Children from across the county have enjoyed The Mall Blackburn’s magical scarecrows Belle and Scratch as the shopping centre’s week-long Harvest festival gets underway.
Set in a beautiful pumpkin patch, the scarecrows tell the tale about how they never used to get along as they looked after rival fields, but a visit from a wise hare made them realise that Belle’s flower field was very important as it attracted the bees to pollinate the pumpkins that Scratch is in charge of – and now the pair are best friends.
There is also an exciting Autumn treasure hunt and make and take pictures and masks for the children to enjoy.
Bev Dean, from Blackburn, came along with her 4-year-old granddaughter Daisy Hurley, who was visiting family from Llandudno.
She said: “The Mall has really pulled out all the stops with this event, it was lovely to see Daisy really engaging with the characters.”
Davihannah Tambo from Oswaldtwistle brought her children Naomi, age 6, and Daniel, age 5, to see Belle and Scratch.
She said: “It is great to be able to bring the children out to an event after such a long time and we’ve all really enjoyed ourselves.”
Loraine Jones, General Manager at The Mall Blackburn, said: “Belle and Scratch have been an instant hit with little shoppers and the children are having a wonderful time.
“It is wonderful to be hosting free events again and there is a real buzz around the unit, which has been transformed into a fabulous pumpkin patch.
“We are also using the harvest theme to raise awareness of our collection point for Blackburn Foodbank, which is a lifeline to many people across the town.”
Find Belle and Scratch in the until next to Three from 11am until 4pm every day until Sunday.
For more details on The Mall Blackburn’s October half term activities visit: https://www.themall.co.uk/blackburn/whats-on/2021/free-half-term-fun-harvest-festival/
The Mall is also collecting food for Blackburn Foodbank at its designated drop off point at the Ask Me Point.