I’m a little bit late posting this but on Saturday 17th September we visited the Annual Scarecrow Festival in Kirkhamgate, a little village just outside Wakefield.
It was the first time we’d been and I must say that we had a really good day, although it may have been a different story if the weather hadn’t been in our favour.
This was the festivals 7th year, although this is the first year we’ve visited, and each year there is a a theme to the scarecrows; this year’s theme was song titles and nursery rhymes.
We arrived just after lunch and purchased a route map from the Church Hall for a small fee (£2) and begun our journey around the village searching out the scarecrows and guessing the answers to the clues. Overall I think we did quite well guessing most of them although there were a couple in the cryptic corner that had us stumped. In the interest of fairness I must point out that not all the entries were what I would class as scarecrows but they were creative nonetheless.
My personal favourites were Wrecking Ball and Agadoo, while the kids loved Incy Wincy Spider and Bananas in Pajamas.
After walking round the village and checking out all the scarecrows we heading back to the Church Hall to hand in our voting slips and also picked up our own scarecrow for our garden before checking out the craft fair in the Village Hall where there were some fab stalls selling everything from chutney to books, toys to home wares (watch out for a review of one of the sellers later this week).
If you were wanting food there were a few options including the fish and chip shop, The Star Inn and the Cafe. If you only wanted a light bite you could pick up an ice cream from A Taste of Italy’s Ice Cream trikes along the trail or a coffee and a cake from the Church Hall. We had eaten before we got there so didn’t partake although we may reconsider stopping for dinner next year since our youngest fell asleep on the way home and missed her tea.
All in all we spent a good few hours there and the kids loved it (despite their initial reservations) so it will definitely be making my bucket list for next year (16-17 September 2017) where the theme is Famous People/Celebrities and planning is already underway to make it the best year yet!