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, 28th February. COURSE - GRAFTING APPLE TREES. For the last two years, Tom Adams, a highly experienced orchardist, has given us a superb day of training in grafting skills. Participants took four grafted trees away; reports mention these babies are growing vigorously. It’s going to be repeated for a third year! If you’re interested in joining the fun, and learning too, do please book early for this. There are just twelve places. More details can be found at www.marcherapple.net/course.htm .
Saturday, 28th March. The Welsh Beekeepers’ Association/ Cymdeithas Gwenynwyr Cymru 2015 Convention at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Showground, Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3SY. From 8.00am in the Hafod a Hendre Hall. (No apple display). Includes ‘Beekeepers Question Time’. Details on www.wbka.com and from Andy Pillow Tel 01743 709607.
Tuesday, 31st March. The History of Bottles for Cider and Gin WEA Spring Workshop to be held from 10am to 12 noon at the Museum Resource and Learning Centre, 58 Friars Street, Hereford HR4 0AS. Cost £8. Further information from Hilary Gow, WEA Hereford Branch, Green Bank, Sutton St Nicholas, Hereford, HR1 3AX. Tel 01432 880 545.
Friday/ Saturday/ Sunday, 17th/ 18th/ 19th April. The British Beekeepers (www.bbka.org.uk/news_and_events/spring_convention.php) Spring Convention at Harper Adams University, Newport, Shropshire, TF10 8NB. (No apple display). Details from Andy Pillow Tel 01743 709607.
Saturday, 2nd May. The Big Apple Cider & Perry Trials (www.bigapple.org.uk/cidertrials/) at Putley Village Hall, Herefordshire. Use the link for more details and for on-line entry. Results will be on view the following two days.
Sunday/ Monday, 3rd/ 4th 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, 15th 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.
Friday/ Saturday/ Sunday/ Monday, 22nd-25th May. Welsh Cider & Perry Society (www.welshcider.co.uk) Festival at the Clytha Arms, Clytha, Near Abergavenny, Mon. Opening at 6.00pm on Friday and 12 noon on the other three days until 11.00pm Tel. 01873 840206.
Saturday, 27th June. MAN AGM at the Cider Museum, Hereford, coffee from 10:30 for an 11:00 start. After the formal business there will be an talk by Paul Davis - “All you wanted to know about fruit trees but were afraid to ask.”
*Saturday/ Sunday, 29th/ 30th August. Black Mountains Festival, 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.
Thursday 3rd September. Visit to F P Matthews (www.frankpmatthews.com) of Berrington near Tenbury Wells. Starting at 11:00 this guided tour will include seeing the fruit trial orchard, nursery for trees, the Tree Shop for browsing and lunch. Restricted to members of MAN and Gloucester Orchard Trust and costing only £12.00, a booking form can be found here (www.marcherapple.net/resources/forms/MAN20150903FPMvisit.docx).
*Sunday, 6th September. Entertainment under the Apples at Penlanole, 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.
Friday to Sunday 11th to 13th 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.
*Saturday/Sunday, 26th/27th September. The Autumn Show (www.threecounties.co.uk/malvernautumn/) at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern.
Thursday, 1st October. Trumpet Ploughing Match & West of England Fruit Show (www.trumpetanddistrictagriculturalsociety.co.uk/). (No apple display.) Details of venue from Mrs. J. Green, Warren Cottage, Lower Eggleton, Ledbury HR8 2UJ. Tel. 01531-670608.
*Saturday, 3rd October. Applefest 2015 (www.tenburyapplefest.co.uk), Tenbury Wells, held on the town’s Burgage Recreational Area, from 10.00-5.00pm.
*Saturday/ Sunday, 10th/ 11th October. The Big Apple (www.bigapple.org.uk). Weekend rural events in and around Much Marcle. entry to historic grounds of Hellens, from 12.00-4.45pm 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, 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, 2nd November (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.
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.
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.