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 2016
Saturday, 2nd January to Saturday, 31st December.Exhibition at Hereford Cider Museum (www.cidermuseum.co.uk/): John Evelyn (1620-1796) Famous Diarist and Author.
Saturday, 13th February, or Sunday, 14th February (weather dependent). Winter Pruning Course led by Paul Davis (www.applewise.co.uk/). We’ll begin at 11:00 and finish about 15:00 or when enthusiasm diminishes. The course will be restricted to 12 people. Paul will explain the objectives of winter pruning, provide guidance notes and give a demonstration of pruning at MAN’s Tredomen Court orchard. You may then carry out guided pruning on the trees to gain a wider variety of ‘hands on’ experience. Whilst MAN will be providing pruning equipment for the course you are welcome to bring your own. Lunch will be taken at a nearby café/ restaurant. (The cost of lunch is not included in the course fee). There are no toilet facilities except at lunch time. Please phone Mrs M. Ward on 01497 847847 to confirm a place before sending in your booking form. If the weather is inclement we have an alternative reserved four weeks later, Saturday 12th with alternate Sunday 13th March.
Friday, 19th February. Follow up to the Winter Pruning Course (I): pruning (practice) for orchard maintenance, from 10:00 - 15:00 at Tredomen.
Saturday, 20th February. Follow up to the Winter Pruning Course (II): tree planting and pruning (practice) for orchard maintenance, from 10:00 - 15:00 at Paramor.
Saturday, 27th February. Grafting Course led by Paul Davis at Glasbury Village Hall. This is the fourth year for running the successful and enjoyable course. The course starts at 10:00 and runs till about 15:00. All equipment, four rootstocks and many scions will be available to choose from; you are welcome to bring your own equipment (secateurs and grafting knife) and graftwood if you wish. Bring your lunch or enjoy it in a local Pub. As places are limited to about a dozen, please phone Mrs M. Ward on 01497 847847 to confirm a place before sending in your booking form.
Saturday, 12th March. 10:00 - 17:00, Lucton Food Festival (www.luctonfoodfestival.com/) Exhibtors include local cider makers.
Saturday, 2nd April. Welsh Bee Keepers Convention (www.wbka.com/news-events/convention-2016/) at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Showground, Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3SY. From 8.30 a.m. in the Hafod a Hendre Hall. (No apple display.) Includes ‘Beekeepers Question Time’. Further details from Tom Froggatt. Tel. 01584 831650.
Sunday/ Monday, 1st/ 2nd May. Blossomtime Festival with the Big Apple (www.bigapple.org.uk). 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.
Wednesday, 11th May. Annual International Cider and Perry Competition. Open to local competitors. For further information contact the Cider Museum (www.cidermuseum.co.uk/), Ryelands Street, Hereford, Tel. 01432 354207.
Saturday/ Sunday, 14th/ 15th May. Ludlow Spring Festival (www.ludlowspringfestival.co.uk/) and Marches Transport Festival. There is a good selection of local cider makers and fruit juicers in attendance.
Thursday, 19th May. Visit with Gloucestershire Orchard Trust (gloucestershireorchardtrust.org.uk/) to Days Cottage 10:30 and Hartpury National Perry Pear Centre for 13:00; both are in Gloucestershire. For details see News Sheet.
Saturday/ Sunday, 21st/ 22nd May. Royal Welsh Spring Show (www.rwas.wales/spring-festival/) (Smallholders) at Llanelwedd.
Saturday 4th June and Sunday 26th June. 14:00 - 17:00 Wildlife of Orchards - an introduction. Only for members of GOT or TCTOP volunteers, two special orchard walks will be held this summer, in the GOT Longney Orchards. They will be led by Chairman Keith Turner; these are a wonderful opportunity to look closely at the wealth of all kinds of wildlife to be found in and around these lovely orchards, as well as the banks of the adjacent Severn. If interested join GOT or TCTOP or email .
Monday to Thursday, 18th to 21st July. Royal Welsh Agricultural Show (www.rwas.wales/royal-welsh-show/) at Llanelwedd.
One day in Summer. MAN are intending to run a Summer Pruning course for June/July 2016. Details will be posted on the Website and available on request to Mrs M. Ward (as above).
*Saturday/ Sunday, 26th/ 27th August. (Date to be confirmed). 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.
Friday to Sunday, 9th to 11th 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, 11th 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, 24th/ 25th September. The Autumn Show (www.threecounties.co.uk/malvernautumn/) at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern.
*Saturday, 1st October. Applefest 2016 (www.tenburyapplefest.co.uk), Tenbury Wells, held on the town’s Burgage Recreational Area, from 10:00 - 5:00pm.
Thursday, 6th October. (Date to be confirmed). Trumpet Ploughing Match & West of England Fruit Show (www.trumpetanddistrictagriculturalsociety.co.uk/) at ROSEMAUND, Preston Wynne, Herefordshire HR1 3PG. (No apple display.) Further details from Mrs. J. Green, Warren Cottage, Lower Eggleton, Ledbury HR8 2UJ. Tel. 01531 670608.
Saturday, 8th October. (Date to be confirmed). Apple Day (www.shropshireappletrust.co.uk/appleday.php) at The Green Wood Centre, Coalbrookdale near Telford, from 10:00 - 5:00. 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, 8th/ 9th October. The Big Apple (www.bigapple.org.uk/harvest2016/). 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, 15th October. Leominster Apple Fair at The Priory, Leominster. 10:00 - 4:00pm. Parking nearby in Bridge Street Car Park. Details from Felicity Norman, Tel. 01568 780886.
Saturday, 15th 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 13:00 - 17:00. 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/Sunday, 15th/ 16th October. Cidermaking Festival at the Cider Museum (www.cidermuseum.co.uk/), Ryelands Street, Hereford. Demonstrations of traditional cidermaking, coopering and blacksmithing. Tutored cider tastings. Morris Dancing. Further details from the Cider Museum, Tel. 01432 354207.
Friday, 21st October. National Apple Day (commonground.org.uk/projects/orchards/apple-day/).
*Sunday, 22nd or 29th 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, 26th 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 Steve Oram of the Peoples Trust for Endangered Species.
Events in 2017
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.