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Wray Scarecrow Festival starts this weekend

Chris Satori
Houseproud scarecrow
The villagers of Wray will be entertaining the multitudes again this year with their legendary week-long Wray Village Scarecrow Festival from Saturday 28 to April Monday 7 May, which will see clever and quirky scarecrow tableaux on topical themes populating the village lanes and gardens all week. (Visitors who are unfamiliar with English rural customs are advised to steer well clear of the giant wicker figure in the back field... ;-).

The festival climaxes on Bank Holiday Monday, 7 May with the Wray Fair, which is a great day out packed with demonstrations of rural crafts, fairground rides, classic vehicles, children’s entertainment, rare breeds, charity and trade stalls. And, of course, Duck Herding. The Fair will also feature live performances from the cast of The Sound of Music from Morecambe Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society, tra-la!

This year is the 25th anniversary of the Wray Fair in its modern guise. It co-incides with the Queens Diamond Jubilee holiday, which the village will also be celebrating in its own eccentric style.

The Festival opens with the annual 10km road race and fell race this Saturday 28 April.

On Sunday, April 29, there will be the annual Wray Village Cricket Match and also a car boot sale on the Village Field. On the Wednesday evening the John O'Gaunt Morris dancers will perform outside the George & Dragon and on Thursday 3 May a Classic Bike Night rolls into Wray.

Friday evening will see the Giant Scarecrow Parade through the village and on Sunday 6 May a Vintage Market will be held on the Village Field.

Entry to the Village Fair on 7 May is just £3 for adults, £1.50 for pensioners and kids under 16 are free.
Car parking is £1.50 throughout the Scarecrow Festival and Fair. Delicious refreshments will be on sale all week in the Village Hall as well as in the local hostelries.

You can find out more about the Wray Scarecrow Festival and all the events planned at