Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Rufford Old Hall Scarecrow Festival

As a National Trust membership, I visit the properties close to my house quite regularly and one of my favourites is Rufford Old Hall.

This year, I visited their Scarecrow Festival with my god-daughter and bestie. It started today and was SO much fun walking around the grounds and spotting the scarecrows made by volunteers and local businesses.

Rufford Old Hall 

Rufford Old Hall is the Tudor house of the Hesketh family. It has a Great Hall with a gorgeous carved wooden screen, lots of artefacts and history and beautiful Victorian gardens to explore. 

There are regular talks on the history of the house and its role in the Henry VIII/Anne Boleyn saga as well as a gorgeous "spot the teddy" trail to keep little ones entertained. My 20 month old god-daughter loved wandering the rooms and finding the teddy whilst for older ones there were questions to find the answer to with each teddy. We also found that the volunteers and staff were so friendly and welcoming of us with a wandering toddler - they didn't mind that we deviated from the agreed route and couldn't have been more helpful with the pushchair etc. There's also a small tearoom and garden shop. 

Rufford Old Hall Scarecrow Festival

This half term, there is a Scarecrow Festival in the ground. You get a map with the location of the scarecrows on and at the end, you can vote for your favourite. We went for Frederick who was by the entrance to the formal gardens! 

My god-daughter loved spotting the "scareys" and saying hello and goodbye to them. She managed to spot some that we couldn't see and she loved them all! It kept her really entertained as we walked around the grounds. 

You won't need to pay any extra to go to the Scarecrow Festival - it's all included in your normal entrance fee (or free for a NT member). Today was the first day of the festival and it runs up to November 5th. 

Overall, we spent a really enjoyable two hours here - it's well worth the trip to see the scarecrows if you've previously been to the hall or if you live in the local area! 

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Tori xx

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