Hebden Bridge Pumpkin Festival set to return this month

Artists from Sand In Your Eye are working with Hebden Royd Town Council to create Hebden Bridge Pumpkin Festival in the town on October 23 and 24 where pumpkins are going to take on Climate Change.

Friday, 15th October 2021, 12:31 pm
Updated Friday, 15th October 2021, 12:32 pm
Flashback to Hebden Bridge Pumpkin Festival back in 2019.

“There will be 14 scenes dotted around the town for you to find," said Jamie Wardley from Sand In Your Eye.

Amongst the scenes we have pumpkins on a roof submerged in water to demonstrate flooding, a little Greta Thunberg and COP26 to represent hope, some pumpkins planting trees and an electric car with pumpkins frolicking around it to show what we can do to tackle climate change."

Emma Green, Deputy Clerk at Hebden Royd Town Council, said: “All of this is ahead of COP26 where global leaders of the world will congregate in Glasgow to discuss how the world can become NET ZERO by 2050.

"We are in a climate emergency and the pumpkins will be telling the story of how this affects the world and Hebden Bridge and what we can do about it. It’s a happy ending by the way!”

Liz Warrington from Sand In Your Eye added: “We will be carving a life sized Cheetah from pumpkins to demonstrate that endangered species are extremely vulnerable to becoming extinct due to habitat loss made worse by climate change.

"There is also a scene that illustrates how Hebden Bridge Picture House no longer sells items in single use plastic.”

The event is commissioned by Hebden Royd Town Council is supported by the Rotary Club who are providing stewards as well as volunteers.

It will take place between 11am and 4pm on Saturday, October 23 and Sunday, October 24.