With many of us staying at home this year, we want to give you the chance to create your own piece of history, by designing a postcard of the Pump Room Gardens depicting what this very special open space means to you.
Since its Victorian heyday, Royal Leamington Spa’s much loved Pump Room Gardens have become known as the town’s village green, a central meeting place, hosting countless events, a place to enjoy a picnic, listen to live music on the iconic bandstand or enjoy a lunchtime stroll.
As part of the National Lottery funded project our Pump Room Gardens ‘staycation’ postcard competition is open to all ages and community groups. The winning designs will be printed as a set of special commemorative 2020 postcards to be given out to visitors and sent all over the world!
How to enter
We welcome entries from all ages, groups and communities. A winning postcard design/photo will be selected by our team of judges from each of six different categories.
- Age 7-11
- Age 12- 17
- Age 18-25
- Age 26+
- Community Groups
- Primary Schools
For photographic entries
Please complete the online application form and upload your photograph of the Pump Room Gardens.
For artistic responses
Pick up a leaflet and application form from the Royal Pump Rooms sales and information desk and create your design using our postcard template, for example, painting, drawing, collage, print or other format of your choosing. Submit your entry by posting in the competition box at the Royal Pump Rooms, along with your application form.
Current opening times for the Royal Pump Rooms sales and information desk are:
- Monday - Sunday: 10am to 3pm
Please check their website before visiting.
Unable to make it to the Pump Room Gardens at the moment? No problem! You can download the postcard template and application form below.
Post your entries to:
You can even join us for a virtual walk around to get some inspiration for your design.
One entry per person/Community Group. For Primary Schools, you may enter 1 entry per class: please include class name and teacher on your application.
One winning entry will be selected by our judging panel from each category. Each of the designs will be printed as part of a set of postcards which will be distributed at events and through our visitor information centres in Leamington Spa, Warwick and Kenilworth to a worldwide audience.
The competition will close at 23:59 on 31 October 2020
- Full terms and conditions
The Judging Panel
We've assembled a judging panel of local artists, residents and members of the Warwick University Photography Society and the Warwickshire Youth Council to judge the entries.