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Scour town's windows for pumpkins on new half term trail
Families are being encouraged to try something a little different this month - by following a special pumpkin trail. Children and adults alike are urged to get ready to find hidden pumpkins dotted around Tamworth in Staffordshire over the course of the half-term school break. And, as an added incentive, they will also be in with a chance of winning a new children's stunt scooter! This year's Halloween celebrations are going to be a bit different due to the current Covid-19 restrictions that require people to be socially distanced and to keep households apart. But Tamworth Borough Council's Arts and Events team has come up with a pumpkin activity that kids can follow and enter a draw to win a new scooter, courtesy of drinks company Britvic.

Tamworth Pumpkin Trail
Follow the trail to see how many pumpkins you can spot

Six Halloween pumpkins will be displayed in windows around Tamworth town centre from October 24 to October 31. Each pumpkin will have a letter carved into them. Families are invited to collect a free activity sheet from the kiosk at Tamworth Castle and start the trail to find the hidden pumpkins. Follow the clues to find each pumpkin, and make a note of the letter in the boxes on the sheet. The six letters will make a word related to Halloween. Once completed, the forms should be returned to the kiosk where all entries will be entered into the scooter prize draw. Participating children will also receive a free Britvic drink. All entries must be handed into the Castle kiosk by 4pm on Sunday 1st November. The kiosk is open daily from 10am-4pm. The prize of a stunt scooter is an Urban X design, ideal for new riders. It has a strong aluminium box deck, threadless headset, double clamp, one piece T-bar, rubber grips and cast wheels, suitable for children over the age of 8.

Tamworth Pumpkin Trail
Each pumpkin has a letter carved on it

Councillor John Chesworth, Tamworth's Cabinet member for Environment and Culture, said: "We know Halloween and the half term holiday won't be the same this year. The pumpkin trail is just a small, fun activity that will give children something to do while exploring Tamworth town centre. We thank Britvic for the generous donation of the prize scooter. All children who hand their activity sheet back to the Castle kiosk will be entered into the draw." He added: "While completing the trail, why not add a visit to Tamworth Castle which is open from Wednesday to Sunday, between 10.30am and 4pm, or book tickets for a 'Lempen Puppet Theatre' show in the castle's Great Hall on October 27th at 11am, 12pm, 1pm or 2pm. There are limited tickets available for this socially distanced, 25 minute puppet show, with an opportunity to meet the puppets at the end."
For more information, visit the castle website.
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Why? Follow a new pumpkin trail this half term
When: 24 to 31 October
Phone: 01827 709618
Where: Tamworth Castle Grounds, Holloway, Tamworth B79 7NA
Cost: Free
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