Is giant pumpkin North Devon’s biggest?

Funderzone manager Jody Richards (centre) and colleagues Hannah Jeffries and Lucy Felkin get to grip

Funderzone manager Jody Richards (centre) and colleagues Hannah Jeffries and Lucy Felkin get to grips with the giant pumpkin. - Credit: Archant

Supersize squash pips the rest, say Funderzone staff.

IT was a bit of a squash to get this supersize pumpkin through the front door – but staff at Barnstaple’s Funderzone say it’s the perfect addition to their Hallowee’en preparations.

The giant specimen – thought to be North Devon’s biggest – has been drawing gasps and double-takes since its arrival at the soft play attraction just over a week ago.

Manager Jody Richards said they’d been unable to find a pair of scales large enough to weigh it but estimated it topped the 400lb mark.

“We think it’s North Devon’s biggest pumpkin,” Jody told the Gazette.

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“Lots of people have commented about it and many have asked if it’s actually real. Someone even asked if they could buy it but unfortunately it’s not for sale.”

The impressive pumpkin is not quite a record-breaker. Earlier this month, a gardener from Dorset claimed a UK record for the heaviest with a 1,520lb whopper, although even that was some way short of the world’s heaviest pumpkin, an American monster which weighed in at 2,009lb in 2012.

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The Funderzone pumpkin was grown locally and delivered by Ian Manix of Braunton-based Edd’s Greengrocers.

“One of Ian’s suppliers said he’d grown a giant pumpkin and Ian asked us if we wanted it,” said Jody.

“It’s the first time we’ve ever had a pumpkin like this on display but it’s certainly been a great talking point.”

Funderzone is getting into the Hallowe’en spirit during half-term week and is holding a family-friendly spookfest on Thursday evening from 7-9pm.

Tickets are available on (01271) 328328.

Have you grown a bigger pumpkin? Send us your pictures to or tell us about it by calling the newsdesk on 01271 345056.

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