Cycling around the Channel Island of Sark last weekend I spotted a number of Royals dressed up as scarecrows.They were part of the Scarecrow Week that was running from 1-8 June with a Regal theme to coincide with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
We found King Midas, guarding a wildflower border at La Seigneurie Gardens with shells around his feet and seaweed dripping from his trident. Beside the house I also spotted a scarecrow who might be Dame Sibyl Hathaway, having a nice cup of tea. Dame Sibyl was the Dame of Sark throughout the German occupation of Sark in the Second World War and grandmother of the present seigneur, Michael Beaumont.
At the Methodist church the scarecrow was quite appropriately the King of Kings while at the Visitor’s Centre, they were honouring King Henry VIII and along the road a Grenadier Guard was standing to attention at the entrance to a farm lane.
The scarecrow competition is held each year with a different theme and quiz sheets are available from the visitor’s centre with proceeds going to raise money for Sark’s medical charity, the Professor Saint Medical Trust.
Visitor Information for Sark
We took the ferry to Sark from Guernsey with the Sark Shipping Company who have 4 sailings a day to and from Sark. The journey takes around 45 minutes and costs aprox £27 adults, £13 children return.
There are no cars on Sark and you can get around the island by walking, cycling or hire a horse-drawn carriage. We hired our bikes from Avenue Cycles, at the end of the Avenue in the main village area.
There is a wide range of accommodation on the island from hotels and cottages to guest houses and campsites – we didn’t stay on the island but we can highly recommend the locally caught lobster at La Sablonnerie Hotel on Little Sark where we had lunch. There is also a tea-garden at La Sablonnerie – the hotel looked lovely and they also have cottages to rent.
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