Yet again the famous Wray Scarecrow Festival takes over the picturesque village with scarecrows of all sizes, scary, comical and satirical populating the streets, gardens and greens. And during the day you can find delicious refreshments served by enthusiastic volunteers at the Village Institute, as well as at the hospitable pubs and tea rooms.
One of this year’s themes will be “Royalty: Past and Present” (including, of course, That Wedding). In the interest of balance the other theme will be “Austerity Measures” which provides a good mix of lavishness and thrift.
The Festival culminates with Wray Fair on Monday 2 May. Events accompanying the festival are:
Wednesday 27 April: John O'Gaunt Morris Men (from 7:00pm)
Friday 29 April: Giant Scarecrow Parade (8:00pm) - with Hog Roast
Saturday 30 April: Lune Valley Voices (2:00pm)
Sunday 1 May: Scarecrow Balls Race (2:00pm)
Monday 2nd May: Wray Fair and Wray to Caton Moor Fell Race (11:30am)
The fair is a grand traditional event with Country craft displays including wood turning and hedge laying, Classic cars and military vehicles, Great kids’ games, Rare breeds on show, Book and plant stalls, Delicious local food and refreshments... plus the popular return of the ducking stool.
The Wray to Caton Moor Fell Race sets of from Main St at 11.30am. Give yourself plenty of time as traffic controls will be in place during the day.
Entry to the Fair is £3 adults, £1.50 pensioners, kids under 16 free. Car parking: £1.50. Superb souvenir programmes are available from local outlets for just £1.50. They included further details of the attractions at this year’s fair, many interesting articles, a map of the village and a quiz for the kids.
PS. A word to the wise for visitors from out of town; stay well clear of the big wicker dude out on the back field.