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Wighton Village, Norfolk

Scarecrow Festival

A Taster of Previous Festivals - example Year - 2013 (all years since 1999, to date, have been equally as successful)

In 2013 the scarecrow festival took place over a glorious three day period, the 4th, 5th & 6th May when the sun shone continuously.
As always the entry to the festival was free.

There was no specific theme for the creation of the scarecrows and as ever there was a great selection of excellent characters both in Villager's gardens and in public areas. See the 2013 scarecrow gallery.

The ever popular Children's Competition was held on Sunday the 5th, May at 2.30 on the Common. All the enthusiastic children had to do was turn up and we provided the rest! They had one hour as teams or individuals to make a scarecrow from the materials provided. There were Prizes for the 1st three placings but all should be congratulated for creating 'something from nothing' and some wonderful creations resulted.

All Saints Church

During the festival the Church was open for villagers and visitors to leave posies to celebrate a special occasion or person in their lives (living or past). Simple posies in small vases or jam-jars were the order of the day. This was not a flower festival, but a quiet celebration of special people or events where messages of thanks, hope, and memories of friendship could be left.
The Church also hosted an exhibition of 'Bouncing Baby' photographs, to celebrate the forthcoming royal birth - could you tell who was who?

Vintage Tractors & Stationary Engines

There was a meeting of the local vintage tractor collectors in the grounds of the recreational hut (village hall) & playing field on Sunday, 5th May. About 20 tractors arrived early in the morning and a number of stationary engines were on display. There was also a superb small scale steam traction engine and attached bailer making perfectly formed mini hay bails.

The tractors left for a road run to the Holkham area at approx 1.30 p.m. but unfortunately they were unable to go through the hall park/grounds this year due to the Holkham cycle event. The vintage tractors (and their ever-so-slightly younger owners) returned to the hall for a BBQ tea/supper on the playing field.
For any further information on the 2014 'Tractor Run' please contact Margaret or George on 01328 820511.

The Village Hall

Refreshments in the Village Hall were served over the three days from, 10 o'clock till 4.45 daily, by a host of volunteers who did a sterling job.
The tombola; raffle; book; bric-a-brac & plant stalls were well supported and thanks go to item donors, helpers and of course our generous visitors.


In Wighton it has become a tradition to hold our ever popular Scarecrow Festival over the May Bank Holiday -
In 2015 that will be the 2nd, 3rd & 4th of May.

Over the past 3years we have attracted a variety of vintage tractors and stationary engines and this year is no exception. So, in addition to the ever popular scarecrow displays around the village and in the Village Hall for the 3 days, the Sunday will have the added atractions of the Tractors (which will go on a Coastal & village run (route to be confirmed) from 10am to mid-day (seats available)), the stationary engines and models and a childrens competition which will be held opposite The Carpenter's Arms at 2.30pm.

A professional children’s entertainer and other fun activities for children of all ages will be in All Saints Church over the weekend.
Click here to see the poster for the church event's information and times.

Refreshments will be available in the Village Hall daily and, on Sunday (3rd May) there will be a hot food 'field kitchen' in the Tractor display area on the Recreation field.

Updated: 16-Apr-2015

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