The scarecrow with the most votes from visitors was The Gruffalo, whose creators Rachael and James Oakley scooped the hotly contested Scarecrow Trophy for 2017. There were also a number of new attractions including Pet’s Corner featuring animals from Ash End House Farm, a birds of prey display and a Lion, the Witch & Wardrobe inspired display in the grounds of Howard Primary School.
Elford’s popular scarecrow festival has raised thousands of pounds for local causes over the years. “The Festival is run entirely by volunteers and gives us an opportunity for us to give back to the local community. Each year we select a beneficiary close to our hearts”, explained Elford Scarecrow Festival Chairwoman Ursula Middlemore. “This year we donated a substantial amount to local causes including Elford Village Hall, St Peter’s Church, Elford Cricket Club, Elford Football Club and the Pathway Project, supporting victims of domestic abuse.”
“The weather was fantastic and it was incredible to see so many visitors flooding the usually sleepy roads of Elford. We’re determined to continue growing the event with new attractions each year and I know the scarecrow makers of Elford continue to surprise and delight us with wild and wacky designs- who knows what the residents will come up with next year!”.
The Festival is suitable for all ages, is wheelchair friendly and offers plenty of parking.
- Have fun on our stalls – family favourites like hook a duck, splat the rat, guess the weight of the sheep and the teddy tombola amongst many others
- New Animal Corner including animals from Ash End House Farm for children to pet; birds of prey and hedgehogs
- Worzel’s Bar and Grill
- New children’s zone in the grounds of The Howard Primary School featuring a scarecrow display inspired by The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe by CS Lewis; a real life fire engine to explore, bouncy castle and pick n mix stall
- Cream teas and light refreshments served in our village hall
- Hedgehog trail for the children
- Stroll around St Peters Church and the Elford Walled Gardens to see how many scarecrows you can find
Elford is located just 20 minutes from Tamworth and Lichfield. The village is remote therefore travelling to the festival by car is recommended. There is plenty of signposted parking on site. To assist our stewards and ensure the smooth running of traffic, please do not attempt to park around the village on the roadside.
- 20-minute drive from M42 junction 10 or 11
- 10-minute drive from A38 Tamworth / Alrewas exit
- Postcode for sat nav users: B79 9DB
Parking and entrance fee
Entry & parking is just £2 for adults, £1 for children, under 5’s go free. The route is buggy and wheelchair friendly. All proceeds will be shared between St Peters Church, Elford village hall and Soup Kitchen and the Pathway Project supporting victims of domestic abuse.