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2019-05-07: Silver Jubilee for Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival

This summer, Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary and one of the two themed trails around the village will wind back the clock to the personalities and news stories of 1994. Whether you remember much about this year or not, the scarecrows planned for the route will be easy to recognise, from the new leader of 'New Labour' to the president of the Unites States and icons of the Manchester music scene to momentous national events. There's a historical twist to the children's trail too, as the Scarecrow Committee has amazingly managed to dig out the original clues from the very first themed trail which was nursery rhymes.

Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival was started back in 1994 by a handful of local parents to raise money for Kettlewell Primary School. There was no official trail around the village back then but residents were encouraged to create scarecrows depicting their profession, which included farmers (of course), a doctor, decorator and an electrician up a ladder, with sparks fizzing from the fuse box, which became a favourite with visitors for many years.

Thanks to such an enthusiastic response from villagers, more and more scarecrows started to appear every year - in gardens and doorways, peeking over walls and popping up in every corner of the village. Not surprisingly the fame of the festival started to spread further afield and soon visitors were arriving by the coach load to spot the scarecrows on a wander around this idyllic Yorkshire Dales village.

The other major attraction of Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival has always been the amazing homemade cakes on offer with other refreshments in the Village Hall - from legendary lemon drizzles to traditional fruit cake with Wensleydale cheese. Value for money has also played an important part in the festival's popularity, and does so to this day, with car parking for the whole day only £3 and clue sheets for the trails just £1 - making it quite possible to have a fun family day our for under a fiver! All the profits now provide much needed funds for Kettlewell School, St Marys Church, Kettlewell Village Hall and other community projects - funds that have amounted to tens of thousands of pounds over the last 25 years!

Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival now runs for 9 days every summer, this year from 10th to 18th August, and attracts around 15,000 thousand visitors from far and wide. It is one of the biggest and best in the UK and has featured on TV shows like The Dales & Lakes and The Yorkshire Dales as well as Radio 2 and in national newspapers including The Telegraph and Daily Mail. It also has over 3500 followers on Facebook which is a handy place to find out the latest news and see more pictures. Full information is also available on the website:


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On Saturday 11th August, three of the 'real' Calendar Girls will judge which scarecrows are the very best of this year's annual Scarecrow Festival in Kettlewell, which runs from Saturday 11th to 19th August. It's especially fitting that 'Calendar Girls' Angela Baker, Tricia Stewart and Christine Clancy will be judging the Festival as one of the themed scarecrow trails this year is 'Movies' and it's twenty years since their film was such a massive hit.

The judges will certainly have their work cut out with so many scarecrows to choose from in every corner of Kettlewell, from the topical and comical, to major masterpieces with moving parts. Besides the movie-themed scarecrow trail for grown-ups, the fun themed trail for children is based on 'Magical Stories', with daily prize draws to win £10. Clue sheets for both trails around the village cost just £1 with all proceeds going to Kettlewell Primary School, the village hall, St Mary's Church and other community projects.

Homemade cakes, sandwiches, soups and other refreshments will be served throughout the day, every day, in Kettlewell Village Hall, with all the profit making up a large part of the fundraising effort. There is also plenty of parking for the whole day for just £3, making Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival one of the best value, fun family days out of the summer holidays in Yorkshire and beyond. More information and pictures are available at and also and

During Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival, an exhibition, 'Twenty Years of the Calendar Girls' will be taking place at the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes, until 30th September. On 16th August, Calendar Girls the Musical also begins a nationwide tour at Leeds Grand, with an award-winning score by Gary Barlow and five star reviews from its debut in London's West End .

For press information and pictures, please contact Nicky White:
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2018-05-08: The Themes for this Summer's Scarecrow Festival will be 'Magical Stories' and 'Movies'

This summer, Kettlewell's hugely popular Scarecrow Festival will take place from 11th to 19th August, with Magical Stories and Movies as the themes for the two village trails.

From Narnia to Neverland and The Magic Faraway Tree to Harry Potter, there'll be characters from the best loved children's classics to find in every corner of the village as well as familiar stars and scenes of the silver screen. Full details can be found at and on Facebook.

For over twenty years, Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival has attracted and delighted many thousands of visitors from near and far, raising money for Kettlewell Primary School, Kettlewell Village Hall, St Mary's Church and other needs in the community. It's one of the best value family days out in the Dales, with clue sheets to follow the trails for just £1 and car parking only £3.

Almost as popular as the Scarecrow Trails are the homemade cakes and refreshments available at the village hall, with all the profits making up a major part of the fund raising effort.