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Durrow Scarecrow Festival Summer Camp

The Scarecrow Summer Camp runs each day from 10am-1pm in the Scarecrow Village right in the centre of the village. The camp is for children aged between 5 and 12 years. The camp has proved very popular over the last few years, providing children with a host of different activities over the week including: Clay Modelling, Drama, Sports, Arts and Crafts and much much more. This year every effort will be made to ensure that all materials used for Arts and Crafts will be recycled material.

Visitors should take note that The Scarecrow Village, bouncy castles etc. are closed during this time. Booking is now available through Eventbrite.

 

Historical Walking Tour of Durrow with Sean Conroy

A Walk Through Durrow’s Past

Tuesday 26th July & Wednesday 27th July

The Walk is based on Marie Moylan’s Historical Map of Durrow and will follow the route of same. The earliest record of Durrow dates back to 546 A.D. and the walk will take you along to visit many distinctive buildings including the Courthouse, The Famine Memorial, the Castle, the Castle Gate Lodge and the Obelisk (in the Castle grounds). This is a perfect opportunity to learn about the history of Durrow. Allow a minimum of 1 hour for the walk but may take more time. Meet at the Scarecrow Village Entrance ten minutes before the start of the walk, wear comfortable shoes or hiking boots, this walk is part village and part countryside.

Tuesday 26th July


Time: 7PM – 8:30PM
Cost: €5
Age: Suitable for all age groups
Starting Point: At Entrance to Scarecrow Village
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Wednesday 27th July


Time: 7PM – 8:30PM
Cost: €5
Age: Suitable for all age groups
Starting Point: At Entrance to Scarecrow Village
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Scarecrow with how to make a scarecrow wooden sign hanging from neck, set against an orange background

How To Make A Scarecrow

Making a scarecrow is easy once you know the basics and the very first thing to do is make a frame in the desired shape for your creation. One of the best materials for the construction of the frame is a length of timber 4×2 which is relatively inexpensive and widely available from hardwares, builders suppliers and timber yards. 
A cross shaped frame establishes the main support and shoulders, or arms if you require them straight across. If you need to have the arms in an alternative pose, this can easily be achieved by cutting and affixing the 4×2 to the desired dimensions. Likewise for the legs, the timber can be used again or simply stuff an old trousers with filling if your scarecrow is going to be in a straightforward standing pose.
The obvious choice for filling is of course straw, but this is not always available, but you can improvise with any number of materials to give your creation form. 
Afterwards if yo do acquire some straw you can embellish the scarecrow at the sleeve ends on arms, the neck area, waist area and at the ankles, which gives the appearance that the material has been used throughout. 

Below is a video which will give you lots of tips on how to get your project started. So have a look, then give it a go and who knows, you could crowned this year’s All-Ireland Scarecrow Champion in August!

All Ireland Scarecrow Championship

Entry Forms are now available for the All Ireland Scarecrow Championship 2022. Just click on the link below to get your entry booked in. We cannot wait to see all the amazing creations, as year after year we are simply bowled over by the cleverness, humour and artistry that is on display! Choosing a winner is never an easy task!