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Apple day is a flourishing annual event celebrating everything about the apple. The cause has been initiated and championed by Common Ground and is now being taken up enthusiastically by other organisations concerned about apple heritage, orchards, and cider.

For the full list of events up and down the country around October 21st concerning apple growing and identification please visit the apple day events page at common ground. What follows below began as a subset of that list, for those events which include cider. Many other small events are likely to be taking place and if you know of any which may be of interest to ukcider readers then please add them in to the list by logging in and clicking the edit tab next to the entries for your county. Serious cider orientated events can also be added to the main Current_events#2007_October current events page for October.


Apple Day Cider Events 2007



Sunday 14 October 2007 - Bromham Mill & Gallery, Bridge End, Bromham MK43 8LP (3 miles west of Bedford, signposted off the A428 Bedford to Northampton Road) - annual celebration of the Brilliant British Apple! Taste, eat, drink, try and buy your local apples, have a go at apple bobbing and peeling, shop at the Big Food Fayre and meet local food producers, watch morris dancing, drink cider with CAMRA, listen to storytelling, find out about the historic mill, try some fresh pressed apple juice, take part in family art activities, have your own apples identified*. Do you or your neighbours have apple trees but don't know what they are? Then bring along two apples from the tree with some twig and leaf for identifiction by the East of England Apples and Orchards Project who can also help with advice on planting and looking after fruit trees. Event runs 11am-4.30pm. Adults £4.50, concessions £2.50. Free parking. Contact: Ed Burnett on 01234 824330


Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 October 2007 - Buckingham Nurseries and Garden Centre, Tingewick Road, Buckingham, MK18 4AE - Apple identification* by Sarah Juniper and Alan Watson, display of varieties, tastings and produce for sale from Dart Valley Foods, cookery demonstrations by Ali Templeton, author of Going Green cookery book and contibutor to Living History. Going Green, and other appley books will be on sale including Dr Barry Juniper's The Story of the Apple. Cider will be on sale, plus apple and pear juices. Children's games with Field House Day Nursery with prizes to be won. Apples and apple trees to buy, and lists of bare-rooted trees to order for supply in the winter. Plant experts on hand to offer advice. 10.30am-4pm both days. Contact: 01280 822133 or see


Saturday 20 October 2007 - Ely Palace Green, Ely - apple identification* from the East of England Apples and Orchards Project. Apple Games including Apple and Spoon, Apple Shy, planting apple pips in decorated pots, and the Longest Peel Competition for young and old. The day is sponsored by local apple grower and juice maker Watergull Orchards. Lots of apple goodies will be available including apples sausages, hog roast with apple sauce, apple beer, baked apples, pies, cakes, pastries as well as lots of juice and cider, and the Apple Cafe. There will be cookery demonstrations and the chance to taste and buy lots of varieties of apples and juices. Folk music throughout the day. Event runs 10am to 4pm. Contact: Tracey.Harding (at)

Sunday 21 October 2007 - Cambridge University Botanic Gardens, off Trumpington Street, Cambridge - apple tastings, sales identification*, cultivation advice will be available all day, also apple edibles from cakes and jams to juices and hot cider toddy. Plus family activities throughout. 10am-4pm. Admission adults £5, children £2, concessions £4.50. Contact: 01223 336271 or see

Sunday 21 October 2007 - The Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RB - 'Apple Magic'. Celebrate Apple Day by painting still-life arrangements in the studio with Denise Casanova and looking at work ranging from Dutch still-life to paintings by Renoir and Cezanne. All materials provided. An event for families. 1-4.45pm. £4 per person. Booking essential. Contact: 01223 332904 or see


Sunday 9 September 2007 - Fryer's Garden Centre, Manchester Road, Knutsford - Apple Day with Clippy's Apples. Apple bobbing, children's activities and competition, pin the maggot on the apple, Eddisbury Fruit Farm and their locally grown apples. Have your apples identified* by the apple expert Mary Eastwood from Timperley Community Orchard, also the Cheshire Wildlife Trust, RSPB, beekeeping experts, apple produce and stalls, tree planting ceremony and special apple menu in the Cafe. 10.15am-4pm. Contact: 01565 755 455

Saturday 6 October 2007 - Brimstage Hall Courtyard, Brimstage Village, Wirral - Apple Day with the Wirral Wildlife Group (Cheshire Wildlife Trust) with around 20 apple varieties to taste, and some to buy, juice pressed from locally grown apples, Longest Peel Competition using a peeling machine. 2-4pm. Contact: 0151 342 1395

Sunday 7 October 2007 - the Courtyard, Eastham Country Park, Eastham, Wirral - Apple Day with the Wirral Wildlife Group (Cheshire Wildlife Trust), with around 20 apple varieties to taste, and some to buy, juice pressed from locally grown apples, Longest Peel Competition using a peeling machine, Morris dancers and craft displays as part of the Country Park's Country Crafts Weekend. 2-4pm. Contact: 0151 342 1395

Saturday 13 October 2007- Wrenbury, Nantwich - Tony Gentil, one of the country's leading experts on fruit will be bringing a display of apples from his personal collection of over 400 varieties. He will also offer to identify* any fruit for you and advise on planting and growing your own. Apple juicing service - bring your own fruit and clean plastic containers. Harvest flowers and art in the church, stalls, Made in Cheshire stand, local produce, games, activities and traditional refreshments. Proceeds to upkeep of 15th century village church. Apple Day 11am-4pm. Harvest Festival on the Sunday at 10.30am. Contact: St Margaret's Church on 01270 780828 or email theorcharddoctor (at)


September & October 2007 - various venues across Devon - Cider with Roadies Tour. In Autumn 2006 the Common Players Theatre presented a pilot tour of their mobile Apple press (pictured left). Commissioned from Sculptor, Jon Rodney-Jones, "Pomona" is a unique trailer which weighs, washes, crushes and presses apples into juice. Accompanied by live music, 12 small communities in Devon welcomed a day of "pressing" activity in farmers markets, orchards and village squares. Apples were brought along and were pressed into juice which was sold, the profits benefitting local causes. In Autumn 2006 they pressed 2,400 litres of apple juice! In 2007 the tour will include family plays, the first of which is THE BIG SQUEEZE which will be presented after an afternoon's apple pressing. There will also be the Apple Educator who will work with schools, and the Apple Animateur who will be on hand at pressings to collect apple stories, traditions and identify local apples. TOUR DATES: 7 September Colebrook Youth Club, 8 September Penstone Glade, 15 September Moretonhampstead, 16 September Chagford, 20 September North Molton, 23 September Ipplepen, 27 September Whimple Museum, 28 September Lapford, 29 September Islington, 30 September South Zeal, 4 October Dartington, 6 October Hittisleigh, 7 October Get Growing Show, 12 October Hemyock, 13 October Cullompton Farmers' Market, 14 October Powderham Castle, 17 October Kentisbeare, 18 October Lifton Primary School (pressing at 3pm, 'Big Squeeze' performance at 5.30pm), 19 October Bradninch and Duchy School, 20 October Otter Rotters in Feniton, 21 October Buckies Orchard, Chudleigh, 27 October Montacute House, Somerset, 28 October South Molton Apple Boot Sale . May be more dates tbc. Contact: mary (at) or for more information see

Sunday 14 October 2007 - Cockington Court, Torquay - Apple Day Food and Drink Festival. 15th annual celebration of the English apple. Featuring apple pressing, NEW 'Hops & Apples' beer/cider tent, West Country food marquee, fire juggling, live music, apple crafts and many other apple antics! Foods include: hog roast, cheeses, chocolates, breads, pies, pasties, juices, jams, honey and marmalades, teas, cakes, biscuits and of course a variety of apple treats. A great day out for the whole family. 10am- 4pm. Adults £3.00,Concessions £1.50, Children free. For more details see

Sunday 14 October 2007 - Killerton House (National Trust), Broadclyst, Exeter EX5 3LE - celebrate the English apple and enjoy the splendour of autumn colour in Killerton's garden. Apples for sale, cider-making and tasting, children's activities and an orchard walk. 11am-4.30pm. Normal admission charges apply for gardens: adults £5.60, cildren £2.80. Contact: 01392 881345 or see

Sunday 14 October 2007 - West Hele Barn, Hennock nr. Bovey Tracey, South Devon - Apple cider pressing, using apples collected from the local orchards. Apple games, lots and lots of cakes based on the apple from chocolate apple cakes to apple scones all served with delicious devonshire cream. Hennock villagers have been celebrating Apple Day since 1998! Contact: Linda Harvey 01626 833266

Sunday 14 October 2007 - RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington EX38 8PH - one of the most colourful and enjoyable events at Rosemoor, Apple Day is jointly organised by Rosemoor staff and Thornhayes Nursery, and with assistance from the South West Area Fruit Group. Apple planting and cultivation will be covered during the day, with dozens of varieties on display and the opportunity for tastings. There will be a cookery demonstration with recipes to take away, as well as cider, apple juice, trees and ther related products to buy. The guided tours of Rosemoor's Fruit and Vegetable Garden are particulalry popular, as is the apple identification* desk. We will also be encouraging everyone to have a go at drawing apples, as part of the national Big Draw event, and there will be a children's trail. Normal admission rate apply. Contact: 01805 626815 or see

Saturday 20 October 2007 - Otter Rotters composting site, Little Ash Farm, Fenny Bridges near Honiton EX14 3BL - Cider With Roadies (see above) will be at Otter Rotters from 12.30-9. The Otter Rotters site is on the old A30 about 100 yrds from Patterson's Cross. Contact: 01404 548808, 07721 993974 or see

Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 October 2007 - Eggesford Gardens, Eggesford, Chulmleigh EX18 7QU - apple displays, apples, cider, liqueur, wine and cheese tasting, home made apple pies, cakes and preserves, biscuits, chocolates and sweets, apple pressing and masses more. 11am-4pm, admission free. Contact: 01769 580250 or see

Sunday 21 October 2007 - Otterton Mill, Budleigh Salterton, Otterton EX9 7HG - apple pressings, samples of local apples, fruit trees for sale, a cider stall from Bowhayes Farm who produce delicious apple juice plus 3 types of cider. Contact: 01395 568521 or see

Sunday 21 October 2007 - Lower Grimpstonleigh, near Kingsbridge, South Devon - Learn to Make Cider Day using locally distinctive old apple varieties from a local orchard, and a simple mill and press. Suitable for absolute beginners aiming to make cider at home, as well as of interest to those already producing cider. Bring a packed lunch. 10am-12.30pm. Tickets £16 (or £12 to Orchard Link members). Contact: Ben Pike on 01803 732212, info (at) or see


Sunday 7 October 2007 - Broad Oak Community Orchard, New Road, Broad Oak near Sturminster Newton - Apple Day in this orchard nature reserve with identification*, cider making, music from Nick Crump and much more. A regular shuttle bus is put on from Sturminster Newton. Contact: Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620

Sunday 21 October 2007 - Quiet Corner Farm, Henstridge BA8 0RA - The farm has old orchards with varieties including Warrior which orginated in Dorset. For Apple Day there will be illuminated chinese fish sculptures hanging from the orchard trees, mulled cider and a bonfire. There will be apple tastings, a display of varieties, stalls, produce for sale, orchard walks with an expert, apple pies, apple pressing, honey for sale, apple games including the Longest Peel Competition. Lots of parking available. Event runs 3-7pm. Contact: Patricia Thompson on 01963 363045 or quietcornerfarm (at)

Saturday 27 October 2007 - Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester (1 mile east of Dorchester on the A35) - farmers' market, gallery of art by local school children, competitions with prizes, fruit trees for sale, cider, fruit, cakes, jams, chutneys, oils and vinegars, cheeses and more for sale. The horticultural students have researched fruit and vegetable cultivation and their harvest will be for sale at the end of the day. 10am-4pm. Admission: adults £2, children free. Contact: 01305 215000.



Sunday 7 October 2007 - Grimsbury Farm, Grimsbury Road, Kingswood, Bristol - come and see a cider and perry press in action and watch pole lathing at Kingswood Community Farm. Tour the farm and see goats, chickens ducks, pigs, sheep and cattle. 10am-4pm. Contact: 01454 865877

Sunday 14 October 2007 - Riddle's Cider, Oak farm, Oldbury Lane, Thornbury, north of Bristol - take a tour of the orchard and learn to identify varieties of apples such as Yarlington Mill and Sheep's Nose. See the cider making process using a 100 year old cider press. Tours last approx one & a half hours, maximum 30 people on each tour. 11am-2pm. Contact: 01454 863902 to book

Saturday 20 October 2007 - Gloucester Folk Museum, 99-103 Westgate Street, Gloucester GL1 2PG - lots to see and do, including demonstrations of apple crushing with a working horse operating a cider mill, followed by the juice being extracted in a huge cider press. Local farmer and celebrity Eric Freeman will tell you all about cider making. Apple games, activities, music and entertainmnet for all. 11am-4pm. Contact: 01452 396868 or see

Sunday 21 October 2007 - Dean Heritage Centre, Camp Mill, Soudley, GL14 2UB - Celebrate autumn harvest with the ‘apple spectacular’. Tastings, apple pressing & juicing demonstrations, cider bar, music, art activities, local crafts, plant sales and much more. Situated in five acres of scenic woodland, the Dean Heritage Centre tells the story of the Forest of Dean and its people, through exhibitions and outdoor displays including the Forester's Cottage, an accurately reconstructed Victorian home with open fire and garden where you'll find a pair of Gloustershire Old Spot pigs, chickens and local varieties of orchard trees. Event runs 11am-4pm. Contact: 01594 822170, deanmuse (at) or see



Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 September 2007 - Berrington Hall (National Trust), nr Leominster HR6 0DW - display of over 200 varieties of apple, apple identification*, cider press and demonstration, food and craft stalls, children's games and more. Contact: 01568 615721 or see

Saturday 6 October 2007 - Cider Museum, Ryelands Street, Hereford - Marcher Apple Network's Annual Apple Show with the usual attractions including displays of culinary, dessert and cider apples, apple identification*, apple juicing, bookstalls, sale of CDs etc. Parking is limited at the Museum but extra space in Bulmers car park at Woodpecker Square.11am-5pm. See Contact: Sheila Leitch on 01497 847354 or see

Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 October 2007 - Herefordshire parishes of the Marcle Ridge - THE BIG APPLE. A harvest-time celebration of English apples and cider in the Herefordshire parishes of the Marcle Ridge. There will be fruit displays (including cider fruits and perry pears), tastings, identification*, apples and apple juices. The Big Apple Association have held blossomtime and Autumn celebrations here since 1989! BOTH DAYS: At Hellens (GR661333) 2-4.45pm there will be displays of apples in the Great Barn including cider and perry fruits, tastings of dessert and culinary fruit, apple juice, apple identification* (£2 per varieties) by the Marcher Apple Network, perrymaking, entry £1.50, children free. In the Haywain Barn there will be an Apple Market selling less usual varieties, 'Herefordshire Landscapes in Monochrome', an exhibition of photographs by Chris Poole, and felt hangings by Jennie Lane. Tours of the house on Saturday 3 and 3.30pm, and Sunday 3.30pm. Delicious Apple Teas at Much Marcle Memorial Hall 2-5pm. Open Day at Gregg's Pit Cider and Perry, a craft producer with traditional orchards, perry and cider tasting and sales, poughman's lunches by Truffles Delicatessen 10am-5pm. Lyne Down Cider open day 10am-5pm with cider tastings and sales, and demonstrations of traditional cidermaking, barbeque and Cider City Jazzmen 1-3pm. Westons Cider open day 10am-4pm with guided tours at 11am, 12.30pm and 2.30m (£5/£3), self guided orchard walk and shire horse dray rides (£2.50/£1.50). St Bartholemew's Church open for harvest with produce sales and tours of the bell tower 11am-5pm. Awnells Farm open day 11am-5pm for the Countryside Restoration Trust with guided walks through the farm's grassland and orchards, donations welcome. Apples for sale at Reddingend in Much Marcle from 9am-6pm and at Little Verzons in Pixley (GR665395) 9am-6pm. Cider tasting and sales at Much Marcle Village Shop Saturday 8am-6pm and Sunday 9am-12.30pm. Coffee shop at Little Verzons and Bottle Museum tea Room at Westons Cider. Local pubs and restaurants will be serving dishes using apple and cider recipes in Much Marcle: Royal Oak, Scrumpy House, Slip Tavern and Walwyn Arms, and nearby: Butchers Arms, Crown Inn and Hopton Arms. In Ledbury Mrs Muffins Teashop will be serving dishes from the Big Apple Recipe Book. SATURDAY 13th Leominster Morris will be at Westons 11.30am, Gregg's Pitt 12.30pm and Hellens 2.30pm; there will be an illustrated talk by Jonathan Briggs of Mistletoe Matters, entitled 'A Mistletoe Miscellany' at Much Marcle Memorial Hall 5.30pm (£3.50); and Country Breakfasts 9-10.30am at the Memorial Hall. SUNDAY 14th the Big Apple Bike Ride 10am from the Market House. Ledbury following quiet country lanes, visiting cider producers and orchards, BYO picnic and explore the Big Apple, returning PM to Ledbury (01531 635432); Much Ridge Walk, a free 7 mile walk along the Marcle Ridge through the orchards of Putley, led by David Walker, meet Ridge Car Park (GR631346) 9.30am; 'What is the Value of an Orchard?' talk by David Marshall of th Bulmer Foundation who has been working on a Community Evaluation Project on Herefordshire's orchards, at Dragon Orchard Farm, Putley HR8 2RG, 11.30am, free. CHECK final details of talks, demonstrations and other events at or contact Jackie Denman, Secretary of the 'Big Apple Association', on 01531-670544

Saturday 20 October 2007 - The Lion Ballroom, Broad Street, Leominster - big display of apples and pears, many local and unusual varieties, opportunitites for tasting, apple identification* and advice, stalls selling local produce, apples, cider, apple juice, honey and refreshments, displays, exhibitions, quiz and competition. Admission adults £1.50, children free. 10am-4pm. Contact: 01568 780886

Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 October 2007 - Cider Museum, Ryelands Street, Hereford - Cidermaking Festival. Demonstrations of traditional cidermaking and children can press apples for juice. Herefordshire Beekeepers exhibition and honey competition, large display of cider apples and perry pears, blacksmith demonstrations and many other associated crafts. The museum has a gallery of 19th century watercolours illustrating different varieties of cider apples and perry pears – the watercolours took 9 years to complete and were commissioned in order to produce the Herefordshire Pomona. The Cider Museum has celebrated Apple Day since its inception in 1990! Contact 01432-354207 or see


Saturday 20 October 2007 - Church House, Sawbridgeworth - Apple Day organised by the Friends of Rivers Nursery Orchard, with organic apples to taste and purchase, cider-making, displays of historic archives, identification* by the East of England Apples and Orchards Project, and more. 1.30-4pm. Contact: Hazel Mead on 01279 724503 or see


Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 September 2007 - Brogdale Collections, Brogdale Road, Faversham ME13 8XZ - cider weekend at the National Fruit Collection. Contact: 01795 536250 or see

Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 September 2007 - East Malling Research, East Malling, near Maidstone ME19 6BJ - display of varieties from the National Fruit Collection, cider bar, juice and food stalls, interactive science stands, jazz in the afternoon, children's farm, plant doctor, plant sales. Adults £4, children £2, family ticket £10. Event runs 10am-4pm. Contact: Chantelle Jay on 01732 843833, chantelle.jay (at) or see

LANCASHIRE (including Manchester)



Saturday 6 October 2007 - Arts Centre, Stamford - Apple Day organised by Stamford Community Orchard Group, with apple identification* by the East of England Apples and Orchards Project, displays of cider making, history of apples, honey/beekeeping, sale of apple produce to include local Stamford apple Juice, homemade produce made by Stamford New College, children's poster competition display, quiz, apple bobbing, peeling and tastings, tombola, advice on planting apple trees and opportunity to purchase 'lost' local varieties such as Peasgood Nonsuch. Lots more including a progress report on the local Community Orchard in Stamford. 10.30am-4.30pm. Contact: 07031 743276 or info (at) or see


Sunday 30 September 2007 - Fenton House (National Trust), Hampstead, London NW3 6SP - Apple Day with tastings, apple doctor, identification* and children's activities. Bee keeping demonstration, cookery demonstration and sales of apples, juice, cider and cakes. Fenton House Apple Day is held in the established orchard in its sunken walled garden, which also has trained apple and other fruit trees. 11am-4.30pm.Adults £2 to Apple Day and garden, normal admission charges apply to enter the house. Contact: 020 7435 3471, fentonhouse (at) or see

  • Sunday 28 October 2007 - from Shakespeare's Globe, Bankside to Borough Market, Southwark - OCTOBER PLENTY mixes ancient seasonal customs and theatre with contemporary festivity, joining with historic Borough Market, Southwark.The programme - The Corn Queene: a huge Corn Queene effigy heavy with 'Plenty' - wheat, barley and other grains, and apples, root vegetables and foliage from the Borough Market - appears in a procession around the front of the Globe, Bankside, with the Company of actors and the time-honoured Hobby Horse in attendance, strung with cakes and loaves and led by the Berry Man. The Berry Man: Autumn incarnation of the original Green Man - decked with wild fruits and foliage, leads the company. He carries an Apple Tree to where it will be placed within the Bankside area, with general songs and music on the street for all. The procession: we then move through the streets to the Borough Market. There in the Green market there is time to savour the delights on offer: soul cakes, conker fights, cider from the New Forest, apple bobbing, a great beer selection and the wonderful market stalls and more dancing. The Play 'Woodcut of dancers': the company perform Syr John Falstaffe in Love, taken from Shakespeare’s Quarto version of The Merry Wives of Windsor (1602). This exhilarating and much loved scenario has the infamous and beloved Sir John Falstaff at its heart: a joyous romp of desire and intrigue. Apples cascade out into the crowd as the Corn Queene is opened up at the end of the play and this is followed by the celebrated Execution of John Barleycorn. The Story Orchard: a glade of young English apple trees creates a space for children to gather. There they can re-clothe the trees with green wishes (paper apples) and listen to stories about apples, markets, harvest time and London sparrows! There is a tasting table of old apple types from London by Brogdale Horticultural Trust with decorations created at Roots and Shoots, the Lambeth community gardens environment project where the Corn Queene is created. Free event. Starts 12 noon. See

Saturday 20 October 2007 - Stoke Newington Farmers' Market, William Patten school, Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0NX - several apple growers, display and tasting of many different varieties of apple and lots of background information on the orchards and the farmers who grow the apples! This year there will be a special stall about the development of a local Community Orchard at Butterfield Green in Hackney to inspire other local people to get involved. Plus giant apple pie, apple bobbing (towels provided!), planting apple trees in the school's Secret Garden, apple products including apple cakes and cider on sale, apple press and juice-making, cookery demonstrations and information on the history and culture of apples and orchards. Contact: 0207 502 7588, growcomm (at) or see

  • Saturday 13th October 2007 - Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road, Walthamstow, London E17 9NH

East London Organic Gardeners are again organising Apple Day in the Victorian garden of the Vestry House Museum. Over the years the number of visitors has grown and getting on for 2,000 people are expected to come and enjoy the day. Organic apples will be on sale as well as displays of different varieties. Events for children, apple tasting and bobbing, home made organic cakes, apple juicing to name but a few of the apple events that will be taking place. Cider tasting by OrganicLea Admission £1. 11am-4pm. Contact: 020 8521 4400, adrian.stannard (at) or see


Saturday 13 October 2007 - Whin Hill Cider, Stearman's Yard, Wells-next-the-Sea - apple identification* by the East of England Apples and Orchards Project. Contact: 01328 711033

Sunday 14 October 2007 - The Banham Barell opposite Banham Zoo, Banham - bring your own apples for identification*, expert professional advice on buying and planting apple trees, advice on your apple problems, storage etc, apple cakes to taste, recipes to take home and try for yourselves, apple juice tasting, apple games! The Banham Barrel is also hosting a cider tasting Festival. 10am-4pm. Contact: the Kenninghall Lands Trust 01953 888117 or see


Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October 2007- Sulgrave Manor, Manor Road, Sulgrave, Nr Banbury, OX17 2SD - Apple Identifiers* on site who will be bringing over 400 varieties of English apples for the public to view. Apple trees, apples and cider for sale, apple pressing in the orchard and fresh juice for sale. Rural craft workers (thatcher, hurdle maker, cane & rush seat crafter) and Gerry the Rope Burrows with his rope walk. There will be also be craft and gift stalls in the Manor house and a large marquee - an ideal opportunity to start your christmas shopping. This year, Apple Day also incorporates the Four Shires Food Fair. Local suppliers and producers exhibiting and selling with tasters and cookery demonstrations. A pig roast and refreshments available all day. With entertainment, music and fun from The Green Man, Punch & Judy shows, a local Husky Dog Team, The Launton Handbell Ringers (on Saturday only) and games and activities for children, a truly great family day out ! Open both days from 10.30am–5pm. Please note there are no house tours during this event. Contact: 01295 760205 or see <u></u>


Sunday 7 October 2007 - Village Hall, Lincoln Rd East Markham and the Heritage Orchard - East Markham Gardeners Association in conjunction with Hempsall's Heritage Orchard will be holding their 18th Apple Day, celebrated every year since apple Day began. There will be apple tasting, cider appreciation, various stalls, apple cookery competitions, an apple display of over 300 varieties grown at Hempsall's Heritage Orchard, apple sales, apple tree sales, and an Orchard Walk (the orchard is a short walk up the lane from the Village Hall). The Hempsall Heritage collection of apples will also be displayed at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show on the 14-16 September.

Sunday 21 October 2007 - Lowdham Village Hall, Lowdham - Apple Day with the Lowdham Horticultural Society, displays of apples, pears, and other fruits and vegetable varieties. Competition for the heaviest cooking apple grown in a private garden. Demonstrations of beekeeping and equipment, wood turning using Bramley Seedling wood, cider and winemaking, Herefordshire Pomona on slide show, display of fruit books, Fruit Forum information and advice desk, display and sale of end products such as jams, chutneyss etc. Refreshments available. Grand Auction 5pm. Event runs 12 noon to 6pm. Contact: Show Secretary on 0115 966 3734 or patrick.j.mcdonnell (at)

Saturday 27 October 2007 - St Lawrence Church, Gotham NG11 0JL - homemade apple produce, cafe servng apple scones and faitrade tea and coffee, traidcraft shop, wood turning (including apples), children's music group (budding singers, percussion plays etc welcome!), and the eco-group with hot tips. 10am-2pm. Contact: slevents (at)


Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October 2007- Sulgrave Manor, Manor Road, Sulgrave, Nr Banbury, OX17 2SD - Apple Identifiers* on site who will be bringing over 400 varieties of English apples for the public to view. Apple trees, apples and cider for sale, apple pressing in the orchard and fresh juice for sale. Rural craft workers (thatcher, hurdle maker, cane & rush seat crafter) and Gerry the Rope Burrows with his rope walk. There will be also be craft and gift stalls in the Manor house and a large marquee - an ideal opportunity to start your christmas shopping. This year, Apple Day also incorporates the Four Shires Food Fair. Local suppliers and producers exhibiting and selling with tasters and cookery demonstrations. A pig roast and refreshments available all day. With entertainment, music and fun from The Green Man, Punch & Judy shows, a local Husky Dog Team, The Launton Handbell Ringers (on Saturday only) and games and activities for children, a truly great family day out ! Open both days from 10.30am–5pm. Please note there are no house tours during this event. Contact: 01295 760205


Sunday 30 September & Saturday 6 October 2007 - The Greenwood Centre, Station Road, Coalbrookdale, Telford TF8 7DR - in the lead up to Apple Day the Greenwood Centre are running cider making courses with Michael Pooley of the Shropshire Apple Trust. The courses explore both the traditional and modern approaches to cider making, and offer advice on discriminating apple varieties, guidance on techniques of processing apples and fermentation, plus instructions on constructing a wooden cider press, with scaled plans provided. £65, plus £10 for materials. Contact Katherine McNidder on 01952 432768, courses (at) or see

Saturday 13 October 2007 - The Greenwood Centre, Station Road, Coalbrookdale, Telford TF8 7DR - The centrepiece will be the beautifully restored traditional twin-screw apple press, a piece of equipment dating back to the mid-19C. Shropshire Apple Trust who restored the equipment and organise the event are again inviting people from all over the County (and beyond) to bring their apples in the two weeks prior to the event for pressing on the day. Taste a wide variety of old and unusual varieties as well as good examples of common apples. This year there will also be a huge display of different apple varieties from around the country, including some particular to Shropshire. There will be 'hands-on' craft demonstrations of the work of the Green Wood Centre including pole lathing, suitable for adults and children alike. For children there will be apple bobbing, apple prints and their own small-scale apple pressing equipment. There will be a pork roast and vegetarian food and the chance to try and buy country wines and cider, including the Shropshire Apple Trust's own cider. Shropshire Wildlife stall, energy conservation stall, local groups, and WI food stall. Admission adults £3, concessions £2, children free.Contact Michael Pooley of the Shropshire Apple Trust on 01952-433632 or see and

Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 October 2007 - The Fighting Cocks, Stottesden, nr Cleobury Mortimer - Stottesden's first ever Apple Day, with a display of varieties, scrat 'n' press, orchard display, recipes, fruit tree sales and cider, all at this historic award winning pub. 12 noon-5pm, free admission.


Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 October 2007 - Sanders Garden World, Brent Knoll (just off he M5 at junction 22) - hundreds of varieties on show including many traditional Somerset varieties. Somerset cider and apple experts in-store offering free advice on selecting and growing apple trees in Somerset and making cider and juices. Free apple press. Bring your own apples for pressing or buy in-store and make your own apple juice. Apple games for children. Fun and informative event for all the family. Includes traditional Somerset rural arts and crafts and tasty local produce including cheeses and chutneys. Contact: 01278 761139 or kate (at) or see

Saturday 20 October 2007 - Glastonbury Tor (National Trust), in Fairfield (first right up the footpath, off Wellhouse Lane) - apple juice tasting, Hecks Cider will be holding tastings and selling cider produced from local orchards, Storytelling from the present and former winners of the Bardic Chair of Avalon, Somerton Bee Keepers will have information on bees and bee keeping and will be doing candle rolling and honey for sale, Glastonbury Conservation Society, childrens' craft activities, Apple Bobbing, Longest Peel, Guess the fake apple, local cheese, and more. Free admission. 11am-3pm. Contact: 01934 844518, rachel.thompson (at) or see

Saturday 20 October 2007 - Barrington Court (National Trust) - last year cider was made at Barrington Court for the first time in 100 years. It will again be made this year with apple milling and pressing, plus apple products for tastings and for sale. There will be live music and a special children's apple trail. The Court's working kitchen garden has espaliered apple, pear and plum trees trained along high stone walls, and fruit and vegetables are used in the restaurant. Contact: 01460 241938 or see ' '

Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 October 2007 – Somerset Rural Life Museum, Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury BA6 8DB – Cidermaking weekend: milling and pressing apples from the museum orchard in the medieval Abbey Barn, display of Somerset cider apple varieties, tea room selling home-made cakes and Somerset Apple Cake. On Saturday Geoff Turnbull and the Wyvern Morris Dancers will be performing, on the Sunday Les Davis will give a talk with slides about cidermaking and be available for questions. Open 2-5pm. Free entry. 2-6pm. Contact: 01458 831197

Sunday 21 & Wednesday 24 October 2007 - Mill House Cider Museum, Overmoigne near Dorchester DT2 8HZ - two days of Cidermaking will again take place in the October half term! Apples will be crushed and pressed using the antique equipment - a chance for people to see the traditional way of making cider in the flesh. There will also be demonstrations of how cider can be made at home, using simple everyday items, as well as games, face painting, mulled cider and Dorset Apple cake on sale. Contact: 01305 852220 or see

Saturday 27 October 2007 - St Werburgh's City Farm, Boiling Wells Site, Boiling Wells Lane, Bristol - celebrating the ancient orchard by making merry with family fun for all. Farm BBQ, apple games, apple pressing, cider drinking, song singing, storytelling, craft workshops, and a lantern procession to finish. No parking so try to come by bike or on foot. 1-6pm. Contact: 0117 9428 241 or heritage (at)



Saturday 6 October 2007 - Lewes Farmers' Market, Cliffe pedestrianised precinct, Lewes - free tastings of local apples, ciders, juices, preserves and baked produce. Apple-related quiz with prizes including Farmers' Market vouchers and market produce. Games and activities for both adults and children. Ample parking, and well-served by local transport. 9am-1pm. Contact: lewesfarmersmarket (at) or see

13 & 14 October 2007 - West Dean Gardens, Chichester - Rosy apples, autumn colour and local cider make for a mellow day. Tastings, games and creative workshops make this a great weekend for the kids. Contact: 01243 818210 or see

Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 October 2007 – Middle Farm, Firle, near Lewis BN8 6LJ - Apple Day at the home of the National Collection of Cider and Perry. Apples and pears, fresh local apple and pear juice, food fair with 60 varieties of locally sourced apples and pears to taste and buy, local food producers including apple baking from Middle Farm's own kitchens. Licensed Cider Bar with plenty of choice of ciders - sit on straw bales and enjoy live music from country to skiffle, reggae to gyspy swing. Apple pressing demonstration, delicious food, old time fair, morris dancers, farm animals to meet, wishworks puppet show, stilt-walking, have-a-go archery. The food fair and cider bar are under cover. 10am-5pm. Tickets £5 includes Open Farm, undr 5's free. Directions: on the A27 Lewes to Eastbourne road between Firle and Selmeston. Cuckmere Community Bus will leave Lewes Station at 5 past the hour during the event, £1 return. Contact: 01323 811411 or see


Saturday 27 October 2007 – Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Westfield Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 3TR – Display of over 180 varieties of apple provided by Frank P Matthews of Tenbury Wells, tastings, identification* by Tony Gentil. Visit and look around the Guinea Gardens adjacent to the Botanical Gardens where there will be a display of varieties grown in the Allotments together with a history of this site dating back to 1850, and planting of heritage apple trees at 11.30am. Apple pressing and juicing (bring your own apples and containers), apple bobbing, pork and apple baps for lunch, morris dancing, perry and cider tasting. This Apple Day event is a joint venture between the Botanical Gardens, Birmingham Trees for Life, Frank P Matthews of Tenbury Wells and the Edgbaston Guinea Gardens. Event runs from 10am-4pm at the Botanical Gardens and 11am-2pm at the Guinea Garden Allotments. Reduced admission charge to the Botanical Gardens for Apple Day of £3 for adults, children free. Contact: Linda Keen at the Botanical Gardens on 0121 454 4860 or admins (at) or Sue Griffith at Birmingham Trees for Life at bhamtreesforlife (at)


Sunday 23 September 2007 - Buscot & Coleshill Estate (National Trust), Coleshill, Swindon SN6 7PP - orchard walks, apple quiz, apple cookery demonstrations, juice pressing and cider makers. 12 noon-4pm. Contact: 01793 762209 or see

Sunday 21 October 2007 - Lacock Abbey (National Trust) - fruity fun including demonstrations, tastings, guided walks, craft activities and cider bar. 11am-4pm. Normal admission charges apply. Contact: 01249 730459, lacockabbey (at) or see


Sunday 7 October 2007 - Worcester Woods Country Park, Wildwood Drive, Worcester WR5 2LG - displays, children's activities, games, fruit tree and apple sales, juicing and cider making, bring along your spare apples and have them juiced. 11am-3pm, free admission and parking. Contact: 01905 766493


Saturday 13th October 2007 - Bowling Park Community Orchard, at the allotments on Bowling Park Drive, Bradford BD4 - Information about the community orchard and how to get involved, Horticulture marquee with advice about how to grow, prune and care for your fruit. Apple Identification* (result given as soon as it is confirmed if there are identifiers at the event. If noone can be there, apples will be sent to Harlow Carr Apple Day). Apples for sale, lots of varieties you cannot get in the shops. Art marquee – printing, embroidery etc to make a banner for the orchard. Wildlife games, apple tasting, 1 in 12 Club Café serving a full range of fruity foods and cider. This is an outdoor event but there are plenty of marquees and shelter so you can enjoy a full range of activities. Event supported by: Bradford Apple Group, Local Network Fund, Community Funding Unit (BEES), Love Apple Café, BCEP and the YMCA. Event runs 12noon-4pm. Contact: 01274 741223 or se for directions and further information

Sunday 21-Tuesday 23 October 2007 - Bedern Hall, Bartle Garth, St Andrewgate, York, YO1 7AL - Bedern Hall was the 14th century dining hall of the vicars choral of York Minster, and once had a vineyard and walled orchard. This three day festival celebrates its once great harvest and encourages visitors to grow their own, and learn how food production in the city is an enjoyable way to eat well. There will be displays of old apple varieties, exhibitions by York's prestigious Ancient Society of York Florists (who grow fruit as well!), and the Grow Your Own Campaign, plus the courtyard cafe will be open selling applely goodies using fresh produce from the Hall's own garden. Free admission. 10am-4pm. On Sunday 21st celebrations begin with APPLE EVENING, an evening of merry making! with mulled cider on arrival, cider tastings and a feast of savoury and sweet autumnal dishes served at the board. Booking essential, tickets £28. Contact: 01904 653698 or see

Tuesday 23 October 2007 - Bedale Hall, Bedale - Apple Day organised by the North Yorkshire Federation of Women's Institutes, open to members and non members. Information about the history, cultivation and identification* of apple varieties, 100 varieties on display, cookery demonstration, the Grand Apple Pie Competition, and lunch with an apple theme. For further information and tickets contact the WI Office, Alma House, Low Street, Agnesgate, Ripon 01765 606339.

Friday 26 October 2007 - Reeth Community Orchard, grounds of Hudson House, Reeth, nr Richmond - Apple Day, details to follow.




Saturday 20 October - Saturday 3 November 2007 - Llanerchaeron (National Trust), Nr Aberaeron, Ceredigion, SA48 8DG - Exhibition of different varieties, beautiful to look at, wonderful to smell! Expert identification* of unusual varieties. Talks and guided walks on the fruit trees at Llanerchaeron. On Wednesday 24 & Saturday 27 October: Come and meet local Cider experts Kevin and Nikki Sweet of Toloja Cider, plus demonstrations, tastings and sales of apple goodies 12noon-4pm. On Saturday 20-28th October: Apple tree sales from the car park at Llanerchaeron with local apple tree experts Gwynfor Growers. On Thursday 25 October, 2pm: cooking ideas using apples with our local Chef Gareth Richards. Apples from our orchards will be for sale during the event. Contact: 01545 570200 or see


Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 October 2007 - Erddig (National Trust), nr Wrexham LL13 0YT - from William Tell and Sir Isaac Newton to cider, cookery and folklore. Come and celebrate our increasingly popular apple harvest with cider tasting, apple press demonstrations, dancers, children's games and lots more for all the family. Over 120 varieties of apples grown at Erddig on display. Apple identification* and Apple Doctor, Head Gardener Glyn Smith. Apples for sale, orchards and country craft stalls, cookery demonstrations with local celebrity chef Dai Davies, Erddig apple recipes for sale, apple press demonstrations, childrens apple games and Longest Peel Competition. Event runs 11am-5pm. Normal admission rates apply: £8.80 or £5.50 gardens and outbuildings only. Contact: 01978 355314, erddig (at) or see


Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 October 2007 - Oakdale Workmen's Institute, National History Museum, St Fagan's, Cardiff CF5 6XB - an exhibition of apples (420 varieties last year and more anticipated this year), apple tastings, local beekeepers' stall, cider pressing demonstrations, cider and apple juice for sale, apple quizzes for adults and children, restaurant menu will reflect Apple Day, Jonathan Latimer (illustrator) selling apple posters (tbc) and pruning apple trees demonstrations (tbc). 10.30am-4.30pm. £2.50 parking, otherwise free. Contact: 02920 573441, juli.paschalis (at) or see




Have a great APPLE DAY in 2007