BURLEY-in-Wharfedale residents and businesses are being urged to get creative and enter a scarecrow for visitors to village's summer festival to enjoy.

The theme for this year's Scarecrow Competition and Trail is Back to the 80s. Burley Library is also hosting a free pre-festival event on Monday, August 14 when children are invited to go and help build the library's Scarecrow entry, the cartoon character Danger Mouse.

The ninth Burley Summer Festival will include events for all to enjoy. Shine Youth Gospel Choir is a free event for those aged eight to18 years on the opening morning of the Festival, Saturday, August 19, 2017. Shine is a friendly and welcoming group, there are no auditions, the only prerequisite is a love of singing. They sing in an extensive range of styles, including traditional gospel, African spirituals and lively pop gospel numbers.

Also on the same day is the Burley in Woofdale! fun dog show, where all ages can enter their dogs into the fun classes, have-a-go at the dog agility ring, take part in fun games for dogs and, new for this year is, the Fairy Dogmother Kids Club - where children aged seven-11 years old can learn how to speak dog!

Bradford Council will be setting up the climbing tower for a second year and will provide training and full supervision, and on another day the Play and Activities Development Unit will be providing Spider Mountain and Bungee Trampolines.

Rugby coaching from Leeds Rhinos is on offer for those aged six to 14, with participants divided into separate groups for age appropriate coaching and at the end of the session they'll be a special guest appearance from Ronnie Rhino.

In the second weekend of the Festival, skateboarding and scooter lessons will be available for all ages or abilities with expert coaches helping beginners to get started or improve on the basics or for those with experience there’s an opportunity to take it to the next level and learn some tricks.

Other children's events during the Festival include Play in the Park, a Teddy Bears' Picnic, Pyjama Drama, a Felt Making Workshop, Action Songs and Stories, Dr Simpo Animal 3D Art Workshop and Djembe Drumming. Additionally, the Burley Gardeners’ Association Annual Show and Displays features classes for children and young people.

For children and their families there's a Treasure Hunt, Family Cinema and - back for a second year - an organised family sports competition. Events will include three-legged, sack, relay and bean-bag races and a grand finale of a tug ‘o’ war.

Burley Summer Festival runs from Saturday, August 19 through to the Bank Holiday weekend. Details of all events are available at www.burleysummerfestival.org