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Athletic Scarecrows at Tatton Park

From international sporting stars to local sporting heroes - February half-term marks the return of the most athletic scarecrows in town at Tatton Park!

Sporting Heroes is this year’s theme for Tatton Park’s renowned Scarecrow Festival in celebration of the 2020 Olympics and the Rugby League World Cup 2021. Tatton Park’s Gardening, Visitor Experience and Farm volunteer teams have put together a family fun scarecrow trail throughout the Gardens and the Farm this February half term.

Strike a pose with scarecrows car racing, playing basketball or swinging a cricket bat. Play alongside scarecrow sports stars and enjoy children’s activities and games inspired by sporting heroes.

Tatton Park has been fortunate to receive a contribution of five fabulous sporting scarecrows from a local Academy, One Community Trust based in Warrington as part of their ongoing work with the Rugby League World Cup 2021. Local schools have come together with Tatton Park’s Education team to create five Sporting Hero Scarecrows of Rugby League players, to celebrate the tournament being hosted in northern towns and cities during October and November 2021.

The scarecrows created by the children themselves are:

Steve Prescott MBE made by Croft Primary School
James Simpson made by Foxwood School
Adam Hills made by Gorse Covert Primary School
Jodie Cunningham made by Oakwood Avenue Primary School
Gareth Widdop made by Woolston Community Primary School

The schools would like to give thanks to the local sports stars; Jodie Cunningham and James Simpson for donating some of their kits to the project, to Ada Hills for donating the boots he wore to beat the Wire Flyer at Thursday’s match last night and finally, to Warrington Wolves and Saints RLFC for also donating kit for the scarecrows.

Michelle Culliford, Deputy Head, Croft Primary said “It has been a wonderful project, which the children have been really keen to work on.  They are all looking forward to visiting Tatton Park’s Scarecrow festival during half term to see their scarecrows in situ in the gardens. We are so grateful to the Rugby League clubs, players, World Cup ambassadors and staff at Tatton Park, for their support with this project.”

You’ll find other sports stars in amongst the Orchards and Walled Kitchen Gardens and the return of some familiar straw faces, scattered throughout 50 acres of Tatton Park’s beautiful Gardens. This year you’ll find even more sporting scarecrows down on The Farm amongst the paddocks, stables and farmyard. You'll find scarecrows skiing, kayaking, horse jumping and capturing famous sporting moments. Be sure to look out for all your favourite sporting heroes and - of course - their animals.

Open daily from Saturday, 8 February to Sunday, 23 February 2020 (closed on Monday 10 February). Gardens 10am to 4pm (last entry 3pm) Farm 11am – 4pm (last entry 3pm)

Make the most of your day! Visit the Gardens and Farm with a money-saving Totally Tatton Ticket. Visit the website for more details.

A £7 vehicle Park entry charge applies for all visitors who arrive by car, minibus or motorbike. National Trust and RHS members have free entry to the Gardens and receive 50% off entry to the Farm.

Tatton Park is managed and financed by Cheshire East Council on behalf of the National Trust. This impressive historic estate receives in the region of 800,000 visitors every year who come to enjoy its neo-classical Mansion, medieval Old Hall, award-winning Gardens and working Farm. The 1,000-acre deer park is home to red and fallow deer and the estate also boasts speciality shops, adventure playground, restaurant, Gardener’s Cottage tea room, and year-round events programme.