Introduction from the Festival Organisers:
Thanks to such an enthusiastic response from villagers, more and more scarecrows started to appear every year - in gardens and doorways, peeking over walls, clambering up drainpipes and popping up in every corner of the village. Not surprisingly the fame of the festival started to spread further afield and soon visitors were arriving by the coach load to spot the scarecrows on a wander around this idyllic Yorkshire Dales village.
Over the last 25 years, the festival has grown from strength to strength and we pride ourselves on the high standards of our creations and characters, who are usually easy to identify by young or old. We've had all kinds of themes for our two 'official' trails, with fun clues specially written for children or grown-ups - from pop stars to royalty and literary characters to the Olympics. We've seen a croft in the village transformed into a ski run, canoe course and cricket pitch of scarecrows, as well as a whole street filled with characters from the Wizard of Oz, Willy Wonker's Chocolate Factory and the circus. We've also had a horse and jockey tumbling through our very own Beechers Brook and a giant giraffe, lion and elephant outside our Youth Hostel!
We are delighted that Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival now welcomes thousands of visitors from far and wide. Many have been coming back year after year - often first with their children and now with their grandchildren! We've featured on TV shows like The Dales & Lakes and The Yorkshire Dales as well as Radio 2 and in national newspapers including The Telegraph and Daily Mail.
We continue our journey to Grassington, picture a bustling cobbled market square, fringed by shops offering everything from practical essentials to totally tempting luxuries. Art galleries, crafts and open studios complete the Yorkshire shopping experience. Add other attractions such as friendly cafés, restaurants and cosy hotels, all set against a backdrop of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. That’s Grassington, the small market town that feels like a village.