Hart’s Pumpkin Art Competition

By September 12th, 2019News

Budding artists from across the country are being encouraged to pick up their pumpkins and put their creativity to the test, as we take our annual Pumpkin Art competition to a global audience!

We are encouraging sculptors of all ages to roll up their sleeves, get out their carving knives and come up with the most imaginative designs in a bid to win prizes.

1st Prize

An overnight stay and dinner for two at Hart’s Hotel & Kitchen in Nottingham.

2nd Prize

A family ticket to see Sleeping Beauty Pantomime this December at Nottingham Playhouse.


Those wanting to take part are encouraged to upload photos of their wonderful and wacky carvings to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #HartsPumpkinArt.

Thought provoking conceptual pumpkins, movie scenes, scary faces and even a few famous ones have all been captured in vegetable form in previous years and it is hoped that this year’s competition will prove even more popular.


Head Chef Martin Sludds has put together his top tips ;

Choose your pumpkin carefully. Do you need one with a flattish front for your design or would some lumps and bumps add some character?

Draw your design on to your pumpkin before you start to carve and only then pick up your knife when you are happy!

If you are hollowing out your pumpkin, why not use an ice cream scoop? Also try varying the thickness of the sides to alter the amount of light that shines through. In some places shave off the skin to give a two-tone effect and add depth.

Get creative with crafty bits from around the house. Use nuts and bolts for the eyes, stick on diamante for added bling or even get out your paintbrush and add some colour – also a great way for children to be involved without using a knife.

To preserve and firm up your pumpkin, place in a tub of cold water mixed with a little bleach and put the carved part face down. To store overnight, wrap your creation in cling film and pop in the fridge.

Terms & Conditions

Deadline: Friday 1st November 2019

Judges will decide on their three final entries and put them to the public vote. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 5th November.

First prize is an overnight stay in a double room, with breakfast and dinner for two people.  The prize will be subject to availability and will exclude Saturdays and special events. The prize must be redeemed within three months.

Second prize is a family ticket (up to 6 people) to Sleeping Beauty pantomime at Nottingham Playhouse. During 22nd November and 20th December (subject to availability).

The prizes are non-transferable and no cash alternative will be accepted. The judges decision is final and the public vote will confirm the winner. Winners will be contacted via social media.

How to Enter

Entries can be sent via the following;

Photos uploaded to Hart’s Hotel & Kitchen Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages using the hashtag #HartsPumpkinArt

Photos can be mailed to Pumpkin Art Competition, Hart’s Hotel & Kitchen, Standard Hill, Park Row, Nottingham NG1 6GN. Please ensure you provide a contact number and email address with your entry.

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