Our top pick of harvest festivals and apple days

Celebrate the autumn harvest with harvest festivals and apple days right across the UK in September and October 2017

30th August 2017
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Harvest Celebrations, Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire

9 September-1 October 2017

Held on eight separate days over September and October, Canons Ashby’s event will see the house transformed to reflect its Victorian heydey, with guest performers and autumnal crafts. Entry is included with admission to this National Trust property. Find more details for each date at the Canons Ashby website.

Daylesford Harvest Festival, Kingham, Cotswolds

23 September 2017

A little earlier than the rest of our harvest festival crop comes this event in the heart of the Cotswolds. Try apple bobbing, apple pressing and knotting onion strings. There will be pony rides, JCB ride-ons and traditional country games, floral headdress making, and produce competitions open to all. Meet the animals on the farm, watch sheepdog demonstrations and join in with crayfish and foraging. There will also be a cookery school, including demonstrations on preserving and fermenting food.

girl braiding onions
Learn how to braid onion strings at Daylesford Organic. Image: Daylesford

Harvest Festival and Harvest Home, Beamish Living Museum of the North, Durham

30 September and 1 October 2017

Part of Beamish museum’s month long Festival of Agriculture, there will be displays in the Pir VIllage Chapels, along with choir performances, as well as harvest displays at Pockerley Old Hall and the 1940s farm. Entry is included in admission to the museum, which tells the story of the people of North East England in the 1820s, 1910s and 1940s.

RHS Harvest Festival Show, Westminster, London

3-4 October 2017

Celebrate in traditional style with this free festival, that this year features giant pumpkin and autumn fruit and vegetable competitions. Taste and buy apples and chillies, and get advice on fruit identification from the experts from RHS Wisley. Don’t miss out on the heaps of information on offer to help you successfully grow, harvest and use garden produce.

Houghton Feast, Houghton-le-spring, Sunderland

6-15 October 2017

With harvest traditions originating in 12th century, Houghton Feast is now a 10-day festival featuring ox-roasting, church events, a carnival parade, shows, exhibitions, entertainers and fireworks. Find out more about the fascinating history of the festival here.

Killerton Cider and Apple Festival, Sparrow Park Orchard, Killerton, Devon

14 October 2017

This annual event celebrates the apple harvest with live music, children’s activities and award-winning Killerton cider and apple juice. You can bring your own apples to press into juice, enjoy story-telling and sample a cider cocktail.

There are harvest festivals and apple days at National Trust properties across the country in September. Find more details at the National Trust events page here.

Apple display
Beautiful displays of fruit and vegetables are part of the autumn harvest tradition. Image: Getty

The Big Apple, Much Marcle, Herefordshire

14-15 October 2017

With nine venues to explore, and a tractor and trailer service connecting six of them, there’s no excuse not to have a good time at Much Marcle’s Big Apple festival, which celebrates the apples and orchards of Herefordshire. Expect morris dancing, a honey show, cider tasting, woodblock printing, bike rides and poetry, plus lots of apples!

Traditional Harvest Festival, Chiltern Open Air Museum, Bucks

14-15 October 2017

Watch the museum’s restored 1947 threshing machine in action, see heavy horses Clydesdale Harvey and Shires West Winds Samuel and West Winds Joshua working in the fields. Over the Chiltern Harvest Festival weekend the Henton chapel will host a display of harvest produce, mostly grown in the museum’s historic gardens. There are harvest crafts for all the family too.

Apple harvest
Apples are one of the most important crops for autumn in the UK. Image: Getty

Apple Festival, Brogdale Farm, Kent

14-15 October 2017

Set in a beautiful orchard, Brogdale Farm is the National Centre for fruit, with 2200 varieties of apple - more than any other collection in the world. Over the Apweekend discover something new and take home a bag of rare and heritage apple varieties. There will also be guided tours of the orchard, apple pressing demonstrations and horticultural talks, as well as cooking events.

Burnham-on-Sea Food and Drink Festival, Somerset

21 October 2017

This one day festival showcases the best food and drink from across Somerset with a wide range of stalls in the town centre. Dogs are welcome at the festival’s four indoor venues and water bowls are provided throughout the festival. There are baking competitions, farm animals to meet, music and a cookery school.


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