Top 5 Apple Fairs in East Anglia
It’s that time of year again, the best British apples are ready for harvest. Read our top apple events for tasting, buying and naming!
Saturday, 15 October, Ely Apple Festival
Ely is holding its annual Apple Festival in celebration of the great British Apple on 15 October.
Apple delights can be tasted at the Watergull Orchards marquee where a whole range of apples and juices are on offer. There will also be a hog roast with applesauce, pork & apple burgers and sausages. Folk music and Morris dancing will be performed throughout the day.
The event provides interest and intrigue for all sorts of people whether you are interested in the educational, environment or simply the fun angle of the day.
The experts from East of England Apples and Orchard Project will once again be in attendance to identity any apples that you care to bring along. It is easier to identify if you can bring a long part of the stalk and/or leaf as well as the actual apple so if you have been mystified as to what kind of apples were growing in your garden all these years, bring a sample along.
There will be several competitions, woodturning demonstrations, storytelling and activities running throughout the day including the ever-popular longest apple peeling competition, apple and spoon races, and an apple shy.
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Sunday, 23 October, Apple Day at Cambridge University Botanic Garden
Break away from the Braeburn and discover the diversity of apples available at the Botanic Garden’s Apple Day on Sunday 23 October 2016, from 10am-4pm.
There will be a bumper crop of apple-related activities including: apple identification and advice, apple tasting of over two dozen heritage varieties, a huge variety of locally produced, delicious edibles for sale as well as family activities, guided Garden seasonal highlight tours, live music, pop-up food stalls and a petting pen with rabbits and guinea pigs to keep the kids entertained.
Entry to the Botanic Garden on Apple Day requires the purchase of an Apple Day ticket, priced £3, in addition to normal Garden admission/Friends’ membership. Free admission for children 16 and under. www.botanic.cam.ac.uk
18 October, Apple Day at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse
Celebrate all things autumn from 11am to 6pm. It’s a day of all things apple including pressing, tasting, buying and naming. Play apple games and see apples being pressed, watch local craftsmen demonstrating their skills and take the opportunity to taste apple juice or scrumptious cider. More information at http://museumsnorfolk.org.uk/events/apple-day/
Sunday 23 October, Apple Day at Oxburgh Hall
The National Trust property will be celebrating the importance of the heritage of apples and orchards in Britain from 10.30am – 4.30pm. 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.
The event is free but normal admission prices applies. For more details visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events
Saturday 22 October, Lathcoats Farm Apple Day
Enjoy the annual celebration of apples at the third generation family run fruit farm, located in Galleywood near Chelmsford, Essex.
There will be apple tasting with 40 varieties grown on the farm available to try, apple juice tasting using the farms own apples, regional food producers’ market, Essex Wildlife Trust activity marquee, a drop in art and craft workshop, archery, donkey rides, pedal tractors and farm animals – plenty to keep the whole family entertained.
Plus the farm shop full of local produce will also be open throughout the day. Full details at www.eapples.co.uk/events/apple-day