Top 10 Apple Days

This year we’ve been blessed with a bumper crop of apples so at the weekend why not visit one of our top 10 Apple Days to join the celebration and enjoy some apple-based fun

Ron and Beverley Barter collecting apples for making Brimblecombe's Cider at Farrant Farm, Devon

1. Applause for Apples and Celebrations with Cider, Trelissick Garden, Cornwall

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Apple Weekend at Trelissick will have up to 300 varieties of apples on display in the Georgian Stables. Some varieties will be for sale plus there will be experts on hand to give advice as well as apple tastings, cider pressing, lots of fun, games and an explorer trail for families. 

1 & 2 October

Trelissick Garden, near Truro, Cornwall

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Tel: 01872 862090

2. Apple Festival, Mary Arden’s Farm, Warwickshire

A fun-packed day is promised at Shakespeare’s mother’s house, where the farm will be harvesting apples all weekend. Discover Tudor apple recipes from the living history team, join in with apple trails, games, sing in the alehouse and try some thirst quenching cider. Meet the animals, bet on the racing goats and enjoy crafts, stalls and refreshments. 

1 & 2 October

Mary Arden’s Farm, near Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

www.shakespeare.org.uk

Tel: 01789 204016

3. Apple Day, East Riddlesden Hall, West Yorkshire

Fun and games for the whole family are offered, including a hungry caterpillar trail, pin the maggot on the apple, catapult the caterpillar, and cider tasting for adults. Take an apple from your garden and help create an apple map. In conjunction with Bradford Apple Group. 

2 October

East Riddlesden Hall, Keighley, West Yorkshire

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Tel: 01535 607075

4. Apple Day, Old Orchard, Ross-shire

Apple tours, displays, sales, apple pressing and tasting and activities for children can be enjoyed at this charitable event at a 17th-century house not normally open to the public. Tea, coffee and homebaking with apples. Sinclair Williamson, National Trust for Scotland gardens advisor, will give an apple orchard tour. 

1 October

Old Orchard, Causeway, Cromarty, Ross-shire, Scotland

www.spanglefish.com/oldorchard

5. Apple Weekend, Berrington Hall, Herefordshire

Berrington’s extensive range of apples will be on display, as well as cidermaking demonstrations, food and craft stalls. Organised children’s activities promise a day for all of the family. 

1 & 2 October

Berrington Hall, near Leominster, Herefordshire

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Tel: 01568 615721

6. Apple Day, Church Farm Stow Bardolph, Norfolk

At this rare breeds farm you can discover local varieties of apple, with many varieties for sale, fresh from the garden. There will also be apple identification, advice and information plus tasting and juicing. 

2 October

Church Farm Stow Bardolph Rare Breeds Centre near Downham, West Norfolk

www.churchfarmstowbardolph.co.uk

Tel: 01366 382162

7. Apple Day, Red House, Kent

Celebrate heritage apples in the garden of designer William Morris’s home, once in the heart of the Kent orchards. Enjoy watching a steam-driven apple press, sample apple treats or join in with craft activities and the apple trail. There will be seasonal goodies to buy and a variety of ciders and apple juices to sample. 

2nd October

Red House, Bexleyheath, Kent

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Tel: 020 8304 9878

8. Apple and Orchard Day, Cambridge

Enjoy the diversity of local fruit, educational craft and fun activities as well as an array of orchard-related produce, a talk and guided walks in the orchard. Don’t miss the apple identifier, the apple press or human fruit machine as well as the chance for a gentle autumn stroll though woods and meadows. Free.

1 October

Wandlebury Country Park, Cambridge

http://cambridgeppf.org/wandlebury-country-park.shtml

9. Apple Open Day, Keepers Nursery, Kent

At this specialist fruit tree nursery you can discover around 900 varieties – it’s one of the largest private collections of fruit trees in the UK. At this open day in aid of charity, you will be able to sample the fruit and get advice on what kind of fruit trees to plant. Most of the apple and pear trees should have fruit and there’ll be opportunities to sample different varieties. 

2 October

Keepers Nursery, near Maidstone, Kent

www.keepers-nursery.co.uk/appleday.aspx

10. Apple Day, East Markham Village Hall, Nottinghamshire

An annual village event, this year raising funds for a local hospice. There will be a wide range of apple-related stalls in the village hall and you can visit the adjacent Heritage Orchard run by apple expert John Hempsall. Refreshments, cider bar, entertainment, children’s activities and competitions.

2 October

East Markham Village Hall, High Street, Newark, Nottinghamshire

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Tel: 01777 871491