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/ 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.
Saturday and Sunday 27/ 28th August. Witcombe Cider Festival (www.witcombeciderfestival.co.uk) 50 different cider & perries and a great range of activities.
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. 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.
Sunday, 11th September. Frampton-On-Severn Country Fair (www.framptoncountryfair.co.uk). Gloucestershire Orchard Trust (www.gloucestershireorchardgroup.org.uk) will have a stand and apple display.
*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.
Wednesday, 5th October Culture Club Talk 13:10 - 13:50, Gloucester City Museum & Art Gallery (venues.gloucester.gov.uk/Freetime/Museums/events/Talks.aspx), Brunswick Road, Gloucester GL1 1HP, 01452 396131. From Angels to Thieves, Potatoes to Plums and the old art of Cherry minding. Martin Hayes has a story or two to tell. Advanced booking recommended.
Thursday, 6th 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, 8th 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, 8th/ 9th 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, 15th 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.
No Cidermaking Festival at the Cider Museum (www.cidermuseum.co.uk/) this year.
Sunday, 16th October. Tredomen Orchard open day for members of MAN and Brecknock Wildlife Trust 14:00 - 16:00. Parking nearby. Details from Stephen Ainsleigh Rice, We hope MAN members be willing to make a small donation for apples collected, such as £1 / small carrier bag, £3 per bag for life. Tel. 01497-820332 or Stephanie Coates Tel. 01874 625708.
Friday, 21st October. National Apple Day (commonground.org.uk/projects/orchards/apple-day/).
Sunday, 23rd October. Cefn Ila, near Usk, Open day organized by Woodland Trust. MAN Apple display; others: Apple juice, cider and perry tasting.
*Sunday, 30th October. 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.
Saturday 11th February 2017 (weather dependent, alternative Sunday 12th) 11:00 - 15:00 at Tredomen - Pruning Course.
Friday 17th February 2017 from 10:00 - 15:00 at Tredomen - pruning (practice) for orchard maintenance.
Saturday 18th February 2017 from 10:00 - 15:00 at Paramor - tree planting and pruning (practice) for orchard maintenance.
Saturday 25th February 2017 10:00 - 15:00 at Glasbury Village Hall or elsewhere if more convenient to participants - Grafting Course
Agricultural Shows and other Events
Visit to F P Matthews early to mid September 2017, details to follow later here or via the News Sheet.
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.