Pirbright Scarecrow Festival

Today we headed up to the Pirbright Scarecrow Festival.  We'd seen Humpty Dumpty a few weeks before so the girls were looking forward to it. We decided to get there at 10.30am even though it didn't open until 11 officially and I'm glad we did.  It was already getting busy.  Well organised and plenty of free parking available.  We were going to pick up a geocache at the church as we went past but then realised that the location was where the Cadets had left their rucksacks - probably not ideal to start rummaging around their equipment!
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The scarecrows were lovely and the girls really enjoyed seeing them. They spotted that Bo Peep's sheep were scattered around but I suggested we left them like that and they were having fun spotting them all hiding.
We then headed to the pony rides and the girls had their first ever ride on a horse.  They were both a little bit nervous beforehand and each wanted the tiniest ponies there were. When it came to it though, they picked quite big ones.  Did they enjoy it? Yes, it was brilliant and the people doing it were excellent with them. N had 3 girls with her as she was a bit tiny on the horse and one was holding on gently to her top (the girl very sweetly asked if it was ok to do this before they set off).  S was looking a bit anxious as she sat on her horse but was soon all smiles.
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We then headed over to the bouncy slide where we paid for 3 slides for £2.  However, it was quiet and the chap running it said they could just carry on having goes.  They must have had about 30 goes in the end!  Chips followed along with poor old hubby getting a burger then having to go back to the stand to ask for two buns with no burger for the girls.  An odd request but kindly granted (he gave them £1 for them anyway).
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Having eaten, we looked around the stands where hubby spotted a Jam CD that he was after. A quick check on Amazon revealed it was very well priced so we grabbed it and headed off for the usual tombola and lucky dips.  The 'hook-a-frog' was so sweet for little ones with a guaranteed win for your 50p which delighted N and S too.  Now everyone had a prize as hubby had won a couple of bottles of drink too, although I'm not sure that he really will drink chocolate liqueur no matter how many times he tells me he drank it before in his youth.
Finally an ice cream to round off the day and we headed back.  
But first the girls picked up some of Bo Peep's sheep as other people were now doing this too.  Bo seemed to have all her sheep back by the time we left.
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On leaving the car park we were told to turn left and keep going. At the junction I turned left again.  15 minutes later we arrived back to almost where we had started having visited Mychett, Ash and Worplesdon on our way!  A great few hours out despite the odd few minor showers of rain.


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