Things to do in Harrogate

Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival

Today marked the opening day of the Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival and our inaugural visit. The festival started in 1994, but we first heard about it a few years ago after relatives had been mightily impressed by the village.

Kettlewell sits in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales and is a 50 minute drive from central Harrogate. The drive itself was particularly scenic as the moors are covered in purple heather. Kettlewell Scarecrow FestivalKettlewell Scarecrow FestivalWe picked up a trail map and headed to the start in the centre of the village, together with the greedy baby in a sling and our excited spaniel.

Most houses in the village seem to have got involved and some had really gone to town. The scarecrows were brilliant and some were accompanied by music. We had a lovely lunch in the village hall, where the cakes had clearly been baked by seasoned experts! There is also a tearoom and a couple of pubs if you fancy something more substantial. Don’t forget to save room for a Brymor‘s icecream, their cherry bakewell flavour was delicious. We spent around 3 hours in total wandering round the village and enjoying the surrounding views, leaving as the rain clouds rolled in.

We would definitely recommend it for a fun family day out and will be returning in years to come. This year’s festival is on until 20th August.

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