Celebrate everything pumpkin in Greater Yarmouth, during October half term, with the borough’s first Pumpkinanza, supported by Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area (GYTABIA).
There’s a special pumpkin trail (October 31 and November 1), pumpkin carving competition (October 28) and fireworks on the seafront (October 28), along with extra pumpkin fun and Halloween events and activities at businesses throughout the borough, from October 24 to November 1
Pick up a Pumpkinanza leaflet, which includes entry forms for the pumpkin trail and pumpkin carving competition, from Great Yarmouth Tourist Information Centre, t. 01493 846346, or download from www.great-yarmouth.co.uk
. Leaflets can also be picked up at venues around the borough.
Pumpkinanza Pumpkin Carving Competition and Fireworks: carve a pumpkin and bring it with a completed entry form (see Pumpkinanza leaflet) to Sealife Centre Gardens, between 4pm and 6pm on Wednesday, October 28. Each pumpkin will be lit by an electric tealight to create a fabulous early evening display. Pumpkin judging will take place soon after 6pm. The main prize is a short break for four at Vauxhall Holiday Park, with additional runners up prizes.
There will be live music on the Heart soundstage in the Sealife Centre Gardens from 6pm on October 28, followed by the fantastic fireworks display at 7.30pm.
Pumpkinanza Pumpkin Trail: Aylsham based artist Mik Richardson, who was involved in June’s Skip Art event, as well as the Maritime Festival, is turning his creative attention to carving the 23 pumpkins for the Pumpkinanza Pumpkin Trail. The pumpkins will be located outside, pubs, cafés and tourist attractions throughout the borough on Saturday, October 31 and Sunday, November 1.
Armed with the leaflet, head out on the trail, decipher the code, solve the anagram and enter the competition for a short break for four at Vauxhall Holiday Park.
Mik Richardson added: “The pumpkin carvings will be taking a different angle to the usual spooky carvings. They will show aspects of Norfolk past and present. I have produced many carvings during my time in the British forces and working overseas in the American communities during the Halloween season, so am looking forward to my Pumpkinanza pumpkin carving challenge”
James Gray, GYTABIA Director and owner of Lost World Adventure Golf, Hemsby said: “GYTABIA is very keen to support events and activities that extend the season. I really hope the first Pumpkinanza is the start of a regular annual event in October half term.”
“The pumpkin trail will encourage visitors and local residents to get around the borough, have fun and see the full range of what we have to offer in Greater Yarmouth. I would particularly like to thank Vauxhall Holiday Park for providing fantastic prizes for both the trail and pumpkin carving competition.”
Amy Greenwood, Marketing Manager for Vauxhall Holiday Park, Great Yarmouth commented: ”We are delighted to support the first ever Pumpkinanza event by offering two short break prizes – one for the carving competition and the other for a lucky trail winner.”
“The short break prize is a self-catering break in a four-berth Platinum holiday home at Vauxhall Holiday Park which can be taken in 2016, and includes use of the parks facilities – Indoor Tropical Water World, Louie’s Treehouse Adventure Playground, Sports World, kids club, and five star entertainment every night, plus lots more!”
“It’s great to hear that so many businesses have signed up to the pumpkin trail and I hope it will grow and grow and become an annual event.”
Pumpkins will be on the Menu at Sara’s Tearoom, Munchies Café and Chico’s Restaurant (all Great Yarmouth) and Hollywood Diner, Hemsby.
Pumpkin and Halloween Events
- Halloween Spooktacular at The Hippodrome, October 22 to 30, t.01493 844172, www.hippodromecircus.co.uk.
- Spooky Seas at Great Yarmouth Sealife Centre, October 24 to November 1, t. 01493 330631, www.visitsealife.com/great-yarmouth.
- Margo's Lounge, Gorleston, October 24 to November 2, children's colouring competition, t. 01493 653885.
- V-Namese Restaurant, October 24 to November 1, games and colouring fun, t. 01493 850218.
- Ooshi, Regent Road, October 24 to November 1, guess the weight of the pumpkin competition.
- Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach, October 24 to November 1, mini pumpkin trail and face painting, t. 01493 844585, www.pleasure-beach.co.uk.
- High Sprites, Ghosts & Legends, Martham Village Hall, October 24, 7.30pm to 9.15pm, a talk by David Stannard, t. 01493 749775.
- Top Body Gym, Gorleston, October 26, 5pm to 10pm, open Halloween training evening with a live DJ, t. 01493 655229.
- Great Yarmouth & The Golden Mile Ghost Walk, St George’s Theatre Group and Hopton Ghosthunters, October 27 at 7pm, t. 01493 331484, www.stgeorgestheatre.com.
- Halloween Family Fun, Great Yarmouth Market Place, October 29 and 30, 11am to 3pm, pumpkin carving and face painting in the Scary Tent, t. 01493 745828.
- Pumpkin Carving Day, Filby Village Hall, October 30, 10am to 4pm, t. 01493 369375, www.filbyvillagehall.org.uk.
- Dracula Halloween Pantomime, St George’s Theatre, October 30 and 31, 7.30pm, 01493 331484, www.stgeorgestheatre.com.
- Graveyard Walk, October 30, 2pm, meet at Fisherman’s Hospital. Book in advance, t. 01493 846346, www.heritage-walks.co.uk.
- Spooky Seafarers and Halloween Hysteria, Nelson Museum, October 30, 10am to 4pm, t. 01493 850698, www.nelson-museum.co.uk.
- Halloween at the Tolhouse Museum, October 30, 5pm to 7pm, spooky Halloween horrors and heroes with fortune telling, spider-making, rat-spotting and storytelling, 01493 743930, www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk.