Smashing pumpkin parade autumn fun in Spalding

The Pumpkin Parade returns this Friday, October 13, with fun for all the family.

The annual South Holland District Council Pumpkin Parade celebrates everything autumnal with parades and games.

This Friday evening, families in fancy dress will parade through Spalding in a celebration of the fun side of the season.

Festivities begins at 11am and run all day to 8pm.

Activities will include the grand parade, a fancy dress competition, a treasure hunt, live circus entertainment and an explosive fireworks finale.

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- to 4-year-olds, 5- to 7-year-olds and 8- to 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 picked and win a £50 prize.


The day-long Pumpkin Parade will result in some Spalding road closures.
Some roads will be closed all day, while others will be rolling road closures while the parade procession makes its way through town.

On Friday, October 13:
– Sheep Market will be closed from 7am to 10pm.
– Sheep Market Car Park will be closed all day.

 Market Place / Hall Place will be closed from 4pm to 10pm.

The procession sets off from the Sheep Market at 6.30pm.

The rolling road closures are as follows:
– Station Street / Spring Gardens

– London Road

– Haverfield Road

– Priory Road

-High Bridge

– The Crescent

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