The annual Pumpkin Trail & Treats event around the Gardens of Knebworth House took place from 25th to 27th October. The popular event sold out weeks in advance and was packed full of fun and games.
Upon arrival, children’s tickets were exchanged for a Pumpkin Passport, which was stamped by the costumed staff on duty at each station after completing the activities. There were a varied range of games, including old favourites such as “Spooky Spinner”, “Terror Tunnel” and “Witch Hat Hoopla”, which were joined by new additions for 2017: “Hungry Ghost”, which involved throwing beanbags through the mouth of a ghostly board, and “What’s in the Box?” which dared brave investigators put their hands into a box to feel what lay within. After collecting six stamps, the passport could be exchanged for a lovely goody bag from the Gift Shop!
There were even more pumpkin activities on offer, from storytelling, the “Pumpkin Bag Tree” where participants could claim an extra reward if they could guess the correct number of pumpkins hanging in the tree, and fun competitions. Most guests came wearing Halloween fancy dress (including the adults!), which really added to the brilliant atmosphere.
On each of the three days, a distinguished representative from the local councils came to judge the fancy dress and pre-decorated pumpkin competitions. The pumpkin competition had one winner each day, and the fancy dress competition was separated into “under six” and “six and over” categories, with 1st, 2nd and 3rd places chosen for each. All the costumes were really fantastic and after much deliberation, the following winners were chosen to receive an exciting Loot Bag to take home!
On Wednesday, the youth mayor of Stevenage Borough Council, Santino de Freitas, chose Evie’s spider pumpkin as the first winner of 2017 and: Harley Lewis, Jamie Wright, Poppy Game, Skyla Clarke, Summer Parkin and Tommy Taylor as the winners of the fancy dress competition.
Mayor of Stevenage Cllr. Pam Stuart was the judge on Thursday and selected Oliver’s creative pumpkin as the winner, along with the fancy dress competition winners: Aaria Radu, Alanya Thamoderam, Anya Ma, Fleur Banks, Ioana Melisa Toma and Jenson Banks. Knebby the Knebosaurus made an appearance to congratulate everybody on taking part despite the rain.
Friday’s winners were chosen by the Chairman of North Herts District Council, Cllr. Alan Millard, with Pippa’s green haired pumpkin taking home the prize and fancy dress winners: Ali Dakromy, Isabella Craig. Jessica Smith, Mariam Dakromy, Poppy Bacarese and Sam Gosman.
“Once again we congratulate all the winners and say thank you to everybody who took part in the competitions and the judging,” said Matt Smith, PR & Marketing Executive at Knebworth House.
Pumpkin Trail & Treats will return to Knebworth House next year; in the meantime, you can enjoy the popular Christmas events.
With the recent announcement of Geronimo Festival, plus potentially some other big surprises, 2018 is gearing up to be a spectacular season of events which will take place alongside the re-opening of Knebworth House, Park, Gardens, Adventure Playground and Dinosaur Trail on select dates between 24th March and 30th September.
For more information please visit www.knebworthhouse.com, phone the Estate Office on 01438 812661 or email email@example.com.