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 2019

Published: July 1st, 2019 at 10:21 am
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Here's our guide to the best harvest and apple festivals taking place across the UK this autumn.

Harvest Celebrations, Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire: 1st - 29th September

The whole of September is given over to harvest celebrations at Canons Ashby, a National Trust property based in Northamptonshire. Help yourself to delicious garden produce for a donation, explore the ancient parkland on the Harvest Trail or help to press apple juice from the produce that grows in the historic grounds.

basket of apples

Wild gin tasting, Tring, Hertfordshire: 5th September

Enjoy a stroll around beautiful Wilstone Reservoir before sampling a unique gin, infused with Himalayan balsam picked by local volunteers.

Gin and tonic
Glass of gin and tonic with rosemary (Getty)

Castle Douglas Harvest Food Festival, Scotland: 7th September

This Scottish festival is set to include food and drink demonstrations throughout the whole town, while a street market offers diverse Scottish produce. All of this will be accompanied by workshops and music displays, all in reach of the independent high street so you can spend the day browsing and discovering harvest produce.

Malton Harvest Food Festival, Yorkshire: 7th and 8th September

This free event celebrates Yorkshire’s finest produce with over 100 stalls selling a selection of game, seafood, soft fruit, baking and food suitable for both vegetarians and vegans. As well as delicious food, you can enjoy a birds of prey display, a knife skills workshop, live music and interactive kids shows.

Branscome Harvest Fair, Devon: 14th September

Located in Branscome, a valley that runs towards a beach on the Jurassic coast, lies a little old village that runs a harvest festival for charity each year. This year, rangers are set to run apple pressing alongside an apple pie competition, a Punch and Judy show, music, magic and storytelling.

Harvest Festival with the Living History Cooks, Ickworth, Suffolk: 19th September

This festival is attended by food historian Ivan Day and the Living History Cooks, experts who spend the day recreating the harvest dishes that might have been enjoyed by the Hervey family, inhabitants of Ickworth House, in the 1930s. Throughout the day there’ll be the chance to learn about historic recipes and find out about the life of those living in the servant’s quarters.

Armagh Food and Cider festival, Northern Ireland: 19th - 22nd September

The Armagh food and cider festival is set across a number of different venues in Ireland’s Orchard County, and offers artisan cider alongside open-air markets, tasting dinners and cider discovery experiences. There’s also the chance to tour an orchard, attend a sushi masterclass and watch floral demonstrations.

Daylesford Harvest Festival, Kingham, Cotswolds: 21st September

Early in our harvest festival crop comes this event, set in the heart of the Cotswolds. A celebration of the season before winter sets in, this festival features artisan & craft demonstrations, foraging tours, farm talks and lots of food and drink to sample.

York food and drink festival: 20th –29th September

Enjoy 10 days of some of the region’s best street food, interactive demonstrations and activities.

Seafood FEAST, Devon: 20 September 20th – 6th October

Explore England’s Seafood Coast, dropping in on Brixham Fish Market, cruising across the blue waters of Tor Bay and listening to guest chefs.

Holmfirth food and drink festival, Yorkshire: 24th and 25 September

This year’s market will focus on local Fairtrade and ethical businesses. In the heart of the Yorkshire Pennies, it promises to be a fun family day out packed with live music, good food and fantastic competitions.

Malvern Autumn Show, Worcestershire: 28th – 29th September

In association with Westons Cider Mill, returns for a fantastic harvest festival brimming with special guests, giant vegetables, stunning floral displays and family entertainment. Taking place from at Three Counties Showground.

Traditional Harvest Festival, Chiltern Open air museum, Bucks: 28th - 29th September

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.

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Harvest festivals and apple days can be a great way to sample local produce (Photo by: Luis Vega via Getty Images)

Llanerachon Apple Festival, Ceredigion: 6th October

This festival, set in a Georgian villa that lies within the Aeron valley, Ceredigion, will host autumn walks, crafts and food stalls in celebration of the apple season. Take along your own apples to learn how to identify different types of the fruit, and return home with freshly pressed apple juice of your own making.

Killerton Apple Festival, Devon: 12th - 13th October

Stretching over two days, this family festival takes place in Sparrow Park Orchard, Killerton. Expect live music displays throughout the day, alongside a hog roast and lots of local food and apple produce including Killerton cider and juice.

Harvest tractor
Take a tractor tour around the orchard at Brogdale National Apple Festival (Photo by: Hero Images via Getty Images)

National Apple Festival, Brogdale: 19th – 20th October

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 weekend, there are hundreds of different rare and heritage apple varieties you can try before you buy, alongside tractor and walking tours of the orchard. There’s also weekend long entertainment and craft stalls offering unique gifts.


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