10th – 18th June 2017 ONLY
The third Loughton Scarecrow Trail is on! Every two years, Loughton residents, schools and local organisations put in tonnes of effort to create dozens of scarecrow scenes – and this year, the theme is Nursery Rhymes and Fairy Tales. It’s a great community event, and the chance to get out and about in a really lovely part of Milton Keynes.
There are three trails to take in all of the entries, all starting and finishing at the lovely All Saints Church. You can purchase the guide for only £3 from the church, which includes maps of all the trails, directions to help you spot all of the scarecrows, a quiz for each trail to be done on the way round, and a form so you can vote for your favourite in the visitors’ choice competition!
Although the scarecrows are exhibited for the full week, the guides are only available to purchase from the church on Sunday 11 June from 11am-5pm, Wednesday 14 June from 12-2pm, and Saturday 17 June 10am-5pm. There is also an activity day at Loughton Baptist Church on Saturday 17 June, where guides will also be available.
How long did it take?
We did the Park Trail, which has the highest number of scarecrows at 40. This took us a little over two hours, with a 6 year old on a bike, and a 3 year old on a scooter. We met friends who had done the other trails in similar times.
- Spotting the scarecrows as we went along the streets, and guessing what the scenes were (these are listed in the guide too!);
- Chatting to residents about their creations;
- Spotting the prize rosettes which have been awarded to each entry;
- Discussing the entries and deciding on our own favourite (we’ve not managed it yet!).
Food and Facilities
At weekends, drinks and cakes are being served in the church. We took a bottle of water with us, and there are plenty of green spaces around Loughton Lake and the Teardrop Lakes if you’d like to bring a picnic. There are no toilet facilities available, unless you decide to eat in one of the Loughton pubs – the Talbot or the Harvester – otherwise, it’s probably wise to bring a travel potty for little ones if you plan to make a day of it.
There is very limited parking around the church, but plenty at Loughton Lodge lake, which is then a five to ten minute walk up Bradwell Road to the church. There are residents-only parking restrictions in place around Loughton.
This is excellent value at £3 for a guide, which contains directions for three different trails. We will be completing these over course of the week and next weekend too, so it’s one of the best value days out going.
Target Age: great for all ages
Brilliant family fun for all ages, excellent value, fresh air and exercise in a picturesque part of MK – it’s a fantastic day out!