Return of the Bird Botherers! Tatton Park Scarecrow Festival 2013

By on February 5, 2013

TattonScarecrowFestival1cpFrom Saturday, February 16 to Sunday, February 24, the fabulous annual Scarecrow Festival returns to the gardens of Tatton’s historic estate in rural Cheshire East ……..the farm are joining in too!

This event has gained quite a reputation for its creativity.  The scarecrows have proven very ‘adventurous’ in recent years: in the gardens they have been seen climbing up trees, heading underground hunting for moles and even scaling the walls of the mansion.

Head Gardener Simon Tetlow said: “The Scarecrow Festival is always a fantastic opportunity for our teams to flex their artistic muscles and also to provide a real early spring service – protecting our tender crops and fledging flowers from the birds.”

Children will be able to take part in a quiz to find some of these characters throughout the week. For the 2013 edition of the quiz the scarecrows will be strictly re-cycleable! The whole scarecrow team will be dressed with material and items that will be re-cycled once the scarecrows have performed their garden duties. Team members include (CD) Seedy,  Miss Pot(ter), heavy metal Scrappy Ste , Shed Ned , Milk bottle Bob and Electrical Sparky! Thanks go to children from the Longridge Estate in Knutsford who helped make some of the scarecrows at their community Welcome Cafe.

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.

In the gardens on Sunday, 17 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 and dress more bird-botherers for the gardens and make their own pocket-sized scarecrow.

Scarecrow Festival: Saturday, February 16 to Sunday, February 24 (closed Monday, 18)

Farm opening 11am-4pm, last entry 3pm.  Gardens open 10am – 4pm (last entry 3pm). Adult £5.50, child £3.50 (four-15 years), family £14.50 (two adults and up to three children).  Totally Tatton tickets: entry to gardens and farm: adult £10, child £5, family £25.  National Trust members pay 50 per cent entry to the farm.  Park entry charge of £5 per car applies.

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