This year we attended the first day of the Durrow Scarecrow Festival on Sunday 29 July. It was our second year attending. You can view the 2017 festival by watching the video I posted on YouTube. The 2018 festival is running from July 29 to August 6.
Parking is free and there are numerous parking lots allocated around the town, depending on which direction you arrive.
Durrow Scarecrow Festival
The whole town is lined with an assortment of scarecrows. Most are themed but they all have a laminated sign explaining the display. I especially loved this scarecrow of Georgia from Love Island….cause “I’m Loyal Babes”.
In the centre of town, there is a food and craft fair alongside the Scarecrow Village. As we attended on a Sunday we had to pay €3 per adult, to enter the Scarecrow Village, Ava was had free entry. Inside the village, there is a stage, face painting, bouncy castles, food stands and a lovely place you can paint plaster ornaments. We choose a butterfly for our 2-year-old to paint. It cost €3 for the size we chose.
Outside the village and throughout Durrow, there is also a scarecrow trail you can follow. Here we found some lovely pieces, including some nursery rhyme scarecrows.
Above is Mary Mary quite contrary. Below is The old lady who lives in a shoe.
Continuing on the Scarecrow Trail we stumbled across a playground which our toddler enjoyed and a very well thought out Electric Picnic scene.
The camping grounds.
Some playground fun.
It can be a low-cost day out. We spent:
- €9 to gain entry to Scarecrow Village (3 adults)
- €2 for a bouncy castle and then bought 3 tokens for €5 so out toddler could enjoy the other bouncy castles.
- €3 to paint our plaster ornament
We did buy some food from the stands, a burger costing €5, a large hotdog costing €5, a Nutella and marshmallow crepe costing €4.50 and a large bag of handmade crisps for €5. If you bring your own food it will save a lot and reduce your spending.
Also, I believe if you visit mid-week the price of entry to the scarecrow village is €2 per adult. They have a facebook and website with all of the details.
Overall it’s worth a visit, it’s a fun, quirky and friendly festival, something unique to experience this summer.
If you are looking for some free attractions in Co. Kildare, check out my post on Kildare Farm Food or Pollardstown Fen. Looking for a review on SEALIFE Bray or Lullymore Heritage Park check out these posts.
Until next time,