LAPWORTH SCARECROW FESTIVAL
*What's it all about?
Well, so the saying goes, "great oaks from little acorns grow" and our little acorns were planted by Kingswood and Lapworth WI nine years ago. A group of dedicated volunteers have helped nurture and grow the Festival and it now attracts many visitors from far and wide (and yes, we're talking foreign lands!).
In an acorn nutshell, enthusiastic people from both Lapworth and further afield create a scarecrow based on a theme and display them outside their homes, schools or on village land for visitors to see. We encourage our visitors to buy a programme which, amongst lots of other fun things, contains a voting form. Our winning scarecrows are awarded a trophy at the end of the weekend, and all participants are given a jolly big pat on the back!
The Organising Committee and lots and lots of hard working volunteers run the Festival out of the kindness of their big hearts and because we really want to continue the tradition of a fantastic community event. We aim to provide a fun day out for young and old, and work hard to make sure that the weekend is affordable and accessible to all. Our reward? The warm. fuzzy feeling you get when you see smiley faces, a busy village and a carnival atmosphere!
When's it all happening?
Tradtionally the Festival takes place over the second or third weekend of September, We're not really sure why this is, probably because there's plenty of hay/straw by then, but it's usually a nice time of year! So, for 2017, it's Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September.
Where's it all happening?
We like to think you'll spot it before it spots you, but for those unfamiliar with the event, you just need to head for the village of Lapworth to see the straw creations dotted around the village. If you're coming to have some fun, then you'll definitely want to head for the Village Hall on Old Warwick Road (we've put directions on our Find Us page).
What time does it start/finish?
Lapworth opens its leafy doors at 12 noon on both days, with an 'offical' closing time of 18:00 on Saturday and 17:00 on Sunday, but you're more than welcome to stick around and enjoy the village afterwards!
Do I have to live in Lapworth to enter a scarecrow?
No, no, no, no, no, good gracious no! Definitely not. We welcome entries from anyone who'd like to join in, and if you live outside of Lapworth, and you don't mind transporting your creation, we'll find it a home for the weekend where it'll be viewed by the adoring public. Well, that's just made your mind up for you - the link you're looking for is here.
Where can I Park?
There will be blue badge parking at the Village Hall on Old Warwick Road, then plenty of room for your car at Lapworth School on Station Lane and, hopefully again this year, we will have a car park available on Chessett's Wood Road (near the Punchbowl). All parking is sign-posted and is a great starting point for a walk to see all the wonderful scarecrows.
Are there any rules for entering a scarecrow?
Not really, we'd rather people join in and have fun, but in the interests of maintaining tradition, we do ask that all scarecrows have straw in them. No excuse this year, because we're offering all scarecrow-makers free straw! As for what and how, we'll leave that entirely in your hands, you bunch of creative charlies, you!
We know you're a curious bunch, and you've bales of questions (see what we did there?!), so why not take a look at some specially prepared answers below.
If you still can't find what you're looking for, drop us a line here, and we'll do our very best to help you out (just don't ask about life, love and the universe if you want a sensible answer!).