Watch out birds!
Tatton’s annual Scarecrow Festival returns once again to the gardens around the historic estate in rural Cheshire between Saturday 15th February and Sunday 23rd February (excludes Monday 17th February).
With a growing reputation for originality and surprise, the popular family event continues to be a firm favourite for children looking for outdoor fun and creativity during the school holidays.
The scarecrow design team (aka Tatton’s gardeners and Janet Bradshaw from the education team) have taken inspiration from Aesop’s Fables this year, to create a ‘spring collection’ of their very own.
The team have selected the fables that have a link to Tatton’s gardens and wildlife for a number of the scarecrows, amongst them: The Jackdaw and The Small Birds, The Frog and The Well, as well as The Sun and The Wind.
Head Gardener Simon Tetlow said: “Each February the garden team flex their artistic muscles to come up with weird and wonderful scarecrows to entertain our visitors – and to bother our feathered friends!
“This year, stories will be a major feature of our Scarecrow Festival as they will be for our Easter Story Time event in April.”
It’s expected that more than 70 scarecrows will take up residence in the gardens and children will be able to join in with a fun quiz to find some of these characters throughout the week.
On Sunday 16th February children will also be able to take part in a special day of additional games and activities where they will be able to help Tatton’s chief scarecrow make and dress more bird-botherers for the gardens as well as making their own mini scarecrows and animal masks.
At the farm, visitors can search for the scarecrow characters of ‘Old Macdonald and his farm’ and take part in a quiz plus help the farm staff make yet more scarecrows!