New edition of charity scarecrow trail coming to Bradley Stoke in August

Promotional poster.

An invitation from mayor Michael Hill to take part in a great summer holiday activity for the whole family.

It is here again! Following the success of last year’s “Wizards and Witches” scarecrow trail held in October 2020, which raised almost £2,000 for charity, it will be returning for two weeks in the school summer holidays, from Saturday 14th August to Saturday 28th August 2021.

Bradley Stoke will host dozens of scarecrows all around the town; all will have been designed to fit in with this year’s theme; characters from children’s books, films or nursery rhymes.

Trail maps will be available to buy for £2 from 7th August [11th August] from the town council offices at The Jubilee Centre, Baileys Court Activity Centre, The Hollow Tree public house and the Willow Brook Centre management suite. Please bring cash (bank transfer is also available).

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Trail followers may vote for their favourite scarecrow on the bottom of their trail maps. These will be totalled up and the most popular will receive a prize of £100; there will also be some smaller prizes of £50 and £25.

Handing in your completed trail map also enters you into a prize draw that could win you £50!
Entries must be handed back in by Monday 30th August; winners will be announced by Monday 6th September.

Photo of a councillor wearing a mayoral chain.
Cllr Michael Hill, mayor of Bradley Stoke for the civic year 2021-22.

We would love it if you would like to make a scarecrow for the trail. We are inviting all the local schools, any local businesses and all Bradley Stoke residents to join in. If you would like to be a scarecrow creator please email for entry forms and more information or visit

The character chosen can be your own idea or can come from a list prepared by the town council. If it is your own idea, it will need to be approved so that it fits the theme and does not duplicate another entry.

Each scarecrow will need to be identified and display its number in the trail.

There is a suggested minimum entry fee donation of £10 for each scarecrow, with the money going to the mayor’s charities – Dogs for Good, which provides assistance dogs for people with major medical problems, and St Peter’s Hospice, which provides end of life care for the people of Bristol.

Please take part and enjoy discovering a wide variety of characters scattered around the town.

Promotional poster.

View a hi-res version of the promotional poster [on Dropbox]

This article originally appeared in the July/August 2021 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on pages 16 & 17). The magazine is delivered FREE, nine times a year, to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

Trail maps delayed

UPDATE added 7th August 2021.

We have been informed by the town council that there has been a delay in producing the trail maps, so they will NOT be available on Saturday 7th August as previously advertised.

We will post a further update once it is confirmed that the maps are available.

Trail maps now available

UPDATE added 11th August 2021.

Trail maps are now available from all the venues listed above. Payment is by cash.

Map sale times:

  • Town council office (The Jubilee Centre): 9am-3.30pm Mon-Fri
  • Baileys Court Activity Centre: Intermittent (dependent on hirer booking)
  • Hollow Tree public house: 12pm-10pm daily
  • Willow Brook Centre management suite: 7am-10pm daily*

* The management suite is located within the 1st floor ‘East Offices’, at the end of the corridor leading to ‘My Dentist’. Use the intercom at the door: Press the ‘Reception’ button during office hours; otherwise ‘Control Room’.

The delay in having the maps available was caused by a need to reprint them due to an error in the original print run that was not picked up by the council representative who checked the proof supplied by the printer.

Note: The town council has informed us that maps will not be available from Baileys Court Activity Centre (as previously advertised), due to “low staffing levels”.

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