A village on Swindon's outskirts has found itself full of some of the most iconic characters from our television screens.

The Wanborough Scarecrow Trail was first founded in 2005, and is returning bigger and better than last year's nursery rhyme-themed event which saw families from all over Swindon travel to the area to take part in hunting them down.  

Characters like Kermit the Frog, real people like Noel Fielding from Bake Off and even Bluey from the popular animated dog television show of the same name are just some of the 45 scarecrows that residents have placed around the village as part of this year's annual trail.

Anyone wanting to take part can get a trail sheet from the village pubs The Plough, The Brewers and The Harrow and Wanborough Primary School

The village hall will also be selling refreshments and tickets on Saturday, Sunday, and Bank Holiday Monday.

The cost of the trail sheets is only £3 for an adult sheet and £1.50 for a children’s trail sheet.

These stations will be run by local volunteers who have given up their time to support the event.

Swindon Advertiser: The Butler family helping out for this year's Wanborough Scarecrow Trail at a refreshment station at Wanborough Primary School.The Butler family helping out for this year's Wanborough Scarecrow Trail at a refreshment station at Wanborough Primary School. (Image: Natalie Haddrell)

Local businesses have also donated prizes to the event. When the trail sheet is completed, it can be handed in and winners will be chosen from that. 

The first-place prize is a £150 Amazon voucher sponsored by Richard James. Other prizes include a £100 M&S voucher sponsored by Nationwide Property Lettings, a £50 gardening voucher and a children's prize a £50 Smyths Toys voucher, sponsored by Bellway. There is also a prize for the best scarecrow.

All proceeds from the trail go to the registered charity, the Wanborough Community Trust, which will then be invested back into the village. 

Organiser Natalie Haddrell said: "I am really pleased that we have been successful in continuing the scarecrow trail within the village. This is the 17th year that it has run!

"So much planning & dedication has been put into organising the event by so many volunteers and with help from local organisations within the community. All for families and children, near and far, to enjoy.

"By getting people up and out brings the village to life and encourages people to enjoy the scarecrows whilst raising money for good causes."

"It's my first year that I’ve helped organise it and I’ve realised first hand just how much effort goes into organising things like this. Watching the children, however, trying to guess the characters is so lovely and makes it all worthwhile"

The Wanborough Scarecrow Trail launched on Friday, April 28, and will run until May 5.