From Saturday, February 14 to Sunday, February 22 (closed Monday, 16), the fabulous annual Scarecrow Festival returns to the gardens of Tatton’s historic estate in rural Cheshire East ……..the farm are joining in too!
With a reputation for originality and surprise this popular family event continues to be an annual favourite for children looking for simple outdoor fun and creativity during the school holidays.
This year will be no exception as the scarecrow design team (aka the gardeners and Janet Bradshaw from Tatton’s education team) take inspiration from creatures of folklore who live in our gardens! Visitors to the scarecrow festival will encounter mystical fairies and mischievous elves, spiritual sprites and mythological trolls and nymphs. And, of course, no garden would be complete without a gnome!
Head Gardener Simon Tetlow said: “Each year we recruit our scarecrows in February for the vital work of pest control. Those that are the best in bothering birds are given the prestigious job of guarding our vegetables and fruits – maybe you can hep us find the scariest crow?”
It is expected that a total of over 70 scarecrows will take up residence in the gardens and children will be able to take part in a fun quiz to find some of these characters throughout the week.
In the gardens on Sunday, 15 February children will also be able to take part in a special day of additional games and activities. They will be able to help Tatton’s chief scarecrow make gnome badges, fairies and trolls.
At the farm visitors can search for the scarecrow characters of ‘Old Macdonald and his farm’, take part in a quiz and help the farm staff make scarecrows
Scarecrow Festival: Saturday, February 14 to Sunday, February 22 (closed Monday, 16)
Farm open 11am-4pm, last entry 3pm. Gardens open 10am – 4pm (last entry 3pm). Adult £6, child £4 (4-15 years), family £16 (two adults and up to three children). Totally Tatton tickets: entry to gardens and farm: adult £11, child £5.50, family £27.50. National Trust members pay 50 per cent entry to the farm and free entry to gardens. Park entry charge of £5 per car applies including NT members