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The 15th Haxby and Wigginton Scarecrow Festival

We’re delighted to be involved with this year’s Haxby and Wigginton Scarecrow Festival. This will be the 15th Scarecrow Festival! As usual, the Festival will be held over the Early May Bank Holiday Weekend:

Saturday 29th April–Monday 1st May 2023

Poster advertising the five trails of the Scarecrow Festival, held over the Early May Bank Holiday weekend 2023.

Our Scarecrow Festival Opening Hours

Aroma will be opening on the Saturday and, especially for the Scarecrow Festival, also on the Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday. We’ll be offering a range of hot and cold drinks and food — to eat in, or take away with you to enjoy as you explore the trails.

We’ll be open:

  • Saturday 29th April as usual — 9am to 4:30pm (last orders 4pm)

  • Sunday 30th April — between 10am and 3pm

  • Monday 1st May — between 10am and 3pm

About the Scarecrow Festival

The Scarecrow Festival will be five trails available of differing lengths. Over the Festival the Scarecrows will be out and about between 10am and 7pm each day for you to enjoy by following the routes on our trail maps.

All the trails start from the Haxby and Wigginton Methodist Church, where you will be able to buy the trail maps between 10am and 4:30pm each day — only £2.50 each, or all five for £10. (You don’t need a map each: just one for all in your family to follow, making it a great value day out!)

This year, money raised will go to:

  • York Rescue Boat — an independent lifeboat and search and rescue team based in York. They carry out combined patrols by boat and on foot at high-risk times every weekend throughout the year.

  • Martin House Children’s Hospice — providing family-led care for children with life-shortening conditions. It’s a place where children, young people and their families can stay from time to time along their journey and find support, rest and practical help.

  • Refugee Action York (RAY) — working with refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in and around the City of York — a safe meeting point where people can get information & support, learn new skills & languages and form lasting friendships, so rebuilding their lives.

  • Earthquake Relief Appeal — A catastrophic earthquake struck southern Turkey and northwestern Syria and claimed over 25,000 lives. This appeal is organised by All We Can and the Methodist Church in Britain to provide aid and relief to those in need.

You can find out more at the Scarecrow Festival web page:


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