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Join the fun at Spalding Pumpkin Festival

An enchanting autumnal celebration is happening in Spalding and everyone is invited!

Pumpkin Fest

The hugely popular Spalding Pumpkin Festival takes place on Friday, October 13 11am-8pm and promises to be another spectacular day out.

The festivities - which have been a popular diary date for over a decade - are organised by South Holland District Council, sponsored by Spalding firm David Bowman Pumpkins Ltd and supported by the Spalding and Welland Rotary Club, Spalding Lions and Transported.

Cllr Gary Taylor, South Holland District Council's portfolio holder for community, said: "The festival is one of the highlights of our events calendar and always proves an enjoyable experience, especially for young families.

"This year's event is shaping up to be another fun-filled occasion and we look forward to welcoming many visitors to the town centre."

Local schools and groups are encouraged to take part in the build-up and festival itself.

David Bowman, who is Europe's largest producer of pumpkins, donates thousands of the fruit to schools and pupils can carve and decorate them before taking their creations along to the big day.

The Festival Market will be in the Sheep Market from 11am where you can browse a mix of pumpkin themed stalls from local charities, community groups and local producers. Street entertainment and arts and crafts activities will be available throughout the day.

There will be live entertainment from 4.30pm including a performance by circus glow artist Katy Sea.

From 5.20pm the popular fancy dress competition takes place, organised by Spalding Lions where one lucky winner will lead the enchanting pumpkin parade in the Rotary's magical pumpkin coach.

The contest, which will be announced by Jan Whitbourn from Tulip Events, is split into three age categories: 0 - 4 year-olds, 5 - 7 year-olds and 8 - 12 year-olds.

The procession will meet in Sheep Market for 6.20pm, and set off at 6.30pm. Transported is once again working with emccan (the East Midlands Caribbean Carnival Network) to bring a carnival element to the Pumpkin Parade - working with pupils from the John Harrox School, Spalding High School, and the Priory School to create light up flags, headdresses and carnival costumes. Local dancers will also be taking part in the parade, joining with a professional dance troupe and carnival kings and queens from around the East Midlands.

The Crescent Retailers are holding a Pumpkin Competition, which will see children challenged to find 10 different animals located in shop windows in The Crescent.

To take part, collect a competition form from Bookmark and once completed return it there. One winner will be randomly picked and win a £50 prize.

Members of South Holland District Council's Community Development Team will be on hand at the festival to offer free wristbands to parents who have young children - these can be worn by youngsters to help ensure they are easily reunited with their families should they become lost in the crowds.

The climax of the night is a spectacular fireworks display from the top of the South Holland Centre at 7.30pm.

Meanwhile, Spalding Library will be hosting pumpkin-themed events for pre-school children throughout the week, including a 'Messy Morning' on Monday from 10.30 - 11am, a Rhyme Time session on Thursday from 10.30 - 11am and Storytime Session on Friday from 10.30am - 11am. Their Saturday morning children's craft drop in between 10.00 am - 12 noon will also theme pumpkins that week.

Businesses that would like top get involved in the festival can contact SHDC's Community Development team on 01775 761161 or by emailing


Road closures on Friday, October 13

Roads closed for the entire day are as follows:

Sheep Market:  7am - 10pm

Sheep Market Car Park:  closed all day

Market Place / Hall Place:  4pm - 10pm (these areas are already pedestrianised from 10am - 4.30pm so this road closure is an extension of the traffic restrictions already in place).


Rolling Road Closures on the Parade Route are as follows from 6pm:

Station Street / Spring Gardens

London Road

Haverfield Road

Priory Road

High Bridge

The Crescent

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