On Sat 16 & Sun 17 June 2018 from 10am - 5pm the normally quiet village of Kington Langley in North Wiltshire will once again be buzzing to the sound of the annual scarecrow festival.
At the heart of the festival is the Scarecrow Trail, centred around the village green and about 1.5mls in total length (generally flat and wheelchair/buggy friendly, some lanes are without footpaths, refreshments and entertainments on the village green which is a bit bumpy)
The theme for 2018 is "BOOKS". We generally have around 70 Scarecrows, each representing a different title, and all made by folks from the village and surrounding areas
With help from clues in the programme, visitors are invited to guess as many titles as they can, and there's even a £100 prize.
Alongside the main scarecrow Trail we also run a full programme of entertainment and activities. We have a brilliant "Sound Stage" showcasing local bands, singers and choirs.
You'll also find a feast of high quality refreshments at affordable prices, sourced locally where we can. This includes a BBQ tent, Tea tent and "The CrowBar". Traditional village cream teas are available at the Church and Chapel.
We are busily planning two full days of activities for the kids. The Scarlett Princesses are booked and FREE circus skills workshops will run when the trail is open (and conveniently near the CrowBar tent!). There will be a Family tent with activities for the younger ones too and more to come!
Then of course we have the stalls, charity stalls, kids rides, there really is something for everyone.
What's it all in aid of?
The festival is way for us to fundraise for the various charity and community projects based in and around Kington Langley. Through sales of programmes and refreshments we have raised over £35,000 over the years, benefiting organisations like Kington Langley DeFib units, Langley Fitzurse CofE Primary School, 1304 Chippenham Air Cadets as well as the village WI, church, chapel, croquet club and playing fields.
In 2015 we created the "Elizabeth Coles Award" to honour our belated friend who came up with the idea for Scarecrows back in 2000. This is our prime charity for each year.
Our Elizabeth Cole award for 2018 is Thrombosis UK.
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