map, only those who have informed the Office of their wish to take part. There will likely be others around town.

Scarecrow Festival 2021

Mary poppins scarecrow

Frida Kahlo scarecrow

Owl scarecrow

Ghost scarecrows

Scarecrow taking a break

Builder scarecrow

Gardening scarecrow

Scarecrow in jail

Previous Scarecrow Festivals

Gardener scarecrow

Pirate scarecrow

Traditional scarecrow

Vicar scarecrow

Peter rabbit scarecrow

Grace O'Malley scarecrow

Darth vader scarecrow

Clown scarecrow


Pirate scarecrow

KISS scarecrow

Harry Potter scarecrow