Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Scarecrow Festival being held?

The Scarecrow Festival is held each year throughout Flamstead Village. Residents display Scarecrows on their property or around the village. There will be a map of Scarecrows posted on the website before the festival starts.

Our villagers have spent months working on their scarecrows and have worked very hard, so please support the festival by donating generously to our charity when opportunties arise during the festival.

What time is the Scarecrow Festival open?

We know how much you love our Scarecrow Festival, and we love our visitors, but this is a small plea to

PLEASE OBSERVE OUR FESTIVAL OPENING TIMES!

The festival is manned by volunteeers, and we would hate to not be around to help you during the weekend if you visit outside of our opening times!

Additionally on the Friday morning, residents are often still busy finalising their creations, so if you visit before 12, then you may find that not all of our Scarecrows are ready for viewing!

Opening times are:

Friday 17th August 2018 12-5pm

Saturday 18th August 10-5pm

Sunday 19th August 11-5pm

What’s the best Postcode to put into my Sat Nav to get to the Scarecrow Festival?

The best Postcode to put in for signposts to the main festival Car Park is AL3 8ET so please put this postcode into your Sat Nav and follow signs for the festival car park left from Chequers Hill, or right from Singlets Lane, down Delmer End Lane where you will be signposted down to the car park entrance.

Where can I park my vehicle?

We are providing a Festival Car Park in the village within walking distance for patrons of the festival to park in on Trowley Hill Road. PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS NO ENTRY TO VEHICLES ON TROWLEY HILL ROAD on SAT/SUN. The best postcode to follow for the Entrance to the Car Park is AL3 8ET. down Delmer End Lane (signposted).

The pedestrian Entrance is on Trowley Hill Road and brings you out in a good spot to visit the festival.

There will also be disabled car parking available for Blue Badge Holders at Flamstead Village School, located down Trowley Hill Road AL3 8DJ. Follow signs.

Please note that for 2018 THE CAR PARK HAS MOVED. It is no longer on Friendless Lane, so please follow parking signs and attendants who will direct you to the new car park. 

The Car Park will be locked at 6pm sharp each night. There is no overnight parking allowed in the field.

Vehicle Owners park at their own risk.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

THE CAR PARK IS PROVIDED FOR VISITORS TO THE FESTIVAL. THE VILLAGE HAS WORKED HARD TO PUT ON A GOOD SHOW FOR VISITORS, SO PLEASE RESPECT OUR VILLAGE AND IT’S RESIDENTS AND REFRAIN FROM PARKING AROUND THE VILLAGE OTHER THAN IN THE DESIGNATED PARKING AREAS.

PLEASE DO NOT BLOCK RESIDENTS ACCESS, HOMES OR DRIVEWAYS. GIVEN THE AMOUNT OF PEDESTRIANS IN THE VILLAGE, PLEASE DON’T BLOCK PAVEMENTS WITH YOUR VEHICLE.

VEHICLES CAUSING OBSTRUCTIONS WILL BE REPORTED TO AUTHORITIES.

Can I bring my Caravan/Camper Van or Coach?

Due to space restrictions, the car park will accept cars and small vans only. No large vans, caravans, camper vans or coaches will be able to enter the car park.

Given the number of pedestrians and cars already in the village over the weekend, we would ask you to refrain from bringing caravans, camper vans or coaches into the village as the roads are too narrow to be able to navigate in a larger vehicle. There are no facilities for overnight parking.

We suggest that coaches enquire with the local hotels outside the village regarding any parking opportunities for the festival.

Pedestrians

Please be aware that some roads around the village have no pavements, and so on some roads, pedestrians may be sharing the road with vehicle – particularly at various points on Trowley Hill Road, so please be mindful of this.

Please exercise common sense and keep an eye on children/other vulnerable members of your party who may need help keeping safe

Please note that children are the responsibility of their parents/guardians during the festival.

Where are the Scarecrows? Where can I find a Scarecrow Map? 

Our Scarecrows can be found throughout the village, there’s over 100 dotted around in all of the roads in the main village. This includes down Trowley Hill Road in Trowley Bottom, who have a “1918 and all that” theme going on, definitely worth seeing! Also look out for the Jelly Baby Train around Trowley Bottom. Find the jelly baby scarecrows with a letter on them and work out where to go to locate their big brothers and sister and what they have to do with 1918!

There are also a few other road themes in the village, including a Julia Donaldson Theme in River Hill, and many other fantastic themed scarecrows throughout.

Some of our Scarecrows have a funny habit of appearing at the last minute, so we don’t print multiple maps. The most up to date maps are always on our website and Facebook. These are updated daily. http://www.flamsteadscarecrowfestival.co.uk/scarecrow-map-2018/

Will there be cash machine facilities at the festival?

Please note that this is mainly a cash festival, so please bring cash with you. We will have some contactless card machines on some stalls but not throughout the whole festival. The external businesses in the village have the facilities to accept card payments.

There will be a cash withdrawal service available over the counter during opening times at the Village Shop on all three days of the festival. Additionally the nearest ATM cashpoints are in Markyate and Redbourn. There is no ATM cash machine in the village.

Is there Food/Drinks Available?

Yes! We have our Scarecrow Cafe and BBQ and other food stalls. We also have three fantastic pubs – The Rose and Crown, The Spotted Dog and The Three Blackbirds, all offering food, drink and entertainment thorughout the festival which are definitely worth a visit!

How can I vote for my favourite Scarecrows? 

Our villagers are a competitive bunch, and so they are relying on you to vote for your favourite Scarecrow at the Festival and let them know what you think of their creations!
 
Wondering how you can vote for your favourite Scarecrow at the Flamstead Scarecrow Festival?
 
It’s easy! You can find a voting form in our festival programme. Extra voting forms are available alongside festival programmes if there is more than one person in your party who wants to vote.
 
To vote, simply fill out your voting form and then post it in the voting form boxes situated in the village hall, in the festival car parks, and around the village. Any questions, please ask a festival volunteer who will be wearing a High-Vis Jacket. 

Where can I find more information on what’s happening during the festival weekend?

Everything you need to know about the festival, including info on amenities, traders and what’s on over the weekend is included in our Festival Programme which will be available for a suggested donation in the festival car parks and in the churchyard.

The Programme is your opportunity to support the festival. It is essentially your ticket or entry to the Festival. All proceeds from the programme will go towards our charity, so please be generous and help support the village’s charity with your programme donation.

Programmes are available in the Car Parking fields, from the FOSL Stand in the Church Yard, outside the school, from the Rose and Crown Pub in Trowley Bottom and from the village shop.

There will also be a Raffle and Tombola in aid of our charity being held in the Church Yard at the Friends of St Leoanrd’s stall, so please do support this.

Exiting the Festival – A Change to what’s in the programme!

We’re sure you understand that with so many vehicles in our village at one time, we have to be able to manage the traffic safely and effectively and so signage will be in place to direct you back to major routes from the Car Park.

Please note that the exit route advertised in the programme is now incorrect.  Please follow signage and volunteer instructions  to exit the festival.

Thank you for supporting the festival and observing routes for festival traffic in order to avoid traffic issues and to ensure that the festival can be held in future years.