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Watch out Birds - Tatton's Scarecrows are back!

Tatton Scarecrow festival

From Saturday, February 14 to Sunday, February 22 (closed Monday, 16), the fabulous annual Scarecrow Festivalreturns to the gardens of Tatton’s historic estate in rural Cheshire East ........the farm are joining in too!

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 holidays.

This year will be no exception as the scarecrow design team (aka the gardeners and Janet Bradshaw from Tatton’s education team) take inspiration from creatures of folklore who live in our gardens! Visitors to the scarecrow festival will encounter mystical fairies and mischievous elves, spiritual sprites and mythological trolls and nymphs. And, of course, no garden would be complete without a gnome!

Head Gardener Simon Tetlow said: “Each year we recruit our scarecrows in February for the vital work of pest control. Those that are the best in bothering birds are given the prestigious job of guarding our vegetables and fruits – maybe you can hep us find the scariest crow?”

It is expected that a total of over 70 scarecrows will take up residence in the gardens and children will be able to take part in a fun quiz to find some of these characters throughout the week.

In the gardens on Sunday, 15 February children will also be able to take part in a special day of additional games and activities.  They will be able to help Tatton’s chief scarecrow make gnome badges, fairies and trolls.

At the farm visitors can search for the scarecrow characters of ‘Old Macdonald and his farm’, take part in a quiz and help the farm staff make scarecrows

Scarecrow Festival: Saturday, February 14 to Sunday, February 22 (closed Monday, 16)

Farm open 11am-4pm, last entry 3pm.  Gardens open 10am – 4pm (last entry 3pm). Adult £6, child £4 (4-15 years), family £16 (two adults and up to three children).  Totally Tatton tickets: entry to gardens and farm: adult £11, child £5.50, family £27.50. National Trust members pay 50 per cent entry to the farm and free entry to gardens.  Park entry charge of £5 per car applies including NT members

For further information about this release contact:

Vicky Wilby, Marketing Department                                                         

Tel: 01625 374447 / Email: vicky.wilby@cheshireeast.gov.uk

http://www.tattonpark.org.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, Tudor Old Hall, award- winning gardens and 1930s rare breeds farm.  The 1,000-acre deer park is home to red and fallow deer and the estate also boasts speciality shops, adventure playground, restaurant, Gardener’s Cottage tea room and 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