Apples and Pears Events List
MAN tries to include details of all relevant events within the Marcher Counties and the more significant national events. (Pictures from a number of events can be found in the Photograph Gallery at www.marcherapple.net/photogl.htm). Courses at www.marcherapple.net/course.htm, however, are listed separately. If you are organising or know of a forthcoming event which you think should be included here then please contact the Webmaster. If you spot an error would you also please let the Webmaster know so a correction can be made.
For other events you may find the following useful
- The Three Counties Cider and Perry Association’s Events List (www.thethreecountiesciderandperryassociation.co.uk/events/) is specific to cider and perry and mainly covers events in the three counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
- Herefordshire CAMRA are strong supporters of local Cider Makers (www.herefordcamra.org.uk/cider.htm) and associated events.
- The National Trust (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events) organises apple events at many of its properties (Telephone 0870 458 400 for details).
It is always advisable, especially if you intend to travel from some distance, to confirm the time and details from the organisers.
At events where Marcher Apple Network will be present (shown with dates in bold) pomological advice will be available and books and CDs will be for sale. At events marked with an asterisk there will be an apple display and MAN will provide an identification service. Please note that for identifications three typical specimens of apple or pear are required and that there is a charge.
Events in 2017
Saturday 11th February (weather dependent, alternative Sunday 12th) from 10:00 - 15:00 at Tredomen - Pruning Course.
Friday 17th February from 10:00 - 15:00 at Tredomen - pruning (practice) for orchard maintenance.
Saturday 25th February from 10:00 - 15:00 at Tredomen - tree planting and pruning (practice) for orchard maintenance.
Saturday 4th March from 10:00 - 15:00 at Tredomen - pruning (practice) for orchard maintenance.
Saturday 4th March. Lucton Food Festival (www.luctonfoodfestival.com/). Exhibitors include local cider makers.
Saturday, 25th March. The Welsh Beekeepers’ Association/ Cymdeithas Gwenynwyr Cymru 2017 Convention at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Showground, Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3SY. From 8.00am in the Old Food Hall. (No apple display). Includes ‘Beekeepers Question Time’. Details on www.wbka.com.
Friday/ Saturday 7th/ 8th April. The British Beekeepers (www.bbka.org.uk/news_and_events/spring_convention.php) Spring Convention at Harper Adams University, Newport, Shropshire, TF10 8NB. (No apple display). .
Saturday, 29th April. The Big Apple Cider & Perry Trials (www.bigapple.org.uk/cider-trials/) at Putley Village Hall, Herefordshire. Use the link for more details and for on-line entry. Results will be on view the following two days.
Sunday/ Monday, 30th April/ 1st May. Blossomtime Festival with the Big Apple (www.bigapple.org.uk/blossomtime-2017/). A seasonal celebration of English Apples and Cider in the Herefordshire Parishes of the Marcle Ridge. For further information send a SAE to ‘Big Apple’, Woodcroft, Putley, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 2RD or phone 01531 670544.
Saturday/ Sunday, 20th/ 21st May. Royal Welsh Agricultural Show (www.rwas.wales/spring-festival/) at Llanelwedd.
Monday to Thursday, 24th to 27th July. Royal Welsh Agricultural Show (www.rwas.wales/royal-welsh-show/) at Llanelwedd.
Saturday 19th August. Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Second National Orchard Conference, principally on Plums and other Stone Fruit.
*Saturday/ Sunday, 27th/ 28th August. Black Mountains Festival (www.talgarthfestival.org.uk/), Talgarth, Powys. MAN will be in the Cattle Market on the Sunday, from 11.00 - 5.00pm. Display of early apples & identification of ripe early varieties. Tastings and fruit for sale.
Wednesday 6th September. We’ve been invited to make another visit to the Frank P Matthews Tree Nursery, Tenbury Wells WR15 8TH. To book, send a cheque for £15 made out to Marcher Apple Network, together with your details, to Jilly Rosser, 16 Canon Frome Court, Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 2TD Closing date: 15 August 2017.
Friday to Sunday, 8th to 10th September. The Ludlow Marches Food and Drink Festival (www.foodfestival.co.uk). There is always a good selection of local cider makers and fruit juicers in attendance.
*Sunday, 10th September. (date to be confirmed) Entertainment under the Apples at Penlanole (www.penlanole-organics.co.uk/events.php), near the Vulcan Arms, south of Rhayader, Powys. Please note that for safety reasons, the approach will be to the back of the farm and will be signposted from the A470. From 2:00 - 5:00pm. For details Tel. 01597 811487.
*Saturday/ Sunday, 23rd/ 24th September. The Autumn Show (www.threecounties.co.uk/malvernautumn/) at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern.
*Saturday, 7th October. Applefest 2016 (www.tenburyapplefest.co.uk), Tenbury Wells, held on the town’s Burgage Recreational Area, from 10:00 - 5:00pm.
Thursday, 5th October. (Date to be confirmed). Trumpet Ploughing Match & West of England Fruit Show (www.trumpetanddistrictagriculturalsociety.co.uk/) at Woodmanton Farm, Yarkhill, Herefordshire HR1 3ST. (No apple display.) Further details from Mrs. J. Green, Warren Cottage, Lower Eggleton, Ledbury HR8 2UJ. Tel. 01531 670608.
Saturday, 14th October. Apple Day (www.shropshireappletrust.co.uk/appleday.php) at The Green Wood Centre, Coalbrookdale near Telford, from 10:00 - 5:00pm. Apple pressing using the large community apple press, fresh juice for sale; hog roast, live music, apple display and apple trees for sale, cider bar, WI stalls, craft demonstrations and hands-on opportunities to practise polelathing, pottery, etc. Contact: 01952 433594 or 01952 432046.
*Saturday/ Sunday, 14th/ 15th October. The Big Apple (www.bigapple.org.uk/). Weekend rural events in and around Much Marcle. £2 entry to historic grounds of Hellens, from 12:00am - 4:45pm where there will be apple and pear displays, ID services and tastings of a selection of cooking apples. Further details of talks, demonstrations and other events, from Jackie Denman, Tel. 01531 670544.
Saturday, 14th or 21st October. (Date to be confirmed). Kemerton Orchard Workers fund-raising Apple Day event (www.kemerton.org/news.htm) at Kemerton Village Hall, near Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire 1:00pm - 5:00pm. Apple pressing, and fresh apple juice, home-made jams, tea & cakes for sale. Conservation stands for information and discussion. Visitors can walk to the Kemerton Conservation Trust arboretum and lake. Details from Steve Fletcher, Tel. 01368 725271.
*Saturday, 21st October. Leominster Apple Fair at The Priory, Leominster. 10:00 - 4:00pm. Parking nearby in Bridge Street Car Park. Various stalls, apple display and apple identifications by MAN. Details from Felicity Norman, Tel. 01568 780886.
Saturday, 21st October. National Apple Day (commonground.org.uk/projects/orchards/apple-day/).
*Saturday, 21st or 28th October. (Date to be confirmed). Chepstow Apple Day, organized by Chepstow Town Council at the Drill Hall, Lower Church Street, Chepstow. Admission free. 11:00 - 4:00pm. MAN Apple display, apple juice, cider and perry tasting.
Saturday, 25th November. MAN AGM at the Cider Museum (www.cidermuseum.co.uk/), Hereford, coffee from 10:30 for an 11:00 start. After the formal business there will be an talk by a guest speaker.
Events in 2018
6th January. Leominster Morris (www.leominstermorris.org), The Wassail, venue to be announced. 7.00pm for 7.30pm.
Help is required at all events. (Free tickets provided & mileage paid!) If you can assist at any of the events which MAN will be attending please contact the Volunteer Co-ordinator.