The Sussex Downs Scarecrow Festival 2024 is taking place in Polegate, Willingdon, Hampden Park & Ratton between 13th-27th July.

This year there are three chosen beneficiaries which are Amaze Sussex, Children with Cancer Fund and Chestnut Tree House, all supporting young people within our local communities.

The Polegate Community Foundation are bringing Polegate their 7th consecutive charity Scarecrow Festival but is now confirmed this is the going to be the last of this type of event due to lack of participation from local residents.

A spokesperson for the Polegate Community Foundation said “We brought the first ever Scarecrow Festival to Polegate in 2018 and it is now an annual event celebrated by many local residents. Whether it be from youth groups, care homes, individuals, or families, we have seen 100s of fantastic handmade creations dotted around the town and surrounding areas and we look forward to seeing them for one last time this July.”

The Polegate Community Foundation is a not-for-profit community organisation that was founded after the running of two successful Scarecrow Festivals in 2018 and 2019. They now run different events throughout the year ensuring that local communities remain at the heart of the organisation.

To find out more about The Sussex Downs Scarecrow Festival 2024, or to support the Polegate Community Foundation please email