Loughton Scarecrow Trail 2024

Walk the trail any time until 5pm on Sunday 23 June.


Maps are on sale for £3 each.

Saturday and Sunday: buy between 10am and 4pm from All Saints Church, Loughton – MK5 8AS

Vote for your favourite below… 

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Loughton Scarecrow Trail is an MK institution. Held every other year, dozens of Loughton residents put their imagination and creativity on display for 10 days, stringing together a multitude of fabulous scarecrows around our lovely Milton Keynes “village” for visitors to follow.

This year’s theme is Bedtime Stories, and we chose a scarecrow tableau that would include a bed, and a  selection of stories – as well as being a much-loved classic in itself…

Introducing our entry – Wilf the Wolf!

Last Loughton Scarecrow Trail in 2022, we created Jack Sparrow sitting in his pirate ship – and we were delighted to win an Organiser’s Choice rosette, which is still very proudly displayed on my kitchen cork board.

This year, we want to do just as well – if not better.

There are several judging criteria to meet, including interpretation of the Bedtime Stories theme. So the official title of our entry is ‘What Big Stories You Have, Grandmama’ – and we’ve done our best to keep Wilf the Wolf, and his props and accessories, in keeping with the theme!

The Big Bad Wolf has tricked Little Red Riding Hood, and got to Grandmama’s house before her – dressed in a nightgown, cap and even Grandmama’s glasses, he’s hopped into bed and is waiting the girl to arrive!

Loughton Scarecrow Trail 2024 What Big Stories Grandmama
Loughton Scarecrow Trail 2024

The Build

The bed’s base is a coffee table, and with a cut out, spray-painted  headboard. Wilf’s body is a mixture of cushions inners, old pillows and straw – straw is a required element of the build – and the bedside table is a covered and decorated box.

The books were made with a combination of boxes, cardboard, and my beloved Cricut machine for the lettering. The boys lent their talents to the front cover illustrations, and the re-told fairy tales within.

Wilf’s head took a bit of careful sourcing, as most wolf head effigies on the market are seriously scary – but we feel we found the right one!

Loughton Scarecrow Trail 2024 wolf

Selfie Spot

These always go down well on the trail, and we wanted our visitors to put themselves in the scene at ours too – so you can take a seat, and read a bedtime story to Wilf “Grandmama” Wolf while you’re here. If you share your selfies, we’ve even got our own hashtag: #WhatBigStories – we’d love to see them!

The stories were a proper family effort. Illustrated and retold in 50 words each by the RLC boys, there is a choice of three classic tales to read: Rapunzel, the Three Little Pigs, and Little Red Riding Hood, of course.

A little sweetener…

And if you dare, you can help yourself to a tasty treat that Little Red Riding Hood bought for Grandmama, in her little basket. Wilf very kindly offered to bring the basket on ahead for her when he met her in the woods, but soon discovered that wolves don’t like toffees very much.

So feel free to help him gobble them up – but be careful, because you might just hear from Wilf himself when you do! There is a visitor vote, but Wilf isn’t trying to bribe you in any way, we promise…

Loughton Scarecrow Trail 2024 What Big Stories Fairytales

The Loughton Scarecrow Trail runs officially from Saturday 15 June to Sunday 23 June. 

Maps are on sale for £3 each, from the following locations…

Weekends: buy between 10am and 4pm from All Saints Church, Loughton – MK5 8AS

Mon-Fri: buy between 2pm-4pm from 110 Linceslade Grove or 28 London Road, both in Loughton

If you visit and take a Selfie with Wilfie, we’d love to see it if you post! Just use our very own hashtag #WhatBigStories

And you can share all your pics, ask questions and see other photos of the trail in the official Facebook group: Loughton Scarecrow Trail Group

Loughton Scarecrow Trail 2024

Walk the trail any time until 5pm on Sunday 23 June.


Maps are on sale for £3 each.

Saturday and Sunday: buy between 10am and 4pm from All Saints Church, Loughton – MK5 8AS

Click here for more info
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