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British Apple Festivals And Events In October 2016 🍎

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Food & Drink Editor
Updated: 14 October 2016
The arrival of autumn sees Britain’s National Trust properties host apple festivals – think cider, apple bobbing, games, music and food. Here’s our round up of some of the best apple festivals across the UK and Northern Ireland. Admission charges may apply so check website for details.

Child looking at apples at Hezlett House ©National Trust Images John Millar

Child looking at apples at Hezlett House ©National Trust Images John Millar

South West England

Killerton, Devon
Cider and apple festival, 15 – 16 October, 10am – 5pm
Killerton hostsa family festival tucked in amongst the apple trees. There will be live music, hog roast, great local food and apple products, including the Killerton cider. There’s a great atmosphere and lots to do, taste and try.

Barrington Court, Somerset
Apple Days, 22 – 23 October, 11am – 4.30pm
A celebration of all things ‘apple’ at Barrington Court. This is lively and fun weekend for everyone, with much of the activity centred around the orchards and pressing barn. Barrington Court is famous for consistently producing award-winning cider and apple juice, so join them for a day of picking, pressing and tasting. What’s more you can even bring your own ‘mystery’ apples for them to identify. There’s lots of apple games and activities and orchard walks, with something to interest all the family.

South East England

Brogdale Fruit Collection
National Apple Festival 15 – 16 October, 10am – 5pm
This year at Brogdale they’re attempting a record breaking display of one thousand apple varieties. You can also discover something new and tasty with ‘try before you buy’ from around 70 apple varieties, and then fill a bag with your favourites to take home. There’s live music, tours of the orchards, local foods for sale and fascinating free talks and demonstrations.
Price £9

West Dean College
Apple Affair 1 – 2 October 2016 10am 5pm
West Dean Gardens’ Apple Affair is a celebration of the best of the British autumn harvest including the impressive apple harvest from West Dean’s own orchards and pumpkins and gourds from the Victorian Kitchen Garden.
Price £12.50

Hughenden, Buckinghamshire
Apple Days, 15 – 16 October, 10am – 4pm
Celebrate English grown apples. Visit Hughenden to try the delicious apples grown on the estate. Apples and juice will be available to try on the day and to take home, and there are 57 varieties of apple in Hughenden’s orchards all of which will be ready to be picked, pressed and juiced at Hughenden’s apple days on 15-16 October. Visitors can get involved by turning the handle of the press and collecting the juice in a cup to drink, there are children’s activities and cider for sale.
Price: Free event (normal admission charges apply)

Fenton House and Garden, London
Apple Weekend 2016, 1 – 2 October, 11am – 5pm
Fenton House’s acclaimed and much-loved Apple Weekend is a celebration of all things apple in Fenton’s beguiling walled gardens and 300 year-old orchard. Taste old English varieties of apples and juice from the trees. Sit back and relax with a beverage or two, from delicious fresh juices and teas, to cider and cocktails. There will be all the usual favourites, including local produce, hot food, cake stalls, and the kids’ activities like badge making, apple juicing and giant lawn games. The apple orchard is a sight to behold as 32 heritage varieties of apple and pear trees bear fruit. Enjoy artisan food and drink alongside apple tasting or just relax in a deck chair on the lawn.
Price: £9

Eastern England

Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk
Apple Day, 23 October, 10.30am – 4.30pm
Celebrate Apple Day by discovering the importance of heritage apples and orchards in Britain. The East of England Apple & Orchards Project will be on hand to offer expert advice, as well as the Master Gardeners’ Association, Cockley Cley Wood Turners, Riverford Organics, willow basket makers and a spinner. Bring your own apple and pear varieties and have them identified or made into juice. Families can enjoy apple themed activities and tuck into the apple recipes on the menu in the tea-room.
Price: Free event (normal admission charges apply)

Felbrigg Hall
Harvest festival 1 – 5 October 11am – 5pm
We celebrate the harvest at Felbrigg by decorating the Hall with flowers, fruit and vegetable displays from the garden. A large selection of produce will be on show (including lots of varieties of apples) in the Old Kitchen with a fruit tasting session on the afternoon of 5 October.

Blickling Estate
Apples & pumpkins, 27 September – 2 October
Welcome in the season of mellow fruitfulness with a celebration of apples and pumpkins throughout September and in to early October, culminating in Apple Weekend (1-2 October) at Blicking. Discoveries from the diary of a Blickling gardener – they are re-introducing heritage apple varieties from 19th century as part of the Walled Garden restoration project. Finally, your help is needed to create a huge apple mural in the garden.

Apple festivals at the National Trust

Apple festivals at the National Trust

Midlands

Berrington Hall, Herefordshire
Cider weekend, 1 – 2 October, 10am – 5pm
Once again, it’s harvest time at Berrington and the garden team have been gathering vintage apples from the orchard. Join them for a weekend of apples, cider and local food. Berrington’s harvest of vintage apples is on display and available to buy to take home over the weekend. With cider bars, apple grafting, pruning and identification and pressing demonstrations. Bring along your weird and wonderful varieties for identification by the apple ID team. There will be local food on offer, live music and horse and carriage rides throughout the weekend.
Price: Free event (normal admission charges apply)

Hanbury Hall and Gardens, Worcestershire
Apple Weekend, 1 – 2 October, 10.30am – 5pm
Apple Weekend at Hanbury Hall is a celebration of all things orchard with activities and crafts for children, plenty of stalls to explore in the Walled Garden and the chance to grab a bag of delicious organic apples. With all the usual favourites including local produce stalls, children’s activities, expert advice, tasty apple treats and the chance to pick up a delicious bag of apples to take home.

Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire
Apple Weekend, 8 – 9 October, 12pm – 4pm
There’s apple variety tastings, apple games, apple juicing, apple-themed tours of the garden and apple produce for sale to celebrate Clumber’s National Collection of Apples. Head to the walled kitchen garden for live demonstrations, free apple samples, tasting sessions and hints and tips on growing your own. See the National Collection of apple trees and meet the gardeners who look after this special place.
Price: Free event (normal admission charges apply)

Gunby Estate, Hall and Gardens, Lincolnshire
Apple Day, 9 October, 11am – 5pm
Gunby Hall and Gardens welcomes visitors to its annual Apple Day where you can discover an impressive number of different apple varieties grown in the gardens. Bring your own apples to be identified as well as expert advice on pruning and general fruit tree care. There will be craft and trade stalls with something for everybody, and the tea-room will have many apple-based treats to enjoy.
Price: Free event (normal admission charges apply)

North West

Acorn Bank, Cumbria
Apple Day, 9 October, 11am – 4.30pm
Acorn Bank is hosting an autumn extravaganza with lots of things to see and do for all the family. This much loved colourful country festival with a strong local flavour has been running since 1994. There’s a vast range of activities, games and entertainment for everyone including apple bobbing, the longest peel competition, besom making, morris dancers, wassailing, apple displays, archery and much more.
Price: £8

Yorkshire and North East

Cragside, Northumberland
Apple day, 22 October, 11am – 3pm
Join the team at Cragside for a day of apple related fun! Pick an apple straight from the tree and take part in some apple crafts and activties. Then, treat yourself to some apple goodies from the tea rooms – including chef May’s award winning spiced apple cake!
Price: Free event (normal admission charges apply)

Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, North Yorkshire
Apple week, 2, 4 – 9 October, 10.30am – 5pm
Eat, taste and explore over 50 varieties of apple at Beningbrough Hall and Gardens. Ask the gardeners your questions, sample the juice from apple pressing, and try the blind tasting.Daily activities include short apple talks, apple pressing and juice sampling, cider tasting, the display full of information and tasting of different types of apples – see times on the day. The restaurant will have apples and other crops from the autumn harvest on the menu throughout the week.
Price: Free event (normal admission charges apply)

Wales

Erddig, Wrexham
Apple Festival, 1 – 2 October, 10am – 5pm
Erddig hosts its 26th annual Apple Festival; with apple displays, cider press, cookery demonstrations, craft stalls, children’s entertainment.
Price: Free event (normal admission charges apply)

Northern Ireland

Ardress House, Co. Armagh
Apple Sundays, 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 October, 12pm – 5pm
Set in the middle of orchard country, this is the ideal location to hear all about Armagh’s famous apples and have some family fun. Have a go on the apple press, take a guided orchard tour, try some local cider and tasty apple treats.
Price: £5.50 (normal admission charges apply)