Saturday, 20 February 2016

Scarecrow Festival

A warm welcome to Tatton Park and the annual Scarecrow Festival! After missing it last year, I couldn't wait to visit and to finally emerge into the fresh air after weeks of relentless grey skies and rain.

The theme this year was Roald Dahl as it's 100 years since his birth. At the entrance to the gardens, we were met by characters from James and the Giant Peach.

The gardens are looking pretty bare at this time of year but there was a splash of colour from rows of daffodils.

The kitchen garden seemed even more empty but luckily there were plenty of scarecrows waiting to be discovered...

Hello from Esio Trot!

All of the Dahl scarecrows had an information board with a quote from the relevant book and an activity for children. Of course, some grown-ups felt the need to take part too ;-)

You wouldn't want to meet the girl with the Magic Finger on a dark night!

Luckily, Matilda was far more friendly looking.

We laughed at the children putting on their best grumpy faces with George and his marvellous medicine :)

We tried to stretch ourselves as high as we could like this character from The Twits.

And we nodded in agreement to these wise words from The Witches: 'It doesn't matter who you are or what you look like as long as somebody loves you'

'Tell the person beside you one thing you love about them and see them smile' was the activity on this board. Chickpea is always sunny-tempered whereas I give great cuddles :-)

Fantastic Mr Fox challenged us to a digging contest. We passed on this one as everyone knows 'nobody in the world can dig as quick as a fox'.

In the lush greenery of the fernery, we met a larger-than-life fellow...

'I is the only nice and jumbly Giant in Giant Country! I is the BIG FRIENDLY GIANT! I is the BFG...what is your name?'

Chickpea was in no doubt that I'd be the Restless Giant! Hmm, must try harder at this relaxing malarkey.

It wouldn't be difficult to relax in the peace and tranquility of the Japanese gardens.

Last but not least, I couldn't resist showing you this one. Is it me or does she look like she desperately needs the loo! It did make me laugh.

This is about the 3rd time we've visited the Scarecrow Festival and it's one of our favourite events. It's on until tomorrow if you fancy a visit.

Hope you're having a good weekend. We're having a quiet one today but are going to dinner with the family of Chickpea's boyfriend tomorrow as it's his birthday. Enjoy yourself whatever you have planned.  x


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  2. These look so cool!! I love a good theme!!!! They're very clever. The bfg was in the perfect location!

  3. Haha, that last one does look like she needs the loo! Those are brilliant and I love the activities to go with each scarecrow - what a fun day out!

  4. What a great theme for a scarecrow fest. I love the BFG one! It's nice that they give an explanation with each scarecrow too. Great fun! xx

  5. That looks like great fun! I loved the book James and the Giant Peach, but I haven't read his others. These scarecrows make me want to read all Dahl's books! And I must visit Tatton Park again.

    There's also a Scarecrow Festival in Kettlewell, in Yorkshire somewhere. It's in the summer, and all the residents take part and put scarecrows outside their houses.

  6. Love this post! Love the pots of daffs lined up around the fountain!
    The scarecrows are great! I love Roald Dahl, I have read all his books, even some that he wrote for adults! He was born in Norway and what he wrote about his childhood summers there when he would visit, just beautiful.

  7. What a great selection of Scarecrows, they have put some work in to day out.
    Amanda xx