For two days every June, the normally tranquil village of Kington Langley hosts its annual scarecrow festival, one of the most loved summer events in the area.
The Kington Langley Scarecrow Festival continues to gain momentum every year and as well as making front page in the local press has even been featured in The Sunday Times and discussed by Simon Mayo on Radio 2. Footfall is annually in the thousands, as local families and tourists alike flock to enjoy the fun, relaxed weekend.
The Kington Langley Scarecrow Trail
At the heart of the festival is the Scarecrow Trail, which every year sees locals create scarecrows around a specific theme. Past examples include heroes and villains, bands and tv shows, with 2018’s theme on books. Visitors are invited to follow the trail around the village, and with help from clues in the programme, guess as many of the scarecrow’s titles as they can. There’s even a cash prize of £100 up for grabs, plus a special children’s trail and prize too.
Activities all weekend
Throughout the weekend there’s a full programme of entertainment and activities. A sound stages showcases local singers, band and choirs, plus there’s stalls, circus skills workshops and a family tent with fun and games for kids.
Food and drink
There’s refreshments available all around the village, from craft beers, Pimms and prosecco through to tea and cakes, a BBQ and even cream teas.
Supporting local and national good causes
Money raised by the festival goes to support various charity and community projects based in and around Kington Langley.
Through sales of programmes and refreshments, over £35,000 has been raised to date, with funds going to support – amongst others – the village school, local Air Cadets, Kington Langley’s playing fields, croquet lawn, tennis court – it’s even helped install several DeFib units around the village.
In addition, each year a prime national charity is chosen in memory of the festival’s founder Elizabeth Coles. In 2017 this was the National Deaf Children’s Society, and for 2018 Thrombosis UK was chosen.
Find out more about the Kington Langley Scarecrow Festival by visiting its official site – http://www.scarecrows.biz/.