Popular scarecrow festival in Kenilworth is still going ahead this year - here is what you need to know

The popular Odibourne Allotments open day and scarecrow festival will have a few minor alterations to make it Covid-19 compliant

This year's popular Odibourne Allotments open day and scarecrow festival in Kenilworth will still go ahead - but with a few minor alterations to make it Covid-19 compliant.

This year's popular Odibourne Allotments open day and scarecrow festival in Kenilworth will stil go ahead - but with a few minor alterations to make it Covid-19 compliant.

The event will be opening up slightly later in the year to the public – over the bank holiday weekend, Sunday August 30, and to prevent overcrowding organisers have extended the opening times to four hours instead of the usual two hours.

The site will be open from midday until 4pm and numbers on site at any one time will be controlled.

Lily Brownjohn from Odibourne allotments said: "To avoid ‘gatherings’, I’m sorry to say that we’ve jettisoned our popular tea-tent and Pimms tents, which I know will disappoint some of you, as we are all a very sociable bunch, but public safety must be our first priority. By takeawat teas and coffees will still be available.

"We will still have fresh vegetables on sale, set well back to avoid any gathering on the track.

"There will be a one way system in operation, starting from the entrance on Manor Road (opposite School Lane) and social distancing will be required.

"We hope very much that the public will come along and give support on the day."

The highlight of the open day is the popular scarecrow display and a good selection will be on display.

They are being judged on August 25 by the mayor, Cllr Richard Dickson, and there will be three categories - traditional, novelty/topical and and children's entries (children can create anything they like).

Visitors will be asked to decide on 'the people's favourite scarecrow' and a certificate will be awarded to the designer of that scarecrow.

No charge will be made on the gate, but donations will be welcome.and will go towards the mayor’s chosen charities, which this year are Kenilworth - Uyogo Friendship Link, and The Kenilworth Centre.