There are enough festivals in Southampton to keep its residents tourists to their own city.

Way back in 2006, an event called Sea City celebrated the city’s historic relationship with the Atlantic, a past during which it served as the departure point for both the Mayflower and the Titanic.  Maritime commerce and cultural success has also been an economic reason for Southampton’s past existence.

The Autumn Pumpkin festival and Scarecrow Avenue takes place each October at Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley, Southampton SO31 5GA. This is a community festival celebrating the very best of Autumnal treasures organised by Jubilee Sailing Trust volunteers. Some of the biggest pumpkins in the UK are paraded, weighed and serenaded, often reaching new records as in 2010 with the new UK record at 1504lbs! Surrounded by Scarecrows amongst the cornstalks and straw bales, a unique Scarecrow Avenue is trying to break another record - 'the most scarecrows in a field in Southampton/Hampshire/UK' Visitors are encouraged to bring along their own Scarecrow for the afternoon as well as enter a Childrens Scarecrow Fancy dress competition, wear decorated Autumn hats and take part in Pumpkin Olympic games, storytelling, Big Draw art activities, Hampshire Fare food and drink, sample and taste Autumnal fare from around the region 2011 champion pumpkinPumpkins Galore

and enjoy the music from local bands and community dance groups. Having attracted BBC Blue Peter, BBC the One Show and BBC Gardeners World for filming in recent years the festival is a firm favourite on the Southampton festival map attracting exhibitors from all over the UK. 2013 date 12th Oct 12.00-17.30.    www.jst.hampshire.org.uk

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