The late Ralph Upton grew pumpkins in Slindon for over 40 years and his autumn display attracts visitors from around the world. From September to November (peaking around Hallowe’en) the barns adjoining his former home in Top Road Slindon are festooned with a display created from 50-plus varieties of pumpkin and over 30 varieties of squash. The range of sizes, colours and shapes is extraordinary with additions every year. Ralph and his wife Barbara also wrote a book of recipes to accompany the crop, and their own favourite is a thick creamy soup made from the beautiful blue-grey Crown Prince squash.
Following Ralph Upton’s sad demise, aged 87, in June 2009, his son Robin and Ralph’s loyal team have kept his tradition alive and preserve Slindon’s reputation as Britain’s pumpkin capital.