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, 24th/ 25th September. The Autumn Show (www.threecounties.co.uk/malvernautumn/) at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern.
Thursday 29th September. The first identification session of the 2016 series will take place at The Harp, Glasbury, from 10.30 am until 3pm. We will be dealing with the unknowns from the Malvern Autumn Show and, if time allows, looking at a range of “codlins”. Any new folk who are interested are welcome to join the regulars. Coffee will be provided and lunch is available at The Harp.
*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, or Sunday 12th February 2017 (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 fee is £15 for members, £20 for non-members. (The cost of lunch is not included in the course fee). There are no toilet facilities except at lunch time. Please contact Daniela at to confirm a place before sending in your booking form. If the weather is inclement we have an alternative reserved four weeks later, Saturday 11th with alternate Sunday 12th March.
Saturday 25th February 2017 10:00 - 15:00 Grafting Course led by Paul Davis at Cusop Village Hall, HR3 5RW, Grid reference SO 23340 42362 with a light lunch taken at a local pub or café in Hay-on-Wye (Lunch is not included in the course fee). This is the fifth year for running the successful and enjoyable course. 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. The course fee is £30 for members, £40 for non-members. As places are limited to about a dozen, please contact Daniela at to confirm a place before sending in your booking form.
Saturday 11th March, or Sunday 12th March 2017 Alternate dates for the Pruning Course.
One day in Summer MAN are intending to run a Summer Pruning course for June/July 2017. Details will be posted on the Website and available on request to Daniela (as above).
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.