July 7, 2017
Every year, over 100 scarecrows take over Flamstead village for three days. It’s an annual challenge for local people to create amazing scarecrows and raise money for charity. The charities are The Herts MS Therapy Centre in Letchworth and Friends of St Leonard’s church in Flamstead. To date, this annual event has raised £100,000, which has been shared by both charities.
This year’s event starts at 12pm on Friday 11th August and finishes on Sunday 13th August at 5pm. (It’s a little earlier than in previous years.)
Its reputation has spread with 5,000 people visiting each year. Entertainment includes music and Morris dancing, plus there will be a real ale festival, cream teas… and Punch & Judy! Over the years, and with the tireless help of representatives from both charities and volunteers from the village, it has grown into one of the ‘must-see’ events of the summer in the county.
Community Fundraiser for The Herts MS Therapy Centre, Cathy McLaughlan, says: “This will be the 16th year of the Scarecrow Festival. As well as the scarecrows, there are stalls, activities and entertainment. It really is a great day out for the family.”
Enjoy a unique day out with friends and family – and vote for your favourite scarecrow! Free parking is available and a bus is on-hand to take less able-bodied visitors around the scarecrow trail.
For more details, search for ‘Flamstead Scarecrow Festival’ on Facebook or click here.