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Welcome to the scarecrow page
8th April 2017



Lancashire Villages website





Wray Scarecrow Festival and Fair 2017

Saturday 22nd April to

Bank Holiday Monday 1st May

This year's theme:
(chosen by Wray with Botton Endowed Primary School)

What's on?
(subject to change)

Throughout the 10 days:
Scarecrows around every corner!
Refreshments at the Village Institute on Main St
Photo exhibitions:
Remembering Wray (Holy Trinity Church)
Wray Today (Wray Village Institute)

Sat Apr 22nd:
10k road race
(starts 1.15pm at old Bobbin Mill) results here
Farmer's market

Sun Apr 23rd:
Bowland Forest Populaire 100k cycle ride
(starts ~9am outside Village Institute - open to all)
Car boot sale
(~8am to 2pm School Field)

During the week:
Wray Schoool's Maypole Dancing (and more)
(every week day ~1.30pm)

Thu Apr 27th:
Funfair starts
(continues over holiday weekend)

Fri Apr 28th:
Giant Scarecrows Parade
(starts ~7pm from Gars End, finishes at Bridge House Tearooms with prize presentations)
Food, drink & live music

Sat Apr 29th (all day):
Fun fair
Lots of scarecrows!

Sun Apr 30th:
Vintage & Collectables Market
(~11am to 4pm on School Field)
Classic Cars & Bikes
(~11am to 4pm at Bridge House Tearooms)
Down-the-River Ball Race*
(starts ~2pm from Kitting Bridge)
Songs of Praise
(~2.30pm Holy Trinity Church)
Bus(k) stop music
(all day at Bus Stop, Flood Gardens)
Fun fair
Lots of scarecrows!

Monday May 1st:
Fell race
(starts ~11am from Village Institute)
(all times are approximate - entry £3
pensioners £1.50/ under 16s FREE)
11.00: QES Band
11.30: Croix Du Nord vikings display
12.00: Chainsaw carving
12.15: Trials bike display - Ben Stiller
12.45: Football Freestyle - John Farnworth
13.00: Dog Agility (try with your own dog!)
14.00: Football Freestyle + Schools Football Tournament + Prizegiving
15.00: Chainsaw carving
15.15: Trials bike display - Ben Stiller
15.45: Football Freestyle, including World Record Attempt
Stalls & Attractions
 Traditional fun fair
Rare breeds
Crafts & stalls
Tea tent and hot food
and, of course, ...
Lots and lots of scarecrows!

* Terms & Conditions apply
(see bottom of this page)

Facebook: Wray Village Scarecrows
Twitter: @WrayScarecrows


A look back at what happened last year...

Scarecrow photos 2016 

Wray Scarecrow Festival - 2016 Winners

‘Explorers’ Category Prize Winners:

1st Prize and Thomas’ Trophy: Gulliver’s Travels – Vera and Eric Guy (Prize donated by Coniston Ferry Services)

2nd Prize: Explorers on the Moon – Ruth and John Gordon (Prize donated by G.C. Outdoors)

3rd Prize: Charles Darwin – Judith Smith and Ken Wilson (Prize donated by Sunsoar Paragliding)

‘Topical’  Category Prize Winner : William Shakespeare – Anne and John Yellowley

‘Animated’ Category Prize Winner:  Moon Walking – Peter Foster

‘Traditional’ Category Prize Winner:  Wray’s Old Crownies – Jonathan Wright

Additional Prize Winners: (in no particular order)

Straw Poll – The Halsey Family

North to the Pole – Sue and Mark Rowland

Mallory – Frances and David Hartnup

Scarecrows Climb Everest – Peter Edge

Wray Explorers –David Kenyon

Ex- Forces Explorers – Bill Bowman

Live Long and Prosper – Kim and Shaun Blackburn

Gulliver’s Travels – Jane and Roger Shimmin

Jacques Cousteau – Corinne Singleton

Pizza Planet – Richard Scott

On the Sea Bed – The Bobbin Mill Group

Very Highly Commended: (in no particular order)

Sir Edmund Hillary – Di and John Turner

Sam the Dog – The Perrins Family

Internet Explorer – The Postlethwaite Family

Ziggy Strawdust – The Whiteley Family

Star Ship Enterprise – Duncan and Laura Emmett

The Climber – Mr and Mrs Carr

Hello Sailor – Louise Howarth

El Banco de Wray – Ian Simpson

Octonaut - Robin Mason

Sir Edmund Hillary – 3rd Hornby Scouts

Chairman’s Choice Special Award: Indiana Jones – The Watts Family

2015 Peoples’ Choice Award: Every Woman’s Fantasy – Peter Foster          



(Prizes donated by IGA Ltd.)

1st.   Prize: Aliens – Caton Community Primary School

2nd.  Prize: 3 Peak Challenge – Tatham Fells Primary School

3rd. Prize: Space – Hornby St. Margaret CE Primary School

Very Highly Commended: (in no particular order)

Ocean Explorers – Melling St. Wilfred CE Primary School

Space Explorers – Wray with Botton Endowed Primary School

Jack and the Beanstalk – Wray Pre-School and Forest School

Exploring at Altitude – Casterton Sedbergh Preparatory School

Hot Air Balloon – Infinity Pre-School , Caton

Indiana Jones – Wennington Hall School, Yr 8

Jacques Cousteau – Ingleton Primary School

What was On & Where Last Year:


There are Scarecrows around every corner of the village throughout the 10 day Festival. Can you find them all? Don’t forget to vote for your favourite.

During the week Wray School will be putting on a performance of

traditional Maypole dancing every day at 1.30pm

To keep you going during your visit, delicious refreshments will be on sale in The Institute on Main Street, the George and Dragon, and at the Bridge House Farm Tearooms every day.

Special Events

Saturday April 23rd

The 10k Road Race starts just past the old Bobbin Mill on Harterbeck LA2 8QR at 1.15pm. Great turn out this year, 130 entries, results on the right hand side of this page and photos here

Sunday April 24th

Plenty of bargains to be found at the Car Boot Sale, held on the “School Field” from 8.00 until 2.00pm

Wednesday April 27th

Sally Naden of Radio Lancashire will be broadcasting her morning show from The Institute on Main Street, from 10.00am until 11.00am. Come and meet her and let her know which your favourite scarecrow is. You can also send us your photos and we'd love to publish them.

Friday April 29th

Join the Mayor of Lancaster at Gars End (top end of Main Street) at 7.00pm as he leads the Giant Scarecrow Parade through the village down to Bridge House Farm Tearooms where he will award prizes for the best Scarecrows.

Stay on after the prizes are awarded for the village party (open invitation to residents and visitors alike) for food, drinks, live music and fairground rides until 10.30pm.

Saturday April 30th

If you haven’t already tried the delicious homemade sandwiches and cakes at the Institute, this might be an ideal opportunity. Don’t forget Bridge House Tearooms at the end of the village will also be open and the George and Dragon public house.

Sunday May 1st

Come enjoy some “Open Mike” live entertainment – music, song, comedy etc. - at our Bus(k) shelter on the flood gardens from 11.00am until 4.00pm. Contact Simon Carruthers on 07976 238802 if you’d like to take part.

There will be plenty of interesting items to be bought at the Vintage and Collectables Market on the “School Field” from 11.00am until 4.00pm.

The Vintage Vehicle (motor cycles and cars) Show will be held at the same time and place as the market – a double event not to be missed!

Monday May 2nd (Bank Holiday Monday)

The Wray Caton Moor Fell Race starts in the village at 11.15am – registration and

entries on the day is at The Institute, Main Street LA2 8QA.

Entry: Adults £5,

Course: Adults - 6.5 miles, 1,000ft ascent

Juniors £2, - 6-8yrs, under 10, under 12, under 14, under 16 & under 18

Juniors - Under 18 & Under 17 - 3.0 miles, 500ft ascent/descent

Under 14 - 2.3 miles, 400ft ascent/descent

Under 12 – 1.3 miles, 250ft ascent/descent

Under 10 – 1.0 miles, 150ft ascent/descent

Under 8 – 0.5 miles, 100ft ascent/descent

Start: Adults 11.30am

Juniors – massed start shortly after adults

Come enjoy some more “Open Mike” live entertainment – music, song, comedy etc. - at our Bus(k) shelter on the flood gardens from 11.00am until 4.00pm

The Wray Fair

on the School Field runs from 11.00am until 4.30pm. Entry is £3 00 for adults and £1.50 for Pensioners – Under 16s free. The day includes stalls and arena events - approximate times for the latter are:

11.00 QES Samba Band

11.30 Taekwondo join-in display

12.00 Trials Display with Three times Junior World Champion Ben Slinger

12.30 Chainsaw Carving

13.00 Dog Agility

13.30 Junior Football Match

14.00 Birds of Prey Display

14.45 Trials Display with Ben Slinger

15.15 Croix Du Nord join-in display

15.45 Chainsaw Carving

And finally, don’t forget…

The Fairground will be up and running over the Bank Holiday week-end:

Friday 29th April 4.00pm to 10.00pm

Saturday 30th April 10.00am to 10.00pm

Sunday 1st May 10.00am to 10.00pm

Monday 2nd May 10.00am to 10.00pm


*Terms and Conditions:

  • The organiser is The Wray Scarecrow Festival and Fair Committee.
  • The Race will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday 31st April 2017 from the Kitting Bridge in Wray to the Wray Bridge.
  • The lottery is authorised by Lottery Licence number SL0104.  
  • The lottery is open to all Residents of the United Kingdom 16 years of age and over.
  • All profits from this lottery will be used to support the general charitable work of the Wray Institute registered charity number 1088712.
  • Players should keep their ticket or allocated number as proof of purchase. We accept no responsibility for tickets that are lost, damaged, or made illegible.
  • Players must not interfere with the race and must comply with instructions of race officials at all times.
  • Winning ticket numbers will be the numbers corresponding to the first balls crossing the finishing line as retrieved by event volunteers.
  • If it is impractical to run the race, because of river conditions or any other reason, an independent adjudicator will be asked to select, at random, three numbers from all the balls that were to participate in the race.
  • Winning numbers/names will be announced after the race and displayed on the village website:
  • The result of the race, as declared by the organisers, is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  • Where valid contact information is available, holders of winning tickets will be contacted by the organiser to arrange payment. Prizes may be collected on the day.
  • Where the organiser is unable to contact a prize-winner so that a prize remains unclaimed for one month following the organiser's first attempt to notify the prize-winner, the organiser may apply the prize as it sees fit
  • The organiser reserves the right to disqualify any entry at their absolute discretion.

 Village News


10k road race and fell race 2014 results click here

Scarecrow video

Well done to the great scarecrow committe and all the volunteers

10k Road Race  and Fell race 2013 RESULTS


Scarecrow photos


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