Pumpkin Festival 2019

Sun 27 Oct 2019, 11 am – 4 pm


Join us to celebrate autumn’s bounty at our annual Pumpkin Festival.

This special day will include many activities for families, children and adults including pumpkin games, storytelling, talks and live music. You can also come along and share your homegrown harvest with us by entering into our competitions:

The Grand Pumpkin & Squash Competition 

The popular competition returns to the festival this year and will be judged by local resident, renowned gardener and advocate of the No-Dig method, Charles Dowding. Everyone is invited to bring along their homegrown pumpkins, squash or gourds to enter into the categories, ‘Heaviest Pumpkin’ or ’Best in Show’, each with a £500 cash prize. The winner of the ‘Misfit’ category will receive a goody bag. 

Enter ahead of the festival here, or bring them along on the day. All competition entries must arrive on site by noon.

The Baking Competition

Bring along your home-made pumpkin or squash-inspired dish. From pies to pancakes, we encourage you to get creative! The competition will be judged by Roth Bar & Grill Executive Chef Steve Horrell and the winner will receive a lunch for four at The Bull Inn, Hardway and a goody bag. Competition entries should be on site by 11am.

Our Community Pumpkin Display will be on view in the farmyard. Children and their families are welcome to contribute to the display by bringing along their own carved pumpkins or by taking part in our free Pumpkin Carving Workshops on Saturday 26 October, led by environmentalist artist and educator Stephen Whitehead.

Roth Bar & Grill will be serving seasonal food and drink throughout the day, as they harvest their wide variety of squash from the Kitchen Garden.

Throughout the year we have been growing our very own pumpkins, alongside several different varieties of squash, on a patch in Durslade Walled Garden, located opposite the gallery. If you are growing your own, or perhaps picked up some of our free seeds earlier this year, share your pumpkins and patches with us using #HWPumpkinFestival.

This is a free event, but registering is recommended.

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