Scarecrow Festival

February 14, 2017

The Scarecrows at Tatton Park are hiding in some secret places this February half-term. Will you be able to spot them?

From Saturday, February 18 to Sunday, February 26, our ever-popular Scarecrow Festival returns to the gardens and the farm of Tatton’s historic estate in rural Cheshire East.  With a reputation for originality and surprise, this popular family event continues to be an annual favourite for children looking for simple outdoor fun and creativity during the school half-term holidays.

This year, though, something magical is happening in our 50-acre gardens.  Designed by our education and gardening teams, children can follow a trail to uncover the secret location of mystical fairies, cheeky gnomes and mischievous elves, each representing a colour of the rainbow.  

Head Gardener Simon Tetlow confirms, “This year we are inspired by the gnomes who work the night shift here in the gardens doing vital work, alongside the pixies and elves, in keeping the garden spic and span.”

Along with our magical night residents, the intrigue continues with scarecrows dressed as a spy, Sherlock Holmes, a masquerading couple, and, the symbol of rebirth and growth in the spring, the Green Man. Often depicted as a sculpture on ancient buildings and churches with a face sprouting leaves, branches or vines, Tatton Park’s original Green Man wooden sculpture can be found in the middle of the maze in our Gardens to the delight of children.   Parents, try not to get lost amidst the twists and turns within its hedged walls!

At the farm, our resident scarecrows are hiding throughout the farmyard.  Children can have a go at making a mini-version of their own and have a play in our den-building area.

It is expected that a total of over 80 scarecrows will take up residence at Tatton Park’s gardens and farm.

Please visit our website www.tattonpark.org.uk or call 01625 374400 for more information.

For further information, please contact Carole Hyde on 01625 374410 ( carole.hyde@cheshireeast.gov.uk)

Tatton Park is managed and financed by Cheshire East Council on behalf of the National Trust.

This impressive historic estate receives in the region of 800,000 visitors every year all of whom come to enjoy its Georgian Mansion, Medieval Old Hall, award-winning Gardens and rare breeds Farm. The 1,000-acre deer park is home to red and fallow deer and the estate also boasts speciality shops, an adventure playground, restaurants and a year-round events programme.

The Tatton Park Vision

The `Tatton Park Vision’ is the park’s 5 year vision for its visitor activities and aims to substantially develop its visitor experience by increasing the attractions and activities on offer. In delivering the vision the aim is to fully realise Tatton Park’s potential and present the best possible experience for its current and new visitors in order to provide new and sustainable income to help manage and conserve the historic estate into the future. This will be done through a programme of investment by Cheshire East Council and the attraction of new business. For more information about the vision visit www.tattonpark.org.uk/vision