Britain’s best harvest festivals and apple days

Celebrate autumn with our pick of the best harvest festivals and apple days across the UK in September and October 2018

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Harvest Celebrations, Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire

1-30 September 2018

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The whole of September is give over to a harvest celebration at Canons Ashby. Help yourself to delicious garden produce for a donation, explore the parkland harvest trail, enjoy the harvest concert on 22 September, or visit for Apple Weekend on 29-30 September.

Daylesford Harvest Festival, Kingham, Cotswolds

22 September 2018

A little earlier than the rest of our harvest festival crop comes this event in the heart of the Cotswolds. Visit the Market Garden, meet the farm animals, and take in stalls, honey displays, chutney and jam-making competitions, cookery demonstrations and more.

RHS Harvest Festival Show, Westminster, London

2-3 October 2018

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, learn how to carve a pumpkin 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

5-14 October 2018

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

13-14 October 2018

This annual event celebrates National Apple Day, with live music, children’s activities and award-winning Killerton cider and apple juice. Visit the weekend before on 6-7 October for the Big Pick Up, and help collect the apples in Sparrow Park Orchard.

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

Traditional Harvest Festival, Chiltern Open Air Museum, Bucks

13-14 October 2018

Watch the museum’s restored 1947 threshing machine in action and see the historic farm in action, with plenty of animals to make friends with. Over the weekend the Henton chapel will host a display of harvest produce, mostly grown in the museum’s history gardens. There are harvest crafts for all the family too.

Apple Festival, Brogdale Farm, Kent

13-14 October 2018

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

27 October 2018

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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.