We may not have the weather, but there is plenty to love about the summer anyway. You could start to plan your Ilkley Literature Festival schedule, the heather looks beautiful on the moorland and the Burley Summer Festival scarecrows are back.
Burley Scarecrow Themes
In recent years, the good folk of Burley-in-Wharfedale have created scarecrows on the themes of Rio, films and sports. This time around, your wander around the village take you back 30-odd years to the 1980s. Expect Rubik’s Cubes and Choose Life t-shirts a-plenty, as well as a host of nostalgia from the decade of electro-pop, snoods and those trainers you had to pump up.
Here are some of the highlights so far (tap them to make them bigger):
Pretty good, right?
Button Moon seems like they must have spent the entire year since the last competition meticulously sewing and making. The double duck entry (Edd and Orville) shows a theme within a theme and the Rainbow scarecrow is right on the line between amazing and petrifying. This is made even funnier by the fact it is the entry from the Jolly Tots nursery. Perhaps they could use it to keep the kids in line after the competition is over. “Don’t misbehave or we’ll bring out Geoffrey again!”
Find the Burley Summer Festival Scarecrows
You can pick up a map showing you the locations of the scarecrows around the village from the Roundhouse in Grange Park. You are encouraged to see as many as possible and to give marks out of ten for each, with the best winning a prize at the end of the week.
More Burley Summer Festival Activities
The festival runs until bank holiday Monday 28th August and provides plenty of opportunities for entertainment across the week. On Wednesday 23rd, TV canine guru Graeme Hall gives a speech on using “dog training techniques to get the best out of people.”
Find out more about Burley Summer Festival on the official website.
Have you visited Burley during the festival? What is your highlight? Let us know in the comments.