Scarecrow festival returns to Cromford

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Cromford Mills is holding its annual Scarecrow Festival on Saturday and Sunday (August 6-7).

Follow the scarecrow trail and meet the living scarecrows along the way.

There will be a display of gorgeous owls and colourful, entertaining parrots, as well as donkey rides.

There will also be a selection of traditional games to play as well as drop in craft workshops where you can make your own wooden spoon scarecrows.

Put on your dancing shoes and join the Scarecrow Ball with barn dancing throughout the afternoon, have a go ascending the climbing wall, browse the craft market selling a variety of handmade gifts, view a flotilla of model boats on the canal, enjoy horse-drawn boat trips, or have your face painted…and lots more!

If all this makes you feel hungry, head to Arkwright’s Café where there will be a selection of scarecrow themed dishes on the menu, as well as a barbeque and picnics to purchase.

The events are part of a multi-million pound restoration of the Cromford Mills site funded by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £4 million.

Other charitable donors towards the project include The Monument Trust, AIM Biffa Award, The Garfield Weston Foundation, J P Getty Jr Charitable Trust, Headley Trust, Sylvia Waddilove Foundation, The Wolfson Foundation, and the Architectural Heritage Fund.

The Scarecrow Festival at Cromford Mills is free, although there will be a small charge for some of the activities.

For further details please visit www.cromfordmills.org.uk or phone 01629 823256.