18-26 June inclusive – walk the trail any time during these dates!
Where to get a map
Weekend days: between 10am and 4pm at All Saints’ Church, Loughton
Weekdays: between 10am and 12noon, and 2pm-4pm, from 28 London Road, Loughton
Starting on Saturday 18 June and on display until the end of Sunday 26 June, over 50 households have created entries – and they are always at an astonishing standard.
The theme this time is Around the World in 80 Scarecrows, and we decided to throw our tricorn hat in the ring: we’ve gone for the Caribbean, and by popular demand from the kids, he’s a pirate! Here’s how we put our terror of the seas and his props together, plus details of how you can see him and all the incredible scarecrow displays, if you’re able to get here...
The boys had a job each – one did the flag, and the other masterminded the treasure chest, which includes some sparkly booty for intrepid visitors. With kind forebearance from our neighbours, we set up a motion-activated speaker which launches into the iconic Pirates theme tune whenever a land-lubber approaches!
I thought it would be much easier to keep him steady for the week if he were sitting down, so we included a supporting box to prop him up against the mast.
I found a second-hand pirate costume for a few pence on eBay, stuffed the body with an old pillow, and cut up a second one for the legs and arms. All he needed now was a head…
The Finishing Touches
I could have fafffed on for hours with his arms, cutlass, hair and parrot, but left him alone in the end for the judges (although I did keep popping out all morning to conduct welfare checks!). I’m very proud to report that we won a rosette – the coveted Organiser’s Choice award!
All the money raised from map sales goes to charity. You can also vote online for your favourite for the Visitors’ Award, here: https://loughtonscarecrowtrail.weebly.com/
I can’t wait to get out there ourselves, and see all the effort and talent that goes into the Trail every time!