Join us to celebrate Summer’s bounty at our annual Pumpkin Festival. This special day includes a host of activities for adults and children including storytelling sessions, face painting, craft activities, talks, and live music.
The Grand Pumpkin Competition takes centre stage this year and will be judged by local resident and renowned gardener Charles Dowding. Locals are invited to bring along their own home grown pumpkins, gourds and other squashes to enter into the categories for ‘Largest’ and ‘Best-in-Show’, each with a £500 cash prize. The winner of the ‘Misfit’ category will receive a goody bag. All competition entries must arrive on site by noon. Entries are accepted on the day or you can enter the competitions online here.
Visit the Community Pumpkin Display in our farmyard. This spectacular display will be crafted in the two-day lead up to the festival during our free Pumpkin Carving Workshops led by environmental artist Stephen Whitehead.
Onsite restaurant Roth Bar & Grill will be serving seasonal food throughout the day, as they harvest their wide variety of squash from their kitchen garden.
In the Marquee
11:00 am: Hear a story told by professional storyteller Martin Maudsley
12.15 pm: High Town Crows
1.30 pm: Hear a story told by professional storyteller Martin Maudsley
2 pm: A talk by Charles Dowding on ‘No dig pumpkins and squash’. Dowding’s talk will cover preparing the ground for growing no dig, especially mulching weeds, and growing pumpkin and squash.
2.30 pm: The Grand Pumpkin Competitions prize-giving ceremony
3 pm: J.S & The Lockerbillies
Additional Talks and Activities
11 am – 4 pm: Face painting in the Implement Shed
11 am – 4 pm: Craft Activities for Children in the Implement Shed
11 am – 4 pm: Visit Somerset Wildlife Trust, BrueCREW, Carymmoor Environmental Trust, and Leaf at their stands to learn more about their activities
11.30 am: A talk by Ewan Jones from BrueCREW
3 pm: Join Rupert Farthing from Carymoor Environmental Trust for a talk on how they have changed a landfill site into a nature reserve, and Carymoor’s education work to promote sustainability.