1. Applause for Apples and Celebrations with Cider, Trelissick Garden, Cornwall
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
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
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.
East Riddlesden Hall, Keighley, West Yorkshire
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.
Old Orchard, Causeway, Cromarty, Ross-shire, Scotland
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
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.
Church Farm Stow Bardolph Rare Breeds Centre near Downham, West Norfolk
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.
Red House, Bexleyheath, Kent
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.
Wandlebury Country Park, Cambridge
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.
Keepers Nursery, near Maidstone, Kent
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.
East Markham Village Hall, High Street, Newark, Nottinghamshire
Tel: 01777 871491