Pupils paint pumpkins for popular Lincoln trail

Pupils at Prep and Pre-Prep have been preparing colourful ceramic pumpkins for the new Uphill Lincoln Pumkin Trail that will be providing Halloween fun for local children this half term.

The Trail has been devised by a partnership of the Bailgate Guild, Visit Lincoln and Lincoln BIG and follows in the footsteps of Lincoln’s traditional colourful family trails, which have won the city a worldwide following!

Every pumpkin in the trail has been individually painted, including 20 colorfully decorated by Lincoln Minster School pupils.

Visit Lincoln has drawn-up a Pumpkin Trail leaflet, which challenges families to find 44 pottery pumpkins and solve some fiendish clues. The pumpkins are going on display in the windows of shops and other businesses in the area which stretches from The Strait to Newport Arch.

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The Uphill Pumpkin Trail will run from Saturday, October 20 to Sunday, November 4. It’s so easy to take part.  All families need to do is pick-up a  trail leaflet from the city’s Visitor Information Centre in Castle Hill or participating shops and businesses - or simply download from the Visit Lincoln website at:  www.visitlincoln.com/pumpkintrail then go exploring. 

Bailgate Guild Chair Nicola Lockwood said: “This follows July’s Enjoy Uphill Lincoln campaign, which highlighted the unique offer and high level of customer service given by independent businesses in uphill Lincoln.

 “It’s great that this Trail is something that every family member can have fun doing. It’s a real bonus that it is FREE and there’s a massive list of fabulous prizes waiting to be won.

“Thanks to the generosity of businesses in this area, they include gift vouchers for everything from pottery classes to antiques and collectables, books and artwork through to delicious lunches, afternoon teas to flowers, entertainment and sparkling drinks,” added Nicola.

Visit Lincoln Chief Executive and Lincoln Minster School Governor Lydia Rusling said: “This fun seasonal Trail is a natural follow-on from the success of the Enjoy Uphill Lincoln campaign, which encouraged businesses to work together to bring more people to shop in the Uphill area and discover Lincoln’s world-famous tourist attractions.

“This Pumpkin Trail ties in perfectly with our Lincoln Loves Kids project, which aims to get more families involved in a wide variety of local activities. It is really like a mini Lincoln Knights’ Trail for the Uphill part of the city, and we’re sure it’s going to be a real winner for Lincoln.”


Photo L-R: Peter Mason Charlotte House, Valerie Hope Wig & Mitre, Charlotte Goy Visit Lincoln, Nicola Lockwood Bells Tea Room and Bailgate Guild Chair, Richard Baxter Lincoln BIG.