ET wins Harts Prize for Pumpkin Art

ET Pumpkin Art

We all know that Monday was Halloween and there is a strong tradition of pumpkin carving that seems to be defining the holidays now. One of our hotels and restaurants in Nottingham has taken this tradition a step further with a novel and interesting take on what can be done with pumpkins.

Hart’s, a four star hotel and highly acclaimed restaurant near Nottingham Castle in the city centre, has regularly been promoting a Prize for Pumpkin Art every Halloween for the past few years now.

Contestants are asked to chisel away and sculpt their pumpkin into a novel or provocative form for the chance to win dinner at Hart’s Restaurant. Last Sunday, the hotel received its final 20 entries and judging began in earnest from around 6pm.

Included in the judging panel was no other than John Elkington, who plays Bella in the forthcoming production of Cinderella at the Nottingham Playhouse.

Harriet Goss won the adult award for her innovative take on Pumpkin artistry with a detailed carving of the Steven Spielberg extra terrestrial ET (pictured above). Ben Naish won the child’s competition with a carving of Dad’s face – scary.

April Fawcet from Harts said:

‘The Hart’s Award for Pumpkin Art has gone from strength to strength over recent years.  It was very difficult to choose a winner from all the excellent entries but we chose ET because of the skill involved and its original take on the Halloween theme.’


The lucky winner will now get the chance to see Cinderella performed at the Nottingham Playhouse and have a meal for four at Hart’s Restaurant.

With such a fun way to celebrate Halloween, we’ll just have to be very patient until next year comes around and we can do it all again.

What would your best Halloween pumpkin carving be?

Posted on 02 November 2011
Featured author: Dale Web Marketing Officer

A Mansfield lad who likes reading, running and red wine.

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