Knutsford is ready to welcome residents and visitors alike to its annual Pumpkin Path trail on 31st October from 4pm to 7pm.
Like last year Knutsford Town Council are organising the event in conjunction with many of the town’s retailers and businesses. As per previous years the event will see youngsters and their parents scouring King Street’s shops and restaurants to find the eleven carved pumpkins which spell out “PUMPKIN PATH” before submitting their entries to the Heritage Centre and Wallwood’s spooky post boxes. A huge number of local traders will join in the fun to make Knutsford a truly special and spooky place to visit.
Sandra Curties, Town Centre Manager, said “This year is a true community led event with dancing provided by Fuchsia School of Dancing, and singing from local choir Knutsford Beats. Main sponsor Savills will be providing a goodie bag to collect treats and offering ‘story time’ sessions in Wallwood at the end. Another sponsor Mere Day Nursery will also be having a little pop-up stall. It is so lovely to see so many shops stay open late and join in – not just the Pumpkin Hosts and see local (and not so local) families having fun. There will be a few spooky characters along the path and Wallwood will be decorated in true Halloween style. This event has become huge and we couldn’t do it without help from our volunteer groups and business community who are all amazing”.
As well as the shops hosting pumpkins (kindly donated by Jonty’s Fruit & Veg of Knutsford Market Hall) the whole of the community gets involved. A huge variety of retailers will be decorating their windows, including Town & Country, Lockton’s, Wendy Diddams and Mr Simms. Families can collect their entry forms and wristband from one of four ‘Registration Desk’s dotted along King Street. People can vote for their favourite by completing the entry form on the night and the top three will be announced by the Mayor the following day.
Knutsford Market Hall will also be staying open hosting traditional Halloween games, mulled wine from Morgan Edwards, Face Painting (donation to Knutsford May Day) and some Halloween food from The Market Café. This year those who complete the path will be given a bag of treats courtesy of Swizzels Matlow and a commemorative bookmark declaring ‘I Survived the Pumpkin Path’.
Local company Event Buddha are providing traffic management services and volunteer groups Knutsford and Districts Lions and Knutsford Hosts, Savills and Little Waitrose are assisting with marshalling duties.
To enable the Pumpkin Path to take place safely, road closures will be in place as follows:
- King Street at the junction with Church Hill to the junction with Drury Lane
- Minshull Street
There will also be parking bay suspension from midnight Wednesday 30th October from King Street junction with Tatton Street to junction with Drury Lane to enable two-way traffic to enable residents’ access to be maintained.
All affected residents have been contacted directly