Agenda item

Upcoming Events

A member of the Communities Team to provide an update to the Spalding Town Forum on upcoming events in Spalding Town Centre.


The Communities Team Leader enlightened the group on initiatives, projects and events which provided health and wellbeing to the district, adjacent to planning and organising town events that would benefit residents and businesses, which covered the following points:

  • Throughout the summer months events would take place around the rural areas in the district, to encourage active play.
  • Communities would present a ‘Give It a Go’ sports taster event on Sunday 13 August 2023 at the Halley Stewart playing field, to enable children and adults to try something new.
  • During the seasonal period, two events had been planned;
    • the Spalding Pumpkin Festival on Saturday 7 October 2023 from 11-3pm, the event would include musical performances, craft and food stalls, pumpkin and harvest themed arts and crafts, alongside activities, sculptures, and pumpkin displays. Fancy dress competitions and various other activities would keep visitors entertained throughout the event. The Saturday market would take place to allow shops and market traders alike to take full advantage of the extra footfall. To enhance the event, local shops and business could take part in a pumpkin window display competition which would be posted on social media and displayed in the local press to enable members of the public to vote for their favourite display. 
    • Christmas Celebration event would take place on Saturday 25 November between 11-5pm, to bring festive cheer to Spalding town centre, the previous two Christmas town events had been funded by the Spalding Town Centre improvement plan, and preceded by the Welcome Back Fund., This allowed the communities team to bring an enhanced event to the residents of Spalding. For this year’s celebration it had been proposed to bring extra seasonal market stalls to boost the Saturday market, local community groups would give performances, to include carols and Christmas songs, incorporating lots of fun street entertainment, together with carols by candlelight. The team would be advertising a Christmas trail to take place throughout December to encourage local seasonal shoppers. Businesses would be encouraged to take part in the Christmas window display competition.


  • The Communities Team had applied for UKSPF funding to hold a springtime event in Spalding Town centre and currently waiting to hear if their bid had been a success.
  • Any ideas for sponsorship or funding would be welcomed.


Members made the following comments:


  • An idea was raised to encourage shoppers to visit various stores to find a prize.

·         The Communities Team Leader noted this and mentioned that they had a similar event called the Nutcracker trail, which encourages the public to visit different shops and business to locate the Nutcracker.

  • A question was asked if it would be possible to hold the pumpkin festival as a weekend event rather than a day event.

o   The Team Leader responded that last year they held a Night Light Event in Ayscoughfee gardens and recently Transported had put in a bid in order to fund something similar. If successful, the Communities Team would help support Transported with this event.

o   To run these events over a couple of days required additional funding so at present there were no plans to continue the event through to Sunday.

o   It was noted that the Communities Team did not have a large budget. Previously some events had been enhanced due to receiving extra funding which at present was not available. STF would try to help support and investigate alternative funding streams.