Scarecrow Festival fundraiser in historic Hallaton

Historic Hallaton village, nestling on the Leicestershire and Rutland border, is holding a Scarecrow Festival that is set to amuse and amaze in equal measure.  The two-day event is being held on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September 2019, from 11.00am to 5.00pm, and will feature up to100 scarecrows scattered amidst Hallaton’s picturesque Church, village greens, lanes, duck pond and pubs.  The scarecrows will be the imaginative creations of residents from Hallaton and the surrounding area based on the theme: ‘My favourite character from Beano to the Bible….film and TV too!’ Organised by Hallaton’s Parochial Church Council, all proceeds from the Scarecrow Festival will go towards the running costs of St. Michael & All Angels Church. 

In addition to the scarecrows, British explorer and author, Laura Bingham, will be making a guest appearance to read and sign her new children’s book ‘ Mountains of Dreams - one girl and her bicycle’on the first day of the festival, Saturday 7th September at 12 noon and 2.30pm on Hallaton’s Buttercross green opposite the Bewicke Arms pub.

Laura has written the book to inspire the next generation of young adventurers.  As Denis Kenyon, Hallaton Scarecrow Festival organising committee explained: “Laura will share the amazing story of her real life 7,000 km solo bicycle expedition across South America. With no money and relying entirely on the kindness and goodwill of the people she met along the way, Laura’s resilience and determination helped her overcome many challenges to achieve her dream.” He concluded: “Her delightful book covers the start of her epic journey through Ecuador and has raised essential funds for “Operation South America’ a charity dedicated to supporting homeless or abused girls in Paraguay.” 

On Sunday 8th at the Buttercross visitors will be treated to a willow weaving demonstration by local weaver Jean Savage and children’s games will be held from 2.00pm to 4.00pm.

A great day out for all ages, visitors will follow a mapped trail around the village to discover and delight in the scarecrows and will be invited to judge them – the most highly rated will win prizes!  Along the trail visitors will be able to enjoy refreshments, various stalls selling bric-a-brac, arts and crafts, plants and bulbs, books, ice creams and of course there are Hallaton’s two famous public houses, The Bewicke Arms and The Fox Inn. Additionally St. Michael & All Angels church will be adorned with stunning flower displays and will be serving Ploughman’s lunches, teas, coffees and sandwiches throughout the weekend.

Maps will be available from three village locations: the Church, the Buttercross opposite The Bewicke pub, and North End opposite The Fox Inn.


For more information please contact:

Denis Kenyon, St Michael and All Angels, Parochial Church Council

E: denis.kenyon36 @

T: 07834 324 352

Event date: 
Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 11:00 to Sunday, September 8, 2019 - 17:00