We are delighted to announce the winners of this year’s Original Biscuit Bakers Gingerbread Heritage Trail.

Commenting on their headline sponsorship of the heritage trail and contest Sales and Marketing Director of Original Biscuit Baker, Sarah Hopcroft, said: “It was heartwarming to see how much effort and how many people embraced the idea of participating in this year’s Original Biscuit Bakers Heritage Gingerbread Trail Contest. The creativity standard was second to none and it encouraged fun and healthy competition between the businesses and organisations in the town. It was fantastic to support an integral part of the festival.”

Commenting on judging the contest Councillor Byron Chapman said: “I have been to many Ginger and Spice Festivals as a member of the public but never really walked around our Town to see all the Traders windows who took part in the Trail competition, believing that this was a competition for the children. Of course it is that, but residents are missing a real treat if they only give a glance to the ones they pass in their normal day to day business. This year I had the privilege to join the judges for this event and the creativity and quality of the displays was outstanding and extremely difficult to judge. This year I believe we had 41 entries. Very well done to all that participated.”

Commenting on judging the contest children’s author and illustrator Matt Buckingham said: “Whilst judging the event, I was amazed at the level of engagement from all businesses across the town, with a high level of creativity on display in many of the shop windows along the main streets. It was enjoyable to be a part of the judging team on the day, and I felt the great sense of pride in the community that this event brings.”

Our esteemed judges left to right:

Matt Buckingham – children’s author and illustrator, Sarah Hopcroft – Original Biscuit Bakers (sponsor), Deputy Mayor Councillor Byron Chapman

Judge Matt Buckingham with Tracey Edwards, owner of The Fields Kitchen

Deputy Mayor’s Category

Winner: The Gruffalo at the Fields Kitchen

Deputy Mayor’s Category

Runner Up: Hagrid, The Handsome House Barbers

Deputy Mayor’s Category

Third place: Queen of Hearts, Oxfam

Children’s Choice

Winner: Hagrid, The Handsome House Barbers

Children’s Choice

Runner Up: Bluey at Hart to Hart

Supporting sponsors

With huge thanks to our headline sponsor The Original Biscuit Bakers and all supporting sponsors below.

Evening of Jazz and Blue sponsor Dourish & Day Logo