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 2015
*Saturday, 17th 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/Sunday, 17th/ 18th 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.
Sunday, 18th October. Woodland Trust will be holding an inaugural Community event at Cefn Ila, near Usk. MAN will be in attendance (if interested to join this, please contact Mrs. M Ward on 01497 847847). There is an old orchard on the site with it is suspected “heritage and local varieties”. It might be a voyage of discovery!
*Sunday, 25th 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.
Friday 31st October. An introduction to the traditional orchards of the Teme Valley. A very special opportunity to spend a day in this beautiful part of Worcestershire, learning more about its traditional orchards and the orchard wildlife. There will be doing a guided walk around the project orchards, finding out about their wildlife and heritage value and getting outside to carry out some practical work in the afternoon. The free workshop runs from 10 4pm. Please contact us so that we can bring along enough refreshments! Contact of the Three Countries Traditional Orchard Project for more details.
Friday 13th November (provisional date). Malvern Conference.
Events in 2016
6th January. Leominster Morris (www.leominstermorris.org), The Wassail. Details will be announced nearer the time.
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.
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.
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).
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.