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, 23rd April. 10:00 - 13:00 at The Anchor Inn, Epney. Gloucestershire Orchard Trust (gloucestershireorchardtrust.org.uk/) AGM (for GOT members).
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. Joint visit with Gloucestershire Orchard Trust to two County Orchard Centres. 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 or email .
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 .
Sunday, 12th June. Social event (BBQ) at Pudleston for MAN members, details to follow.
Saturday, 25th June. Leaf Pick at Paramor, Tredomen, Aberhoywe orchards; this is to collect leaves for DNA analysis, we’ll likely make it a social event too, details to follow.
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.
*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.
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 - 5:00pm. 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/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 - 5:00pm. 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 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.
No Cidermaking Festival at the Cider Museum (www.cidermuseum.co.uk/) this year.
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.