If you’re looking for a unique place to travel, perhaps you should consider the Gathering of Scarecrows that takes place every August in the English town of Kettlewell. In England, there’s a long history of scarecrows that goes even further back than the yellow brick road with Dorothy and her scarecrow companion. In fact, you can find literature from the late 16th century that included imagery’s of scarecrows, including the 16th-century “The Faerie Queene” written by Edmund Spenser. Of course, the scarecrow festival itself is a rather modern tradition, started in Kettlewell around the mid-1990s, according to members of the scarecrow committee.
Of course, that may seem like a long time for a scarecrow festival to exist. If you haven’t had an opportunity to enjoy a scarecrow best on yet, no worries, it is easy to learn the basics. My friend who does basement waterproofing Atlanta, goes to one of these every year in Austin. And, hey, there’s nothing scary about this festival. Each summer, around the middle of August, residents of Kettlewell decorate their homes, lawns, benches, parks and other areas around the village with scarecrows they have crafted locally. Most scarecrows are made into literary or historical characters. There are also many that are political based. In fact, it is certain you will find a few scarecrows in the likeness of Donald Trump.
The scarecrow committee provides a trail map to guide you through Kettlewell. Many people simply take a free range approach and walk through the town enjoying the scarecrows on their own time. It is likely you will begin recalling many of your favorite English novels as you pass by the scarecrows along the paths of Kettlewell. Once you get to the edge of Kettlewell and farther from the scarecrows, a feat that is not difficult at all, you will have experienced the delightful English festival known as the Gathering of Scarecrows.