The sleepy village of Wolferton will come to life when it launches its Scarecrow Festival on Saturday 27th August 2011.
The popular free event promises to be great fun for all the family, with lots of entertaining scarecrow displays, games for the children, shire horses, Morris men on Sunday, visiting fire-engine, a raffle, and catering facilities around the village. There is also an adult and children’s competition, local produce, books and bric a brac stalls.
The festival has been growing in popularity ever since it started ten years ago. A villager who visited Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival while on holiday in Yorkshire, decided to bring the idea back to Wolferton. More research was done and the idea was born.
The festival was started to bring the community together rather than to raise money, and ten years on it still achieves that. The funds raised go to local amenities and charities.
With large numbers of visitors, the road down to Wolferton on the Sandringham estate becomes very congested, so since 2005 the road has been closed from the Scissor crossroads just outside the village. Traffic comes into the village via Station Hill, then left by the village sign into Church Lane and then right into the meadow where you can park your car. For those with a blue disability badge there is a specially reserved parking area.
The start of the scarecrow trail is at the Church end of the meadow and that is where programmes are sold. Families with young children, who are not used to being able to run around in the countryside without fear of traffic, can enjoy the 1 mile walk around the village.
A free bus service will run every 10 to 15 minutes,with the bus driver giving an informal commentary on the scarecrows and other things of note in the village, such as the station, and will stop anywhere on the way round if somebody wants to get off or on.
Wolferton Scarecrow Festival takes place from Saturday 27th to 29th August 2011. Opening times are 10am to 5pm. Entrance and parking is free.
Photos of the 2009 Festival courtesy of the organisers.