Free uphill Pumpkin Trail coming to Lincoln


Families in Lincolnshire can take part in a free autumn half-term challenge by following this year’s Uphill Lincoln Pumpkin Trail.

This unmissable trail returns for the third year and starts on Saturday 17 October through to Sunday 1 November.

It promises to be a treat. All you have to do is follow the pumpkin trail and answer the questions of Uphill shops and businesses in the Bailgate. And there is plenty to play for too because your family could win a host of prizes from gift vouchers to cheese, whiskey or goodie bags for the children. 

The free trail has been devised by a partnership of the Bailgate Guild and Visit Lincoln. This year twenty-nine businesses are supporting the trail, ensuring a fun-packed time for all. Just find the pumpkins in shop windows and solve the clues. The trail stretches from The Collection Museum to just beyond Newport Arch. 

You can complete the trail on-line via using a QR code scanner on your smart phone to answer the trail questions, or you can pick up a leaflet from the Visitor Information Centre. 

In order to maintain social distancing rules people are reminded to complete the trail in small family groups and adhere to the latest covid guidance. The trail can also be done outdoors and there is no need to go inside any of the shops if people wish to stay outdoors. 

Samantha Pover from Visit Lincoln said: “Last year’s trail was such a success we knew we wanted to do it again. The Pumpkin Trail is more than just having fun, it’s also reminding local people of the range and quality of local businesses that are available to them.  

“We have safety in the forefront of our minds and have liaised with business owners and stakeholders to ensure that our trail is both enjoyable and safe for families.

“This year we are encouraging local families to complete the trail on-line using smart phones. However, not everyone has access to a smart phone, and we know that children like to write answers down, so completed leaflets can also be dropped in the post box in person or posted to the Visitor Information Centre, 9 Castle Hill, Lincoln, LN1 3AA. They must arrive before midnight on Monday 9 November. Leaflets will be securely managed by staff. 

“There is a strong community of businesses and residents in Uphill Lincoln, and events like this bring everyone together to enjoy the city in a covid safe way”. 

Bailgate Guild Chair Nicola Lockwood said:  “We are thrilled to be supporting this year’s Pumpkin Trail.  All the businesses involved wanted to take part and many have donated prizes.  Whilst safety is a priority, it is important that we keep marketing Lincoln’s businesses who need the support of local people if they are survive the next six months”. 

For more information or a media interview please contact Samantha Pover on  

Published on October 12th 2020