Urchfont Scarecrow Festival 2011

A Day Out In… Wiltshire for May Bank Holiday.

Bank Holiday entertainment cannot get more typically English than this village festival. If you are feeling a little bit blue that the Royal Wedding is over and you want to spend some time celebrating being British, then Urchfont is the place to be this weekend. Every May Bank Holiday, this small Wiltshire village plays host to thousands of sight-seers, come to look at scarecrows.

The attraction may not be immediately evident. But these are no ordinary scarecrows. In fact, most of the creations bare little resemblance to their namesake. Firstly, there is a competition. You have to guess who or what all the scarecrows are. Not only do you have to name the scarecrows, but also match them to a clue. There’s a theme and this year it is advertisements, or ‘adverts’. This can be a fiercely competitive event. To win it you are required to get every answer correct (which many achieve) and thus the winner is decided upon by the expulsion of those with – dare I mention – spelling mistakes, or slight inaccuracies. Of course, winning is not what makes the day fun. There’s a kids trail too, so the little ones can get involved. It would be a lovely way to spend time with a partner, or the family, or friends.

Around the village duck pond are refreshment tents selling BBQ food, cakes, coffees and Scarecrow Festival Beer (which is a vibrant lime green)…

‘Urchfont Scarecrow Festival’ in Urchfont, Wiltshire until Monday 2nd May.