Ranskill and Torworth Scarecrow Festival

by | 1 June 2017 | Community Event, Retford

The villages of Ranskill and Torworth are once again preparing for the annual invasion by hundreds of scarecrows. North Nottinghamshire’s biggest Scarecrow Festival takes place on 10th and 11th June and to mark the tenth anniversary of the popular festival, organisers are hoping for a record entry of scarecrows.

The two-day Festival is centred on Ranskill on Saturday 10th June and Torworth on Sunday 11th June. Entry is free on both days (from 11.00am to 4.00pm) and scarecrows will be out in both villages each day. And, on the Sunday, there will be Red London Bus tours round the two villages to view the many scarecrows, sponsored by Wilfreda Coaches. On both days, there will again be lots of free children’s activities.

On the Saturday in Ranskill there will be:

  • Children’s fancy dress competition
  • Live music and licensed bar
  • Bouncy castle and children’s face painting
  • Children’s sports events
  • Clay sculpture making
  • Demonstrations, including belly dancing and a school choir
  • An interactive display by Worksop Amateur Radio Society
  • Displays of giant rabbits and owls
  • A plant stall and lots of other stalls, games and attractions
  • Catering and a barbecue

On the Sunday in Torworth the festival will feature:

  • A dog show feature pedigree classes, puppy classes, novelty classes and dog behaviour advice
  • The Worksop Salvation Army Band
  • Strawberry cream teas
  • Barbecue with burgers sponsored by the Separatist Inn
  • Nature safari
  • Archery for all with Harworth Archers
  • Beekeeping display
  • A visit by Robin Hood Raceway model cars.
  • Line dancing with an invitation to ‘have a go’
  • Performances by Bawtry Youth Theatre Group
  • Lots more stalls, games and attractions
  • Professional photographer on site

Each year the festival attracts visitors from all over Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire and this year visitors will be asked to vote for their choice of the ‘Best Scarecrow in Ranskill’ and the ‘Best Scarecrow in Torworth’. And to encourage more scarecrow making in the two villages, there will be a special prize this year for the ‘Best Newcomer’.