Autumn Festival

Saturday 26th September - Sunday 11th OctoberhyphenHorsmonden

We are delighted to announce that plans for this year’s Autumn Festival are underway!

Although a smaller event than usual, the HoVEC Scarecrow Competition (this year’s theme being ‘Super Heroes’) and the Scarecrow Trail will be going ahead.

It seems a long old time since we had a Village ‘shin dig’ so we hope to see lots of Scarecrows around the Village and lots of walkers out and about searching them out!

This year, Horsmonden will celebrate its local harvest of fruits, beers and wines with a scaled down version of our Autumn Festival.

The celebrations will run from Saturday 26th September to Sunday 11th October, with the main events being the Scarecrow Competition and Scarecrow Trail. This allows us all to enjoy the event and our Village whilst adhering to Social Distancing and current CoVID regulations.

All residents, businesses, clubs and charities of Horsmonden are invited to enter the Scarecrow Competition, with this year’s theme being aptly set as ‘Super Heroes’.


Scarecrow Competition and Trail

How to enter the Scarecrow Competition:

To enter the competition, you will need to place your Scarecrow outside your property by Saturday 26th September.

To register your entry, please send an email including a photo of your Scarecrow and its location (to allow for judging) to  by 9am on Saturday 26th September.

This year’s categories include:

  • Best child’s entry
  • Best family entry
  • Best adult’s entry
  • Best business/club/group/charity entry
  • Best overall entry

Judging will take place Sunday 27th  / Monday 28th September. Judges will visit all entries registered by email.

First prize, kindly donated by Heath Stores, will be a £50.00 donation to the winner’s choice of Charity. Other prizes (to be confirmed) will be supplied by HoVEC, or donations from local businesses.

The Winners will be announced on the HoVEC Facebook and website, plus the Horsmonden and Horsmonden Alternative Facebook pages Saturday 3rd October.

A black board detailing the winners will also be available to see outside Heath Stores/ On the Village Green, Saturday 3rd October.

The Scarecrow Trail

The Scarecrow Trail or walk will run from Saturday 3rd October until Sunday 11th October. This will lead you from The Green around a rural part of the Village with Scarecrows leading the way and sharing interesting, historical and informative facts relating to The Village. There will be several walks of different lengths and for different abilities.

Maps will be available to download from the HoVEC Facebook and website pages from Saturday 3rd October, or from outside Heath Stores?

It’s been a tough year for so many, so let’s get together and have some fun!

Stay safe and well and Love Where you Live!

This year we really do need Volunteers to help, make Scarecrows, decorate communal areas of our Village and to help with the Scarecrow Trail. Please contact Kate Mills at Heath Store via Facebook ( or via email to HoVEC at if you are feeling creative and can help in any way!