The Flamstead Scarecrow Festival is one of our favourite events of the year. It’s on 19th-21st August 2016. In a nutshell, Flamstead is a small, lovely village in Hertfordshire and once a year around 90 residents create the most fabulous scarecrows and display them in their front gardens. It’s a competition to see who can make the best one. You walk around the village and then vote for which ever ones you think are the best. The event has been running since 2002 as a means of raising money for the upkeep of the Village Church and the Herts Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre. It gets bigger every year. Around 5000 people went last year. All of the pictures in this blog post are from 2015 and are to give you an idea about what the scarecrows are like. There were Minions ones, Frozen ones, Lego ones… and even Hyancinth Bucket from Keeping up Appearances. Who knows what will be there this year?!
The walk takes around an hour to an hour and a half to do although can take longer if you’re stopping to take pictures. There are craft stalls and cakes in the village hall. There’s also a miniature train ride – but if it’s like last year it’s very small! There’s also going to be a band, Morris men and Punch and Judy. The event is free, but as it’s to raise money for charity you may like to buy a voting form and take a bit of cash with you. The village is small so don’t attempt to park on the roads – there is a dedicated free car park – the sat nav postcode is AL3 8DE – and it’s easy to then park and walk. All of the information about the event is on the Flamstead Village Website. Viewing times are Friday 19th August 12.00pm – 5.00pm, Saturday 10am – 6pm, Sunday 10.30am – 5pm. Flamstead is about 35 mins from MK.
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