The Slindon pumpkin display attracts visitors from far and wide every autumn and this year marks its 50th anniversary. Read how a tiny village on the edge of the South Downs National Park attracts hoards of visitors every year to the incredible display of pumpkins in Top Road.
The pumpkin murals have been an annual event since 1968 when the late Ralph Upton created his first display in the barns next to his home, and they are constructed today by his son and their team. There are images of previous years’ murals on their website, slindonpumpkins.co.uk, as well as videos from recent times telling the story of how the displays are created.
Slindon pumpkin display
This year’s mural shows RNAS airship SSZ 28 returning to the Slindon Airfield after an anti-submarine patrol flight over the English Channel. Also depicted is Chichester Cathedral’s spire, and a local folly which was used as a radio station for the airships and the RNAS station. The display commemorates the 100th anniversary of the RAF and the Armistice.
The range of pumpkins on display and for sale is extraodinary. There are over 50 different types of pumpkin and 30 varieties of squash as well as a few marrows thrown in for good measure.
I took my Mum to this year’s display and we had a marvellous time looking around the veg for sale. Helpful signs explain what each type is best for, including stuffing, roasting, making into soups and curries.
There were so many shapes and sizes for sale. Ralph and his wife produced a pumpkin recipe book which is on sale each year.
Some are purely decorative!
After much deliberation I chose this Strawberry Crown and fancy making these ‘favourite pumpkin muffins’ with it!
Slindon Pottery is just along the road and various pumpkin-themed pottery items are for sale too including badges, mugs and candle holders.
If this has inspired you to visit then the display will be there until early November. Please park carefully as it’s a very busy road at weekends and during half term, and bollards show which sections to avoid. We went on a weekday afternoon and had no problem finding a space.
If you live further afield but fancy cooking something autumnal then my favourite food website, Pinch Of Yum, has some fabulous pumpkin-based recipes incuding muffins, pasta and chilli!
My lovely friend Jo has a warming pumpkin soup recipe on her blog which sounds delicious which you can read about here.
Do you have any idiot-proof pumpkin carving tips? Please comment below as I’m a novice and would love to produce something special this year!
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