Newbold’s very first Scarecrow Festival is shaping up to be a great day out for all the family. Opening on Saturday, 26th October a trail of scarecrows will lead visitors around the village highlighting some of the many interesting features to be found in this normally sleepy village which lies just outside the historic market town of Ashby de la Zouch.
The circuitous route of scarecrows will meander by the Cross Keys, village pub which along with an array of refreshments, will stage a detailed display of historical memorabilia organised by the village Heritage Group. Here you will be able to catch a glimpse of life during the village’s hey day when the local mine and pipe works were a vibrant part of the community and the village school had in excess of one hundred pupils!
Soupa-Saturday will be in action in the school mobile with real country baking and hearty homemade soup provided by the church ladies from 12.00 p.m.
The scarecrow trail will remain in place all week until the festival ends with a Scarecrow Harvest Supper on, rather appropriately, Friday, 1st November which is the day after the Celtic festival of Samhain which marks the end of harvest.
Roots Community Singers will be providing much of the entertainment during the supper with the harvest theme well to the fore including a brand new mummer’s play which will be performed for the first time.
Scarecrow trail passports can be purchased from the village school, the Cross Keys pub or from Soupa-Saturday and cost £1, proceeds to school funds.
The Scarecrow Harvest Supper tickets can also be purchased from the school, £8 adults or £3 children.