Come along and celebrate Summer’s bounty with us as we harvest our pumpkins from the Roth Bar & Grill Kitchen Garden.
If you’ve grown your own pumpkins, make sure you bring them along, as you’ll be able to use them in a range of free activities for both adults and children. During the day the Roth Bar & Grill will be serving pumpkin themed treats, as well as seasonal pumpkin and squash dishes throughout the weeks before and after the festival. Dan, our kitchen gardener will be harvesting our pumpkins and squashes, and there will be live music, vintage tractors and a series of seasonal displays. The Roth Bar & Grill will continue the festivities into the evening with a Halloween themed party.
The Pumpkin Festival is part of the national Family Arts Campaign and we are collaborating with FACE – Farming & Countryside Education, a charity that educates children and young people about food and farming in a sustainable countryside. We are also working with Hubbub as part of their ‘Pumpkin Rescue’ initiative
If you would like to enter one of the pumpkin competitions please contact us on:
+44 1749 81 4060 or email Celeste Weatherhead: [email protected]
Register to enter any number of our pumpkin competitions by Thursday 29 October, however last minute additions will be welcomed on the day. Click here to download the pumpkin competition entry form.
Activities for Children & Families between 11 am – 4 pm will include:
- Save Seeds
We will learn how to harvest seeds from our pumpkins and all of the things that you can do with them (i.e. cooking and growing)
- Crazy Houses
We will consider the season of Autumn: hibernation, shelter, safety and housing and use our pumpkins to make dwellings for little creatures.
- Wood Wide Web
The wood wide web is made of fungi. Hidden under your feet is an information superhighway that allows plants to communicate and help each other out. We will learn about the science by making our own web of connectivity using foraged objects.
• The Roth Bar & Grill will be running a children’s ‘pumpkin biscuit’ table
Competitions for Adults
Grand Pumpkin Competition – please enter as many categories as you wish! All entries must be in by 2 pm on the day. Winners announced at 4 pm.
• ‘Largest’, ‘Best in Show’ and ‘Misfits’ categories to be judged by renowned vegetable gardener and author Charles Dowding. First Prize will be a selection of Charles Dowding Books.
• Best Pumpkin Bake – to be judged by Roth Bar & Grill chef, Steve Horrell. First Prize will be a dining voucher for two at the Roth Bar Grill, including a glass of prosecco on arrival, three-course dinner and carafe of house wine.
• Pumpkin Carving Competition – extreme carvings only! Judged by Iwan Wirth. First prize will be a set of six hand carved Laguiole Steak Knives from our Estate Shop.
Pumpkin Festival Programme
10 am – 2 pm Competition entries to be delivered to marquee
11 am – 4 pm Family Activities in Implement Shed
12 pm – 12.45 pm Music performed by Nicholson Heal
2 pm – 3 pm Competition Judging
2 pm – 2.45 pm Music performed by Nicholson Heal
4 pm Announcement of winners