Feast Week

10th - 19th July 2020

Every year during July, Abbotsley hosts Feast Week, seven days full of fun events for all the family. In 2000 a Scarecrow Festival was introduced allowing the villagers to showcase their creative skills to create themed scarecrows. Themes over the years have included the Olympics and Back to School. Two years ago the theme was moved from scarecrows to ‘Plant your Pants’ and the village was adorned with some very imaginative and colourful displays with trousers topped with colourful flowers. The theme for 2020 will continue this new trend, and if the previous years are to go by, the villagers will go all out in competition with each other. Why not come along and take a look?

Other events on offer during feast week include a traditional village fete on the Village Green, fish & chips, cream teas, and bingo at the Eight Bells, together with our usual quiz night but on a far grander scale.

Feast Week is a local tradition that brings together the whole village and wider community for a week full of family friendly fun. The festivities culminate with the infamous Eight Bells Barn Dance and live jazz, picnic and Auction of Promises on the closing weekend.

For more information on all the events, including dates and times, please visit www.abbotsley.org.uk.

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While Feast Week is an Abbotsley tradition, many of the events take place right here at the Eight Bells. Every year is different and the full programme of activities and events can be found on the Abbotsley village website.

If you have visited Abbotsley during the feast week before, than you will have seen the village adorned with scarecrows, flags and other festive decorations helping to make the whole of Abbotsley even more colourful and livelier than normal. This year the theme is Plant your Pants. This will provide a perfect opportunity for a  tour of a picture perfect country village, so why not come down, have an explore, take some snaps of the imaginatively filled and decorated pants, and then finish off in the Eight Bells for a refreshing drink, summer food or perhaps to purchase a ticket or two to some of the week’s events.

To wet your appertite for your visit, and to get a feel for how serious some of our villagers throw themsleves into the annual competition, take a look at some of the previous Feast Week decorations in the gallery below.